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Fiesta de la Vida at Stampede 66

Stampede 66 and Lakewood Brewing Company are celebrating Halloween, and the launch of North Texas Beer Week, with a beer-infused costume party. Guests will munch on (and sip) five beer and food pairings and at midnight there will be a cask tapping of Lakewood’s special edition, Temptress Mole. Costumes are highly encouraged, and there are prizes for “best costume,” “most seductive” and “least effort.”

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VNA Luncheon with Uchi Chef and Owner Tyson Cole

Chef Tyson Cole is fantasy material. And now for Dallas, the fantasy is blossoming into a very tangible reality. The chef and owner of celebrated Austin restaurant, Uchi, is poised to open his Japanese wonder-house of culinary magic, right here in Dallas. You already know this. Nancy told you all about it in May, and she continued to tease your Uchi sensation in September by telling you all about a celebrity Chef luncheon held by the fine people at VNA. VNA runs Meals on Wheels and hospice care, and this was the fifth year they hosted this particular event. During the luncheon, Chef Tyson Cole demonstrated his skills, answered questions about how his seafood is better than yours, and told us why there will be no lunch at the new location in Dallas.

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Owner of Palapas Seafood Bar to Open G-bar-O Farm & Ranch Market Grill

Tim Goza has been a busy man. Goza, a native of Dallas, spent 20 years in the technology business before he sold his company a couple of years ago. He bought some land in the Hill Country and tried retirement, but he got restless. “You can only play so much golf,” Goza says. He put down his clubs and opened Palapas Seafood Bar on Greenville just south of Ross Avenue. Today he announces plans for a new restaurant next door to Palapas.

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What To Drink Now: Merryvale and More at SER Steak + Spirits

There is a new reason to visit SER Steak + Spirits in the Hilton Anatole Hotel, besides their seasonally influenced dishes created by their charming Chef Anthony Van Camp, enhanced with the incomparable view of the Dallas skyline. Last week they hosted Barbara Messer of Merryvale Winery to help with the launch of their new membership based wine club. I was able to stop by as their guest and enjoy a quick glass of their refreshing Sauvignon Blanc and stellar Profile while hearing more about what the venue has planned for the wine club members.

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Righteous Foods Opens in Fort Worth

Righteous Foods, a new health food concept by chef Lanny Lancarte, opens in Fort Worth on Tuesday, October 21. Lancarte closed his Mexican-Mediterranean food restaurant, Alta Cocina Mexicana, earlier in the year. The space, which has been renovated, is now home to Righteous Foods. The menu offers health-conscious selections like organic kale salad with cashew dressing, carrot and sweet potato ravioli in ginger broth and Acapulco-style ceviche with flaxseed lavash.

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The Grape Celebrates 42 Years of Business with 4 Days of Festivities

The Grape opened on Lower Greenville in 1972, and forty-two years later, the upscale bistro is still plating some of the most notable dishes in Dallas.

Chef and owner, Brian Luscher, purchased The Grape from its original owners in 2007. “In many ways, the Grape is the same great place it’s always been,” he says. “Creative, current menus meld seamlessly with new innovative culinary ideas.” The Grape was the first restaurant in Dallas to have a blackboard menu, and still offers rotating dishes that are listed via chalk. The restaurant is also known for its wine program, which boasts twenty-four wines by the glass, and a carefully curated cellar with more than two hundred bottles of vino.

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Snap Kitchen is Open in Preston Royal Village

Health food restaurant, Snap Kitchen, opens today in Preston Royal Village. Other Dallas locations include Uptown at McKinney Avenue and Snider Plaza (Addison and Fitzhugh locations are scheduled to open soon). The Austin-based eatery offers to-go meals, snacks and cold-pressed juices. The menu boasts a large variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options and includes a bison breakfast bowl, made from maple-apple bison sausage, scrambled eggs and spinach; brown rice spaghetti and turkey bolognese and almond crusted salmon with roasted carrots and zucchini.

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Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar to Open in Addison

Southern California-based restaurant, Lazy Dog Restaurant & Bar, is scheduled to open its first Texas location. The Lazy Dog brand was founded in 2003, and currently has fifteen locations across California. The menu is expansive, and offers everything from bacon-wrapped coulotte steak to your run-of-the-mill hamburger.

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Five New Restaurants Slide into the Dallas Farmers Market

Five anchor restaurants will soon set up shop at the Dallas Farmers Market. Rex’s Seafood Market, Stocks & Bondy, Palmieri Cafe, Nammi/Coolhaus and a restaurant concept from Firebird Restaurant Group (El Fenix, Meso Maya, Snuffer’s) are scheduled to move into The Market (previously Shed 2), after it opens in spring 2015.

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First Take: Front Room Tavern at Hotel Lumen

Front Room Tavern (previously The Front Room) has undergone a complete makeover. There’s a new chef, updated menu and recently refurbished interior. I was invited to dine at the restaurant over the weekend — I’d attended the grand opening of The Front Room back in 2012 — so, naturally I was curious to see the changes. The first thing I noticed after swinging open the gigantic glass door was the aroma of coffee. It practically smacked me in the face — in the most delightful way. Turns out, there’s now a coffee bar at Hotel Lumen, which uses freshly roasted beans from Drip Coffee Company. The bar serves up typical beverages like espresso, macchiatos and cappuccinos, as well as pastries. Pastry Chef, Alison Morse makes everything in-house, offering an assortment of muffins, bagels, biscuits and other carb-laden treats. The pastry case hasn’t been installed yet, but I was told that it should be ready sometime this week.

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CBD Provisions Salutes German Heritage with Weisswurst

German heritage remains strong in the state of Texas. And as a nod to said German ancestry, in addition to the subsequent blending of German and Texan cultures, Executive Chef Michael Sindoni of CBD Provisions fashioned the perfect jause consisting of a house-made pork Weisswurst, an authentic Bavarian mustard and traditional bite-sized pretzels. Such an effort would not be complete without bier, in this case a local Texan Saison.

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Dallas Veteran Chef Kelly Hightower named Executive Chef at OSO Food & Wine

Two Dallas restaurant veterans, Michael Cox and Kelly Hightower, are joining forces to open OSO Food & Wine in the space formerly occupied by Prego Italian Express in Preston Forest Shopping Center.

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