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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)

Savor the Flavor with Jim White “The Wining and Dining Guy” April 26, 2010

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Be sure to join us Saturday May 8th for a FREE

winetasting and lots of fun at the grand opening of the newest Centennial and Fine Wines on Lowest Greenville.  It’s a special “Dinner Club with Jim White” event.  Get details here.

Check out the latest “Mothers Day Brunch” postings in DISH.  It’s “news you can use about wining and dining”.

Why not cook for mom?  View these great chef cooking demos from Marcus Streitzel of the Adolphus Hotel and Sascia Marchesi at Nicola’s and tell her you learned everything from her!

“News you Can Use about Wining and Dining” with Jim White April 20, 2010

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Happy trails Dee!

After almost 30 years with Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Dee Lincoln is set to leave.  “The Queen of Steak” announced her decision to the assembled staff at Del Frisco’s on Friday.  Her focus going forward is on her new “Tasting Room and Bubble Bar” at Cowboys Stadium and a new restaurant she plans to open in May.  She’ll work with her brother, Ricky Comardelle, on a placed called the Dinghy Bar & Grill, a casual dining restaurant on Lake Lewisville.  We’re told Dee will pay homage to her Louisiana roots with the new restaurant.  It was a long and successful road with Del Frisco’s, starting in the early 80’s when she first met mentor Dale Wamstad in New Orleans, and ending Friday with Dee in charge of opening all the new Del Frisco’s.  The company became a national chain that was purchased by Lone Star Funds LP, a private equity firm, that also own Lone Star Steakhouse.  The quote from Dee after the announcement was apropos, “Del Frisco’s has been an incredible journey.  However, great eras come to an end”.

Enjoy “A Tour of Northern Italy”  Wine Dinner at Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano on Thursday April 22, from 6:30 until 9.  The four-course meal with wine pairings begins with an Amuse Bouche of a Mini Phyllo Basket filled with herbed Texan goat cheese, paddle fish caviar and topped with chives. It’s paired with Montesel Prosecco N.V. The Insalata d’Anatra Curata features fresh watercress lettuce with cantaloupe “confetti,” roasted cherry tomatoes, pistachios, cured fresh duck breast and aged balsamic-blood orange vinaigrette. The wine is a Suavia Soave Classico 2008. For the Carne course, it’s Sella d’Agnello alla Grappa e Mirtilli – an Australian lamb loin served with golden zucchini flower, roasted pear, porcini mashed potatoes, Grappa and a blueberry sauce. This dish is paired with Zenato Valpolicella Ripassa 2007. For Dolci, dessert, diners will enjoy Spuma di Cioccolato Gianduja, a Gianduja chocolate mousse served with pear borsch-raspberry puree and caramelized hazelnut praline. The culinary tour of Italy finishes with a Rosa Regale N.V.

The price per person is $69.95, plus tax and gratuity.  Nicola’s is located at 5800 Legacy Drive in The Shops at Legacy. For more information or to make a reservation, please call (972) 608-4455  or visit www.nicolaslegacy.com.

Catch their chef, Sascia Marchesi in action as he demonstrates how  you can make a fan favorite of Nicola’s:  Cioppino alla Livornese.

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