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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” 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)

Easter Happenings II March 24, 2010

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Updating the yummy choices. 

Enjoy a classy dining experience at Hotel St. Germain, Sunday, April 4th, for only $55 a person from 11am-2pm. The lavish buffet features oysters Rockefeller, eggs Benedict, shrimp cocktail, crepes, beignets and many more options. Seating space is limited so call 214-871-2516 to make a reservation.

From an Easter egg hunt in the beautiful Crescent Courtyard to a surprise visit from the Easter Bunny, Rosewood Crescent Hotel is the perfect place for families this Easter Sunday, April 4th from 11am-2pm. Parents can sit back and relax as children search the Crescent grounds for Easter eggs and treats. After the festivities, the Easter Bunny will hop into the Crescent Ballroom and join guests for a scrumptious brunch. The brunch, only $50 for adults and $25 for children, will include a variety of creations including an omelet station, waffle iron station, lobster bisque, an assortment of pastries, cakes and more. Call 214-953-4314 to make your reservation today.

Kenny’s Wood Fired Grill will be open starting at 12:00pm serving regular dinner menu all day plus additional specials. Please call 972-392-9663 for reservations.

Loft 610 has a limited Easter menu for $20 from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. call (972) 377-2500 for reservations.

Be sure to let us know where you dined for Easter.

Be well!

Jim

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