Anthony Bourdain will be at The Majestic tonight. Tickets are still available. I understand there will be a Q&A segment in the show. Can’t go? Send me your questions. I’ll try to get them answered.
Oh, and Tony. Tonight is the sixth game of the World Series. Our Texas Rangers could be champions before your show is over. You’ve will have hard core Rangers fans in the audience with DVRs recording the game. Please do not give game updates. That goes for you fans in the audience. If I see one of you on your cell phone getting game results, I WILL CUT YOU.8 Comments »
Raul Reyes opened his first restaurant in 2008, a tiny place in Oak Cliff serving the colorful cuisine of his birthplace, the Veracruz region of Mexico. La Palapa Veracruzana was run by his family, wife Olga working as his co-chef, daughter Jaretzy taking managerial duties, and son Raul Jr. waiting tables. The seafood-centric menu snagged the palates of serious food lovers and critics in Dallas, but the kudos posted on food blogs and the glowing reviews couldn’t keep it alive. It closed after only a year.
“We never pulled an alcohol license,” Reyes says by way of explanation. “I couldn’t. My daughter was manager and she was only 17.”
Dejected, Reyes figured he would have to shed his chef whites forever and return to the construction business to support his family. Before La Palapa Veracruzana closed, Reyes had augmented his income by taking on handyman jobs. Chris Zielke, co-owner of Bolsa and Smoke, had hired Reyes to rebuild the bar at Bolsa, the popular farm-to-table restaurant in the Bishop Arts District. So Reyes showed up at Bolsa one day and told Zielke he’d closed his restaurant. Zielke encouraged Reyes to try again.8 Comments »
Don’t forget to drop by our local cheesemakers appreciation reception at Celebration Restaurant. We’ll all be at Celebration Restaurant from 5 to 6:30PM tasting Texas cheeses that recently won American Cheese Society awards. Come meet Paula Lambert (Mozzarella Co.), Rebeccah Durkin(Brazos Valley), Amelia Sweethardt (Pure Luck), Edgar Diaz (Three Happy Cows), Dave Eagle (Eagle Mountain), and Dr. Anne C. Jones (Latte Da Dairy). And as always, the affable Meaders Ozarow (Empire Bakery) will be there with the bread. Check out all of the award-winning cheeses below. See you there! Free D Magazines!
Jump for the glorious cheeses.1 Comment »
D Magazine intern Jessica Melton attended a press preview of the food that will be featured at Taste of Greenville Avenue (TOGA) this weekend.
We’ve all been there before. The age-old looping conversation of “I don’t know, what do you want to eat?”
Every now and then we get a break from having to make these awkward decision and pick an event like Taste of Greenville Avenue to satisfy everyone in our group. TOGA is taking place this Saturday from 10AM to 8PM at 4925 Greenville Ave. TOGA is a lot like Taste of Addison and Taste of Dallas, only it localizes the event by focusing on the businesses on Greenville Avenue. About 30 Greenville eateries will pick their best dishes and offer smaller portions—that cost about $3-$6—giving everyone the chance to try as many restaurants in one outing as they want.
Jump for food porn.
We knew it all along, but were under strict orders not to publish until after her wedding. Lisa and Travis Selcer tied the knot last weekend and now she is ready to start her other new life as a restaurateur. “I am Sissy,” Garza says. “Sissy is southern slang for “sister” and I am developing every aspect.
Sissy’s Fried Chicken will open in the former Hector’s on Henderson space. Garza says it’s a “low-country” concept in honor of her Southern roots. “We will specialize in fried chicken and short ribs,” Garza says. She will also have a tea bar with tea-infused vodkas and specialty cocktails. The interior will be “very Billy Reid” and “like home.”
Garza has developed the menu and has used many of the dishes for her upscale catering business. She will not be the execuchef. “I will be the GM and run the kitchen,” Garza says. “I had a great teacher in Gilbert [Gilbert Garza of Suze] and I want to take the experience I gained owning and operating Suze. I would not be where I am without Gilbert.”
Hatsumi of Kuzu Design (Urban Taco, La Duni, Tei Tei, Brownstone) is doing the interior. Girl power!
Huh? Hasn’t this icky boneless mystery meat sandwich already had more comebacks than Donny and Marie? According to this, they’re rolling out the old queen on November 14. One interesting note in the story is that Germany is the only place where it’s always been available. WTF? Germany? McRib? Do you people eat this stuff? Food snobs speak up!8 Comments »
According to Teresa Gubbins, the Dallas Business Journal is reporting they “unearthed a unearthed a sales tax application” for Trader Joe’s No. 404 at 2701 S. Hulen Street in Fort Worth. Whew! I bet Bud Kennedy is going nuts!9 Comments »
Andrea Grimes announced she is leaving Eater—and Dallas—to move to Austin. That means Eater needs an editor. Ya want to blog with the big boys? Now is your chance.9 Comments »
Warning: This is a shameless promotion plug for my brother blog, FrontRow.
On Thursday, November 3, our arts and entertainment site FrontRow will come to life for “FrontRow Live presented by Chevy” at the Dallas Contemporary. Join us from 8 pm – midnight for a “highbrow lowbrow blowout” with three DJs, live musical performances, a short-film screening room, screen printing by The Public Trust’s Brian Gibb, and free beer (thank you, Michelob Ultra). There’ll also be a food truck park with some of our favorites: Nammi Truck, Ruthie’s Rolling Café, Bomb Fried Pies, Trailercakes, and Cavalli Pizza. Pearl Cup will have a pop-up coffee lounge if you want to go that route. Tickets are free; just bring some cash for food and coffee. Go here for all the details, and click here to get your FREE tickets.
Did you catch the word FREE. Those folks at FrontRow have all the fun.
Last week, Gumshoe Gubbins reported the opening of Stackhouse Burgers in an old house on Gaston near Baylor. She spoke with Randy Kienast, one of the owners, and he told her all about the burger-based menu which will be cooked by James Rose, who was formerly at Bob’s Steak & Chop House. Kienast’s partner in the deal is his best buddy Ben Spies. Who is Ben Spies? I asked the question and got more than I could handle. I know nothing about motorcycle racing, but apparently Ben Spies is a big deal in MotoGP racing. (He is one of the top five. Bonus points if you can name the other four.) Here is a cut and paste bio:
If you’re a MotoGP fan, you already know that Ben scored his first victory in that series in June, riding for Yamaha at the Dutch TT. And that he was named 2010 Rookie of the Year after his sixth-place finish in the championship.If you’re a World Superbike fan, you know that he won that championship in 2009 (along with a record number of poles) competing on tracks he’d never seen before.
Spies owns several properties in Dallas, including a ranch and a place at the W Hotel. He is also an investor in Kenichi Dallas. Kienast says the restaurant is taking shape and will open “very soon.”22 Comments »
Raya has told you where to go if you want to watch the game in public. However many of us prefer to view the game from the comfort of our own couch with a few friends and dogs. A commenter, who wants to party at home, asks what she can cook to represent each team. I know you will be tempted to say roasted a few Northern Cardinals. There are six of them in my front yard this very second. You can buy Nolan Ryan’s beef at Kroger and maybe do some toasted ravioli.
I say we get this party started! Get creative. Go Rangers!4 Comments »
That little boy in the picture is my nephew James. He is almost three. He loves the Texas Rangers and tells anyone who will listen that Michael Young is his best friend. (He kinda is!) James is psyched for tomorrow night’s World Series game in St. Louis between the Texas Rangers and the St. Louis Cardinals (7:05PM).
Another Disher is excited about the game. So pumped that he is flying to St. Louis for the Games 1 and 2 (Thurs.). He wants your help.
I’m headed to St. Louis for the games. Any suggestions on where to eat.
Knock it out.23 Comments »
Christopher Jeffers and Chris Zielke (Team Chris) have taken over the former space known at Jack’s Backyard on Fort Worth Avenue and plan to open two restaurant concepts. One will be a family-friendly; the other will be a bar. (And it won’t pop up.) “Don’t have any names,” Zielke said. No other details from this reporter. Hey, let’s have a naming contest!!! St. Christophers? Christophers Crossing? Come on…
UPPITY DATE: Tim Byres is also one of the partners. Readjust naming program.
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