I apologize for the blatant copy and paste of information below, but I had an emergency surgery on my eye yesterday for a torn retina and I only have a day or two to suck sympathy out of you and my co-workers. PLUS, I have to get ready for this afternoon’s SideDish CheeseHead’s CELEBRATION OF TEXAS CHEESE AND WINE EVENT at Celebration. The weather is going to be fabulous and we’ll be out on the patio. I’ll be the one with the cheesehead hat and the black eye patch!
Back to business:
Maquire’s. Has a new “Chef’s Seasonal Tasting Menu.” Three courses for $30; four courses for $37. Upgrade to wine pairing is $40 or $49. Details below. 972.818.0068
TJ’s Seafood. They don’t want you to get bored with seafood so they have new recipes, ideas, and sauces and marinades. Fish Taco Sauce – so many of you have come in making fish tacos we decided to get a great fish taco sauce. Fish Tacos are a fun (and kid friendly) way to get the family eating healthy fish. Tilapia is great and cost effective. Honey & Jalapeno Grill Glaze – perfect on salmon, swordfish, sea bass or anything else on the grill. If you can’t stand the heat, get away from the grill….this one is a little spicy! Japanese-Style House Marinade – if you like the Citrus Wasabi & Honey Ginger House Marinades, you’ll love this one. Lots of soy, sesame oil, ginger and cilantro. Justs marinate shrimp, scallops and tuna for 20-30 min before grill or saute.
Cibus Ristorante. Has Bocce in the Park brought to you by NorthPark Center and The Italian Club of Dallas. Sunday, September 27th from noon to 4pm in CenterPark at NorthPark. Join us for a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family. Learn to play Bocce Ball if you never have or join the pros from the Italian Club for a lively game. Cibus will be grilling in the garden as well as offering selections from their regular menu plus refreshing cocktails and specialty coffee drinks. 214-692-0001.
Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen. Will host first beer dinner with Rahr & Sons Brewery.
Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen will debut its first ever beer dinner hosted by world-renowned Rahr & Sons Brewery, Fort Worth’s German award-winning brewery. Melissa “Mel” Simmons, Rahr & Sons Brewery Representative, will introduce their most famous beers accompanied with Rathbun’s extraordinary plates. For the first time at Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen, guests will experience their very own “Oktoberfest” tradition in their seats. The dinner menu and beer pairings detailed below. Wednesday, September 30, 2009.
The 500, Inc.’s WineFest 2009. The 500, Inc. announces the spectacular 7th Annual WineFest featuring an exciting selection of wine and delicious cuisine from over 20 of the area’s top eateries, a large silent auction, live music and the pleasurable company of friends and family in the hundreds. WineFest 2009 will be held on Saturday, October 24 from 6:30pm – 10pm at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison. Advance tickets are $35 per person before October 23 and may be purchased online at www.winefest500.com. Tickets at the door cost $40. Proceeds of the event benefit the beneficiaries of The 500, Inc., a volunteer organization that has donated over $12 million to more than 35 local arts organizations over the past 40 years. For more information about The 500, Inc., call 214.565.0200 or visit www.the500inc.org. Details below. Continue reading "Wine Dinner (And Stuff and Such and Beyond) Wednesday"5 Comments »
This announcement comes from the copy and paste press release department:
Belmont Hotel Debuts New Restaurant “Smoke”
Serving Hardwood Cooking From Scratch
DALLAS, TEXAS (August 31, 2009) – A slow burn thick with Southern style arrives in Dallas this September with Smoke. Fresh from a renovation and concept overhaul, the Belmont Hotel’s restaurant reemerges as a homage to an old fashioned smokehouse, with hardwood cooking from scratch and authentic southern flavors. Led by Chef/Co‐Owner Tim Byres, inspired by his recent travels to America’s smokehouse roots, Smoke will offer patrons a culinary experience that satisfies both the palate and soul. Employing time‐honored cooking techniques and recipes with a commitment to local ingredients, Smoke is down‐home cooking done right. JUMP!7 Comments »
Sacred Cellars. Next tasting is tomorrow night (8/27) at 7:00 p.m. “We will be featuring K Vitners as well as their other label Charles Smith Wines. K Vitners is known for their Syrahs made in Washington State. They have a very obvious Black and White label and are very artistically done. A Representative from the winery will be hosting the event at Sacred, hence the Thursday date instead of the normal Friday evening tasting. Deets and other wine stuff from SC below.
Sevy’s Scotch Club. Amy Severson loves a good cocktail! Looks like she has started a Scotch Club! Hear her roar: “Join us Monday, August 31, 2009 from 5:00- 7:00 p.m. for our premier Scotch Club event. Enjoy five courses of delicious food paired with some premium malt scotches, $44.95 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Seating for this event is limited, reservations required. Contact Jimmy, Stefaan or Amy M. at (214)265-7389 or SevysCatering@aol.com. Menu detailed below.
Scardello. Save 20 percent on all wines during the Scardello
End of Summer Wine Sale August 28-30. “For three days only, Scardello will be blowing through the wine on its shelves, and every bottle will be 20 percent off! There will be a number of wines to taste Saturday, August 29 from 2 p.m. until 5, all at the discounted price. There also will be great specials on other items in the shop. Say goodbye to summer in style and stop in to grab a bottle or two while supplies last! 3511 Oak Lawn. 214-219-1300.
Taste of Europe. “Like all previous years due to participation at the State Fair of Texas our store and restaurant Taste of Europe will be closed from September 15 to October 26, 2009. Because of that all food items (no exceptions) will be on sale from 20% to 50% off beginning from August 27 until supply lasts. We will be glad to see you again after re-opening on Tuesday, October 27 at our normal working hours. Our regular schedule you can see at our website. You are welcome to visit us during State Fair event at Embarcadero Building, booth #70.”
Nana. “Will host its monthly wine and food flight trio, Friday Night Flights, on September 4th between 6pm – 8pm. For a mere $20 (plus tax and gratuity), guests may savor three food samplings created by acclaimed Executive Chef Anthony Bombaci accompanied by Italian wines. Seats are limited, and reservations are highly recommended by calling 214.761.7470. Visit www.nanarestaurant.com for complete details. Friday Night Flights is available the first Friday of every month.” Details below.
Road Trip to Fall Creek Vineyards! Fall Creek Vineyards 20th Annual Grape Stomp will take place on August 29th. Enjoy Lunch & Wine Pairing Classes and the culinary talents of Great Texas Chefs David Garrido & Brian Hay at the Grape Stomp Cooking Demo/Luncheon,. (Saturday, August 29th – 11:30 & 1:30. $22/person by reservation – 325-379-5361. See chef’s menus at www.fcv.com. Also, lots of family fun…enjoy winery tours, live local music on the vineyard patio, Castle Bounce, a play house, hayrides, and, of course, the excitement of your own “bare” feet grape stomping, “I Love Lucy”-style with the video playing, in wine barrels, all free of charge! Receive a free souvenir wine glass with $4 wine tasting. No wonder Fall Creek’s 20th Grape Stomp & Harvest Festival is where YOU want to toast the harvest in the Texas Hill Country!”
BTW: I got the photo from Tom Foremski of SiliconValleyWatcher. Good stuff.
Yesterday, an old gal could not remember the name of a restaurant on Greenville Ave. But you guys freakin’ nailed it–DiPalma’s. Thanks to you, the reader is out of therapy and back at work today. However, there are a few other questions and memories floating around my inbox.
Memory: I still have DiPalma’s recipe for chicken lasagna and remember their lemon sauced pasta — it was a great place…
Question: We used to live within spitting distance of Il Sorrento (Hillcrest and Northwest Highway) and went there for all celebrations and we miss it terribly. Do you know of another old world Italian restaurant that perhaps reminds you of Il Sorrento that we can claim as ours so we can relive our youth of smoky piano bars, palm readers, and eating way too much Gorgonzola gnocchi?
Money question: What is the name of that great hamburger place that was also on Greeneville at the same time as DiPalmas? They served breakfast too.
Answers: 1) Share the recipe for chicken lasagna. 2) The last palm reader I witnessed was at Patry’s on W. Lovers Lane. 3) There are no more smoky rooms in Dallas and almost every “marinara sauce” Italian restaurant in Dallas tastes like Il Sorrento. (With the exception of table side Caesar salad and the roaming bread guys with the silver hot boxes.)
However, I do know the burger place—Little Gus’, the original Greek “cheeseburger cheeseburger” spot frequented by an eclectic mix of artists, trial lawyers, judges, politicians, journalists, musicians, and carpenters. It was a great spot run by cousins Pete Lucas and Tony Mantzuranis. I dug into my nostalgic t-shirt drawer and present this picture for your approval.7 Comments »
Well, our shy little intern Bonathon has caused quite a ripple in the intern world. First, he single-handedly shut down one of Dallas’ favorite soul food restaurants, Vern’s. Now he’s got a inbox full of groupies. (Yes, he does.) Today comes a challenge from Josh Storie, an intern at Levenson & Brinker PR. This is all sooo Facebook. Go, Josh:
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For right now, my name is Josh. You don’t know me but I’m fully aware of who you are. Stories of your interning escapades have provided more humor for the lovely ladies in the cubicles beside me than anything else since I started interning here at Levenson & Brinker PR. As I’m sure you can tell, this is a pretty happening place. But, nonetheless, the tales of the infamous “Bonathan” have caused three of the women who oversee my imminently important and exceedingly entertaining duties as an intern to dub me with a nickname as well. (Oh, it gets better–flip the page.) Continue reading "An Open Letter To Bonathon: Battle Of The Interns"
Restaurant folks, get to typin’:
My husband and I have been vegetarian now for about 9 months and enjoy every minute of it. But, we’ve always enjoyed restaurant week too and are thinking it will probably be out of the question for us this year. Do we know if any of the participating restaurants will be doing anything vegetarian this year??
My first thought when I saw this email was, “well, of course they are,” but really, I don’t know that for a fact. I always assume that restaurants will accommodate vegetarians but since I’m not one, I should just shut up already. Let’s hear it in the comments.8 Comments »
I was out of the office all day yesterday and returned to find an inbox with several notes from upset friends. The messages basically said “I can’t believe what Jennifer did to you in the Tom Colicchio interview” and “DallasFood.org said Tom Colicchio threw you under a bus!”
So, I just sat down and read Jennifer’s interview with Craft Dallas’ Tom Colicchio in which he says that last year I printed “some gossip that wasn’t accurate at all.”
This is a long story and it goes back to last spring when rumors were swirling around Dallas that N9NE and Craft were in trouble. I was in Aspen for the Food and Wine Festival. At the opening night soiree, a lot of Dallas folks in attendance and several big names in the Dallas restaurant biz came up to me and said, “Craft is changing to Craftbar.”
The next morning, I went straight to Tom Colicchio and asked him point blank. I printed his reply verbatim. Two weeks later, my cell phone rings and it is TC. He calls me a rumormonger because I speculated that something might change. Read the old report. What? I can’t voice an opinion? I don’t think I printed “some gossip that wasn’t accurate at all.”
What. Ever. So, we talked about an hour–specifically about blogging and how it differs from print product and how things on the Internet can get out of hand so fast–and ended on nice terms. He said if I ever needed to ask him a question, fire away. He is a man of his word.
Fast forward to a month or so ago. I get an e-mail from Craft’s local PR firm. They are interested in holding the SideDish Supper Club at Craft. I wrote (paraphrasing) “I called you folks before to get TC to do a SDSC and nobody called me back.” PR gal says lemme get back to you. She e-mails back and says TC is coming to town to do a wine dinner. Do I wanna talk to him? I say, sure.
Then a SideDish reader leaves a comment under the announcement of said wine dinner intimating that TC is no longer the owner of Craft Dallas. It reads, “Now that he [Colicchio] no longer owns the place, and signed a licensing agreement with the owners of the hotel, he is contractually obligated to be at the restaurant X times per year. What a shame.”
SO, as a recovering rumormonger and a woman of my word, I e-mailed the PR gal and asked her to verify or deny what the commenter said. I copy and pasted the comment and wrote: “Someone left this comment on the blog. Could you confirm or deny. I don’t want to leave comment out there if it isn’t true. Thanks, Nancy.”
The next day I get this reply from local PR gal: “I want to be sure to clarify that Tom is not doing a series of dinners at Craft. He’ll be part of the wine dinner next week, but each time he’s in Dallas, we expect his agenda to be different. In fact, with the filming of “Top Chef,” we’re not even sure when he’ll be able to make it back to Dallas again this year. Also, Tom’s name is still on the restaurant, and he is very much involved with the concept and menu. We would love to talk more about hosting SideDish’s Supper Club at Craft!”
I took a pass on talking to Colicchio because I originally (January) wanted to explore the idea of doing a Supper Club and that wasn’t going to happen because he would have just thrown his own wine dinner. And frankly, I didn’t appreciate getting such a flabby answer from the TC folks.
And that’s the facts.14 Comments »
Anybody headed to Colorado next weekend for the Aspen Food and Wine Classic ? Is so, make sure you hit Explore Booksellers where Dallas gal Monica Greene has just reopened her remolded restaurant, Escape. The menu is organic vegetarian.
Two Dishers “lucky enough to snag tickets” are driving from Denver (I-70 route) and ask for dining suggestions along the way. I say wait until you get to Basalt (Grana Bread Company). If you know of a hidden gem on or off the highway, leave it below.
If you make it to Aspen, you can get free Texas munchies and Texas wine on Friday afternoon (June 19 at 3:00 p.m.) at the annual Texas Outlaw Party at Kenichi. There you will find a huge contingent of Dallas and Texas attendees: Jeffrey and Tara Yarbrough,Mike Hoque (Dallas Fish Market), Tre Wilcox, Mike Karns (El Fenix), Kevin Williamson of Ranch 616 in Austin, Tom and Lisa Perini (Buffalo Gap), Bunny and Richard Becker (Becker Vineyards) . Who knows, maybe Mick Fleetwood will return this year. I’m sorry I won’t be there this year to produce the Second Annual Derriere of the Day Contest. Guess I’ll have to do it in Jacksonville tomorrow.2 Comments »
That’s pretty awesome how that whole post makes us sound like a bunch of ungrateful food snobs. I find it hard to believe that people don’t enjoy them, based on how quickly they disappear every time. IJS. Oh, and those cherry cupcakes WERE delish. I ate half of one–and not just because it was free.
P.S. Nancy, did you mean Beth Hutson of Hutson Creative?7 Comments »
Our own Glenn Hunter (D CEO) is in New Orleans for the annual CRMA conference. He just attended a seminar with John Mariani on the panel. Glenn writes:
Don’t know if it’s SideDish-worthy, but in his presentation regarding food trends he said that the celebrity-named restaurant era has played out–in part because everybody knows by now that “Emeril will never set foot in the restaurant.” I asked him afterward about Wolfgang Puck’s new restaurant at Reunion, and he said it will be interesting to see how it does since Puck’s other non-L.A. restaurants haven’t fared well. Then he said, “If Wolfgang Puck shows up in Dallas every couple of months for a charity event or something that would be a good thing.”
I wonder how much CRMA paid Mariani to speak? I mean, seriously.15 Comments »
Okay ice cream junkies, I’ve got a new fix for you. See that bowl of chocolate chip ice cream to the left? It is now somewhere in my body readying to solidify in my thighs. Graeter’s is a small-batch—2 gallons at a time—premium ice cream from Cincinnati. Since 1870, they have been making different flavors using the slow-spinning French Pot method, the same method my parents accused me of applying to my college education.
Lots of food people send food products to the office (Hi, Sprinkles! Hi, Eatzi’s!) and I rarely write about them. Full disclosure: The folks at Graeter sent me 3 pints. I think it’s a product worth the calories. Click here if you want to learn more. Graeter’s is now available at area Kroger Food Stores.1 Comment »
Ding, dang. I love pistachios and I am pistachio-ed off at the recent voluntary recall of the salty nuts. Just received word from Aimee Deputy, the shopping sheriff at Central Market:
Due to the recent FDA recommendation that consumers should avoid eating pistachio products, Central Market H-E-B is voluntarily removing any product containing pistachio nuts from our stores until further FDA verification has been received.
Central Market H-E-B has elected to remove these products strictly as a precautionary measure, even though we have received numerous affidavits from various vendors stating their products do not contain ingredients from the FDA-identified Salmonella source.
Central Market H-E-B is removing these products as part of our ongoing commitment to food safety and the safety of our customers.
Murmur.1 Comment »
According to a very inside source at Dali Wine Bar, a small Chassagne Montrachet swirling group met at the cozy spot at One Arts Plaza last week to bid adieu to former Mansion chef John Tesar. The Brad was there with Laptoppetite they have the pictures to prove it. So was Terri Provencal, the former publisher of Modern Luxury and current PR president. (She handled Tesar’s account after he left the Mansion.) Stephan Pyles, Teiichi Satkura (both James Beard Foundation semifinalist for up-coming 2009 awards), and his holiness Paul “Dali Lama” Pinnell showed up too.
Because she has a bod for sin and the brain of a pit bull. Hear her roar. Yea, and I didn’t see D Magazine‘s treatment of Tesar’s cuisine listed in the release. Boo, hiss.2 Comments »