The final nominees for the 2012 James Beard Foundation Awards have been released. Congratulations to Bruno Davaillon at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek for his Best Chef in Southwest nomination. (Also to Paul Qui of Uchiko in Austin in same division.) Congrats also to Alison Cook of the Houston Chronicle nomination for the Craig Claiborne Distinguished Restaurant Review Award. Hmm. Full release with all nominations below. Winners announced on May 4, 2012.2 Comments »
Pay close attention to weather reports and potential cancellations.
The “Food Truck Experience” is back on at Sigel’s Greenville on Wednesday evenings. You’ll find Easy Slider, Ruthie’s, Rock ‘n’ Roll Tacos, Four Seasons, and others. This is a great easy parking and low crowd count way to check out some of the food trucks.
Jack’s Chowhound and So-Cal Tacos will be at Panavision at 8000 Jetstar Drive in Irving on Thursday afternoons in support of Leukemia and Lymphoma Research. Go.Eat.Give.
Almost every food truck is participating in “Truck Stock,” an event this coming Saturday from 2pm to 7pm at Sylan | Thirty.
Here is your schedule for the week. Watch the weather and Facebook and Twitter feeds.1 Comment »
Savor Dallas is one of the, if not the, biggest food and wine festivals of the year in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The 2012 Savor Dallas takes place on March 30 & 31. They offer a slew of tasting events. If you are a wine lover, then you must attend the best event of the festival: The Reserve Tasting. This year the event will take place on Saturday March 31 is at 5:30pm in the Irving Convention Center. Buy tickets now, a sellout is a certainty. Every single one of the approximately 50 wines in this tasting must retail for over $50 a bottle. However, some actually sell for a lot more.
Here’s my list of suggested highlights of the wines offered at the Reserve Tasting this year. I’ve listed by normal tasting order. Comments may be totally out of order.2 Comments »
Imagine, for a minute, that you are the BBQ Snob leading Anthony Bourdain around the Big D. Where would you take him to get the best ‘cue? Who has the juiciest ribs and the best brisket? Honestly, which joint would change the No Reservations star’s opinion on the goodness of Texas barbeque?
We’re on Week Two of the Readers’ Choice poll for the Best Restaurants and Bars. Vote here once a day until March 23 to make Dallas a better restaurant city.4 Comments »
White Rock Local Market at Green Spot Market and Fuels kicks off its fourth season of markets on Saturday March 24 (8AM 1PM). White Rock Local Market is a non-profit 501(c)(3), independent farmers market offering a venue for local farmers, ranchers and artisans to bring what they grow or make and sell directly to the East Dallas neighborhood.
To get things rolling, they are hosting a chili cookoff on Saturday. So far judges for the contest include Jeffery Hobbs (Sissy’s, Suze), Graham Dodds (Central 214), and Brian Luscher (The Grape). Winners take home vintage trophies and gift certificates for market products.
Jump for the market’s awesome vendor list and how to sign up for the cookoff. Continue reading "White Rock Local Market in East Dallas Needs Chefs for Chili Cookoff"1 Comment »
I chatted with BBQ Snob Daniel blog “Full Custom Gospel BBQ” Vaughn late yesterday afternoon as he was making the drive back to Dallas from Austin. Vaughn was invited to Austin to film a No Reservations episode on barbecue. Last week, Vaughn and host Anthony Bourdain tested the fare at Franklin Barbecue in Austin. After the meal, Bourdain tweeted: “The indescribable awesomeness that is Franklin Barbecue” accompanied by a photo of the meats served at the holy ‘cue spot.
Yesterday, the brisket-breathed duo met up again at JMueller BBQ in South Austin. “I think I changed his mind about Texas barbecue,” said Vaughn. “He was blown away by the brisket at Franklin’s and the ribs at Mueller.”
I asked Vaughn if he knew how many times Bourdain had tried barbecue in Texas. “I’m not sure, but I remember seeing him [on No Reservations] eat at some place outside of Waco with Ted Nugent,” Vaughn said. “We spent a long time talking about what make Texas barbecue good and what makes it crappy. I think he has changed his mind and come around.” Apparently Bourdain’s top spot is Oklahoma Joe’s in KC. I guess we’ll find out who comes out on top next fall when the barbecue show featuring Daniel Vaughn will air.6 Comments »