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

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Great wine and food pairings from Rioja

Join Jim White as he takes you on a tour of flavorful wines from Spain’s storied wine region Rioja.  Wine consultants Susanna Griffith and Kevin McCormick from Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits and Big Daddy’s offer their impressions of the wines and great food choices that suit these wines well.  Salut!

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.

Stop by our FREE winetasting on Friday at Big Daddy’s April 15, 2010

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Savor Wine and Food

with Jim White

We look forward to seeing you on Friday (today, if you’re reading this on April 16th!) from 4 until 7 p.m. at Big Daddy’s on Northwest Highway and Luna Road in Northwest Dallas.  It’s the perfect way to go easy on your pocketbook after tax day!  It’s another free event from “The Dinner Club with Jim White”, presented by Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits.  In addition to the free tasting, Big Daddy’s is offering special pricing on the wines we’ll be sampling:

20 Gauge Chardonnay from California

Pikes “The Red Mullet” Australian Red
Chateau Potensac Medoc Bordeaux 2002
Ricossa Moscato d’Asti

We’ll also be giving away some free, fun prizes and offering you a chance to sign-up for a free membership in the “Dinner Club with Jim White”.  We’ve got another great wine dinner coming up in May, and you’ll be among the first to know about it.  When you join the “Dinner Club” you receive advance eBlasts before the announcements ever go on the air about our events.  We hope to see you Friday (today) between 4 and 7 p.m.  Big Daddy’s is affiliated with Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits. Click here for a map to our location.

Great new place to savor springtime wining and dining!

The patio at Dallas Chop House is the place to be on these great spring evenings!  If you haven’t been yet, you are in for a treat.  The downtown restaurant has been open about 4 months and Chef Kenny Mills and GM Steve Ochipinti have gotten the food and service fine-tuned.  We’re talking great steaks and seafood and a very appealing lunch menu featuring those and some tasty soups, salads, sandwiches.  And, popovers to live for! (think Neiman-Marcus Zodiac Room). Now that the weather is outdoor perfect, it’s a great time to take advantage of the beautiful space they have created just off the snazzy bar at Dallas Chop House.  It’s like an oasis at the bustling downtown corner of St. Paul and Main Street.  Enjoy lunch, dinner, or drinks and appetizers with friends under the pergola.  I have a feeling they will keep the place cool in the summertime!  Dallas Chop House is the latest venture from Dallas Restaurant Group, which also owns Dallas Fish Market and Go Fish Ocean ClubJohn Tesar, formerly with the Mansion on Turtle Creek, has joined them as culinary coordinator.  Look for new concepts to be rolled out by the group in the coming months.

Watch this space for Mother’s Day recommendations. 

As we get information on special brunches planned for the May 9th celebration of Mom they will be posted here.  Craft Dallas has planned a special menu from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. featuring:

First Course (For the Table)

Assortment of Pastry, Fresh Fruit & House Made Preserve

Main Course (Choice of One)

Bacon & Caramelized Onion Quiche with Mixed Baby Lettuces
Jumbo Lump Crab, Leek & Country Ham Frittata
Roasted Sirloin, Texas Asparagus & Sauce Bordelaise
Farm Chicken, White Cheddar Grits & Spring Peas
Corned Beef Hash, Shishito Pepper & Poached Egg
Halibut, Littleneck Clams & Baby Artichokes
Ricotta Ravioli & Spring Vegetables

Sides (For the Table)

Homefries & Balsamic
Applewood Bacon

Dessert (For the Table)

Mocha Pound Cake, Chocolate Mousse & Fresh Raspberries
Beignets, Lemon Curd & Strawberry Rhubarb Jam
Ice Cream & Sorbet

Craft Dallas is located in the W Hotel in Victory Park, at 2440 Victory Park Lane Dallas, TX 75219.  For reservations: 214 397 4111 or visit Open Table.  Click here to visit the Craft Dallas website.

More to come!  Cheers!


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