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“The Dinner Club with Jim White” Great Night at “The Moth” July 28, 2010

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Thanks to everyone who joined us last night at the cool, new Meddlesome Moth in the Dallas Design District for a great evening of wining and dining.  The evening was even more fun because KRLD got the evening started with a “Fan Appreciation” Happy Hour at The Moth.  Thanks to morning hosts Mike Rogers and Mitch Carr, along with VP of Programming Kurt Johnson for setting it up.  Thanks to our friends at Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits and Darrell Gibson for making the evening possible, and to the great team at The Meddlesome Moth, Shannon Wynne, Keith Schlabs, and Chef Chad Kelley for providing great hospitality.  Jeff and all the servers were absolutely marvelous.  If you haven’t been to The Moth, get in there soon!  Please save the dave for our next Dinner Club event on August 12th.  Details coming very soon.

Here are some photo highlights from last night’s food, wine, beer, rum and fun event.  Cheers.

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” July 27, 2010

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The Party Just Got Bigger and Better Tonight!

Mike Rogers and Mitch Carr, KRLD's "Good Guys"

We’re excited to join forces with the KRLD Morning News Team to kick-off our happening at the Meddlesome Moth with a listener appreciation party and Happy Hour this evening.  Actually, it’s a Happy Ninety Minutes.  The fun starts at 5 with Mike Rogers and Mitch Carr from the 1080 Morning News Team hosting the event.  “The Moth” will feature all kinds of specials on beer and cocktails, plus some great appetizers.  Be sure to save your appetite and join us for the “Dinner Club with Jim White” special dinner starting at 6:30.  Chef Chad Kelley has put together an awesome five-course dinner and Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits has paired the menu with exceptional “GastroPub” signature beers, select wines, and a cool rum cocktail accompanying dessert.  See the pairings here.  The Moth is at Oak Lawn and Hi Line in Dallas.  Just take the Oak Lawn exit from I-35 Stemmons.  Come join the fun.

Wine of the Week: Villa Rogole Brut Prosecco, N/V July 26, 2010

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Sparkling wines can be considered fundamentally the same as Champagne except for one very important difference. They are not grown or produced in the Champagne region of France. Sparkling wines can be sourced from all over the world and tend to offer excellent values for everyday consumption. This Italian Prosecco is one such example. Prosecco is made from an ancient white grape called “Prosecco” and is produced in the Veneto region of Italy.

champagne 1.jpgThis dry and aromatic Prosecco offers refreshing citrus notes of fresh squeezed lemons with seemingly endless amounts of crisp green apples and an undertone of lusciously concentrated ripe pears.  The finish demonstrates additional flavors of lime zest with a hint of dried yellow apple and supportive notes of jasmine and honeysuckle.  Once you compare this to other sparkling wines at twice the price, you’ll quickly discover the value in this delicious bubbly!

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Villa Rogole Brut Prosecco, N/V
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Sale Price $12.99.  Retail $14.99. Save $2.00

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

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Fond farewell to Aurora with a toast from Alsace

We’ve told you Chef Avner Samuel is closing Aurora at the end of July.  It’s the usual drill:  “the economy, stupid.”  Truth be told, after dining there this week with the delightful heir to the Alsatian wine estate Helfrich Winery, Aurora is too damned expensive.  No wonder it could not sustain in a down economy.  With most appetizers around $20 to $25, and entrées closing in on $60, who but Mark Cuban could afford to eat there regularly?  And, it’s not Mark’s style anyway.  Now, don’t get me wrong.  Avner Samuel is a GIFTED chef.  His cuisine is certainly worth any price he wants to put on it.  Lord knows, the ingredients he uses are top notch,  and therefore, very costly.  But in the spirit of Evita, don’t cry for Avner DFW! He’s had a great run with Aurora and we salute him for the culinary innovation, and for creating a masterpiece.  Now, having said all that, his wife Celeste gave us some very good news as we were coming into the restaurant for what will be our farewell dinner at Aurora (more on that in a second):  She and Avner will take a bit of time off when the Aurora doors close, and start work on a NEW concept.  They have something casual in mind (simpler fare, lower prices).  And, more good news?  If you know where Aurora is, you won’t have to hunt for them.  They plan to keep the same space on Oak Lawn and EXPAND.  They will take over the space next to them.  More tables and a lower price point should be a boon to their business.  Let’s hope so.  We don’t want a chef as talented as Avner doing catering jobs.  They promised to let us know so we can alert you when the concept is finalized and they are ready to open.  Stay tuned.

The “last supper”,  as a few of us characterized our meal at Aurora this week, was to “taste and see” (keeping with the theme and borrowing from Psalms) great Alsatian wines from Helfrich and meet lovely winery principal Anne-Laure Helfrich.  The 23 year old gives wine drinking millennials a good name.  She is smart as a whip and knows her product.  It doesn’t hurt that she reminds me of Audrey Hepburn in “Daddy Longlegs”.  Her family’s claim to fame is Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer, of course.  You’ll find the wines very approachable and affordable.  Their everyday wines are priced around $15, and the divine grand crus retail for around $25.  Alas, since you couldn’t join us for dinner at Aurora, here are some photo highlights.  a votre santé and bon appétit!

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Wine of the Week: Wood Acre Napa Valley Merlot 2005 July 19, 2010

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Merlot (pronounced as Mair-lo) originally found its popularity and success in classical growing regions such as Pommerol in Bordeaux France and in Northern Italy. Merlot is used in some of the world’s most expensive wines. Chateau Petrus from Bordeaux is generally made of 95% Merlot and Masseto produced by Ornellaia from Italy is made from 100% Merlot. Merlot can have a soft and fleshy character, which also makes it a popular wine to blend with Cabernet to soften the tannins. Generally, Merlot has a flavor profile of plum, black cherry, blueberry, toffee, coffee, and chocolate.

March Madness.jpgSpecifically, the Wood Acre Napa Valley Merlot 2005 displays its Napa Valley heritage with dark and intense flavors of fresh blackberries, dried raspberries and ripe black figs with an additional undertone of blueberry cobbler. The aromatics of this wine also lend a comforting appeal of mocha and vanilla bean incense. Pairs extremely well with roasted beef tenderloin….or for those a little more adventurous try it with a roasted coffee bean encrusted Filet Mignon!
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Wood Acre Napa Valley Merlot 2005
Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations
Sale Price $12.99.  Retail $14.99. Save $2.00

Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” July 15, 2010

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Anything worth doing is worth OVER doing!

At least that’s what we used to think.  Until we saw Kenny Bowers’ humongous El Jefe Grande 7000 calorie burger that he is challenging people to eat within one hour (free if you do–fifty bucks if you don’t).  The scene of the crime is Kenny’s Burger Joint in Frisco.  C’mon, Kenny!  It’s a handsome creation.  You’re a great chef, so we know it tastes good, too.  The ingredients are killer.  Unfortunately, that’s my point.  Oh, it won’t get you right there on the scene, but it will eventually.  We are now a nation where every two out of three people are obese.  Diabetes is an epidemic.  We need to be talking portion control and more fruits and vegetables, not a SEVEN pound burger (a three pound patty of meat) that you wolf down with FRIES (and a Diet Coke, no doubt).  The responsibility for this has to start with each of us individually, but please, I am begging the restaurant industry to help us by taking some responsibility, too.  You know most of us can’t resist.  Please do NOT tempt us with devilish items like this bad boy El Jefe Grande.  It’s a cool PR move.  And, God knows the restaurants need the business.  Please, visit Kenny’s Burger Joint with SIX of your friends.  Order the ENORMOUS burger and SPLIT IT seven ways.  You’ll still be getting nearly a pound of indulgence each.  But please don’t try and consume this monster yourself.  Or, if you can’t get 6 friends together.  Visit Kenny’s, order a regular burger (still huge).  Eat half of it.  Take the other half home for another meal.  And, make a donation to The American Diabetes Association.   Did you ever see the wonderful film Wall-E?  Remember what people on the space station looked like?  That’s our future if we keep eating like this.  If you haven’t seen the film, get the DVD and watch it while you eat the other half of a Kenny’s burger.  Hold the fries.

Read on to see what’s on the El Jefe GrandeCaveat emptor!

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The Next “Dinner Club with Jim White” Special Event is July 27th! July 14, 2010

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Join us at The Meddlesome Moth

Shannon Wynne’s hot new “Gastro-Pub” in the Dallas Design District is the spot for our next gathering on Tuesday July 27th.  You’re invited.  Simply call 214-628-7900 for reservations.  It will be a great five course meal prepared by Chef Chad Kelly featuring some of “The Moth’s” great hand-crafted beers, select wines and a very cool Rum cocktail with dessert.  Seating is limited for the special dinner.  We hope you can join us.  The address is below.  Here’s a map.

The Meddlesome Moth

1621 Oak Lawn. Dallas Texas.75207

214-628-7900

Be sure to catch our interview with Shannon Wynne right here on the “Dinner Club” micro-site.

Read on to find out more about the restaurant and to see the complete menu and drink pairing.  Bon appétit!

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Interview: Shannon Wynne of Meddlesome Moth July 13, 2010

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Wine of the Week: Carl Sitmann Qualitatswein Riesling 2008 July 12, 2010

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Riesling (pronounced as Reez-ling) is considered one of the most noble white wine grape varietals worldwide and is appreciated by novice wine drinkers and connoisseurs alike. In Alsace France, Riesling can be produced as an extremely dry and refreshing wine; however this versatile grape can also produce some of the world’s most sought after dessert wines. The usual flavor profile of Riesling has notes of peaches, honeysuckle, apple and jasmine with a mineral-like component.

whitewine.jpgSpecifically, the Carl Sittmann Qualitatswein Riesling 2008 has enticing and aromatic flavors of fresh granny smith apples and dried nectarines.  The flavor profile of this wine exudes similar, but intensified characteristics of fresh apple cider, fresh apricot and honey-laced Crenshaw melon.  The finish of this wine echoes the main flavor profile with an additional note of ripe nectarines with a slight hint of lemon.  Perfect for everyday as an aperitif, but also pairs wonderfully with light appetizers or spicy culinary fare.

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Carl Sittmann Qualitatswein Riesling 2008
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The Dinner Club with Jim White July 11, 2010

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See highlights of our “Summer Sparkler Spectacular” at the beautiful Warwick Melrose Hotel Landmark Restaurant.  Be sure to join us for next event!  Cheers!

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