Restaurants come and go, but Chamberlain’s has been in Dallas for 20 years now. What a veteran. To celebrate its two decade anniversary, the restaurant is donating a portion of its sales to Ride 2 Recovery, a program that helps wounded vets. Check it out. This deal is only happening this week.
In times of difficulty, help an Oklahoman neighbor out. Go eat.
Summer was in full swing Friday at the 2nd Annual Grand Hall Grill Out benefit for Support Our Troops and Patriot PAWS. Grand Hall USA, parent company of Eternal hybrid water heaters and Barbeques Galore, sponsored the event by furnishing grills for competing teams of culinary students to cook on, as well as offering grills at discount prices to the public and $5 raffle tickets to win a grill or Eternal water heater.
The event and food were free, but all ticket and sale proceeds went to Patriot PAWS, a charity hand-picked by Eternal vice president Paul Home. Home, who admitted to being a dog-lover, said he wanted his company’s events to go farther than a five-star meal cooked on his company’s grills.
“I wanted to know, what can we do to have a bigger impact on the community?” he said.3 Comments »
Blah, blah, blah. I’ve already talked about Matthew Shelley once today, so I’m pretty sure I’ve hit my quota, but this email is too good not to share. You guys already (or should already) know that Matt writes the “Into Shelley’s Belly” column once a week. He’s also our I.T. tech guy. This morning, some of us at D were getting spam. Tim shares Matt’s email to the whole company on Frontburner. Amusing, right?
Everyone keeps telling me how cute and adorable the Lee brothers really are, so part of me wants to keep these two free tickets to Central Market’s cooking class for myself. Matt and Ted Lee, the hosts of The Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats, are also the authors of their new cookbook, The Lee Bros. Charleston Kitchen. Did I mention that you get a free copy of the cookbook along with the two tickets? Yeah, let me stress that again: two tickets to see the Lee brothers + a free cookbook. Happy Friday, y’all.
The class is on Tuesday, May 14, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Central Market on Lovers Lane. I’m thinking these tickets might be a great surprise for a mom (or anyone, really) who loves to cook. Whatdyathink? I’m closing this contest off at 5 p.m. today. People who are interested in this $160 value should fill out the form below.
The winner, who I’ll email at 5, will get two tickets put on will call at Central Market.3 Comments »
There’s nothing I love more than grocery shopping, but online grocery shopping… now that’s a game changer.
Artizone, the Dallas-based online gourmet store featuring local products and goodies, is doing something special for SideDish readers only. Now through May 15 at 11:59 p.m., any new register to Artizone.com receives $25 in their Artizone wallet to spend. And whether or not you’re already registered, everyone gets 10% off at check-out as long as you enter this promo code: SideDish. This is valid one time per shopper, no minimum, and delivery is not included. If your order is over $120, delivery is free, though.
I don’t know about you, but this sounds to me like a pretty darn good deal. And Mother’s Day is coming up, isn’t it? Perfect timing.
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I have just completed D Magazine‘s June cover story: The 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas. Yes, I wrote 100 restaurant reviews and ranked the top 100 restaurants in Dallas. To complete the task, I had to toss out Fort Worth, Grapevine, and the mid-cities. Maybe next time. (Which will not be in my life time.) I’m so tired I thought it would be a great idea to throw a party and celebrate the 100 best restaurants in Dallas. The marketing people agreed.
Join me and many of the 100 best restaurants in Dallas for a giant soiree on May 22 from 6-8PM at Sharon Van Meter’s 3015 Trinity Groves. The festivities will feature food from the top chefs in Dallas and the fare will feature an eclectic mix of haute cuisine, off-the-beaten-path barbecue, and a variety of dishes from ethnic restaurants. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to mingle with an unprecedented gathering of chefs and restaurateurs from the top restaurants in Dallas. Along with the food tastings, there will be cocktails by Brugal Rum, beer by Trumer Pilsner, DJ Jose Guevara, Land Rovers on display and a See’s Candy buffet. Additional sponsors include Express Working Capital and Poggenpohl.
I’m thinking about doing a “Throw a Cream Pie in Nancy’s Face” booth to raise money for my favorite charity. Could happen. Buy your tickets here.1 Comment »
Maybe you’ve noticed, but Desiree Espada, my wing/camera woman has left us for the bright lights of New York City. For the first two months of her absence, I sort of panicked and cried myself to sleep every night. (I miss Desiree.) Then came the day I found Kelsey Foster, who does amazing, amazing work, and sparks flew. It was stars and hearts and the whole nine yards. We sent her to Belly & Trumpet in Uptown to capture its stunning beauty.
I know a bunch of you probably feel helpless in light of the Boston Marathon event. That photo of 8-year-old Martin Richards holding his poster for peace is pretty heartbreaking, isn’t it? That’s why this blood drive tomorrow is awesomesauce. Go donate blood to victims and get free breakfast as a bonus! You can be helpful!
FREE BREAKFAST FOR BLOOD DRIVE DONORS
Medical City Plans Blood Drive in Support of Boston Marathon
WHAT: The Original Pancake House is teaming up with Medical City, Carter BloodCare and RunOn! to show support for Boston Marathon victims. Donors will receive a free breakfast from The Original Pancake House and have the opportunity to make or sign cards to send to marathon victims, as well as first-responders and doctors who helped and treated victims and survivors. RunOn! will hand out coupons in honor of runners injured in the Boston Marathon.
WHEN: Thursday, April 18
7:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WHERE: Medical City Children’s Hospital
First Floor Atrium
7777 Forest Lane
Dallas, TX 75230
Happy Friday evening from over here in Taiwan. I just had some of the best pineapple cakes in the world. Friday Fun Fact Time: Taiwanese pineapple cakes (they resemble Fig Newtons, sort of) actually contain very little pineapple. The paste is mostly made from winter melon. Cool, huh?
If you’re in the mood for some Taiwanese baked goods, Desir Bakery in Plano has the best pineapple cakes in Dallas that I’ve tried thus far.
Friday, April 12
Maybe this billionaire kook who’s rebuilding the Titanic isn’t doing the smartest thing in the world, but let me direct you to other ways of commemorating the day of infamy. Hotel St. Germain is offering two Titanic dinners on April 12 and 13 at 7 p.m. in honor of the Titanic’s 101st anniversary. “Guests will enjoy an historic menu, White Star cocktails, and hor d’oeuvres served in a courtyard where dinner guests will each draw a numbered ticket which will correspond to a specific Titanic survivor. $95 per person.” Kind of morbid, but whatever floats your boat. (To make reservations, call 214.871.2516.)
Meddlesome Moth’s April Ale Week is about to come to an end, much to everyone’s sadness. But you can still catch some of its goodness at the rare cellar releases at 5, 6, 11, and midnight.
Heyyyy, suburb area north of Dallas. You’re getting kinda cool these days. New restaurants are opening, and you already have the Coppell Farmers Market, which – let’s be honest – is one of the best farmers markets in DFW. (I could be biased.) Anyways, now that Plano is opening its own farmers market, I’m easily becoming a mega fan of yours.
I think we owe it to Kari Gates, the Collin County Farmers Market chairman, who organized this whole shebang. According to Pegasus News, Gates worked diligently to get Plano’s city council members on board with her plan “that would allow the market to operate while protecting the health of our customers.” Thanks to Gates, small businesses and farmers will get a chance to show the Collin County world what they have to offer. Fairview Farms at 3314 N. Central Expressway, which is one of the original markets in North Texas, will be the site of 40 different vendors on grand opening day.
“The focus of the market is on Texas-grown produce and meats together with locally made products centered around a family and community center where folks can learn about green and healthy living,” Gates said (in the press release). “We’re also looking for sponsorships from corporate partners and local businesses to help make this endeavor successful’” she added.
The CCFM plans to have pony rides, face painting, musical entertainment, and a bounce house on market days. Fun for the whole family.4 Comments »
Everyone is moving to Lower Greenville these days. It’s because they all want to be in close proximity to Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs when the grocery store finally opens. I don’t blame ‘em. Mudsmith just got there, Carnival Barker’s first storefront is heading there, yadda yadda yadda. It’s going to be one hell of a party on Greenville Avenue, come summer.
Since they figured the tenants in Lower Greenville are pretty cool, the owners of Goodfriend Beer Garden and Burger House decided join in the fun. Matt Tobin, Josh Yingling, and their partner-in-crime, Ryan Chaney (who couldn’t make it to our interview), decided to hire Oliver Sitrin (formerly from Village Marquee) to be the executive chef of their new restaurant, The Blind Butcher. It’s going to be at 1919 Greenville Ave, and it’s opening someday in the near future. (The press release says late spring.) The Goodfriend boys have known Oliver for awhile, but now they all get to be one big, happy family together. I’ll shut up now and let you hear the rest of the story for yourselves.
Matt Tobin: At first we were like, “Too bad Oliver’s not available.”
Oliver Sitrin: I came to Marquee because he (Tre Wilcox) brought me there. That’s my boy. Him leaving? I was going to leave also. I actually left one or two days before he did.
Shannon Wynne is busy, busy, busy these days. The restaurateur says that one of his current projects, baby Lark, should be open the first week of March. Pretty soon the good visitors of Klyde Warren Park will have a new place to eat right across the street. And Wynne has picked the best-looking couple, Melody Bishop and Dennis Kelley, to be his executive chefs. These two lovebirds moved to Dallas from Los Angeles, where they both met each other as sous chefs working at the Tavern. Now they’ve got a baby named Oscar and a whole restaurant to help open. I met with them at KWP, and we dove straight into their love story.
Carol: Was it love at first sight?
Melody: Drinking lots of martinis.
Carol: Wait, what?!?
Melody: You know, being a sous at Tavern was rough; we were just always on the same schedule, so we would always go and have martinis after work and go and talk about the day.
Carol: Is there a rule against dating in the kitchen?
Melody: A little bit, even though it happens a lot. We kept it under wraps… and then I got pregnant.
Dennis: Then it couldn’t be kept under wraps anymore!
Carol: How did Shannon Wynne lure you to Dallas?
Melody: He’s actually a family friend of mine. I’ve been talking to him throughout the years about his different projects. When we talked about the Lark – you know, now we have a 1.5-year-old, and it’s nice that he can be with his cousins.
Remember when Teresa Gubbins broke the story on CultureMap about Lower Greenville’s new food truck park? Chef Jason Boso of Twisted Root is in charge of turning the vacant lot sitting across the street from a future Trader Joe’s into a buzzing new hotspot for truck foods. Not only is he opening his own Philly cheesesteak restaurant inside the lot, but he also invited Aaron Barker and Sarah Miller of Carnival Barker’s Ice Creams to open a tiny, tiny little store right next to it.
Carnival Barker, a two-person operation that started almost exactly a year ago, sells its dreamy flavors (like Munchies, a peanut butter-based ice cream with chocolate-covered potato chips) inside stores like Bolsa Mercado for five to six dollars per pint. It’s finally getting its own space in Lower Greenville late May 2013. Halle-ice-cream-lujah! Barker says that the store will be similar to the way Amy’s Ice Cream on South Congress (in Austin) is run. ”I think we’re going to have a space there with a walk up, but you can’t sit inside and eat.”
(Unlike South Congress Amy’s, families will have a place to eat outside. Plenty of picnic tables inside the food truck park will be there for maximum ice cream enjoyment.)
I’m pretty excited. Barker and Miller are working on ice cream sandwiches as we speak. A nutella cookie filled with nutella ice cream is in the works, and it should be ready for post-winter feasting. Barker told me to “eat in moderation,” but there’s no way I’m listening. I have four pints of Carnival Barker’s Ice Creams sitting in my freezer, and I fully intend to finish them off by the end of this week.2 Comments »
We’d sing the whole song for you, but I don’t think you’d want to hear us warble. Instead, we’ll just demand that you bring us some figgy pudding. Thanks in advance.
P.S. Posting will be slow on SideDish until January 2. Nancy and I are lollygagging elsewhere. But don’t worry, we won’t leave you entirely. We’ve got some fun posts scheduled.
Steve Brown from the DMN reports that the 2-acre property on Cole between Knox and Armstrong will be redeveloped by Lincoln Property Co. and property owner Sarofim Realty Advisors. Trader Joe’s, he says, will be the lead retail tenant in this future mixed-use development.
The first Trader Joe’s in Dallas (Lower Greenville) is supposed to open during the first quarter of next year. The second at Walnut Hill is “coming soon” (according to the website), and now this Cole/Knox location will be the third store for Dallas residents.
I’m so okay with this. TJ’s, keep moving into Dallas, please. I love your turkey meatballs. L-O-V-E.9 Comments »
In the December issue of D Magazine, Carol presents the tale of two chefs, Chad Houser and Janice Provost, and how they joined forces to create Café Momentum.
The Dallas County Youth Village, a sort of halfway house for boys age 10 to 17 who have a history of committing nonviolent crimes, sits on 53 acres of rural southern Dallas. Two chefs, Chad Houser and Janice Provost, got the idea to teach these young men skills they could use to land jobs in the restaurant business. Their program is called Cafe Momentum, which is also an itinerant pop-up restaurant staffed by the Youth Villagers.
The 15th Cafe Momentum dinner took place on October 7, the same day a cold front caught Dallas by surprise. By 6:15 pm that Saturday, bundled guests started settling down into the industrial metal chairs scattered inside Acme F&B. Eight boys from the Youth Village worked the room like they’d been doing it all their lives. The boys, dressed in professional chef coats, smiled as they carefully placed romaine salads with hearts of palm in front of each person. They said their “yes, ma’am”s and “yes, sir”s. People were impressed. For having spent only $100 on an elegant four-course meal, guests witnessed firsthand how their money went toward transforming the lives of youths who came from challenging backgrounds.
Not every 10-year-old girl wants to help homeless people. In fact, most of them just want their own iPhone. Ashton Bryson is different, though. Two years ago, she started worrying about homeless people getting too cold in the winter, so she began collecting coats and blankets for Heat the Homeless.
Now the Rosemont Elementary School fifth-grader has the help of local restaurant businesses. You can drop off coats, blankets, gloves, sweaters, socks, etc. at Smoke, Chicken Scratch/Foundry, and Bolsa Mercado up until November 30, which is tomorrow. (Sorry, I only heard about this yesterday.) Get a free cuppa coffee at Bolsa Mercado if you drop it off there.
The donated items will go to The Bridge, a homeless recovery center in Dallas.
The interior is as stunning as the food. Colorful cactus blooms poke from shallow holes carved into a brick wall. A row of old wooden pallets has been sanded, stained, and backlit with rope lights. They hang on the main wall lined with banquettes. The community table was built with wood Reyes salvaged from the fence that once surrounded the restaurant’s dumpster. The railing at the entrance and the wall hangings were created from scraps of metal rescued from trash bins at Wooten Metal. Several customers have tried to buy the large mirror Reyes framed with acid-washed tin. The dining room is so personal that you can’t help but feel like you are eating in someone’s home.
Ed: Raul, everything in the restaurant, you found dumpster diving and trash bins? Most of everything in here is other peoples’ trash?Raul: Yes. Mmhm.Ed: So these are just crate pallets that were just thrown.. thrown away?Raul: Yes.
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There are very, very few events that would make me clean my bike and fight with the air pump machine, but Eden’s Garden CSA Farm has one on Sunday, October 14 that’s making me reconsider. Barn Aid 2012: Le Tour de Farms mixes everything that’s good (healthy eating, exercise, grocery shopping, and philanthropy) into a single afternoon of fun and bike riding. Here’s how it works: You check in to Lake Highlands Community Garden at 1 p.m. Then, over the course of the afternoon, you either bike or drive your way through 32 miles of roads. On the way, you’ll be making pit stops at places like Urban League’s Community Garden at Parkland on Elam and the We Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College, where you can harvest produce and pick up some organic veggies. Once you reach your destination at Eden’s Garden CSA Farm, sit down to a community-style, three-course meal prepared by the bearded chefs of Dallas (Mark Wootton of Garden Cafe, Graham Dodds of Central 214, and Chad Houser of Café Momentum). Pretty simple, right? But I’m not done. At dusk, doors open to the public, and everyone’s invited to watch a free screening of Urban Roots and listen to Lorynn the Redhead play angst-ridden folk music.
To attend, buy your tickets here. If you’ve read this post all the way down to this sentence, and you’re still on the ticket-buying fence… well, consider this: A portion of your money is going to the Youth Village Resources of Dallas’ gardening program. Charles Plummer, the guy who teaches teenage boys at the Youth Village how to grow organic crops, will put that money to good use. He might even make more of his compost tea with it.