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More reservations available for great wine dinner at Tre Amici March 30, 2010

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More room for tomorrow night’s dinner at Tre Amici!

Good news:  There are some additional seats for the fabulous “Dinner Club with Jim White” special wine and food pairing adventure on Wednesday night.  Be sure to call the restaurant right away to guarantee your reservation for this great four-course dinner, which includes Tre Amici’s signature prime filet mignon.  The number is 972-250-4400.  We’ll see you there!

Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits will be pouring some great wines to compliment the meal.  We’ll taste Angels Landing 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir,2005 Windy Lane Napa Valley Merlot, and 2005 Windy Lane Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. For dessert,Rocca Cerrina Brachetto, N/V.  A sparkler with lots of strawberry fruit, bright and bursting with a lovely sweet finish that pairs beautifully with the Chocolate Truffle Cake we’ll be having for dessert! Molto bene! Join us for the special evening on Wednesday March 31st.  Reservations are limited for the special dinner.  Call Tre Amici at 972-250-4400 to make your reservation.

Fun food and wines in La Jolla

Even better than the picture-perfect weather, and sunny days on the beach in San Diego, our host has a tremendous wine cellar.  Perhaps the favorite pour from our weekend of wining and dining is the celebrated Cinq Cépages 2000 from Chateau St. Jean.  Winemaker Steve Reeder (now with Simi) made this treasure.  Gerald Boyd from “Wine Review Online” sums it up nicely:

“Among the growing collection of high-end California Cabernet-based blends, a few have reached iconic status.   Known variously as Bordeaux-style blends, Cabernet blends, and Meritage, this rarified elite includes Phelps Insignia, Cain Five, Louis Martini’s Monte Rosso, Opus One, Coppola’s Rubicon and Chateau St. Jean’s Cinq Cepages.”

The name is French for “five grapes”, based on the Bordeaux model that included all five Bordeaux red varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot.  Chateau St. Jean keeps the blend at around 75% Cabernet.  The 2000 added slightly more Cabernet Franc. If you can find this 93 point wine at all, expect to pay upwards of $150 per bottle retail.  Thank goodness for a collector who just happened to have plenty to share.

Savor La Jolla March 28, 2010

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Taking just a few days jaunt to the beach and

environs in beautiful La Jolla, just north of San Diego.

This is a great spot for wining and dining, so what better time to update DISH?  Thanks to our host for use of his computer.  So many restaurants, so little time.  Where do we begin?  Alas, we are working on it.  I must say, that a trip to the area around La Jolla Shores brings one the best dining bang for the buck (s).   When you compare the dining scene to the other shopping options nearby, like the Maserati and Ferrari dealerships, restaurants like George’s at the Cove are quite a bargain.  I do recommend you call ahead.  Reservations on the popular top deck restaurant with the unlimited views of the beautiful blue Pacific are in huge demand.  You can choose to wait an hour and a half for lunch on a Saturday (unfortunately, this is what most people seem to do), or think ahead and call for a reservation and wait just a minute at the bar.  The Niman Ranch Burger was my favorite along with the seafood tacos.  No whales this time of year, but a whale of a time on deck. The upscale restaurant on the main level is still one of the best fine dining choices in San Diego.

George’s at the Cove, 1250 Prospect Street, 858-454-4244.

Other great options along the downtown Ja Jolla scene include Piatti Restaurant, with a friendly face and a hearty menu.

Chicken Panini, tasty pasta, and wood-fired pizza are favorites.  This is a favorite of the locals and tourists.

Piattti Restaurant, 2182 Avenida de la Playa, 858-454-1589.

Our popular “watering hole” for Champagne on the deck or a sumptuous Sunday brunch is Vigilucci’s, at 909 Prospect, 858-454-9664. This is part of a small San Diego area chain of restaurants.  Food and service both rate 3 stars (on a scale of five).  Like most of the restaurants in the area, the wine list is fairly limited to popular labels and priced to the max (at least three times retail).   Most California restaurants allow you to bring wines in.   You may want to check ahead on procedures, but this is a preferable alternative if you can swing it.

We’ll update this list as the trip permits.  Let me know if you have some favorite San Diego, or La Jolla restaurants.



Dinner Club at Tre Amici March 26, 2010

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Easter Happenings II March 24, 2010

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Updating the yummy choices. 

Enjoy a classy dining experience at Hotel St. Germain, Sunday, April 4th, for only $55 a person from 11am-2pm. The lavish buffet features oysters Rockefeller, eggs Benedict, shrimp cocktail, crepes, beignets and many more options. Seating space is limited so call 214-871-2516 to make a reservation.

From an Easter egg hunt in the beautiful Crescent Courtyard to a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny, Rosewood Crescent Hotel is the perfect place for families this Easter Sunday, April 4th from 11am-2pm. Parents can sit back and relax as children search the Crescent grounds for Easter eggs and treats. After the festivities, the Easter Bunny will hop into the Crescent Ballroom and join guests for a scrumptious brunch. The brunch, only $50 for adults and $25 for children, will include a variety of creations including an omelet station, waffle iron station, lobster bisque, an assortment of pastries, cakes and more. Call 214-953-4314 to make your reservation today.

Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill will be open starting at 12:00pm serving regular dinner menu all day plus additional specials. Please call 972-392-9663 for reservations.

Loft 610 has a limited Easter menu for $20 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. call (972) 377-2500 for reservations.

Be sure to let us know where you dined for Easter.

Be well!


Yummy Easter Happenings Galore! March 21, 2010

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Here comes Peter Cotton Tail, hoppin’ down the

bunny trail.

Waiter, ask that rabbit to refill our tea, please!

In honor of one of the most important family dining times of year, here is a sampling of some restaurants featuring Easter specials.  Add to this in the comments section if you are a restaurateur and would like to have our readers know about your Easter specials.  Thanks.

Chef Doug Brown (Dish), is offering an Easter Jazz Brunch at the Orion Ballroom in Oak Cliff, five minutes from downtown at 400 South Zang Street, 15th Floor, from 10 until 3.  This is the Bank of America Building.  The Orion Ballroom sits atop it. Chef Brown is featuring a lavish array of salads, fresh fruits and vegetables, smoked salmon, carving stations with ham and steamship of beef, an omelet station, pasta and fajita station, plus a temping array of cakes, pies and desserts.  The price is $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids under 12.  Make reservations by calling 214-942-1661 or email brunch@theorionballroom.com.

Lavendou Bistro Provençal Owner Pascal Cayet and Executive Chef Francois Soyez are offering something for almost everyone at their Easter Brunch.
First Course:  Soupe Froide de Concombre (Cold Cucumber Soup);  Prosciutto et Melon Sauce Sangria (Prosciutto and Melon with a Sangria Sauce); Salade César (Traditional Caesar Salad); or Vol au Vent de Fruits de Mer (Mixed Seafood served in a pastry shell).

Second Course:  Oeufs Poché Norvegienne (Poached Eggs on an English Muffin with Smoked Salmon and Spinach); Filet de Sole au Crabe et Champagne (Filet of Sole with Crab Meat and Champagne Cream Sauce with Basmati Rice); Gigot d’Agneau Provençal (Roasted Leg of Lamb with Gratin Dauphinois); or Poitrine de Volaille Chasseur (Breast of Chicken with Mushroom, Tomatoes and Demi-Glace Sauce with Fettucini).

Dessert:  La Tarte au Citron Meringuée (Lemon Tart with Meringue); Profiteroles au Chocolat (Ice Cream Filled Pastry Puffs with Chocolate Sauce); Feuillantine aux Fruit Rouges (Mixed Berries in a puff pastry with Chantilly cream); or Gâteau au Fromage (White Chocolate Cheesecake with raspberry coulis).

Easter Sunday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Lavendou’s Easter Brunch is $29.95 per guest, plus beverage, tax & gratuity.

Lavendou is located at 19009 Preston Road, Suite 200, in Dallas (75252). Make reservations by phone (972-248-1911), fax (972-248-1660), by e-mail to provencial@aol.com or through their web site, http://www.Lavendou.com.

The Capital Grille is offering Easter Brunch from 1030 until 230 and suggesting you might want to try a dry aged steak or some fresh seafood along with one of their 350 wines.  This is starting to sound like a celebration.   Brunch is $35 per person (the wine is extra).  Call 214-303-0500 for reservations.  Or go to this reservation site.

Chef David Bull welcomes you to Easter brunch at Bolla in the Stoneleigh Hotel from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  He is offering a special three-course prix fix menu for $36 ($48 with Champagne and Mimosas) and $18 for children.  Call 214-871-7111 for reservations.  Or email reservations@stoneleighhotel.com.  See details of Easter Brunch and other special events at the Stoneleigh here.

Boi Na Braza in Grapevine has an Easter special, offering their full course meal, huge salad bar and desserts for $47.50 per person.  This is the place to go if you’re hungry and want meat and more meat.  They’ll be open special hours on Easter from noon until their last seating at 8:45 p.m.  Call 817-329-5514 or 81-251-9881.  Or email julio.matheus@boinabraza.com.  Located at Highway 121 at Hall-Johnson.

Cadot Restaurant is offering a three-course Easter Brunch for $29.95 person from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Call 972-267-5700 for reservations.  Here’s the menu:

Duck Terrine With Pistachios And Truffles
Tropical Gazpacho
Poached Eggs In Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon Hollandaise Sauce
Warm Goat Cheese Salad With Baby Mixed Greens And Balsamic Vinaigrette

Crusted Almond Tilapia on a Bed of Risotto, Served with Champagne Sauce
Lamb Chops with French Fries and Green Beans Served with Curcumin Sauce
Short Ribs with Horseradish, Mashed Potatoes and Celery Root Puree, Topped with Baby Arugula

Chocolate Heart with Mixed Berries and White Chocolate Sabayon
Cherry Clafouti Ginger Confit
Floating Island with Caramel Sauce

Chef Avner Samuel and Aurora offer a Kamen Estate Wine dinner on Tuesday April 6th.

It’s a six course affair featuring Kamen Cabernet and Syrah with special guest Robert Kamen, winery owner and screenwriter.  Mr. Kamen’s projects include The Karate Kid series (including the new film), the Transporter series, and his ode to Napa Valley winemaking “A Walk in the Clouds” starring Keanu Reeves.  The dinner is $150 per person.  Call or email for a reservation, 214-528-9400, or auroradallas.sbcglobal.net.  No slipping any “blockbuster screenplay” ideas to Mr. Kamen during the third-course!

Happy Easter!  Cheers!  Jim

Dishing the updates March 20, 2010

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Look for more frequent posting on the new DISH from"The Dinner Club with Jim White".

We want your comments, too! Tell us when you find a great pizza, burger, or fine dining restaurant in your neighborhood. Also, we want to hear what you've been drinking. So share the sips with us. White wine, red wine, cocktails, or beer. It all goes down good when you're drinking with friends, pairing with a meal, and drinking responsibly, of course.

Cheers! Jim

Prime steak with an Italian accent March 18, 2010

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We’re not talking about Bistecca alla fiorentina, the wildly popular Tuscan T-Bone Steak. We’re talking about a much better cut of meat for our next “Dinner Club with Jim White” special event:   top of the chart, wet-aged prime beef filet mignon prepared in a traditional style, with an Italian flair, at the beautiful Tre Amici Restaurant in North Dallas.  You’ll enjoy the Italian flair of Tre Amici, while tasting the delicious four-course meal that chef has prepared.  Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits will be pouring some great wines to compliment the meal.  We’ll taste Angels Landing 2008 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir, 2005 Windy Lane Napa Valley Merlot, and 2005 Windy Lane Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon. For dessert, Rocca Cerrina Brachetto, N/V.  A sparkler with lots of strawberry fruit, bright and bursting with a lovely sweet finish that pairs beautifully with the Chocolate Truffle Cake we’ll be having for dessert! Molto bene! Join us for the special evening on Wednesday March 31st.  Reservations are limited for the special dinner.  Call Tre Amici at 972-250-4400 to make your reservation.

Interview: Guy Davis of Davis Family Vineyards March 17, 2010

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Guy Davis of Davis Family Vineyards of Sonoma, CA

J Chastain – The Second Floor March 16, 2010

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The Dish: Dining is divine with the Dinner Club March 15, 2010

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We are so excited to be hosting our next great “Dinner Club with Jim White” special event at Tre Amici, along with our good friends from Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits.  The four-course dinner and wine pairing takes place on Wednesday March 31st beginning at 6:30.  (more…)

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