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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” August 13, 2010

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KRLD Restaurant Week Here We Come!

Thirteen years in the making, but not an overnight success.  KRLD Restaurant Week had fairly modest beginnings.  Would you believe that in 1997 we actually had to cajole many of the chefs to get their restaurant involved?  And, some folks were reluctant to leave their living rooms and make reservations on a sticky August night, when a cold beer and some cold cuts sounded better than three courses of fine dining and wines to match.  But, the momentum built quickly.  In year two, maybe one or two irascible chefs failed to see the vision of the great cultural and civic dining event in the making, and people were already thinking about ways to get groups of friends together to “make their reservations for KRLD Restaurant Week” (as we say in the commercials touting the event).  The enthusiasm for KRLD Restaurant Week has grown steadily through the years.  Having worked so hard on courting the chefs to get involved (early days), and continuing to try and help spread the word on the event, I am thrilled and gratified to see Restaurant Week become bigger and better each year.  The goal for fundraising is $700,000 this year.   Money that will go to support the great work of the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home.  You can “dine out to help out” beginning this weekend.  The special “Preview” of KRLD Restaurant Week is underway tonight through Sunday at select participating restaurants.  It’s your chance to get a cool summer cocktail, in addition to the special three course meal (and the Central Market Fourth Course, too), and also help the great charities.  Get all the details at krld.com on the restaurants involved.  If you are going this weekend, please do me a favor and tell all your friends to be sure and make reservations over the next two, and in some cases three weeks, of “Restaurant Week”.  Remember:  if you make a reservation and can’t keep it, please notify the restaurant.  And, take care of those servers!  Tip to the max.  Have a great time, and thanks for supporting such a great cause.  Bon appétit!

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

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