This summer marks the 18th year for this wonderful series of cooking classes presented by AIWF and the DFM. They take place on Saturday mornings at the reasonable hour of 11:30AM and end at 1:00PM. It’s a great way to get to know local chefs and another reason to buy from our regional farmers. The schedule and all-you-need-to-know info is below.2 Comments »
The Queen of Dallas cheese, Dallas Mozzarella Company’s Paula Lambert, will host a participation cooking class at Urbano Café in Dallas on June 18. The class starts at 11:00AM and runs until 1:00PM when you get to sit down and eat the fruits of your labor.
The menu and details are below. Go.
Forgive me as I step up on my soap box for a minute. Last Sunday, I took my family to lunch at Pecan Lodge Catering in Shed 2 of the Dallas Farmers Market. I’m a long-time supporter of local farmers and both D Magazine and SideDish have promoted many of the events, cooking classes, and developments that take place at DFM. But I’ve got to say, I’m very disappointed in the progress inside Shed 2. The air-conditioned space designed to encourage local, artisanal food vendors and local handicrafters is still half-empty. At 1:00PM last Sunday, the cavernous space was sparsely populated. Unfair Park’s Robert Wilonsky wrote a great piece on the economic reality the vendors face: high month-to-month rents and little security as vendors can be moved at any time for any reason. (It’s all here.)
(Stepping down) Anywhoo, despite what goes on behind the scenes, we had a great time hanging in Shed 2. First, we feasted at Pecan Lodge Catering. As I mentioned earlier today, the barbecue side of PLC’s menu was “closed” because they were putting the finishing touches on their new smokehouse. Instead of going for the usual burnt ends, we explored other items on the menu. And you know what I found? The best piece of fried chicken in Dallas. The guy in line behind me said, “I drive all the way from Balch Springs every weekend to eat this chicken.” Who is going to argue with that?
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The end of the school year is upon us and our wonderful teachers finally get to slow down a bit. My kid’s teacher, Miss Robinson a saint who teaches 23 5-year-old kids for 8-hours a day, wants to take some cooking classes this summer, so I ask you, dear Dishers: which one do you recommend? She doesn’t just want to be entertained, she really wants to learn something. Have you taken classes from Central Market, Duo, Milestone Culinary Arts, or Sur la Table? Tell me which one you like or don’t like.9 Comments »
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"
After the legendary success of last year’s Argentina week, folks around here are buzzing in anticipation of Central Market’s Pasaporte España, May 11-24. Beyond paella and tapas, the event not only brings in celebrity chefs but also focuses on topics from molecular gastronomy to the Spanish food movement cocina de autor (cuisine without rules). Central Market on Greenville kicks things off with a paella event in the parking lot featuring Miguel Torres of Torres Wines of Penedès from 5 to 8 pm. Plan on attending the tapas demo on Thursday and the parent/child churros & hot chocolate tasting on Sunday morning.
Check the store’s online schedule for cooking demos and classes from the following chefs:
Paco Roncero (molecular gastronomy), Isma Prados (Catalan specialist), Daniel Olivella (owner of B44 Catalan Bistro in Oakland), Adrian Martin (sous chef de cuisine, Drolma and Petite Comitè, Barcelona), Quim Marqués (Suquet de l’Almirall), and Seamus Mullen (Tertulia, NYC).
Throughout the two-week event, take advantage of opportunities to visit with wine makers and purveyors from throughout Spain: Alvaro Palacios (Bodegas Palacios Remondo, Rioja), Jorge Ordonez (Fine Estates From Spain), Patrick Mata (Olé Imports), Isabelle Salgado (Fillaboa, Rías Baixas), Javier Ybañez (Marqués de Riscal, Rioja), Michel Parellada (Caves Naveran, Penedès),Albert Costa (Cellar Vall Llach, Priorat), Juanjo Pinol (Cellar Vinos Pinol, Terra Alta), Louis Geirnaerdt (Enate Winery and Axial Vinos), and Alfredo Candela (Señorio de Barahonda, Yecla).
At DUO, the kitchen concept store brought to you by Tracy Rathbun and Lynae Fearing, May is all about getting hands-on. This month’s class schedule covers topics from breakfast and brunch to regional Italian cuisine. And since last month’s bring-a-friend-for-free special was so popular, the DUO duo has decided to extend the promotion throughout May.
I call a girl’s night out!
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Each month, Lawry’s good-natured chef, Matt “Melon Head” Melton heads to Market Street in McKinney to teach a hands-on cooking class for mentally handicapped kids and young of adults. The classes are held every two weeks (1st and 3rd Wednesday) and they are looking for other chefs in the area who might be interested in teaching one or ten. “These classes are an awesome way for these guys to have fun and work on motor skills, “Melton said. If you are a chef and are interested in participating, please call Ruth or Maria at Dish at Market Street. 972-548-5167. You can check out the full schedule of classes here.