Esquire Names Spoon and Stampede 66 in Best New Restaurants List 2013

  Even when you thought the endless awards and endless praise for John Tesar and Stephan Pyles would never stop this year—you were right. It doesn’t. Out of Esquire‘s list of 18 Best New Restaurants in 2013 that was released today, two of them are Dallas restaurants. Now, whether or not you’re a fan of […]

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Dallas Restaurateurs Produce a Local CBS Show Called Local Fare

Restaurateurs Kyle Noonan and Josh Sepkowitz of FreeRange Concepts are at it again. But this time it’s not a bowling alley/restaurant, canine-friendly cantina, or lounge restoration. Instead, they want us to watch amateur critics (i.e. viewers like you) discuss favorite neighborhood eateries on the new series Local Fare. Alas, self-acclaimed foodies are no longer restricted […]

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The Battle for Pecan Lodge: DF Market Holding Sends in Tanks, I Mean a Food Truck

Café Momentum’s Chad Houser tweeted a picture of the Katy Trail Ice House food truck parked outside of Pecan Lodge on Saturday with the message: “Hey @RobertWilonsky and @NancyNichols, look what’s parked outside Pecan Lodge today. Pretty classless.” ‘Natch Big Bob was “@viva_chato Hunh. Good thing I was l already headed that way to check in […]

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Preview: Chamberlain’s Brau Haus at Addison Oktoberfest

Richard Chamberlain isn’t German, but you probably wouldn’t know that without a degree in etymology. The revered Texas chef has been one of the Lone Star State’s favored sons since the doors of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House first opened in 1993. Whether or not your audience is your Munich-native mother-in-law or your roommate from […]

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Chefs for Farmers to Host a Cocktail “Mix-Off” on September 15

One of the best events of the year, Chefs for Farmers, is starting its big hulabaloo off right by hosting a cocktail mix-off at the Standard Pour on Sunday, September 15. Chefs for Farmers, a grassroots organization that celebrates local farmers and great food, donates its profits to charitable causes. It’s all for the love […]

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Pre-Order Your Copy for D: The Cookbook. Café Momentum Will Thank You.

Earlier this year, we hooked up with Café Momentum’s director Chad Houser. We wanted to do a project with them that would not only benefit the magnificent program operated by Café Momentum, but also involve some local chefs. We decided to compile a cookbook full of recipes from area chefs. What seemed like a daunting […]

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Voting for 10 Most Beautiful Women Starts Today

My cube partner/ShopTalk editor, Raya Ramsey, has been working her hiney off for 10 Most Beautiful Women. And it’s paid off. This year, the batch of pretty ladies is mind-blowing. They’re all beautiful and intelligent and interesting. I wish I were exaggerating, but I’m not. They’ve all made me reevaluate the meaning of life. Vote […]

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Dallas Chefs Take a Tour of Lemley’s Produce and Plant Farm

Yesterday morning, Dallas chefs filed into a bus for a field trip to Lemley’s Produce and Plant Farm with Chefs’ Produce, a Texas-based wholesaler of produce. I got lucky and tagged along. J.T. Lemley – a long-time farmer who still loves his work even though it’s taken a toll on his back– led us on […]

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Dallas Dames Host Fundraiser for Area Women Seeking Careers in Culinary Arts

Mark your calendars, everyone. March 3 is when Les Dames d’Escoffier International’s Dallas chapter is hosting its annual Raiser Grazer from 5 to 8 p.m. at Union Station. Once upon a time, in 2010, Nancy attended this event and  ”won” four nights in a Jamaican hotel for $250. She said it was a great travel bargain. […]

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Buy Lunch at Stephan Pyles Next Week, Support Childhood Nutrition

With a third of America’s children overweight and one in four going hungry, Chef Stephan Pyles of Samar and  Stephan Pyles has decided to stand in the gap.  From Monday, Oct. 15 through Friday, Oct. 19, Pyles will host a Lunch Break for Kids fundraiser at his restaurant, Stephan Pyles, during lunchtime hours. Organized by […]

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Teresa Gubbins to Join CultureMap Dallas

Last week I reported PegasusNews was bought by the Dallas Morning News. In the post I pondered the whereabouts of ace reporter Teresa Gubbins. The rest of the PegNews staff are now employees of the DMN, but Gubbins didn’t make the move. (More likely, she wasn’t asked to make the move. She’s been there and […]

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Coolhaus Ice Cream Truck is Heading to Dallas

My favorite ice cream truck that-I-have-never-actually-eaten-at is making its way to Dallas, just in time for the heat wave. I spent most of last summer in Austin staring at the elusive Coolhaus‘ website, cursing the Ice Cream Gods for never allowing my schedule to make room for a gourmet ice cream sandwich. Now it’s finally […]

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Central Market Announces “Passport France” Festival May 9 – 22

Get ready for Central Market’s yearly culinary salute to foreign food. In 2010, we celebrated Argentina (Hi, Francis!). Last year we pigged out on Spain (Hola, Paco!). This year they are throwing a two-week soiree for France, specifically the southern region of Provence, which will begin on May 9 and run through May 22. Here’s […]

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Stone Crab Season is Here

If you come here often, you know the ubiquitous jonfromtjs.  His comments are found on every food blog and social media outlet in Dallas. His real name is Jon Alexis. His real job is marketing his family’s seafood and catering shop TJ’s Seafood Market. I’ve known Jon’s parents, Pete and Caren, since the early 1700s.  […]

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Anthony Bourdain Kicks Some Serious Sass in Dallas

Last night, Anthony Bourdain fans packed the Majestic Theater. Baseball be damned, the worshipers of All-Things-Anthony showed up to lay themselves at the cowboy-booted feet of their hero. Tony walked onto the stage at 8:10 and greeted the audience: “I am a whore. I am in every way compromised, jaded, bought and paid for, including […]

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Week Three: 2011 KRLD Restaurant Week Server of the Week

The 2011 KRLD Restaurant Week has come to an end but we have one last bit of business. Francisco at The French Room is our server of the week. Thanks to Laurie for submitting Francisco at The French Room’s picture and a small description of his service. He was entertaining in a theatrical way, making […]

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