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Savor the Flavor with Jim White “The Wining and Dining Guy” April 17, 2010

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Chef Werner Vogeli who helped raise the bar on the Dallas-Fort Worth dining scene and who trained young chefs for restaurant posts all over America has passed away at 76.  Jim White has details in this week’s “DISH”. It’s “News You Can Use About Wining and Dining”.



See highlights of our great wine tasting at Big Daddy’s here. And, stay tuned.  Details of our next special event for “The Dinner Club with Jim White” will be announced in just days!

Werner Vogeli helped develop new chefs April 17, 2010

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Goodbye old friend.  Merci and danke!

Chef Werner Vogeli has died. The beloved culinarian who was responsible for some of Dallas’ greatest restaurant legacies passed away this week from pulmonary complications.  Chef Vogeli, 76, spent the last several years training young chefs at El Centro and the Art Institute–molding them really–to make a worthwhile contribution to the fine art of being a chef and to help them find their passion for fine dining as he had.  Werner was a frequent guest on the “KRLD Restaurant Show with Jim White” over the years.  We loved to hear his stories about restaurants and people.  His precise Swiss accent and gusto for life always made for some delicious conversations.  We are eternally grateful for the cooking demonstrations he performed for us through the years at the State Fair of Texas in the “Jim White Celebrity Kitchen”.  What a touch of class he brought to the demonstrations, and people learned numerous techniques from one of the best in the business.  Do you remember the legendary Ports O’ Call and The Chaparral Club?  Werner was executive chef.  He also ran the kitchens at The Cabana Motor Hotel and Mr. Peppe’s, before joining the famous City Club, where he was executive chef from the early 70’s until his retirement in 1999.  Retirement?  He consulted in the food biz for a while until he found his passion was helping chef wannabes, and helping them find a place in the business he loved so much. He always wanted to teach the students with the least amount of experience.  Knowing Werner, he probably thought it would be far easier than trying to undo the bad habits budding chefs had learned in other situations.  Very efficient.  Very Swiss.  Werner’s son Chris Vogeli follows in dad’s footsteps as an accomplished chef.  He is proprietor of III Forks in Dallas.  Well wishes and prayers to Werner’s devoted wife Tilly.  We were always so happy when he brought her to the cooking demos.  And so was he.  “Smashing!”, as Werner would say.

Big Daddy’s hosts great wine tasting for “The Dinner Club with Jim White” April 17, 2010

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Great wines and new friends!

Big fun at Big Daddy’s Wine, Beer and Liquor on Friday evening for “The Dinner Club with Jim White” presented by Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits. The Big Daddy’s location on Northwest Highway near Luna attracts a divergent group of shoppers and lots of commuters on their way to Southlake, Colleyville, Las Colinas, etc.  There’s a good reason for this:  it’s a spacious and well-stoc

ked store.  GM Steve Neill runs a great operation.  He has a friendly, knowledgeable staff and a fabulous wine resource in Kevin McCormick, their wine consultant.  The wine department is impressive.  We found some tremendous buys Trefethen, Merryvale, Louis M. Martini, Pine Ridge, Ferrari-Carano and more to take home with us after the free tasting for “The Dinner Club”.  They have outstanding selections from all around the world. Check it out.

Here are some of the smiling faces who joined us at our tasting.  It was really cool that so many people have visited us at our other tastings at Centennial, or been to one of the special event wine dinners we host.  There were plenty of ‘new’ faces around, too.  We absolutely had a party going on by 6 p.m.  Stay tuned for details on our next “Dinner Club” event coming up in May.  Sign up for membership (it’s free) and be among the first to hear about our special events with Centennial.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the special event in May coming within days.

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