It’s definitely crawfish season again, and I know some of you have been looking for places to dig in with your clinchers. Here are five crawfish boils that I’ve found through rigorous Google searching.
(You guys are lucky. There’s practically a boil happening every weekend from now until May.)
Aw Shucks is hosting a crawfish boil in its Lewisville location parking lot. All-you-can eat crawfish, boiled shrimp, sausage, corn, and potatoes for only $25. Listen to live music, drink cold beer, and watch a crawfish eating contest while you’re at it. 1630 S. Stemmons Fwy., Lewisville. 972-436-2520. Noon to 6 p.m.4 Comments »
By now, you should know what The Big Read Dallas is. If you don’t, go here and leave a comment so you can get a free book. The basic gist is this: we’re spending the entire month of April together, as a city, to read Fahrenheit 451 and encourage people to read. What’s D Magazine’s involvement with it? Well, we’re one of the sponsors. We donated a lot of time (5,000 hours of staff time) and money ( a whopping $160,000) to this campaign. And all we’re really hoping is that this project will get one student hooked on reading.
For the rest of this month, we’re hosting a bunch of cool programs and dinners related to Fahrenheit 451. Join D Magazine, the Friends of the Dallas Public Library, and the National Endowment for the Arts at Wild Salsa on April 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. for “A Fiery Fiesta.”
For $60 a person, you get four delicious courses, cocktails, and a chance to mingle with the ladies of D: The Broadcast and D Living. To buy tickets, go here.
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On Tuesday night, Urban Acres partnered with Joel Salatin (the monumentally celebrated sustainable farmer and author from Virginia) and some pretty awesome local chefs to present a Steward’s Dinner at Four Cornery Brewery. We entered through the makeshift barn doors and an immediate wave of camaraderie passed over us. Everyone there was passionate about food. The Brewery – with its wide open warehouse space, bright metallic brewing containers, and beer posters adorning the walls – was filled with many attractive, clean faces. I don’t know if it’s because these people eat so well or maybe Urban Acres has a Handsome Clause in its member selection, but the room was brimming with good breeders. It seemed as though we were all on some magical food team together and couldn’t wait to share our encouragement and passion for sustainable living practices.1 Comment »
Over the past several years the entrepreneurial spirit has grasped many spirit loving individuals throughout our state, taking hold in a variety of forms from wine to craft beer to quality spirits, even mead. Tonight from 6-8pm Sigel’s will welcome many to their Fitzhugh location for a celebration of all things Texas, including Post Oak Red Hots, the incredible gourmet Chicago-style hot dogs created by Chef/Owner Brian Luscher of The Grape.
Some of the libations to be tasted include selections from Lakewood Brewing Company, Duchman (including their stellar Vermentino), Becker and Pedernales Wineries, and spirits from Western Son Vodka, Deep Eddy Vodka, Balcones Whiskey, Waterloo Gin, and the recently introduced Silver Star Texas Whiskey. Guests will have an opportunity to taste 12 samples (all for free) and everything featured at the event will be specially sale priced, but you must RSVP here.
Every year, the football field-turned-We Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College puts on a fundraiser that I mark into my calendar with a bright pink highlighter. Not even two free tickets to the Dallas Symphony’s April 11 concert (featuring Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, by the way) can sway me from my commitment to attend “A Community Cooks” on Thursday at 6 p.m. Here’s why:
I love farm manager Andrea Bithell, and the work study students who work side-by-side in the fields with her do too. Spend five minutes with her, and you can see that she genuinely cares about the community and her kids.
There will be peacocks. The Greenhill School of Addison recently donated Bonnie and Capone, a 6-month-old brother and sister pair, to Paul Quinn College Farm. They act as security guards to keep snakes and other pests away from the produce that’s growing. Apparently, the peacocks are also befriending the farm’s resident chickens: Dizzy, Lady Bird, and Irva.
The food is killer. Eddie “Lucky” Campbell is shaking up some fun cocktails, while a sexy lineup of Dallas’ best chefs are gathering on the field to cook their signature recipes with locally grown ingredients. (Participating chefs include: Randall Copeland, AVA; Garreth Dickey, DISH Restaurant & Lounge; Graham Dodds, Central 214; Jason Ferraro, Hibiscus; Jeff Harris, Bolsa; Chad Houser, Café Momentum; Orazio LaManna, Legends Hospitality/Dallas Cowboys Stadium; Dan Landsberg, Dragonfly; Brian Luscher, The Grape; Jason Maddy, Oak; Matt McCallister, FT33; Janice Provost, Parigi; Anastacia Quiñones, Komali; Jim Severson, Sevy’s; Nathan Tate, Boulevardier; Sharon Van Meter, 3015 at Trinity Groves; and Mark Wootton, Garden Café.)
Serial taco eater Jose Ralat-Maldonado from TacoTrail (and the same guy who wrote “The Best Tacos in Dallas” story for our Feb issue), is organizing the first proper taco fest in North Texas ever. He, Brandon Castillo from the Deep Ellum Outdoor Market, and Rich Vana, my buddy who kicks it over at Entree Dallas, are putting on a big taco hullabaloo on Saturday, April 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the 2800 block of Main Street.
All these dudes know good tacos from bad ones, so don’t worry. They’re not planning to feed you crap. El Tizoncito, Velvet Taco, Rusty Taco, Revolver Taco Lounge, Chile Pepper Grill, Taco Party, Urban Taco, and La Nueva Fresh & Hot Tortilleria will all be there, offering everything from “traditional tacos de trompo and tacos de cabeza al vapor to Mexico City-style tacos and gussied-up selections.” Ralat-Maldonado promises that “there will be a taco for everyone.”
Don’t let me forget to tell you guys about the Taco Throwdown part. Castillo, Ralat-Maldonado, and Vana thought it’d be funny to pit five well-known chefs (including Brian Luscher and Randall Copeland) who don’t make tacos in their kitchens to compete for taco glory. This portion of the festival should be interesting.
Tickets aren’t for sale, because this event is completely open to the public. All the tacos have to be paid for cash, so load your pockets up before heading out.
So the war on Kraft Macaroni and Cheese has started, which was bound to happen sooner or later, right? City of Ate has this video of two mommy bloggers trying to get Kraft to ban its use of yellow artificial food dyes. Interesting. Now I want to eat mac ‘n’ cheese from the box.
Wine tastes better with music. Always. Stoney’s Wine Lounge is hosting jazz harpist Cindy Horstman with Mike Medina on bass from 7:30 to 9 p.m. tonight.
Asador is celebrating its two-year anniversary with a special three-course dinner for $25. There’ll be complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres passed, no cover charge, and music sung by Goga. For reservations, call 214-267-4815.
It’s Green Spot’s five year anniversary, which means .99 CENT BREAKFAST TACOS. Liz and I kinda have a thing for breakfast tacos, so, yeah. We get excited. There are also a bunch of other things Green Spot is doing. Click here for the list.
This has nothing to do with food, except, I guess Ang Lee eats food to survive. Right. Anyway, my mom loves Ang Lee because he’s 1) Taiwanese 2) Taiwanese and 3) he’s a Taiwanese man who’s successful. Remember how he took the Oscar for “Best Director” last Sunday? Well, Lee is apparently humble, too. Read this essay he wrote after his first Oscar win. It’ll make you love him even more.
White Rock Local Market kicks off its season at the Lakeside Baptist Church on Garland Road at 8 a.m. It’s an “Everything” Market Day with food trucks, live music, arts and crafts, handmade clothing, and more. Should be a great way to spend time your morning with the family.
Usually, you walk into a restaurant, you sit, you eat, and hopefully everything goes smoothly. You shouldn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. Good restaurant design is meant to be subtle, not flashy, and help a restaurant operate to the best of its ability.
Take East Hampton Sandwich Co., for instance. I was talking to Royce Ring of Plan B Group the other day, and he was telling me how his design company purposefully placed different tiles in the queueing area to give people an idea of where to stand. Chaos would otherwise ensue. If you’re curious to hear more about this topic, you’re in luck. Jeff Whittington, a KERA producer, is moderating a panel discussion (“Setting the Table: Designing the Ultimate Dining Experience”) for the Dallas Architecture Forum on March 5 at 6:30 p.m. He’ll be leading experts from the dining and design field (Kelly Mitchell of Mitchell Garman, William Baker of Jones Baker, Teresa Gubbins of CultureMap, and Tristan Simon of Consilient Restaurants) in a lively conversation about what separates successful restaurants from others.
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You eat with a bowl. I eat with a bowl. In fact, I just finished eating blueberries from my bowl.
On March 1, you can go home with a new handcrafted dish and help a hungry Dallas brother out. The North Texas Food Bank is hosting its yearly Empty Bowls luncheon at the Meyerson Symphony Center for a mere $35 in advance ($45 at the door). The Youth Strings of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will play, you will eat, and then you will take a bowl home. If you don’t want one, you only have to pay $25 for lunch. All proceeds will benefit the work that the Food Bank is doing to feed some of our struggling individuals and families in the area. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal to me.
Friday, March 1, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201 (Click here for parking map)
Garage parking is available – price depends on specific garage. Valet parking is available for $25.
Tickets can be purchased online and at the door. Go here for more information.
Fun Friday Fact Time: On Wednesday, some crazy winemakers dropped four cases of 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon into Charleston Harbor. No big deal. They’re just trying to replicate the taste of wine that’s been found from shipwrecks.
Ramen, ramen, ramen! After I read about these pop-up ramen shops on craveDFW, my instinct was to hide this bit of news from you guys. I wanted all the ramen to myself. Alas, the web editor told me that this is my job. I must do it. So here I am. Justin Holt (Lucia) will be at the Tradewinds Social Club on Friday and Ten Bells Tavern on Saturday, after midnight, with $5 bowls of ramen.
Since it’s National Margarita Day, Central 214 is doing a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ just for y’all. Bartender Amber West is making $9 Avaritas (tarragon, thai chili, infused el Jimador, Mathilde XO), and you can get a chicken confit quesadilla + mini Avarita for $12.
NOSH on Oak Lawn is having a Middle Eastern cooking class at 10 a.m. It’s $85 for the class, lunch, and wine pairings. Call 214.528.9400 to reserve a spot.
Chef David Anthony Temple is back with another weird, but interesting email. He’s hosting a pre-Oscar night celebration at 7:30 p.m. in Deep Ellum, where he’ll be featuring clips and short films to go with his Django Unchained soul food gumbo, Les Mis salad, and wild boar and smoked boudin for Beasts of the Southern Wild. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading "Pop-Up Ramen Shops, Oscar-Watching Parties, and Other Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, Feb. 22-24"2 Comments »
I know that I’m telling you about these events at the eleventh hour, but it’s President’s Day, and you’re not really doing anything anyways (unless you work at D). Here are two intelligent food events to help understand what you’re eating and why you’re eating it:
1. A Conversation with Dallas Chefs and Their Produce Partners
“The Dallas Metro Fresh Food Alliance will be talking with Chef Graham Dodds (Central 214) and Chef Patrick Stark (Sundown at Granada), who are both committed to featuring the best local produce on their menus. They will be joined by two of their local food vendors: Brandon Pollard (Texas Honeybee Guild) and Shane Lovell (FreshPoint), who will discuss the importance of developing and maintaining a healthy local food system.” (via Facebook)
Location: Studios 1019, 2278 Monitor St., Dallas, TX 75207
Time: 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM, Monday, February 18
Cost: Free1 Comment »
The Stewpot is a pretty amazing organization in Dallas that helps homeless and at-risk people rebuild their lives. This year, the Stewpot Alliance is holding its fifth annual Soup’s On! luncheon tomorrow at the Omni Hotel, where dozens of fine chefs are serving bowls of warm soup. (I hear it’s going to rain tomorrow. Perfect soup weather, don’t you think?) There will also be an art sale 0f 50+ paintings for serious browsing. The press release also includes these other entertainment goodies: “handmade jewelry from the artists of the Stewpot Open Art Programs, keynote speaker Wes Moore, emcee and Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow and a performances by The Dallas Wind Symphony and Booker T. Washington for the Performing Visual Arts Varsity Choir.”
Chef Brian Luscher of The Grape is acting as Chef Chair this year, and he’s gathered a list of impressive Dallas chefs. Participating chefs include Randall Copeland, Restaurant Ava; Bruno Davaillon, The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek; Omar Flores, Driftwood; Keith Hanks, The Capital Grille; Al Havens, Salum; Jason Maddy, Oak; Danyele McPherson, The Grape; Chad Kelley, Café Pacific; Janice Provost, Parigi; Anastasia Quiñones, Komali; Abraham Salum, Salum; Nathan Tate, Boulevardier and Jason Weaver, Omni Dallas.
There are plenty of tickets left, so you guys are in luck.
Reception and art sale begins at 11a.m., while the luncheon starts at 12 p.m. Individual tickets begin at $150. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 214-746-2785 ext. 234 or go to www.SoupsOnDallas.org.
What’s Sharon Hage not doing these days? Two days ago, I posted about Hage working on the menu for The Rustic, a restaurant opening in Uptown this spring. Whatever pool of dazzling, immortal water she’s drinking, I’d like to have some, too. Now my inbox tells me that she and Barbara Werley, both powerful women in the restaurant business, are donating their efforts to YW’s Sip ‘N Savor event benefitting low-income women. That’s pretty darn awesome.
Press release time! Yay!
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Dallas, TX (Jan. 23, 2013) – Food and wine femmes chef Sharon Hage and Master Sommelier Barbara Werley are pairing up February 28, 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the 2nd annual Sip ‘n Savor event benefiting YW (YWCA of Metropolitan Dallas). Guests will be treated to Hage’s farm-to-fork creations paired with red, white, bubbly and dessert wines hand-selected by Barbara Werley. Both women will be on-hand during the event to meet guests and chat one-on-one about the unique wine and food pairings. The limited-space event will be held at the University Park home of Angela Fontana and Andre Szuwalski.
Werley is one of only 17 female master sommeliers in North America and one of only 190 worldwide. She currently manages more than 33,000 bottles of wine at Pappas Bros. Steakhouse. Hage is lauded for her farm-to-fork-focused cuisine she introduced at her former York St. restaurant. These days she is sharing her food philosophy with other chefs and restaurateurs through her new consulting and menu development company.
“Sip ‘n Savor is a major fundraiser for YW and advances our efforts to help low income women change their lives as they move out of poverty,” says YW CEO Jennifer Ware. “It is a huge honor that these two immensely successful women, Sharon Hage and Barbara Werley, are donating their time, talent and treasure to benefit other women working hard to get themselves and their families out of poverty.”
Space is limited to 125 guests. Tickets are $120 per person or $200 per couple, and are now on sale at http://www.ywcadallas.org/wine/wine-donation.asp. Those who can not attend but still want to support YW can make a donation on that same web page: http://www.ywcadallas.org/wine/wine-donation.asp
Sponsorship support from Central Market and Stacy’s, event ticket sales, and proceeds from the $20 cork pull held during the event will benefit YW.
Though eating lighter and losing weight may be on your New Year’s resolution list, Dallas restaurants haven’t skipped a beat in creating some incredible wine dinners and tasting opportunities that will make you want to splurge just a bit. Here are some of the tastiest options coming up in the next few weeks.
You never know what inspires a chef, some love foie gras, some love caviar, some love truffle. It would seem Chef Graham Dodds of Central 214 loves goat, and when cooked well, I have to agree. Chef Dodds will present a Goat and Beer dinner on January 17 with Windy Hill Organics and Real Ale Brewing Company. The six course dinner will celebrate the flavors of the whole goat, from the cheeks to the loin to the shoulder to the shank, each paired with Red Ale Brewing Company beers. The dinner is $70 per person and reservations are required, 214-443-9339.
My doctor always says that getting more fish in the diet is key to a healthy lifestyle, and TJ’s Seafood makes this easier than ever by cooking the fish for you, as well as selling it. And, they only sell what is fresh and in season. On January 23 at their new location on Oak Lawn will host a wine dinner with Merriman Winery, featuring their highly rated estate grown Pinot Noir paired with scallops, tuna and salmon dishes. Mike Merriman, owner of Merriman Winery, will be on hand to speak about the wines and pairings. I am a huge red wine with fish fan, and Pinot is one of the best pairings with fish, so this is guaranteed to be a fun and flavorful night. Reservations required – 214-219-3474. Continue reading "Upcoming Opportunities To Taste"
All I’m doing this weekend is catching up on Season 3 of Downton Abbey. I am so behind that it’s embarrassing. Also, Christmas shopping and Christmas-card making… I guess I need to do those, too. But they’re clearly not as important as Downton. Nope.
4 p.m. | Stone Vertical Epic Ale, The Final Chapter | Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House – Go for the vertical tasting of 10 editions of Stone Vertical Epic Ale. Receive a flight with 3 oz. samples of each edition from 3/3/3 to 12/12/12. Starts at 4 p.m. until the keg runs dry.
Noon – 3 p.m. | Third Saturday Lunch | Private Social - Rocco Milano will be mixing holiday cocktails while you munch on fried chicken with green beans, dirty rice, and potato salata. $20 per person.
Noon – 5 p.m. | Dallas Winter Warmer Beer Festival | Annette Strauss Square – Yes, this is Dallas’ first winter beer festival. Why didn’t anybody think of this before? All guests receive a 6 oz. brandy snifter and 2 oz. samples. Save $10 on tickets if you enter Sigel’s promo code. Check out the beers that’ll be there. The list is long and never-ending.
5 p.m. | TJ’s Lobster Boil | Veritas Wine Room – Apparently, November’s event was such a hit that the boys from Veritas and TJ’s have decided to make this a monthly event. Eat your fill of lobster, littleneck clams, PEI mussels, corn, and potatoes + wine (duh) for only $30 per person. Email Bradley Anderson (email@example.com) to make your reservations. Hurry now.
FT33 and Chef Matt McCallister will welcome Chef Randy Rucker of Houston, for a guest chef dinner and a one-of-a-kind dining experience. Rucker, winner of the 2011 Houston Rising Star award will bring his classical Southern perspective infused with modern techniques to McCallister’s season-inspired modern cuisine for a one-night-only culinary event. The evening will highlight bounty from both McCallister and Rucker’s foraging expeditions throughout the Texas woods in an innovative 14-course small plates menu. The dinner is Monday, January 14 at 6PM. $125 per person; $150 with wine pairings (plus tax and gratuity), 214-741-2629. (photos by Kevin Marple)
The holidays are sneaking up on me. Really. I haven’t even put up a Christmas tree or gone shopping for presents. This is terrible. Everyone’s tree photos and holiday blahblahblahs are making me feel awfully behind. But then I remember it’s only December 7, not December 21. I’m not behind. Everyone else is just early. I think.
Carter Blood Care will at the Rusty Taco on Greenville for a blood drive today from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Rusty Fenton recently struggled with internal bleeding, and he wants to give back. According to Dan the Man Koller, sign up sheets are at the counter.
Join the chefs at Nosh Plano for their monthly cooking class at 10 a.m. The menu includes four courses with wine pairings for $75, which includes leek soup in puff pastry, seared diver scallops, and roasted quail. To reserve a spot, call 972-612-3200.
What started 29 years ago by the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) as an opportunity to taste the new release of the just harvested Beaujolais, the jammy, fresh and easy drinking Gamay wine always released the third Thursday of the month of November raced from the Beaujolais region of France to Paris in celebration of the year’s bounty, has grown into an incredible celebration of wine, food and festivity from all over the world and the largest Beaujolais and Beyond Festival in the United States.
The 29th annual Beaujolais and Beyond Festival took place Friday night at the Irving Convention Center, the first time to be held in the new event space, with 2000+ guests in attendance sampling wines from throughout France, California, Washington and Texas. I had a chance to attend as a guest of the FACC. The Texas table I am happy to say was the first I stopped by and continued to revisit to taste the delicious wines from Duchman Family Winery, including their lively Vermentino and rustic Dolcetto made from Texas High Plains grapes. Continue reading "2012 FACC Beaujolais Festival Went Well Beyond The Traditional"1 Comment »
Gina Gottlich is leading a food and wine pairing demonstration at The Second Floor Bistro at 7 p.m. Get ready to taste wines like Nobilo Sauvignon Blanc, Cakebread Chardonnay, Laetitia Pinot Noir, Estancia Cabernet Sauvignon and Château La Freynelle Bordeaux. Execuchef Joel Harloff will also be preparing a wild mushroom soup and rib eye with potato puree as part of the meal. The cost is only $40 per person, but seating is limited, so please call (972) 450-2978 for reservations.
Bolsa launched its new winter bar menu last night. I spy lots of little treats, like the Chocoholic drink with Pecan Street Rum and Kahlua, and the Reindeer Games with cranberry-cinnamon infused bourbon.
Bring your kids to the Brunch of the Sugar Plum Fairy at the Ritz-Carlton, starting at 10 a.m. Yes, there will be a performance of The Nutcracker; and, yes, there there will be a cookie-decorating station. Tickets are $70 for adults and children of all ages. Go here to buy them.
If you like barbecue and bikes, drop by the Office Interiors Group in Carrollton between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Bring a new bike or $40 for CCA (Christian Community Alliance) to purchase a new bike provided by Huffy. Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke is providing the grub. CCA takes the bikes and donates them to families in need.