Wines of Chile, an organization dedicated to promoting Chilean wine throughout the world and made up of 93 Chilean wineries, just announced the creation of their first virtual game for Facebook – Terroir Hunter. Through their Facebook page participants can virtually run their own winery, including harvesting grapes, bottling, selling, exporting and eventually have their wine rated. Along the way winemakers from some of the most prominent wineries in the country will lend advice, give tips and help players wine empires grow. Participating wineries include Casa Silva, San Esteban, San Pedro, Santa Rita, De Martino, Undurraga, Valdivieso, Veramonte and Viña Altair. Sign up here.
As a tribute to Belgian Independence Week, Matt Quenette over at Meddlesome Moth has spent the week banging the drum of Belgian Beer, with the kitchen turning out some pretty memorable pairings to go along with each night’s featured ale. Tonight (Friday) and tomorrow night are the last of it. Tonight’s beer (Ommegang Chocolate Indulgence) is paired with red velvet waffles. Now, I ask you, could you have come up with that? If your answer is no, head over there as soon as possible after work today. If you answer was yes, come work for us!
One of the greatest guys in the Texas wine business, Guy Stout, is hosting a wine tasting at Jimmy’s. Stout, one of only 180 Master Sommelier’s in the world, also holds the record for most people to show up at a Jimmy’s wine tasting. Jimmy’s head guy, Paul DiCarlo, sends the list of “big wines” he has pulled for the tasting which will take place on Wednesday, August 10 at 6:30PM. Details below.
Notes on two more charitable food events.
Café Momentum. This popular pop-up restaurant is a non-profit restaurant concept that serves as a culinary training facility for the disadvantaged. The founders focus is on the Dallas County Youth Village, a juvenile detention facility for 13-17 year old non-violent adjudicated young boys. With the help of the Youth Village Resources of Dallas, they’ve created a culinary program within the facility that is currently teaching the students basic culinary skills. Most of the upcoming dinners are sold out. Today comes word: Next Wednesday, July 27, starting at 9 AM, Café Momentum will auction 10 VIP seats to the sold-out Sharon Hage dinner on August 7 at Garden Cafe. The auction will take place on the Cafe Momentum Facebook page on opening bid is $1,000. That includes 10 seats and wine. The bidding will end at 6 PM that day.
Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse, Cane Rosso. These fine establishments are hosting a fundraiser for the family of Shannon Stone, the father who died earlier this month at the Ballpark in Arlington. The event that will bring together some of the best fire tamers Dallas has to offer. Pitmasters from both Pecan Lodge and Lockhart Smokehouse along with pizzaiolo Jay Jerrier will prepare the food, and there will be plenty of other action with live music and a live auction. All the details sent by BBQ Snob, Daniel Vaughn, are below. Continue reading "Restaurant Charity News: Café Momentum and Stone Family Fundraiser"
Think tall trees, high mountains, warm days with very cool nights, streams begging to be fished, more waterfalls than you can visit in a year, mineral rich soils (perfect for growing grapes) from years of volcanic activity and really good wine. Welcome to the Northwest. From Willamette Valley in Oregon to the Columbia Valley area of Washington to the booming region of Walla Walla (to name a few) the Northwestern part of the United States continues to be not only one of the prettiest places to visit but also the creators of some of the best wine in the country.
I am headed out to Merlot Camp next week with winemaker David “Merf” Merfeld his team at Northstar Winery, one of the leading producers of incredible Merlot in the United States. In anticipation for the trip I thought it would be nice to sip a few Northwest bottles. Here are a few favorites that may help put you in that cool and relaxed state of mind the area creates with visitors and locals alike. Continue reading "What to Drink Now: The Northwest"
OK, folks. It appears that some of you have slipped too far into the summer doldrums because word on the street is that there are still tickets available for The Common Table’s Lagunitas beer dinner next Monday (July 25). The food will be amazing, the beers are top notch, and—hello—it’s only $45. Don’t even try to tell me you’re busy—no one is busy on Monday nights. Set the DVR to record Weeds and The Big C and get yourself down there. Here are the deets:
Like many of you, I was imprisoned on 75 southbound on Wednesday somewhere between 365 and Woodall Rogers. I was actually on my way to check out a new restaurant when, after 30 minutes in traffic, I realized I wasn’t going anywhere. As I sat on the Lovers Lane exit ramp, waiting for the light to cycle and let two more cars through, I looked to my left. The signage for the newest location of b.b.bop rice bowls caught my eye. “Forget this,” I said to my date, and took a sharp turn to the left.
Steven “Ubiquitous” Doyle is reporting chef Jeff Harris and sous-chef Matt Balke have left the restaurant. WHAT? It’s been open for what, a month? CraveDFW reports
The executive and sous chef’s of RedFork have officially resigned citing creative differences with the investors. Harris plans to enjoy a couple of weeks at home with his new baby boy before announcing his next venture. In the meantime, it looks like RedFork continues on, “business as usual.”
Yow. Zah. Juicy deets.6 Comments »
On July 2, Robin and Joshua Berry and their three children Peter, Aaron, and Willa, were traveling back from Colorado when their car was involved in a head-on collision near Fort Stockton. Both parents were killed instantly and the two boys are currently in a Houston hospital being treated for spinal injuries. Willa, the youngest is staying with friends. Other friends of the Berry family have organized a series of state-wide bake sales. This Sunday’s bake sale to help the Houston family will be in Dallas at Kidville in Preston Royal from 11AM-1:30PM. All proceeds will be donated to the trust.1 Comment »
Hey, Dishers. Where did you eat this week? I hear Wild Salsa is kicking sass! Did you find something fabulous? Did you find something foul? We’d love to hear your thoughts on your latest restaurant experiences. Here’s what you reported last week.10 Comments »