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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” August 9, 2010

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Feed Me!  BYOB Style.

The Green Room has put the word out on Facebook:  “For the next 30 days we invite our guests to bring wine from their home collection, and we’ll pair an appropriate Feed Me with your selection. Email reservations@greenroomdallas.com or call 214.744.ROOM.  Hurry down to sample Executive Chef Joel Harloff’s version of this treat at the revived Deep Ellum classic.

WineTastic has some super wines from Toad Hollow for you to try on Friday.  Just $15 for the tasting.

Toad Hollow Vineyards began operation in 1994, with 3000 cases of 1993 Russian River Valley Chardonnay. Today they make Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sparkling Wine, Red Blends, Zinfandels and more. Their mission is to produce quality wines that are interesting at a reasonable price.  Their labels are whimsical, supporting another element of their philosophy – “We believe drinking wine should be FUN!”  I second that emotion.  The tasting is 6:30 until 9 p.m.

WineTastic

4140 Lemmon Avenue, Suite 130

Dallas, Texas75219

214-559-8910

Here’s a good cause that Jon and Melinda Bonnell are involved in (Bonnell’s Texas Cuisine in Fort Worth).  The are the honorary chairs for the Careity Foundation’s “Branded” Event.  “Branded” is a western production featuring dinner, dancing with live entertainment, an upscale western style fashion show followed by a charity casino!  All funds raised will go directly towards pediatric palliative care through Cook Children’s in Fort Worth. Masters of Ceremonies will be Deborah Ferguson and Steve Lamb.   The event is Friday August 27th at Will Roger’s Memorial Center’s Roundup Inn.  Tickets are $200 per person.  Get tickets here.

Lanny Lancarte II is celebrating “5 Years, 5 Courses, 5 Wines for $55”.  Happy Anniversay Lanny!  Keep on keepin’ on.  He’s celebrating until August 14th, and then his “KRLD Restaurant Week” menu kicks in.  Take a look at Lanny’s Kitchen Anniversary menu.

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” June 21, 2010

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Summertime and the living is easy (wining and dining is pretty good, too!)

Taking a chronological tour of some upcoming wine events you might enjoy—

TONIGHT (June 20th) enjoy great wine and food with Chef Tre Wilcox at Loft 610.  He’s hosting a six-course dinner featuring Domaine Chandon and Newton Wines.  Check out Tre’s menu:

First Course

Seared Shimp and Diver Sea Scallop, Watermelon, Cilantro, Olive Oil

Etoile, Brut, NV

Second Course

Flash Seared Hawaiian Kampachi, Black Truffle Risotto, English Peas, Brown Butter

Newton, Unfiltered Chardonnay, 2006

Third Course

Grilled Wild King Salmon, Chipotle Jack Cheese Grits

Domaine Chandon, Pinot Meunier, 2007

Fourth Course

Crispy Maple Leaf Duck Breast, Ginger Parsnip Puree, Mushroom Soy Glaze

Newton, Unfiltered Merlot, 2005

Fifth Course

Pan Roasted Ostrich Filet, Grilled Artichokes, Gold Beets, Black Currant Sauce

Newton, Le Puzzle, Cabernet Blend, 2005

Dessert Course

Vanilla Bean Chiboust with Roasted Apricots and a Brown Butter

Etoile, Rose, NV

$125 per person plus gratuity

Please Call (972)377-2500 to Reserve your spot.

Love the fine dining, but would rather stay at home?

Here’s one if you’re feeling flush and have some friends who deserve to be treated well.

Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano and Culinary Connection at the Shops of Legacy have come together to create the 10-Karat Decadent Dinner Party ringing up at $10,000!  That’s right.  Read on.  This meal comes complete with a gourmet four-course meal prepared on-site by Nicola’s Chef Sascia Marchesi, wine pairings, servers and table settings for 12. After finishing off the delicious meal, the hosts keep the place settings, which include beautiful tableware made in Tuscany by VEITRI and accent pieces by Dallas designer Jan Barboglio. The staff will even load the dishwasher before they leave making this an effortless affair and a perfect gift for the person who has everything.  For more details, or to book a 10-Karat Decadent Dinner Party, please call Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano at (972) 608-4455 or the Culinary Connection at (972) 398-9009.  Enjoy!

Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine in Fort Worth is presenting “Wine 101” next month, July 20th and 22nd with Chef Jon Bonnell.

Taste twenty-six different types of wine, everything from the inexpensive to the rare “cult” wines, while exploring the basics of wine tasting. Heavy appetizers will also be provided as Chef Bonnell shares the basics of wine and food pairings. Class will focus on the fundamentals of white wines on Tuesday, July 20th and then transition to red varietals on Thursday, July 22nd.

CLASS SPACE IS LIMITED

For Reservations, please call: (817) 738-5489

Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine

4259 Bryant Irvin Road

Fort Worth, Texas 76109

TIME: 6pm to 8pm

PRICE: $120 (credit card number will be required when making reservations)

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