Molecular Mixology at The Second Floor in Dallas

Dallas is well-known for a lot of great happy hours but if you want one that includes a show to go with the drinks  that will have you talking about your experience for weeks  head to The Second Floor at the Westin Galleria. Execuchef J. Chastain has devised five molecular mixology cocktails with flavors and […]

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Stephan Pyles Talks About Molecular Gastronomy at Fuego in Dallas

Stephan Pyles reinvents the wheel. Well, he introduces molecular gastronomy to Dallas. Same difference. On August 5, Stephan Pyles will debut Fuego, a 4-seat “restaurant” in front of the wood-burning oven inside his restaurant Stephan Pyles. Fuego will feature a 7-10 course tasting menu that will include many items created with molecular gastronomy techniques along […]

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Restaurant Review (Sorta): Villa-O in Dallas

The menu reads: Original!  Organic! Oceanic! I am adding: Oh, my head! A couple of nights ago, I set out to revisit Villa-O in Travis Walk. It was a lovely evening and we decided to join the throngs and thongs on the patio. I admit I wasn’t feeling well. The high pollen counts in Dallas […]

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Food Porn: Lobster Sex Video

As I mentioned the other day in a post about the upcoming SideDish Supper Club, I went to Boston with the Severson (Sevy’s Grill) family to learn about seafood. One of our classes was held on a boat, the Hannah Mary. Our professor and lobster fisherman, Captain Bruce Deltorchio, conducted a demonstration on how lobsters […]

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Andrew Chalk Talks to Winemaker Bill Nancarrow of Duckhorn Vineyards About Merlot and the Movie Sideways

The 2004 film Sideways firmly established Merlot as an object of derision with the memorable line “No f****ing Merlot” from its Pinot Noir-loving hero. You might think that this would make Merlot producers scurry for cover or switch sides. Not so Dan Duckhorn. He released his first Merlot in 1978 from the winery, Duckhorn Vineyards, […]

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Gary Cogill Makes a Documentary About DINNER

The only picture I ever took of Gary Cogill. “After reviewing more than 10,000 films, it’s time I actually made one,” says WFAA-TV’s film critic, Gary Cogill, regarding his recent culinary film project, completed earlier this week in Dallas. That’s right, Cogill, an avid food lover, is in the process of producing a film he […]

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Savor Dallas Website Has Cooking Demos by Dallas Chefs

Want a few free cooking classes? The Savor Dallas site has some good ones. Watch Lavendou owner Pascal Cayet demonstrate the fine art of making a beef tenderloin with black peppercorn and mushroom sauce. Groovy music warning: Put on your earplugs, put on your eyeshades, you know where to put the cork. BTW:“The 6th annual […]

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Andrew Chalk Report: Celebrity Chef Soiree Last Night at Charlie Palmer at the Joule in Dallas

Scott Romano does a much better job of describing them in this video than I could. Excuse the poor technical quality – it was shot under battlefield conditions. Last night celebrity chef Charlie Palmer was in town week to meet with his staff, chat with his public, and throw a little tasting party for area […]

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Making Soba Noodles at Tei-An at One Arts Plaza in Dallas

, Last week Andrew “Baby Face” Chalk attended the soba noodle making session held at Tei-An. The event was a big deal— Akila Inouye, Master Chef of Tsukiji Soba Academy in Tokyo, visited Tei-An restaurant at One Arts Plaza to give a demonstration of the technique of making soba noodles. Inouye’s brief U.S. tour only […]

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50 Incredible Lectures for the Ultimate Foodie

A nice lady named Amber Johnson sends you this link to 50 Incredible Lectures for the Ultimate Foodie. I’ve spent the last 90 minutes dipping into the video library and I could spend the rest of the day curled up on the couch watching them all. So far I’ve scanned “Craig Claiborne and the Invention […]

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Slocum Street Style: Let’s Party!

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours driving around the Design District, or Lower Oak Lawn if you will. It’s already a groovy area but the plans for the future are really exciting. The Lionstone Group and PegasusAblon have formed a partnership to develop the  Dallas Design District which  includes both the Dallas Design Center […]

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Samar by Stephan Pyles in Dallas: VIP Grand Opening Party

Samar’s creators paid huge attention to design. The following video is a tour of the restaurant with Stephan Pyles. (Pardon the sound; the place was packed.) We sent Andrew Chalk to cover the semi-soft opening of Samar by Stephan Pyles. Here is his report. You want chandeliers? Stephan Pyles bought some chandeliers for Samar. Go […]

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Chalk Talk: The Dallas Wine Trail. Full Report and Extensive Tasting Notes

Welcome to our first edition of Chalk Talk featuring Andrew Chalk. Andrew is a food and wine loving SideDish reader who has taken time out of his busy schedule to send in extensive reports of his experiences around Dallas. Last weekend, he hit the Dallas Wine Trail. Below are his recollections of the day-long event […]

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2009 Texas Sommelier Conference: Eroica From Ste. Michelle

Recently at the 2009 TexSom Conference at Las Colinas, Andrew Chalk shot this short video on Eroica, a interesting Riesling produced by Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington State. Chateau Ste. Michelle has been a pioneer in Riesling production in the U.S. In this short clip, Andrew has an informative chinwag with Joel Butler, the winery’s […]

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