On Monday, Sept. 12 at 6 pm, Lauren Salazar, sensory specialist and educator for New Belgium Brewery, will be at Meddlesome Moth for a night of rare beers, delicious food pairings, and entertaining discourse on New Belgium’s rare Lips of Faith series of ales. Lauren has been with New Belgium for close to 15 years and has been instrumental in developing their Lips of Faith beer program, which focuses on beer experimentation, smaller batch limited releases, special barrel-aged releases, and a combination of old world brewing techniques meeting new world imagination.
Each course will be paired with a beer selection from her prized cellar and will include:
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The last time we checked in with chef Andre Natera, it was during his World Master Chefs Society induction. Yesterday, I visited him at Pyramid to find out about the Fairmont’s new Lifestyle Cuisine Plus program. According to Fairmont corporate, the goal was to create a fresh and nutritionally balanced array of meals for guests with diet-dependent conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and celiac, as well as those who choose macrobiotic, raw and vegan diets.
“The Fairmont’s Lifestyle Cuisine has five different categories, and the nice thing is that you can find the same categories (but different recipes) across the globe in all the Fairmont hotels,” chef Natera said. “We have three to four items in every category and they all comply with the nutritional guidelines for that category. For example, no matter where you go, a vegan dish is going to have 10 percent protein, 40 percent fat, and 50 percent carbohydrates. As long as it falls within that criteria I have flexibility to create. And because, in many of the options, salt is limited so we have to find other flavoring options like miso.”
Contributor Brooklynne Peters attended a tasting at The Pyramid Restaurant in the Fairmont last night. Read on for her report:
In honor of summer The Pyramid Restaurant and Bar is going back to its roots. Last night, executive chef Andre Natera, recent inductee to the World Master Chefs Society, and a locavore who has been with Fairmont since April of 2010, invited us to taste some new items and reimagined classics.
Natera’s style of cooking is rooted in classic French technique, but includes elements of modern local cuisine and bright summer flavors such as mango and ginger. In fact, his fresh summer menu hinges on the bounty of fruits, vegetables, and spices he is growing in the 3,000 square-foot garden on the roof of the Fairmont.
“Every ingredient on the menu, we want to keep it familiar,” said Natera. “I want every dish to be approachable.”
Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille invited our new (opinionated) intern Kelsy McCraw to sample four new additions to their dessert menu. Read on for her unfiltered opinion…
Chris Perry and his staff at Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille have introduced a handful of new dessert items that elevate the concept of the home-style dessert to classic status. Perry worked with Executive Chef Pedro Ortiz to develop the array at the Texas-chain’s Dallas site. Here’s a look at what to expect from each dessert:
What to expect: Let me open by saying that the first time D Magazine’s administrative coordinator Loren Means went to Marquee for lunch, she didn’t leave until well after dinner. There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that the cocktails are as much to blame as the food, but all she knows is that she was happily reunited with Wilcox’s duck three ways and Jason Kosmas’ French 75. She describes it as “one happy Sunday.”
These days, in Marquee’s two-level restaurant (and on the cooled, bird’s-eye-view, movie-marquee patio), the duck three ways may appear and disappear from the rotating menu (as if Wilcox does not want to replicate Abacus, yet can’t escape the dish’s popularity), and the French 75 is concocted by request only, but we managed to have a great meal nonetheless. Even though some of the items I mention herein will most likely have cycled off for your visit, the bulk of the menu shows evidence of Wilcox’s skill and optimism.
read more about Marquee… Continue reading "First-Take: Tre Wilcox’s Marquee Bar & Grill in Highland Park"
Leadership changes at Craft Dallas have resulted in a rethinking of the menu and a more casual lunch service. Yesterday, I was part of a group that was invited to the restaurant to taste from the new menu and chat with chef de cuisine Tim Bevins.
“The dinner format—the à la carte things—doesn’t really work in a lunch situation,” said Bevins. “So what I did was streamline everything using the same ingredients, the same technique, the same care. Anything and everything that’s happening at night is happening at lunch. It’s still Craft philosophy down to a T, but it’s quite a bit more affordable at lunch and certainly a lot more streamlined. The quick in-and-out lunch is definitely not a problem whatsoever.”
Items on the two course lunch menu (Empire baguette, a crispy arancino ball, warm olives, and mixed greens with lemon marinated feta come as a first course) ranges in price from $8 (for whole-grain bruschetta with chevre, avocado, and walnut pesto) to $15 (for beef short rib with gnocchi and parsley). The menu morphs daily with market availability so that Bevins can utilize the best of the fields and farms. Follow the jump to see pics of the new menu.
jump for the photo essay… Continue reading "A Voyeur’s Journey Into the New Lunch Menu at Craft Dallas"
My husband and I battle for the title of Biggest Loser in our house; our respective weights fluctuating by 10 percent on a monthly basis (this month, he’s ahead, or behind depending on how you look at it). To be honest, we’d be happy for some steadiness, but as we all know, end-of-school-year stress, travel, and general laziness do not a stable diet make. Lucky for us, Chefs Chris and Sandy Smith have opened the doors on Vitality House Cafe just down the block in Richardson. The married duo employs in-house nutritionist Kelly Crawford, and in-house fitness consultant Stephen Crawford to provide information, consultation and support to diners needing encouragement toward a healthy lifestyle. The place is only open for breakfast, lunch, and coffee at this point, so it’s not yet available for last-minute save-me-from-myself dinners, but here’s hoping. I’ll be back soon with the first-hand scoop. In the meantime, here’s what they have to say about their plan:
jump for the Vitality mission statement… Continue reading "Vitality House Cafe Opens in Richardson With Flavorful Menu and Full-Time Nutritionist"
Tonight (May 17 to 20) and again on June 17 & 18, Bijoux will be presenting their “Classics” menu featuring Bijoux and Chef Scott Gottlich’s time-honored favorites. In a five-course meal that pays homage to fond memories of sumptuous celebrations, Chef Gottlich plan to serve traditional dishes like oysters Rockefeller, beef Wellington or stuffed lobster with wine pairings by sommelier Gina Gottlich. $68 per person/$95 with wine pairings. (Guests choose one dish within each course. Reservations are required.)
Jump for the good stuff. Continue reading "Starting Tonight, You Can Taste The Classics at Bijoux"
Expect a slate of new seasonal cocktails and free two-bite tacos as part of Fearing’s new happy hour (Wednesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m.). Forget dry chicken and “ground meat product;” these mini tacos will be stuffed with lobster, chicken, shrimp, wild mushroom, buffalo, and barbecued brisket. Take your sustenance at The Rattlesnake Bar or outside at the Live Oak Bar’s fireplace under the stars.
The new slate of adult libations includes:
Feel like something a little more substantial? Try Fearing’s new Jonah crab salad on fried green tomatoes; shrimp and vegetable stir fry; highly-marbled Oxford, Arkansas pork chop with red chili rabbit empanadas; a trio of summer fruit popsicles; and coconut cupcakes with fried coconut cream pies.
With the 7th annual Savor Dallas celebration this weekend there are lot of opportunities to taste great wine around town, with the largest being the International Grand Tasting for Savor Dallas Saturday night at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel where hundreds of wine makers, spirit producers and brew masters will join some of the best chefs in the city for a walk around tasting.
Don’t say we didn’t try to help you. If you can’t find a place to take the wife/girlfriend/partner/imaginary paramour now, I’m afraid there nothing more we can do for you.
jump for the final list of Valentine’s day menus and specials… Continue reading "Hey, You! Only Three Days to Go Until Valentine’s Day. Don’t Screw It Up."4 Comments »
Candy hearts may be cute, but they’re not gonna sustain you through the night.
The better bet: dinner reservations at one of these romantic faves: Continue reading "Planning to Take Your Valentine to Town? The Following Menus Will Help You Find the Way."2 Comments »