Janice Provost urges you all to attend “A Community Cooks” at Paul Quinn College Farm. She’ll be there, we’ll be there, everyone will be there. Including you.
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More than 400 people saw Union Station transform into a food paradise on Sunday for the Raiser Grazer and Silent Auction hosted by Les Dames d’Escoffier, Dallas. Being a vegetarian who loves food, I felt right at home. From being greeted with a glass of Blanc de Blanc, walking into a room full of decadent sweets and smelling the savory meat dishes from the main hall, I could only imagine how I would’ve gorged myself if I ate meat. Trust me, the five-spiced pork belly on a steamed bun with pickled vegetables and homemade kimchi smelled scrumptious, but alas, my ideology got the best of me.
This year’s theme of “Dames go Local” showcased more than 75 of the finest dames involved in the Dallas culinary arts scene. From executive pastry chef Dunia Borga of La Duni to meat specialist Sandy Breuss of Sysco North Texas, women from all corners of the gastronomic world offered their best to guests. Each dame had her own table to display her creation and provide more information regarding her business or restaurant. Continue reading "Les Dames d’Escoffier Dallas’ Raiser Grazer Showed Support for Women in Culinary Arts"4 Comments »
This chic is twisted, flip city. That is why we love her. This Valentine’s Day Clapner, of Dude, Sweet Chocolate, is designing 300 limited-edition chocolate hearts. Real hearts. Life size. Solid dark chocolate filled with waffle cone, Cocoa Puffs, and her chocolate crack. They are $45. I’d say hurry.
The premiere of Top Chef’s tenth season airs Wednesday night on Bravo at 9PM. Dallas has three (out of 21) contestants on the show: Danyele McPherson (The Grape), John Tesar (Spoon), and Joshua Valentine (FT 33).
I’ve asked all three chefs to send me photos of their refrigerators and answer a questionnaire about their food-storing habits. I don’t know if they will all participate in this challenge, but Danyele McPherson sent her stuff in this morning.
So, I’d like to introduce you to Danyele McPherson, chef de cuisine at The Grape. She is also an anthropologist. She drinks beer, wastes produce, and eats Smart Ones.
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Last week I heard there was trouble brewing at Acme F & B. My insider, Garganta Profunda de una Vaca, relayed intel: The four owners were in disagreement over the “meat allocation program and front of the house service system.” GPDUV said Acme F&B c0-owners (Team Barcadia), Brooke Humphries and Brianna Larson, bought out co-owners Colleen O’Hare and Jeana Johnson, (Team Good 2 Go Taco, Goodfriend).
I emailed Jeana Johnson last Monday and asked if the buyout scenario was true. She replied, “This is not true.” I pushed, “Are you still owners.” Johnson typed, “Yes we are.” I smelled a lawyer. I went on to bigger and better things.
Last Friday, at 6:56PM, Johnson sent me an update: “Ok NOW we are no longer owners of Acme.” (Attorney aroma again.)
Perhaps it’s as simple as the too-many-cooks syndrome. But since the restaurant opened on June 1, there have been confusing signals. Our First Look, written by Carol Shih, painted this picture:
Each table also has a front wait who brings the food to your table, and a captain who guides you through the menu. He or she is the one who explains to new guests why ACME F&B changes its menu daily, stressing the importance of what the Good To Go and Barcadia women are trying to implement: better treatment of farmers while keeping the quality of food top-notch.
A little less than four months later another picture emerged: Norm Grimm was named executive chef. Grimm’s appointment was somewhat surprising since most of us assumed O’Hare and Johnson, the names most closely associated with the food program, were in the kitchen. We called, we asked, and we were assured this was a natural progression of their business plan.
Mierda happens. It certainly has at Acme F& B. Humphries, Larson, and Grimm, all eyes are on you. Bring us your best game.
(Side note: Humphries and Larson are opening a third Barcadia location in New Orleans.)7 Comments »
On Thursday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m., Chef Sharon Hage will create a four-course dinner at Two Doors Down, the event space run by Urbano Café. Hage will be picking some ingredients from Tom Spicer’s garden next door. Seating is limited. Call 214-823-8550. Cost is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Menu is below.
UPDATE: Jasper Russo from Sigel’s sends some wine recommendations for the dinner. They are below
Move over Colonel Sanders, Ms. Lisa Garza is about to stick her manicures fingers into the chicken-by-the-bucket business. Listen up!
Starting Friday, June 22nd, Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar will offer happy hour specials featuring select Southern cocktails. Each day between 5 and 7 p.m., $6 seasonal drink features will be listed on the specials board. Expect weekly rotating cocktails mixed with Patron, Belvedere, Maker’s Mark, Stillhouse Moonshine, and Moet.
Should you get hungry whilst you cocktail, you can ask Ms. Garza to pack up a bucket of chicken to take home. For only $24 (plus tax and gratuity), she’ll put 10 pieces of dark, white or mixed chicken and a side of slaw or whipped potatoes. You don’t have to drink to get the deal, you can call ahead and place an order. I hear Ms. Garza will greet you on the street with the chicken, but I’ve yet to confirm the rumor.1 Comment »
Monica Greene has never been afraid of change. Moments ago she told me she is leaving the business of Monica’s Aca Y Alla in Deep Ellum to her partners who will close the restaurant at 2914 Main Street, remodel the space, and reopen as a yet-to-be-named Mexican restaurant. Monica is moving all of her energy over to the iLume Building on Cedar Springs where she has been in the planning stages of opening Tajin. When the Sushi Axiom closed, Monica decided to take the space and open up the walls of Tajin into the space and create a new concept. The 7,600-square food space will now be Monica’s Nueva Cocina and ME Lounge. It was a difficult decision for Greene to leave Deep Ellum where she has been a major player for over 20 years. More on the food later. Monica has written a letter to YOU. It’s below.
UPDATE: Monica is on her way to Houston. I got lucky when she answered her cell phone. “This [move] has been a real struggle for me,””Greene said. I’ve always been committed to urban development. I believe in Dallas but unfortunately the area [Deep Ellum] has taken a long time to develop. It’s time for me to expand and open my doors to a larger audience.”
I say, you go girl. It’s a great move. She has been in, what I would call, an abusive relationship with Deep Ellum for a long time. It’s time she made a fresh start. That girl has some balls. Oh, wait. Nevermind.22 Comments »
Bolsa Mercado is officially a talent hog. It’s great if you happen to be cool (rich?) enough to live in The “fabulous” OC. However, it sucks for those of us who have to walk half a mile through a huge chain grocery store to buy a carton of milk. Or beer.
Deep Ellum Brewery has just released their first (only?) production of “Love Runs Deep” Cherry Chocolate Double Brown Stout (deets below). Think you’ll find it at Tom Thumb? Nope. Bolsa Mercado bought the entire batch. Each 22-ounce bottle is individually numbered and made with red tart and dark sweet cherries and Organic/Fair Trade cocoa nibs. Expect to find all 300 of them on the shelves of Bolsa Mercado during their next Open House on February 11.
If you can’t wait until the 11th to get a food fix from The ‘Cado, head over on February 8. If you are lucky, you may be able to look past talented chef chefs Jeff Harris and Matt Balke and spot the rare, elusive chef Sharon Hage in the kitchen. She will be creating a “Take Home Dinner For Two.” Who knows, by then Bolsa Mercado may have Alan McClure creating Fudgesicles or Grant Achatz doing dishes. Could happen. Pigs fly in Oak Cliff.
As you can tell from the headline, I am deep in the process of procrastinating. While my real job calls for thousands of words about dining, I am convinced it is far more important that I drop what I am supposed to be doing and answer a question sent to me by PR boy toy Jef Tingley. Yes, he spells his name with one “f,” but I will save that analysis for a later procrastination post.
“Jef with one f” asked me how to boil an egg. Don’t laugh. How many times have you had tiny shards of shell pierce the delicate skin beneath your fingernail? I shared my secret with “Jef with one f” by private message on Facebook which made several people curious enough to email and ask (BEG!) for my secret.
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The YWCA has snagged a couple of prominent W’s for their upcoming fundraiser: Chef Sharon Hage and Master Sommelier Barbara Werley of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. This two prominent chicks will present a dazzling evening of wine and food a the home of Suzanne and David Holl (CEO, Mary Kay, Inc) on March 1 (6:30-8:30 PM). You know Hage is going to come up with some killer food and Werley has plans to introduce some wines not currently available in Dallas. Tickets to the exclusive event are $120 for individuals and $200 for couples and go on sale today. Click here or call 214-584-2312.
“All proceeds benefit YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas, a cornerstone in the Dallas community for over 100 years. Through programs focused on financial empowerment, in-home parenting education and mentoring, and women’s health, YW bridges the gap between poverty and self-sufficiency for women. Because when a woman becomes self-sufficient, she has the power to move herself and her family out of poverty. At YW, we change women’s lives.”