Sad News: Rusty Fenton of Rusty Taco Died This Morning

We heard through the grapevine that Rusty Fenton, the man who founded Uncle Julio’s and Rusty Taco, passed away this morning from cancer.  The veteran restaurateur opened his first taqueria along Greenville Avenue in 2010, and his successful mechanic-shop-turned-taco-shop even made our list of “The Best Tacos in Dallas.” Joe Fenton, Rusty’s brother, posted this […]

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Eric Anderson, Executive Chef at T/X at The Stoneleigh in Dallas, Died Friday

Chris Ward, the executive chef of The Mercury, texted me the news: Eric Anderson, the executive chef at T/X in The Stoneleigh Hotel, died Friday after an incident involving a car. I called the Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh but there was no manager on duty available to comment. However, one employee confirmed the tragedy. […]

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Chef Rino Brigliadori,Sr. Passed Away

Yesterday, I was writing  about Italian food for the magazine and my mind wondered back to Modo Mio, the restaurant that opened on Frankford and the Tollway in 1997. The chef was Rino Brigliadori. I can still remember a gnocchi dish, his tiramisu, and a lovely frozen peach he filled with house-made peach gelato. I […]

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Event Recap: A Community Cooks at Paul Quinn College Benefits WE Over Me Farm. Memorial Tree Planted in Honor of Chef Randall Copeland

The sun hangs low in the sky over WE Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College as a crowd of more than 400 filters onto the football-field-converted-garden-converted-five-star-restaurant. Warm, orange light illuminates the smiles of each guest as they take eager steps out onto the soft earth where the annual “A Community Cooks” event is held. […]

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Excuse Me, Waiter! I Mean, Server? How Shall I Refer to You?

The great Glenn Mitchell, host of KERA’s The Glenn Mitchell Show, once asked me if people who make a living waiting on tables prefer to be called waiters/waitresses or servers. I replied servers. I was a guest on his show at the time and the phone lines lit up with servers who demanded to be […]

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Sad Loss for Dallas Dining: Polly Waddington Died on Saturday

To survive and thrive, artists need patrons. Dallas has a great food scene, not just because of the chefs and food producers, but because of the people here who are passionate about eating well. The city has had its share of great diners and food supporters: Harriet Rose, Carol Hall, “the two Nancys,” Dedman and […]

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Dallas Morning News Acquires PegasusNews: Where is Teresa Gubbins?

The other day I reported news about the transition on Frontburner. We’ve all known for a long time that the data on GuideLive, especially the online restaurant listings have been anemic for years. Go to GuideLive.com and search for the directory listing for The Porch. What you find, dear readers, is a paragraph copied from The Porch’s website and […]

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Funeral Services Held Today For Chef Jean LaFont

This morning chefs from all over the world gathered at St. Monica Church in Dallas to pay their last respects to Dallas’ most significant chef Jean LaFont. Once family and friends were seated, a parade of over 50 chefs dressed in chef whites filed down the aisle. It was a stunning moment. Forgive me for […]

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