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#4 Joanne Bondy-Stocks & Bondy “Wining and Dining with Jim White” Podcast February 29, 2016

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Keeping the world safe from BOXED broths or stocks

 

Jim White, Joanne Bondy and Vicki Briley-White at the new Stocks & Bondy

Jim White, Joanne Bondy and Vicki Briley-White at the new Stocks & Bondy

Chef Joanne Bondy is our guest on this episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White”.  The latest venture for this accomplished culinarian is “Stocks & Bondy” in the re-imagined Shed 2, or The Market, at Dallas Farmers Market.  You’ll love Joanne’s energy, and you’ll enjoy visiting her cool new place for a cup of organic broth, a tasty glass of wine, to take home organic stocks or pulled meats, and maybe even to book a special dinner party.  Joanne and her staff will pamper you in every situation.  Let us know if you’ve been to Stocks & Bondy.  We’d love to hear your comments.  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to introducing you to the world’s best chefs and winemakers.  Subscribe to the series at iTunes.  And, if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner, tell them reservations!  Until next time, bon appétit and cheers!

No plants were harmed in the production of this podcast.

Upcoming wine festival highlights February 23, 2016

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Food and wine festival season is off and running.

Here’s a brief rundown of some outstanding events coming up both near and far:

South Beach photo South Beach Wine and Food Festival happens this weekend in Miami.  It’s a throw down, and lots of fun in the sun.  Get details at their website.

If you’re jaunting to Northern California this weekend, make time for VinoLivo featuring Sonoma Valley wineries and chefs.

The sublime Pebble Beach Food and Wine Festival gets underway March 31st.   For tickets visit the website.

The 12th Annual Savor Dallas is April 7-10, with great foodie tastings in the Dallas Arts District and Fair Park.  Get a special preview taste on March 30th when you can Savor the Arboretum.

The Austin Food and Wine Festival returns April 22nd through the 24th, featuring celebrity chefs, cooking demos, and more.

That same weekend, the 12th annual Buffalo Gap Wine and Food Summit convenes, with Stephan Pyles hosting a dinner featuring his protégées Matt Mcallister, Tim Byres, Mark Kiffin and Katherine Clapner.  Tickets go fast.

May 18-22 the Nantucket Wine Festival.  For information visit the website.

The Food and Wine Classic in Aspen is June 17-19.  It’s the Granddaddy of festivals and worth the trip.  We’ve been 9 times! Get details online.   Hurry, many of the star chef cooking demos sell out quickly.

And, mark your calendar now for Taste of Sonoma Valley, Labor Day weekend, Saturday September 3rd.  The event brings together more than 200 of Sonoma’s top winemakers and growers, along with a collection of the area’s best chefs.  It takes place on the stunning MacMurray Estate Vineyards, Healdsburg, in the heart of the Russian River Valley Appellation.  Visit the website for details.

Remember the all important “6 S’s of Winetasting”:  Sight, Swirl, Sniff, Sip, Savor and Spit.  That last one may be the most important for your well being and enjoyment when hundreds of wines are available to sample.

A votre santé!  And, cheers!

#3 Darren McGrady “The Royal Chef” – “Wining and Dining with Jim White” Podcast February 22, 2016

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Dine Royally Everyday

"The Royal Chef" Darren McGrady on "Wining and Dining with Jim White"

“The Royal Chef” Darren McGrady on “Wining and Dining with Jim White”

Darren McGrady served royalty for 15 years before settling in Dallas.  He was chef to Queen Elizabeth, Princess Diana and Princes William and Harry.  You can get the same royal treatment from Darren at home through his personal chef services, by having him cater a fabulous event for you, or by going with him on a royal wining and dining trip.  Get all the details at EatingRoyally.com. On this week’s Podcast Darren shares stories about the Royal Family; offers some handy cooking tips (he really loves to cook sous-vide); tells us where he’s hosting events you can attend; gives aspiring chefs some hints; and even tells you about some of his favorite restaurants–yes, The Royal Chef dines out, but he loves cooking at home for his family.

Tune-in to the Podcast devoted to introducing you to great chefs and winemakers, and subscribe to “Wining and Dining with Jim White” at the iTunes store.

Stephan Pyles’ “hard hat” tour of Flora Street Cafe February 18, 2016

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Imagine the intimate Arts District restaurant as Chef Pyles guides

Flora Street Cafe, opening May 15th in the Dallas Arts District, is the culmination of a lifetime by Stephan Pyles devoted to culinary and artistic excellence.  His eyes twinkle and enthusiasm reverberates in his voice as he walks us through his new homage to “elevated Texas Cooking” in Hall Arts Plaza.  This quick “Have iPhone will travel” tour precedes our full conversation with Stephan  on the March 14th episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White”, when he shares stories about his love of travel, Southwest cuisine, and a life well lived.  Stephan is one of the world’s most innovative chefs and he’ll tell you he’s having a helluva good time!  You can subscribe to our Podcast devoted to introducing you to great chefs and winemakers at iTunes.

#2 Jimmy’s Food Store-Mike and Paul DiCarlo “Wining and Dining with Jim White” Podcast February 15, 2016

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Italian wine and food spoken here

redWineThe fabulous DiCarlo Brothers, Mike and Paul, owner/operators of beloved Jimmy’s Food Store in East Dallas join us on our second episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White”.  Get the story on how the legend started, how Jimmy’s became the go-to destination in DFW for great Italian delicacies, and what lies ahead as they celebrate 50 years of buon appetito!

Mike and Paul also suggest favorite restaurants in North Texas, and if you listen carefully, you’ll be able pick up most of the ingredients featured in their world famous “Jimmy’s meatballs”.   Still better to pick them up at Jimmy’s, though!

You can subscribe to our Podcast series at the iTunes store.  We’ll post a new conversation each week with a favorite personality from the world of food and wine.  We appreciate your listening, and remember, please take a minute and rate the episodes you listen to. We’d love to hear your ideas on people you’d like for us to feature on the program.  Just leave a note below.  Thanks!

The Market at Dallas Farmers Market is becoming foodie nirvana February 11, 2016

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Things are bustling at the Dallas Farmers Market.

Dallas-Farmers-Market_202439The first thing one notices when pulling into the parking lot is a spacious new restaurant Mudhen Meat and Greens, featuring an extensive menu with delicious options “for folks who try to follow a healthier lifestyle” according to owner Shannon Wynne.  According to their menu, Mudhen features foods “generally lower in carbohydrates (sugars), plus a larger selection of clean meats and greens, organic GMO-free whenever possible.”  In case you’re wondering, mud hens are actually migratory birds who live by the water but walk on land and are often mistaken for ducks.  Thankfully, neither of those species is on the lunch or dinner menu from Executive Chef Suki Otsuki.  You’ll find a range of delicious dishes from which to choose.

Across the parking lot from Mudhen, and inside The Market, formerly called Shed 2, You’ll find Stocks and Bondy from Chef Joanne Bondy.  She features tasty artisan broths and stocks, along with pulled meats, seasonal meals, family dinners, and an array of hand-selected wines.  All items are available grab and go, or pull up a communal table.

Joanne has an active calendar of special events on the way, including a special wine tasting curated by in-house sommelier Hayley Hamilton Cogill to celebrate France on February 20th.  The tasting features three selection from Stocks and Bondy’s wine list, paired with seasonal culinary tastes from Joanne, and her Farmers Market neighbor Scardello Artisan Cheese.  Limited tickets are available through Event Brite.  The cost is $40 advance, and $50 day of the event or at the door.

Scardello is so close, literally just a few steps away from Stocks and Bondy, that you can stop by after the wine and food tasting and pick up more great cheese selections to take home.  Cheesemonger Rich Rogers tells us he is specializing mostly in Texas cheeses in this new location.

And, Rex’s Seafood Market now has its third location in The Market.

If you haven’t been to Farmers Market lately, it’s a whole new world, and there’s more culinary excitement on the way!

And coming up at the Market, chef cooking classes featuring Hugh Stewart from Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill on February 13th, and Abraham Salum from Salum and Komali on February 20th.   Get details at aiwf.org—click on Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter.

Speaking of Richard Chamberlain…

Check out grilling tips with a pro, as Richard offers a “perfect grilling techniques” class at Premier Grilling in Frisco on February chamberlians120th from 10 until 2.  Richard Chamberlain is considered one of America’s leading chefs, and is the owner of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chophouse in Dallas.  Menu: 10 minute brined Rainbow Trout with Port Wine, Onion and Bacon Jam and Arugula Salad a40 Day aged Ribeye with Porcini Mushroom, Thyme and Marsala Butter.  Cost $135 per person.

And, Richard guest stars on our podcast,  “Wining and Dining with Jim White”, on March 28th.  You can check it out here, or subscribe to the program at iTunes.

Ciao for now!

 

#1 Janice Provost/Parigi-Wining and Dining with Jim White Podcast February 8, 2016

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It’s like Paris in Dallas, and it’s made a generation of foodies very happy.

To put it simply, just say Parigi.

Savor Dallas_1753Janice Provost, chef/owner, of the popular Dallas restaurant is the guest star on Episode 1 of our new podcast, “Wining and Dining with Jim White”.

She took over the kitchen, the back office, and all of the responsibilities associated with the restaurant about halfway through its 31 year (and counting) history of great dining.

Janice, is talented, passionate, and committed to “giving back”.  On today’s episode she discusses the causes she believes in (and works hard for), the history of Parigi, and her quest for the future.  She also gives her recommendations for “favorite restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth”, a regular feature of upcoming chef conversations on “Wining and Dining with Jim White”.

Romantic Dining Options for Valentine’s Weekend February 5, 2016

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Valentine’s Day is next Sundaycupid

I hope you’ve made your dinner reservations well in advance.  It will be difficult to get a table most anytime over the weekend.   I direct this comment to men:  Guys, Calling a restaurant the day before won’t cut it.  And, if your idea of a romantic evening is pizza, a six pack and Netflix, you’re in trouble!  And, don think a jumbo box of candy and a cheesy bouquet or carnations will get you off the hook either.

But there’s still hope.  OpenTable.com is the quickest and easiest way to cruise the list of fine restaurants in DFW that still have reservations available this weekend.  Be prepared for early or late.  You have a better chance of getting a table if you can double date with another couple and reserve a 4 top.  Don’t cheat on this.  Only use this tactic if you plan to show up as a party of four.

Or, look into the Joule, Hotel ZaZa, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, The Adolphus, The Worthington or The Ashton.  If there’s room in the inn…. you might be able to get a table at these fine hotel dining rooms.

If that strategy doesn’t work.  Swing for the fences.  And check out The Robb Report online to see the five most romantic hotel getaways for Valentine’s.  Offering suggestions in New York, Paris, Marrakech,  and Barcelona.

You’ll undoubtedly exceed your normal Valentine’s day budget, but the payoff will be worth it.   Hey, Mariah Carey got a 35 carat diamond ring from her fiancé!  See, I told you should have made a reservation in advance.  Next year.  Call ahead!

Bon appetit.

But wait, there’s more

Here’s an escape this Valentine’s weekend.  Visit the Texas Bluebonnet Wine and Chocolate Trail at the 7 wineries along the route just about an hour NW of Houston.  We know Messina Hof, one of the participating wineries, also has a wonderful bed and breakfast at the winery in Bryan.  Sounds like fun.   Visit localwineevents.com for details. You’ll need to order your tickets through them by 5  o’clock Monday.

Good pickin’ and drinkin’

Learn about “Bourbon Through Bluegrass”  Tuesday night at III ForksChef Chris Vogeli features a menu of hors d’oeuvres and a tasting plate designed to pair with six whiskeys from Heaven Hill, then the Whiskey Professor, Bernie Lubbers entertains and educates you with a special Bluegrass experience.

And, furthermore….

Our new Podcast, “Wining and Dining with Jim White” debuts Monday with the talented Janice Provost, chef/owner of Parigi in Dallas, as our first guest.  Upcoming guests include Mike and Paul DiCarlo from Jimmy’s Food Store; The Royal Chef, Darren McGrady; Richard Chamberlain, chef/owner of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Fish Market Grill; Tre Wilcox, Tre Cooking Concepts; Stephan Pyles, on opening his new Flora Street Cafe; Chef Joanne Bondy from Stocks and Bondy in Farmers Market, and more!  You can subscribe to the series on iTunes.   We’d love to hear your feedback, and suggestions for guests you’d like to hear from the world of wining and dining.  Hope you enjoy.  In a way, it’s a bit like getting our old “KRLD Restaurant Show” on the air again.  Except this time, I don’t have to miss church to do the program, chefs and winemakers don’t have to drive to the Ballpark in Arlington, and you can listen anytime you want.  Ain’t digital wunnerful?

If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner.  Tell ’em, reservations!

 

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