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Monica Greene Part 1 “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 03-01-18 March 1, 2018

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Monica is back

Monica and Jim

Monica Greene and Jim White

Iconic restaurateur Monica Greene joins us on this week’s episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  She was loving her days of semi-retirement in Aspen, when a “funny thing happened on the way up the mountain”.  She had a drink with some old friends and bought the establishment in which they were drinking (don’t try this at home).  Turns out to be a very cool move, because that establishment is The Cedars Social, and Monica and her “trifecta” partners, Chef Anastacia Quiñones, and mixologist Leann Berry,  have just re-opened the fleetingly popular restaurant in Dallas’ Cedars Neighborhood.  They’re serving up “Modern Mexican Cuisine” (don’t bother asking for nachos), and pairing it with a great Tequila/Mezcal and fine wine program.  You’ll hear great stories from Monica about her many restaurant successes–Monica’s Aca y Alla and Ciudad to name but a few–a couple of disappointments along the way, and about her love for Dallas-Fort Worth’s urban neighborhoods (clue:  she’s usually had a restaurant in one of them).  Welcome to the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who create the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL Media and on iTunes.  And, remember…if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner, tell ’em reservations!

Randy DeWitt and Jack Gibbons “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 02-22-18 February 22, 2018

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Cookin’ on all burners

Jack, Jim and Randy

Jack Gibbons, Jim White, Randy DeWitt

Randy DeWitt and Jack Gibbons, co-founders of Front Burner Restaurants join us on this week’s episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Find out what their “secret ingredient” for success is.  You’ll be glad to know that it’s hard work, creativity, and passion.  Hear about their latest restaurant sensation:  world-class Legacy Hall, and their manifest destiny to establish food halls across the country.  They are two great guys having fun in a business they love.  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to bringing you stories about the people who create the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL Media and on iTunes.  And, remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em, reservations!

Courtney Luscher and Lisa Moore, Les Dames d’Escoffier “Wining and Dining with Jim White- 02-15-18 February 15, 2018

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There is nothin’ like les Dames!

Lisa Moore and Courtney Luscher

Lisa Moore and Courtney Luscher

Thanks to Rogers and Hammerstein for the inspiration, and to the Dallas Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier for bringing us their annual delicious food and wine party.  You’re invited, March 4th at Sixty Five Hundred in Dallas.  In fact, it’s a “Super Dame Good Party!”, and it’s a fundraiser for a great cause.  Event chairs Courtney Luscher and Lisa Moore join us on this week’s episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com to tell you all about it, who’s cooking, who’s pouring wine, and how to get tickets!  This is the podcast devoted to introducing you to the women and men who create the eats and drinks you love.  You can catch all of our episodes on VOKAL and on iTunes.  Remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Mark Garcia “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 02-08-18 February 8, 2018

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Rock star marketer

Jim White and Mark GarciaChef Mark Garcia is our guest on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Mark is head of marketing for food service and culinary for Avocados from Mexico.  Our conversation takes place on the eve of the Super Bowl when the super fruit is getting ready for its closeup during The Big Game.  The commercial for avocados was the most talked about ad online during the game. Mark gives us some of the back story on how this fun marketing campaign came together, and how the impact and reach of it ties-in with the theme of his new book How to Become a Rock Star Chef in the Digital Age.  Even if you’re not in the culinary world, there are great lessons to be learned from Mark’s book.  After attending the Culinary Institute of America, Mark kick-started his career working with Dean Fearing at The Mansion on Turtle Creek.  Along the way, as a chef and consultant, Mark has helped numerous top chefs and great food products develop and position their brand.  You’ll enjoy our conversation with this rock star marketer/chef who believes that if it’s good for our health, good for our children, and good for our community; it’s good for business.  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to introducing you to the men and women who create the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKALnow.com and iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Ryan Barnett “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 02-01-18 February 1, 2018

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Flight of fancy

Ryan Barnett

Chef Ryan Barnett

Lark on the Park chef Ryan Barnett is our guest on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  He’s worked with some of the best chefs in the business, and now he’s running one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s most popular restaurants for the legendary Shannon Wynne.  Ryan talks about what he’s learned from his culinary mentors, how he got the executive chef gig at Lark, and the way a speeding ticket started his career.  He also talks about some of his favorite restaurants growing up in Big D and where he dines now.  Tip:  good restaurant suggestions for you!  It’s the podcast devoted to introducing you to the men and women who create the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL and iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Dee Lincoln “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 01-25-18 January 25, 2018

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The heart and soul of hospitality

Dee Lincoln

Dee Lincoln

Dee Lincoln is our guest on this week’s episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Join us as Dee takes you on a tour of her beautiful new restaurant, “Dee Lincoln Prime”.  She talks about her relationship with the Jones Family at AT&T Stadium and, now, The Star in Frisco.  And, an early strategy “the queen of steaks” adapted to help her deal with a male dominated restaurant industry.  It’s the podcast devoted to introducing you to the women and men who create the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on Vokalnow.com and on iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Tony Street “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 1-18-18 January 18, 2018

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In fine family form

Tony Street

Jim White and Tony Street

Tony Street, chef and owner of Y.O. Ranch Steakhouse, is this week’s guest on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com. Food is the family business.  Almost everyone in the Street family is involved with the restaurant industry.  Tony is the only chef, though.  It all started with his grandpa Snookie.  Tony’s uncle, restaurant icon Gene Street, gave Tony his first real restaurant job cooking at the original Black Eyed Pea, back when he was 12.  Years of training with fine French and Italian chefs, and international culinary stints followed.  The versatile restaurateur has successfully operated his West End steakhouse for over 20 years, and has recently partnered with Uncle Gene again to open Street’s Fine Chicken.  Hear great stories about a life and a family built around good cookin’ (as Uncle Gene says, “Everybody Eats!”).   It’s the podcast devoted to introducing you to the men and women who make the eats and drinks you love.  Thanks for checking us out.  Catch all of our shows on VOKALnow.com and on iTunes.  And remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Jeff Kunde-Kunde Family Winery “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 01-11-18 January 11, 2018

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Innovate; respect heritage

Jenna Kunde, Jim White, Jeff Kunde

Jenna Kunde, Jim White and Jeff Kunde

Innovation and heritage are words to live by for Jeff Kunde, chairman of Kunde Family Winery, this week’s guest on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  For over a century, Jeff’s family has grown grapes and made wine in Sonoma.  He talks about the importance of sustainability as “an on-going process”, not just a means to an end.  You’ve probably seen the Kunde estate in movies and big time TV commercials (Jeff will refresh your memory).  It’s a beautiful place to visit, and Jeff extends a hearty Kunde Family welcome to you.  He even shares the family’s favorite wine toast with you (a secret ritual that was used in pre World War II Germany to identify undercover Gestapo agents).  Mystery, intrigue, and great wine tasting ahead!  Join us on the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL and on iTunes.  And, remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner….tell ’em reservations!

Paula Lambert “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 12-28-17 December 28, 2017

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Bella formaggio

Stephan and Paula

Good friends Stephan Pyles and Paula Lambert in the 80’s and today

Cheesemonger Paula Lambert, Dallas’ divine lady of hospitality, and celebrated owner of The Mozzarella Company is our guest on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  After more than three decades, her “little factory that could” still produces creamy, delicious mozzarella cheese (and other types too), made by hand in the old world style Paula learned from masters in Italy.  In today’s episode, hear stories about how she turned her little Deep Ellum business into the go to supplier for the celebrity chefs who created Southwest Cuisine, and how they helped her decide what flavors to use.  Humor and charm are part and parcel of Paula’s personality.  Find out how she used her powers of persuasion to avert an urban landscaping plan that would have chopped down a beloved tree outside her business. Paula also takes us along on her latest adventure:  Conducting culinary journeys to Italy, and tells you how you can join her.  Enjoy a delicious conversation with Paula Lambert, on the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all our episodes on VOKAL or iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Steve DeShazo “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 12-21-17 December 21, 2017

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To train and to serve

Steve DeShazo 2Steve DeShazo is our guest on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Steve is director of the Food and Hospitality Institute at El Centro College.  The venerable program, operated by Dallas County Community College District, trains the chefs of tomorrow, today.  Some of the top chefs in Dallas-Fort Worth (and beyond) have graduated from the program.  On today’s episode Steve talks about his mission to “enhance and expand the program”, and to help people “find a career in a profession they love”.  To say that Steve is passionate about his job is an understatement.  Dig in to the conversation.  You’ll enjoy meeting Steve.  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our shows on VOKAL and on iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em, reservations!

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