Among the numerous brunches, lunches, and dinners for dads this weekend (check out our list of places to take your pops if you haven’t already), here’s a bunch of other activities your dad might enjoy. Treat him to something nice; after all, you owe half your genetic material to him.
The Original Pancake House in Plano is showing off its newly decorated and updated look with a ribbon cutting ceremony and summer pancake party. The ceremony starts at 9:15 a.m. and is followed by lots of fun activities at 10 a.m. Build up an appetite and participate in the pancake-eating contest, or fill up on the complimentary breakfast buffet. There will also be a DJ, face painting, balloon twisting, a photo booth, and something to brighten up your year: a chance to win free pancakes for 365 days straight.
U.S. Food Trucks is opening a new park in Dallas (2500 West Mockingbird Ln) specifically for food trucks. The up-and-coming park – Fly-By Food Park – will host a preview from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. tonight and tomorrow night. Entrance is free and the park will feature various gourmet food trucks each weekend. Some of the regulars include: Eat Jo Dawgs, Little Greek, Tutta’s Pizza, Oink and Moo, Parrot Icce, Crazy Pig, Enticed, The Butcher’s Son, and The Lab of The Streets. Get ready for beer, wine, and entertainment, too.Be The First To Comment
Restaurants come and go, but Chamberlain’s has been in Dallas for 20 years now. What a veteran. To celebrate its two decade anniversary, the restaurant is donating a portion of its sales to Ride 2 Recovery, a program that helps wounded vets. Check it out. This deal is only happening this week.
It’s Copper River salmon season and that means a couple of things. First of all, Copper River salmon families will be torn apart and tested to their core. The salmon families that inhabit the river will be ripped apart, made destitute, and turn some young, unassuming salmon teenagers to do unspeakable things. It also means we will be eating them and they’re pretty darn tasty. Dallas chefs are already on the salmon steamer collaborating and creating dinners to showcase the delicious river creature. Last Thursday, I attended a dinner as a media guest at Rathbun’s Blueplate Kitchen where Kent Rathbun, Matt Mcallister of FT33, and Scott Romano of Nick and Sam’s paired up with the folks at the Alaskan Brewing Company to match their creative salmon visions with selections from the brewery’s solid lineup of beers. Also, being that the Copper River is in Alaska, this makes for a rather spot on collaboration. Fortunately, Dean Underdahl from Alaskan Brewing Company also attended the dinner to share with us the intricacies of the beer selections and inform us about the amazing sustainability practices of the brewery. Don’t be mad at us if you missed this. We told you about it.Be The First To Comment
With pre-summer in full swing, I’m sure you’re starting to sweat from an overload of events. So here. Have some more. Before spending next weekend celebrating the fathers out there (as you already should every day), check out this list of food and dining fun.
Inwood Tavern is celebrating 49 years with live music by Droo D’Anna and an open bar from 6 p.m. to close. Enjoy Smartarita, a lower-calorie drink. Too bad it doesn’t actually make you smarter. Jack’s Chowhound food truck is selling $1 tacos, and don’t worry if you miss the live music (ending at 9 p.m.) or the food (ending at 8 p.m.), there will be complimentary root beer shots and cocktails courtesy of Three Olives Vodka, American Harvest Vodka, and Peligoso Cinnamon Tequila all night long. Starting at 9 p.m., a DJ will entertain for the remainder of the night.
Saint Monica’s Guild will be hosting “A Night at the Oscars” to benefit St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The fancy night includes a three-course dinner with wine and entertainment for $30. The Cathedral Choir singers will perform music from Oscar-winning movies. Black tie is optional, but you might as well dress the part. For more information, call 214-887-6552.
Copper river salmon is hot right now, and you better gobble it up before it’s all gone. Pretty soon there won’t be any copper river salmon dinners, copper river salmon entrees, or copper river salmon anything. Sucks, right? Help me, help you. Go to this dinner tomorrow. There are several seats left. It’s only $60 and you get four courses made by Dallas’ best chefs. Each is paired with beer. What more can you really ask?
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Even though there’s a whole ant pile of beer events every weekend this summer, half of them probably aren’t worth posting. Few stand out, except for this Best Little Brewfest held at the Texas Motor Speedway in Forth Worth. Don’t let the name fool you, though. There’s nothing “little” about this brewfest. On June 22, 50+ craft brewers and over 100 beers are gathering under one roof to serve over 4,000 tasters. Brewers are coming from Houston and Austin areas, and a lot of them are releasing brand spankin’ new beers. Just. For. You.
Most importantly, this is for a good cause. The Best Little Brewfest is organized by Cloud 9 Charities (a fundraising program that helps nonprofits), and proceeds will benefit Cloud 9 Charities, Alzheimers’s Caregivers Support and Teen Suicide Prevention.
General Admission is $30 and VIP tickets are $75. For tickets, go here.
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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 McCallister. Ticket sales from the sold-out event raised money for Café Momentum (several of the program’s students were there assisting chefs) as well as the farms that provided the ingredients. Bolsa bartender Kyle Hilla honored the late restaurateur Randall “Big Cat” Copeland by mixing bourbon-based Boulevardiers, while three pastry chefs competed in a sweet side competition.
FT33’s Misti Norris made a goat dish with a whole animal from Windy Hill Farms; Matt Balke, who apparently ended his sous chef reign at Bolsa the night before the competition to become executive chef at Sharon Hage’s Rustic, made pea terrine with vegetables from Spiceman’s FM 1410; Central 214’s Derek Blackburn made an egg (sourced from Peace and Love Farm) and asparagus custard; Boulevardier’s Gmo Tristan made a lamb loin dish with meat from Sterling Farms; the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek’s Jared Harms made chicken (from Windy Meadows Family Farm) with a mint yogurt; The Grape’s Danyele McPherson created a jalapeno and cheddar sausage with pork from Legend Meats and Crystal Creek, served with corn, black eyed peas, and a little pork belly bacon; Trinity Groves Stedman Belyan made duck confit with vegetables from Tassione Farms; and Lucia’s Kevin Dean made a beet salad with arugula and beef from Burgundy Pasture Beef.10 Comments »
After a long Memorial weekend of barbecue, fireworks, and those of you lucky enough to have lake houses, it’s probably been a dreary work week. But you’re in serious luck, because the gourmet food lined up for this weekend is sure to be quite a treat.
Cook Hall is partnering with Real Ale Brewing Co. to host its first beer dinner at the W Dallas – Victory. As I’m sure last weekend resulted in tons of beer and barbeque, this five-course dinner is sure to go far beyond a Coors and brisket sandwich. Two of the featured beers include Hans’ Pils to start and Sisyphus Barleywine to finish. We’d go just for the name ‘Sisyphus Barleywine’ alone. Other menu items include a single oyster and a grilled rib-eye steak. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. for $55 per person. Call 214-397-4111 to make reservations.
Not feeling beer? Friday nights during the months of June and July, Dish (one of our 100 Best Restaurants) will host half price wine nights! However, be sure to bring company because Dish is only offering 50 percent off wines sold by the bottle.
On Wednesday night, The Libertine hosted an All Local DFW Beer Dinner. (I was invited as a media guest.) Inside the wooden farmhouse, each of the five courses were paired with one beer from one of our very own breweries, and they offered their best. Lakewood’s Bourbon Barrel Aged Temptress continued to age and grew some exciting new flavor balances. Deep Ellum’s Dreamcrusher Double IPA was aged in-house, against common practice, and came off with a delicious easiness of mouth feel with nothing easy about the depth of flavor. Rahr’s The Regulator was paired with a sweetbread pot pie and matched with demanding presence. Community Brewing Company’s Inspiration also paired exquisitely with a tender braised duck leg, and to finish off the pairing, Peticola’s Alfred Brown Ale delighted our palates alongside the dessert.
Carnivorous dreams do come true, thanks to the dudes who brought you the North Texas Taco Festival last month.
Rich Vana of Entrée Dallas, José Ralat-Maldonado of The Taco Trail and the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market’s Brandon Castillo and Laura Allen are putting away their taco hats to throw a burger festival that’ll highlight some of North Texas’ best patties. Just imagine: 20 vendors, live music, a beer garden, and a VIP lounge all within two blocks of Main Street. That’s double the area of the North Texas Taco Festival, if I’m correct. More room for all you happy feasters.
“BurgerFest will be held Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., on Main Street, alongside the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market and its 40 vendors. As with the North Texas Taco Festival, general admission will be free. For questions and sponsorship or vendor inquiries, please contact Rich Vana at 972-207-6696 or rich AT EntreeDallas dot com. Check out the festival’s website, www.burgerfest-dallas.com.”
As all of you know (or should know!), our 100 Best Restaurants issue is out on newsstands, and we couldn’t be more proud of it. Nancy worked her tail end off, writing 100 blurbs for each of the honorees. One hundred blurbs, my friends, is not an easy task. On Wednesday night, our company put on a big, glamorous party for everyone in the city. (Apologies for the lateness of this post; we just received the photos.) It was a huge sell-out. I think about 500 people made it out to the party. We had almost 70 representatives from 100 of the best restaurants show up at 3015 at Trinity Groves. Mom-and-pop shop owners who don’t get nearly enough recognition stood alongside people like John Tesar, who everybody knows by now. Several people have told me how glad they were to discover Mughlai, one of Nancy’s favorite Indian places, at the party, where they got to taste the food, too.
I tell you, as objectively as I possibly can, that Wednesday was one of those great nights for the Dallas restaurant industry. I’ve never seen so many owners/chefs/food-loving people all under one roof.
[Update: Forgot to thank our sponsors - Brugal Rum, Express Working Capital, Land Rover Dallas, Poggenpohl, See's Candies, and Trumer Pils]
Before I launch into a post about beer and boozy fun, I’d like to take this moment and thank the people who have served/still serve our country. While most of us see Memorial Day as a “YAY WE DON’T HAVE TO GO TO WORK LET’S PARTY” day, there are families out there visiting graves and cemeteries instead. Sobering thought, but I just had to get that out there. Both my grandpas fought in WWII and my dad was in the Navy, so, yeah. And two days ago, I followed a black-tinted car for about two miles, wondering why it needed a police escort. When I got close enough, I saw an American flag draped over the coffin. I don’t quite understand why some restaurants are hosting patio parties and beer specials on Monday. I’m going to leave those off the list. Spend Monday with your friends and families and enjoy all the freedoms you have.
Garden Cafe is hosting a film screening of Viva Les Amis in the outdoor patio area at 8 p.m. tonight. Les Amis Cafe was a 27-year-old local cafe that was ultimately replaced by Starbucks. The event is BYOB (and free snacks will be available), but you can still order off the menu from 6 to 8:30 p.m. For $4, this might not be such a bad deal. Buy tickets here. Sorry, kiddos. 18 older and up.
Brew Riot pumped right into the heart of the Bishops Arts District on Sunday. The line to get in was long and the smiles were plentiful. So much beer. This is the fifth time this celebration of home brewing has gone off with tremendous success. There were countless masters of home brewing in attendance, delivering a diamond studded array of beer to what seemed to be every man, woman, and child in the city. It was a full house, and the warm weather suited the limitless suds quite well. The beauty of home brewed beers lies in the brewer’s need only to make something delicious. There are no sales quotas, distribution hurdles, or marketing campaigns to misalign the beauty of the beer itself. These hearty folks make beer just for the love of doing it themselves. For the few of you that did not make it, you should add it to your calendar for next year. It’s my favorite beer celebration in this city and a true testament to craft beer in Dallas. With so much love surrounding the third most popular drink in the world right here in our fair city, I almost melt under the sensation. Please pardon any lack of cohesive narration due to this being less than two days from Brew Riot. You feel me.
Nancy already talked about Private | Social changing to its new Texas food menu, but now you get to taste it. For free. Everyone is invited to a complimentary event to sample the new menu and cocktails on Tuesday, May 21 and Wednesday, May 22, from 5 to 8 p.m. (On the menu: burly beef brisket, fried green tomato caprese, duck fat fried duck, ranch-style steaks, homemade cornbread and the delicious five-cheese mac ‘n’ cheese.)
I can’t stop thinking about fried chicken. Last week, I ate at Rudy’s Chicken. Over the weekend, I met a tiny woman with a serious love for this greasy meat. Now I’m ogling a Southern Living recipe for fried chicken on the New York Times. Look!
Trinity Groves has an Indian cooking class tonight at 6 p.m. It’s $79 and you get to learn from Minal Jhaveri how to make mango lassi, samosa puffs, channa masala, saag paneer, vegetable saffron pulav, cucumber raita, and shrikhand. Call 214-939-3015 to register.
Yesterday might have been the end to American Craft Beer Week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep drinking your favorite suds. On Saturday, June 15 from 2 to 8 p.m., BeerFeast is Flying Saucer on the Lake’s way of saying, “We love you. Here’s an event with 25 breweries and 50 different craft beers for you to choose from. And, yes, we are also providing you with six rare beers throughout the festival.”
Interested? Tickets to BeerFeast are $30 and you can buy them here. OR you can do the smart thing: save your money for the food trucks that’ll be there and try entering for our two free passes to Garland’s big event. I’ll email the winner of this giveaway on Friday (5/25) at noon.
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Every week or so, I get another email about Dishcrawl. I think this means it’s doing quite well. Another Dishcrawl thingy is happening on Tuesday, May 28, at 7 p.m. If you buy a ticket for $75, you’ll get to eat from three great restaurants under the span of 3 hours: Mesa, Bolsa, and Boulevardier. Only 20 tickets available, but if you want one, go here. Now.1 Comment »
I would just like to take this time, again, to remind you all that D Magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants Party is taking place on Wednesday, May 22, at 3015 Trinity Groves. This is your once-in-a-lifetime chance of pieing Nancy in the face. Do ittttt.
Every year Addison upstages all the other suburbs and holds its own food festival, Taste Addison. I’m jealous that Carrollton doesn’t have one. But Addison isn’t too far, and 60 Addison restaurants + carnival games + music from Blue October means everyone’s bound to have a good time. Buy tickets online or at the door. It runs from Friday to Sunday.
Guys, it’s still American Craft Beer Week. The fun hasn’t stopped. There’s the Lakewood Brewing Co.’s All-Cask Tour from noon to 3 p.m.
There’s also this list of other American Craft Beer Week events happening on Saturday. I’m sorry I lied and never updated it. Whoopsies…
Chef de Cuisine of the award-winning Charleston, South Carolina restaurant, shares McCallister’s passion for foraging, fresh ingredients and Southern fare. Together, McCallister and Langhorne present guests with a variety of small bites and an innovative eight-course menu inspired by flavors of the South.
COST: $125 per person for the eight-course menu, excluding tax and gratuity; $75 for complementary wine pairings selected by FT33’s General Manager, Jeff Gregory.
WHEN: Monday, June 17, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
This morning Tim Rogers tweeted a link to this happy karaoke couple. I laughed so hard, I banged my head against my glass and spilled water over my phone. Then I kept watching. And laughing. Raya had to walk over to my desk and mop up my mess for me. That is all.
I don’t know if this dinner is sold out or not, but you can take your chances by calling. Your favorite underground urchin, David Anthony Temple, is hosting “The Great DATsby Dinner” tonight at 7 p.m. Private location. It’s $77 per person, and the menu has some crazy stuff in it, like wild boar and kangaroo. Check out the menu here.
If you love dirt and Paul Quinn College Farm, volunteer from 9:30 a.m. until noon and help with planting, weeding, mulching, and all that other good stuff that helps grow healthy plants. The morning will end with a lovely picnic lunch out on the farm. From the Facebook event:3 Comments »
Here’s an event that you don’t see every day: a competition for sous chefs.
“Sous chefs are the unsung heroes of the kitchen. They work tirelessly behind the scenes, rarely getting the credit they deserve. On June 2nd, Chefs for Farmers will host a competition aimed to give eight of the city’s hottest sous chefs some #&^!%*@ credit,” says Christina LaBarba of FreshPoint. She and a bunch of other volunteers are preparing the battleground for one sous chef’s victory.
“The line up includes Matt Balke (Bolsa Restaurant), Stedman Belyan (3015 at Trinity Groves), Derek Blackburn (Central 214), Kevin Dean (Lucia Dallas), Jared Harms (Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek), Danyele McPherson (The Grape Restaurant), Misti Norris (FT33) and Gmo Tristan (Boulevardier). Each chef will be paired with a local farm and create a dish using ingredients provided by the farm. Event goers will vote for their favorite dish. The winner will take home a sweet prize, get a booth alongside executive chefs at Chefs for Farmers and, most importantly, have bragging rights.”