On your mark, get set, dial: 214-823-8550. Urbano Café is hosting a seven-course dinner with Chef Sharon Hage on November 16 and 17. Hage will create classic and modern takes on the cuisine from the Burgundy region of France. Owner Kristen Kauffman encourages wine collectors to “raid their cellars or favorite wine shop” to pair for this meal. (They will get the menu online before the event to help you choose wine.) The cost is $125 per person, not including gratuity. The dinners start at 7:00PM and seating is limited. Hurry. 214-823-8550.
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Anything But Chardonnay…or Sauvignon Blanc…or Pinot Grigio….though all of these varietals are delicious, why not opt to open an unconventional bottle of white wine this week. Maybe open something new to your palate, or one that you haven’t enjoyed in a while, like a Napa Valley Marsanne, a silky Viognier from Central Coast, a Semillon from Walla Walla, a crisp Soave from Italy, even wine we think of as red made white ….the options are endless. A few selections were sent for editorial consideration, all are delicious.
I was at the Jimmy’s super wine sale a few weeks ago and picked up a few bottles of interesting whites, including a Remo Farina 2009 Soave Classico. I love Soave, and think it is one of the most elegant whites made…with a name like Soave it needs to be. Light and aromatic with peach, orange blossom and golden apple intermixed with white pepper and subtle herbal notes. A perfect wine to start an evening or enjoy with an herb salad or grilled white fish.
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In a perfect world, Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate and I would totally be BFFs. We would hang out, like, everyday…stuffing our faces silly with her wonderful chocolate creations while watching Lord of the Rings, spending hours planted in front of the X-Box, playing hackey-sack, and toilet-papering the neighbors’ houses. Then, the end of the day would go something like this:
“Hey Kath, would you whip me up some of your wonderful hot chocolate, pretty please?”
“It’s called drinking chocolate, you numb-skull, and what do I look like, your mom?”
“Well actually, if my mom had a few more tattoos…”
Another day, another new restaurant in Uptown. Today Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group announced they will open Del Frisco’s Grille this month at One McKinney Plaza at 3232 McKinney Avenue, at the corner of McKinney and Hall. According to the press release: “Del Frisco’s Grille will combine a comfortable and social atmosphere with exciting cuisine, an expansive wine list and hand-crafted cocktails.”2 Comments »
In the November issue of D Magazine, freelance writer Jason Sheeler profiled Steven Doyle, founder of CraveDFW. When we assigned Sheeler the job, he had no idea who Doyle was. Sheeler called Doyle and asked if he could tag along on one of his nightly fact-finding missions. The whole evening was recorded, with Doyle’s permission, on audio tape. Sheeler filed the story.
Steven Doyle is not happy with the piece. He feels it’s “mean spirited and odd.”
Since the story hit the streets, I’ve received phone calls, texts, and emails from bartenders, waiters, restaurant owners, and readers who have, as one put it, “observed Doyle in action on numerous occasions.” What is astonishing to me is that none of these people will speak on the record.163 Comments »
Back in the day, The Pyramid Room at the Fairmont Hotel was a top destination restaurant for Dallas diners. Over the years, corporate priorities changed at the hotel and the restaurant turned into a JAHR (Just Another Hotel Restaurant). However, in the last two years, and somewhat under the radar, the pendulum has swung back. The restaurant underwent a major remodel to keep the class but remove the starch. The last chef, J.W. Foster, left a large herb garden growing on the rooftop patio. Now André Natera, an experienced hand in Fairmont circles, is the executive chef and he has performed a major shakeup in the kitchen. Incoming sommelier, Hunter Hammett, has vastly increased the number and quality of wine selections. There are now 235 selections and the list has a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
The interior of the restaurant is accented the dramatic wine cellar that line the walls at each end of the main dining room. Hundreds of bottles lay behind glass partitions in a climate-controlled environment. These are all the signs of an establishment on the move. It is clear that the Pyramid Restaurant and Bar (as it is now called) is aiming to rejoin the top flight of Dallas restaurants as a destination for Dallasites and visitors alike. At a media event last week, I was fortunate to try the best and certainly the most unusual experience one can have at the Pyramid (as I will shorten its lengthy name to from now on): Dining in the garden on the terrace, several floors above street level. Continue reading "Special Report: Fine Dining Returns to the Pyramid Restaurant at The Fairmont in Dallas"