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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Joel Salatin Rocked Urban Acres’ Steward’s Dinner

On Tuesday night, Urban Acres partnered with Joel Salatin (the monumentally celebrated sustainable farmer and author from Virginia) and some pretty awesome local chefs to present a Steward’s Dinner at Four Cornery Brewery. We entered through the makeshift barn doors and an immediate wave of camaraderie passed over us. Everyone there was passionate about food. […]

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Five Reasons Why You Should Attend “A Community Cooks” at Paul Quinn College on April 11

Every year, the football field-turned-We Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College puts on a fundraiser that I mark into my calendar with a bright pink highlighter. Not even two free tickets to the Dallas Symphony’s April 11 concert (featuring Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 2, by the way) can sway me from my commitment to […]

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New Co-op Farm to Fork Foods Opens in Arlington

Sometimes it doesn’t take a village, it just takes one or two dedicated people to care enough to go through the steps it takes to open a business based on your beliefs. Arlington resident Krista Grant got fed up with processed food and fatty meat from dirty feed lots offered at her local grocery store. As a […]

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Dallas-Area Farm to Market Report Weekend of August 18-19

This week’s report was filed, in alphabetical order, by Lesley Mann Lynch. Go. Shop. Report. Take advantage of the heat reprieve we’re getting this weekend (highs in the low 90s) and go roam your local famer’s market. Scattered showers are predicted, but don’t let that keep you indoors. Most of the markets are running at full […]

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Report From TexSom 2012: Photos From Closing Ceremonies

Monday night TexSom celebrated the success of this year’s international wine conference with a grand tasting and awards ceremony event at The Four Seasons Resort and Club Dallas at Las Colinas. Andrew Chalk was there and so was our eagle-eyed photographer Desiree Espada. Hayley Hamilton reports on the wine represented. Andrew has run out of […]

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Bon Appétit Features Two DFW Eateries in its “Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2012″

Holy cow, Bon Appétit just named Oak and Woodshed Smokehouse as two of its Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2012. Oak comes in at #29, and this is what the magazine has to say about it: This swanky Design District spot is home to what might be Big D’s most talented restaurant trio: chef Jason […]

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Farm to Market Report: Weekend of August 11-12

Whether you’re a regular market-goer, or you’ve never ventured outside the produce section at Tom Thumb in your life, it’s a great week to hit the markets. The USDA has designated August 5–12 National Farmers Market Week in order to raise awareness of the country’s nearly 8,000 markets, the asset they provide to every community, […]

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Hot Dogs! Getcha Hot Dogs! Brian Luscher Launches Luscher’s Post Oak Red Hots

We called it here: Hot dogs are the new hamburger. It’s raining wieners all over Dallas. Phil Romano and  Zaccanelli Food Group are readying to roll out Hofmann hot dogs. Today we learn Chef Brian Luscher of The Grape is throwing his dogs in the fight. On August 11, “Da Lusch” will debut Luscher’s Post Oak […]

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Farm to Market Report: Weekend of July 28-29

The heat is on in North Texas, and no one knows it better than local farmers and growers. Berries are becoming scarce, while certain herbs (such as cilantro) are dwindling or have vanished. Peaches and tomatoes are still around, but if you have your heart set on them, come to the market early. Even grocers […]

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Another Reason Why We Love Tom Spicer

Deep in a forest beyond the douchiness of Dallas lives free spirit, forager, and my fellow Firesign Theater fan, Tom Spicer. He’s the head fiddlehead over at Spiceman’s FM 1410. Today he sends this gorgeous photo and a note. I quote: Do you… verjus? Harvested early this morning at Spiceman’s FM 1410 garden, Cabernet Sauvignon […]

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Mozzarella Company Turns 30 on June 30

I know it’s really hip and cool to be an independent artisanal food producer these days. I’m not discounting the current movement, I’m just saying that for some of us it’s been going on all along. Paula Lambert started her little cheese factory in Deep Ellum in 1982 and before you could say farm-to-table-eat-drink-local-at-a-long-table-with-ecO-friendly-utensils-and-Matt-McCallister-is-my-best-friend four […]

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Happy Trader Joe’s Day! Here Are Ten Items You Should Add to Your Shopping Cart

It was pouring rain this morning, but that didn’t matter to fans who sat in their cars at 5 a.m., waiting outside the newest Trader Joe’s in Ft. Worth for the popular grocery chain to open its first store in Texas at 8 a.m. When doors opened, shoppers flooded through the produce aisles grabbing shiny […]

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Special Report: People Who Raise Chickens in Their Backyard

I’m a bird lover and a lover of fried chicken. Yes, it’s an anomaly I shove to the back of my brain when I dine. I’m also a dog lover but, because I consider them pets, I don’t eat them. Yes, it’s a fine line or stone’s throw (insert your favorite cliche here) away from […]

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The 8th Annual Texas Sommelier Conference: Registration is Open!

The dates for one of the area’s most interesting events is set. On August 12- 13, the Four Seasons Resort & Club Dallas at Las Colinas will host the 8th Annual Texas Sommelier Conference. The three-day conference includes educational sessions, wine tastings, and social media workshops. The 2011 TexSom conference featured the largest contingent of […]

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Smash Hit: Mixin’ It Up On The Boulevard Organized by Chefs for Farmers Fills Lee Park With Happy Locavores

Lee Park was the place to be last Sunday. Over 1,000 people showed up for sold-out Mixin’ It Up On The Boulevard, a massive food event organized by Chefs For Farmers. The two women credited with pulling together all of the details are Iris McCallister and Christina LaBarba. This dynamic duo coordinated over 40 chefs, […]

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