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STONELEIGH HOTEL-CESAR GALLEGOS March 17, 2012

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Great Chefs of Savor Dallas–Cesar Gallegos, Stoneleigh Hotel, Bolla

Have iPhone will travel!  This time we visit the kitchen of a talented young chef who moved here from San Antonio, first to help David Bull open Bolla, and then, after a stint back home, returned as executive chef of the venerable Dallas institution, The Stoneleigh Hotel.  He loves to cook and is expressive with his recipes.  He sees the restaurant moving into more Latin inspired dishes in the coming months.  See two of Chef Cesar’s favorite dinner menu items in this edition of our on-going webisode saluting chefs who’ll be joining us at Savor Dallas.  Enjoy!

Wining and Dining with Jim White February 7, 2011

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Valentine’s Treats for the Sweet

And, you know who you are!  Valentine’s is like the Super Bowl of dining for the restaurant industry.  Expect big crowds at all the popular places.  Know that you will need a reservation, and for the best table in the really cool spots, you should have called by now.  But never fear, dear heart, because February 14th is a Monday, the window of opportunity is wider this year.  You may confidently choose a rendezvous with your dearly beloved from Thursday February 11th through Valentine’s.  You might even be so bold as to include Tuesday 2/15 if you can sell it on the basis of your “great wisdom” in wanting to “avoid the crowds” and have an intimate dinner in your favorite restaurant (go for it).  I would event submit that you will gain numerous bonus points for making a Valentine’s reservation, and then “extending the romance” by getting you and your honey tickets to the Savor Dallas Wine and Food Festival on March 18-19.  You can enjoy the major part of the DFW dining scene in one night at the International Grand Tasting.  But first things first.  Here are some Valentine’s wining and dining suggestions that we think will be helpful.

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” May 24, 2010

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Grilling season is in full swing!

All thoughts turn to grilling with the approach of the Memorial Day weekend.  When asked, “Which barbecue/grilling book do you like best?”, I always recommend any volume from Steven Raichlen.  Called America’s “master griller” by Esquire Magazine, he is the author of numerous bestsellers including The Barbecue Bible, How to Grill, Beer-Can Chicken, and BBQ USA (a dog eared and sauce covered tome I consult to check temperatures, techniques and noteworthy recipes from all across America).  His television show “Primal Grill” is entering its third season with the official start of barbecue season (it’s here!)  His latest book is called Planet Barbecue (he’s covered the USA, now it’s time to tackle the globe!).  Check out his website for grilling tips, recipes, his blog, and to find out about “Barbecue U”.  This guy has made an entire industry out of barbecue and he’s the best!  Enjoy.

I’d be thrilled to toss some of the divine Copper River Salmon from Alaska on my grill.  It’s only in the stores for about a month-now through about mid to late June.  And boy, are they proud of it!  The best price I have seen so far is about $33 a pound.  As much as I crave the heavenly treat-especially paired with a fabulous Pinot Noir from Carneros, discretion is the better part of valor these days on extravagant food costs.  I may have to wait a week or two and see if the price drops to a more manageable level.  Look for it in better stores, and by all means, let me know if you find a better price.  Have tongs will travel!

It’s barely been hot and already I am dreading summer!  Cool, light summer fare helps relieve the stress.  David Bull has a new summer menu at Bolla in the Stoneleigh Hotel.  Menu items include Crispy Chicken Cobb Salad, Seven Grain Club Sandwich, Penne Pasta Primavera, and Chicken BLT Sliders.  Cool.  Reservations: 214-871-7111.  2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201.

Savor the Flavor with Jim White, The Wining and Dining Guy May 5, 2010

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Here’s “news you can use” about Mother’s Day Brunches–

Bolla Restaurant at the Stoneleigh Hotel, 11am – 2:30pm, 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.

Cadot Restaurant, 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  $38.95 per person.  Multi course and dessert.  18111 Preston Road, #120 Dallas, Texas 75252, 972-267-5700.

Central 214 at the Hotel Palomar, Price is $47.00 per person or $22.00 for children, 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. 5680 North Central Expwy. at Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75206 – 214.443.9339.

Charlie Palmer at the Joule, 11am – 3pm  Brunch and 5pm – 9pm  Dinner, $75pp / $35 children. 1530 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201, 214-261-4600.

Craft, Dallas, 11 a.m. until 2:30.  $45 per person.  Located in W Dallas – Victory at 2440 Victory Park Lane Dallas, TX 75219.  214.397.4111.

Dali Wine Bar & Restaurant, 11:30 until 2:30 p.m.  $38 per person.  469-385-9360.  In One Arts Plaza downtown.  1722 Routh St.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is offering a package featuring Mother’s Day brunch at Opus Restaurant in the Meyerson Symphony Center, followed by a performance of the DSO with Ravel’s Ma Mère ľOye–Mother Goose–how appropriate!  Special pricing begins at $55 per person and ranges to $78 per person and includes brunch and a ticket to the symphony performance.  For more information contact 214-871-4550.  Or email:  groups@dalsym.com.

The Grotto, Adults $32.50, Seniors $24.95, Children $11.95, 6 and Under Free, 972-318-0515 or email morris@thegrottotonight.com.  2300 Highland Village Road, Suite 500, Highland Village, TX.

Kirby’s Steakhouse – 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Southlake, DFW Airport North, 3305 E. Hwy 114, Southlake, TX 76092, (817) 410-2221.

Orion Ballroom, 10 a.m until 3 p.m. 400 South Zang Street 15th Floor Dallas, Texas 75208.  214-942-1661. Or, brunch@theorionballroom.com.

Steve Fields Steak and Lobster Lounge is featuring regular menu and specials all day.  Call 972-596-7100 for information and reservations.  5013 W. Park Blvd, Plano 75093.

Trece, brunch and children under 15 dine free.  4513 Travis St., 214-780-1900.

Villa-O, brunch and children under 15 dine free.  4514 Travis St.,  214-780-1880.

Other happenings–

Of course, it’s Cinco de Mayo.  Trece hosts one of the biggest parties around starting at 4 p.m. with music, dancing, eating, and of course, Margaritas!

A great benefit for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center happens tomorrow (Thursday May 6) poolside at Hotel ZaZa.  It’s “PJ for PJ’s”.  Bring a pair of pajamas and a $25 donation to help a kid and sip delicious Perrier Jouët poolside.  Get it?  PJ for PJ’s.  Fun.  5:30 til 7:30 at the “Urban Oasis” at Hotel ZaZa, 2332 Leonard St.

Send us your wining and dining news:  jim@savordallas.com.

Cheers!

“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!

Yummy Easter Happenings Galore! March 21, 2010

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Here comes Peter Cotton Tail, hoppin’ down the

bunny trail.

Waiter, ask that rabbit to refill our tea, please!

In honor of one of the most important family dining times of year, here is a sampling of some restaurants featuring Easter specials.  Add to this in the comments section if you are a restaurateur and would like to have our readers know about your Easter specials.  Thanks.

Chef Doug Brown (Dish), is offering an Easter Jazz Brunch at the Orion Ballroom in Oak Cliff, five minutes from downtown at 400 South Zang Street, 15th Floor, from 10 until 3.  This is the Bank of America Building.  The Orion Ballroom sits atop it. Chef Brown is featuring a lavish array of salads, fresh fruits and vegetables, smoked salmon, carving stations with ham and steamship of beef, an omelet station, pasta and fajita station, plus a temping array of cakes, pies and desserts.  The price is $24.95 for adults and $12.95 for kids under 12.  Make reservations by calling 214-942-1661 or email brunch@theorionballroom.com.

Lavendou Bistro Provençal Owner Pascal Cayet and Executive Chef Francois Soyez are offering something for almost everyone at their Easter Brunch.
First Course:  Soupe Froide de Concombre (Cold Cucumber Soup);  Prosciutto et Melon Sauce Sangria (Prosciutto and Melon with a Sangria Sauce); Salade César (Traditional Caesar Salad); or Vol au Vent de Fruits de Mer (Mixed Seafood served in a pastry shell).

Second Course:  Oeufs Poché Norvegienne (Poached Eggs on an English Muffin with Smoked Salmon and Spinach); Filet de Sole au Crabe et Champagne (Filet of Sole with Crab Meat and Champagne Cream Sauce with Basmati Rice); Gigot d’Agneau Provençal (Roasted Leg of Lamb with Gratin Dauphinois); or Poitrine de Volaille Chasseur (Breast of Chicken with Mushroom, Tomatoes and Demi-Glace Sauce with Fettucini).

Dessert:  La Tarte au Citron Meringuée (Lemon Tart with Meringue); Profiteroles au Chocolat (Ice Cream Filled Pastry Puffs with Chocolate Sauce); Feuillantine aux Fruit Rouges (Mixed Berries in a puff pastry with Chantilly cream); or Gâteau au Fromage (White Chocolate Cheesecake with raspberry coulis).

Easter Sunday, April 4 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Lavendou’s Easter Brunch is $29.95 per guest, plus beverage, tax & gratuity.

Lavendou is located at 19009 Preston Road, Suite 200, in Dallas (75252). Make reservations by phone (972-248-1911), fax (972-248-1660), by e-mail to provencial@aol.com or through their web site, http://www.Lavendou.com.

The Capital Grille is offering Easter Brunch from 1030 until 230 and suggesting you might want to try a dry aged steak or some fresh seafood along with one of their 350 wines.  This is starting to sound like a celebration.   Brunch is $35 per person (the wine is extra).  Call 214-303-0500 for reservations.  Or go to this reservation site.

Chef David Bull welcomes you to Easter brunch at Bolla in the Stoneleigh Hotel from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  He is offering a special three-course prix fix menu for $36 ($48 with Champagne and Mimosas) and $18 for children.  Call 214-871-7111 for reservations.  Or email reservations@stoneleighhotel.com.  See details of Easter Brunch and other special events at the Stoneleigh here.

Boi Na Braza in Grapevine has an Easter special, offering their full course meal, huge salad bar and desserts for $47.50 per person.  This is the place to go if you’re hungry and want meat and more meat.  They’ll be open special hours on Easter from noon until their last seating at 8:45 p.m.  Call 817-329-5514 or 81-251-9881.  Or email julio.matheus@boinabraza.com.  Located at Highway 121 at Hall-Johnson.

Cadot Restaurant is offering a three-course Easter Brunch for $29.95 person from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  Call 972-267-5700 for reservations.  Here’s the menu:

FIRST COURSE
Duck Terrine With Pistachios And Truffles
Or
Tropical Gazpacho
Or
Poached Eggs In Mediterranean Quinoa Salad with Smoked Salmon Hollandaise Sauce
Or
Warm Goat Cheese Salad With Baby Mixed Greens And Balsamic Vinaigrette

SECOND COURSE
Crusted Almond Tilapia on a Bed of Risotto, Served with Champagne Sauce
Or
Lamb Chops with French Fries and Green Beans Served with Curcumin Sauce
Or
Short Ribs with Horseradish, Mashed Potatoes and Celery Root Puree, Topped with Baby Arugula

THIRD COURSE
Chocolate Heart with Mixed Berries and White Chocolate Sabayon
Or
Cherry Clafouti Ginger Confit
Or
Floating Island with Caramel Sauce

Chef Avner Samuel and Aurora offer a Kamen Estate Wine dinner on Tuesday April 6th.

It’s a six course affair featuring Kamen Cabernet and Syrah with special guest Robert Kamen, winery owner and screenwriter.  Mr. Kamen’s projects include The Karate Kid series (including the new film), the Transporter series, and his ode to Napa Valley winemaking “A Walk in the Clouds” starring Keanu Reeves.  The dinner is $150 per person.  Call or email for a reservation, 214-528-9400, or auroradallas.sbcglobal.net.  No slipping any “blockbuster screenplay” ideas to Mr. Kamen during the third-course!

Happy Easter!  Cheers!  Jim

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