Summer was in full swing Friday at the 2nd Annual Grand Hall Grill Out benefit for Support Our Troops and Patriot PAWS. Grand Hall USA, parent company of Eternal hybrid water heaters and Barbeques Galore, sponsored the event by furnishing grills for competing teams of culinary students to cook on, as well as offering grills at discount prices to the public and $5 raffle tickets to win a grill or Eternal water heater.
The event and food were free, but all ticket and sale proceeds went to Patriot PAWS, a charity hand-picked by Eternal vice president Paul Home. Home, who admitted to being a dog-lover, said he wanted his company’s events to go farther than a five-star meal cooked on his company’s grills.
“I wanted to know, what can we do to have a bigger impact on the community?” he said.3 Comments »
Haystack Burgers and Barley opens in Richardson today. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., you can stop by for appetizer samples and (maybe) become the lucky Haystack VIP guest who gets one burger per week for a whole year. That’s one way to fulfill your New Year’s resolution of eating healthier, dontcha think?
The Gem Bar opened yesterday in Preston Center. The juice bar used to be inside DUO – All Things Culinary, but then the culinary store closed back in January. Poor little Gem had to be like, “Oh whaaat, time to move!” According to Teresa Gubbins, they now play happy disco music in the new location at 6030 Luther Lane, Ste. 160. You can’t go wrong with that.
Hate Monsanto? Want to do something about it? Scott Reitz has news that March Against Monsanto, a protest organized by local Dallas activists who are taking a stand against GMO’s, is happening on May 25 at 1 p.m. The Dallas march begins and ends at Dallas City Hall. Around 1,164 people have already signed up to go on Facebook.
The Dallas City Council’s Quality of Life Committee met this morning (and is probably still meeting) about potentially lowering the costs of streetscape licensing and street vending permits in downtown Dallas. Generally, I think this is good news for the city. Lowering the costs = potentially more restaurants with outdoor seating/more food trucks in Dallas = more pedestrians enjoying downtown = everyone is happy. In George Lewis’ words, “Fees can be onerous, simply because food trucks are mobile, which means multiple cities. Multiply $300 – $600 for all of the cities: Dallas, University Park, Highland Park, Arlington, Denton, FW, Carrollton, Garland, etc. and you rack up a chunk of government money.”
I snuck out of the meeting after the streetscape licensing part because I had to get back to the office, but the vending permits Powerpoint is on the committee briefings page, anyway.
The proposal is to cut vending licenses by half to $600 annually. Right now, food trucks are allowed to operate between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily, but the proposed update would extend those hours to 10 p.m. (Mon-Thursday, Sunday) and midnight (Friday and Saturday). There’s also a suggestion to require photo ID badges for all vendors, prohibit smoking by vendors while operating in the vending locations, and to establish a dress code. All these are unregulated right now and sound pretty fair, except… what’s up with this dress code? Take a look for yourself:
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Appendix B: Proposed Dress Code
- Proposed minimum dress requirements for vendors include the following
- Clothing must be neat, clean and sanitary at all times
- Walking shorts allowed, but no cut-offs ◦ No apparel with offensive or suggestive language,images, symbols
- No tank tops or halter tops
- No outer apparel made of fishnet or undergarment material
With her chunky blue necklace and fitted blazer, Amelia Von Kennel bears little resemblance to your typical farmer. Neither does her husband, Ben Von Kennel. But then again, they don’t really consider themselves farmers.
“We grow tomato plants,” Ben explained, “and we feature them to local markets and restaurants.”
The couple now sources their hydroponically-grown plants to some of the most popular restaurants in Dallas. But before all this, in their early 20s, they both worked in advertising, a world that had always felt familiar. Both of their families were in the industry. They worked long hours and earned steady paychecks but aspired to do something more fulfilling. One day, they decided to risk it all – their financial security, their relationship, their entire life. Ben and Amelia quit their jobs, took out a few loans and moved from Dallas to the small town of Bells to start their own produce business. Ben says Amelia jumped on board the minute he proposed the idea to her. Some friends and family members, however, lacked the same sense of enthusiasm.4 Comments »
I have just completed D Magazine‘s June cover story: The 100 Best Restaurants in Dallas. Yes, I wrote 100 restaurant reviews and ranked the top 100 restaurants in Dallas. To complete the task, I had to toss out Fort Worth, Grapevine, and the mid-cities. Maybe next time. (Which will not be in my life time.) I’m so tired I thought it would be a great idea to throw a party and celebrate the 100 best restaurants in Dallas. The marketing people agreed.
Join me and many of the 100 best restaurants in Dallas for a giant soiree on May 22 from 6-8PM at Sharon Van Meter’s 3015 Trinity Groves. The festivities will feature food from the top chefs in Dallas and the fare will feature an eclectic mix of haute cuisine, off-the-beaten-path barbecue, and a variety of dishes from ethnic restaurants. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to mingle with an unprecedented gathering of chefs and restaurateurs from the top restaurants in Dallas. Along with the food tastings, there will be cocktails by Brugal Rum, beer by Trumer Pilsner, DJ Jose Guevara, Land Rovers on display and a See’s Candy buffet. Additional sponsors include Express Working Capital and Poggenpohl.
I’m thinking about doing a “Throw a Cream Pie in Nancy’s Face” booth to raise money for my favorite charity. Could happen. Buy your tickets here.1 Comment »
Maybe you’ve noticed, but Desiree Espada, my wing/camera woman has left us for the bright lights of New York City. For the first two months of her absence, I sort of panicked and cried myself to sleep every night. (I miss Desiree.) Then came the day I found Kelsey Foster, who does amazing, amazing work, and sparks flew. It was stars and hearts and the whole nine yards. We sent her to Belly & Trumpet in Uptown to capture its stunning beauty.
Ah, it makes me happy that the whole country of Japan is rejecting McDonald’s. The fast food chain keeps failing over there, and it needs to give up. The Japanese aren’t into immortal cheeseburgers and preservatives, so you’d think McDonald’s would stop giving away silly things, like these French fry caddies, just to win over a nation full of healthy eaters who don’t cook or prepare their foods with a lot of oil. But no, it keeps chugging ahead. It’s like a terrible ex-boyfriend who doesn’t understand he’s not wanted anymore, and he keeps showing up with shampoo bottles and skin cream.
Coming soon to a grocery market near you: Whataburger will be selling its spicy ketchup and a new potato chip item called Whatafries. CultureMap has the story.4 Comments »
Unlike mogwai, it is perfectly safe for human beings to eat after midnight. Indeed, certain classifications of food — looking at you, Taco Bell — really should only ever be consumed in the wee hours of the morning, after you’ve fed your belly with good drink and your heart with convivial relations.
But what are the best spots in Dallas for late-night noshing? That’s one of the questions we’re putting to our readers in our annual Best of Big D Readers’ Choice: Nightlife survey. We’ve proposed 15 nominees for the honor, but if your favorite doesn’t happen to be on our list, you’re free to write it in.
You can cast a ballot once a day through April 21, on your desktop, laptop, or internet-connected mobile device. So go do it, right now.1 Comment »
On your mark, get set, dial….214-741-2629. Philip Speer, the executive pastry chef and culinary director at Uchi in Austin will join chef/artist/owner Matt McCallister to present a color-themed eight-course dinner on May 13 at FT33. Speer and MM will create both savory and sweet courses and a color palate of red, yellow, blue, green, orange, violet, magenta, and black.
I was talking with a friend of mine who buys three or four “cups” of fancy coffee every day. When I say fancy, I mean a latte from Starbuck’s, an espresso from Pearl Cup, or macchiato from Oddfellow’s, not a paper cup of Folger’s at 7-11.
We did some quick math: He spends roughly $14 a day on coffee, not including the change he tossed in the tip jar. That’s roughly $100 a week. Stay with me: $400 a month. Ready for the reveal? About $4,800 a year. Say he’s in the 20 percent income bracket: He needs to make $6,000 a year to pay for his coffee. The obvious rant here is whether or not the coffee he consumes is Fairtrade certified coffee which, loosely defined, is ethically controlled to ensure everyone in the chain—farmers to consumers—is treated fairly.
Today I’m just curious: How much money do you spend a day on coffee?14 Comments »
Press release just in:
Haystack Burgers & Barley, opening mid-April at the Richardson Heights Shopping Center. Owned and operated by local residents Kevin and Jenny Galvan and Rob and Christine Wondoloski, Haystack will be a true neighborhood burger joint with a quirky, southern vibe that offers fresh, mouthwatering burgers, hand-cut fries, creative sandwiches and selection of salads. Haystack will feature local handcrafted beers on tap and The Haystack signature drink.
The bottom of the release notes Kevin Galvan owned Ricardo’s Tex-Mex in Allen and “the Galvan’s industry experience runs deep, and their family is best known for ties to Dallas’ Tex-Mex history.” However the Galvan’s ties to the restaurant Luna de Noche are not mentioned. Just curious.2 Comments »
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This morning Nobu’s chef Matt Raso whipped up some king crab with ginger and rhubarb salsa. Oh, yes he did.
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Jonathan Waxman, the chef/owner of Barbuto, the popular Italian-inspired bistro in Manhattan’s West Village, is coming to Dallas to cook at Fearing’s. Waxman, a pioneer in California cuisine, plans a meal that will focus on simple, fresh, and seasonal ingredients. Delicious idea! Los Angeles Times Restaurant critic Jonathon Gold refers to Waxman as “the Eric Clapton of chefs.” Whoa, Nellie! If he’s Eric Clapton, then that makes Dean Fearing the _________ of chefs. Fill in the blank. Details below…7 Comments »
Hello, friends and internet browsing people. I want to tell you something. I love you. And during my loving of you, I want to tell you about my most favorite food love. It’s of no great mystery to those who suffer in my presence at my incessant conversation surrounding said love, but you may be unaware. It’s beer. So I’ve convinced Nancy that it would be a good idea for me to drink a couple new beers each week, mostly those new arrivals that I am notified about from the amazing Jason Schuchard over at Whole Foods, and then tell you about them. We can go on this journey of suds together. If at any time you feel yourself stifling vomit or just unexpectedly aroused, that’s cool. I have the skin of a Middle Eastern tree nymph, and my mom says I am special, so go with it. I must warn you though, when I begin the beer tasting, my alter ego Wilhelm Van Hausenbaum takes over, and he can be a bit verbose. We’ve discussed this on many late night massage circles, but he refuses to conform. I hope it works on some level for you. And if you have any suggestions about beer or tastings or anything in this city related to beer glory, send me a line. Here goes.
Owners Jennifer Bonner and Lara Whittington of EdiblEnvy Catering will launch Full Circle Tavern mid-April, offering a modern pub vibe that is warm and relaxed with hearty menu selections. The food will reflect Bonner’s mid-western roots which translates into homemade chips, comfort food, vegetarian-friendly dishes, and a brunch “to die for.” “Full Circle Tavern was named after the idea that all experiences lead to the next, or at the very least, prepare you for what’s ahead in this thing we call ‘L-I-V-I-N’,” says Whittington. 1319 S. Lamar Street. 214-208-3435.
The Final Four have been determined: Louisville, Michigan, Wichita State, and Syracuse. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m talking about the NCAA college basketball tournament, better known as March Madness. Game day eats usually consist of ordered pizza, wings, and chips, but why not pick up some fresh ingredients to recreate a healthier version of those items? Try making a home-cooked pizza, or use tomatoes and herbs to mix up your own salsa dip. Who knows? You might score a goal with the sports fans in your life.
Coppell Farmers Market:
Coppell is officially open every week for the rest of the season through Thanksgiving! Expect lots of leafy greens this week such as lettuces, spinach, kale, and collards. Other items to look for: onions, beets, radishes, potatoes, and herbs. Several vendors that use organic and/or natural methods will be at the market this week including Good Earth Organics, Elliott Grows, Weathertop Farm, and Hiram Farms. Delicious breads and meats will also be available from Livestock First and Rehoboth Ranch.
793 S. Coppell Rd.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Dallas Farmers Market:
The Spring cooking class sessions will be starting up again this Saturday featuring Jim Severson from Sevy’s Grill. The theme will be “Back to the Beginning.” Severson is considered the founder of this cooking class series, and this Saturday to commemorate its 20th anniversary. Clear your schedules to attend this session and learn from the chef who has cultivated a loyal following.
1010 S. Pearl Expressway
Daily, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Continue reading "Farm to Market Report: Weekend of April 6 & 7"
A buttery, gooey grilled cheese is such a satisfying treat, it’ll make anyone smile. As a longtime cheese lover, I was more than excited when I got the chance to have a behind-the-scenes experience with Ruthie’s Rolling Café, the popular and growing grilled cheese food establishment.
About five people were standing in front of Ruthie’s when I arrived. The aroma of buttered bread on a hot grill filled the air. A small dry-erase board near the order window read: “Welcome D Magazine!” When I told the young woman at the window I was with D, the door opened. A blonde woman stepped out of the truck and introduced herself as Ashlee Hunt Kleinert, one of the two sisters who own Ruthie’s.
“At my grandmother’s house we used to always make grilled cheese sandwiches,” Ashlee said. “We were trying to think of something universal and appealing [for the food truck].”
Ashlee and her sister, Heather Hunt, launched Ruthie’s in 2011 after learning about the booming food truck business at a conference for event planners. They decided to open a food truck when they got home.
“We felt like the timing was right,” Ashlee said. “When we came back we were like, Austin has thousands, literally thousands, of trucks and Dallas has fewer than five. We better jump on this, let’s do it.”
When I stepped inside the truck, I was amazed at how accommodating and organized it was. Whitney Finkelstein was busy cooking sandwiches on the grill. Amber Williams was prepping and checking orders. Steve Machina, the manager and Ruthie’s first employee, was taking orders at the window. Ashlee and Taylor McDaniel, the director of operations, were standing at the far end near the driver’s seat. They weren’t bumping into each other, it was super clean, and the team worked well together. Continue reading "Ruthie’s Rolling Café: Bringing Good Eats and Good Deeds to Dallas"1 Comment »
Happy Friday, SideDishers! What tasty foods did you eat and where did you dine this week? Tell us the good, bad, and the ugly. Here’s what you said last week.9 Comments »