Spaces have become available for the 2-day Introductory Sommelier Course prior to TEXSOM in Las Colinas. The Program Dates: August 10, 2012 through August 11, 2012
Please note, three years in the service industry is recommended to register for the program.The 2-day course is offered as a prelude to TEXSOM by the Court of Master Sommeliers and will be hosted at the Four Seasons Resort and Club. Please visit the Court of Master Sommeliers website to register, http://www.mastersommeliers.org
For those of you who do not wish to register for the Court of Master Sommeliers, you may prefer this one. Rock on, fire witches.
Earlier this week we reported the closing of The Commissary in One Arts Plaza. Today comes word from an employee of a veteran local restaurateur: Screen Door is up for lease. That makes me sad. It’s a pretty restaurant and Chef David McMillan is talented. Developing. Or, in this case, revolving.5 Comments »
DJ-turned-club-owner Jose Quiroga is ready to swing open the doors to Union Park tonight. You may be familiar with Quiroga, he’s designed and opened Ruby Lounge, Mantis, Cameo, and Vice in Fort Worth to name a few. Union Park is in a prime spot: the space formerly known as Swirll in the Davis Building on Main Street in downtown Dallas. Sounds like it will be a sport bar with pool tables, lobster corn dogs, specialty cocktails, and beer.
UPPITY DATE: According to my Deep-Dish, my source for everything pie: Kate Nelson (Piecurious Girl) is doing “the pie menu.”
UPPITY DATE: Menu for Union Park.
Sponsored by Oak Farms Dairy During KRLD Restaurant Week in 2012
KRLD Restaurant Week is a fun August tradition for many of us who enjoy dining out at a set price, discovering a variety of restaurants and cuisine, and giving back to help support the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. The 15th annual event has traditionally only featured tasty three-course prix fixe dinners for $35 per person (tax, tip and drinks billed separately), but diners can test-drive the new Cadillac Lunch Experience sponsored by Oak Farms Dairy for the very first time in 2012. Spotlighting some of our area’s hottest lunch locales, 35 restaurants are featuring a special three-course lunch menu for only $25 a person (tax, tip and drinks billed separately) during the course of their participation in KRLD Restaurant Week. While some spots will offer smaller portions of their dinner offerings, others will showcase the attributes of their lunch menu that make them a mid-day dining stand out. Continue reading "Diners Can Test Drive the New Cadillac Lunch Experience"
Bradford Pearson over on Oak Cliff People noted this new coffee development: The OC Coffee Roasters posted on their Facebook page a sideways photo of what definitely looks like a permit for a space at 819 West Davis Street. A call to Shannan Neffendorf provided some very mysterious details (or lack thereof). All that he will will divulge is this: The Neffendorf couple is going to open a little cafe where they sell coffee and beans (duh), but it’s “going to be a little unique,” says coffeeman Shannon.
There will be a limited menu and limited hours, and the roasters are still in the process of choosing “more niche, more boutique kind of machines” that are different from the run-of-the-mill types. Customers will be able to see the whole roasting process, which is something the OC Coffee Roasters want to make more visible. Neffendorf is pretty mum on the details. Maybe it’s still too early for me to be asking all these questions, but Neffendorf does say that the coffee shop might be open in January 2013. Maybe.
Score another win for East Dallas. This just in from Diane Savage of Stoney’s Wine Shop:
We are offering wine by the glass and by the bottle, cheese, charcuterie, and antipasto in a warm, contemporary, comfortable ambiance. Our new décor enhances the dynamic architectural elements of this historic wine venue (which began as Grailey’s by Lee Jaynes) The high wood ceiling, arches for cozy gatherings, wrought iron on the windows and door made by Dallas artist, Bert Scherbarth. We’ll host live jazz, regular tastings, special wine events with winemakers, private gatherings, and more. We will still operate as a full retail wine store for those customers who need a great bottle of wine to go, and, as before, offer temperature-controlled wine storage lockers.
Anybody remember Stoney’s when it was in that tiny rock house by AAC?2 Comments »
The heat is on in North Texas, and no one knows it better than local farmers and growers. Berries are becoming scarce, while certain herbs (such as cilantro) are dwindling or have vanished. Peaches and tomatoes are still around, but if you have your heart set on them, come to the market early. Even grocers who usually have a good variety of local produce have to look outside North Texas this time of year to maintain a selection. This means that farmers markets are your best source for produce that is truly local and grown naturally: outside, in the dirt. Most markets have a limit on the number of miles produce can be trucked or shipped and still be called “local,” so you know you’re getting the freshest produce grown right here at home, and that you’re truly supporting local small businesses when they need it most. Take heart, lovers of local lettuce. Summer produce such as cucumbers, squash, melons, okra, onions, and peppers are still readily available and waiting for you at local markets all over the metroplex. If you’ve suffered a recent disappointment upon discovering your favorite veggies have vanished from under the market tents, here are two great charts, provided by the Dallas Farmers Market and The McKinney Farmers Market, that will tell you how long you have to hold out until they return, and what you may find to sub in that’s available now. Without further ado, here’s the list of what’s tasty around town this weekend.
Jump if you love local food. Continue reading "Farm to Market Report: Weekend of July 28-29"3 Comments »
As you guys probably know, Torchy’s Tacos just won Best Taco Joint in our Best of Big D issue, and now it’s opening its third DFW location at 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 16 at 5600 SMU Blvd. Free breakfast tacos (probs the Dirty Sanchez) will be given away to the first 100 customers who’ll also be entered into a raffle. One of those lucky 100 people will win free Torchy’s Tacos for a whole year. Need I say more? I’ve got a feeling those SMU kids are going to line up like little ants along the boulevard for the 1% chance they’ll win a year’s worth of tacos.
Jump for the entire press release.3 Comments »
This is a gratuitous combination of stuff. A mashup.
Everybody loves a good mashup. Maybe even a little too much. The existence of the KFC “famous bowl” and people who put bacon on everything prove that.
This mashup is way less, frankly, bonkers than those. Masala is tomato based, so using it as a pizza sauce isn’t too far of a leap and naan fills in nicely for pizza dough*. And it’s a great one to do as an appetizer for a party, because you can crank them out pretty quickly.
jump to get mashed-up Continue reading "Look What I Made: Chicken Tikka Masala Pizza"
I’ve cruised past the construction site of John Tesar’s new restaurant, Spoon in Preston Center, several times this month and noticed zero activity. The permits were not on the windows and there was no construction taking place. Yesterday I checked Tesar’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, then texted and called him, and nothing. Last night I spoke with his rep, Bev Garvin. She says all is well and construction is “back underway.” They are preparing to knock down the front of the space and, after that, “expect a six-to-eight week turnaround.”
I asked her Tesar’s whereabouts and she giggled a bit. “I can’t tell you,” she said. “I only get to talk to him when they allow him access to phones or when they let him have phones.”
After I lifted my jaw off my desk, I asked, “Well, should I check the roster at Betty Ford Clinic or San Quentin?” She giggled again, nervously. “No, it’s all good I can’t tell you. If you poke around you might find out more.” She did say he would be back in Dallas on July 31.
I don’t feel like poking, so let’s play “Where’s John Tesar?” Prize worth $100 to the winner. (Some people, and you know who you are, are not eligible to play.)
I am going out on a long white oak limb here: Meditating in India.
Okay, your turn, GO!34 Comments »