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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!

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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