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#11 Blythe Beck “Pink Magnolia” Wining and Dining with Jim White April 18, 2016

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A naughty shade of pink in the Cliff

 

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Blythe Beck and Jim White at PInk Magnolia

Blythe Beck is in the pink with her new baby, Pink Magnolia.  She became known as the Naughty Chef , so called because of the TV show she hosted following her meteoric career ascent.  Blythe made a name for herself as a popular chef and now restaurateur.  She got a big boost working with Dean Fearing at the Mansion on Turtle Creek for 4 years, then went on to be sous chef at Hector’s on Henderson, and opening chef with rave reviews at Central 214 in the Hotel Palomar.  She also did a stint at Kitchen LTO in Trinity Groves before opening her love child in Oak Cliff.  Butter, bacon and booze is her motto.  What’s not to like?  Pink Magnolia is open for dinner Monday through Saturday and serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to bringing you the top chefs and winemakers in the world.  You can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes and never miss an episode.  By the way, this program was made from scratch using all natural ingredients.

If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner, tell ‘em reservations.  Thanks!

Wining and Dining with Jim White March 25, 2011

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You Gotta Have Heart

And thanks to a venerable and wonderful wine and food event, Côtes du Coeur, lots of folks have a much healthier heart.  The 20th Anniversary Celebration of the gala event benefiting the Dallas Chapter of the American Heart Association returns April 9th to the Hilton Anatole.  This event features a stellar lineup of chefs, a fabulous array of wines to pair with the chef treats, and an amazing live and silent auction with outstanding trips, wines, and much more.  The proceeds from the event (totaling in the millions through the years) all stay here and help the great work of the Heart Association.  Join chefs Richard Chamberlain, Dean Fearing, Kent Rathbun, Jim Severson, Bruno Davillon, Blythe Beck and many more for this incredible event.  Get more details about the event on Facebook.

Savor the Flavor with Jim White-the “Wining and Dining Guy” May 13, 2010

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Great dinner-great cause

Taste of the Nation Dallas is back Saturday (May 16th) at the Hotel Palomar.  Join the city’s finest chefs for an intimate, gastronomic seated event to end childhood hunger. Each table of ten will be treated to a lavish cocktail reception followed by a four course dinner with wine pairings exclusively prepared for their table by one of the featured chefs. Don’t miss the chance to bid in our exceptional silent and live auctions featuring one-of-a-kind trips, wine, culinary experiences and more. Click here to purchase individual tickets.  To purchase a table please contact Terri Provencal at 214-642-1124. Tickets and tables are going fast, so be sure to purchase today!  100% of ticket sales supports Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger.  Participating restaurants include Stephan Pyles, Fearing’s, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Charlie Palmer at the Joule, Central 214, Abacus, Nick & Sam’s, Nobu, Bolsa, Arcodoro Pomodoro, The Place at Perry’s, and John Tesar with Dallas Restaurant Group.   Chef Blythe Beck (right) is the host chef from Central 214.  Enjoy!

Help train the chefs of tomorrow and have a value priced lunch or dinner in the bargain

Technique is the student run restaurant of the world famous Le Cordon Bleu Dallas Location.  The restaurant serves lunch and dinner (Tuesday through Friday) and is operated by students who are about to graduate from their 21 month associate program from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.  The budding chefs take turns running the back of the house (preparing the meals) and the front of the house (hosting and serving) during their last semester in order to gain some real world experience.  This helps prepare them for the rigors of working 6 or 7 days a week in the very demanding hospitality environment.  I had lunch there this week.  Overall it was great. The menu is varied and changes daily.  The service is ever so attentive (under the watchful eye of instructor coordinators fulfilling the role of maître d’ and executive chef).  The price is fantastic–soups, salads and starters range from $3 to $5, sandwiches are $7,  main courses are $8 and desserts are $3.  I have not seen the dinner menu prices. Expect them to be slightly higher.  They even have a very serviceable wine list.  My guests and I nibbled on a delicious White Pizza starter with grilled chicken, red onion, aged Mozzarella and spinach.  The Fried Goat Cheese Salad with dried blueberries in a rosemary and citrus vinaigrette was dandy.  Of the three main course selections, we tried Le Rosti–cumin crusted chicken breast with herb risotto, haricots verts, with basil oil and aged Balsamic.  The chicken was a little dry and too salty.  Otherwise the dish overall was satisfying.  Another of us tried Le Pasta–Linguini Carbonara with bacon, sweet peas, cream and cracked pepper.  No complaints from that side of the table.  Desserts-untried (sorry-I’m trying to get back to my fighting weight after vacation!), but intriguing were the Chocolate Soup with a hazelnut phyllo crisp, and Apple Crisp with vanilla bean ice cream.  The dining room is very attractive.  If you’re looking for someplace different, or as I suggested at the top of the piece would like to help train a young chef, I highly recommend you make a reservation.  Lunch is served from 12 until 1:30 and dinner is offered from 6 until 7:30.  Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts is located at 11830 Webb Chapel Road (at LBJ), Suite 1200, Dallas 75234.  Reservations are recommended.  Call 214-647-8509.  Our appreciation to Chef Aaron Hubbard (back of the house supervisor and instructor), Jeffrey Gregory (front of the house supervisor, sommelier and instructor), and Maureen Clements, Campus President, for all the information and for running a great program.   The campus has about 750 students currently and also offers an associate bakery and patisserie degree.  Bon appétit!

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