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DFW Food Festivals Galore! September 12, 2016

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Cornucopia of Fall Food (and more) Festivals

smoked_dallas-3002-1024x683There’s an abundant harvest of fun food festivals coming up in Dallas-Fort Worth, and most of them are family oriented, too!  We’ve been sharing these bite-sized morsels on our daily “Jim White’s Wining and Dining Update” series on 98.7 KLUV, 103.7 KVIL, and 1080 KRLD (made possible by our friends at the Crest Auto Group).  There are so many events coming up, however (and yummy to that!), we can’t get all the pertinent contact info for tickets in the radio reports–otherwise they’d be nothing but a blur of websites strung together.  So, whadda you say we list as many as our attention span allows, and string a bunch of event websites together for you here where you can scroll and click to your heart’s content?  That leaves the airwaves free to achieve what the legendary radio genius Gordon McLendon referred tonorah-jones as “theatre of the mind”.  Cheers! And, bon appetit!

OAKTOPIA-September 22-24 in downtown Denton.  More than 30 food trucks on hand for the first day.  Norah Jones headlines the music.  oaktopia.com

OKTOBERFEST-September 22-24 at Panther Island Pavilion in Fort Worth.  Indoor and outdoor biergartens, music, keg rolling.  All kinds of goings-on (gotta love the dachshund races).  Get your oom-pah-pah on and get details at oktoberfestfw.com.

CHEFS FOR FARMERS-September 23-25 various locations in Dallas.  As the name implies, expect lots of great farm fresh ingredients prepared by some of the top chefs in North Texas and out of town toques too.  Cool events happen in Lee Park and in the Design District Friday and Saturday night, and then the Main Event on Sunday afternoon in Lee Park features Matt McCallister from FT 33, Graham Dodds from Wayward Sons, John Tesar from Knife, Jeramie Robison from Uchi, Justin Fourton from Pecan Lodge and so many more!  Over 50 wines from which to sample, too.  chefsforfarmers.com

WESTERN DAYS-September 23-24 in downtown Lewisville.  Cool tunes from The Eli Young Band and the Old 97’s, gunfights (reenactments…made you look), a cattle drive, and the World Tamale Eating Championship.  Yee-haw!  lewisvillewesterndays.com20190909-10-300x300

GREEK FOOD FESTIVAL-September 23-25, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Dallas.  The 60th anniversary! OH-PAH!! Great food:  gyros, lamb sliders, spanakopita, baklava and more.  Cooking demos, traditional dancing, food shops, a marketplace and so much more.  greekfestivalofdallas.com

SMOKED DALLAS-September 24 at Main Street Garden in Dallas.  Music and barbecue festival (who could ask for more?), offering tastings from top pit masters and chefs, and tunes from the Toadies, Shinyribs and others.  smokedallas.com

TASTE OF FIREWHEEL-September 24 at Firewheel Town Center in Garland.  This second annual family food festival offers all kinds of tastes, live music, and a kids’ zone with inflatables (while mom shops inside the center!)  firewheeltowncenter.com

STATE FAIR OF TEXAS-September 30-October 23.  This year’s theme is “Celebrating Texas Agriculture”, but you knowbig-tex you’re hankering for some of the wacky fried food.  Fried Jello and Cookie Fries are just a couple of this year’s Big Tex Choice Awards.  I’ve got my eye on the the Deep Fried Bacon Burger Dog slider on a Stick, and the Great Balls of Barbecue.  Go early while the grease is fresh!  Yum, yum, eat ’em up!  “Our state fair is a great state Fair!”  Sing along here:   “State Fair” opening theme; 1962 movie shot in Dallas at the State Fair of Texas (full disclaimer:  racing scenes with Pat Boone shot at the Oklahoma State Fair).  bigtex.com

PLANO INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL-October 1 at Haggard Park.  Music, dance, food, displays and art from over 100 cultures. planointernationalfestival.org

COTTONWOOD ART FESTIVAL-October 1-2 at Cottonwood Park in Richardson.  The semi-annual events features works from more than 240 visual artists, local bands, food, wine and craft beer.  cottonwoodartfestival.comoktoberfest02

SOUTHLAKE OKTOBERFEST-October 7-9 at Southlake Town Square.  Go for the weiner dog races but stay for the live
entertainment, food and beverages (I think they’ll have some brewskis on hand).  oktoberfestsouthlake.com

Go get ’em!  Drive safely.  Pass the Tums, please.

#19 Danyele McPherson-Remedy and HG Sply Co “Wining and Dining with Jim White” July 5, 2016

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Driven. Dynamic. Danyele.

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Danyele McPherson and Jim White

Meet Chef Danyele McPherson.  We caught up with her between lunch and dinner at her popular restaurant Remedy on Greenville Avenue in Dallas.  The intellectual and talented young chef is seemingly in perpetual motion.  She’s putting a new summer menu in place at Remedy, crafting a new rooftop menu for HG Sply Co (Remedy’s sister restaurant next door), while readying a new HG location in Fort Worth, opening in late July, and preparing for a new concept Standard Service in Rockwall opening shortly afterwards.   She seems to thrive on the rapid pace.  It’s in keeping with her near meteoric rise from culinary student to intern to sous chef (for Stephan Pyles) to Top Chef.  You’re sure to get energized listening to this week’s episode!  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to introducing you to top chefs and winemakers.  You can subscribe to our program in iTunes.  Thanks for listening.  And, remember if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner….tell them reservations!

#18 Suzanne Groth-Groth Vineyards and Winery “Wining and Dining with Jim White” June 27, 2016

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A journey from Atari to Oakville

Suzanne Groth and Jim White

Suzanne Groth and Jim White

Meet Suzanne Groth from Groth Vineyards and Winery.  Her family made a dream journey from Silicon Valley, where her father was a principal with Atari, to Napa Valley, where they built a legacy of fine winemaking over the last 36 years.  They are now firmly “rooted in Oakville”.  Suzanne shares a colorful story of the evolution of Oakville as an AVA and how her family is now cultivating the third generation of Groth Family members to carry the standard forward.  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people behind the eats and drinks you love.  You can subscribe to our series on iTunes and never miss a program.  Thanks for joining us.  And remember, if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner, tell ’em, “RESERVATIONS!”

Cheers!

Michael’s Cuisine is Fort Worth cool and still going strong at 25 June 25, 2016

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Laid back and larruping

Dine! Michael’s Cuisine

Chef Michael Thomson and Jim White

Chef Michael Thomson and Jim White

Michael Thomson still packs ’em in at his Cultural District restaurant years after a lot of restaurants vanish.  His upscale comfort food, or “contemporary ranch cuisine”, in a laid back setting, pleases diners for lunch, dinner, or evenings on the patio.  Michael has helped many a young chef learn the ropes through the years.  That’s why his protégées affectionately refer to him as the “Godfather of Fort Worth chefs”.  See Michael in action in our latest CBS video for “DINE! with Jim White”, and be sure to stop by sometime if you haven’t been.  Heads up:  TCU Horn Frogs spoken here.   Show up bedecked in purple and you might even get a better table! Regardless, you’re sure to find good ol’ fashioned Texas hospitality.

DINE! with Jim White-Cafe Momentum June 11, 2016

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Eat. Drink.  Change lives.

Dine! Cafe Momentum

Cafe Momentum "gratitude plate".

Cafe Momentum “gratitude plate”.

Discover the great Cafe Momentum story as Executive Chef and co-founder Chad Houser takes you behind the scenes of the popular downtown Dallas restaurant that’s giving young people a second chance on this week’s “DINE! with Jim White” feature.

 

#17 Steve De Shazo-El Centro Food and Hospitality Institute June 7, 2016

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Creating the chefs of the future

Steve DeShazo and Jim White (R) looking over Diana Kennedy's cookbook.

Steve DeShazo and Jim White (R) looking over Diana Kennedy’s cookbook.

If you don’t know Steve DeShazo, it would take you about 5 seconds to figure out you like the guy if you got the chance to meet him. He’s friendly, articulate, interested, engaged, and a great listener.  All things that help make him a great teacher and administrator.  You’d also discover that he loves his work and has found his calling in life as the Director of the El Centro Food and Hospitality Institute.   Thanks to Steve and his team who are training the great chefs of tomorrow (and numerous great chefs of today!)  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to introducing you to the top food and wine people in the world.  Subscribe to the program on iTunes and never miss a episode.

Remember, if anybody asks  you what you’re making for dinner….tell ‘em reservations. 

DINE! with Jim White visits The Market at Dallas Farmers Market June 2, 2016

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Welcome to foodie Paradise!

DINE! with Jim White – The Market at Dallas Farmers Market

Dallas-Farmers-Market_202439Our weekly dining update for DFW Restaurant Week “365” focuses on The Market at Dallas Farmers Market, along with next door neighbor Mudhen Meats and Greens.  Check out the video and fresh updates every week on the new site.  Be sure to head for The Market and enjoy the new Dallas Farmers Market in downtown Dallas if you haven’t been.  It great for grab and go, grazing or a sit down meal.  Bon appetit!

#16 Phil Romano-Trinity Groves May 31, 2016

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The “Concept King” has a recipe for life too

Jim White (L) and Phil Romano in front of one of the prolific artist's paintings.

Jim White (L) and Phil Romano in front of one of the prolific artist’s paintings.

Legendary restaurateur and entrepreneur Phil Romano shares his Horatio Alger like story and how it’s affected every aspect of his life.  In addition to the blossoming Trinity Groves, the man behind Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Fuddrucker’s and so many other great restaurant concepts, talks about his love for painting and the organization chart for life he created for his son Sam.  We can all benefit from it.  Thanks for joining us on the podcast devoted to introducing you to the greatest names in food and wine, “Wining and Dining with Jim White”.  Subscribe to our program on iTunes and never miss an episode.  And, in memory of the late, great Norman Brinker who said he got very sad when he drove around and saw lights on inside home kitchens at dinnertime….

If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner, tell ’em reservations!

#15 Jim Severson-Sevy’s May 24, 2016

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Life seasoned Sevy’s Style.  Tasty!

Chef Jim "Sevy" Severson and Jim White.

Chef Jim “Sevy” Severson and Jim White.

It’s hard to imagine that the popular restaurant Sevy’s is approaching 20 years in business.  My, how time flies when you’re having fun.  Owner, chef and namesake, Jim Severson joins us for a conversation on this week’s episode.   Sevy shares reflective moments with us about his gameplan to keep the wildly popular restaurant vital and relevant for the next generation.   It’s more than a retrospective of the Dallas restaurant scene, it’s more like a short course in how to chart a course for a life well lived.  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to introducing you to the very best chefs and winemakers.  Subscribe to our program at iTunes, and never miss a course, er, episode.

And, remember, if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner—tell ‘em reservations.

Stephan Pyles’ new Flora Street Cafe dazzles! May 21, 2016

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See the transformation of Stephan Pyles’ new Flora Street Cafe from dusty construction site to his elegant new restaurant in the Dallas Arts District in this week’s video on “DINE! with Jim White”.

Stephan Pyles new Flora Street Cafe

The presentation kitchen at Stephan Pyles' stunning new Flora Street Cafe.

The presentation kitchen at Stephan Pyles’ stunning new Flora Street Cafe.

 

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