4 Upcoming Food and Wine Festivals You Won’t Want to Miss

Spring is stunning in Dallas. It’s probably the best time of year to live in our great city. But if you have a little spring fever and you’re looking for a reason to get out of town on a long weekend, here are a few ideas over the coming months that are great excuses to hop on a plane or take a road trip.

Full Story

Savor Dallas: New Events We Hope to See Again Next Year

As part of Savor Dallas, Republic National Distributing hosted a panel wittingly titled “Stirring Up Innovation” that focused on the craft spirit movement. Sly Cosmopoulous (yes, it’s on her birth certificate) led the effort as we ventured through a number of unique cocktails, both old and new. My personal favorite was the Dear John, a blend of Garrision Brothers Bourbon, lemon juice, simply syrup, cardamom and elderflower tonic. Second place was the Eclipse Punch, consisting of the five required components of spirit (in this case, chamomile infused Mt. Gay rum), citrus, water, herb and sugar.

Full Story

Mark Your Calendar: FT33′s Guest Chef Lineup for 2014

Matt McCallister has a super celebrity chef-studded lineup planned for FT33. All the dinners are eight-courses with optional wine pairings. They’re undoubtedly fun and take place on the third Monday of each month. It’s $110 per person, as well. Check out the list. Then prepare yourself to drop a few greens. For reservations, call 214.741.2629.

Full Story

7 Reasons Why You Should Attend Flavor! Napa Valley Next Year

Let’s be real, now. There’s no better place for a serious getaway trip than Wine Country. Napa may be a small, touristy town, but it’s one of those rare parts of the world where time stops and people start aging backwards. I’m quite serious. The trees and leaves turn orange-yellow-red when it’s fall, there’s a […]

Full Story

Beaujolais & Beyond Wine Festival Combines France and Texas Into Frexas

The Beaujalois and Beyond Wine Festival was an interesting mix of dressy, casual, and weird. The place was seriously bumping by the time I had made it inside. As soon as I walked in, my eyes were immediately drawn to the rosé table—mostly by the brightly-lit Eiffel Tower replica, adorned with a swathe of balloons. […]

Full Story

Where to Celebrate Halloween in Dallas with Food and Drink

With Halloween almost upon us, you’ve probably been inundated with costume event after costume event. Sure, you already know where to party and where to go for a spooky haunted house, but you don’t know where to eat and drink… yet. In about two seconds, you will. I’ve got a whole list ready for y’all. […]

Full Story

Max’s Wine Dive Brings a Taste of Fall to its Menu

Chef Patrick Russell at Max’s Wine Dive is really cool. The dude is crazy passionate about his food and daring in his creativity. The staff exudes his same excitement, giving the place a nice electricity to its atmosphere and menu. Because the chef is unleashing his new fall menu, he invited some of us from […]

Full Story

2013 AIWF Wine and Food Menu Pairing Contest Names Truluck’s the Winner

While everyone was off enjoying this year’s Restaurant Week presented by Central Market, the American Institute of Wine and Food (DFW chapter) was busy holding its own little contest. Six to eight culinary professionals were tasked with the job of finding one restaurant that exemplified the best wine and menu pairing. This year, Truluck’s takes […]

Full Story

Scott Ota Named Texas Best Sommelier

The last glasses are still clinking and final wines are still being enjoyed by the capacity crowd at the final event Grand Tasting at the 9th annual TEXSOM Conference and Texas Best Sommelier Competition, ending what was by far the largest, and perhaps best, conference founders Drew Hendricks, MS, CWE and James Tidwell, MS, CWE, […]

Full Story

What To Drink Now: Wines to Sip with Barbecue – Part 2

Continuing on with some suggestions for pairing with your favorite barbecued and grilled items, here are a few ideas for pairing with the heavier, heartier, richer proteins like beef, lamb and other game. Last week I gave you ideas on the lighter selections, like fish and seafood, grilled chicken breasts and veggies.  A few selections […]

Full Story

What To Drink Now: Wines to Sip With Barbecue – Part 1

No matter what is on your grill this summer a bottle of ideally paired wine is easy to find. Whether your favorite grilling delicacies include salmon or shrimp, pork or chicken, lamb, beef or venison, even simply dressed and lightly charred veggies are ideal summertime fare when paired with smoky, spicy, sometimes fruit forward wines. […]

Full Story