This is shaping up to be a week of changes for the food trucks in Dallas and surrounding areas. With rainy weather and the Thanksgiving holiday, most trucks have cut back on their schedules. No one is serving breakfast, and only those Crazy Sisters are doing a late night service (Friday and Saturday).
A planned Black Friday Food Truck Park at The Shops at Park Lane has been canceled. The food trucks, including Gandolfo’s, The Butcher’s Son, Nammi, Ruthie’s, and CupCakin are scrambling to find replacement locations for Black Friday. Gandolfo’s Randy Wolken has threatened to go cruising for Black Friday lines on Thursday night.
Yum Yum food truck, a mostly-Fort Worth truck, told SideDish that they are hibernating for the Winter, but plan on re-emerging next Spring.
This week is liable to have lots of changes in the schedules. Check Twitter, Facebook, and we’ll try to update this schedule as often as possible. Jump for the schedule.
Update: Since the trucks were canceled from The Shops at Park Lane, they (Gandolfo’s, The Butcher’s Son, Nammi, Ruthie’s, and CupCakin) have all now arranged to be at Best Buy Addison for Black Friday.5 Comments »
Friday was the night to be French in Dallas! The French American Chamber of Commerce threw their annual Beaujolais and Beyond Festival at the new Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel. This festival started in Dallas over 20 years ago and it celebrates the arrival of the first bottles of Beaujolais Nouveau wine which is ceremoniously released each year on the third Thursday of November. Recently organizers have broadened the scope and now include wines from elsewhere in France and French grape varietals grown in the US. They have also invited French restaurants and caterers to provide a cornucopia of food. Friday’s soiree had a ‘60s theme and most of the sponsors were in costumes (I had no idea how many identical twins Austin Powers had). Images from the decade were displayed on a giant overhead screen and a section near the front was roped off to display iconic cars which included a Jaguar e-Type, Volkswagen Karmann-Ghia, and a Porsche (Austin Powers 7th thought that it was the 356 Super 90). Impossibly thin girls in mini-skirts and Mary Quant tights danced on pedestals and one was kind enough to explain to me that the particular e-Type on display had the closed-in headlamps, making it more valuable to collectors.1 Comment »
Early this morning Steve Hartnett lost his battle with prostate cancer. He was 61. Hartnett is best known as a restaurateur. He was a dynamic force behind Fox and Hound, Bailey’s Pub and Grille, Cool River Cafe, Flip’s Patio Grille, Winewood, and Mi Dia. Hartnett also owns the Bob’s Steak and Chop House in Grapevine. At one point, Hartnett owned over 200 restaurants. However, Hartnett considered designing and operating restaurants as a hobby. His “real day jobs” were futures trader and real estate developer.
I met Steve in 2002 when he was part of a group of restaurateurs I joined to travel to Uzbekistan where we prepared a steak dinner for 2,000 soldiers at an airbase outside of Karshi. The mission, headed by Harvey Gough, also included Gene Street, Rhett Stein, Tony Booth, Rob Holmes, and Robert Ozarow. The complete wacky story is here.
After a 6-hour layover at Bagram Airbase, 27 miles north of Kabul, Afghanistan, we took off for for Karshi. Fifteen minutes later, Bagram was attacked. Once we arrived at “K-2,” we lived in cargo containers and hung out with the first troops and Special Forces units sent to battle. On the evening of our dinner, Steve stood up and gave a patriotic toast to the officers in a private dining area. After he finished, he went over to the next tent and worked and visited every table to thank the soldiers for their service.
Hartnett was a consummate professional. He was generous with his restaurant employees, investors, and business staff. He was one of the nicest men I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. He was a perfectionist, a philosopher, and a true entrepreneur. Our condolences to his wife Sandy, son Taylor, and daughter Dionne. Services pending.4 Comments »
Seasons 52 has introduced a new menu to coincide with the arrival of the fall. I had a chance to sample some of the items at a recent press event.
Before we take a detailed look at the menu, recall the concept behind Seasons 52. “Fresh” is the watchword of the main ingredients and 475 calories is the guaranteed maximum of any menu item. Cooking techniques, seasonings, and portion sizes are chosen to meet these objectives. When you visit the Plano location at the Shops at Legacy (the newer north side) go over to the open kitchen on the east side of the dining room. Front and center you’ll find a wood-burning grill which you can often find packed with vegetables, meats, or seafood. A powerful overhead fan keeps the smoke flavors in the food and not in the restaurant atmosphere. Continue reading "New Fall Menu at Seasons 52 in Plano"