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“Wining and dining news you can use” from Jim White April 26, 2010

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“M” is for the many things she gave us.  “O” means she’s the only one for me. “M” is for the million ways we love her.

Put them all together and it spells BRUNCH TIME for dear Mom on Sunday May 9th, and believe me, you’d better place your reservations now! This may be the busiest dining event of the year.  Here are some suggestions:

Bolla Restaurant at the Stoneleigh Hotel, 11am – 2:30pm, featuring a three-course Prix Fix menu.  $36 for adults ($48 including Champagne or Mimosas) and $18 for children.  Reservations: 214-871-7111 or reservations@stoneleighhotel.com.  Here’s something special the Stoneleigh is offering, Treat Mom with a visit to The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa for Mother’s Day

“Love, From Me” Package-2.5 hours – $225 (service fees apply)

  • Choice of an Urban Detox Facial or Cool Blue Facial
  • Love Me Ice Cream Pedicure with essential oil notes of mango, mandarin and apple blossom
  • Love Me Ice Cream Mango Manicure

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. Executive Chef Sara Johannes will be serving an Asian inspired prix fixe menu.  The menu will allow diners to select their choice from a selection of first flavors, entrees, and desserts.  11:30 until 3:30 for $49 per person.  300 Reunion Boulevard, 214.741.5560
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Bistro Louise in Fort Worth has an extensive menu served from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  $45 per person, $16.95 children 5-11, under 5 free (plus tax, 20% gratuity and beverages).  Call 817-922-9244 for details.  See the menu and find out other special events at www.bistrolouise.com.

The Orion Ballroom in Oak Cliff.  Chef Doug Brown offers a spectacular sounding menu for $24.95 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Call 214 942-1661 for Reservations.  Or visit, www.theorionballroom.com.  You can also email Brunch@theorionballroom.com.  I thought the menu seemed particularly appetizing.  So, I thought you might like to take a look:

Orion Brunch Menu

Fresh Fruit Salad
Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Strawberries, Red Grapes

Assorted Breakfast Breads and Pastries
Croissants, Danish, Mini Muffins, Mini Bagels
Whipped Cream Cheese, Butter and Jam

Southwest Romaine Heart Martini Salads
Black Beans, Roasted Corn, Tortilla Chip Croutons
Cream Caesar Dressing, Jalapeno Jack Cheese

Chinese Chicken Salad Boxes
Shredded Lettuce, Peanuts, Wonton Chips, Chop Sticks

Fresh Asparagus
Red Onions, Mandarin Oranges and Citrus Vinaigrette

Smoked Salmon Display
Whipped Cream Cheese, Red Onions, Chives, Chopped Eggs, Capers

Wild Rice Salad
Pecans, Cranberries, Roasted Corn

Gemelli Pasta Salad
=Sundried Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Balsamic and Spinach

Carving Station
Inside Round of Beef
Horseradish Cream, Whole Grain Mustard, Black Pepper Mayonnaise

Breakfast Omelet Station
Omelets Made to Order
Bell Peppers, Onions, Button Mushroom, Cheddar Cheese, Jack Cheese, Bacon, Sausage, Grilled Chicken, Ham, Tomatoes

Apple Smoked Bacon and Sausage Links

Buttermilk Waffles with Vanilla Bean Maple Syrup

Classic Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

Fresh Bakes Biscuits with Country Gravy

Pasta Station
Penne Pasta Tossed with Marinara Sauce
Parmesan Cheese, Broccoli, Italian Sausage

Cheese Tortellini
Shrimp Cream Sauce, Spinach, Tomatoes, Basil

Entrees

Herb-Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Maple Syrup Jus
Mango Mustard Glazed Pork Loin with Braised Cabbage, Cinnamon and Raisins

Assorted Cakes, Pies and Puddings

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Italian Cream Cake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Carrot Cake

Apple-Date Pie

Blueberry Pie

Warm Croissant Bread Pudding

Warm Lemon Soufflé Pudding

24.95 for Adults
14.95 for Children under 12
11am until 2pm

Call 214 942-1661 for Reservations

Stay tuned for more!

Savor the Flavor with Jim White “The Wining and Dining Guy” April 26, 2010

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Be sure to join us Saturday May 8th for a FREE

winetasting and lots of fun at the grand opening of the newest Centennial and Fine Wines on Lowest Greenville.  It’s a special “Dinner Club with Jim White” event.  Get details here.

Check out the latest “Mothers Day Brunch” postings in DISH.  It’s “news you can use about wining and dining”.

Why not cook for mom?  View these great chef cooking demos from Marcus Streitzel of the Adolphus Hotel and Sascia Marchesi at Nicola’s and tell her you learned everything from her!

Get cooking tips from the chefs of Savor Dallas April 22, 2010

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Savor the flavor with some great, easy to make, recipes from some of the area’s top chefs.  Click here. Bon appétit!

Join us for a “housewarming” with cool wine! April 22, 2010

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“The Dinner Club with Jim White” invites you to a special event on Saturday May 8th, from 3 until 6 p.m.

Be sure to join us for the grand opening celebration of the brand new, beautiful Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits location on Lowest Greenville.

I’ll be there, along with the folks from KRLD (giving away some great prizes), and we’ll be sampling some delicious wines.  You will want to take these babies home with you!  Especially at the great sale prices Centennial will be offering on our tasting specials and dozens of other great wines featured in the new location.

We’ll be tasting a range of delicious wine varietals:

Newton Red Label Chardonnay

Newton Red Label Cabernet

Monsanto Chianti Classico Reserva

Moët Nectar Imperial

The new store is located at 1704 Greenville Avenue, Corner of Ross Avenue, Dallas, TX 75206.  It is a happening corner in the heart of Lowest Greenville, and will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood.  Here’s the phone number if you want to put it in speed dial:  214-515-0683.  Never know when you might have a wine question.  The wine experts at Centennial can answer it!  We’ll see you there on May 8th.  Salut!

News You Can Use about Wining and Dining with Jim White April 22, 2010

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The only thing you need to remember about tasting wine is:

See it.  Swirl it.  Smell it.  Sip it.  Spit it. Start over.

That’s a bit of an oversimplification, of course, but actually wine experts are made one sip at a time.  It is a journey not a destination.  The key is to remember what you’ve tasted, and to apply some sense memory

to the experience so that you have a base reference to compare other wines you try.  Once you get that part down.  The rest is fairly easy and enjoyable.  Wine events are there to give you a big wide showcase of varietals to try.  It can be a bombardment to your senses.  Just remember point 5 in the little wine primer above:  spit it (preferably in a dump bucket).  The only way to survive these big wine extravaganza’s is to sample the wine and NOT drink it all.  If you want to get to any level of wine appreciation above the drunk designation, please do not try to consume everything that is within reach.  That said.  Enjoy the grand daddy of Texas wine events that is now in full swing:  The 26th Annual Dallas Wine and Food Festival. It is the one usually referred to as “The Dallas Morning News Wine Festival”, because all the wines from the competition of that name are featured during the event. The festival has events now through Sunday.  Check out their website for all the details.  The highlights include:

  • The Rising Stars Chefs’ Dinner tonight (4/22) at the Nasher Sculpture Center

  • Texas Salute! at Eddie Deen’s Ranch on Friday night (4/23)

  • Entertaining with Style at the Shops at Legacy on Saturday (4/24)

  • Taste of the World and Farmers Market Friends Auction at Union Station on Sunday (4/25)

Ticket prices vary, and range from $25 to $100 per person.  Get more details at 214-741-6888 or 214-741-6889.  Cheers!  Let me know if you attend.  I’d like to see how you like the event.

Savor the Flavor with Jim White “The Wining and Dining Guy” April 22, 2010

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The Dallas Wine and Food Festival is underway now through Sunday!

Get details from Jim White who has “news you can use about wining and dining” to share.

Cheers!

Join us for the grand opening of the brand new Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits location on Lowest Greenville on Saturday May 8.

It’s another FREE event from “The Dinner Club with Jim White”.  Taste delicious wines from Newton Vineyards. Get more.

Nicola’s Ristorante Chef Sascia Marchesi April 20, 2010

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“News you Can Use about Wining and Dining” with Jim White April 20, 2010

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Happy trails Dee!

After almost 30 years with Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Dee Lincoln is set to leave.  “The Queen of Steak” announced her decision to the assembled staff at Del Frisco’s on Friday.  Her focus going forward is on her new “Tasting Room and Bubble Bar” at Cowboys Stadium and a new restaurant she plans to open in May.  She’ll work with her brother, Ricky Comardelle, on a placed called the Dinghy Bar & Grill, a casual dining restaurant on Lake Lewisville.  We’re told Dee will pay homage to her Louisiana roots with the new restaurant.  It was a long and successful road with Del Frisco’s, starting in the early 80’s when she first met mentor Dale Wamstad in New Orleans, and ending Friday with Dee in charge of opening all the new Del Frisco’s.  The company became a national chain that was purchased by Lone Star Funds LP, a private equity firm, that also own Lone Star Steakhouse.  The quote from Dee after the announcement was apropos, “Del Frisco’s has been an incredible journey.  However, great eras come to an end”.

Enjoy “A Tour of Northern Italy”  Wine Dinner at Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano on Thursday April 22, from 6:30 until 9.  The four-course meal with wine pairings begins with an Amuse Bouche of a Mini Phyllo Basket filled with herbed Texan goat cheese, paddle fish caviar and topped with chives. It’s paired with Montesel Prosecco N.V. The Insalata d’Anatra Curata features fresh watercress lettuce with cantaloupe “confetti,” roasted cherry tomatoes, pistachios, cured fresh duck breast and aged balsamic-blood orange vinaigrette. The wine is a Suavia Soave Classico 2008. For the Carne course, it’s Sella d’Agnello alla Grappa e Mirtilli – an Australian lamb loin served with golden zucchini flower, roasted pear, porcini mashed potatoes, Grappa and a blueberry sauce. This dish is paired with Zenato Valpolicella Ripassa 2007. For Dolci, dessert, diners will enjoy Spuma di Cioccolato Gianduja, a Gianduja chocolate mousse served with pear borsch-raspberry puree and caramelized hazelnut praline. The culinary tour of Italy finishes with a Rosa Regale N.V.

The price per person is $69.95, plus tax and gratuity.  Nicola’s is located at 5800 Legacy Drive in The Shops at Legacy. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (972) 608-4455  or visit www.nicolaslegacy.com.

Catch their chef, Sascia Marchesi in action as he demonstrates how  you can make a fan favorite of Nicola’s:  Cioppino alla Livornese.

Savor the Flavor With Jim White “The Wining and Dining Guy” April 20, 2010

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Save the dates:  May 8 and May 27

for our next “Dinner Club with Jim White” events.  Details coming soon.  Have you signed up for your free membership yet?  Click here to join “The Dinner Club”.

Cheers, Dee!

The Queen of Steak, Dee Lincoln, calls it quits at Del Frisco’s after nearly 30 years.  Her sights are set on new enterprises.  Get details as Jim White brings you “news you can use about wining and dining”.

See the latest celebrity chef cooking demos from Savor Dallas

right here.

Paula Lambert from Mozzarella Company has an easy to make Rosemary Montasio Bread Pudding, 

and five-star chef Scott Gottlich from Bijoux will show you how to make Chatham Bay Cod.  Bon appetit!

We had a ball at our latest “Dinner Club” wine tasting.  See photo highlights here.

Wine of the Week: Snowline Washington State Riesling 2007 April 19, 2010

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In the Northwest region of the United States, the Cascade Mountains are the dominate influence on the multiple micro-climates of this major wine producing area.  The climates range from cool coastal areas (the perfect environment for Pinot Gris) to the high deserts, where varietals like Riesling, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon thrive in the long growing season.  The extended hang time of the fruit, in this otherwise harsh environment, is the key to the depth of flavors in the brilliant wines from this region.  With the aid of the Big River flowing off the east side of the Cascades, a once arid and stark landscape has blossomed into the exceptional vineyards of the Northwest.

ist1_2844857-fruit-and-cheese-plate-3.jpgSpecifically, the Snowline Washington State Riesling 2007 has enticing and aromatic flavors of ripe peaches and crisp yellow apples with a honeyed sweetness that layers nicely throughout the glass.  The finish of this wine echoes the main flavor profile with an additional note of fresh nectarines with a slight hint of lemon zest.  Perfect for everyday as an aperitif, but also pairs wonderfully with most soft cheeses and light culinary fare.

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Special Offering: Snowline Washington State Riesling 2007
Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations
Sale Price $8.99.  Retail $9.99. Save $1.00

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