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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Report From 2012 Savor Dallas: Top Ten Dishes Served at International Grand Tasting

The popular International Grand Tasting at Savor Dallas 2012 took place on Saturday night at Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas. Organizers noted the move from Dallas to Irving was to make it easier for the residents of Fort Worth to attend.  Any worry that the change in venue would deter event patrons was quickly […]

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Dean Fearing Does New York: Hanging With Jean-Georges Vongerichten

Dallas chef Dean Fearing is in New York where he will be honored as a “Pioneer of American Cuisine” by The Culinary Institute of America. Fearing is standing in tall grass: tomorrow’s gala dinner will also honor Larry Forgione, Wolfgang Puck, Paul Prudhomme, and Alice Waters. Each honoree was asked to invite a protégée to […]

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Men Will Be Boys: Jason Joseph Wins the “Name a Pizza for Mike Napoli” Contest at Cane Rosso

Tuesday night, pizza lover and baseball writer, Evan Grant, and pizza maker and baseball lover, Jay Jerrier held the finals of the “Name a Pizza for Mike Napoli” contest at Cane Rosso. Four of the five finalists showed up to sample their until-then-never-tasted pizza recipes. Jerrier went to great lengths to make the pies. “We […]

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Gourmet Live Announces The Top 25 American Food Entrepreneurs. Dallas’ Jeff Sinelli Makes the Cut.

Gourmet Live just released their list of the top 25 food entrepreneurs who have emerged over the last 25 years. Right there on the list alongside Howard Schultz, Wolfgang Puck, Emeril Lagasse, and Martha Stewart is Dallas restaurateur Jeff Sinelli, founder of Which Wich? They refer to Which Wiches as “the funnest lunch in the […]

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Oak Cliff Cellars Wins Awards at 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Congratulations to Oak Cliff Cellars. They’ve just announced the recent awards at the the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Here they are: 2009 Firebrick Zinfandel – Silver 2009 Lover’s Lane Petite Sirah – Bronze 2010 Wild Diamond Mourvedre – Bronze 2010 Rogues Blend (GSM) – Bronze Jim Richardson of OCC: “The 2009 Firebrick Zinfandel […]

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FUQUA Winery Wins Best of Class for FUQUA Cavalier Tawny Port

Hip, hip, hooray for Lee Fuqua and his brewing buddy Courtney Elizabeth Key. Together they took the top award in its category at the prestigious 2012 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. “We beat all the other Double Gold Medal winners to win the Best of Class award for our port, meaning that our FUQUA Cavalier […]

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Top Twelve Bites I Put in My Mouth in 2011

There’s a common sentiment among restaurant critics: We have to eat a lot of poor quality and mediocre food before we taste something memorable. But, oh baby, when that over-the-top bite hits your mouth, you know you’ve found it. Something about the drink, dish, or dessert pushes it above the hundreds of thousands of other […]

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16 Dallas Holiday Cocktails You Must Try Now

I spent the last week researching bars serving up holiday cocktails in Big D. Then photographer Matthew Shelley and I made our way around town to give them a look and a taste. Here’s our toast to our new favorite holiday-inspired cocktails. Cheers.

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Drink This Now: The Drinking Chocolate with Vanilla Bean Marshmallows at Dude, Sweet Chocolate

In a perfect world,  Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate and I would totally be BFFs.  We would hang out, like, everyday…stuffing our faces silly with her wonderful chocolate creations while watching Lord of the Rings, spending hours planted in front of the X-Box, playing hackey-sack, and toilet-papering the neighbors’ houses.  Then, the end of […]

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Event Report: Texas Cheesemakers Appreciation Party at Celebration Restaurant

Last evening, the Texas winners of the recent American Cheese Society Competition 2011 displayed their award-winning cheeses at Celebration Restaurant. What a great turnout! The room was SRO with cheese lovers. It was so crowded I could barely get around the space to sample all of the cheeses and during my attempt to do so, […]

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Celebrate Texas Cheese at Celebration Restaurant With the Winners of the American Cheese Society Competition

A couple of years ago we threw a cheesemaker appreciation reception at Celebration Restaurant. Well, we’re doing it again on October 27. Join us from 5:00 to 6:30PM as we taste the Texas cheeses that recently won American Cheese Society awards.  Come meet Paula Lambert (Mozzarella Co.), Rebeccah Durkin (Brazos Valley), Amelia Sweethardt (Pure Luck), […]

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Red River BBQ Shootout

October is my favorite month for many reasons. But the most important reason is what happens this Saturday: the Red River Rivalry (say that three times fast). While I’m preparing my down ’Horns symbol and getting my vocal chords ready for a lot of Boomer Sooner-ing, I’ve also been preparing my stomach. DRG Concepts, which […]

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New Downtown Cocktail Bar: Michael Martensen and Eddie “Lucky” Campbell Apply for Liquor Permit

So the permit sign in the window at 1404 Main Street reads “The Garden Bar,” but that’s not the real name. However, the address is the site of the soon-to-open bar manned by mixologists Michael Martensen and Eddie “Lucky” Campbell. The dynamic duo have held the space vacated by Dr. Bell’s BBQ for some time, […]

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