Matt McCallister of FT33 is a Whisky Man

For months I’ve semi-religiously stalked Instagram photos posted by FT33’s executive chef Matt McCallister, confident that they represent the sincerest form of culinary artistry that I’ve witnessed in Dallas. The portfolio is filled with images depicting early morning forage expeditions for oyster mushrooms, gastronomic kitchen toys, butchered Berkshire hogs, and plated works of art. Now he’s won Food & Wine’s 2014 title as the Southwest Region’s best new chef, again.

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Bacon on a Stick, Frozen Beer, and Choomongous: 3 New Foods at the Rangers Ballpark

Every year, right before the Rangers kick-off their season, the Ballpark comes up with outrageous new food items to trick us into buying their giant hotdogs and monstrous hamburgers.

And every year, we say no more. Please, no more.

Monday, March 31 is when the Rangers play their first game this spring. And the offerings are looking bigger (and better?) than ever. Here are a few of the rookies.

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Photo Recap of Chefs for Farmers Sous Chef Competition

Behold, Sunday afternoon’s Chefs for Famers Get Some #@&% Credit Sous Chef Competition, to which my photographer friend and I were media guests. Eight sous chefs competed for $1,500 and bragging rights by making a dish with ingredients from one of the farms supported by Chefs for Farmers, the organization run by Matt and Iris […]

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Ask Nancy and She Will Answer

Tomorrow Nancy Nichols is sitting in Emerald City and taking your questions LIVE on D: The Broadcast at 9:45 a.m. Have a question about her process for picking the 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas? Leave your questions/comments/disagreements below. Your question might go straight to the Wizard. To watch: AT&T 47 | DirecTV 47 | Dish 47 […]

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Here’s the Official List of Our Top 10 Restaurants in Dallas

UPDATE: We’ve now revealed our full list of the 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas. Check it out. 10. Lucia 9. Pecan Lodge 8. Stephan Pyles 7. Fearing’s 6. Spoon Bar & Kitchen 5. FT33 4. Oak 3. Tei-An 2. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek 1. Neighborhood Services Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Need a cookie? Leave a comment below.

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Matt McCallister of FT33 Wins Food & Wine’s The People’s Best New Chef Award in the Southwest

A biiiiig congratulations to the hard-working Matt McCallister and his team of cheerleaders, led by captain/wife Iris McCallister! Today Food & Wine announced that Matt won the most votes in the Southwest category, even beating out fellow Dallas chef, Omar Flores of Driftwood, who was also nominated. Anyways, this is huge for McCallister, who opened […]

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James Beard Foundation Announces Finalists for 2013, Congrats to the Dallas Observer’s Cheap Bastard

Wow, this is really, really, really, really sad. I just watched the entire live streaming of the James Beard finalist announcement with butterflies in my stomach, hoping to hear them nominate some of our seven semifinalists from Dallas. Sadly, the only good news I can report is the JBFA’s nod to Alice Laussade’s “The Cheap Bastard’s […]

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James Beard Announces 2013 Semifinalists for Best Restaurant and Chef, Dallas Has Seven Nominations

Hot dang. It’s that time of the year again. The James Beard Foundation has posted a list of its semifinalists for 2013 on its website already. Dallas, get excited. We’ve been nominated seven times (if you count Irving, too). OUTSTANDING BAR PROGRAM – Cedars Social, Dallas OUTSTANDING CHEF - Stephan Pyles, Stephan Pyles Restaurant, Dallas OUTSTANDING […]

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Twisted Root Gives a 65 Cent Discount to the ‘Nicest, Best Looking Person with the Best Butt’

Who walked into Twisted Root (Richardson) the other day? Ryan Gosling? Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Would George Clooney order a turkey with extra cheddar???? Whoever it was, Server 200 had the hots for him/her. The anonymous receiver posted the receipt on Reddit today for the Dallas world to see. The takeaway: wear tight pants to Twisted Root. […]

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Adam Richman From Man Vs. Food Discovers the Tastiest Mess at the State Fair of Texas

The State Fair of Texas may be over, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of it. Even though he’s said that he’s “quite done with food challenges,” Adam Richman can’t seem to separate himself from food. The host of the cult classic, Man vs. Food on the Travel Channel, was at the State […]

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The State Fair of Texas Holds Record For World’s Largest Frito Chili Pie

Frito-Lay celebrated its 80th anniversary in a big way on Monday, October 1 at 9:45 a.m. How big, you ask? Big enough to try and set the record for the world’s largest Frito chili pie at the State Fair of Texas. The current Guinness World Record weighs in at a whopping 1,100 pounds, making this […]

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The South’s Best Butt: List of 20 of the Best Barbecue Joints in the South Includes Dallas’ Pecan Lodge’s Butt

Southern Living has just released their hard-to-not-read list: The South’s Best Butt: 20 of the Best Barbecue Joints in the South. They’ve scoured the South and picked their 20 favorite joints. Congrats to Dallas’ Pecan Lodge. Here is Southern Living’s take: Pecan Lodge Dallas, Texas In a state known for barbecue, Dallas is rarely a […]

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TACA Lexus Party on the Green Gets a Taste of Mother Nature

Friday night’s soirée, TACA Lexus Party on the Green, took place on the lawn at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.  There were cars up for winning, a cork pull, fabulous trips and dinners in the silent auction, and food. Oh, so much food. More than 30 chefs gathered in the courtyard to offer up […]

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James Beard Award Ceremony is Tonight. Bruno Davaillon is in New York

Yesterday chef Bruno Davaillon and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek’s marketing manager, Stephanie Hudson, headed to New York. Tonight they will attend the JBF Award Ceremony and Dinner at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Davaillon is up for Best Chef: Southwest. The gala kicks off at 6:00PM (5:00PM CST). If he has time, chef […]

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