Dakota’s in Downtown Dallas is About to Get Groovy

Lincoln Properties has always been the force behind Dakota’s, the subterranean restaurant on Akard. They still are but they’ve hired NL Group, a restaurant management group run by Tim McEneny to poof up the place. You know Tim. He’s given us such hot spots as Dragonfly, Obar, Lift Lounge, and Dish. Now, he’s going to […]

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TDA Holds First “Texas Twitter Tuesday” About Texas Wine This Week

Would you like to join a “conversation”about Texas wines? Get your Twitter on tomorrow when the Texas Department of Agriculture hosts the first Texas Twitter Tuesday. Here’s all the press release news that is fit to print. LEARN ABOUT TEXAS WINES 140 CHARACTERS AT A TIME BY JOINING TEXAS TWITTER TUESDAY AUSTIN, Texas – Jan. […]

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What I’m Drinking Now: Cointreau with Ambassador Richard Lambert

Brand Ambassador that is.  Cointreau Brand Ambassador Richard Lambert was in town last week from France meeting with a group of Dallas bartenders and mixologists about super premium Cointreau liqueur.  I had a chance to sit down with him for a few minutes, and even better, toast with him, which being that he is a charming Frenchmen, […]

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Special Report: Remembering Mama Ida Papert

Chad Houser, chef at Parigi, is the president of Dallas Farmers Market Friends, the organization founded by Ida Papert. He asked his good friend Randy Potts to write a short piece about Mama Ida. “I didn’t really choose Ida, or intend to write a piece like this,” says Potts. “Houser asked me to write a […]

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Ida Papert Founder of Dallas Farmers Market Friends is Dead

I am so sad to report that Ida Papert passed away last night. Mama Ida has been a driving force behind the Dallas Farmers Market since the mid-50s. Her tireless efforts to make the Farmers Market a vibrant force in downtown Dallas are well-known among foodies, farmers, and bureaucrats alike. In 1991, she formed the […]

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Who Ever Said Bordeaux Is Dead Hasn’t Been to Dallas

One of the 2011 ”trends” I had read about was that Bordeaux was dead….I don’t agree, and it seems others in Dallas don’t either by the number of guests packed into The Grape last night for their monthly “Come As You Are” wine dinner featuring a selection of Bordeaux wines paired with Chef/Owner Brian Luscher’s scrumptious fare.

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Former Bolsa Mixologist Shakes Things Up in Plano at Zanata

Walter “Dub” Davis has made a few cocktails in Dallas. He has worked at the Loon, Obar, Steel, and Bolsa. For two years he worked alongside Eddie “Lucky” Campbell and Michael Martensen. Recently he took his talents to Zanata in Plano. Since, he has morphed from bartender to mixologist. “I was already looking to maybe […]

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Gear up for V-Day With a Chocolate Tasting at The Cultured Cup This Saturday

On Saturday, The Cultured Cup will host a pre-Valentines Day tasting of (among other treats) Nibs chocolatier Steve Smith’s 43rd Blend Tea Truffle from his new collection of French-style chocolates. In addition to blood orange and strawberry, the truffle gets its flavor from a tea blend created for the 43rd President and his wife. Discuss […]

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Big Bottles Abound for Cotes du Coeur

Last night Cotes du Coeur hosted their Big Bottle Night in preparation for their 20th gala benefiting the American Heart Associationthis April 9.  Dozens of Dallas wine lovers gathered at the home of Pam and Gary Patsley to donate their large format, “big” bottles for the Big Bottle Wine Alley auction featured at every Cotes du Coeur event, and the bottles […]

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Super Bowl: Green Bay Reporter Wants Good Food in North Texas

Hark! Football writers will be descending on North Texas. Apparently some of them like more than steak and strip joints. This request comes from Tom Rozwadowski, a reporter for Green Bay Press-Gazette/Green Bay Hub. I’m trying to consume as much dining information as possible from your site, but I thought it might be more useful to go […]

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Restaurant Rant: Super Bowl Not a Big Deal for Most Dallas Restaurants

Call me a curmudgeon but I don’t think the fact that the Super Bowl is coming to the area is going to make or break too many local restaurants. Sure, a few will profit from corporate buy-outs and private events, but for the most part the majority of small independent restaurants will suffer. Why? Because […]

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Cedars Social Pre-Opens on Jan. 31 With Five “Supper Bowl” Chef Dinners

On Monday Jan. 31, the new Cedars Social cocktail den and kitchen will kick off its Supper Bowl, a pre-opening dinner series with menus prepared by Tim Byres (Jan. 31st), Bradley Ogden (Feb. 1), Matt McCallister (Feb. 2), John Tesar (Feb. 3), and Tiffany Derry (Feb. 4). Notable mixologist Michael Martensen will be on hand […]

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Hanna Raskin is Stripped of Anonymity on Eater.com

The ability for dining critics to remain anonymous is almost impossible these days. While Leslie Brenner and I cling to the idea that we are still somewhat unknown (cue laugh track), the Dallas Observer’s Hanna Raskin attended Monday night’s Foodways Texas event and wore a nametag. Of course, Eater.com has posted her picture. Do you […]

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Chefs for Farmers: Next Gig at Highland Park Cafeteria in Dallas on March 13

My first headline for this post was “How Cute is Matt McCallister?” Then I continued to read the list of chefs who are participating in the next Chef for Farmers event and I decided I could write that same headline about all of them. Well, maybe not Jack Perkins. He’s too grizzly. And John Tesar […]

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