I found a signed copy of George Toomer’s American Extremes at the thrift store last weekend. When I opened the book, a newspaper clipping fell out, it was his 2009 obituary. “He was known internationally as Buffalo George, an award-winning adman, illustrator and social critic of everything from fast food to the city of Dallas. The origin of his nickname was obvious – wearing one of his trademark Hawaiian shirts, he resembled a bison.” I’d never heard of Toomer until a week ago, but he sounded like a truly cool dude. After I got home I looked him up online. He went by “Buffalo George,” drew illustrations for the Wall Street Journal and Time, wrote books, was a restauranteur, critic and TV personality. What didn’t this guy do?Full Story
The largest veg-focused festival in the state returns to Reverchon Park this Sunday. The fifth-annual Texas Veggie Fair features chef demos, live music, yoga classes, speakers, vendors, beer and most importantly, food. Restaurants participating include Be Raw Food and Juice, Peak & Elm, Urban Acres and Whole Foods. The event is free and open to the public (and dogs) and runs from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Parking for the event is at American Airline’s Center’s AudiPark garage and costs $5.Full Story
In case there was any doubt in your mind that Louisiana can be fun place, the Louisiana Office of Tourism is throwing a giant party in honor of the state. James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and chef, Tim Byres is teaming up with chef Cory Bahr (the 2012 Food Network Chopped! champion) for a Louisiana-themed dinner at The Foundry on October 23. The two have put together a menu of Southern comfort food.Full Story
New York brewery, Ommegang, is throwing one heck of a party during North Texas Beer Week. On Monday, November 3, HopChef Dallas — a food and beer pairing competition — takes over 3015 at Trinity Groves. The event features some of Dallas’ best known beer-forward chefs.Full Story
Thirteen chefs from Dallas and Fort Worth are whipping up dishes at 3015 at Trinity Groves on Wednesday, October 22 for the launch of multi-city fundraiser, Chefs and Seeds. The event benefits Seeds of Africa, a charity devoted to community building and developing a self-sustaining model for education in Africa. The gala features coffee from Ascension, cocktails, live music and a bounty of small plates.Full Story
The Greenville Avenue Pizza Company we have come to know and love over the past seven years has changed. Put down that box of tissues and rest easy, though, because with this wave of change comes a refreshing interior, innovative range of toppings, and ease in the late-night flow of foot traffic. Pizza maker Sammy Mandell and “First Pizza Lady” Molly Mandell gave us a glimpse into their journey over the years, and and idea of what exactly makes their pizza so enticing. From a menu full of hashtags — like #MeatCandy — to a communal wooden table stretching through the back, this place still delivers that same crisp, cheesy pie-perfection, but with a polished update.Full Story
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.Full Story
It’s obvious this city has a place in its heart for three things in particular: food, local artisans and celebrating the two together. With at least two festivals a week there’s always a chance to get involved, learn a thing or two, meet the faces behind our favorite products, shuffle our feet to some tunes, party and most importantly, binge eat for three days straight. Well, this year there’s a new festival in town and it’s a Chipotle addict’s heaven. On Saturday, October 18 at Lake Carolyn in Irving from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Chipotle will host its Cultivate Festival. Here are some things you should know before you go.Full Story
Chefs for Farmers announce their first annual Oyster Bash. The event takes place on Sunday, October 26 from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the Dallas Farmers Market. For $85, guests can suck down oysters, cocktails and wine. Just don’t forget to BYOG (bring your own glass). Chefs participating include: Jon Alexis – TJ’s Seafood […]Full Story
Some local news, and some opining on why an iconic red fruit has held on so long.Full Story
The annual event will be held on September 25 at Times Ten Cellars.Full Story
This week we’re seeing breakfast-inspired ice cream, the closing of a popular restaurant, and funnel cake bonbons.Full Story
Zoli’s challenges you to finish the Mother Effer, Blind Butcher has pork pies worth a try, and Banana Nutella Rolls exist.Full Story
Jack Rose Cattle Co. showcased its new prime Wagyu beef at Rosewood Mansion with the help of local chefs.Full Story
The film, Chef, written, directed and starring Jon Favreau, portrays a bored, indifferent chef on the downside of his career, He quits his job and finds joy driving across the country in a food truck. He makes a stop at a famous barbecue joint in Austin.Full Story
Chef Kyle McClelland—previous chef at The Cedars Social and most recently, the chef at Prospect in Brooklyn—has made his way back to the Dallas food scene. Boy, we’re glad he did. He’s ready to surprise Oak Cliffers with Driftwood’s soon-to-come renovations and ever-changing seafood menu. Make a reservation and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to have a visit at your table from the chef himself.Full Story
The captain of the Dallas Stars, Jamie Benn, reads SideDish. And he’s not at the top of SideDish’s Most Influential Followers list. Check out this scientific study that reveals the real power players behind our popular food blog.Full Story
If I were you, I would take a look at Saturday’s event: a chocolate bus tour. Who wouldn’t want to tour Dallas to sample chocolate for four hours?Full Story
From entertainers to a tai chi demo to a cooking class this weekend, there’s a never-ending list of fun things to do. Come prepared ready to cook and fill your bags up with plenty of vegetables, meats, and fruits to last you the week.Full Story
It seems like everyone is becoming diary-free, gluten-free, and everything else that sounds remotely healthy. Is it a trend? Will it fade? Who knows. I, for one, have recently become lactose-intolerant. But before I mourned my dairy days, I decided to adjust old, familiar recipes to match my needs. Slowly, I’ve succumbed to my body’s peer pressure and have made a few dairy and gluten-free recipes lately.
I wanted to start off this series with the most original flavor: chocolate chip. (I had to add a twist, though. Cue the vegan caramel syrup.) This recipe, derived from Minimalist Baker, is made with coconut milk which makes the recipe not as heavy as normal ice cream flavors are typically. If you are looking for a light, sweet snack that won’t leave you feeling gross before you hit the sheets, then this recipe is exactly that.