The Grape. Execuchefowner Brian C. Luscher of The Grape hosts a very special Chef’s Come-As-You-Are wine dinner on Wednesday, March 24. Featuring wines from one of the most highly regarded winemakers in France, Michel Chapoutier, Chef Luscher will create a 3-course bistro-style menu to complement these hand-selected wines. Industry expert Courtney “The Other Courtney” Steinberg of Republic Distribution Company hosts the special evening. Deets below.
Nana. Friday Night Flight schedule and menu below.
TJs Seafood Market. Jon Alexis, the Energizer Easter Bunny of the fish business, has released catering menus for Passover and Easter. Crawfish and halibut are in season. Jump for more.
Bread Winners. Celebrate National Waffle Day on March 23, 2010! (Hmm, I waffle everyday.) Anywhoo, go below.
FroYo News. A day without froyo news is like–beat,beat– night. Today, we learn Pinkberry has added the swirly goodness of mango yogurt and will open another location on March 26 in Arlington. Yogen Früz now serves Chai Latte.
Medical City and Greater Dallas Restaurant Association have teamed up with Frisco ISD and Genghis Grill to produce KIDS Teaching KIDS, a cookbook that features snacks for children that both meet the criteria of nutritionists as heart healthy, and also connect with children’s imaginations to ensure that the food will be eaten and enjoyed again and again, facilitating a real and vital lifestyle change. More below.
Cyclone Anaya. The folks at Cyclone Anaya’s would like you to help them help the Turtle Creek Chorale raise money for a trip to Spain. (Who does not want a free trip to Spain?) The series of fundraising dinners with the Turtle Creek Chorale starts on April 5 and a portion of sales will benefit the “Turtles on Tour.” Think it is too good to be true? Jump.
Savor Mexico! Hey, what a catchy name for an event! Screw Dallas, Desperados Mexican Restaurant has partnered with the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, the Universidad del Valle de Mexico in San Luis Potosi, and the Texas Chef’s Association to present a course in real Mexican food. OF COURSE, there is a competition—it takes place Wednesday, March 31 at The Milestone Culinary Arts Center. Deets below. (Don’t tell Jim White.)
Zinsky’s. Tina Wasserman will kick my ass if I don’t tell you about this fundraiser. (You do not want to be on her bad side.) Anywhoo, La Wasserman wants you to “mark your calendar and gather your friends for good food and good company for a GREAT cause.” Wasserman, author of Entree to Judaism, will be the guest host at Kibitzer Night at Zinsky’s on March 25. Bring your own wine, eat pastrami, sales benefit the Dallas Furniture Bank. Go below for ‘mo.3 Comments »
Here’s the whole story on the famous deli from Houston. The news will make somebody I know very happy . Wonder if they’ll take over the former Roaster’s space at LBJ and Preston. I still find it sad that Dallas can’t revive its own deli scene.6 Comments »
That is what the press release from Inga Bowyer, president of Germandeli.com in Colleyville says. Let’s get the details.
Over 400 German restaurants, located throughout the United States participated in this first year of the search for the “Best German Restaurant in America.” Bavarian Grill, located in Plano, Texas, garnered almost one third of all the validated votes cast during the two-month online voting period. They also received the majority of positive judging forms from “undercover judges,” and the restaurant scored well with teams of expert judges who dined incognito at the highest scoring German restaurants. Health Department inspections were also reviewed to confirm a consistent “A” rating for the restaurant.
The goal of the annual competition, according to Inga Bowyer, president of GermanDeli.com, is to recognize German restaurants that serve up a truly ethnic experience. According to Bowyer, Bavarian Grill’s classic German entrees like schnitzel, sauerbraten, bratwurst, and roasted ham hock are complimented by a selection of over 50 different imported German beers.
Das ist alle! Lassen Sie uns essen!
UPDATE: We will be celebrating this Wednesday, October 14 at 7 pm with a victory party where we’ll be presented a plaque by Inga Bowyer, President of GermanDeli.com. We’d love for you, and any Side Dish readers, to join us for the celebration!
Okay folks, I am filing this dining experience under “Weirdest of All Times.” InsideCorner’s Evan Grant and I set out the other day to check out Eddie’s Deli located on the southeast corner of Northwest Highway and Abrams. As you can see, it’s not much to look at from the outside, or the inside for that matter. As we walked toward the place, we detected the strong smell of mothballs. When Evan opened the door, we were flooded with fumes. As we stood looking over the menu, our eyes started to water and my throat tightened up.18 Comments »
We hope to start an occasional feature here on SideDish in which one of us adventurous eaters endeavors to discuss a restaurant experience with either some dinner companions or a couple of Dishers who might have expertise in the area.
For the first installment of SideDish TableTalk, I knew just where to go to round up a couple of fellow Chosen People to talk about Zinsky’s Delicatessen. What follows is the transcript of that conversation (or, if you prefer, complaint fest). We all seem to like Zinsky’s very much, but that doesn’t stop myself, “The Pastrami Kid,” and “Harry” from finding something to kvetch about. Below we discuss important Deli issues such as the one-handed sandwich, kasha knishes, and bagels. You don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate this, but it helps.24 Comments »
Liz Baron, co-owner of Zinsky’s Deli, has read all of the comments and made the selections for the Zinsky’s Deli Friends and Family Tasting from 5:00-8:00pm next Sunday at Bengal Coast. The list is below. Please e-mail your stage name and your real name to me (email@example.com). Your name must be on the list to get in. If you are one of the “winners” below and you can’t make it, please let me know so we can substitute. Remember, you must agree to file a report on SideDish next Monday. Congrats to:
2) Lisa Petty
7) Dallas Deli
8) Dubious Brother
Now that Salmon-gate has settled to a simmer, I’m happy to announce a unique one-of-a-kind (for now) event: a behind-the-scenes look at how some restaurants use family and friends to test their recipes.
The other day when I was talking with Liz Baron about Zinsky’s Delicatessen, she mentioned they were planning a huge tasting. I told her if she was looking for people with opinions, I knew a few. I asked her if they would consider letting ten SideDish readers into the private tasting. She just got back to me this morning and said yes. How great is that?
So if you have strong opinions on what a New York deli should be in Dallas, submit your name and “qualifications” below. If we get more than ten, we’ll draw from a hat.
The “SideDish Kvetch” will take place at Bengal Coast on Sunday, June 14 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm.37 Comments »
Zinsky’s the new New York-style deli going into Preston Royal is taking shape. (I love the fact that they blasted the back wall out and put in windows.) The crew hopes to open “in the beginning of July.” I caught up with one of the partners, Liz Baron, over the weekend. She files this report:
Jim Baron, Mark Brezinski (our partner), Lex Berlin (the chef) and I spent some serious deli time in New York City. We visited the iconic NY delis – everything from Second Ave. Deli, Katz’s, Barney Greengrass, H&H Bagels, Artie’s, Russ and Daughters, Zabar’s, Carnegie, Stage and The Pickle Guys – to name a few!. Our goal at Zinsky’s is to serve the best of everything – best smoked fish, pastrami, bagels, matzo ball soup, corned beef, etc., etc. We wanted to go to the source to make sure we were choosing those items. Some of our products will be outsourced (Acme fish, Eisenberg pastrami), some made in Dallas (Robert Ozarow [Empire Bakery] is working on a bagel for us), and some made by Lex. We’re still in the process of tasting and selecting – and plan to test more in front of some small and large groups.
Here is my favorite part:
Because this is a New York style deli, we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from native New Yorkers about everything. Relish in the tuna salad? Onion in the egg salad? Wide or thin noodles in the chicken soup? I think more than any other type of food, people have strong feelings about how deli food should be prepared (like their mother did it, of course!). In an attempt to respect and consider the volume of feedback we are getting and anticipate we will get, we’ve decided to have a “kvetch box” somewhere in the restaurant. Best kvetch of the week wins a free sandwich. I’m thinking the tag line might be “We value your opinion… maybe”.
Kvetch box? Nice. I say speak now, Dishers, or forever hold your kvetch.
(Hello? Did Liz say, “We plan to test more in front of some small and large groups?” I promise, no salmon.)12 Comments »
Several Dishers have asked me about Zinsky’s Delicatessen and Catering Co. the new deli under construction in the old Jason’s Deli space in Preston Royal Shopping Center. I just caught up with Liz “Baroness” Baron, one of the owners. She has just returned from New York where she ate in “almost every deli you can think of.” She and her husband Jim are partnering with Mark Brezinski, a co-founding partner of Pei Wei Asian Diner, and currently operating Bengal Coast restaurant at the Centrum. “First of July,” said Liz. Baroness, we’re going to hold you to that.5 Comments »
Used to be my good friend Nancy would occasionally drop goodies off at my house, just because she was a good friend. Then she’d do it because we were neighbors. Now that we are colleagues, everything comes with a price tag. The price for the Puck Bunny leaving a care package in my fridge Sunday afternoon was this: “Well, you are going to blog about it.” Well, here I am, working for my dinner.3 Comments »
Yesterday I hit Roaster’s (old Ed’s Deli space at LBJ & Preston) around 1:00p.pm. and the place was jumping. There was still a wait for tables but since we were the only deuce, we were seated quickly. The staff was flying around the room at dizzying speed thrusting jars of home made pickles and metal bowls of cole slaw on the table while they rearranged the condiments and slapped down the plastic (with pictures!) menu. Customers: kids a go-go, old Jewish ladies, young families, middle-aged foodies. I felt like I was dining on a Carnival cruise docked in Nassau.
Anywhoo, I just wanted to tell you about the pastrami sandwich because it is worth the trip: hot and hand-sliced pastrami it’s packed and piled high. Mine was on toasted rye with melted Swiss and extra Russian dressing. I scooped the cole claw, which was light and slightly sweet, on top. I ate half and thought I would burst. Some serious foodies feel that the pastries and breakfast platters are super expensive but the sandwich ($11.95) was enough for two.
Looks like they’ve shortened their name from Roaster’s ‘N Toasters to Roaster’s. I don’t care what they call it– when my mouth was full of pastrami I could have closed my eyes and imagined myself sitting at Carnegie Deli in New York. (Then again, I was highly caffeinated.) Evan Grant will review the lox, bagels, and corned beef later. UPDATE: FYI, they are only open for breakfast and lunch.24 Comments »
Get your fresh hot bagels and other New York style deli goodies starting tomorrow morning (Sunday) at 6AM. It’s all happening at the new Roasters’n Toasters opening in the old Ed’s Deli space at Preston and LBJ. 214-888-0300.7 Comments »