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MARQUEE GRILL AND BAR OPENS April 30, 2011

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Tre Wilcox has opened his new Marquee Grill and Bar in Highland Park Village next to the Village Theatre. It’s touted as “a neighborhood walk-in restaurant…[taking] very limited reservations for special occasions and larger parties.” See what the great young chef (formerly Abacus), turned celebrity thanks to Bravo’s “Top Chef” series, is up to.

NOSH chefs Avner Samuel and Jon Stevens are offering a cooking class at the Oak Lawn restaurant on Saturday May 21st, from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. $95 includes four-course lunch with wine pairings. Call 214-528-9400 for reservations. Limited seating.

If you love kids and love drinking Champagne, look no further than the PJ for PJ’s benefit May 18th at Hotel ZaZa in Dallas. Perrier Jouet Champagne joins with ZaZa to get people to bring a new pair of children’s pajamas and a $30 donation to help the outstanding work of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. That small donation and the PJ’s get you some outstanding Champagne and appetizers. PJ for PJ’s is a nice touch. Thanks to Wendy Moss at Republic National Distributers for her tireless efforts on behalf of this fundraiser.

Domaine Serene Wine Dinner at the Mansion

Join the Mansion Restaurant and Wine and Beverage Director Michael Flynn for a special dinner featuring Domaine Serene wines. Produced in Willamette Valley, Oregon, Domaine Serene wines are designed to ensure complex, concentrated and elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah year after year. The dinner includes a reception and five-course menu created by Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon with wine pairings. View the full menu here.  The dinner is Thursday May 5th.  Call 214.443.4747 for reservations.  $175 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity

May’s Friday Night Flight at Nana Bar

Nana’s popular Friday Night Flight, a delicious trio of food and wine samplings for only $20 (excluding tax and gratuity), returns on May 6 from 6pm – 8pm.  This month’s flight features three Texan artisanal wines from the Kiepersol Estates paired with three small plates created by Nana Executive Chef Anthony Bombaci.  The Kiepersol Estates are made up of 60 acres of vineyards in Tyler, Texas that produce red and white wines that capture Old World style alongside Texas pride.  Hand-planted in 1998/99, the vineyards are the passion of the de Wet family.  Reservations are highly recommended by calling 214.761.7470 or visit www.nanarestaurant.com for complete details.  Friday Night Flights are the first Friday of every month.

There are a plethora of great wine events coming up in May around the country. Here’s a fairly extensive list we are re-printing for you courtesy of “The Daily Sip by Bottlenotes”.   Cheers!

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EASTER BRUNCH DINING IN DALLAS April 20, 2011

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Bites and Bytes to Go

A dash of that, a dish of this.  Easter is on the way and so are some other good wine and food events.  Here’s what we know today.

Enjoy Easter dining at:

Dish has a fabulous three-course Easter brunch for $25 per person.  Add $10 for bottomless Mimosas, and $5 Bloody Mary’s.

Nick and Sam’s has a fabulous sounding brunch for $65 per person, or $25 for kids 12 and under.  They’ll also be featuring lots of fun activities for the kids including cotton candy, face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

The new Watel’s Bistro in East Dallas is offering its full menu plus egg dishes.   Three courses for $29 and four courses for $34.  It’s great having the old York Street space re-visioned as Watel’s.  You’ll find them at 6047 Lewis Street at Skillman.  Reservations are required at 214 720 0323,or by email: mail@watels.com.

Previous Easter brunch recommendations and listings can be found at this prior “Wining and Dining with Jim White” posting, or this one.

Chef Bruno Davaillon writes to tell us about his special event to salute Earth Day this Friday at the beautiful Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.  Quoth the chef:  “In honor of Earth Day, this Friday we’ll be serving a one-of-a-kind five-course tasting menu highlighting local and sustainable ingredients served by candlelight on the Mansion Restaurant Terrace. I’m excited about this menu, and I hope you’ll join us for this one-night-only event. And it’s not just about the food, sommelier Michael Flynn has picked out some great, organic wines to pair with the menu.”

Earth Day Tasting Menu

Smoked Sturgeon, Local Beet, Horseradish, Salmon Roe and Texas Grapefruit

Chicken Liver Flan, Creamy Morels, Ramps, Green Pea and Quail Egg

Lobster, Caramelized Turnips, Radish, Cilantro and Sweet-and-Sour Jus

Grass-fed Rib-eye, Sage Gnocchi, Texas Kale and Bordelaise Sauce

Old-fashioned Rice Pudding, Passion Fruit and Caramel Foam

Hope to see you soon. Salut!

Chef Bruno, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, 2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75219, 214.443.474.

Ceferino Zambrano at Zambrano’s Wine Cellar alerts us to a special tasting he doing on Tuesday April 26th called “Northern California Stars Wine Tasting” featuring some of his favorites at his cool wine bar in downtown Fort Worth.  On tap for tasting:

2008 Barnett Family, Savoy Vineyard, Chardonnay

2006 Marimar Estate, Russian River, Pinot Noir

2007 Ridge, Lytton Springs, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel

2007 Rombauer, Napa Valley, Cabernet

Paired with cheeses, only $25 *plus tax & tip

Make your reservation today! Seating is limited!

Oh, and Friday April 29th, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas is featuring a Dunn Vineyards Wine Dinner, featuring winery principals Randy Dunn and Kristina Dunn Buchanan.  Get details and reservations for the dinner here.

Wining and Dining with Jim White February 15, 2011

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Chef Hoopla

That’s a technical term for a big event featuring lots of top-flight local chefs serving up what they do best for a good cause.  What’s not to like?  Bonne Santé, a wine and food showcase coming up on Wednesday features  Bijoux chef-owner Scott Gottlich and Chef William Koval of Lakewood Country Club  co-hosting the inaugural food and wine benefit for the National Kidney Foundation at the Westin Galleria Dallas.  Showcasing their dishes will be a talented lineup of chefs including Anthony Bombaci of Nana, Dean Fearing of Fearing’s, Bruno Davaillon of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Abraham Salum of Salum and Samir Dhurandhar of Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse, to name only a few.  Chefs from Fort Worth, Las Vegas and Fort Worth are also represented at the food and wine tasting for a very good cause. More information can be found at www.kidney.org.

Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” July 11, 2010

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More Bastille Day Fun

Viva la France! Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon has created a culinary fête in honor of his home country’s Independence Day, and it’s available in the Mansion Restaurant for a limited time.

Where:    The Mansion Restaurant
2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard
When:    Special menu available Wednesday, July 14, through Sunday, July 18, during dinner hours.
How:    Call 214.443.4747 or reserve online.
$178.90 per person, including wine pairings.

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” May 19, 2010

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Big doings at the grande dame Mansion on Turtle Creek

Three Decades, Three Chefs

Master Class. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek turns 30 this year! To celebrate, three masters of culinary talent from the iconic Mansion kitchen both past and present are coming together for a one-of-a-kind culinary demonstration. Mansion alumni Kent Rathbun and Dean Fearing will join current Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon for the TACA Culinary Master Class.  The demonstration includes three-course lunch and wines paired by Mansion Wine and beverage Director Michael Flynn.

Where:    Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
When:    Saturday, May 22, at 11 a.m.
How:    Purchase tickets online or call 214.520.3930 for more information. Seating is limited.
Proceeds benefit TACA, an organization that passionately supports the performing arts in North Texas.

And now, for something completely different…

Cobb Switch Barbecue in Carrollton (that great Janet and Phil Cobb BBQ place that dining doyenne Dotty Griffith is involved with and Janet’s son Blair Black runs), features all kinds of interesting events coming up.  For instance,  a “Late Great Chevy Car Show on July 3rd”, and an “All You Can Eat Fish Fry” every Friday evening for just $9.99.  They can also take care of you if you need to grab some barbecue on the way to the lake this Memorial Day.  Their “Lake Party Box” is $8 a person.  Check it out online or call 214-483-3600.  2625 Old Denton Rd. #700, Carrollton, TX 75007.

Hand me the napkins, please.

Cheers!  Jim

Wining and Dining “news you can use” from Jim White May 1, 2010

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Here’s a great cause to help!

The Childrens’s Advocacy Center in Dallas is a great program we have supported for several years.  Mario’s Mexican Cuisine is helping the work of this organization by offering Mario’s Mondays in May.  Dine at any Mario’s restaurant on a Monday in May and fifty per cent of the proceeds will benefit the victims of child abuse who receive hope and healing through the vital programs provided by the Children’s Advocacy Center.  Visit their website for more details.

PRINT THIS CERTIFICATE AND TAKE IT TO MARIO’S TO INSURE THE DONATION.

Join TACA and the Mansion for Party on the Green

Culinary Showstopper. TACA, an organization that passionately supports the performing arts in North Texas, is hosting a culinary bash at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

TACA Lexus Party on the Green showcases the culinary talents of celebrity guest chefs from around the world who dish up their signature cuisine at stations throughout the Mansion. A silent auction, wine cork pull and vibrant musical entertainment add to the evening’s festivities.

Where:    Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard
When:    Friday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
How:    Purchase tickets online or call 214.520.3930 for more information.

Three Decades, Three Chefs
Master Class. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek turns 30 this year! To celebrate, three masters of culinary talent from the iconic Mansion kitchen both past and present are coming together for a one-of-a-kind culinary demonstration. Mansion alumni Kent Rathbun and Dean Fearing will join current Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon for the TACA Culinary Master Class.

The demonstration includes three-course lunch and wines paired by Mansion Wine and beverage Director Michael Flynn.

Where:    Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
When:    Saturday, May 22, at 11 a.m.
How:    Purchase tickets online or call 214.520.3930 for more information. Seating is limited.

Driven to Win
Lean and Green. The 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the brand’s new hybrid model, is a sleek piece of state-of-the-art machinery, and it could be yours for $100. TACA is selling chance tickets to win the new car now until TACA Lexus Party on the Green on Friday, May 21. With useful new features and an environmentally friendly system, the car is proof that efficiency, luxury and innovation can come together to create a car of the future, today.

Mansion Managing Director Duncan Graham is taking the Lexus Hybrid for a test drive for the next two weeks, and you can read all about his experience on the Mansion Blog.

Where:    The winner will be drawn at TACA Lexus Party on the Green at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
When:    Friday, May 21
How:    Download a form to purchase tickets, or call 214.520.3930 for more information. Tickets are $100 each or six for $500.
Drawing limited to 1,000 chance tickets and all proceeds benefit TACA.

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