We dispatched Brad Murano, otherwise known as The Brad as in The Brad’s Adventures in Food, to the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen this weekend. He files a photo essay of the glamorous event.
The Food & Wine Classic in Aspen isn’t just about the chef demonstrations, informative seminars, and massive Grand Tastings, it’s about parties. Press, trade, chefs, attendees and fence-jumpers jocky for placements on the coveted lists. Here are some snaps from various F&W shenanigans and some famous peeps from Dallas with famous peeps from around the world.3 Comments »
If you are in the mood for some tasty wine, there are more opportunities than ever to enjoy some great wine, often with a tasty meal. Here are a few ideas to add to your calendar.
The next Dallas Wine Trail is tomorrow and a few tickets are still available here for $39.95 each. The fifth annual event taking place from 11am – 5pm tomorrow at all four of our Dallas wineries will include 3 tastes of the current release wines at each spot along with tasty food bites at each location. This is a great opportunity to meet the winemakers of Fuqua, Times Ten Cellars, Calais and Inwood Estates.
Tickets won’t be available at the door, so buy now if you can attend.
Nancy named The Grape as her #11 in the Top 100 restaurants in Dallas….and I couldn’t agree more as this neighborhood gem owned by Chef Brian Luscher and his fabulous wife with a great palate, Sommelier Courtney Luscher, consistently delivers tasty bistro cuisine paired with an ever evolving wine list, made only better while enjoying an evening on their Greenville Ave patio. Every Monday-Friday on that patio and in the bar you can enjoy 1/2 price wine from their by the glass list from 5:30-7pm, Monday until 8pm. An ideal way to start the week.
A must attend wine dinner happens Thursday June 13 at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse featuring Nickel and Nickel wines with special guest Jim Doehring, Central Region Manager for Nickel & Nickel, Far Niente, En Route and Dolce. Nickel and Nickel has become known for their single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from specially selected sites throughout Napa Valley. The wines are robust, refined and always remarkable. $225, reservations required – 214-366-2000 Continue reading "Upcoming Opportunities To Taste"Be The First To Comment
Okay Uchi fans, the wait is over. Uchi is headed to Dallas. This afternoon comes word: The owners of Uchi announced the long-awaited location of their fourth restaurant, and the third location of Uchi, to open late 2014 or early 2015. The restaurant will be located in the ArtsCenter on the corner of Maple Avenue and Randall Street at 2817 Maple Avenue.
Got something to say Tyson Cole? “We are so excited to bring Uchi to Dallas,” comments owner and Chef Tyson Cole. “It’s a thrill to start planning for another restaurant in Texas.”
Here’s a bit more:
The cuisine will meld the best offerings of the first Uchi and Cole’s second Austin concept, Uchiko, much like Uchi Houston which opened February 2012. Chef Cole’s signature menu offerings include hot and cool tastings, makimono, yakimono, tempura and, of course, sushi and sashimi. Each guest at the table may enjoy and share the experience of dining at Uchi together. Every detail is thoughtfully managed so the guest may enjoy the progression of the meal in a seamless flow, each bite meant to build upon the last.
OMG. IJS. LOL. WTF? Is this a great city or what!7 Comments »
Last night, I went to Dean Fearing's house for dinner. (Believe me, I had a lot of fun telling people that was my Thursday night plan.) And I learned a couple things about Dean.
1. His house is very unassuming. When we turned onto his street, I told my husband/photographer that we had to have the wrong address. But it was correct. We peered beyond the valet stand and saw a black cat sitting on the doorstep, patiently waiting to be let in. I knew it was going to be a good night.
2. Dean is a great host. No matter who you are, if you're in his home, you're friends. He spent a great deal of time greeting guests. He's down-to-earth and seemed to generally care what you were talking about. But those of you who have spent time eating his meals probably already knew that.
3. Dean is a cat person. He has a dog, too, but the dog was being boarded for the evening so that people wouldn't be asked to play catch every five second. However, Dean's three cats (Roux, 18; Gumbo, 13; and File, 13) had the run of the place. My favorite was Roux. She got a lot of love last night. She started out on top of a chair and by the time I left, was sprawled out on a friend's lap. Continue reading "Dinner at Dean’s Place"4 Comments »
Stephan Pyles appeared on yesterday’s D: The Broadcast. He demonstrates how to make ceviche of lobster with vanilla-roasted fennel and almond gazpacho. The recipe is below. Continue reading "D The Broadcast: Stephan Pyles Demonstrates Lobster Ceviche"
This just in from Lindsey Miller, the public relations representative for Oak writes:
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It has come to my attention that a local blogger just posted something not long ago regarding talk that Jason Maddy is no longer Executive Chef of Oak. This email I am sending is to confirm that this is indeed the case and the rumor is in fact true. Out of respect for Jason and his family, we cannot go into details. But due to personal health reasons, he is no longer Executive Chef of Oak. Thomas Gray (recently appointed Chef de Cuisine) is now acting Executive Chef for Oak.
T-minus 57 hours and counting. At 6PM on Wednesday, May 22, the pre-release date editions of the June issue of D Magazine will be delivered to Sharon Van Meter’s 3015 at Trinity Groves. And we are throwing a party from 6-8PM to celebrate the cover story: 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas. At 7PM, we will announce the top ten best restaurants in Dallas. So far we have representatives from 64 restaurants which range from a mom-and-pop in Richardson to a swanky haute cuisine spot in Uptown. There will be food: an eclectic mix of haute cuisine, off-the-beaten-path barbecue, and a variety of dishes from ethnic restaurants. Along with the food tastings, there will be cocktails by Brugal Rum, beer by Trumer Pilsner, DJ Jose Guevara, Land Rovers on display and a See’s Candy buffet. Additional sponsors include Express Working Capital and Poggenpohl.
If you don’t like my picks, you can throw a pie at me. I’ll be right outside the front door waiting for you. It will cost you $20 to toss a pie but the money collected will go to the North Texas Food Bank.Click here for event tickets ($50.)6 Comments »
Everyone keeps telling me how cute and adorable the Lee brothers really are, so part of me wants to keep these two free tickets to Central Market’s cooking class for myself. Matt and Ted Lee, the hosts of The Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, are also the authors of their new cookbook, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen. Did I mention that you get a free copy of the cookbook along with the two tickets? Yeah, let me stress that again: two tickets to see the Lee brothers + a free cookbook. Happy Friday, y’all.
The class is on Tuesday, May 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Central Market on Lovers Lane. I’m thinking these tickets might be a great surprise for a mom (or anyone, really) who loves to cook. Whatdyathink? I’m closing this contest off at 5 p.m. today. People who are interested in this $160 value should fill out the form below.
The winner, who I’ll email at 5, will get two tickets put on will call at Central Market.3 Comments »
I have just completed D Magazine‘s June cover story: The 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas. Yes, I wrote 100 restaurant reviews and ranked the top 100 restaurants in Dallas. To complete the task, I had to toss out Fort Worth, Grapevine, and the mid-cities. Maybe next time. (Which will not be in my life time.) I’m so tired I thought it would be a great idea to throw a party and celebrate the 100 best restaurants in Dallas. The marketing people agreed.
Join me and many of the 100 best restaurants in Dallas for a giant soiree on May 22 from 6-8PM at Sharon Van Meter’s 3015 Trinity Groves. The festivities will feature food from the top chefs in Dallas and the fare will feature an eclectic mix of haute cuisine, off-the-beaten-path barbecue, and a variety of dishes from ethnic restaurants. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to mingle with an unprecedented gathering of chefs and restaurateurs from the top restaurants in Dallas. Along with the food tastings, there will be cocktails by Brugal Rum, beer by Trumer Pilsner, DJ Jose Guevara, Land Rovers on display and a See’s Candy buffet. Additional sponsors include Express Working Capital and Poggenpohl.
I’m thinking about doing a “Throw a Cream Pie in Nancy’s Face” booth to raise money for my favorite charity. Could happen. Buy your tickets here.1 Comment »
Last night, Stephan Pyles personally cooked for for First Lady Michelle Obama and the Former First Lady of Dallas, Matrice Kirk. First, the ladies split a Caesar salad with polenta crouton. Mrs. Obama’s entree was a seared halibut with a crabmeat-tamale tart. She also downed four bites of a cowboy rib-eye with red chile onion rings.
The First Lady and Chef Pyles spoke of his decades-long efforts with Share Our Strength and childhood hunger, which she called the other side of childhood obesity (her passion).
Pyles shares some other details, including the other First Ladies he’s cooked for (7!), on his Facebook page:
The other “Firsts” were Laura Bush, Hilary Clinton, Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan, Rosalind Carter and Betty Ford. The one I most wanted to cook for but never did? Lady Bird Johnson. I adored that woman! Who does not think of her every time they drive through the Texas Hill Country in spring?
Madame O. was served Seared Halibut with Crabmeat-Tamale Tart, Caesar Salad and the Bone-In Cowboy Ribeye with Red Chile Onions Rings. I was impressed she ordered such a robust meal but she only had about 4 bites of the Cowboy Ribeye. Moderation! as my late and great friend Julia Child used to cry. “Eat it all”, she used to say, “just don’t make a pig of yourself”. Besides, she has to keep those terrific arms in good shape. And speaking of which, she wore sleeves last night!
Regretfully, he forgot to take a picture.
UPDATE: I can’t believe I went to college for this. I printed information above sent to me by a publicist. The details are a little off.
Here goes: Ms. Obama did NOT order two entrees. According to Pyles: ”They ordered a Caesar salad to split and she (Mrs. Obama) ordered the cowboy rib-eye for her entree. When I got their order, I sent them out a halibut/tamale tart appetizer so by the time she got to the rib-eye she was probably full (my fault). She ate almost half the rib-eye which is more than most women eat.”
UPDATE: Okay, curious folks. More from Pyles: “Matrice had the same appetizer I sent out to Michelle, she of course split the Caesar and had the Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Yucca-Huitlacoche Hash and pickled Blackberries as her entree. Matrice picked up the check.”
BRAVOlebrity Curtis Stone (Aussie hunk and chef/author) is hanging out on the set of D: The Broadcast this morning, so be sure to tune in from 9 to 11 a.m.
Not gonna lie, I’m kind of in love with Stone’s Backstreet Boy hair, and I can’t decide which looks more yummy: the spinach and arugula salad he’s making or that mega watt smile.
Brush up on your Stone history and knowledge with this interview by intern Sheila Dang.
He was so nice, he cooked for them twice!
On your mark, get set, dial….214-741-2629. Philip Speer, the executive pastry chef and culinary director at Uchi in Austin will join chef/artist/owner Matt McCallister to present a color-themed eight-course dinner on May 13 at FT33. Speer and MM will create both savory and sweet courses and a color palate of red, yellow, blue, green, orange, violet, magenta, and black.
Gershwin filled the air as Dallas wine lovers, dressed to the hilt in black tie and glitz, took a turn back to the 20′s to celebrate the 22nd annual Cotes du Coeur. The ballroom of the Hilton Anatole was transformed into a glamorous setting filled with lavish red roses in crystal vases sharing space with hundreds of bottles of stunning wine from around the world. The tempting aromas wafted from the room, rising from the dozen chef stations situated throughout the ballroom, each paired with two award-winning wine selections. I had a chance to attend as a guest of The American Heart Association Dallas Chapter. Continue reading "22nd Annual Cotes Du Coeur Celebrated the Heart 1920′s Style"2 Comments »
Jonathan Waxman, the chef/owner of Barbuto, the popular Italian-inspired bistro in Manhattan’s West Village, is coming to Dallas to cook at Fearing’s. Waxman, a pioneer in California cuisine, plans a meal that will focus on simple, fresh, and seasonal ingredients. Delicious idea! Los Angeles Times Restaurant critic Jonathon Gold refers to Waxman as “the Eric Clapton of chefs.” Whoa, Nellie! If he’s Eric Clapton, then that makes Dean Fearing the _________ of chefs. Fill in the blank. Details below…7 Comments »
Today, Chef Kenny Bowers appeared on DLiving. He shared his ideas for game day appetizers and how to make cheesesteak sliders. Recipes below. Continue reading "Kenny Bowers Cooks on D Living"
I’m only posting this news because I lost a bet. I put my money on Matt McCallister to be on this list and got smoked. This morning, Food & Wine editor, Dana Cowin, announced the winners of the magazine’s annual best new chefs issue. The following ten chefs, including Chris Shepherd of Underbelly in Houston, will be knighted at the annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen in June where Bruno Davaillon (Mansion), Tim Love (Lonesome Dove, etc.), John Tesar (Spoon) are featured celebrity chefs. Oh, I buried the lede: Sissy Biggers is making a comeback. Remember Ready! Set! Cook! ?
Jump for them.1 Comment »