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Stephan Pyles “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 7-19-18 July 19, 2018

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Star chef still loves the game

Chef Stephan PylesStephan Pyles guest stars on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” this week on VOKALnow.com.  Wizened music critics used to say, “Elvis could have retired in 1957 and still been considered the ‘King'”.  But that’s just not how the great ones do it.  Take Chef Stephan Pyles, for instance.  He could have sailed off into the sunset after the success of Routh Street Cafe (or Star Canyon), and still been considered one of the greatest chefs ever.  But he has too much passion and energy to rest on his laurels.  He continues to find new horizons; ways to evolve and reinvent himself.  And, lucky for us.  That’s the reason we have Flora Street Cafe in the Dallas Arts District.  The latest “10 year plan” from Stephan, and the most sublime dining experience in Dallas.  He’s enjoying some projects as a corporate culinary consultant these days, and of course, leaves plenty of time for favorite things, travel and culinary R&D.  Join us as Stephan regales us with stories about his new adventures, and shares a few nostalgic tales from the heady, high flying, high falutin 80’s.  Gourmand Troy Dungan (beloved retired WFAA weather caster) continues as our “Guest Gourmet” and offers some really interesting neighborhood restaurant suggestions.  Tip:  if Troy and his wife Janet like it, chances are really good you will too!  Welcome to the show that introduces you to the men and women who create the flavors you love.  Catch all of our digital TV episodes on VOKAL, YouTube, and Vimeo.  Or, listen to the podcast version on VOKAL and iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner.  Tell ’em, reservations!

Tom Fleming “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 07-12-18 July 12, 2018

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Trading creme brûlée for Sticky Buns

Tom 2Chef Tom Fleming, owner of Crossroads Diner joins the fun this week on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  The wildly popular breakfast and lunch spot is a family affair for the classically trained chef.  His wife and daughters all help with the operation of the restaurant that made it possible for Tom to move from the late night grind of fine dining to the more family friendly hours he has now.  He has great stories about his days in France, Chicago and the Dallas dining scene in the 90’s.  Did you know that Troy Dungan, retired Channel 8 weather guru, is also a big fan of food, wine and travel?  He joins us on our next four shows with all kinds of great local, and European, dining tips as our “Guest Gourmet”.  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the digital TV show and podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL, YouTube, Vimeo and iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Richard Chamberlain “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 06-28-18 June 28, 2018

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Coming home, staying home

Jim and RichardRichard Chamberlain is such a Dallas-Fort Worth mainstay, you may not know that as a young, rising star chef he could have gone just about anywhere he wanted.  The popular chef and restaurateur is our guest on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Richard earned his stripes with some big time chef positions in Bel Air and Aspen.  Who knows where that auspicious beginning might have taken him?  We’re lucky that he and his wife Lisa wanted to come home to Texas.  We’ll let Richard fill-in the highlights of his illustrious career, including his choice to skip FFA (Future Farmers of America) in high school to be in FHA (Future Homemakers of America), so he could meet girls.  Not sure how many dates he got, but the classes did get him interested in cooking.  Chef Chamberlain also gives us a demonstration of a one-pan gourmet meal with his indespensible cast iron skillet in our “KISS Cooking” segment (keep it simple and straightforward).  Dotty Griffith returns as our “Guest Gourmet” giving you more, great neighborhood restaurant finds.  Join us for the digital TV program, and podcast, that introduces you to the men and women who create the flavors you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL, YouTube, Vimeo, or iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks  you what you’re making for dinner….tell ’em, reservations!

Morris Salerno “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 06-21-18 June 21, 2018

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Masterful Italian Cuisine

Jim and MorrisPopular chef/restaurateur Morris Salerno joins us on this week’s edition of “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Morris’ Bistecca-an Italian Steakhouse presents old world recipes with new world hospitality in Flower Mound.  He talks about the days long preparation for his sumptuous Osso Buco and other great dishes at his restaurant, and brings us up to date on the international chef competitions in which he and his merry band of Epicurean World Master Chefs usually bring home much recognition and heavy medals.  He also recounts the recent skiing accident in the French Alps that put him out of the kitchen for an extended period, and nearly put him out of commission.  Good news:  he’s getting beter and better everyday!  Morris is a gregarious man, with a big smile, a hearty laugh, and a warm heart.  You’ll enjoy hearing about his chef exploits on our program devoted to bringing you the stories about the men and women who create the flavors you love, “Wining and Dining with Jim White”.  Cookbook author and former restaurant critic of The Dallas Morning News, Dotty Griffith also continues her stint with us as our “Guest Gourmet” for the month.  Vicki Briley-White continues her “Savor the Flavor” wine segments with a profile on Baron Alessandro de Renzis Sonnino from Castello Sonnino in Tuscany.  Catch the new digital TV version of our show on VOKALnow.com, on YouTube or on Vimeo.  You can also listen to our podcast on iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Kent Rathbun “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 06-14-18 June 14, 2018

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Back in business

Jim and KentKent Rathbun’s legal challenges with his former partner are settled.  He can use his name again.  He can run a restaurant, and talk about it.  I’m glad he’s doing both.  Join Kent this week on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Kent and his wife Tracy have opened Imoto in Victory Park, and we’re giving you a sneak peak on our digital TV show on VOKAL and on YouTube.  You can now watch or listen to our program, whichever suits your lifestyle.  I appreciate either way.   Kent and Tracy have designed a beautiful restaurant and bar setting that will become a must see destination for foodies and a late night partiers alike, I predict.  He’s in great spirits and in fine form and ready to TCB.  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the program devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL and iTunes.  And, remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner.  Tell ’em reservations!

Dotty Griffith “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 6-7-18 June 7, 2018

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Galloping “Guest Gourmet”

Dotty Griffith“A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and a hearty bon appétit! Wining and Dining with Jim White rides again!”   And, Dotty Griffith is our special “Guest Gourmet” throughout June on the all new “digital TV” video on demand show from the VOKALnow.com studios.  Dotty’s quite the equestrian anyway, and an amazingly talented food expert, so my fractured spin on the classic “Lone Ranger” opening is an appropriate metaphor for our show’s sidekick.   Like Jay Silverheels’s “Tonto”, the trusted companion for Clayton Moore’s “Masked Man”, our “Guest Gourmet” adds insights about hot new restaurants, great wine finds, travel tips, and generally adds to the flavor of our “news you can use about wining and dining” theme.  And, serves up something interesting in case my mind wanders.  Each week we’ll introduce you to great chefs, winemakers, and culinary stars.  A new “Guest Gourmet” joins us each month.  On our first video/radio show, Dotty is both guest star and Guest Gourmet.  She gives us the aforementioned tips and shares super fun facts from her latest cookbook, The Ultimate Tortilla Press Cookbook.  Vicki Briley-White, Savor Dallas co-founder, also brings you some fascinating “wine trends” on this episode, as part of her ongoing contributions, “Savor the Flavor” and “Vicki Uncorked”.  Join us for the program devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Watch the shows on YouTube. You can also catch our podcast on iTunes, and watch or listen to all of our shows on VOKAL Media.  And, Remember, if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…Tell ’em reservations!

Bob Sambol “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 5-17-18 May 17, 2018

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Thankful for much

Jim White and Bob Sambol

Jim White and Bob Sambol

Bob Sambol pays tribute to his namesake restaurant Bob’s Steak and Chop House on its 25th anniversary–even though he no longer owns it.  Get the full story on this week’s
“Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  He endured some hard knocks in separating from his eponymous restaurant, but Bob is thankful for the legacy and the contribution it has made to the DFW dining scene.  Enjoy tales of the great steaks of Dallas, and his excitement to be involved with the Trinity Groves project.  Welcome to the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who create the eats and drinks you love.  We’re expanding next week to a video on demand format on VOKAL.  You might call it “video/radio”, because we’ll be combining the intimacy of talk radio with the impact of video.  You’ll be seeing stars!  Your favorite chefs, artisans, and wine personalities will be joining us in the VOKAL Dallas studios, and by Google “Hang Out”, from anywhere in the world to bring you “news you can use about wining and dining”.  The podcast version of the show will remain on iTunes and VOKAL, and you’ll have a choice on VOKALnow.com to watch or listen to our conversations.  I hope you enjoy.  I look forward to your feedback.  Thanks!  Remember, if anybody asks what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Chris Patrick “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 05-10-18 May 10, 2018

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Well deserved culinary merit badge

Jim White and Chris Patrick

Jim White and Chris Patrick

Meet Chef Chris Patrick Culinary Director for Abacus Jasper’s Restaurant Group on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  The title on his card is impressive, but you can call him chef.  Most nights you’ll find him running the back of the house team at posh Abacus in Dallas.  It’s a far cry from the Eagle Scout kid whose dad used to joke “He couldn’t cook a hot dog.  How’d he wind up being a chef?”  Find out about his early start in music that led to a career in restaurants, and how a busy executive chef/corporate chef manages to balance work life with a growing family.  Welcome to the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who create the eats and drinks you love.  You can catch all of our episodes on VOKAL Media and on iTunes.

And, tune in next week for a special announcement about a technical evolution of our weekly wining and dining show.  You’ll be seeing stars!

Remember, if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner.  Tell ’em…reservations!

 

Sharon Van Meter Part 2 “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 05-03-18 May 3, 2018

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The best “man” for the job was a woman

Sharon Van Meter

Sharon Van Meter with prototype “clean taco” for Tacos y Vino

So, a chef and an apprentice walk into a Michelin 3 Star restaurant in Lyon.  No, it’s not the start of a cheesy joke, but the way Sharon Van Meter met Paul Bocuse after she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu.  Chef assumed he had selected a man from the graduating group for his coveted apprenticeship.  Hear what happens next on today’s episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Fast forward a few years and Van Meter is one of the most respected chefs in the industry.  Her events center 3015 at Trinity Groves is booked solid.  She’s executive producing programs for the Food Network.  And, she’s opening a taco joint.  What?!?  Ah, but not just any taco joint.  “Tacos y Vino is half wine bar, half taqueria, and one quarter wine shop, that will open in a sweet bungalow at 213 W. 8th St.”, says Culture Map.  (Sometime the parts are greater than the sum).  It will open ASAP, according to Sharon.  Just a few city inspections to go.  Longtime wine professional Jimmy Contreras is putting the beverage program together with SVM’s “clean tacos”.  Get all the details in part 2 of our conversation with Sharon on the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL Media and on iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Sharon Van Meter Part 1 “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 04-26-18 April 26, 2018

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Gymnastics helped her become a great chef and businesswoman

Jim White and Sharon Van Meter

Jim White and Sharon Van Meter

Meet Sharon Van Meter on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Sharon is a master chef and proprietor of 3015 Trinity Groves-the wildly popular event space in Dallas.  She talks about the evolution of Trinity Groves and her soon to open Tacos y Vino in Oak Cliff.   You’ll love the story she tells about meeting Stanley Marcus for the first time when she was consulting for Neiman-Marcus.  Clue:  he’s the one who persuaded her to re-locate to Dallas. Thank you, Mr. Stanley!  Oh, and you’ll get a kick out of her gymnastics story, too.  It’s the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL and on iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em, reservations!

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