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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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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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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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SideDish Traffic: The Greatest Hits of 2014

Ever wonder which SideDish posts attract the most traffic? The answer is just a click away.

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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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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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Cafe Momentum on The Rachael Ray Show

A couple Sundays ago, I attended Cafe Momentum’s pop up brunch at Knife. When I walked in the door, I saw cameras everywhere. I gave Chad Houser, Executive Director at Cafe Momentum a quizzical look, and he explained it was for a taping of The Rachael Ray Show. At the beginning of the meal, we were informed of the taping and we all gave consent for us to be on television.

Last week, the day after Houser turned 39, the crew taped the show in New York. Houser talked about the restaurant and classroom space Cafe Momentum is opening in December. The segment is titled “Meet a Chef Who Is Using Food to Change Lives.” It will air at 10 a.m. on October 30.

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Truffles and Bubbles at the Mansion on Turtle Creek

The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is throwing one over-the-top party. Five nationally-recognized chefs are gathering at the Mansion Restaurant on November 1, for a multi-course dinner benefiting the James Beard Foundation. Chefs participating in the event include:

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The Dallas 24 Hour Club’s ‘Under the Stars’ Dinner

The Dallas 24 Hour Club recently turned forty-five years young. For most, the locale goes unnoticed — a sleepy little property on the corner Ross and Grigsby. Just another neutral facade situated between downtown Dallas and lower Greenville. For others, The Dallas 24 Hour Club has played savior. A safe haven. A second chance at life.

In celebration, the non-profit hosted an “Under the Stars” dinner event last night to raise funds for their continued mission of providing a sense of home and support for individuals transitioning from a life of substance abuse to a more optimistic future.

Dinner included courses from local and national celebrity chefs including Tim Byres (Smoke; 2014 James Beard Award Winner), Stephen Pyles (Stephen Pyles, San Salvaje, Stampede 66), Matt McCallister (FT33; 2014 James Beard Award Semi-Finalist), Justin Box (Café Momentum), David Collier (Knife), Sean Fry (TK Culinary), Jason Martin (360), and Jason Skinner (3015 at Trinity Groves).

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Chef Tim Byres Whips Up a Feast for Louisiana-Themed Dinner

In case there was any doubt in your mind that Louisiana can be fun place, the Louisiana Office of Tourism is throwing a giant party in honor of the state. James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and chef, Tim Byres is teaming up with chef Cory Bahr (the 2012 Food Network Chopped! champion) for a Louisiana-themed dinner at The Foundry on October 23. The two have put together a menu of Southern comfort food.

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Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo Crash Franklin Barbecue in Austin

This weekend, Austin had a lot going for it: sunny, 60-degree weather, special beef ribs made by Franklin’s Barbecue, and a surprise visit to Austin’s favorite meat joint by Jimmy Kimmel and his sidekick Guillermo. My first trip to Franklin’s this past Saturday was topped by a sighting of the talk show duo, who rolled up in a longhorn-studded convertible. They greeted everyone in line, walked inside, and chowed down on barbecue.

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Bob Schieffer of CBS Dines at Nonna in Dallas

Last night, I bumped into Bob Schieffer of CBS News at Nonna. Schieffer arrived around 7PM with Shelley Barsotti (mother of chef Julian and co-owner of The Food Company) and her husband Harry Hudson (Mr. Marfa to you). Schieffer will  host “Face The Nation” live from the Sixth Floor Museum on Sunday morning at 9:30am. Shieffer […]

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Professional Golf Caddie, Jeff King, Makes Kingmade Jerky in McKinney

Here’s a little sports trivia for you club-swinging readers: there are over 100 PGA and LPGA Tour players who eat Kingmade Beef Jerky. Why? Perhaps it’s because McKinney resident and profession golf caddie, Jeff King, decided to make his own jerky with a “Superior Sustenance for Active Sophisticates” sensibility and distribute it to his professional […]

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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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Pre-Order Your Copy for D: The Cookbook. Café Momentum Will Thank You.

Earlier this year, we hooked up with Café Momentum’s director Chad Houser. We wanted to do a project with them that would not only benefit the magnificent program operated by Café Momentum, but also involve some local chefs. We decided to compile a cookbook full of recipes from area chefs. What seemed like a daunting […]

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