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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.

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” August 29, 2010

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Scattershooting while wondering what happened to my dining notes

(with a tip of the hat to the great Blackie Sherrod)

Save the Date September 16th.  Or, we could say “SAVOR” the date for our next “Dinner Club with Jim White” special event coming up Thursday September 16th.  As they say in radio, “stay tuned for more details” coming soon!

KRLD Restaurant Week is continuing through September 5th for many of the great participating restaurants.  See the participating restaurants at krld.com.  Help us hit the mark of 100,000 meals served this year to raise $700,000 to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home.

People have asked us the date of Savor Dallas 2011.  Glad to report it will be March 18th and 19th.  Once again, we’ll be celebrating wine, food, spirits and the arts.  We will be returning to the beautiful Dallas Arts District, and the spectacular “International Grand Tasting” will once again be staged in the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.  There are some big surprises planned for our 7th Annual event.  Tickets go on sale October 1st.  See highlights and video from Texas’ largest premium wine and food festival at www.SavorDallas.com.

Best meal deal in town right now is probably the resurrected “Green Room” in Deep Ellum.  How could you beat “Feed Me” from Executive Chef Joel Harloff and BYOB?  Their liquor license is not in place yet, so for the time being, you can bring in wines you like and enjoy the cool scene, the cuisine, and a real value on your wine pairing.  Is this a great country or what?

Taste of the NFL

North Texas Dinner Series

The Taste of the NFL has an appetizing game plan for North Texas and it kicks off long before the Super Bowl ever pulls into town. With the big game coming to Dallas, North Texas chefs have teamed up to create the Taste of the NFL Dinner Series. This series of dinners will coincide with the beginning of the 2010 NFL season and run through mid-November. Proceeds from these dinners benefit the North Texas Food Bank and the Tarrant Area Food Bank.  Read on for the complete schedule.

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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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