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Bits & Bites: Things To Do and Chew in Dallas Nov. 1-3

Halloween season has officially ended. That means a couple of things: all of the candy at the grocery store is on sale, and Christmas season has unofficially begun. Yes, Thanksgiving may be the weathered bastion of proper holiday observance, but it doesn’t sell Kias or iPads. While we wait for the inevitable breakdancing Santa to […]

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Special Taste Report: The Eight Fried Finalists at the 2013 Big Texas Choice Awards

Yesterday morning, the eight finalists in the 2013 Big Tex Choice Awards gathered at The Dock to compete for two prizes: “Best Taste” and “Most Creative.” In the end, Isaac Rousso took home the award for “Best Taste” with his deep-fried Cuban roll. Duo Justin and Rudy Martinez nabbed “Most Creative” with their fried Thanksgiving […]

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Okra Takes Over The Lot at the Third Annual Okra Palooza

Yesterday, at the third annual Okra Palooza that took place inside The Lot, six home cooks and three chefs from the Dallas area okra-battled it out. All nine participants found varying uses of the vegetable as they tried to secure the title of Okra Palooza champion and a staycation prize at Hotel Palomar. The money […]

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Whiskey Cake’s Christina O’Donoghue Competes on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars

Christina O’Donoghue, culinary graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Austin, has succeeded in taking on the pastry and cupcake world. At 21, she has become the youngest competitor on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. (The episode airs Sunday at 7 p.m. CST). O’Donoghue, a server at Whiskey Cake Bar & Kitchen and pastry chef at Velvet Bake Shop, […]

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Photo Recap of Chefs for Farmers Sous Chef Competition

Behold, Sunday afternoon’s Chefs for Famers Get Some #@&% Credit Sous Chef Competition, to which my photographer friend and I were media guests. Eight sous chefs competed for $1,500 and bragging rights by making a dish with ingredients from one of the farms supported by Chefs for Farmers, the organization run by Matt and Iris […]

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Michelle Obama (and Some Top Chefs) Heading to Dallas

Hello. I am simultaneously chewing on almonds and silently going crazy because I might be standing in the same room as Michelle Obama this Friday. Bravo just announced that Top Cheftestants Richard Blais, Fabio Viviani, Jenn Carroll, Spike Mendelssohn, Grayson Schmitz and Ed Lee will be joining the First Lady on one of her national […]

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Judges Pick the Best BBQ from Texas and Oklahoma! Now it’s Your Turn to Vote at The Red River BBQ Shootout

As I mentioned yesterday, several of us got together at the Dallas Chop House last night to judge some barbecue. The seven pitmasters (three from Oklahoma, four from Texas) got their smokers out to Main Street Garden early yesterday, pulled onto the Great Lawn (except for Big Daddy’s, whose 46-foot smoker was unable to fit […]

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Red River BBQ Shootout

October is my favorite month for many reasons. But the most important reason is what happens this Saturday: the Red River Rivalry (say that three times fast). While I’m preparing my down ’Horns symbol and getting my vocal chords ready for a lot of Boomer Sooner-ing, I’ve also been preparing my stomach. DRG Concepts, which […]

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Movember Cometh, People. Let’s Do This.

Last year, we watched the seemingly unflappable Ryan transform from cherubic imp to Keith Stone over the course of one wacky Movember challenge. This year (I hope) will be no exception. But should we fall down on the job—or should you not have the genetic material necessary to grow your own—there is an alternative: DIY moustache […]

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Studs Terkel Was My Homeboy—Or What’s On the Menu For Your Labor Day Cookout?

After staring into my fridge for the umpteenth time this week and exclaiming out loud to anyone within earshot, “Who lives here, and why don’t they buy any food??” I’ve realized that it’s time to actually go to the grocery store. And with the long Labor Day weekend ahead of us (I vaguely remember offering […]

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Chefs Under Fire: Young Chefs Compete at Milestone Culinary for DFW Regional Title

Ace contributor Brooklynne Peters files this report from last night’s Chefs Under Fire event at Milestone Culinary Academy: Last night, more than 100 Dallasites gathered at the Milestone Culinary Arts Center in Dallas to participate in DFW’s very own Hell’s-Kitchen-esque chef competition, Chefs Under Fire. Chefs Scott Loranc (Central Market Austin), Kevin Martinez (Tokyo Café), […]

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One-On-One Interview With Carrie Keep of Hell’s Kitchen/NOSH

Contributor Brooklynne Peters landed a one-on-one interview with NOSH line cook and Hell’s Kitchen, Season Nine contestant, Carrie Keep. The two sat down at Coal Vines Pizza and Wine Bar in Uptown last week, during which time Keep dished about the show’s behind-the-scenes drama and how she only has eyes for “cheffy.” Take it away, […]

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John Tesar Milks a Cow and Wins $10,000 on Extreme Chef

Last night John Tesar played a 53-year old geezer chef on a thrilling episode of Food Network’s Extreme Chef. He faced two younger chefs: Joe, a douchey New York dude who was once a private chef for Donald Trump; and Greg, a Portland chef who couldn’t cut it in medical school so he quit and […]

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More Brews News: Oak Cliff Brew Riot Homebrew Festival, May 22

Perhaps I have a soft-spot in my heart for Oak Cliff’s Brew Riot Homebrew Festival because it was the first Dallas beer event I attended after moving here to town last May. Or perhaps it’s because Brew Riot is such a grass-roots, neighborhood kind of event. Either way, I get thirsty just thinking about it. […]

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