Vote For Promise of Peace Community Garden in WFAA’s Project Green

I hate promoting one Dallas nonprofit over another nonprofit, I really do, but Promise of Peace Community Garden on 7440 East Grand Ave. is up against four other green-loving organizations for $20K in WFAA’s Project Green. In East Dallas, this green haven is a place where anyone can care for their own 12 x 4 […]

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Shopping at the Eco Co-Op’s Second Pop-Up Market Cures Midweek Blues

Wednesdays are usually a drag, which is why I looked forward to visiting the Dallas Eco Co-Op’s second Pop-Up Market from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. yesterday. 14 vendors gathered inside the Eco-Op’s building inside 10137A Shoreview, bumping elbows with each other as the community bought cucumbers from Paul Quinn Farm, the best pimiento cheese […]

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Panera Bread and Chipotle Now Feature Sous-Vide Cooking

It seems like only yesterday we were all marveling at the new wave in techno cooking: the process of sous-vide. The circulators and gadgets looked fancy and complicated and the results were certainly impressive. Fast forward to the real yesterday and the story in the Huffington Post: How Sous Vide Went From Haute Cuisine To […]

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Attention Food Snobs: The Mad Men Behind Applebee’s Don’t Want You!

Recently Applebee’s launched a new ad campaign. (It has Don Draper written all over it!) The tagline is “See You Tomorrow.” According to ADWEEK, it “positions Applebee’s as the champion of a sort of anti-foodie backlash, pitching fare that purports to be tasty, and simple, but still somewhat classy—for example, new summer dishes like Lemon […]

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2012 Southwest Foodservice Expo Report: Mushrooms, Mushy Meat, and Shoes

The Southwest Foodservice Expo 2012 at the Dallas Convention Center began yesterday and continues through today. The massive trade show is must-go  for restaurants, institutions, chefs,  retailers or anyone whose life revolves around food service. I attended the first day to look for trends and new or interesting things. The miles of aisles were filled with vendors displaying […]

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Special Report: People Who Raise Chickens in Their Backyard

I’m a bird lover and a lover of fried chicken. Yes, it’s an anomaly I shove to the back of my brain when I dine. I’m also a dog lover but, because I consider them pets, I don’t eat them. Yes, it’s a fine line or stone’s throw (insert your favorite cliche here) away from […]

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Interesting Read: The Truth Behind Food Labels

Every once in a while, usually in a doctor’s office, I come across a magazine article that compels me to tear it out and save for future reference. Thankfully, this piece titled “The Truth Behind Food Labels” is not only in print, you can read it online. In the May-June issue of Audubon magazine, Gretel […]

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Copper River KING Salmon Arrive in Dallas Today

Many feel Copper River salmon is best wild salmon in the world. Others think it’s a fine fish with a fabulous marketing department.  Seafood snobs refer to it as Stupid River Salmon because they feel it is over-hyped and over-priced. Three years ago, SideDish conducted a blind tasting of salmon. Jammin With Wild Salmon took […]

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From Tom Spicer’s Keyboard to Your Eyes: Spiceman’s FM 1410 Report

Greetings from Spiceman, In case you haven’t heard, Mitch Kauffman at Urbano and I are throwing down what looks to be a sold-out wing ding in my garden at FM 1410. There may be some sections C (compost bin) seating or section R (red ant pile) seating available but I’m not certain about that. The event is […]

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The 8th Annual Texas Sommelier Conference: Registration is Open!

The dates for one of the area’s most interesting events is set. On August 12- 13, the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas will host the 8th Annual Texas Sommelier Conference. The three-day conference includes educational sessions, wine tastings, and social media workshops. The 2011 TexSom conference featured the largest contingent of […]

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Dallas-Based Zaccanelli Food Group Acquires Hofmann Sausage Company. Phil Romano Will Make the World Hot Dog Happy!

Yesterday, Merritt Martin of Eater Dallas, linked (ha!) to a story reporting Dallas-based Zaccanelli Food Group’s acquisition of the 133 year-old Hofmann Sausage Company in Syracuse, New York. She writes: “Wait, what? Dallas-based Zaccanelli Food Group acquired Syracuse’s Hofmann Sausage Company in a multimillion dollar deal that means sausage expansion (well beyond Hot Haus rests, […]

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Central Market Announces “Passport France” Festival May 9 – 22

Get ready for Central Market’s yearly culinary salute to foreign food. In 2010, we celebrated Argentina (Hi, Francis!). Last year we pigged out on Spain (Hola, Paco!). This year they are throwing a two-week soiree for France, specifically the southern region of Provence, which will begin on May 9 and run through May 22. Here’s […]

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