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A Look at Dinner Lab with Chef Kyle McClelland and Michael Martensen

Dinner Lab is a unique “semi-pop up” concept that allows chefs to receive unabridged feedback from paying customers on a variety of dishes ranging from the experimental to reliable hallmarks. Notably, these experiences do not occur in any brick and mortar facility bearing any chef’s name. The Lab travels to unconventional venues and no one is revisited twice in any municipality.

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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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Joel Harrington Appointed Head Chef at Bolsa, Revamps Menu

In October of 2014 we announced that chef Andrew Bell had resigned from his executive chef position at Bolsa to take the reins at Lombardi restaurant, Bistro 31. Since Bell’s departure, chef Joel Harrington has quietly stepped in as head chef. Harrington’s work experience includes Red Rooster in Harlem, STK’s flagship location in the Meatpacking District of New York, Stephan Pyles, and Charlie Palmer at The Joule. Harrington moved back to Dallas from New York a couple of months ago to take the position.

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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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Chef Blythe Beck Remains Executive Chef for Another Term at Kitchen LTO

Last September we reported that chef Blythe Beck won the executive chef position for Kitchen LTO’s fourth round. Kitchen LTO creator, Casie Caldwell, states that due to a successful social media campaign to keep Beck at the helm of the kitchen, she will spend another four months plating upscale comfort food at the permanent pop-up restaurant.

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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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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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