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DFW Restaurant Week with Jim White-Al Biernat’s August 10, 2013

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Al’s is the place to be for a great meal during DFW Restaurant Week.  You’ll get to preview their DFW Restaurant Week menu THIS WEEKEND during the special “Preview” in which select restaurants are participating.  Be among the first to get in and get that great three-course dinner to support the North Texas Food Bank, and the Lena Pope Home when you dine at a participating restaurant in Fort Worth.

Eye on DFW Restaurant Week with Jim White-India West, Ross Duggal August 9, 2013

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I love good Indian food.  Some of the best around is from a cool, young, rising star chef Ross Duggal, owner of India West Restaurant in Addison.  Ross takes his heritage, and his family’s commitment to hospitality seriously.  He’ll be adding his modern touches on classic Indian cuisine for DFW Restaurant Week.  Stop by and see him and support the great work of the North Texas Food Bank, or the Lena Pope Home when you dine out for Restaurant Week in Fort Worth.

Eye on DFW Restaurant Week with Jim White-Central 214, Graham Dodds August 8, 2013

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Meet Chef Graham Dodds from one of the hottest restaurants in town, Central 214.  It was very cool to hear about the special menu he has planned for his special addition to DFW Restaurant Week, “The Cadillac Lunch Experience”.  It gives you a chance to dine out during daylight and dark to help the work of the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home.  I had fun with Graham.  I think you’ll enjoy watching the Scotsman at work.

Eye on DFW Restaurant Week with Jim White-Chef Abraham Salum August 7, 2013

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One of the cool things about DFW Restaurant Week is getting to dine with rising star chefs while you’re helping a good cause.  I’m so happy to take the “Eye on DFW Restaurant Week” video series to Salum to introduce you to Abraham Salum, chef/owner.  Abraham also operates Komali.  If you haven’t been, both restaurants are among the over 125 that are supporting Restaurant Week and the great work of the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home.  Enjoy.

DFW Restaurant Week-Nick & Sam’s Grill Park Cities August 6, 2013

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DFW Restaurant Week starts Monday!  Over 125 top restaurants and you together raising tons of money for the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home.  Nothing like a cool, summer cocktail to take the edge of a hot August night.  See what Nick & Sam’s Mixologist Kyle Paris is mixing up for you to go with the great three course Restaurant Week meal!

KRLD RESTAURANT WEEK July 21, 2011

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Here Comes KRLD Restaurant Week (Yay!)

The simply amazing KRLD Restaurant Week is in full swing August 15th through 21st.  And, some restaurants will continue through August 28th.  Even a few will continue through Labor Day weekend.  Oh, and if that’s not enough, many will have a special preview August 12th through 14th.  It is the very best way to spend a hot August night.  A great meal, at a great price for a great cause–The North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home.  Over 125 restaurants!  This event raised over $600,000 for the charities last year, and millions through the years since it started in 1997.  Bring your friends.  Bring you family.  Heck invite the in-laws to town!  They don’t have to know you got a great three-course dinner for them for only $35.  But be sure and let them know you’re all helping charity with your dinner, because $7 from each meal purchased goes to the charities.  You MUST have a reservation to get this special deal.  The phone lines are levitating as we speak at the hottest places in town, so hurry and call now!  There is so much diversity, both in food and in location, that I wouldn’t sweat it if you can’t get a reservation at exactly the place you want.  The big brand name places fill up fast.  So, consider branching out and trying new places, or going to an area you haven’t visited before.  There are great choices on the list.  Like Carnegie Hall, not a bad seat in the house.  See all the restaurants at GuideLive.com or KRLD.com.  Please remember, if you make a reservation and can’t keep it, CALL the restaurant and let them know so you don’t keep someone else from dining out for the cause.  And, by all means take good care of your server!  At these prices, you should tip 20% on what the meal SHOULD have cost, AND order a more expensive wine.  Most all of the restaurants are doing wine and food pairings for an additional charge.  That’s the best way to experience the meal and the great flavor profiles the way the chef envisioned it.  So have a great time, and let me know what you really love this year during KRLD Restaurant Week.  Bon appétit!

NOSH and Perrier-Jouet are teaming up to celebrate 200 years of iconic wine making!  Attend a tasting of Perrier-Jouet prestige cuvees featuring Belle Epoque Brut, 2002, Belle Epoque Rose, 2002, and Belle Epoque Blanc de Blancs 2000 paired with heavy hors d’oeuvres.  Tuesday, August 2, 6pm – 7:30, $25pp at Nosh, 4216 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219-2312, P: 214-528-9400.

San Martino Winery and Restaurant AVA team up for a wine dinner. Wednesday August 10th.  Emilio and Maria Ramos are bringing their locally made wines to Restaurant AVA. $75 per person.  Limited seating.  Call 469-698-9920 for reservations.  108 South Goliad, Rockwall, TX, 75087

Wining and Dining with Jim White March 13, 2011

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J.D. Miller at work

Savor Dallas is an artful experience

The 7th Annual Savor Dallas, celebrating wine, food, spirits and the arts, might consider all caps for ARTS this year.  In addition to wine arts and culinary arts, there is a veritable kaleidoscope of visual arts featured throughout the weekend.

Renowned artist J.D. Miller paints a magical canvas at the Savor Dallas International Grand Tasting on Saturday March 19th (Sheraton Dallas Hotel), and offers it to the evening’s Silent Auction to benefit the North Texas Food Bank.  J.D. appears on behalf of Gables Park 17 at the tasting extravaganza, to highlight their on-going commitment to promoting local artists.  The Uptown residential community is also site of Savor Dallas’ “Ultimate Friday Night pARTy” on March 18th.  Each floor of the 25 story building features the work of local artists, and will be available to view during the party.

Modern sculpturist Nic Noblique unveils new works at Gables Park 17 on Friday, and will also be on display at Savor Dallas during the International Grand Tasting from 7 til 10 p.m.  Nic’s unique style is popular throughout the world.  Many of his works are on display around Texas.  You can view his works at The Cameron Gallery in the Dallas Design District.

Austin artist Kathy Womack, who has made a name for herself with beautiful depictions of “Women and Wine” will be showcased at Savor Dallas in an “Artful Wine Lounge” presented by Red Rock, Ghost Pines and Apothic Wineries.  Kathy will have a special piece available for sale at the International Grand Tasting, and is also donating one of her works of art to the silent auction to help fight hunger in North Texas.

Nationally recognized artist Richard Nunez, who paints for many celebrities for their charities, including Anthony Hopkins, Anne Hathaway, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne, Usher, and others, will also be painting “live” at the Grand Tasting.  Nunez has spent a lot of time in Napa and Sonoma partnering with wineries and charitable causes.  At Savor Dallas, he will partner with Terrazas de los Andes, a premium wine from Argentina, to create a work of art for the Silent Auction.  To view 25 years of artwork from Nunez, visit this YouTube link.

Works from many more great local artists will also be featured at the International Grand Tasting to present a silent auction featuring original artworks made of clay or glass to create unique platters, dishes and plate forms.  All auction proceeds from the display will benefit THE EASL FUND which provides limited financial assistance to Dallas/Fort Worth area artists and arts professionals who are in dire temporary distress because of an unforeseen medical emergency or other catastrophic event. EASL (Emergency Artists’ Support League) is a designated fund of the Communities Foundation of Texas, Inc., a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For more information, visit www.easl.us.

So, in addition to the celebration of wine and food, celebrate the arts at Savor Dallas!  For tickets to Savor Dallas and more information, visit SavorDallas.com.

Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” August 13, 2010

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KRLD Restaurant Week Here We Come!

Thirteen years in the making, but not an overnight success.  KRLD Restaurant Week had fairly modest beginnings.  Would you believe that in 1997 we actually had to cajole many of the chefs to get their restaurant involved?  And, some folks were reluctant to leave their living rooms and make reservations on a sticky August night, when a cold beer and some cold cuts sounded better than three courses of fine dining and wines to match.  But, the momentum built quickly.  In year two, maybe one or two irascible chefs failed to see the vision of the great cultural and civic dining event in the making, and people were already thinking about ways to get groups of friends together to “make their reservations for KRLD Restaurant Week” (as we say in the commercials touting the event).  The enthusiasm for KRLD Restaurant Week has grown steadily through the years.  Having worked so hard on courting the chefs to get involved (early days), and continuing to try and help spread the word on the event, I am thrilled and gratified to see Restaurant Week become bigger and better each year.  The goal for fundraising is $700,000 this year.   Money that will go to support the great work of the North Texas Food Bank and the Lena Pope Home.  You can “dine out to help out” beginning this weekend.  The special “Preview” of KRLD Restaurant Week is underway tonight through Sunday at select participating restaurants.  It’s your chance to get a cool summer cocktail, in addition to the special three course meal (and the Central Market Fourth Course, too), and also help the great charities.  Get all the details at krld.com on the restaurants involved.  If you are going this weekend, please do me a favor and tell all your friends to be sure and make reservations over the next two, and in some cases three weeks, of “Restaurant Week”.  Remember:  if you make a reservation and can’t keep it, please notify the restaurant.  And, take care of those servers!  Tip to the max.  Have a great time, and thanks for supporting such a great cause.  Bon appétit!

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