What started 29 years ago by the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) as an opportunity to taste the new release of the just harvested Beaujolais, the jammy, fresh and easy drinking Gamay wine always released the third Thursday of the month of November raced from the Beaujolais region of France to Paris in celebration of the year’s bounty, has grown into an incredible celebration of wine, food and festivity from all over the world and the largest Beaujolais and Beyond Festival in the United States.
The 29th annual Beaujolais and Beyond Festival took place Friday night at the Irving Convention Center, the first time to be held in the new event space, with 2000+ guests in attendance sampling wines from throughout France, California, Washington and Texas. I had a chance to attend as a guest of the FACC. The Texas table I am happy to say was the first I stopped by and continued to revisit to taste the delicious wines from Duchman Family Winery, including their lively Vermentino and rustic Dolcetto made from Texas High Plains grapes. Continue reading "2012 FACC Beaujolais Festival Went Well Beyond The Traditional"1 Comment »
If you haven’t picked up a copy of D Moms yet, we need to talk. Editor Joslyn Taylor has done an amazing job with the premiere issue, and it’s pretty darn chic. I don’t plan on raising children for another ten years, but D Moms still appeals to me, a non-mother. It’s for anyone who loves food, design, and other beautiful things that make this world go ’round. When Joslyn commissioned me to write an article on how to get kids excited about good food, I happily complied. Winter break is on the horizon, so some of you mommies out there can use some of these ideas to keep your little ones occupied.
— Step No. 1 —
Hit the Coppell Farmers Market on a Saturday.
Buying local is a great way to meet the people who actually grow and produce the food we eat (good for modern kids to know: food doesn’t just magically appear at Tom Thumb). Chat up the easy-going folks at Rehoboth Ranch and take home some of Robert Hutchins’ all natural, antibiotic-free chicken. Chick-Fil-A will never taste the same again.
793 S. Coppell Rd., Coppell. 972-304-7043. coppellfarmersmarket.com. Open each Saturday, 8 a.m.–noon. Schedule changes during the winter.1 Comment »
Every year on SideDish, we like to devote our energy to supporting small local food businesses that make DFW a better place to live. For the next consecutive twelve days, we’ll be highlighting jams, jellies, pies, classes, wines, coffees, teas, and basically any food product made locally on Dallas (or close to it) soil. Today is Cheese Day. If you’ve got a product that you want included, send me an email with your information and a picture. This list will often be updated, so don’t fret about deadlines. We’re here to serve you guys.
On the third day of Christmahannukwanzadan, my true love gave to me…
The Tamale Company boasts that they have the perfect gifts to either A) make you a great boss or B) help increase the sales of your business by 300%. Bold words. And a bold gift package, too. The Feliz Navidad Tamale Box comes with a total of 30 tamales. These include the following flavors: ancho chili pork, chicken tomatillo, Southwest vegan, and cheese & jalapeno. Also, you can order the apple cinnamon tamale and pumpkin pie tamales (back by popular demand) at holiday Christmas markets, which you can find here:
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Hello Nancy!! I read your column where you help people find things. Please lead me to some good pimento cheese. Ever since I got pregnant I find myself with a box of Triscuits and a tub of pimento cheese from Tom Thumb. I tried making Paula Deen’s recipe and it’s good but I hate cleaning my food processor. Ideas?