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#10 Richard Chamberlain-Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House “Wining and Dining with Jim White” April 11, 2016

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Top chef puts his heart into food and wine fundraiser

 

Jim White (L) with Chef Richard Chamberlain

Jim White (L) with Chef Richard Chamberlain

This week on the podcast Chef Richard Chamberlain gives us an update on the lineup of top chefs joining him at this year’s Côtes du Coeur benefiting the Dallas Chapter of the American Heart Association, and gives us a sneak peak at some new menu items he’s planning.  Richard helped create the fine dining scene in Dallas, and paved the way for chefs coming up through the culinary ranks.  Through the years he has consistently provided innovative cuisine at his signature Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill.  We caught up with Richard just before he was about to go on stage for a cooking demo at the Dallas Travel and Adventure Show. “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted  to introducing you to the top chefs and winemakers in the world.     You can subscribe to the program on iTunes and never miss a meal…er, I mean episode!

Remember, if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner, tell ‘em reservations!

Savor and support great tastes at Raiser Grazer and El Centro March 30, 2016

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Yummy!  Two great culinary fundraisers coming up

Raiser+Grazer+14+135One of the funnest foodie celebrations happens Sunday night at Farmers Market.  The 2016 Raiser Grazer benefiting the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of Les Dames D’Escoffier rolls out the flavors starting at 6:30.

Each year the Raiser Grazer event raises money for Les Dames’ scholarship fund by doing what its members do best:  serve great food and wine!

The event is in the resurgent Market (formerly Shed 2) at Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl in downtown Dallas.  You can get tickets for the tasting event online at Les Dames’ website or at the door Sunday night.

Bits and Bites the following Sunday

El Centro College is paying tribute to some hard working chefs who tirelessly support our community.  Janice Provost and

Janice Provost and Chad Houser

Janice Provost and Chad Houser

Chad Houser who came up with the great Cafe Momentum concept will be honored at the Bits and Bites Fundraiser for the College’s Food and Hospitality Institute on April 10th.  You’re invited to join the fun. Janice is chef/owner of Parigi in Dallas and Chad operates Cafe Momentum now.  The concept incubated in the kitchen at Parigi when he was executive chef, and via pop-up dinners all over town before Cafe Momentum opened downtown last year.  A lot of great Dallas chefs trained at El Centro including Chefs Richard Chamberlain, Marc Cassel, Nathan Tate, and Dunia Borga.  So, please support the college by attending Bits and Bites.  Contact El Centro’s Food and Hospitality Institute to buy $55 advance tickets, visit the college’s website or contact Cindy Bozzelli-Duke at 214-860-2213 or bo-duke@dcccd.edu.  Ticket are $60 at the door April 10th.

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.

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!

 

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!

 

PRE Savor Dallas Wine and Cheese Seminar with Scardello at The Mansion on Turtle Creek March 2, 2014

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Savor the flavor of two local culinary masterminds.

Join Savor Dallas for

The Perfect Pairing of Wine and Cheese

Saturday, March 15th – 2:00 PM at

The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Benefiting DFW Chapter of American Institute of Wine and Cheese
Wine and Cheese seminar

This is gonna be fun and tasty.  Join Michael Flynn, Sommelier and Director of Wine and Beverage at The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, and Rich Rogers, Proprietor and renowned cheese expert of Scardello’s for this first-class seated tasting.   Explore a world of flavors at this PRE-Savor Dallas Event!
Proceeds from this event benefit the American Institute of Wine and Food, D/FW Chapter’s Scholarship Program.
Reserve early. Space is limited.

The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek is located at 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd., Dallas, TX 75219  For directions, please access http://www.mapquest.com or call 214-559-2100
Valet Parking included in Price – Gratuity for Valet Parking not included.  Cost: $40.00 Members – $55.00 Guests

For reservations, please call the Hotline at 214.696.2493 OR Email information below to cwerneke@verizon.net.  No cancellations or Reservations will be accepted after Noon, March 10th, 2014

Note! Those joining AIWF prior to this event will be able to attend at the Member price of $40.00. Please see http://www.aiwf.org and click on “Join Now/Renew” for more information.  

For more information about this and other Savor Dallas events, please click here.

Savor Dallas brings the fun back downtown February 16, 2014

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The Most Delicious Food and Wine Festival in Texas Celebrates its 10th “Vintage”

March 20-22.

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10 years of wining and dining fun seems like the blink of an eye!  Thanks for making the party so much fun through the years.  We really appreciate your support.

We are pleased that our delicious tastings are back in downtown Dallas on March 21 and 22.

Friday’s Arts District Wine Stroll returns to the beautiful settings of the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Meyerson Symphony Center.  And, what a treat to add the Plaza of the Cathedral at the Arts District to our tasting tour.  The Wine Stroll has sold out the last two years.  So, please get your tickets fast and join us.

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Saturday is a food and wine lover’s paradise. Thanks to Bob’s Steak and Chop House in the Omni Hotel Dallas for hosting our wine  and mixology seminars starting at 11 a.m.

Just across the Skybridge from the Omni, Savor Dallas celebrates wine, food, spirits, craft beer, and the arts with two magnificent tastings at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.  

At 5 p.m., “The Reserve Tasting”, featuring über premium wines and Champagnes takes place in Ballroom D (on the 3rd level of the convention Center).

AT 6:30, optional Fast Track Early Entry to the International Grand Tasting is just a few steps away in some very cool “pre function space”, in exhibit jargon, otherwise known as LOBBY E & F.  The area is spacious and inviting, with floor to ceiling views of Big D.  (Regular admission time to the Grand Tasting is 7 p.m.)

Just wait til you see some of the surprises we have in store for you to make our big 10th anniversary party more fun for you.

Dozens of great chefs will be there.  And of course, we’ll have hundreds of premium wines, spirits and beers for you to try (remember it’s a tasting! Please drink responsibly.)

Come see us for some big fun and big flavor in Big D at Savor Dallas.  And, bring your friends!  GET TICKETS HERE.

Cheers,

Jim White and Vicki Briley-White
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Check out our website for parking options downtown on Friday and Saturday.  We will have valet parking and self-parking available at the Convention Center on Saturday evening.
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Savor Dallas keeps the romance alive after Valentine’s! February 12, 2014

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cupid

Give Cupid a Break

Get tickets to Savor Dallas, A Celebration of Wine, Food, Spirits, the Arts…..and Romance!

Cards?  Candy?  Flowers?  Dinner?
All nice, but so predictable.

This Valentine’s Day, why not give a gift you’ll both enjoy?  A gift you will eagerly anticipate .  Experience an evening filled with pleasure for all your senses at the Savor Dallas International Grand Tasting on March 22nd.

Savor the flavor of our 10th Anniversary celebration.  It’s a delicious experience that borders on culinary decadence.

We’re throwing a party where you can sample mouthwatering cuisine from dozens of the area’s top chefs.  Taste from among a selection of over 400 premium wines, spirits, and craft beers, and dance to the romantic sounds of the Marc Toussaint Combo.

Later, relax in comfort nearby, or keep the fun alive and fan the flames, by taking advantage of one of the Savor Dallas specials available at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel or Aloft Dallas Downtown.

Your pal,

Cupid

Savor Dallas is the most delicious food and wine festival in Texas.  Get tickets and details on all events at SavorDallas.com.  Cheers!

DFW Restaurant Week with Jim White-Al Biernat’s August 10, 2013

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Al’s is the place to be for a great meal during DFW Restaurant Week.  You’ll get to preview their DFW Restaurant Week menu THIS WEEKEND during the special “Preview” in which select restaurants are participating.  Be among the first to get in and get that great three-course dinner to support the North Texas Food Bank, and the Lena Pope Home when you dine at a participating restaurant in Fort Worth.

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