The SideDish Supper Club at the Meddlesome Moth tonight is sold out. However, I just received a note from a Disher who can’t make it and is offering her seat for free. If you’d like to attend, drop me an email. First one to me takes the prize. The beer dinner with Garrett Oliver is from 4-6PM. Details here.
UPDATE: TICKET HAS BEEN TAKEN. See you tonight!
D Magazine’s SideDish Supper Club at the Meddlesome Moth presents: Bottoms Up! Brooklyn Brewery Wine Dinner with Garrett Oliver, a unique, interactive beer dinner. Meddlesome Moth’s execuchef Chad Kelly has designed a lovely menu which Garrett Oliver, one of the country’s leading authorities on beer, will pair with his brews.
The price is a bargain: $75 a person includes tax, gratuity, valet parking, a commemorative beer glass, and goodie bags!
CHECK OUT THE MENU BY CLICKING ON THE SIDEDISH SUPPER CLUB LOGO TO THE RIGHT. Hurry, seating is limited. 214-628-7900.
The next SideDish Supper Club has been finalized and is ready to go on sale. If you would like to be one of the first to get the details on the event, make sure you have entered your email under the SDSC logo on the right side of this page. An email blast will arrive in your inbox before the general public is notified. I can taste it already.1 Comment »
The next SideDish Supper Club is in the works and it’s going to be a doozy! And I’m not talking about the sandwich! Space will be limited. The price will be low. And the fun, well, will be priceless. If you haven’t already signed up to receive the first e-mail announcement of the event, please type your e-mail address in the box under the SideDish Supper Club logo on the right side of this page. See you there! Feel free to guess where the event will take place. I’ve got a big prize for the winner. Go.12 Comments »
Thanks to Andrew Chalk for covering the event last night while I emceed with Willy Warner and Robert Chandler. Go, Andrew:
Sevy’s Grill was full last night as the fifth SideDish Supper Club rolled in and turned the place into Seafood Boot Camp. Interestingly titled “Mythbusters Seafood Dinner: You Be The Judge” the courses of the meal contained three blind tastings of competing seafood ingredients where diners got to compare the taste and texture and guess which was which. This complemented the seafood story in the current issue of D Magazine. Expert commentary was provided by Willy Warner and Robert Chandler of Steve Connolly Seafood in Boston. At the front of the room they set up a display of some of the fish that currently appear on our plate. There was Pacific Halibut, Wild Sockeye Salmon, Bay of Fundy Atlantic Salmon, and a Monkfish. John Rector of Sigel’s provided commentary on the wines.
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Last night’s SideDish Supper Club at Sevy’s Grill was more than fun, it was a learning adventure. Three of the five courses were “taste-offs” and the crowd really got in to the “game” of dissecting the flavor, texture, and tastes of the “contestants.” Andrew Chalk is writing a full report on the evening and I will post it shortly. Teresa Gubbins from Pegasus News was there and she already has a full story up .
I would like to thank our host Chef Jim “Sevy” Severson and his crew in the kitchen and on the floor. The service was perfect and the timing of each course was spot on. Also, a tip of the martini glass to Ketel One who poured their newest product, Ketel One Oranje vodka, for the first time at the Supper Club. Also making its debut was Robert Craig Vineyards’ much awaited Affinity 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.
The real star of the evening was the crowd who came loaded with questions about seafood. Our hosts Willy Warner and Robert Chandler from Connolly Seafood in Boston answered them all. We also talked about putting together a Supper Club trip to Boston in July to take the Seafood School for Chefs at Steve Connolly Seafood. The Texas Rangers are playing the Boston Red Sox and the striped bass will be in season. If you are interested in going, drop me a line.1 Comment »
I look forward to seeing all of you attending tonight’s SideDish Supper Club at Sevy’s Grill. The dinner– Mythbusters Seafood Dinner: You Be The Judge—is sold out. We’re taking over the whole restaurant! But Sevy’s is still taking backup reservations. If they get a few more, they will offer the spectacular taste-off menu again on Thursday night. Check out the details here.
Our two seafood experts, Willy Warner and Robert Chandler, are in town for the event. During the meal we will conduct an extensive Q & A session. If you already have questions, drop me a quick e-mail so that we can incorporate the subject(s) into our program. For that matter, anybody with a question for our panel is welcome to send questions (or leave them below) and we’ll have the answers for you tomorrow.
We’ll also have a full wrap-up and photo gallery on SideDish tomorrow.3 Comments »
Yesterday, Andrew Chalk and I sat down with Elton Slone of Robert Craig Winery in Napa. I was particularly interested in tasting the much ballyhooed 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Affinity. Why? Because the wine which scored a 96 on Robert Parker’s scale is making its Dallas debut next Wednesday at the SideDish Supper Club at Sevy’s Grill. It will be poured with the fifth course (Crustacean vs. Cow). We have six seats remaining. Hurry, it is shaping up to be a fantastic dinner and presentation on sustainable seafood.
Anywhoo, Andrew Chalk files this report on our tasting along with witty and informative video interviews.
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Elton Slone, General Manager of Robert Craig Winery, rolled through town this week and remarked how pleasant the balmy 70s weather was. With serious faces, we explained that it was pretty much like this everyday in Dallas, at least until November. We think he fell for it! However, while you can pull the wool over Elton’s eyes about Dallas weather, the same isn’t true when it comes to making wine. Elton and Robert Craig Winery have a very clear picture of what they are trying to do and where they want to go. And that is the pursuit of Napa Cabernet Sauvignon-based wines that compete with the best in the world. The path that they see to achieve this goal is to choose mountain vineyards, plant Cabernet Sauvignon and blending grapes (Merlot, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot) and then cultivate for very low yields so that the vines concentrate all their nutrients into comparatively few grapes. In this video, Elton explains the difference between mountain vineyards versus valley floor vineyards. Continue reading "Wine Report: Robert Craig Winery in Napa Comes to Dallas"
As I mentioned the other day in a post about the upcoming SideDish Supper Club, I went to Boston with the Severson (Sevy’s Grill) family to learn about seafood. One of our classes was held on a boat, the Hannah Mary. Our professor and lobster fisherman, Captain Bruce Deltorchio, conducted a demonstration on how lobsters mate. Amy Severson has produced a G-rated version of this “affair” and offers it here. Warning, strong language: “soft, hard, and bulbous,” “Jell-o,” “they’re so big,”and “smell the bait,” to follow.3 Comments »
The idea behind the upcoming SideDish Supper Club began last May after a discussion on SideDish about Copper River salmon turned into a blind tasting of salmon event at TJs Seafood Market. The evening provoked a spirited conversation that spilled over on SideDish for a couple of days. From that point forward, I asked every server and chef I encountered about seafood. What I found was this: Most professionals don’t know much about sustainable seafood. Or any kind of seafood. They just order and cook what is available.
Last summer, I decided to learn about seafood. I went to Boston with Jim “Sevy” Severson. Together we attended the Seafood School for Chefs program run by Steve Connolly Seafood, a huge wholesale seafood company. We spent two long days studying the intricacies of the business—we pulled up lobster traps, toured packing and processing plants, took marine biology and cooking classes, and followed a wolffish from the water off the coast of Gloucester to a plate back at Sevy’s Grill in Dallas. More importantly, we spent many hours discussing the complicated issues swirling around seafood today.
The May issue of D Magazine (on newsstands April 22) will feature a 15-page package on the seafood business in Dallas. We address issues such as how to buy seafood, what to ask a server or chef about the seafood you order, and how to tell fact from fiction when it comes to seafood myths.
One component of the feature is a story about our trip to the seafood school in Boston. Sevy, wife Amy, their two kids, and I not only had a great time, we came back with useful knowledge. The experience not only deepened Sevy’s dedication to serving the freshest fish available, it inspired him, and me, to learn even more about how food gets safely to a plate.
The upcoming SideDish Supper Club at Sevy’s Grill is a perfect fit. The evening will be a mini-version of our time in Boston. We have invited two of our “professors” from Steve Connolly Seafood in Boston, Willy Warner and Robert Chandler, to speak. The menu will feature three blind-tasting entrees that will enable all of us to sample two types of seafood side-by-side and compare taste and texture and how they relate to price.
Ketel One is stirring up a signature cocktail for the night. John Rector from Sigel’s has paired the courses with some spectacular wine, including the first release of the Affinity 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon from Robert Craig Vineyards in Napa Valley. Goody bags are filling fast.
The evening will be fun and fascinating. The all-inclusive price of $95 is a bargain. I promise you will leave with enough knowledge to play stump-the-chef. It’s one of my favorite pastimes.6 Comments »
Mythbusters Seafood Dinner: You Be The Judge
A unique, interactive culinary experience on sustainable seafood
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The e-mail blast announcing the next SideDish Supper Club is scheduled to roll out at 1:50 p.m today. If you want to get first notice, type your e-mail address in under the Supper Club logo on the right. Formal announcement with full details will be at 2:15 p.m.5 Comments »
I know, the headline is just a cheap ploy to get my obsession with Jack “The only reason that you’re conscious right now is because I don’t want to carry you” Bauer and the show 24 into this blog. However, the number 24 is relevant: The next SideDish Supper Club will go on sale tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. That is 24 hours from this moment. We have worked really hard to put together a great dinner and program and I look forward to sharing the evening with you. Until then, I’ll leave you with my second favorite quote from 24: “We’re in an active code, Chloe. We don’t have time for your personality disorder.” Damn it!
UPDATE: If you enter your e-mail under the SDSC logo to the right, you will get advanced notice of the dinner.4 Comments »
The next SideDish Supper Club will take place on April 28. Details are being wrapped up as I type. If you would like to be on the first e-mail blast of the event, please type in your e-mail under the SupperClub logo on the right side of this page. We are looking at a Wednesday afternoon announcement. Seats will be limited.
April 28 is the date for the next SideDish Supper Club. Details will be announced soon. The relaxed evening will be full of fabulous food, wine, and (hint, hint) education about important culinary issues. Seating will be limited. Call a sitter today.2 Comments »
Our photographer, the incomparable Matthew Shelley, is putting the finishing touches on the pictures from last night’s SideDish Supper Club at Samar at Stephan Pyles, but Mr. Andrew Chalk has already written a recap of last night’s festivities.
I would like to thank Stephan Pyles, managing partner George Majdalani, and the versatile staff at Samar for putting on more than just a fabulous dinner—the evening was magical. The belly dancers swinging from the swanky chandeliers and the fire pit blazing in the foggy mist outside created an incredible party atmosphere around the exotic cuisine. (BTW, I thought belly dancers were supposed to have bellies.)
Thanks again to Audi for my new white car (did you see it last night?), Ketel One for the free vodka (who doesn’t love that!), and the cultured folks at Cultured Cup for the exquisite tea. (I’m joking about the free car.)
I don’t get sappy too often, but I am so honored by how many of you who attended last night have been to all four of our SupperClub celebrations this year. I think we’ve started something really special . This club was developed as an outlet to share fine food with friends and I think we have exceeded any expectation I ever imagined. Thank you all from the bottom of my jiggling belly. Where next? The moon? Who knows? Thanks again. Here’s Andrew’s report. Let us hear from you!
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There was not a spare seat at Samar last night as the SideDish Supper Club moved in. The group had the restaurant to themselves, as Sunday is a night when the restaurant is usually closed. Guests spilled from the main dining room into seats at the bar and tables set up in the bar area. There were belly dancers, a traditional Afghan tea ceremony, and Nancy Nichols dressed to make Leigh Bowery seem prosaic. The meal was supposed to be five courses but each course actually encompassed several tapas. As a result, if you counted individual dishes, there were seventeen menu items. I resolve not to eat until Wednesday.
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Yesterday the D marketing department met with the Samar peeps to configure the communal seating layout for Sunday’s SideDish Supper Club. In case you’ve yet to dine at Stephan Pyles’ newest spot, I’ll tell you that the best seats in the house are the stools that sit in front of the open kitchen. Originally we weren’t going to set those places for the Supper Club, but yesterday, after reviewing the floor plan and the entertainment schedule that includes two belly dancing demonstrations, we decided to include these fabulous seats. You can’t reserve them because it is first-come-first-choice seating, but you can call now and make a reservation and get there a little before 6:30 p.m. on Sunday and have a great chance of sitting there. Hurry, feed your head and be a hookah-smoking caterpillar–give them a call: 214-922-9922. Details here. (I miss Grace Slick.)3 Comments »
Several single folks have asked me if the SideDish Supper Club at Samar by Stephan Pyles will be single-friendly. Our get-together this Sunday (December 6) will be communal seating and the five-course meal will be served family-style. It is going to be a festive (post-Cowboy game) evening with lots of belly dancing gals and exotic foods and wines. And, hell yes, it will be a friendly-to-all crowd of people who enjoy eating fine food and drinking fine wine. The menu and details are here. I urge you to hurry and make reservations as we have very few seats left. I’ve got my costume ready. Feel free to wear yours. The $110 per person price includes everything: valet, tax, gratuity, welcome cocktails, five fabulous food courses paired with wine and cocktails, and an Afghan tea service. Call now for a seat. 214.922.9922.2 Comments »
Yow. Zah. I must say we have pulled together one fabulous evening. Thanks to Stephan Pyles, execuchef Vijay Sadhu, and managing partner George Majdalani, the next SideDish Supper Club at Samar by Stephan Pyles is going to be over-the-top. Not only are they opening the restaurant just for us, but they also designed a one-of-a-kind menu for SideDish Supper Clubbers.
I asked Pyles why he wanted to do the Supper Club, and he had this to say:
“Having traveled the world in search of exotic flavors and preparations, the opportunity to showcase those tastes and customs in this one-time dinner spectacle was very exciting. You will savor the cuisine and cocktails inspired by India, Spain, and the Eastern Mediterranean–think curries, garam masala, cardamom, tandoori, naan, labneh, pomegranates, and pumpkin kofte. Have you ever had a remarkable Lebanese wine? Had your fortune read from the grounds of your Turkish coffee? You will at this dinner! Revel in the unique experience with Indian and Arabic music, belly dancers, and the exotic hookah ritual of narguile shisha.”
During the dessert course, Kyle Stewart of the Cultured Cup will demonstrate a traditional Afghan tea ceremony, and everyone will be able to try Samar’s Afghan Tea, as well as an authentic Masala chai.
Dancing girls! Hookahs! Lebanese wine! Goody bags! Communal tables! Dancing Hookahs ? Perhaps.
The SideDish Supper Club is not just dinner; it’s a culinary learning experience. Please join us on Sunday, December 6, for the next SideDish Supper Club. The cost is $110 per person and we have included tax, gratuity, and valet parking.
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