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Savor Dallas brings the fun back downtown February 16, 2014

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The Most Delicious Food and Wine Festival in Texas Celebrates its 10th “Vintage”

March 20-22.

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10 years of wining and dining fun seems like the blink of an eye!  Thanks for making the party so much fun through the years.  We really appreciate your support.

We are pleased that our delicious tastings are back in downtown Dallas on March 21 and 22.

Friday’s Arts District Wine Stroll returns to the beautiful settings of the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Meyerson Symphony Center.  And, what a treat to add the Plaza of the Cathedral at the Arts District to our tasting tour.  The Wine Stroll has sold out the last two years.  So, please get your tickets fast and join us.

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Saturday is a food and wine lover’s paradise. Thanks to Bob’s Steak and Chop House in the Omni Hotel Dallas for hosting our wine  and mixology seminars starting at 11 a.m.

Just across the Skybridge from the Omni, Savor Dallas celebrates wine, food, spirits, craft beer, and the arts with two magnificent tastings at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.  

At 5 p.m., “The Reserve Tasting”, featuring über premium wines and Champagnes takes place in Ballroom D (on the 3rd level of the convention Center).

AT 6:30, optional Fast Track Early Entry to the International Grand Tasting is just a few steps away in some very cool “pre function space”, in exhibit jargon, otherwise known as LOBBY E & F.  The area is spacious and inviting, with floor to ceiling views of Big D.  (Regular admission time to the Grand Tasting is 7 p.m.)

Just wait til you see some of the surprises we have in store for you to make our big 10th anniversary party more fun for you.

Dozens of great chefs will be there.  And of course, we’ll have hundreds of premium wines, spirits and beers for you to try (remember it’s a tasting! Please drink responsibly.)

Come see us for some big fun and big flavor in Big D at Savor Dallas.  And, bring your friends!  GET TICKETS HERE.

Cheers,

Jim White and Vicki Briley-White
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Check out our website for parking options downtown on Friday and Saturday.  We will have valet parking and self-parking available at the Convention Center on Saturday evening.
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SAVOR DALLAS IN LAS COLINAS AT IRVING CONVENTION CENTER October 6, 2011

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Savor Dallas announces 2012 dates; Regional expansion

It’s great to be actively engaged in producing our 8th Annual Savor Dallas, returning March 30-31.  We are expanding the event to give it more of a regional scope.  So, in addition to our great events in Dallas on Friday March 30th–The Arts District Wine Stroll in downtown Dallas and others (to be announced soon)–we are pleased to welcome our food and wine loving guests to enjoy our Reserve Tasting and the International Grand Tasting on Saturday March 31, at the beautiful, new Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas.  It’s an awesome place.  Just 10 minutes north of Downtown Dallas, and conveniently located on Highway 114 on Las Colinas Boulevard, between O’Conner and MacArthur.  The design is very cool and so is the space we will have for our Savor Dallas events.  Parking will also be easier for our guests than our previous venues offered.  I predict you will be hearing some murmurings over the new few days from people who don’t like this.  I am sorry.  I  also understand that people don’t like change.  Moving our largest event of the weekend away from downtown Dallas will be seen as a radical change by some.  There are two kinds of people in the world:  (1) Those who see the glass as half-empty, and (2) Those who see the glass as half-full.  I fall into the latter category.  I’ll spare you a litany of what it takes to produce an event the size of Savor Dallas, but suffice to say, choosing the location and the date is the most important thing about it.  (the former usually drives the latter).   We looked at dates from February through March.   The best fit for us, our partners and our attendees is March 30-31.  The weather is warmer, and it’s after Spring break (a point of contention for many in the last few years with our previous, earlier dates).  Also, there is no Mavericks home game that weekend.  In choosing our date AND location for 2012, we had to work around Valentine’s, Easter, Passover, and some big social events, which fall into the first quarter.  Also, there are very few places big enough to host our International Grand Tasting with 60 chefs, hundreds of premium wines, spirits and beer, plus the silent auction to raise money for the North Texas Food Bank, AND music, art, and, oh, about 2500 of our good friends who join us for “The Most Delicious Wine and Food Festival in Texas”.  So, to those who may complain about either the expansion to Las Colinas or the date, I say:

  • I understand, it will be a change for us, too (albeit positive)
  • It’s a very convenient location for Dallas, Tarrant County, Denton County and Collin County
  • We’ll be able to stage events both indoors and outdoors, on covered terraces with spectacular views
  • How many years did we drive to Irving to see the Cowboys?  The Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas is only a punt and pass north of the old Texas Stadium site
  • It’s your chance to get familiar with a great location (if you’re not already) that is poised to become a center of entertainment over the new few years with major expansions planned including an entertainment complex, a convention center hotel, the new DART Orange Rail Line (with a stop directly behind the Convention Center in Las Colinas), and more
  • There are great hotels very close to the Center, including the Marriott, The Omni Mandalay, and the Four Seasons, plus others with which we will be working to offer some great Savor Dallas hotel rates and packages (stay tuned)

Oh, we’ve also gotten a complaint that March 30-31 is the Final Four Weekend.  Well, it’s in New Orleans.  So, this is just what DVR was invented for.  And, if you’re going to the games live, I can’t do anything about that except say, “Go team!” and Laissez le Bon temp rouler (let the good times roll) in Nawlins, and hopefully we’ll see you next year. Besides, we felt like staging Savor Dallas during a Mavericks home game weekend WOULD be a much bigger issue.

I’d be happy to visit with you about Savor Dallas, or answer any questions about the date or venues.  It will be another great year of wining and dining, or as we say:  “Big fun.  Big flavor.  Bring your friends”, to Big D and Big LC (Las Colinas).  And, by the way, tickets are on sale now at a special advance purchase price through December 31st, go to www.SavorDallasTickets.com.

At Savor Dallas, the glass is always “full” (to the legal limit), but we invite you to drink responsibly and join us March 30-31 for some swirling, smelling, sipping, savoring (and spitting).  And, thanks for your support.  I’d love to get your comments on our new Saturday location in Las Colinas.

Wining and Dining with Jim White March 17, 2011

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Savor Dallas Helpful Hints and FAQ’s

The 7th Annual Savor Dallas, celebrating wine, food, spirits and the arts is in full swing Friday and Saturday.  It’s a diverse event, with lots of locations.  We hope you can join us.   Through the years we have encountered just about every question imaginable about the event.  So, for your wining and dining pleasure (in case you are joining us), we have prepared a handy guide with answers to our most frequently asked questions about Savor Dallas.   This should make your  experience more enjoyable, and quite selfishly, mean that I will be able to answer fewer emails, texts, and phone calls this weekend.  Read on and see if your question about Savor Dallas makes the top 10. BTW, tickets for most events are available at the door.  Please visit the website.

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Wining and Dining with Jim White January 26, 2011

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“Our next film will be in color…”, but not GREEN!

Chef Joel Harloff

Pardon the paraphrase from a John Lennon quote referring to “Help” the Beatles motion picture follow-up to “Hard Days Night”.   All the color has gone out of the promising resurrection of the storied Green Room in Deep Ellum.  By all reports we can gather the rumors are true:  The Green Room has been dark since before the holidays, and despite protestations that it would soon “reopen”, the restaurant remains padlocked.  Executive Chef Joel Harloff is reportedly working at Le Cordon Bleu-the chef training school in North Dallas.  We were hoping against hope that the rumors were untrue.   It’s a bummer, because we were looking forward to having Joel Harloff and the Green Room at Savor Dallas on March 19th (still plenty of great restaurants there, though, at the International Grand Tasting).  All best to all associated with the Green Room.  I guess it really was a “Hard Days Night” for them.  And even though they may have “been working like a dog”, alas, the “Feed Me” menu slips once again into the annals of time.

Wining and Dining with Jim White January 17, 2011

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Just Like Mom Used to Make (or wishes she had)

No offense intended, if your mom or mother-in-law is a FABULOUS cook (like mine is), but Chef Tom Fleming is giving her a run for the money at his new Crossroads Diner in Dallas.  We’ve followed Tom for years (formerly chef at Central 214, Old Hickory Steakhouse, and Lombardi Mare), and he is one of our top chefs in the area.  He’ll be among the great chefs at Savor Dallas on March 19th for the International Grand Tasting.   He not only has his hands on sticky buns (maybe I should rephrase that in deference to his wife Karen who is running the front of the house of the new family restaurant), but numerous other outstanding items on the bill of fare.

Jim and Tom Fleming

Crossroads Diner in the Corner Shopping Center at Walnut Hill Lane and Central Expressway (US 75) in Dallas  is offering the aforementioned buns as an all day dessert specialty.  Have them with java (world famous illy Caffè) for breakfast–it’s served all day from 7 a.m. til close (around 2 or 3 now, but dinner will be added to the mix soon), or after lunch, as we did, as a shared dessert.  Tom comes in early to make them fresh everyday.  Breakfast entrées also include a host of pancakes, corned beef, frittatas, and egg dishes (served with Applewood smoked bacon or smoked pit ham).  Get your grits or steel cut oats, slow cooked and piping hot.

Lunch specials are all comfort favorites:  hot corned beef and Swiss, Hot ham and cheddar, warm turkey and Swiss, a BIG B.L.T., and a juicy 10 ounce Black Angus burger are highlights of the sandwich section.  I am still raving about Tom’s pork schnitzel–lightly breaded and served with cous cous.  Other items include, chicken picatta, meatballs and fettucini, chicken fried chicken, and pan seared trout with almond butter.  Crossroads Diner also serves a Quiche with spinach, bacon and goat cheese.  Soups and salads round out the menu.

In addition to the aforementioned sticky buns, you can also get chocolate cake and lemon canolis for dessert.

Find the comfortable and friendly new restaurant at 8121 Walnut Hill Lane, Suite 1100, Dallas, Texas 75231.  Phone:  214-346-3491.

Here’s a quick iPhone video of Crossroads Diner to give you a “taste”.  I recommend you get in there soon for a real taste.

Chef Daniel Winans, The Grill on the Alley November 22, 2010

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Savor Australian Rack of Lamb

Chef Daniel Winans, executive chef of The Grill on the Alley in Dallas shares a chef secret:  juicy, tasty Australian Rack of Lamb.  It’s so quick and easy you can make it in a jiffy at home.  Daniel’s version is so good, though, you’ll want to join him in the restaurant!  The Galleria restaurant offers polished service, a beautiful setting, and outstanding food.  Enjoy!  Be sure to join Daniel at Savor Dallas for the “International Grand Tasting” on March 19th at the Sheraton Dallas Hotel.

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