John Tesar is having the best week of his life. Wednesday, he rocked Tom Colicchio’s kitchen on the first episode of Top Chef: Seattle; and yesterday, he softly opened his new seafood concept, Spoon Kitchen + Bar in Preston Center. It’s right across Westchester Drive from Hopdoddy and Texas Family Fitness, which makes dinner more fun if you’re sitting at the table closest by the door. Staring at people exercising as you dig into the uni appetizer feels so wrong, but so good at the same time. While Desiree and I sat down as Tesar’s guests last night, he was busy sweating in his shiny new open kitchen. Guess who was back there with him? Only our favorite tweet-every-hour baker, Joe the Baker, in the pastry weeds. No wonder he’s been so relatively silent on Twitter recently. Only three tweets on November 7. That day, I almost sent Joe a DM asking if he was still alive.
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Texas, you suck. Thirty seconds ago it was sunny. Now it’s gray and cloudy. What’s up with that? Go back to sunshine, Texas; I need you to do this for me. My friend Jane is visiting from North Carolina, and I will not allow you to ruin her pie-eating, (potential) goat-petting, and taco-stuffing experience.
Oh, hey, you can still buy tickets to Good vs. Evil: An Evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert. I’m surprised it’s not sold out yet. Who wouldn’t want to watch Bourdain chew some Food Network stars up and eat them for dinner? The show starts tonight at 8 p.m. inside Bass Hall.
Stone Street Martini Lounge opens on 1520 Elm St., Ste. 201 today. From 6 to 8 p.m., there will be complimentary hor d’oeuvres and specialty drink samples. RSVP to Brandi@V-RG.com.
There’s a Fort Worth Greek Festival at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church going on all weekend. There’s supposed to be good food and music. And Greek stuff.
White Rock Lake Festival is a family friendly affair with food trucks and a pretty cool musical line up. Take a look at the schedule here. Assuming the weather will be nice this weekend, this will probably be the most relaxing Saturday and Sunday in the history of Saturdays and Sundays, ever, if you decide to go.
So, um, the Moscow Ballet Tea Party is happening at the Hilton Anatole’s (Wedgwood Room) from 2 to 4 p.m. Moscow Ballet soloist Natalia Miroshynyk will be there, and you can eat scones with her. And maybe learn a few pliés will you’re at it.
I’m on a Tex-Mex eating marathon. My goal is to cover 17 spots in 7 days. Yesterday, after my second lunch, I spotted H & D BBQ & Grill, the ampersand-friendly barbecue joint that recently opened in the spot formerly known as Vitality House in Promenade Center. I was too bloated to get out of the car, so I snapped this shot from the car. I felt pretty good about discovering a new barbecue joint in Richardson. Then, just before I wrote this post, I Googled the name and there she was: Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins with a full report. She shined the light on owners Dave and Hazel Harrison. Gubbshoe reports Dave’s family has been the barbecue business for 150 years.
Yow. Zah. That’s before the Oklahoma land rush and Far & Away, the worst movie ever made. I don’t remember seeing Tom Cruise or Nicole Kidman eating brisket or ribs in that flick. Go. Eat. Report.
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