Dough Pizzeria Napoletana, a popular San Antonio pizza joint, is getting ready to move into the Chocolate Angel Too space at Preston Forest in May (move in date is tentative). They will be a shoo-in for a mob scene looking for some Guy Fevah. On April 11 the San Antonio restaurant will star on Diner drive-ins and Dives.1 Comment »
Taco Cabana just reintroduced a seasonal favorite, Shrimp Tampico. The recipe involves marinating shrimp with chipotle and ancho spices and then grilling it with garlic lime and cilantro. They serve it three ways: as the filling of a quesadilla, as one of the ingredients in their cabana bowls, and in enchiladas. They plied me with some and this is what I found.
Here is the Shrimp Tampico Quesadilla ($7.29). The Shrimp Tampico is combined with cheese, tomato and TC’s pineapple salsa. Having tried a couple now I can confirm that these are addictive, and an A-category narcotic if you goose the pineapple with extra salsa from the TC salsa bar. This was my favorite dish out of the three. It also travels. They package it in a pizza box, which means you can take it home, even on City of Dallas streets, and it arrives in pretty much the same shape it started. In fact, I am writing to NASA to suggest that the next time they put together one of those lists of things to put in the hold of a space probe, they leave out the Natalie Imbruglia single (you know the one. There is only one) and replace it with one of these. Won’t the Martians be surprised? Continue reading "Taco Cabana Introduces Seasonal Shrimp Tampicos"1 Comment »
The Vineyard at Florence isn’t a familiar name to Texas wine drinkers. This is a new vineyard just a 2 1/2 hours drive south of Dallas down I-35. It is part of a luxury home development of the same name serving second home owners and executives who work in Georgetown and Round Rock. You might think that with such a real estate focus the vineyard would just be eye candy to complete the pastoral scenery. However, that is not the case. The developers searched the globe, literally, for a winemaker who could make the best wine from the grapes on the estate. They interviewed an Italian, a Californian, and an Australian before deciding that Texas challenges required Texas know how and appointing one of the state’s most experienced winemakers, Dan Gatlin of Inwood Estates Vineyards, to take charge of the wine making process.
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Highland Park Cafeteria was packed late Sunday afternoon when Chefs for Farmers held its “cafeteria style” fundraiser to raise funds for The Family Place and raise awareness of the importance of local farmers. Farmers in attendance included JuHa Ranch, The Mozzarella Company and Texas Honeybee Guild and Savoy Sorbet. Wines were donated by Inwood Estates Vineyards, Hall Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery and Vodka by Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka. The locally sourced ingredients were served into culinary creations by some of the best chefs in the area: Brian Luscher (The Grape), Dan Landsberg (Hotel ZaZa), J. Chastain (Second Floor Bistro), Jack Perkins (Maple and Motor), Janice Provost and Chad Houser (Parigi Restaurant), Jill Bates (Fearings), John Tesar (The Cedars Social, The Commissary), Justin and Diane Fourton (Pecan Lodge), Kelly Hightower (Nova), Matt McCallister (no fixed abode), Randall Copeland and Nathan Tate (Restaurant Ava), Rick Griggs (Collage Bakery & Bar), Scott Romano (Charlie Palmer) and Tim Byers (Smoke). DJs Jennifer Miller and Paul Paredes provided the sounds. Sponsors were Central Market, Fresh Point, Artizone, Hotel ZaZa and Range.
This is one of those events best shown in pictures (some moving): Continue reading "Report: Chefs For Farmers Event in Dallas"1 Comment »