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Wining and Dining with Jim White April 18, 2011

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A Smorgasbord of Treats

Wine lovers, here’s a great opportunity for you to taste Heidi Barrett’s Paradigm tomorrow night at Veritas Wine Room, on Henderson Avenue in Dallas.  Better yet, it’s free from 5:30 til 8:30!  If you don’t know Paradigm, you’ve heard of the wine that put Heidi on the map (or vice versa), Screaming Eagle.  The 1992 vintage scored 99 points and became, arguably, the most sought-after cult wine of all time.  Robert Parker calls Heidi “The First Lady of Wine”.  Well, the Wine Spectator calls Paradigm one of the “Top 50 Napa Valley Cabernets based on all wines reviewed by the magazine since 1990”.  Pretty amazing praise, and certainly a lot more available than Screaming Eagle.  You’re in for a treat, and a paradigm shift, at Veritas.

Here’s a Slow Food Dallas Foodie Event coming up On April 26th:

Chef David Temple will be preparing a 5-course tasting menu! He will be focusing on Fresh, Seasonal, Local Vegetables and pairing with Fish for a light and elegant food experience. Chef Temple started his career in Louisiana and traveled the world before settling in Dallas where he hooked up with Tom Spicer. Chef Temple is committed to using the best local and regional ingredients and putting his passion for food in every dish he creates.  He has a great private space for functions at Exposition in the Fairpark area. This will be BYOB so bring your favorite wines, share with your neighbor, and maybe discover a secret wine gem! This will be $75 per person and there are only 30 tickets available so act fast!  Here’s a website you can go to for tickets.

P.S.  Slow Food is also hosting The Texas Wine and Cheese Tour on May 14th.  You can get more details here.

Bistro Louise in Fort Worth is featuring a dinner paired “With the Many Wines of Ferrari-Carano” on Friday April 29th.  The five-course menu features a dessert wine, 2007 Eldorado Gold that can only be purchased at the winery in Sonoma.  $75 per person plus tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required, 817.922.9244, or email bistrolouise@hotmail.com.

The 29th Annual Paso Robles Wine Festival is coming up May 20-22.  Over 100 wineries and the California lifestyle are celebrated in this fun event.  I love the quote from their website:  “IN EACH GLASS OF PASO WINE, you hold in your hand a vibrant romance; a romance characterized by the capricious Mother Nature and steadfast winemaker. This raucous relationship begins in the vineyard, is nurtured in the winery and flourishes in the bottle. It is only then that this personification of the winemaker’s passion finds its way into our homes, families and favorite memories.”  What’s not to love?  Get tickets on the website.

EASTER BRUNCH DINING IN DALLAS April 8, 2011

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Hippity, Hoppity, Brunch is on its way!

Since Easter is so late this year, information on brunches has been slow to arrive.  I am hearing from more restaurants everyday now, so here is an update on places offering something cool for the special Sunday brunch on April 24th.  Read on to see the latest.

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“Wining and dining news you can use” from Jim White April 26, 2010

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“M” is for the many things she gave us.  “O” means she’s the only one for me. “M” is for the million ways we love her.

Put them all together and it spells BRUNCH TIME for dear Mom on Sunday May 9th, and believe me, you’d better place your reservations now! This may be the busiest dining event of the year.  Here are some suggestions:

Bolla Restaurant at the Stoneleigh Hotel, 11am – 2:30pm, featuring a three-course Prix Fix menu.  $36 for adults ($48 including Champagne or Mimosas) and $18 for children.  Reservations: 214-871-7111 or reservations@stoneleighhotel.com.  Here’s something special the Stoneleigh is offering, Treat Mom with a visit to The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa for Mother’s Day

“Love, From Me” Package-2.5 hours – $225 (service fees apply)

  • Choice of an Urban Detox Facial or Cool Blue Facial
  • Love Me Ice Cream Pedicure with essential oil notes of mango, mandarin and apple blossom
  • Love Me Ice Cream Mango Manicure

Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck. Executive Chef Sara Johannes will be serving an Asian inspired prix fixe menu.  The menu will allow diners to select their choice from a selection of first flavors, entrees, and desserts.  11:30 until 3:30 for $49 per person.  300 Reunion Boulevard, 214.741.5560
www.wolfgangpuck.com.

Bistro Louise in Fort Worth has an extensive menu served from 10:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.  $45 per person, $16.95 children 5-11, under 5 free (plus tax, 20% gratuity and beverages).  Call 817-922-9244 for details.  See the menu and find out other special events at www.bistrolouise.com.

The Orion Ballroom in Oak Cliff.  Chef Doug Brown offers a spectacular sounding menu for $24.95 from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Call 214 942-1661 for Reservations.  Or visit, www.theorionballroom.com.  You can also email Brunch@theorionballroom.com.  I thought the menu seemed particularly appetizing.  So, I thought you might like to take a look:

Orion Brunch Menu

Fresh Fruit Salad
Honeydew, Cantaloupe, Pineapple, Strawberries, Red Grapes

Assorted Breakfast Breads and Pastries
Croissants, Danish, Mini Muffins, Mini Bagels
Whipped Cream Cheese, Butter and Jam

Southwest Romaine Heart Martini Salads
Black Beans, Roasted Corn, Tortilla Chip Croutons
Cream Caesar Dressing, Jalapeno Jack Cheese

Chinese Chicken Salad Boxes
Shredded Lettuce, Peanuts, Wonton Chips, Chop Sticks

Fresh Asparagus
Red Onions, Mandarin Oranges and Citrus Vinaigrette

Smoked Salmon Display
Whipped Cream Cheese, Red Onions, Chives, Chopped Eggs, Capers

Wild Rice Salad
Pecans, Cranberries, Roasted Corn

Gemelli Pasta Salad
=Sundried Tomatoes, Olive Oil, Balsamic and Spinach

Carving Station
Inside Round of Beef
Horseradish Cream, Whole Grain Mustard, Black Pepper Mayonnaise

Breakfast Omelet Station
Omelets Made to Order
Bell Peppers, Onions, Button Mushroom, Cheddar Cheese, Jack Cheese, Bacon, Sausage, Grilled Chicken, Ham, Tomatoes

Apple Smoked Bacon and Sausage Links

Buttermilk Waffles with Vanilla Bean Maple Syrup

Classic Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise Sauce

Fresh Bakes Biscuits with Country Gravy

Pasta Station
Penne Pasta Tossed with Marinara Sauce
Parmesan Cheese, Broccoli, Italian Sausage

Cheese Tortellini
Shrimp Cream Sauce, Spinach, Tomatoes, Basil

Entrees

Herb-Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Maple Syrup Jus
Mango Mustard Glazed Pork Loin with Braised Cabbage, Cinnamon and Raisins

Assorted Cakes, Pies and Puddings

Chocolate Mousse Cake

Italian Cream Cake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Chocolate Pecan Pie

Carrot Cake

Apple-Date Pie

Blueberry Pie

Warm Croissant Bread Pudding

Warm Lemon Soufflé Pudding

24.95 for Adults
14.95 for Children under 12
11am until 2pm

Call 214 942-1661 for Reservations

Stay tuned for more!

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