It was hard not to feel the joy, fellowship and overall positive spirit today as hundreds of guests packed into the Omni Dallas Hotel to savor a bowl of soup for the 5th Annual Soup’s On luncheon, put on by The Stewpot Alliance and benefiting The Stewpot and their new project, 508 Park. Started in 1975 by the First Presbyterian Church downtown, the mission of the The Stewpot is to “offer a safe haven for homeless and at-risk individuals of Dallas, providing resources for basic survival needs as well as opportunities to start a new life.” This is accomplished every day by not just providing meals to the homeless of Dallas, which they do every day in cooperation with The Bridge feeding up to 1500 people a day, but to provide programs to help participants get back on their feet through job and housing assistance, medical, dental and mental care, youth programs for children, and much more including an ever growing art and education program that will soon expand to their new space at 508 Park that will house an art gallery, studio, community garden, music space and educational venue bringing people of all cultures, faiths and beliefs together through dialogue. I had a chance to attend the luncheon as a guest of The Stewpot Alliance and was proud to hear that in the past 5 years, as this luncheon has raised $1 million for The Stewpot. A volunteer at The Bridge, member of The Stewpot Alliance and big supporter of The Stewpot it was also incredibly gratifying for me to hear that as of July 2012 over 5 million meals had been served to the homeless of Dallas. Continue reading "5th Annual Soup’s On for the Stewpot a Success!"
Announced last June…Herrera’s Cafe opens in the space formerly known as Margarita Ranch in Mockingbird Station on Friday, Feb. 1 at 4PM. Food till 10PM; bar open until midnight. The new menu will feature classic Tex-Mex family recipes, such as slow-cooked meats and sizzling fajitas, as well as a comprehensive tequila list and flights. Happy hour and brunch details can be found on their blog. Regular hours of operation can be found here.
In case you missed Tim’s announcement last month:
D Magazine Partners (the magazine’s parent company) and London Broadcasting have announced a partnership that should make the local television landscape look a little more interesting. London, a local firm, owns a unique property called KTXD. It is an independent, must-carry station in a major media market. That means it is not beholden to a network like CBS or NBC, and the FCC requires that local cable providers carry it. Right now, KTXD broadcasts a lot of old classics but it plans to transition to all local programming. That’s where we come in. The station will rebrand itself as D-TV one show at a time.
So far we have several shows in production and the staff is encouraged to submit ideas. I pitched a couple of food-related shows to our publisher, Wick Allison, and he refuses to listen to me. I have emailed, called, and left voice mails with ideas. I need your help convincing him SideDish deserves a show. The possibilities are endless. Get creative and we’ll put you on TV!30 Comments »
This Indian restaurant, owned by Sonia and Javeed Khan, specializes in the cuisine of Northern India and includes traditional and modern preparations of hearty dishes from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Goa. If you are a fearful fan of Indian food, you will find familiar items such as chicken tikka masala and saag paneer. If you are an intrepid eater, gather a group of like-minded gourmets. There are so many culinary adventures on the menu—curries, kebabs, biryanis—that you’ll want to try them all. There are four spice levels: mild, medium, spicy, and Indian spicy. “Don’t order Indian spicy,” our waitress said. “It will blow your head off.” Heeding her warning, we stuck to spicy and were glad we did. Our group of three ordered six items and did not have one bad bite of food. The Murgh Malai Kebab appetizer was Indian fajitas. Cubes of chicken marinated overnight in yogurt are grilled and served on a cast-iron platter sizzling with onions and green peppers. The chicken was so tender that it really did melt in our mouths. Other standouts included Roghan Josh (chunks of lamb in traditional brown onion gravy spiced with coriander, turmeric, tomato sauce, and red pepper) and Keema Mutter, a dish recommended by owner Javeed Khan. “It is a spicy minced lamb with peas that most Americans don’t eat. Indians love the activity of their taste buds.” Well, I know three Americans who feel the same way and will go back for more.
Peter Reinhart, four-time James Beard book award-winning author and baking instructor at Johnson and Wales, taught 50 lucky souls at Central Market on Lovers Lane a selection of tricks from his recent book, The Joy of Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free Baking. The man himself was baking treats for us, but my newly developed almond allergy kept me from sampling the creations. Life is not fair.
However, I did get to sit by the assistant manager of Central Market’s baking department. He confirmed that the treats were, as I expected, delicious despite their lack of gluten and refined sugars. Reinhart, known for his deep knowledge of the art and science behind baking, slid in a textbook’s worth of food science surrounding gluten-free baking while whipping up six different recipes from his book. There was a hopeful scientific takeaway for me: all nut flours are interchangeable in his recipes, so I will be recreating the sweet pecan almond bread with hazelnuts instead of almonds this weekend.1 Comment »
This morning I woke up, drank a glass of water, and immediately began craving katsudon (a dish of steamed rice covered with a fried pork cutlet and egg). どのようにおいしい !! This is what always happens as soon as you try being healthy. You start itching for donuts, fried chicken, and chocolate cake. Since I will probably not make katsudon anytime soon, you guys go ahead and watch “Cooking with Dog.” Feast with your eyes. And, yes, the dog talks. I know it’s a little weird, but you get used to it. Francis is pretty kawaii, don’t you think?
She’s in a pickle when it comes to pork. And she’s picky.
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I’m hosting a B-day party for 96 yr old great-great granddad this coming Saturday.He wants ham and a bunch of sides. 20-22 people coming. I’m looking to find a great roasted (not sweet-no honey, sugar, molasses) whole ham. In the E. Dallas-Lakewood area. Prefer organic pork w/out nitrates-nitrites, msg etc.Either already cooked, or I can oven roast it myself. Suggestions on where to find?