John Tesar has decided to close The Table, the 12-seat tasting room inside The Commissary.The Table will close on August 1 but is scheduled to reopen around September 15 with a new concept. The press release says Tesar will retool The Table menu and “spend the necessary time focusing on The Commissary and getting the service and other restaurant issues up to the standards that he has was known for at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.” I hope so. According to two of my friends who dined at last Sunday’s the lobster bake, the service “was the worst I’ve ever had.” And that person has had a lot of bad service. Go, John. Fix it and they will come.13 Comments »
Last evening, Chef David McMillan invited us down to One Arts Plaza to taste some of Screen Door‘s new summer dishes and cocktails. What follows is a visual journey through that tasting.
jump for a visual journey through Screen Door’s new menu items… Continue reading "Screen Door—A Summer Menu Tasting in Pictures"
On Sunday, new SideDish contributor Brooklynne Peters attended the Chef’s’ Picnic on White Rock Lake. Read on for her report in words and pictures…
On Sunday afternoon, food lovers and chef groupies flocked to the Bath House Cultural Center at White Rock Lake for the Chefs’ Picnic on the Lake in honor of the park’s 100th birthday. The centennial event drew local chefs Brian Luscher (The Grape), Justin Fourton (Pecan Lodge), Randall Copeland (Restaurant AVA), Janice Provost (Parigi), Jeff Harris (RedFork) and Marc Cassel (Park, Peavy Road—coming soon). Proceeds from the day benefited The American Red Cross.
jump for more pics and menu highlights… Continue reading "White Rock Lake Celebrates 100 Years With Chefs’ Picnic"
This year’s Culinary Showcase opens at 6:30 tonight at Fair Park with the following schedule of events. The festivities continue throughout the weekend, so map out some time to sample spirits, cheeses, and Ninny’s Salad with chef David F. Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, chef/owner Janice Provost of Parigi, executive chef Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill, executive chef Blythe Beck of Central 214, chef Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House, executive chef David McMillan of Screen Door, Paula Lambert, founder of Mozzarella Company, chef Aaron Staudenmaier of Abacus, and chef/owner Brian C. Luscher of The Grape. The event is FREE, but you must be 21 and show ID to get into the Culinary Showcase.
jump for the full weekend schedule of events… Continue reading "CityArts Festival’s Culinary Showcase Starts Tonight at 6:30 at Fair Park"
Mark your calendars for June 26 when White Rock Lake”s Art Deco Bath House will bustle with the Chefs’ Picnic at the Lake celebrating 100 years of White Rock Lake and Dallas’ chapter of the American Red Cross. From noon to 3 pm, during the grand finale Comerica White Rock Centennial Celebration weekend, Dallas’ top chefs, will served a picnic lunch from the original Bath House concession stand, along with beer, wine and refreshments.
The Grape’s Brian C. Luscher along with Janice Provost, Parigi; Marc Cassel, Peavy Road (coming soon); Graham Dodds, Bolsa; Jeff Harris, RedFork; Nathan Tate and Randall Copeland, Restaurant Ava; Diane and Justin Fourton, Pecan Lodge; and Hollie Dorethy, Personal Chef, prepare an extraordinary seated picnic luncheon with their unique spin on the traditional al fresco-fare.
Central Market’s Pasaporte España—a total store takeover with Spanish seafood, wine, pastries, oils, canned seafood (a Spanish specialty), and so much more—kicked off last night in the Greenville Ave. location. For the ribbon cutting (which was supposed to be held in the tent in the parking lot but was moved to the entry vestibule due to rain), top brass filled the store with costumed team members, flamenco guitarists, flamenco dancers from the 2011 Dallas Flamenco Festival, Spanish wine producers, cultural liaisons, and more. jump for the pictures and a video of saucy flamenco dancers … Continue reading "Olé! Pasaporte España Kicks Off At Central Market Despite Torrents"
There has been a lot of talk about John Tesar these days, it could be because he is truly talented. At a small media pairing dinner at The Comissary, with Moet & Chandon Oenologist Marc Brevot for the release of the 2002 Grand Vintage Moet & Chandon Champagne last week, guests had an opportunity to taste how wine and food can be paired to perfection.
With the help of Sommelier DLynn Proctor, Tesar started the pairing with the Moet & Chandon Imperial Brut Champagne, the everyday bubbly of Moet which is crisp, dry and fruit forward with citrus and green apple flavors. This was paired with two preparations of oysters, a fried and raw. The raw dish was a tribute to a classic way to enjoy Champagne, with simply shucked oysters in a consomme of their juice and topped with caviar. Delicate and refined, a great way to prepare the palate for the meal to come.
Monday night our photographer Desiree Espada dropped by John Tesar’s inaugural dinner at The Table, the 12 8-seat tasting room next to The Commissary. The table was lined with friends including Jennifer and David Uygur (Lucia), Chef Bruno Davaillon (Mansion execuchef), Michael Flynn (Mansion sommelier), Tim Byres (Smoke), Teiichi “Teach” Sakurai (Tei-An), and The “Ubiquitous” Brad. Sarah Reiss from our staff was also invited. Here are the pictures Desiree managed to capture.8 Comments »
Chef John Tesar is on fire. The guy has been working non-stop since last winter. First, he kick-started the menu at The Cedars Social, where he still oversees the kitchen. Then he signed a lease on the Dali Wine Bar space and divided it into two restaurants: The Commissary and The Table.
Early returns from The Commissary are blissful. Colleagues have stopped by my cubicle and uttered “OMG” “To Die For” and “How can it be so good and so cheap?” “It blew my hair back!” Saaa-weet! The menu is centered on gourmet burgers and fine wine. It’s a burger joint with a sommelier (Scott Barber). The other portion of the space, The Table is a 12-seat tasting room where Tesar will perform the higher end dishes that brought him to the Big Show. Teasar calls it “deconstructed fine dining.” He is resurrecting canapés!
Anywhoo, last night Tesar threw a private party at The Table. The guest list included Jennifer and David Uygur (Lucia), Chef Bruno Davaillon (Mansion execuchef), Michael Flynn (Mansion sommelier), Tim Byres (Smoke), Teiichi “Teach” Sakurai (Tei-An), and The “Ubiquitous” Brad. Who was that skinny little bitch sitting next to Byres? Our own Sarah Reiss. “The food was incredible,” Reiss said. “Tesar overwhelmed us (in a good way ) with 13 courses; he wanted to try everything out on his friends. I just sat back and listened to all the great industry talk and insider raves.” The 13-course, seafood-centric marathon, that was anticipated to last 150 minutes, lasted over 4 hours. Reiss gives the best dish award to the faux cuttle fish pasta with Iberico pork and lemon fondue.
Reiss said the talk at the table revolved around the current dining culture in Dallas and how chefs are trying new things on the menu (pig’s ear and tripe), and the fact that restaurateurs are more willing to take chances. “This generation is going to forever define the dining in this city,” said Tesar.
Wonderfully pompous or prophetic? Or both? The Commissary opens for lunch today. Go. Eat. Report.
Starting April 18, Mignon will celebrate its 10 year anniversary of bringing Franco-American deliciousness to Dallas by hosting 10 days of appreciation. For 10 days, Mignon will serve ten different specialties for only $10. From April 18 through April 27 guests can enjoy a tasty treat every day—including selections such as steak tartar, a half bottle of wine, oyster benedict during the weekend brunch, and dessert for two—each for only $10 (see below).
On the final Thursday (April 28) Mignon will throw a free customer appreciation party filled with French touches and specialty dishes prepared by Chef James Sleeth.
So, let’s recap:
Ten Days for Ten Dollars Countdown – Select items $10
Mignon’s Ten Year Appreciation Party – Free
If it were me, I’d call for a reservation now.
Dallas finest are sharpening their knives, firing up their burners, and readying their forks for Dining Out In Dallas’ Battle of the Chefs Challenge, led by James Johnson of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse and presented by the Texas Neurofibromatosis (NF) Foundation. On April 6, during the organization’s 18th annual event (which, incidentally, has raised more than $1,000,000 in the past 15 years) some of Dallas’ best chefs will go head to head in feats of culinary derring-do. Bring your checkbook for the silent and live auctions—up for bid: tickets to live tapings of American Idol, the Ellen Degeneres Show, and Live! With Regis and Kelly; and a package trip for four to Napa Valley.
Tickets to each event are $75 and can be purchased at www.diningoutindallas.com.
Washington State wine makers and representatives have been in town this week hosting a few wine dinners around the city, with lucky attendees tasting and learning why wine from Washington State is so impressive.
Monday night Kate Derby Raymond of Spring Valley Vineyards, granddaughter of vineyard owners Dean and Shari Corkrum Derby and great-great-granddaughter of founder Uriah Corkrum of Spring Valley in Walla Walla, teamed with the folks at Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille for a lavish 5-course dinner featuring both the red wines of Spring Valley Vineyards and the white wines of their sister winery, Chateau St. Michelle. Continue reading "What I’m Drinking Now: Washington State Wine"1 Comment »
There are so many great opportunities to taste in the next few weeks throughout the city, and one that has been delayed until October.
Opportunities to taste start Sunday at Ocean Prime when you can sample half price bottles in their dining room. Chose from over 200 selections. Continue reading "Upcoming Wine Events That Should Be on Your Calendar"
Last night Francesco Secchi and his oldest son, Stefano, teamed for a joyous dinner celebrating the flavors of Francesco’s homeland, Sardinia. The timing of this dinner was perfect, as Stefano is still working on his fundraising for his soon to be made film about his father and uncle Dino, their life in Sardinia and beyond. This was also the first of a series of dinners that the Seccis will be doing at their Ferrari’s Italian Villa Grapevine and Addison locations.
Last Friday, I was invited to take a look at Hotel Zaza’s Dragonfly’s relaunch. Gone is the dark decor and in its place is Fornasetti wallpaper, light hues, and clean lines. Also gone is chef Grant Morgan and in his place is chef Dan Landsberg (most recently of Tillman’s Roadhouse). Only on the job for about six weeks, Chef Landsberg explained that he wanted to create dishes that were a nod to the past but were very contemporary.
We sampled deviled eggs with Tobiko caviar, Hoison barbecue baby-back ribs, Wasabi potato wontons (a play on potato skins), and brisket bacon sliders, which had cheddar and bacon mixed directly into the meat. My guest could not stop raving about the sliders. He vowed that he’d return and just order a couple plates of those. The Wasabi potato wontons were fun and packed quite a spicy kick (a trend we’d see a few times throughout the dinner). And while I love deviled eggs, I realized that I should only order them when I’m in the mood.3 Comments »
Last night Chef Matt McCallister took over part of the kitchen at his buddy, Abraham Salum’s, restaurant Salum to create a decadent, inspired and incredibly playful dinner for 12 lucky diners. Chef Abraham had originally intended to cook beside Chef Matt, but his ever buzzing Komali next door kept him busy most of the night, just popping in here and there to grab a bite of the delicacies created in the 10-course tasting menu (plus a fantastic amuse to wake up the palate). The dinner, though playful, was a nod to creativity in cooking and embracing modern techniques, with an immersion circulator and and some sort of molecular gastronomy used in almost every dish. Continue reading "“Playing” With Matt McAllister Will Send You Into a Delightful Food Coma"
Every year the Côtes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner is a major fund raising event for the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease – the single largest killer of people, male and female, in America. Last year, the Association raised over $2M from the event. This year, the event’s 20th anniversary, is scheduled for April 9th at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. In preparation for the big night, the Association held its chef announcement party last weekend. It is an indication of the advance excitement of the event. Originally planned to be held at Chamberlain’s’ Fish Market Grill, the event wash moved to The Addison Conference Centre in order to accommodate all of the attendees.
Jump for the details and the lineup of chefs for this year’s soiree. Continue reading "Côtes du Coeur Announces Chefs for This Year’s Event"1 Comment »