Another week, another food truck schedule. This week City Street is the only truck rolling for breakfast. Jack’s Chowhound will be in the Arts District on Wednesday, but is otherwise taking a break and working on permitting in other cities. Enticed Shaved Ice will be taking this week off to get their regular generator repaired. They are hoping to be back out by the end of the week. In addition, we bring you schedules for Gandolfo’s NY Deli, Nammi Vietnamese, Crazy Sisters, Green House, and il Cane Rosso’s mobile pizzeria. As always, check their Twitter and Facebook feeds for last minute changes.
Update: Green House is at de Boulle’s for Tuesday lunch. City Street at Two Corks and a Bottle this coming Saturday evening.
Just off the phone with a handsome young man at Terilli’s the popular Dallas restaurant that closed after the fire on Greenville Avenue in early March 2010. They are all ready to go and waiting for their CO from the city. Any day now.3 Comments »
In the most out-of-left-field news of the morning, it seems that Top Chef contender, former Shinsei execu-chef, and current execu-chef at Brownstone, Casey Thomspon (Brownstone), has actually joined forces with Sam’s Club to (as the press release says) “provide restaurant-quality, simply delicious mealtime solutions.”
I could rewrite the release for you here, but it reads best in its original format:7 Comments »
OK, it’s no secret that we’re really impressed with Joe Martin and Johnny Koons, the two Highland Park buddies who moved from Dallas to Alaska to found Stormont Williams Fish Co. We were so impressed with their story, in fact, that we devoted several magazine pages to them this month. Today on Facebook, the duo posted pictures showing how the fish they catch makes its way from the boat to your doorstep in Dallas.
Check it out.
Thanks to all who took the time to recognize their server this week during KRLD Restaurant Week. This week I’m happy to see Connie Frances Forbin rise to the top. No surprise, Connie has been at The French Room for at least 20 years. She is charming, warm, and professional. Connie received several votes but Bethany took a picture and sends this note:
Nancy, I’d like to introduce you to the best restaurant week server I have ever had – Connie at The French Room. She was kind, courteous, full of smiles, knowledgeable, and made the most wonderful recommendations. We appreciated her service so much that we made a reservation to be at her table next week for a non-restaurant week meal. I know now why the French Room is so highly rated – not only is the room beautiful, but the service is among the best I have had in Dallas.
Cue standing ovation. Other shout-outs go to Collin at Bolla in the Stoneleigh (from Jack), Robert at Abacus (from Meredith), and Joel Mendoza at Perry’s Steakhouse (from Jack).
Jump for reader reviews of their servers. Thank you all.4 Comments »
Our gal on the street, Julissa Treviño, attended Lightcatcher Winery’s Lucy Dance grape crushing party over the weekends. Behold her report:
Crowds of people—most of them in peasant skirts, peasant tops, and bandanas—lined up outside LightCatcher Winery in Fort Worth on Saturday at noon, waiting for their turn to participate in what the winery calls “the Lucy Dance.”
About 300 people showed up for the winery’s annual public grape crushing event, Crush Day, this weekend. Anyone dressed as Lucy (based on the I Love Lucy episode where she crushed grapes) got to take home a free bottle of the 2010 Texas Kiss Merlot Rosé.
jump for the report and messy pics… Continue reading "Lightcatcher Winery in Fort Worth Hosts I Love Lucy Grape Stomping Party"2 Comments »
Leave it to Teresa “Gumshoe” Gubbins to find a snitch in Trader Joe’s camp. Since the grocery chain announced they were planning locations in Dallas last May, they have been quite secretive about their locations. According to TG, you can rule out the former location on Greenville Ave. Her Deep Throat coughs up three possible locations: Walnut Hill and Central, Knox Ave., and Fort Worth. All of the details are here.
There was a time when Trader Joe’s was cool and funky and carried stuff you couldn’t find elsewhere, but I think the company is now running on a tired image. In the 70s, Two Buck Chuck played a significant role in nursing wine drinkers off the Spanada bottle but the last TBC I sampled burned the enamel off my teeth. So, Trader Joe’s? Yes or no? Why?20 Comments »
I once had a dream wherein I visited a magical building, and in that building, lovely people danced around throwing handcrafted chocolates, magical brownies, and toffees in my mouth from all directions. I pranced around this magical building for hours, humming Simon and Garfunkel tunes, hugging everyone in sight, and smearing my entire body in chocolate fudge. It was a wonderful dream, but this past Saturday, this dream became a reality (most of it anyways).
This past weekend, at the Addison Conference Center, the brilliant minds behind DallasChocolate.org brought together the most talented group of chocolatiers in Big D. It was truly a festival for all to enjoy. I have not seen a happier group of people gathered in one place since the night I camped out with the Star Wars geeks for the opening of the Phantom Menace. It was like being transported to the mystical Willy Wonka’s Chocolate factory, without those disturbing Oopa Loompas narrating your every move.
The men and women showcasing their chocolate talents were no less than extraordinary. Some of the wonderful people included in the showcase included…2 Comments »
The first of what will probably be many more DFW Food Truck Festivals took place Saturday outside Sigel’s Fine Wine and Great Spirits on Greenville Avenue. I’m not sure if the next one will take place in August. At 7PM, it was about 108 degrees. There were also, by my best guesstimate, approximately 2,000 people waiting and eating. Parking was reasonably well-organized with security marshaling people through the Sigel’s parking lot. Most people either took DART or parked in the retail lots across the street. Many of the customers headed indoors where Sigel’s offered craft beer and wine tastings. The entire event was orchestrated by Jasper Russo, Sigel’s wine marketing director.
I arrived early, about 5pm, so I could watch the orchestration of the setup. Three trucks of the participating nine trucks were already there. The rest pulled in by 5:30pm. Each of the trucks appeared to have added extra staff, but they all could have used more. The workers piled out and set up umbrellas, canopies, ice, and generators. I could tell they were nervous. For some, their performance at this festival could define their image and bottom line. At the end of the night, many of the trucks, if not all, probably saw more customers in this one day than the total number of people they have served since being licensed. Most of the owner/operators have giddily reported record sales.
Saturday night’s festival featured nine trucks: Gandolfo’s NY Deli, Jack’s Chowhound, Nammi Cruisin’ Vietnamese Fusion, Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, 3 Men and a Taco, Enticed Shaved Ice, The Bomb Fried Pies, Trailercakes, and Mr. Cool Ice Cream.
Jump for two new first takes and pictures. Continue reading "Treats in the Heat: DFW Food Truck Festival at Sigel’s Fine Wine on Greenville"8 Comments »