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Food Politics: Farm-to-Table Caucus Dinner at Dallas Farmers Market

Last Thursday, the Dallas Farmer’s Market played host to the city’s first Farm-to-Table Caucus Dinner. Texas House representatives from opposites sides of the aisle spearheaded the event to support local farmers and ranchers throughout the state.

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New IRS Rules Creates a Lose-Lose Situation for Restaurants Dealing With Automatic Gratuity

I have some no bueno news (c/o Iris McCallister) to share. If you’ve ever been a server/still are a server at a restaurant, you’re going to be pissed. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Internal Revenue Service has updated a tax rule that will change how a lot of dining businesses are […]

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Mi Cocina Slaps Mi Cocina Hondurena in Garland With a Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

Teresa “Gubbshoe” Gubbins filed a report yesterday on CultureMap. In the post, she shines a bright light on Mi Cocina, the powerful Tex-Mex restaurant that will probably be the first chain restaurant to open a kiosk in the White House. (That is pure speculation on my part. But, I wouldn’t rule it out if the GOP takes […]

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Coming Soon: Bolsa Food Market in Arlington?

Both Christophers, Zielke and Jeffers, of Bolsa Mercado confirm the shop opening up in Arlington has nothing to do with Bolsa Mercado in Bishop Arts. So, there you have it. Call anyway and ask them if it is true:  214-367-9367.

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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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How I Helped Feed the Ego of a Sandwich Shop Named Capriotti’s

Remember how I wrote about Capriotti’s and its plans to take over DFW one sandwich at a time?  Then, recall how they sent 100 sandwiches to D headquarters for my co-workers to try, and most of them were pretty happy with their free sandwiches (minus the mayo). I thought that would be my last interaction with […]

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Restaurant 101: What to do if Your Employer Doesn’t Provide Paycheck Stubs

Yesterday, I posted the news that Michael Costa of The Office Grill filed for bankruptcy. In the comments section, one of Costa’s former employees asked a great question. Anybody have some suggestions for the former employees when it comes tax time? We never received check stubs or info on the taxes taken out of them, […]

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New Code Compliance for Lowest Greenville Ave. Starts Tonight

Last night Avi S. Adelman, the Cesar Millan of Barking Dogs, walked the streets at midnight with Dallas Code Compliance officers as they “educated” business owners on new regulations that start tonight. Basically bars and restaurants must to have a late-night permit to be open after midnight. If they don’t, they get a ticket and […]

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JonfromTJs Visits Total Catch Market in Houston

Jon Alexis, know on every blog in the United States of America as jonfromtjs, handles the marketing for TJ’s Seafood Market, the successful fish market in Preston Forest. He is a conscientious student of seafood. Recently he learned about Total Catch Market, a project (and blog) run by PJ Stoops and Billy Tellez of Louisiana […]

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Update on Trader Joe’s in Dallas

Leave it to Teresa “Gumshoe” Gubbins to find a snitch in Trader Joe’s camp. Since the grocery chain announced they were planning locations in Dallas last May, they have been quite secretive about their locations. According to TG, you can rule out the former location on Greenville Ave. Her Deep Throat coughs up three possible […]

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Hooters Execs Jump Ship to Expand the Addison-based Twin Peaks Breastaurant Brand

Intern Harrison Smith attended a press conference this morning during which it was announced that a thundering herd of Hooters execs will be leaving Boob City (Hooters) for the rapidly expanding Breastville (Twin Peaks). Read on for his straight-from-the-press-conference-floor business tidbit: An investment group led by Coby Brooks, who served as president and CEO at […]

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Yelp Versus the Restaurateur—Read and Discuss

In an article on TheFoodChannel.com, Kay Logsdon updated us on the Yelp vs. the restaurateur debate—specifically whether online reviews via Yelp (and, eh-hem, other sources) are a good or a bad thing? The following is the opening excerpt from her article: It was the food fight of the year. The tall, wavy-haired young marketing genius […]

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Kathy Jack, Owner of Jack’s Backyard in Dallas, Releases Statement to Clear Controversy

Give these gals some credit (sorry) for speaking up when they’re down on their luck. Kathy Jack and Susie Buck of Jack’s Backyard closed their popular indoor/outdoor venue on June 26. There has been some talk going around about why they closed and even though they’ve released the statement below, I’m still a little unclear […]

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Something’s Going on With Michael Costa at The Office Grill in Dallas

I got a tip this morning from a loyal Disher. He/she spotted chains on the front door of The Office Grill in North Dallas. I called the restaurant at noon and got voicemail. (They are usually open for lunch.) Sarah Reiss happened to be nearby and I asked her to go over and check on […]

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How Charitable is In-N-Out Burger in Dallas?

The North Texas In-N-Out Burger invasion caused our favorite (and inquisitive) philanthropic blogger, My Sweet Charity, to ask if In-N-Out Burger donated any of their opening day profits to local charities. She made a few calls and came up with an interesting (and pretty secret) answer. (If you are a nonprofit organization, you’d better read […]

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How to Identify Genetically Modified Food at the Grocery Store

A loyal Disher (h/t DG) sends  a link to a recent newsletter by Dr. Dirt. His parents know him as Howard Garrett, the multi-media writer/talker of all things growing. Anywhoo, Dr. Dirt has a quick guide to identifying genetically modified food in the grocery store. So if you’d like a little less Monsanto in your […]

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Several Dallas Restaurants Report Taking Reservations for Death of bin Laden Celebrations

So far three upscale restaurants in Dallas have emailed me to say their phones are ringing and the customers are asking for Champagne to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden. Apparently former President George Bush was dining at Rise No. 1 when he got the news. Where were you? How do you plan to […]

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Huffpost’s Article “When Is Organic Wine Not Organic” Sheds Light on Red Tape

We talk a lot about wine here on SideDish. And these days, as much as at any time, the buying of organic products (even wine) is a situation where caveat emptor is the name of the game. Be an informed consumer and check out what David Duman uncovered for HuffPost Food about the beurocracy behind […]

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