Have you visited the Trinity River Audubon Center? If not, please make an attempt to visit this special facility. I’m biased because I’m an avid birder and I support the center in as many ways as possible. Today, Bolsa/Bolsa Mercado Owner, Chris “Pileated Woodpecker” Zielke announced their exclusive catering program with TRAC. The facility is a perfect place for special events such as weddings, corporate meetings, and charity events. Chef Jeff “Blue Heron” Harris will make anything from box lunches to multi-course formal dinners. Both businesses are focused on sustainability, organic practices, and commitment to community. Here’s a link to learn more.5 Comments »
Shannon Wynne is busy, busy, busy these days. The restaurateur says that one of his current projects, baby Lark, should be open the first week of March. Pretty soon the good visitors of Klyde Warren Park will have a new place to eat right across the street. And Wynne has picked the best-looking couple, Melody Bishop and Dennis Kelley, to be his executive chefs. These two lovebirds moved to Dallas from Los Angeles, where they both met each other as sous chefs working at the Tavern. Now they’ve got a baby named Oscar and a whole restaurant to help open. I met with them at KWP, and we dove straight into their love story.
Carol: Was it love at first sight?
Melody: Drinking lots of martinis.
Carol: Wait, what?!?
Melody: You know, being a sous at Tavern was rough; we were just always on the same schedule, so we would always go and have martinis after work and go and talk about the day.
Carol: Is there a rule against dating in the kitchen?
Melody: A little bit, even though it happens a lot. We kept it under wraps… and then I got pregnant.
Dennis: Then it couldn’t be kept under wraps anymore!
Carol: How did Shannon Wynne lure you to Dallas?
Melody: He’s actually a family friend of mine. I’ve been talking to him throughout the years about his different projects. When we talked about the Lark – you know, now we have a 1.5-year-old, and it’s nice that he can be with his cousins.
When I arrived at Chocolate Secrets last night to attend the invite-only chocolate tasting put together by Sander Wolf of DallasChocolates.org with master chocolatier Michael Recchiuti, I was expecting a group of snobby chocolatiers discussing chocolate in much the same way as wine snobs go on about the nose, finish, and body of wine. Instead of jargon, everyone was antsy to share their love stories – the unique ways they all came to love chocolate and their fight to make sustainable businesses out of making these confections.
Recchiuti is in town to be a part of Central Market‘s Chocolate Collection. His love story with chocolate involved the last Shah of Iran (Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavī) and Bill Gates. If you are itching to know the six degrees of separation, jump with me.
Jess and Tarin of Fullosophie, a gourmet ‘farm to fork’ food service in Dallas, don’t have a video, but they have an interesting website and pitch. Here goes:
We want to create a show “Dishing with Dallas.” The show would be ourselves meeting up with the biggest chefs/restaurateurs/foodies in Dallas, having them show us their top 3 picks around town for food/drink, and then go back to their restaurant/home where, over a few libations, they would show us how to make something they love. Throughout the course of the show we’d get them to ‘dish’ about themselves personally and professionally, allowing the viewer to get to know these ‘celebrities’ on a more personal level and seeing the Dallas food world from the eyes of the professionals. Cocktails, wine, and cute girls have a way of getting people to dish about topics they wouldn’t normally do and that makes for a dynamite television combination.
Let’s hear it for Jess and Tarin.10 Comments »