Got somebody on your Christmas list that is hard to please. If they like cooking, I’ve got the perfect gift: Tre Wilcox.
The press release says it all: “Enjoy an intimate culinary experience straight from the personal home kitchen of Tre Wilcox - Executive Chef of Village Marquee Grill & Bar and two-time alum of Bravo TV’s Top Chef.” So it’s really more than just cooking. You will “learn great techniques,” “how-to instructions,” and eat a “4-course lunch prepared and served to you one-on-one.” You can even choose the wine. It’s all very naughty and nice don’t you think? Want to join in? Details below. Continue reading "Deck Your Halls: Give the Gift of Tre"1 Comment »
Score another win for East Dallas. This just in from Diane Savage of Stoney’s Wine Shop:
We are offering wine by the glass and by the bottle, cheese, charcuterie, and antipasto in a warm, contemporary, comfortable ambiance. Our new décor enhances the dynamic architectural elements of this historic wine venue (which began as Grailey’s by Lee Jaynes) The high wood ceiling, arches for cozy gatherings, wrought iron on the windows and door made by Dallas artist, Bert Scherbarth. We’ll host live jazz, regular tastings, special wine events with winemakers, private gatherings, and more. We will still operate as a full retail wine store for those customers who need a great bottle of wine to go, and, as before, offer temperature-controlled wine storage lockers.
Anybody remember Stoney’s when it was in that tiny rock house by AAC?2 Comments »
Tomorrow this man will be unemployed. The man, chef Asdren Azemi, is closing Ruffino’s, the Italian restaurant opened by his father twenty years ago. Something tells me this man won’t be without a job long.
Azemi has worked at Ruffino’s since he was five. He swept the floors. Eventually he became a dishwasher. “I liked the dish-washer position the best, because there was no where to go but up,” Azemi says. (Guess sweeping was a glam job in those days.) At sixteen, he was cooking. After college he attended the French Culinary Institute in NYC.
Closing Ruffino’s is sad. Why, Chef Azemi? “It’s time to move forward and try something fresh…something new!” Chef Asdren says. “My Father created a staple on this quiet street. I enjoyed taking over and adding my own touches to his classic dishes, but now it’s time for me to create my own staple.”
Is he going into office supplies? “I’m currently working on several projects that I can’t speak about just yet,” he says. “However, I very much look forward to sharing more details when the time is right. I think many people will get to enjoy my new initiatives.”
I quite like the look of this man’s future.1 Comment »
If you come here often, you know the ubiquitous jonfromtjs. His comments are found on every food blog and social media outlet in Dallas. His real name is Jon Alexis. His real job is marketing his family’s seafood and catering shop TJ’s Seafood Market. I’ve known Jon’s parents, Pete and Caren, since the early 1700s. I’ve witnessed Jon’s profile and knowledge of business mature. Jon’s sends many enthusiastic announcements about the promotions at TJs. This one caught my attention.
Florida Stone Crabs – a trip to Miami without leaving your home. Stone crabs are sweet, mild, and delicious. Dip in TJ’s Creamy Mustard Sauce for an authentic experience. Prices are in flux – right now LARGE claws are 31.99/lb.
Thanks for that, Jon. Oh, and I love the video. It cracks me up.
Anthony Bourdain will be at The Majestic tonight. Tickets are still available. I understand there will be a Q&A segment in the show. Can’t go? Send me your questions. I’ll try to get them answered.
Oh, and Tony. Tonight is the sixth game of the World Series. Our Texas Rangers could be champions before your show is over. You’ve will have hard core Rangers fans in the audience with DVRs recording the game. Please do not give game updates. That goes for you fans in the audience. If I see one of you on your cell phone getting game results, I WILL CUT YOU.8 Comments »
Our gal on the street, Julissa Treviño, attended Lightcatcher Winery’s Lucy Dance grape crushing party over the weekends. Behold her report:
Crowds of people—most of them in peasant skirts, peasant tops, and bandanas—lined up outside LightCatcher Winery in Fort Worth on Saturday at noon, waiting for their turn to participate in what the winery calls “the Lucy Dance.”
About 300 people showed up for the winery’s annual public grape crushing event, Crush Day, this weekend. Anyone dressed as Lucy (based on the I Love Lucy episode where she crushed grapes) got to take home a free bottle of the 2010 Texas Kiss Merlot Rosé.
jump for the report and messy pics… Continue reading "Lightcatcher Winery in Fort Worth Hosts I Love Lucy Grape Stomping Party"2 Comments »