Want a few free cooking classes? The Savor Dallas site has some good ones. Watch Lavendou owner Pascal Cayet demonstrate the fine art of making a beef tenderloin with black peppercorn and mushroom sauce. Groovy music warning: Put on your earplugs, put on your eyeshades, you know where to put the cork.
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BTW:“The 6th annual Savor Dallas, “An International Experience of Wine, Food, Spirits and the Arts,” to be held March 5-7, 2010, is dedicated to showcasing the finest chefs in Dallas-Fort Worth and the world’s best beverages and celebrating the renaissance of Downtown Dallas, especially the Arts District, Dallas Farmer’s Market and host hotel Sheraton Dallas. Tickets for all events are on sale now with special pricing for advance purchase tickets through December 31, 2009. For a complete schedule, go to savordallas.com or call 888-728-6747.”
Yesterday I spent a couple of hours driving around the Design District, or Lower Oak Lawn if you will. It’s already a groovy area but the plans for the future are really exciting. The Lionstone Group and PegasusAblon have formed a partnership to develop the Dallas Design District which includes both the Dallas Design Center and The Decorative Center. Plans include multifamily residences, a dozen restaurants, and retail establishments. No chains allowed only local businesses. (Restaurateur Shannon Wynne has already started construction on The Moth and Al Biernat has been spotted shopping real estate.) I am seriously considering moving there.
Anywhoo, I bring this up because D Home and Slocum Street Antiques and Design Association have teamed up and they are throwing a big shindig on Thursday, October 8 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Jim “Savor Dallas” White has lined up eight restaurants to serve food. (Fedora Restaurant and Lounge, The Grill on the Alley, Go Fish Ocean Club, Hibashi Teppan Grill & Sushi Bar, Jorge’s, The Kitchen Table at Sheraton Hotel Dallas, Lavendou Bistro Provencal, and Paciugo Gelato.) The event is free and benefits the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. If you’re really nice, I’ll show you my potential new digs at The Alexan on Oak Lawn.1 Comment »
I don’t think I’ve ever seen Savor Dallas co-founder Jim White frown. See him to the left with his wife and Savor Dallas co-founder Vicki Briley-White (left) and Dee and Charles Wyly? They are all so happy. Why? Because:
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Nearly 4,000 guests attended events at the Fifth Annual Savor Dallas March 6 and 7, with increases in guests at Friday night events in the Arts District and in Victory Park.
Savor Dallas’ preliminary estimates show that attendance at Friday night’s Arts District Wine Stroll and Victory Park Wine & Food Celebration exceeded 2008 attendance by 200 plus guests, with a total of 1,230 guests. Guest numbers for Saturday night’s International Grand Tasting are estimated to be slightly lower than 2008′s figures, with attendance at 2,150. The Reserve Tasting, featuring the year’s finest wines from top vintners, enjoyed an increase in attendance. Wine seminars enjoyed healthy attendance this year, with a new location at the Westin City Center. Total weekend attendance is estimated at around 4,000, nearly matching last year’s numbers.
Remember when the Research Chefs Association was in Dallas for their annual conference? While they were here they not only attended Savor Dallas, they were treated to an “elegant event (March 6th), produced by culinary-arts students enrolled in El Centro’s Food and Hospitality Institute under the tutelage of Chef Instructor Tom Nixon.” The key ingredient for the evening was provided by the evening’s sponsor Johnsonville Sausage. At the end of the meal, El Centro received a Chefs of Tomorrow™ scholarship, an award recognizing excellence in culinary-arts students and culinary educators nationwide.
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“We’re proud to support the students in the culinary-arts program at El Centro College as they embark on exciting and fulfilling careers in foodservice,” says Sarah Babb, Johnsonville’s Senior Brand Manager. “Johnsonville wants to do its part to ensure that tomorrow’s menu-makers have access and resources to the best quality training available, and for 35 years, El Centro College in Dallas has been a superb example of a program that has consistently produced top culinary personnel for the marketplace.”
Back to you, Chris Lalonde (picutred) of El Centro.
“The culinary-arts program at El Centro College is honored to receive this generous contribution to our scholarship fund by Johnsonville, a brand that is highly respected among chefs nationwide,” says Chef Instructor Chris Lalonde, who helped coordinate the Chefs of Tomorrow™ event at El Centro’s Food and Hospitality Institute. “This donation will help us assist more prospective chefs in achieving their goals.”
From the Better-Late-Than-Never Department, I bring you a video on Savor Dallas produced by Julie Blacklidge and Kyle “Hot Lips” Kearbey. It has been on our website for days. I totally forgot to post it here. My bad, girls. Also, here is a video on what makes people love/hate D Magazine. (Hi, Travis!)
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From intrepid reporter and Savor Dallas volunteer, Lisa Petty.
This was the weekend we’ve all been waiting for.
Savor Dallas, our much-anticipated annual upscale food and wine extravaganza took place last weekend at venues across the city. The event, celebrating its fifth birthday this year, featured two days of gourmet goings-on, culminating in the International Grand Tasting Saturday night at the Plaza of the Americas and Westin City Center Hotel downtown. (Jump for full report and great photos.)
Disher Puddin’ Tane sends her three top picks with pictures. Send us your thoughts and pics.