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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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Chad Houser Chosen As One of United States Junior Chamber’s Outstanding Young Americans

Dallas chef and executive director of Café Momentum, Chad Houser, has been chosen as one of the United States Junior Chamber’s (Jaycees) 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Americans. For 77 years, the United States Junior Chamber has recognized men and women who are between ages 18 to 40 for their community engagement.

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D Magazine and Celebrity Cruises Announce “Baked in Alaska” Culinary Tour

All aboard for seven glorious days and nights on the Celebrity Solstice, Celebrity Cruise Lines’ modern luxury ship geared toward the gourmand. Join Dallas chefs Matt McCallister and John Tesar along with TJ’s Fish Market expert Jon Alexis for a culinary adventure through one of the most majestic areas of Alaska. Get your details here.

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Scenes from The Best New Restaurants of 2014 Dinner

Last night chefs, restaurateurs, and people who just really like to eat gathered at 3015 at Trinity Groves for our Best New Restaurants dinner. The 10-course meal, benefiting Cafe Momentum, sampled bites from each restaurant highlighted in Nancy Nichols’ feature in the December issue of D Magazine. You can view the menu and gallery from the event below.

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Jasper’s to Be First Restaurant at CityLine Mixed-Use Development

Chef Kent Rathbun is opening a fourth location of Jasper’s. The restaurant is scheduled to open in KDC’s 186-acre mixed use project in Richardson (at the corner of Plano Road and State Street).

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Dallas Stars Jamie and Jordie Benn Cook Burgers at Hard Rock Café in Dallas

Last night, Jamie and Jordie Benn showed up at the Hard Rock Café in Dallas to do what brothers do: compete against each other. This time the battle did not take place on the ice, it took place at the bar where each assembled their own burger creation. Both burgers will be featured on the Hard Rock’s menu from November 1 to December 1. You, the burger connoisseur, have the privilege of tasting their respective concoctions and voting on social media for which one you feel is the best.

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