An intimate reception was held last night for Gloria Collell, Winemakers’ Ambassador for Ferrer Family Wine Estates, which included a tasting of the Heredad Collection of wines. One of the oldest family run wine organizations, best known for their Freixenet Cava, the Ferrer Family began expanding their portfolio to include select still wines that really highlight the special terrior of Spain, with the flavors of their beautiful vineyards shining through each glass. The Heredad Collection accentuates the vast differences in the wine regions of Spain through ultra-premium, high quality selections, which we tried throughout the evening including the hot Spanish white wine varietal, Albarino from Rias Baixas; two Tempranillo, one from Rioja and one from Ribera del Duero, which clearly show how terrior can change the flavors in a wine as they are completely different; and a stunning Garnacha, Carinena and Cabernet Sauvignon from Priorat. Each of these selections will also be tasted at Veritas tonight as they hold a free tasting of the Heredad Collection including an opportunity to meet Gloria. Follow the jump for notes on each of the wines to be tasted. Continue reading "What to Drink Now: Spain"
I’ve followed the popular Bishop Arts restaurant since its birth. Great coffee and pancakes. But the omelettes? Meh, not so much. They were more like frittatas and always had those dry, crispy edges that I detest in egg dishes. “Plus, they take the kitchen way too long to make,” confided a server. So, begone, dry lackluster omelettes, and hello, scrambles and duck hash. Scrambled egg dishes include salmon with goat cheese, truffled egg with mozzarella and asparagus, and — my favorite — eggs scrambled with roasted pork shoulder, hatch chiles, mozzarella, and tortilla strips served with a side of salsa verde. Another new addition: duck hash with two over easy eggs, ranchero sauce, and hollandaise. The only bummer? You can’t get those wonderful fried green tomatoes for breakfast anymore. Sigh.
In the October issue of D Magazine, Teresa Gubbins tells us what she thinks about The Commissary.
In a profession loaded with bad boys, chef John Tesar stands out. Mercurial, dismissive, he’s a hyperactive hothead with a self-destructive streak so legendary that his old pal Anthony Bourdain has written about it. Tesar is so good at embodying the tantrum-throwing temperamental-chef stereotype that D Magazine made him the subject of the September cover story, titled “The Most Hated Chef in Dallas.”
But there is the man, and then there is what he puts on the plate. From his early days at a French restaurant called Pierre’s in Westhampton to his stint at RM Seafood in Las Vegas, he has impressed discriminating palates, including the folks who hired him in 2006 to be executive chef at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, where he took on the intimidating task of replacing longtime fixture Dean Fearing.
Abraham Salum will head to The James Beard House in New York where he will prepared dinner on October 21. His audience will be some of the most discriminating palates in the city and will include chefs, food industry veterans, members of the media, and discerning palates of the general public. Leaving nothing to chance, he held a rehearsal dinner last night at Salum to fine tune the menu and hone the execution. I was fortunate to be an invited guest at the event, at which nearly ninety diners savored the five-course meal with matching wines. Look out New York.
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From Sonny Bryan’s: Last night at approximately 11:00PM, a small fire broke out in two unattached storage sheds behind the main building at the original location of Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse on Inwood Road.The Dallas Fire Department was able to put out the fire before it spread, but the two side doors to the restaurant were damaged in order to allow firefighters access to the building to ensure no one was inside. No staff or customers were present, and no injuries were sustained by responders. The fire is still under investigation. The restaurant is currently closed, but management anticipates being open again for business this weekend. Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse will continue to keep the public posted via the restaurant’s Facebook page .1 Comment »