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If Le Cirque Comes to Dallas: Potential News and a Thought Experiment

Last week I attended Le Cirque’s “pop-up” (if one can call a dinner that involves fine linen and a four-fork table setting a “pop-up”) at the Tower Club, and aside a fine meal from the New York restaurant’s new chef, there was also some interesting news.

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Q&A With Nicolas Blouin, the Pastry Chef Who’s Quietly Making Sure Dallas Is on the International Pastry Map

They’re still waiting to appoint a new executive chef at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Meanwhile, Nicolas Blouin is a steady fixture, turning out beautiful confections from his tiny pastry room off the main kitchen. The 33-year-old pastry chef from Toulouse, France has worked in Switzerland, France, and Las Vegas, working at Michelin-starred restaurants and under world-famous patissiers before he landed at the Mansion five years ago.

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12th Annual Taste of the NFL at AT&T Stadium a Success

What started out with a couple of dozen people in the parking lot at Abacus, with Chef Kent Rathbun grilling with his buddies for good, has turned into one of the best tailgate parties in town benefiting The North Texas Food Bank. 12 years later, more than one thousand guests filled the field of AT&T Stadium in Arlington to taste, bid, sip and enjoy food and entertainment. Those in attendance had the opportunity to rub elbows with Dallas Cowboy’s greats like Chad Hennings, Charles Haley, Travis Fredrick and Preston Pearson before dancing to the music of Texas favorite, Jack Ingram.

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Final Recap: D Magazine and Celebrity X Cruises Baked in Alaska Trip

On August 14, sixty adventurous sailors boarded the Celebrity Solstice in Seattle and headed north to explore Alaska’s Inside Passage. Our trip was photographed by Elizabeth Lave. Live vicariously through her gorgeous photos. Then make plans to join us next year as we sail to a now-secret location.

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An Evening with John Tesar and Aaron Franklin in Support of EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES.

Last night, “The Most Hated Chef in Dallas” raised thousands of dollars for the continuous battle against AIDS – and it was only the first of five nights dedicated to the cause. As the local steward of EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES., a national effort led by Mario Batali, John Tesar, celebrity chef incarnate, graciously exited stage right and allowed brisket Jedi, Aaron Franklin, to lead a carnivorous evening all in the name of philanthropy.

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An Evening of Grilling at Chef Kent Rathbun’s Home

I recently accepted the invitation to witness a full-scale Lynx operation and was in awe of what these residential products are capable of achieving. Granted, I was at the home of Kent Rathbun, who, as a Bobby Flay-defeating Iron Chef winner, Food Network star and repeat James Beard nominee, has more skill than most. That said, I witnessed an outdoor grilling setup that does the best job emulating that of a commercial kitchen, and it’s available to the public.

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Eve Hill-Agnus Chats With Marcus Samuelsson at DMA

Before his talk last Friday at the Dallas Museum of Art, Eve Hill-Agnus had seven minutes in the Green Room with chef Marcus Samuelsson, the wunderkind chef who’s won James Beard awards for Rising Star Chef and Best Chef, New York City and whose books have been equally lauded. He brings up some soulful thoughts about chefs and their relationship to their community.

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Chef’s Club Dinner in Soho with John Tesar

Mention the name, “John Tesar” to anyone that has their finger on the “culinary pulse” in Dallas, and you will receive a wide variety of opinions ranging from endearing to downright unsuitable for print. Last week, I was invited to spend time with “The Eagle” himself (a presumably self-proclaimed sobriquet) at Food & Wine Magazine’s Chef’s Club in Manhattan’s trendy Soho neighborhood. Our discussion touched on several topics, including the significance of returning to his hometown of New York City, his numerous James Beard nominations (and Dallas’ continued plight regarding the same), and what life has been like since the Tweet read round the world.

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