The 18-year jinx continues. Minutes ago, Paul Qui of Uchiko in Austin was named the Best Chef in Southwest by the James Beard Foundation. Qui beat out Bruno Davaillon of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Bruce Auden of Biga on the Banks in San Antonio, Kevin Binkley at Binkley’s Restaurant in Cave Creek, Arizona, Jennifer Jasinski of Rioja in Denver, and Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s in Houston. Only two Dallas chefs have won this award: Stephan Pyles (Routh Street Café) in 1991, and Dean Fearing (The Mansion) in 1994. The only good news I have for locals is Tre Wilcox of Marquee Grill is the only Texan cooking at the gala.
UPDATE: I have posted the complete list of2012 James Beard Foundation Awards below. Continue reading "2012 James Beard Award: Best Chef in Southwest Goes to Paul Qui of Uchiko in Austin"8 Comments »
Stephanie Hutson, marketing manager at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, is in New York with chef Bruno Davaillon. So is The Brad, aka Brad Murano, the chief creative officer of Splash Media and Bruno’s number one fan. The Brad is going to send us a few pictures over the next couple of hours and document the moments leading up to the Best Chef Southwest Award. I will post the pictures as they come in here, below the jump. If you want an update, follow me on Twitter @DSideDish #jbfa #Dallas
He’s walking the red carpet. JUMP FOR THE PHOTOS!!5 Comments »
Tonight, Monday, May 7 is an unusual night for a food truck event. But some crazies are going to try at the Double Wide Bar, 3510 Commerce, beginning at 7pm. They will have some of the best of Dallas’ food trucks, including Easy Slider, TX Delizioso, Enticed, Rock ‘n’ Roll Taco, Little Vessel Grill, and 3 Lions. Recommendation for your after-dinner dessert: Take your Enticed Shaved Ice (large) into your favorite bar and make it an “adult” shaved ice.
Everyone who knows anything about the food truck activity in DFW remembers over 2000 people visiting 9 trucks on the Sigel’s Greenville asphalt parking lot last blistering hot summer. That was 2011. 2012 brings you the TX Food Truck Fest, an event this Friday evening and all day Saturday at Valley View Mall. The organizers are promising nearly 30 trucks, with most from DFW and several from Austin and San Antonio. This will either be a terrific opportunity to taste test lots of different culinary ideas. Or a logistical nightmare. Quoting the press release:
Current trucks include: From DFW – TX Delizioso, Enticed, 3 Lions, Nammi, Coolhaus, Tin Star Taco Taxi, The Butcher’s Son, Gandolfo’s, The Weiner Man, Cajun Tailgators, Rock N Roll Tacos, Little Vessel Grill, Ssahm BBQ, Doughboys Pizza, Eat Jo Dawgs, Crazy Fish Sushi, The Fat Truck, Jack’s Chowhound, Rockstar Bakeshop, Easy Slider, Ruthie’s Rollin’ Diner, Semplice Cibo Italiano, and Short ‘n Sweet . Then from Austin – Yumé Burger, Coreano’s, The Belgium Waffle Company, Chi’lantro BBQ and from San Antonio – Sabor Columbiano. We’ll also have Durty Laundry spinning beats all day. It will be held in the South lot of Valley View Center (13331 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75240) in North Dallas.
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Tom Spicer is one cool cat, and he’s becoming even cooler (in my book) now that I know he’s throwing a party in his garden on May 24 at 7:30 pm. Urbano Cafe owner Mitch Kaufmann is teaming up with the artichoke guy to bring a New Orleans legend, Spencer Bohren, to the gardens for an entertaining evening filled with song and storytelling. You can bet that the company will be delightful and the food – from whole roasted pig to the homemade gumbo – will certainly be fresh.
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Tippy Thai is on the west side of Goff’s. It already has furniture inside and looks closer to opening. Mangiamo is in the old Opa! space. The space is larger and they haven’t started finish out. Neither had liquor license applications posted.
If not, go to our list of 37+ restaurants with menus, prices, and phone numbers.2 Comments »
Lee Park was the place to be last Sunday. Over 1,000 people showed up for sold-out Mixin’ It Up On The Boulevard, a massive food event organized by Chefs For Farmers. The two women credited with pulling together all of the details are Iris McCallister and Christina LaBarba. This dynamic duo coordinated over 40 chefs, 20 farmers, wineries, breweries, mixologists, and artisan producers and pulled off what appeared to be a flawless afternoon of celebration. Chefs for Farmers, a group that supports local farmers, chefs, and businesses, donated 100 percent of the proceeds to Meal On Wheels of Tarrant County and Water for Chizavane.
Each chef was paired with a local vendor. Guests were encouraged to make donations at each station to help them raise money for an item (refrigerator, etc) the vendor was trying to buy. The chef list was impressive: Fearing, Pyles, Rathbun, Derry, Natera, Houser, Provost, Harris, McCallister, to name only a few. The public sampled the food, talked to the participants, and listened to DJ sounds and the band Sugarfoote & Co. At one point Dean Fearing took the microphone and sang along. Elizabeth Lavin captured the day with her Nikon.
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Friday night’s soirée, TACA Lexus Party on the Green, took place on the lawn at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. There were cars up for winning, a cork pull, fabulous trips and dinners in the silent auction, and food. Oh, so much food. More than 30 chefs gathered in the courtyard to offer up some of their best fare. And it was all going really well, too, that is until Mother Nature got involved. It was a bit muggy at first, then there were sprinkles—little ones that grew—and then it rained. Partygoers and chefs headed toward the doors of the Mansion. Within a couple minutes, Mansion employees walked around offering umbrellas to those who stayed outside. But within maybe 15 minutes, it all cleared up, people and chefs returned to their stations, and the party continued. Continue reading "TACA Lexus Party on the Green Gets a Taste of Mother Nature"
D Magazine intern Michelle Saunders usually brings you healthy food recipes (like this quinoa salad), but she wants you to know that these cupcakes are an exception. She writes: “I believe that an occasional cupcake can do as much good for the body as a salad and certainly more good for the soul.”
To celebrate Cinco de Mayo this past weekend, I thought it only proper to make a Mexican-inspired dessert. I’ve seen various recipes for Mexican chocolate cakes and I’ve tried a few, but I was never quite satisfied with the result. I played around with spices and came up with a cupcake that is surprisingly complex – the cinnamon & cayenne are the perfect blend of sweet and spicy while the chili and espresso powders add another dimension of flavor to the cocoa. Although these spices are not typically included in dessert, they are the perfect compliment to the chocolate, resulting in rich, moist cupcakes with a kick. Not only were these super easy to make, but they were a hit with the non-vegans I tested them on as well. Give them a try – you may be pleasantly surprised!5 Comments »
Yesterday chef Bruno Davaillon and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek’s marketing manager, Stephanie Hudson, headed to New York. Tonight they will attend the JBF Award Ceremony and Dinner at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Davaillon is up for Best Chef: Southwest. The gala kicks off at 6:00PM (5:00PM CST). If he has time, chef Davaillon is going to send a couple of posts and pictures to SideDish. Stay tuned.2 Comments »