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Alamos and Don Miguel Gascon Wines “Wining and Dining with Jim White” November 16, 2017

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Magical Mendoza Malbec

Tatiana and Jim

Tatiana Nessier and Jim White

Take a tasting excursion with us to Argentina and meet two of the friendliest wine pros around on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Sevy’s restaurant was the backdrop as we tasted Mendoza’s nectar of the gods, Malbec from Alamos Wines and Don Miguel Gascon.  Tatiana Nessier may have the best job in the world as a high-flying, fun loving brand ambassador for the high altitude wines of Alamos.  Winemaker Matias Ciciani from Don Miguel Gascon is the third generation of winemakers in his family and literally was born a block away from the winery where he works today!  Find out about the joyous Argentine cultural celebration of wine and foods called Asado, and discover some delicious wines.  It’s on the program devoted to introducing you to the women and men who create the flavors you love.  Check out all our episodes on

Matias and Jim

Matias Ciciani, Gascon winemaker

VOKAL and on iTunes.  And, remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

 

Tom Fleming “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 11-09-17 November 9, 2017

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Top o’ the morning to you

 

Jim White and Tom Fleming

Jim White and Chef Tom Fleming

Tom Fleming is our guest this week on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKAL. Tom agrees with Auguste Escoffier’s judgment that the egg is the most difficult food to cook correctly.  As a classically trained chef, Fleming is serious not only about the egg, but every other ingredient (mostly made from scratch) he serves for breakfast and lunch at his Crossroads Diner.  It’s the quintessential family operation that he and wife Karen run with a little help from their daughters (when they’re not in school).  It’s their “Plan B”, as Tom calls it, in case his bright young ladies ever need a fallback career opportunity.  Someone’s been cooking (seriously if not professionally) in Tom’s family for almost a century.  Find out how Tom was introduced to the craft, how he faced his personal crossroads, and his views on how the Dallas-Fort Worth dining scene has changed since he arrived here 20 years ago from Chicago, fresh off a James Beard “Best New Restaurant” win.  It’s the podcast devoted to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on iTunes and at VOKALnow.com.

 

And, remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner, tell ’em RESERVATIONS! 

Sonny Pache “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 11-02-17 November 2, 2017

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Power Dining maestro

Sonny Pache and Jim White

Jim White and chef Sonny Pache

Sonny Pache, executive chef of Ocean Prime in Dallas, joins us on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKAL.  Find out why Sonny’s colleagues affectionately refer to him as “Kung Fu Panda” in the kitchen, and how his agile footwork, determination, and talent took him from high school football player, to business major in college, to executive chef (in 8 months) for one of America’s top independent restaurant companies (Cameron Mitchell Restaurants).  It’s the podcast devoted to bringing you stories about the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  You can catch all of our episodes on iTunes and on VOKALnow.com.  Remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner….tell ’em reservations!

Jean-Charles Boisset “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 10-26-17 October 26, 2017

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Joie de vivre to the max

Jean Charles Boisset and Jim White

Jean-Charles Boisset and Jim White

Jean-Charles Boisset is our guest this week on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  He’s a very successful businessman, of course.  Boisset Collection of Fine Wines operates more than two dozen wineries on two continents.  But in my opinion, his real gift is his zest for life and the positive spirit he brings to every encounter and situation. He’s a magician really.  Sprinkling his joie de vivre wherever he goes and conjuring magic out of thin air.  On today’s show find out about his passion for wine, cultivated practically from birth, his “love at first sight” relationship with wife Gina Gallo, and his tireless efforts to create “one world wine” with excellence.  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who create the flavors you love.  Catch all of our episodes on iTunes and on VOKAL.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em, reservations!

Brian C. Luscher “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 10-19-17 October 19, 2017

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Food for thought

Brian Luscher and Jim White

Jim White and Brian C. Luscher

Chef Brian C. Luscher from The Grape in Dallas, and “Mrs. Grape”, Courtney Luscher, join us on this week’s episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKAL.  Brian’s a passionate guy, yes of course about food and his family, but he’ll also give you a well considered opinion on a wide range of topics, from politics to music to sociology to digital media.  Join us for some reflections from “the thinking man’s chef” on the podcast devoted to bringing you the stories about the men and women who create the flavors you love.  Want to hear about a healthy division of labor in a family business?  Courtney’s got that one.  And, if you ever wanted to open a restaurant, or maybe your kid is thinking about becoming a chef;  you gotta hear what Brian has to say about that.  Catch all of our podcasts on iTunes and on VOKALnow.com.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em, RESERVATIONS!  

Nikky Phinyawatana “Wining and Dining with Jim White” October 12, 2017

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Feeding heart and soul

Nikky Phinyawatana

Nikky Phinyawatana and Jim White

Nikky Phinyawatana owner of Asian Mint is our special guest on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKAL.  The proprietor of Dallas’ popular Asian fusion restaurants believes in giving back for all she has received.  You’ll love Nikky’s upbeat attitude and hearing about her unique upbringing.  It’s the podcast devoted to bringing you stories about the women and men who create the flavors you savor.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKALnow.com and on iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Charlottesville wine and food country “Wining and Dining with Jim White” October 5, 2017

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Savor sublime flavor and hospitality

Charlottesville - Kirsty Harmon Blenheim Vineyards

Kirsty Harmon, Blenheim Vineyards with Jim White

Join us for a quick romp through Virginia wine country in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKAL.  We only had two days to visit!  Two weeks or even a lifetime is better when you visit a place as charming and inviting as Charlottesville in Albemarle County Virginia.  There’s more history here than you likely absorbed in your entire formal education (think Thomas Jefferson and James Madison for starters).  For foodies; there’s an amazing wine industry (growing by leaps and bounds); a host of craft brewers; succulent Virginia apples (yummy cider); and plenty of delicious cuisine from Southern comfort food to edgy New American.  We soaked-in as much wine, food and culture as possible.  So, join us for a quick overview on our show today.  Most people we spoke with started making plans to move to Charlottesville within a short time of discovering all the area offers.  Locals would never dream of moving.   Tour Jefferson’s Monticello and meet the man who is considered the father of the Virginia wine industry.  Get a taste of classic 18th Century cooking at

historic Michie Tavern.  And, hopscotch with us throughout Albemarle County to taste wines at Jefferson Vineyards, Blenheim Vineyards (Dave Matthews fans you’ll love hearing about his winery), the winery with the Presidential seal of approval (and ours) that makes some delicious sparkling wine, and more!  It’s food, wine, history, hospitality, and more.   And, like we say, if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner, especially in Virginia, tell ’em reservations!

 

Here’s a quick rundown of more places we visited so you can get information:

(Not pictured: Albemarle Ciderworks, Commonwealth Restaurant and Sky Bar, and Heirloom Restaurant)

Trump Winery
Trump Winery

 

Omar Flores “Wining and Dining with Jim White” September 28, 2017

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Why did the chicken cross the road?

Omar Flores and Jim WhiteTo get to Whistle Britches of course!  Chef Omar Flores guest stars on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKAL.  This week’s episode traces the young chef’s career from his family’s restaurants in El Paso and Chicago, to his training at the Culinary Institute, onto those heady days at 5 Star Abacus, and his rapid ascension as a restaurateur with Driftwood and Casa Rubia.  He’s working on expanding his chicken empire with new locations of Whistle Britches on the way (and he explains what Whistle Britches means in case you don’t know).  His family will also be expanding soon, too.  Check it out as Omar slows his 24×7 break neck pace for a while to visit with us on the podcast devoted to bringing you the stories about the people who create the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all our shows on iTunes and on VOKALnow.com.  Bon appétit. Remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em RESERVATIONS!  

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Kent Rathbun “Wining and Dining with Jim White” September 21, 2017

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Indomitable human spirit

Kent Rathbun and Jim White

Jim White joins Kent Rathbun in his kitchen at home.

Celebrity chef Kent Rathbun is our guest this week on “Wining and Dining with Jim White”.  Join us on VOKAL for the latest episode of the podcast devoted to the people who create the eats and drinks you love.  No doubt you’ve heard the old saying “I cried because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet”.  The message inspires wonderful lessons like humility, gratitude, and acceptance.  It comes to mind as I consider the rough patch Kent Rathbun and his family have been through over the last year.  Consider these predicaments:  Your association with the restaurant and the business that brought you fame and fortune is finished;  torn asunder and still in litigation-even the use of your own name and likeness under challenge.  Then, within a short time, you suffer a near fatal accident on a family vacation, a lengthy hospital stay, and months of physical therapy (ongoing).  These are things that might knock a man down and make him not want to get back up.  Ah, but not Kent Rathbun.  Find out what he’s doing to write the next chapter in his life on today’s podcast, which could be subtitled:  “Angels can fly because they take themselves so lightly”.   Catch all of our podcasts on iTunes and on Vokalnow.com.  And, remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Nick Badovinus “Wining and Dining with Jim White” September 14, 2017

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FULL speed ahead

Nick BadovinusDynamic chef and restaurateur Nick Badovinus guest stars on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” this week on VOKAL.  Nick appears to operate on two speeds:  faster and fastest!  The seemingly indefatigable owner of Neighborhood Services, Town Hearth, Montlake Cut, and Off-Site Kitchen, takes us back to his early days in the Pacific Northwest and how they set the stage for his success in Dallas.  Join us for the podcast devoted to bringing you the stories about the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL and on iTunes.  And remember, if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

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