Dallas Central Market cooking school was packed last night for the first event in Central Market’s Pasaporte Espana. The event featured a food and wine pairing with two chefs: Quim Marqués and Daniel Olivella. Marqués is the owner of Suquet de l’Almirall in Barcelona. He is a former finalist in the Spanish Chefs Championship Competition and worked at the world’s most famous restaurant El Bulli. He is also the author of several cookbooks. Daniel Olivella is the chef/owner of B44 in San Francisco and Barlata in Oakland. A native of Catalonia, he came to the United States at the age of 17 to work in his uncle’s Spanish restaurant in Chicago. At 28, he went to San Francisco where he worked in famous kitchens such as Delfina and Zuni Café. In 1999 he opened B44 and subsequently received accolades as San Francisco’s Rising Star Chef of The Year and for creating one of USA Today’s Top 20 Dishes in America. The wine and expertise came from Miguel Torres of Torres Wines who matched each course with a Torres wine.
It may not be common knowledge outside these four glass walls, but our own Tim Rogers has recently given up his sugar shack membership, broken his vows to the cult of the cane, sworn (mostly) off the processed crap, and shuns sweeteners with a passion. So let’s see what he has to say about this:
Whole Foods has recently introduced Austin-based Sans Diet Soda to the market. The gimmick: Sans is free of artificial sweeteners and colors, and has no sugar or calories. The company partnered with Truvia to sweeten the drinks without that a weird bitter aftertaste a lot of other stevia-based drinks have.
The sodas come in five flavors: orange, lemon lime, cola, black cherry, and root beer.
So, what do you think? Is it natural? Is it cheating? But more than that, is it any good?11 Comments »
Starting tomorrow you can sample from more than 100 craft and import beers at a three-day North Dallas event brought to you by North Texas Beer Festival, Guiness, Franconia, and FC Dallas. (Beer & soccer—sounds like a recipe for disaster to me.) The main event will go down Saturday from 1-11 pm at the Plano Center; general admission tickets cost $30; your ticket entitles you to 12 2oz. tasters.
Events kick off tomorrow at 7 pm with a Sunset Brews Cruise at the Pier 121 Marina in Lewisville (1481 E. Park Hill Road). To participate in this part of the event, attendees must purchase the $ $119 VIP ExBEERience package.
On Sunday at 3pm, duffers can head to the Top It Off Charity Golf Tournament. Registration is $95 per person and proceeds benefit the Good Samaritan Inn. The event will be held at Top Golf, 1500 Allen Station Parkway.
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This letter just popped up in my inbox:
My husband would never write this letter so I’m jumping in for him. He’s been invited to a new friend’s ranch for a guy’s weekend. The theme of the weekend is Big Game meaning that they’re going to eat some game and shoot some skeet. The friend is hosting the whole thing, he only asks that the guests bring what they consider to be an item of game to cook on Saturday night and the alcohol they think would pair best with it. (Wild turkey & Wild Turkey is already taken, thank you very much.) We are at a loss. Hopefully you can post this on the forum and your readers can send some clever suggestions.
OK, folks. Help a sister out in the comments section.12 Comments »
I believe I’ve mentioned here before, that I’d do a mile-long sack race if there was an Oskar Blues’ Ten Fiddy waiting for me at the finish line. In light of that obvious bias, I offer the following press release:
For the first time in its six year history, American Craft Beer Week, May 16-22, will see official events hosted in all 50 states, making it the largest-ever celebration of U.S. craft brewers. Dallas is a hot spot on Oskar Blues Brewery’s radar as head brewer, Dave Chichura and sales leader, Nick Lensing will be making a run of events May 17th through the 19th in the Dallas area.
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Central Market’s Pasaporte España—a total store takeover with Spanish seafood, wine, pastries, oils, canned seafood (a Spanish specialty), and so much more—kicked off last night in the Greenville Ave. location. For the ribbon cutting (which was supposed to be held in the tent in the parking lot but was moved to the entry vestibule due to rain), top brass filled the store with costumed team members, flamenco guitarists, flamenco dancers from the 2011 Dallas Flamenco Festival, Spanish wine producers, cultural liaisons, and more. jump for the pictures and a video of saucy flamenco dancers … Continue reading "Olé! Pasaporte España Kicks Off At Central Market Despite Torrents"
Ladies and Gentlemen: I present Daniel Walker:
This week, I feel as though I should share with you a Dallas classic, a dish that you should not miss tasting at least once while you live in Big D. So I introduce you to or remind you of my old friend, the baked Dungeness crab dip at Hibiscus. Please excuse all typos or mistakes in the words to follow, as I am already drooling heavily on my keyboard.2 Comments »