No matter what your holiday weekend brings, whether it be a casual back yard cookout or more formal Easter Sunday brunch, these wines will be sure to please the palate. From light and lively to rich and hearty, consider pouring one of these at your Easter table. Some selections were sent for editorial consideration.
Yarden wines from Galilee are the perfect wines for Easter, coming from the northern most part of Israel, what is considered the best area in the country for growing grapes. Grapes flourish in rich volcanic soil in vineyards with elevations ranging from 1300 to 3900 feet. The 2011 Yarden Mount Hermon white blends Sauvignon Blanc with Chardonnay, creating a aromatic wine filled with citrus, white flowers and stone fruit with good minerality and herbal notes. A delicious wine paired with grilled white fish, steamed shellfish and roast chicken. Continue reading "What To Drink Now: Easter Weekend Wines"1 Comment »
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At the Frontiers of Flight Museum two nights ago (incidentally, the best inside venue for charity fundraisers in Dallas), the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation held its annual fundraiser to raise awareness of a common yet unknown disease. This event, which first started in 1995, helps raise money for patient programs and research projects surrounding Neurofibromatosis, a devastating neurological disorder that affects more people than cystic fibrosis and muscular dystrophy combined. Every hour, three people are born with it. NF is the most common neurological disorder and is caused by a single gene mutation. It affects 1 out of every 3,000 people worldwide. At tonight’s event, twelve prominent chefs served food and 16 more contributed to the auction prizes in an auction led by Scott Murray to raise funds for this under-reported medical charity. In addition, over 40 other sponsors contributed to the cause. Here is a sampling of the dishes on display:
I review theater, not food. Sometimes movies, but mostly theater. I get to see the show only once, and the measure is, would I like to go back, and see this again? Would I bring someone else to discover it, too, so I can watch their face instead of the stage? Of course, no matter what I think, someone, somewhere is going to think I’m wrong. But I hope we can all appreciate decent writing, and recognize good intentions and the desire to be fair.
Which brings me to Mark Vamos’ no-star review of Tillman’s Roadhouse, published at the end of last month in The Dallas Morning News. We don’t give stars here, and even if we did, I’d have nothing to do with that and no basis on which to award them. The last time we reviewed the Dallas location was in 2007. As I mentioned, I’m a theater critic, not a food critic, for many reasons (Exhibit A: I don’t like seafood, which my friend Michael—a cook—tells me repeatedly is like saying I don’t like sandwiches.). But to me, no stars means there’s absolutely no reason on Earth for anyone to set foot in that restaurant. I humbly disagree. For me, there are at least two. But I’ll leave a dissection of the main courses to the professionals (though the ones I’ve had have been just fine), and talk about the tater tots.
There’s no excuse anymore, so click here for the updated list of Easter brunch places.
Unless you, like me, are getting distracted by photos of tiny teacup piglets like this one…