Again, updates will be forthcoming throughout the week. Feel free to leave comments with other suggestions.
It’s vino night.
Wine dinner at Toulouse.
Wine dinner at Taverna in Fort Worth.
Wines tasting at Urban Crust in Plano.
With one exception: the Brewtopia sale at Central Market continues.
The call from Food & Wine magazine went out to food editors all over the country this morning:
“We are looking for chefs who are going to rock our world. Each year the magazine names 10 extraordinarily talented men and women as the Best New Chefs in America. The hunt for the 2012 winners has begun, and we would love you to nominate chefs you feel deserve consideration. The style of restaurant isn’t important: It could be an elegant dining room or a shiny taco truck. What does matter is that these chefs in the kitchen are the superstars of the future: creative, thoughtful and passionate cooks with a personal culinary style that always results in unique and delicious food. Here are the specific criteria: The nominee must create menus and oversee the day-to-day operation of the kitchen. He or she must have held the top chef position at one or more restaurants for no more than a total of five years. The restaurant does not need to be new, and the chef’s age is not a consideration.”
Well, whose name shall I send to them? Go.19 Comments »
Another week; another truck. Gennarino’s Friggitoria and Neapolitan Street Food starts rolling in the Mid-Cities. Gennarino’s is run by three brothers from Italy and one wife, focusing on Italian street food.
New locations are popping up with Green House showing up on Hillcrest Ave. (Compass Bank across from SMU), and Nammi at Mockingbird Station on Saturday. We are also seeing more trucks scheduled to coincide with high school football under the Friday Night Lights of Texas. Enticed will be off schedule for this week and next as they attend the East Texas State Fair.
And with that, we remind you that trannys drop, generators break, scheduled locations turn out to be really bad, so trucks do move. Always check Facebook and Twitter feeds before making a truck run. And jump for the schedule. Continue reading "September 19: Food Truck Schedule and News in Dallas"1 Comment »
Contributor Brooklynne Peters attended chef Nick Stellino’s cooking class at Abacus yesterday and files this report:
According to chef Nick Stellino, star of Nick Stellino Cooking with Friends, Cucina Amore I, II and III, Nick Stellino’s Family Kitchen I, II, III, IV and V, and the PBS specials Nick Stellino’s Dinner Party, Nick Stellino: Food, Love & Family, and Nick Stellino Cooking With Friends, the art of cooking is likened to knowing “what it’s like to stop the hands of time the moment your lips touch hers.” Catch phrases like this, in addition to his cooking, are what captivated Stellino’s Dallas audience Saturday morning at the cooking class he hosted at Abacus.
Stellino, a native Sicilian, led the class through some of his signature recipes, including garlic and oil pasta and clams with sausage and tomatoes. When Stellino wasn’t impressing the crowd with his dishes, he was entertaining them with anecdotes, jokes, and his theories about food.
Under a red awning with white lettering reading “El Tacaso”, a red metal curtain covered what looked like an outside order window. Walking up to the Shell mini mart I wasn’t certain the taco stand still existed, but that thought was soon whisked away as I entered and noticed three small tables and a decent line of regulars ordering gorditas, tostadas, and of course tacos.
The place is quite nice inside with an exposed kitchen directly behind the cashier. Everything was very neat and a wire rack stood with several fresh ingredients including stacks of tortillas and large bags of onions. Customers kept pouring in too. Besides Fuel City, this is by far the busiest gas station taqueria I have been to in Dallas.
With a steady stream of semi-trucks, Ram trucks and Ford 150s El Tacaso is in a great location active with a bustling customer base who appreciates a great tasting, quick and easy lunch destination. It was quite apparent how many regulars come here daily. For example, as I was placing my order the cashier also took the orders of two people behind me with barely a word exchanged other than a hello and smile as the men proceeded to pay, undoubtedly with exact change.
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Stephan Pyles’ work for Share Our Strength continues. Tickets are available now for this year’s Celebrity Chef Dinner on October 9th. It is great to see a cavalcade of star chefs from across the country participating in this event which last year raised over $50,000 towards ending childhood hunger.
This town has a lot of wine tastings and a lot that are, at best, ordinary. However, on Wednesday September 28, The Grape, and owner/sommelier Courtney Luscher, plays host to Domaine Serene from Oregon. This is one of the most fêted wineries in the country. Their specialty is their line of single vineyard Pinot Noirs, although they also score highly with their Chardonnays. The range to be tasted at the dinner looks good. The pairings including an older “Evenstad Reserve” Pinot Noir. If you want to savor some of the best Pinot Noirs made in America, or if you are a Burgundy lover looking for the same style of wine but made domestically, then this is the event for you. Of course, chef Brian Luscher and his sous chef Danyele McPherson also know how to cook, so that alone might be reason enough to attend.
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