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Sneak Peek: John Tesar Shows Us a Glimpse of Knife

Chef John Tesar is back at it again. His much celebrated restaurant, Spoon, is no longer an only child. He is coming at this ravenous city with something almost unheard of in Dallas: steak. I jest, but this particular fine dining steakhouse, which opens May 15 in Central 214’s old spot, will set itself apart not only with the wild Chef’s personal flair for madcap exuberance, but by its selection of rare and alternative prime cuts. As Tesar told the crowd of media that attended a preview of Knife’s facility last night, “Where Spoon is more intimate, Knife is social.” Here are the essentials you need to know.

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4 Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Spring is stunning in Dallas. It’s probably the best time of year to live in our great city. But if you have a little spring fever and you’re looking for a reason to get out of town on a long weekend, here are a few ideas over the coming months that are great excuses to hop on a plane or take a road trip.

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What To Drink Now: Truffle Dinner in Spain with Gonzalez Byass (Part 2)

Earlier this week, we went on a black winter truffle hunt with wine company Gonzalez Byass in the northern part of Spain—specifically, the Somontano region—where I was traveling as their guest. After the hunt and a very hot shower in the medieval village of Alquezar, we set off for our truffle feast prepared by chef Carmelo Bosque of the Michelin-starred Lillas Pastia.

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What to Drink Now: Truffle Hunt with Gonzalez Byass in Spain (part 1)

Of all the delicacies in the world, none excites my palate more than an earthy truffle. They can be white or black, from the Piedmont region of Alba at the foothills of the Alps, the Périgord region in France, or the Spanish hills of Somontano in the shadows of the Pyrenees. The divine, intense aroma […]

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The 23rd Annual Cotes du Coeur Was a Resounding Success

On Saturday night, the ballroom of the Hilton Anatole Hotel was buzzing with enthusiastic guests, helped by the plethora of wine poured by 32 wineries from around the nation and around the world. The 23rd annual Cotes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner, the American Heart Association’s (AHA) largest charity gala event in the country, hosted by the Dallas Division of the AHA, invited me as a guest.

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Cotes du Coeur 2014 Chefs Announced Last Night

Last night Chef Richard Chamberlain, of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill, along with the staff and volunteers of the American Heart Association welcomed many of his fellow local chef friends to the Sub-Zero Wolf showroom.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Attend Flavor! Napa Valley Next Year

Let’s be real, now. There’s no better place for a serious getaway trip than Wine Country. Napa may be a small, touristy town, but it’s one of those rare parts of the world where time stops and people start aging backwards. I’m quite serious. The trees and leaves turn orange-yellow-red when it’s fall, there’s a […]

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Chefs for Farmers Knocks it Out of Lee Park, Year After Year

A muscular cadre of superhero chefs assembled on Sunday to bring the most awesome food event the palates of Dallas’ hungriest have ever seen. Wine, cheese, charcuterie, puréed pumpkin with pancetta and foie gras? I mean, c’mon. The Chefs For Farmers event launched with sophisticated charm all over Lee Park. A band kept spirits up […]

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Bits & Bites: Things To Do and Chew in Dallas Nov. 1-3

Halloween season has officially ended. That means a couple of things: all of the candy at the grocery store is on sale, and Christmas season has unofficially begun. Yes, Thanksgiving may be the weathered bastion of proper holiday observance, but it doesn’t sell Kias or iPads. While we wait for the inevitable breakdancing Santa to […]

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Thomas Keller Dines at FT 33 in Dallas

Around 8:15pm on Friday night, chef Matt McCallister spotted Thomas Keller, the chef/god of The French Laundry (Napa) and Per Se (NYC), walking through the dining room of FT 33. “I was like hey guys, by the way, Thomas Keller just walked in,” McCallister told me last night while he whipped up a little pork liver […]

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An Ode to Okra: Those Ladyfingers Were the Highlight of Chad Houser’s Childhood Sunday Suppers

In the current issue of D Magazine, Café Momentum director, Chad Houser, wrote this essay on okra. The inspiration of his tale comes from his family’s tradition of Sunday suppers. We all know Chef Houser can cook, but who knew he was also a gifted writer. Pass the okra and enjoy. The first time I fell […]

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Chefs For Farmers Tickets On Sale

Get ready for this year’s blockbuster event: Chefs for Farmers Down and Dirty on the Boulevard.  The popular celebration organized by FT33 Chef/Owner Matt McCallister and his wife, Iris, is dedicated to raising awareness for the locavore movement in the South. Last year was a smashing success, so I’d advise you to get your tickets muy […]

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