Yesterday might have been the end to American Craft Beer Week, but that doesn’t mean you can’t keep drinking your favorite suds. On Saturday, June 15 from 2 to 8 p.m., BeerFeast is Flying Saucer on the Lake’s way of saying, “We love you. Here’s an event with 25 breweries and 50 different craft beers for you to choose from. And, yes, we are also providing you with six rare beers throughout the festival.”
Interested? Tickets to BeerFeast are $30 and you can buy them here. OR you can do the smart thing: save your money for the food trucks that’ll be there and try entering for our two free passes to Garland’s big event. I’ll email the winner of this giveaway on Friday (5/25) at noon.
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I would just like to take this time, again, to remind you all that D Magazine’s 100 Best Restaurants Party is taking place on Wednesday, May 22, at 3015 Trinity Groves. This is your once-in-a-lifetime chance of pieing Nancy in the face. Do ittttt.
Every year Addison upstages all the other suburbs and holds its own food festival, Taste Addison. I’m jealous that Carrollton doesn’t have one. But Addison isn’t too far, and 60 Addison restaurants + carnival games + music from Blue October means everyone’s bound to have a good time. Buy tickets online or at the door. It runs from Friday to Sunday.
Guys, it’s still American Craft Beer Week. The fun hasn’t stopped. There’s the Lakewood Brewing Co.’s All-Cask Tour from noon to 3 p.m.
There’s also this list of other American Craft Beer Week events happening on Saturday. I’m sorry I lied and never updated it. Whoopsies…
I don’t understand the appeal of celebrity wine but I’m, once again, in the minority. A couple of days ago Jasper Russo of Sigel’s sent word that the store had a limited supply of Miraval Cotes de Provence Rose 2012 bottled by Jolie-Pitt & Perrin. He writes:
Do you love rosé wine? Do you love Brad Pitt? Do you love Angelina Jolie? Do you love ALL THREE of those things at the same time? If so, you can be among the few lucky people to purchase the first release from Ch Miraval. The wine is from the French vineyard owned by the famous couple, who partnered with Marc Perrin, of Château de Beaucastel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape, to create the label. Grown at an altitude of 350 meters in clay and chalk soils, the vines are cultivated 100% organically, without the use of herbicides, pesticides or chemicals.
Somebody in the United Arab Emirates loves all three. They contacted Russo and asked him to ship his whole inventory ASAP. The cost of shipping one 44-pound case which retails for $240 would be $650. However, Russo doesn’t have access to the federal customs paperwork necessary to complete the transaction so the order was declined. Russo is down to three cases at the Greenville Avenue store only. And it’s on sale for $19.99 (reg. $24.99). 5757 Greenville Ave. 214-739-4012.
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The “Meet. Taste. Review. Vote” is going down at 3015 at Trinity Groves on May 30 at 6 p.m. Everyone, this is your chance to live out those dreams of being a food critic. Don’t lie, I know you’ve always dreamed of being a judge on Iron Chef. Just think of this as a real-life version of that.
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“The event will allow partygoers the opportunity to meet the finalists, taste-test the chefs, explore proposed interior designs and be the first to vote for their favorites. Voting will commence at the event and continue through June 10th via Kitchen LTO’s website, www.kitchenlto.com. Voting will be limited to one time per 24 hours, with winners announced Tuesday, June 11th.
Tickets are $25 in advance at https://kitchenlto.brownpapertickets.com or $30 at the door. Proceeds will benefit El Centro’s Culinary Facilities.
The finalists went through an intensive screening process where a judging committee vetted qualifications. Led by Caldwell, members of the screening committee include: Chris Zielke (Owner, Bolsa/Bolsa Mercado/Smoke/Chicken Scratch), Michael Miller (Senior VP, UCR Urban), Chad Houser (Executive Director, Café Momentum), Jason Kosmas (Owner, The 86 Co.), Sharon Van Meter (Chef/Owner 3015 at Trinity Groves), Rebecca Wright (Special Events Coordinator, Trulucks), Blythe Beck (Executive Chef, Movie Lounge) and Bob Sambol (Founder of Bob’s Steak & Chophouse).
Kitchen LTO, concepted by Casie Caldwell (Founder and Owner of Greenz Salads — a Dallas based fast-casual eatery) will dramatically change every four months as a new chef rotates in and introduces a new menu concept. Simultaneously, a new design firm will reinvent the interior’s transformable elements.
“Essentially, it’s a limited time offer (“LTO”), where a new restaurant is born three times a year,“ says Caldwell. “I designed the restaurant for food lovers like myself who are always exploring new trends and searching for the next best culinary adventure. I can’t think of a better way to do that while fostering the great culinary talent available on a local, regional and national level.”
Kitchen LTO will be located at the incubator restaurant development at Trinity Groves, the newest brainchild of legendary restaurateur Phil Romano. Romano says that Kitchen LTO fits well with the overall personality of the project. Romano explains, “Just like Trinity Groves will act as an incubator for providing restaurateurs a lower cost venue for testing a concept’s viability, Kitchen LTO becomes an “incubator within the incubator” by providing a rotating home to new chef talent and their ideas.”
FUTURE HOME OF Kitchen LTO – 3011 Gulden Lane, Suite 108 Dallas, Texas 75212 www.kitchenlto.com.
EVENT LOCATION FOR MEET.TASTE.REVIEW.VOTE. on May 30th – 3015 at Trinity Groves 3015 Gulden Lane, Dallas, Texas 75212, 214.939.3015.”
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 wrote last week.5 Comments »
The Good 2 Go Taco gals, Jeana Johnson and Colleen O’Hare, are hiring for their new spot in the former York Street/Watel’s Bistro space in East Dallas. Mot Hai Ba (123 in Vietnamese) is expected to open by the end of April. Johnson says: “We will focus on dishes we have had and love from Northern Vietnam.” More details tomorrow will be released tomorrow.
I just saw the news over on Culture Map: Randall Copeland the popular chef and co-owner of Restaurant Ava and Boulevardier died in his sleep early this morning. He was 39. According to Teresa Gubbins, the cause of death is unknown. What a sad day. Our hearts and thoughts go out to his family and friends. His soul will be missed.
UPDATE: Official statement from Brooks Anderson, co-owner of Boulevardier.
Early this morning Nathan, Bradley and I were informed of the tragic news that our friend and business partner, Randall Copeland passed away in his sleep last night. At this time, no further information of Randall’s untimely passing is known. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and extended network of friends in the chef community and beyond.RIP Big Cat. You will be sorely missed.
UPDATE: Brooks Anderson says he is working on putting together a fundraiser for Randall Copeland. More details soon. If you would like to be contacted about event, leave your name below or email me.26 Comments »
Joe Penland, a friend of Oishii owner Thanh Nguyen, just called. He is the unofficial “Marketing Director” for Oishii. Which means, basically, that he’s just being a good friend who does PR work for free. (“I’m retired and I’m old, but I do it because I love Thanh.”)
Back on December 30, 2012, tragedy struck Oishii. A fire erupted in Nguyen’s newly-renovated restaurant. The sad part about the fire was that Nguyen had just remodeled his restaurant six weeks before the fire. “Fortunately, most of the front end that he [Nguyen] had totally redone remains somehow intact,” says Penland.
“The roof has now been repaired, and now they’re beginning to work on the interior. It will take two months to rebuild the interior. He’s looking at June/July to reopen.”
I just received the very sad news that an icons of the Napa Valley wine industry has passed away. Napa Valley pioneer James L. Barrett helped put Napa Valley on the map when his mineral rich, citrus filled, slightly creamy and very lively 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay beat out a mix of highly acclaimed White Burgundy and other California Chardonnay at the now famous “Judgement of Paris” in 1976. It was a wine that was created under his leadership then and has remained one of the most loved wines from Napa Valley since.
As with many in the wine business, he didn’t start out there, taking a more practical route early on. Barrett attended college at UCLA than law school at Loyola Marymount University, then served in the military during the Korean War as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Nacy before starting a 20 year legal career as a Senior Partner at Barrett, Stearns, Collins, Gleason and Kinney. In 1972 he gave it all up to follow his dream and passion, believing that Napa Valley was the place that he and his family could build a world-class winery. Continue reading "What To Drink Now: Chateau Montelena in Honor of the Late James L. Barrett"
A loyal SideDish reader and regular customer of Nando’s Authentic Mexican Cuisine in Preston Royal, writes to say the restaurant is changing the name. I suppose Nando’s the popular Portuguese peri-peri chicken spot had something to do with it, but whatever the cause, Nando’s is now Santo’s. Smart, they only have to pay for two letters. Same food, same chef, same kick-sass cocktails.
BTW, have you been to the other Nando’s? They have just started to open in the US.
Several readers have asked for an update on The Establishment, the new place put together by the boys behind Cedars Social, Brian Williams and Michael Martensen. The reservations-only bar is in the space formerly known as Trece. Martensen says they are open but there is no sign. Just look for the Trece sign and the door closest to Sur La Table, and try to get in. They don’t have food yet, the kitchen is still under construction. They will be open from 5PM-2AM. Martensen said the reservations policy is meant to better serve the customer, not keep people out. Each cocktail is handmade and they don’t want to get into the situation that occurred when Cedars Social opened and they had to lock the doors to keep the crowds happy. Right now the room seats 50 folks.2 Comments »
The woman who once lead the brigade at Norma’s Cafe passed away on Saturday. Her family sends word:
“To Mama’s Family of Customers. We sadly inform you of Mama’s passing. We want to welcome you to celebrate her life with us in the following ways.
2 VISITATION TIMES AND LOCATIONS ON TUESDAY:
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH FROM 2-4PM
MULKEY-MASON FUNERAL HOME
740 SOUTH EDMONDS LANE
LEWISVILLE, TX 75067
(From Dallas: I-35 North to Fox Ave. take Left to Edmonds take Right)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH FROM 6-8PM
LAUREL LAND FUNERAL HOME in Oak Cliff
6000 SOUTH R.L. THORNTON FRWY
DALLAS, TX 75232
(From Downtown Dallas: I-35 South to Laurel Land Rd. take Left)
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27TH at 1PM
PRESTONWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH
6801 W. PARK BLVD. @ Midway
PLANO, TX 75093
OFFICIATING: JACK GRAHAM
(Burial will be at Laurel Land, immediately following service)”
When I arrived at Chocolate Secrets last night to attend the invite-only chocolate tasting put together by Sander Wolf of DallasChocolates.org with master chocolatier Michael Recchiuti, I was expecting a group of snobby chocolatiers discussing chocolate in much the same way as wine snobs go on about the nose, finish, and body of wine. Instead of jargon, everyone was antsy to share their love stories – the unique ways they all came to love chocolate and their fight to make sustainable businesses out of making these confections.
Recchiuti is in town to be a part of Central Market‘s Chocolate Collection. His love story with chocolate involved the last Shah of Iran (Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavī) and Bill Gates. If you are itching to know the six degrees of separation, jump with me.
For those of you wishing to avoid the crowds of people rushing out for their prix fixe this Valentine’s Day, plan an intimate dinner at home. You can spend the money you save on a day-after couples’ massage.
Normally, I would give tons of advice about how to get the pasta from the kitchen to the table in less than a minute or how to time your courses, but I won’t. The whole point of eating in for Valentine’s Day is that you can eat at 5:30 or 10:30, or you could never get past the cocktails and leek and chard tarts. Chocolate ganache can be better for breakfast anyway.
Well, perhaps a few pieces of advice are in order. If you want to eat this savory tart (jump to see the photo) as badly as I do, you need to remember one crucial point: the puff pastry must be defrosted in the fridge the day before you bake the tart. You really don’t want to see how ugly a last-minute defrost of puff pastry can be in the microwave. And, really, I w0uld be doing you a disservice if I didn’t tell you that you really must have your butter and asparagus shavings ready the moment you pull your pasta from the boiling water. Fun can be structured. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.
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Hedda Dowd, owner of Rise No 1, just informed me that their beloved chef Richard Bertschi passed away suddenly yesterday. The staff posted this message on Facebook.
Today we are all shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Richard Bertschi… Richard, who worked with and for Cherif since he was seventeen. He was honest, loyal and extremely organized. These are character traits that we all strive for and are to be respected, revered and admired. Richard always had the utmost concern for rise n°1, and he was particularly caring to make sure “his crew” always had a variety of food to cook and eat! He will always be remembered for his colorful costumes – he loved Halloween and carved amazing pumpkins. He always did his work with the utmost…Merci pour tout que tu a fait pour nous.
Dowd says the information for viewing and service will be on Rise No 1’s website soon.
UPDATE: There will be a viewing this Wednesday from 6-8pm at Restland Funeral Home. Memorial service will be held Thursday at 10am in Wildwood Chapel at Restland.5 Comments »
Dean Fearing just let me know his band is playing at Poor David’s Pub tonight at 7:30. (Secret: Johnny Reno is joining in!) Guess I know which restaurant to review tonight!
Although we’ve had a couple of nice days, this winter weather is still keeping many of the food trucks and trailers moving slowly. SoCal Tacos and Enticed remain in winter hibernation. Good Karma has planted themselves at Clear Fork Truck Park in Fort Worth through March.
Ruthie’s Creperie is finally coming out in public more often, so we are adding them to our schedule. They’ll be out a few times this week.
Dallas’ first BBQ food truck is finally here. OinknMoo has a food truck built by Cruisin’ Kitchens. I think every truck that I’ve seen in Dallas built by Cruisin’ Kitchens has been successful, so at least OinknMoo is starting off in the right way.
Here is your schedule for the week. Insert the obligatory check Facebook and Twitter feeds before going out. Continue reading "January 21 Food Truck Schedule and News for Dallas and Fort Worth"
Football season is nearly over. In a couple of weeks, we’ll have had all the big hits, wild finishes and exhaustive periods of waiting around while every scoring play gets reviewed over and over. Gone, too: the tailgating, the lighthearted Sunday binge drinking, and the wings.
Buffalo wings are as integral a part of the culinary fabric of gridiron fandom as nachos or dogs are a part of baseball’s. Same goes for hockey and, well, I whatever it is hockey fans like. Molson’s? Sushi? No idea. But there is little doubting the supremacy of the humble buffalo wing as a preferred snack of the couch-bound Sunday masses.1 Comment »