Fun Friday Fact Time: On Wednesday, some crazy winemakers dropped four cases of 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon into Charleston Harbor. No big deal. They’re just trying to replicate the taste of wine that’s been found from shipwrecks.
Ramen, ramen, ramen! After I read about these pop-up ramen shops on craveDFW, my instinct was to hide this bit of news from you guys. I wanted all the ramen to myself. Alas, the web editor told me that this is my job. I must do it. So here I am. Justin Holt (Lucia) will be at the Tradewinds Social Club on Friday and Ten Bells Tavern on Saturday, after midnight, with $5 bowls of ramen.
Since it’s National Margarita Day, Central 214 is doing a lil’ somethin’ somethin’ just for y’all. Bartender Amber West is making $9 Avaritas (tarragon, thai chili, infused el Jimador, Mathilde XO), and you can get a chicken confit quesadilla + mini Avarita for $12.
NOSH on Oak Lawn is having a Middle Eastern cooking class at 10 a.m. It’s $85 for the class, lunch, and wine pairings. Call 214.528.9400 to reserve a spot.
Chef David Anthony Temple is back with another weird, but interesting email. He’s hosting a pre-Oscar night celebration at 7:30 p.m. in Deep Ellum, where he’ll be featuring clips and short films to go with his Django Unchained soul food gumbo, Les Mis salad, and wild boar and smoked boudin for Beasts of the Southern Wild. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Continue reading "Pop-Up Ramen Shops, Oscar-Watching Parties, and Other Things to Do and Chew in Dallas This Weekend, Feb. 22-24"2 Comments »
I’m not a food critic. So when I went to last night’s 17th Cafe Momentum pop-up dinner, I was a little worried about if I could do the food justice. I wanted to capture the evening, but my inability to describe food as anything other than “yummy” or “delicious” had me concerned.
But the great thing about Cafe Momentum is that although it pops up at the hottest restaurants which are making some of Dallas’ best food, it’s about more than just the plate that’s set in front of you. It’s about the program and its mission. It’s about the young men who wait on you and plate your food. It’s about their stories. And it makes for a dining experience unlike any other in Dallas.
Cafe Momentum has been talked about quite a bit since its launch more than a year ago. Recently, Carol wrote about it and its founder, Chad Houser, formerly of Parigi but now full time with the program.
The premise of Cafe Momentum is great: teach juvenile offenders who have gone through Youth Village’s culinary program how to work in a restaurant—from front-of-house to the kitchen. When the young men finish the program, they’ll not only have experience but the names of some of Dallas’ best chefs on their résumé. The ultimate goal of the program is to have a stand-alone restaurant (Houser is currently searching for a location). But to get there, Cafe Momentum needs money. And that’s where the pop-up dinners come from.
Last night’s dinner at Oak, our restaurant of the year, was my first to attend. Before I got there, I had some questions. So, after the jump, is a guide for Cafe Momentum newbies. Continue reading "A Good Cause Plus Great Food Makes for a Unique Dining Experience"1 Comment »
Hold on to your Baccarat flutes, it’s only for one night. Actually, Le Cirque is popping up on April 20 at The Tower Club. ClubCorp and the legendary Manhattan restaurant have teamed up and are going on the road to “play” An Evening with Le Cirque at 10 of ClubCorp’s family of private clubs around the nation. They are bringing Le Cirque’s new chef, Olivier Reginensi, and members of the Maccioni family, which opened the original Le Cirque in New York and now owns nine restaurants throughout the world. Marchesi Antinori and Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut picked the wines. I’ve printed the menu and wine list below. Reservations are limited and start at 6 P.M. The cost $150 per person, which includes meal and wine pairings. Call 888.402.3933 or email ClubLine to RSVP. All here.
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This past weekend may have been rainy and overcast, but a beacon of sunshine poured down upon the Bishop Arts District, resting on a quaint little renovated house painted brightly with hues of violet and blue. Within these walls rested Dallas’ first “pop-up” pie shop, brought to us by the wonderful women at Emporium Pies, partners and co-owners, Mary Gauntt and Megan Wilkes. Wanting to test the waters a bit and see what kind of response the Dallas diners would have to a dedicated pie shop, they moved into the space at 314 N. Bishop Ave. over the weekend to provide this city with some of the finest pies it will ever see.
Walking inside, the space is small but cozy, with no more than a few chairs, a sales counter, a couple tiny tables with three stands displaying the day’s pie options. On one rests a French silk chocolate pie with a crunchy pretzel crust, another holds a bourbon pecan pie with shortbread crust, the last displaying a streusel topped banana pie. I ordered a slice of each, which were then all neatly packaged in small wicker baskets with a wooden fork and tied up with string (these are a few of my favorite things). The entire presentation is so insanely cute, it makes fluffy baby bunnies look like swamp trolls. I took a seat on the porch and dug in.
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Megan Wilkes and Mary Gauntt have a wish. They want to make Dallas a pie-friendly city. They have been testing pies, selling pies online, and creating a business plan for a real pie store called The Emporium. To get the feel for how their pies and plans will work, they to pop-up up this weekend in a century-old cottage at 314 N. Bishop. On Saturday (9AM-2PM) and Sunday (2PM-7PM), they will be selling pies: Drunken Nut (bourbon pecan with shortbread crust), Smooth Operator (French silk chocolate in a crispy pretzel crust), and a secret-ingredient Mardi Gras concoction. You can buy a whole pie or a slice and pair it with Cultivar Coffee.
Go. Eat. Report. You can find them across from Hunkys Hamburgers on Bishop Ave. at 8th St.)
Wanna see some pie porn?
We’re suckers for any press release that contains the following sentences:
It seems a couple well-intentioned entrepreneurs have teamed up with J&D’s Foods to create a little something they’re calling baconlube—the world’s first bacon-flavored, water-based, American-made, personal lubricant.
Billing itself as the “gold standard of meat-flavored massage oils” (natch) baconlube, they say, is like the McRib of sex: it’s delicious, makes men crazy, is here for a limited time, and is in short supply.
If you’re thinking “stocking stuffer!” (let’s stay on track here), we’re right behind you. But the boys only made 3,000 bottles of this pork-flavored nectar. It hit the interwebs yesterday at www.baconlube.com. How much, you ask, for a product that promises such a satisfying holiday season? Only $11.99.
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This dinner event may be too groovy for words, but I’ll give it a shot. Our favorite forager Tom “Spiceman” Spicer is teaming up with Chef David Anthony Temple (aka underground chefDAT) and Artizone.com to present “Dinner in the Garden.” The event, benefitting the Family Place, takes place on Sunday, October 30 at 5PM. The food, paired with wine, will come from Artizone supported local farms and vendors or, if you speak DATspice: “Chef DAT will compose a one of a kind dinner concerto in 5 movements, to be performed in Spiceman’s urban garden with an orchestra of wines to match.” Oh, yeah. Get down on it for $100 per person. Tickets here . Phone answered here: 214-325-4642.
Okay folks, I have a serious question. This pop-up restaurant stuff is getting out of hand. What is the difference between catering a two-night event and a pop-up restaurant? I suppose I should ask Richard Chamberlain. He is “opening” Element, a “two-night only pop-up restaurant” to celebrate the opening of Addison’s Vitruvian Park. It’s an outdoor “restaurant” with a theme. (Catering job!) Here’s Chef Chamberlain:
“The theme of the restaurant is based around elements: water, earth, iron and fire. Live music, theatrical lighting, fine wines and four courses of delicious food prepared in an open kitchen will make for a once in a life time experience.”
Live music? Oh, no! That song! I am sure this will be a lovely celebration. The Elements menu is below along with all the details you need to know.13 Comments »
The highly motivate mixologist team of Michael Martensen and Ed “Lucky” Campbell are spearheading Bar 828, a guerrilla bar that will open at 828 Davis this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (6PM) and continue on the same days for the next three weeks. The final evening will be October 29. Yes, these guys are busy putting together their new bar, High and Rye, in downtown Dallas but they just can’t seem to stop themselves from doing more projects. “Yeah, that’s just kinda how we work,” Martensen said via phone from the patio at Manny’s in Uptown where he is watching the Rangers game. “We can’t believe nobody has ever done this. We are going to be the first guerrilla bar.”
Bartenders from all over Dallas will participate on a rotating basis. There will also be beer, wine, food trucks, and live music coordinated by JT Donaldson. A Portion of the proceeds will go to the Promise House who has been helping teens in North Texas since 1984. So head out to The OC, home of the secret-keeping restaurateurs, and catch Brian (Sfuzzi, Standard Pour ) McCullough on Thursday.
Jump for other bartenders who’ve already signed up for the party.29 Comments »
Here is a preview of some of the hip new t-shirts carnival workers will be wearing when the Texas State Fair opens on Friday. They were designed by the Belmont Icehouse in Deep Ellum. They will be available for purchase.4 Comments »
Jon Alexis, know on every blog in the United States of America as jonfromtjs, handles the marketing for TJ’s Seafood Market, the successful fish market in Preston Forest. He is a conscientious student of seafood. Recently he learned about Total Catch Market, a project (and blog) run by PJ Stoops and Billy Tellez of Louisiana Foods. Their niche is selling by-catch fish, the innocent fishes caught by fishermen actually fishing for a higher profile fish. JonfromTJs was so moved when he heard about these guys, he jumped in his car and drove to Houston. He sends a brief story about his experience along with cell phone pictures. I am going to run it below. Grammar police be warned: the copy is unedited only because I am low on time at the moment. Take it away jonfromtjs:
I just stuck my head inside the just-opened Taco Taco restaurant in the southwest quadrant of Preston Royal Shopping Center. It’s located in the jinxed spot that runs along the side of Sushi Star. Most recently it was the Chicken Coop. The nice man at the door gave me a menu and a free sample of their chips and salsa. He claims everything is made fresh and they don’t use any lard. Short menu includes quesadillas, tacos, burritos, and “fresh smashed” guacamole. 5954 Royal Ln. 214-750-4420.
UPDATE: I was just contacted by a representative from Taco Taco in San Antonio who says the name is trademarked.
“Can you please edit your article. The name Taco Taco is copyrighted and trademarked by the famous restaurant in San Antonio. Permission was not given to whomever opened this store and are not affiliated whatsoever with the one in San Antonio. A lawsuit will be filed Monday for trademark infringement .”
I spoke with owner Eddie Hija. He was unaware of the San Antonio restaurant. “I went to the city and registered my DBA and nothing came up under that name,” Hija said. “They may be registered in San Antonio but I didn’t see it in Dallas.”16 Comments »
John Tesar has decided to close The Table, the 12-seat tasting room inside The Commissary.The Table will close on August 1 but is scheduled to reopen around September 15 with a new concept. The press release says Tesar will retool The Table menu and “spend the necessary time focusing on The Commissary and getting the service and other restaurant issues up to the standards that he has was known for at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.” I hope so. According to two of my friends who dined at last Sunday’s the lobster bake, the service “was the worst I’ve ever had.” And that person has had a lot of bad service. Go, John. Fix it and they will come.13 Comments »
UPDATE: As of July 5, this dinner has SOLD OUT.
In early June we reported on the first of Cafe Momentum’s pop-up dinners. This morning, we have the scoop on the next dinner in the series. As we foretold, the guest chef at the next dinner will be none other than Randall Copeland, chef-owner at Restaurant AVA in Rockwall. (Busy guy. Didn’t we just see him last Sunday?)
For those of you too lazy to click the link above, Café Momentum is the nonprofit restaurant concept conceived by Parigi co-owners Janice Provost and Chad Houser. Its mission: to change lives by empowering at-risk youth who are interested in a culinary career.
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File this one under the heading: good people doing a pretty great thing. Last night, Chefs Chad Houser (you may remember him from his recent adventures in Eating Lebanon) and Janice Provost of Parigi, supported by an armada of well-intentioned chefs, foodies, and community organizers, opened doors on the first pop-up incarnation of Café Momentum, a nonprofit restaurant concept that will serve as a culinary training facility for disadvantaged young men from Dallas County Youth Village (DCYV is a facility dedicated to helping juvenile offenders, ages 10 to 17, reach their law-abiding potential and divert them from further involvement with the juvenile justice system or progression to greater offenses by putting positive outcomes within their reach).
The aspiring chefs will train alongside some of Dallas finest chefs, who will rotate for monthly stints as chef-in-residence. Last night’s inaugural guest chef, Jeffery Hobbs (Celebration, Riviera, Toscana, Hotel St. Germain, Il Sole, and, oh yeah, Suze) presided over a menu that utilized fresh-off-the-farm ingredients. We’re hoping that July’s guest chef, Randall Copeland of Ava, will feature his own awesome biscuits somewhere in the menu.
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