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MARQUEE GRILL AND BAR OPENS April 30, 2011

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Tre Wilcox has opened his new Marquee Grill and Bar in Highland Park Village next to the Village Theatre. It’s touted as “a neighborhood walk-in restaurant…[taking] very limited reservations for special occasions and larger parties.” See what the great young chef (formerly Abacus), turned celebrity thanks to Bravo’s “Top Chef” series, is up to.

NOSH chefs Avner Samuel and Jon Stevens are offering a cooking class at the Oak Lawn restaurant on Saturday May 21st, from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m. $95 includes four-course lunch with wine pairings. Call 214-528-9400 for reservations. Limited seating.

If you love kids and love drinking Champagne, look no further than the PJ for PJ’s benefit May 18th at Hotel ZaZa in Dallas. Perrier Jouet Champagne joins with ZaZa to get people to bring a new pair of children’s pajamas and a $30 donation to help the outstanding work of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center. That small donation and the PJ’s get you some outstanding Champagne and appetizers. PJ for PJ’s is a nice touch. Thanks to Wendy Moss at Republic National Distributers for her tireless efforts on behalf of this fundraiser.

Domaine Serene Wine Dinner at the Mansion

Join the Mansion Restaurant and Wine and Beverage Director Michael Flynn for a special dinner featuring Domaine Serene wines. Produced in Willamette Valley, Oregon, Domaine Serene wines are designed to ensure complex, concentrated and elegant Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah year after year. The dinner includes a reception and five-course menu created by Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon with wine pairings. View the full menu here.  The dinner is Thursday May 5th.  Call 214.443.4747 for reservations.  $175 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity

May’s Friday Night Flight at Nana Bar

Nana’s popular Friday Night Flight, a delicious trio of food and wine samplings for only $20 (excluding tax and gratuity), returns on May 6 from 6pm – 8pm.  This month’s flight features three Texan artisanal wines from the Kiepersol Estates paired with three small plates created by Nana Executive Chef Anthony Bombaci.  The Kiepersol Estates are made up of 60 acres of vineyards in Tyler, Texas that produce red and white wines that capture Old World style alongside Texas pride.  Hand-planted in 1998/99, the vineyards are the passion of the de Wet family.  Reservations are highly recommended by calling 214.761.7470 or visit www.nanarestaurant.com for complete details.  Friday Night Flights are the first Friday of every month.

There are a plethora of great wine events coming up in May around the country. Here’s a fairly extensive list we are re-printing for you courtesy of “The Daily Sip by Bottlenotes”.   Cheers!

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, The Wining and Dining Guy February 1, 2011

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They may have to go to three shifts at Nosh to keep up with the demand.  They’re so busy,  about every conceivable service option short of staying open all night has already been added.  Chef Jon Stevens tells me they are continuing to hire folks just to cover lunch and dinner shifts at his collaboration with Chef Avner Samuel on Oak Lawn.  Brunch is proving to be extremely popular.  And, with entrées like these is there any wonder?

Torn from the pages of a ubiquitous eBlast:

  • Duck Confit & Root Vegetable Hash poached egg & béarnaise
  • Baked Farm Eggs gruyere, potato, spanish chorizo & tomato
  • Braised Beef Short Ribs Benedict red chard & black truffle hollandaise
  • Caramelized Pear & Mascarpone French Toast “Sandwich” vanilla bean ice cream & pecans

Yummy.  Nosh is located at 4216 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219-2312.  Phone: 214-528-9400

When Palette and Palate Combine:  Coco Chanel, Wendy and Emery Reves, Entertaining at

Villa La Pausa in the South of France

If you love art, wine, food, and the South of France (and what’s not to love?), Lavendou hosts an evening on February 10th, combining all four. Dr. Olivier Meslay, Senior Curator for European and American Art at the Dallas Museum of Art is the special guest for the Essilor Vision Foundation benefit dinner and art lecture.  The evening is built around the theme of how fashion legend Coco Chanel and the Reves entertained their guests at Villa La Pausa on the French Riviera. Not a bad way to party.  RSVP and Tickets, call 972-248-1911 or email provencial@aol.com.  Read on for all the details.
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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” September 23, 2010

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“Boss” Top Chef Perfects the Craft

Fans of TV’s “Top Chef” get to bask in the glow of one of America’s most accomplished, and successful, chefs as he rolls into town next week to cook for fans of his restaurant Craft Dallas.

Chef/owner Tom Colicchio will be joining Chef de Cuisine Jeff Harris in the kitchen at craft | DALLAS on September 27th and 28th (Next Monday and Tuesday).  They will be preparing meals using some of their favorite seasonal ingredients, including Jerusalem Artichokes, Brussels Sprouts, Guinea Hen, and Chanterelle Mushrooms.  Make reservations by calling 214 397 4111.   Craft Dallas is located in the W Hotel in Victory Park, at 2440 Victory Park Lane Dallas, TX 75219.  For more information visit Craft’s Facebook page.  Complimentary valet parking offered.

Time to Nosh

Chef Avner Samuel’s new Dallas restaurant & bar, NOSH euro bistro and bar, is now open in the space formerly occupied by his ultra lavish Aurora (4216 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219-2312).  The expanded space includes a full bar, additional seating areas and a food bar that has been incorporated into the open kitchen. The menu, featuring casual European/Mediterranean inspired fare is offered throughout the day, 11:00am – 11:00pm weekdays and 5:00pm – 11:00pm on Saturdays. A relaxed and comfortable atmosphere is complemented with moderately priced food and wine list.  Read on for a look at chef/partner Jon Stevens’ opening menu at Nosh.

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” September 7, 2010

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Dining Specials

Rafain Brazilian Steakhouse in Addison is offering some specials on dinner.  Their “summer special” (through September 25th) lets you enjoy all 16 cuts of their Churrascaria style grilled meat, salad bar and desserts for $29.95 per person (50% off regular price for kids 6 to 11).  You can take up to ten hungry people in for this special price.  You’ll have to ask for this special when you make a reservation.  Call 972-733-1110 for more details.  Visit Rafain’s website for details on “Dinner for two for $50”.

Über chef Avner Samuel is back in business mid-month with his Euro Bistro and Bar:  Nosh.  The former Aurora space is completely remodeled.  Casual Euro/Mediterranean fare will be offered throughout the day from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.  Chef Jon Stevens has joined the NOSH team as Chef/Partner.  Jon has lived in Dallas for 8 years, and worked previously at Neighborhood Services, Aurora and Abacus.  He is a native of San Francisco and worked at Jardiniere and The Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton.  And, a rather extraordinary vote of confidence from Chef Samuel, ” I’m giving Jon complete authority in the kitchen, from the development of our concept to menu creation, say’s Samuel, we are very excited to have him on board”.  Call to see exactly when the restaurant will open:  214-528-9400.

Chef Casey Thompson seems to be right at home at Fort Worth’s Brownstone serving Southern style cuisine.  The restaurant is nestled in the West Seventh Street development, and is offering all kinds of enticing specials, including:  Happy hour and drink specials–even a “Purple Friday” special if you wear purple or show a TCU ID.  The restaurant is serving lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch.  And, if you’re interested in trying some of Casey’s special Southern cooking at home, we share one of her recipes with you here…just read on for more.

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