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EASTER BRUNCH DINING IN DALLAS April 20, 2011

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Bites and Bytes to Go

A dash of that, a dish of this.  Easter is on the way and so are some other good wine and food events.  Here’s what we know today.

Enjoy Easter dining at:

Dish has a fabulous three-course Easter brunch for $25 per person.  Add $10 for bottomless Mimosas, and $5 Bloody Mary’s.

Nick and Sam’s has a fabulous sounding brunch for $65 per person, or $25 for kids 12 and under.  They’ll also be featuring lots of fun activities for the kids including cotton candy, face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny.

The new Watel’s Bistro in East Dallas is offering its full menu plus egg dishes.   Three courses for $29 and four courses for $34.  It’s great having the old York Street space re-visioned as Watel’s.  You’ll find them at 6047 Lewis Street at Skillman.  Reservations are required at 214 720 0323,or by email: mail@watels.com.

Previous Easter brunch recommendations and listings can be found at this prior “Wining and Dining with Jim White” posting, or this one.

Chef Bruno Davaillon writes to tell us about his special event to salute Earth Day this Friday at the beautiful Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.  Quoth the chef:  “In honor of Earth Day, this Friday we’ll be serving a one-of-a-kind five-course tasting menu highlighting local and sustainable ingredients served by candlelight on the Mansion Restaurant Terrace. I’m excited about this menu, and I hope you’ll join us for this one-night-only event. And it’s not just about the food, sommelier Michael Flynn has picked out some great, organic wines to pair with the menu.”

Earth Day Tasting Menu

Smoked Sturgeon, Local Beet, Horseradish, Salmon Roe and Texas Grapefruit

Chicken Liver Flan, Creamy Morels, Ramps, Green Pea and Quail Egg

Lobster, Caramelized Turnips, Radish, Cilantro and Sweet-and-Sour Jus

Grass-fed Rib-eye, Sage Gnocchi, Texas Kale and Bordelaise Sauce

Old-fashioned Rice Pudding, Passion Fruit and Caramel Foam

Hope to see you soon. Salut!

Chef Bruno, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, 2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75219, 214.443.474.

Ceferino Zambrano at Zambrano’s Wine Cellar alerts us to a special tasting he doing on Tuesday April 26th called “Northern California Stars Wine Tasting” featuring some of his favorites at his cool wine bar in downtown Fort Worth.  On tap for tasting:

2008 Barnett Family, Savoy Vineyard, Chardonnay

2006 Marimar Estate, Russian River, Pinot Noir

2007 Ridge, Lytton Springs, Dry Creek Valley, Zinfandel

2007 Rombauer, Napa Valley, Cabernet

Paired with cheeses, only $25 *plus tax & tip

Make your reservation today! Seating is limited!

Oh, and Friday April 29th, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse in Dallas is featuring a Dunn Vineyards Wine Dinner, featuring winery principals Randy Dunn and Kristina Dunn Buchanan.  Get details and reservations for the dinner here.

JOHN TESAR THE COMMISSARY April 12, 2011

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On Being in Two Places at Once

When I was a kid, I recall numerous references to “the studio commissary” on Bob Barker game shows (NBC Commissary) and on “I Love Lucy” when Ricky Ricardo went to Hollywood and would meet guest stars like William Holden for lunch on the studio lot.  For me, the word commissary always conjured visions of glamorous people having glib conversations while enjoying exotic cuisine like pheasant under glass.  Leave it to John Tesar to interrupt my innocent childhood daydream with his latest bite of easy food and good vibrations for the 21st Century lifestyle.  And, kudos, too, for taking over the defunct Dali space in One Arts Plaza by re-visioning The Commissary into a casual gathering space for lunch, dinner, and late night nibbles (think burgers, pasta, and interesting “chef driven food”), and wine priced at retail (two times wholesale price instead of the usual 3 to 4 time markup of most restaurants).  Be the first on your block to catch the new restaurant concept in the midst of a “soft opening”, as we speak, this week.  But wait, there’s more!  Tesar’s vision is actually two restaurants in one!  Anything worth doing is worth over-doing?  No.  It’s much cooler than that.  In addition to the 40 seat restaurant–“The Commissary”–you can also partake of “The Table”.  A 12 seat community dining space with its own entrance–actually two–one from One Arts Plaza and the other interior door from the main restaurant.  Reserve one seat or all twelve.  Show up when you want.  When you arrive, someone may be having dessert as your meal is beginning.  As Tesar says on this video clip shot by foodie Brad Murano (The Brad’s Blog), it’s a great way to share conversation about the food.  We’ll give you our own personal “Zen” views soon as we become one with “The Commissary” and “The Table”.  For now check out “The Brad’s” view and read on for some excellent insights from food writer Kim Pierce.  And, hey John, welcome to the neighborhood.  Nice that somebody fixed the hole in One Arts Plaza since Dali closed.

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Wining and Dining with Jim White February 15, 2011

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Chef Hoopla

That’s a technical term for a big event featuring lots of top-flight local chefs serving up what they do best for a good cause.  What’s not to like?  Bonne Santé, a wine and food showcase coming up on Wednesday features  Bijoux chef-owner Scott Gottlich and Chef William Koval of Lakewood Country Club  co-hosting the inaugural food and wine benefit for the National Kidney Foundation at the Westin Galleria Dallas.  Showcasing their dishes will be a talented lineup of chefs including Anthony Bombaci of Nana, Dean Fearing of Fearing’s, Bruno Davaillon of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Abraham Salum of Salum and Samir Dhurandhar of Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse, to name only a few.  Chefs from Fort Worth, Las Vegas and Fort Worth are also represented at the food and wine tasting for a very good cause. More information can be found at www.kidney.org.

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” May 19, 2010

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Big doings at the grande dame Mansion on Turtle Creek

Three Decades, Three Chefs

Master Class. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek turns 30 this year! To celebrate, three masters of culinary talent from the iconic Mansion kitchen both past and present are coming together for a one-of-a-kind culinary demonstration. Mansion alumni Kent Rathbun and Dean Fearing will join current Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon for the TACA Culinary Master Class.  The demonstration includes three-course lunch and wines paired by Mansion Wine and beverage Director Michael Flynn.

Where:    Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
When:    Saturday, May 22, at 11 a.m.
How:    Purchase tickets online or call 214.520.3930 for more information. Seating is limited.
Proceeds benefit TACA, an organization that passionately supports the performing arts in North Texas.

And now, for something completely different…

Cobb Switch Barbecue in Carrollton (that great Janet and Phil Cobb BBQ place that dining doyenne Dotty Griffith is involved with and Janet’s son Blair Black runs), features all kinds of interesting events coming up.  For instance,  a “Late Great Chevy Car Show on July 3rd”, and an “All You Can Eat Fish Fry” every Friday evening for just $9.99.  They can also take care of you if you need to grab some barbecue on the way to the lake this Memorial Day.  Their “Lake Party Box” is $8 a person.  Check it out online or call 214-483-3600.  2625 Old Denton Rd. #700, Carrollton, TX 75007.

Hand me the napkins, please.

Cheers!  Jim

Savor the Flavor with Jim White-the “Wining and Dining Guy” May 13, 2010

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Great dinner-great cause

Taste of the Nation Dallas is back Saturday (May 16th) at the Hotel Palomar.  Join the city’s finest chefs for an intimate, gastronomic seated event to end childhood hunger. Each table of ten will be treated to a lavish cocktail reception followed by a four course dinner with wine pairings exclusively prepared for their table by one of the featured chefs. Don’t miss the chance to bid in our exceptional silent and live auctions featuring one-of-a-kind trips, wine, culinary experiences and more. Click here to purchase individual tickets.  To purchase a table please contact Terri Provencal at 214-642-1124. Tickets and tables are going fast, so be sure to purchase today!  100% of ticket sales supports Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger.  Participating restaurants include Stephan Pyles, Fearing’s, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Charlie Palmer at the Joule, Central 214, Abacus, Nick & Sam’s, Nobu, Bolsa, Arcodoro Pomodoro, The Place at Perry’s, and John Tesar with Dallas Restaurant Group.   Chef Blythe Beck (right) is the host chef from Central 214.  Enjoy!

Help train the chefs of tomorrow and have a value priced lunch or dinner in the bargain

Technique is the student run restaurant of the world famous Le Cordon Bleu Dallas Location.  The restaurant serves lunch and dinner (Tuesday through Friday) and is operated by students who are about to graduate from their 21 month associate program from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts.  The budding chefs take turns running the back of the house (preparing the meals) and the front of the house (hosting and serving) during their last semester in order to gain some real world experience.  This helps prepare them for the rigors of working 6 or 7 days a week in the very demanding hospitality environment.  I had lunch there this week.  Overall it was great. The menu is varied and changes daily.  The service is ever so attentive (under the watchful eye of instructor coordinators fulfilling the role of maître d’ and executive chef).  The price is fantastic–soups, salads and starters range from $3 to $5, sandwiches are $7,  main courses are $8 and desserts are $3.  I have not seen the dinner menu prices. Expect them to be slightly higher.  They even have a very serviceable wine list.  My guests and I nibbled on a delicious White Pizza starter with grilled chicken, red onion, aged Mozzarella and spinach.  The Fried Goat Cheese Salad with dried blueberries in a rosemary and citrus vinaigrette was dandy.  Of the three main course selections, we tried Le Rosti–cumin crusted chicken breast with herb risotto, haricots verts, with basil oil and aged Balsamic.  The chicken was a little dry and too salty.  Otherwise the dish overall was satisfying.  Another of us tried Le Pasta–Linguini Carbonara with bacon, sweet peas, cream and cracked pepper.  No complaints from that side of the table.  Desserts-untried (sorry-I’m trying to get back to my fighting weight after vacation!), but intriguing were the Chocolate Soup with a hazelnut phyllo crisp, and Apple Crisp with vanilla bean ice cream.  The dining room is very attractive.  If you’re looking for someplace different, or as I suggested at the top of the piece would like to help train a young chef, I highly recommend you make a reservation.  Lunch is served from 12 until 1:30 and dinner is offered from 6 until 7:30.  Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts is located at 11830 Webb Chapel Road (at LBJ), Suite 1200, Dallas 75234.  Reservations are recommended.  Call 214-647-8509.  Our appreciation to Chef Aaron Hubbard (back of the house supervisor and instructor), Jeffrey Gregory (front of the house supervisor, sommelier and instructor), and Maureen Clements, Campus President, for all the information and for running a great program.   The campus has about 750 students currently and also offers an associate bakery and patisserie degree.  Bon appétit!

Wining and Dining “news you can use” from Jim White May 1, 2010

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Here’s a great cause to help!

The Childrens’s Advocacy Center in Dallas is a great program we have supported for several years.  Mario’s Mexican Cuisine is helping the work of this organization by offering Mario’s Mondays in May.  Dine at any Mario’s restaurant on a Monday in May and fifty per cent of the proceeds will benefit the victims of child abuse who receive hope and healing through the vital programs provided by the Children’s Advocacy Center.  Visit their website for more details.

PRINT THIS CERTIFICATE AND TAKE IT TO MARIO’S TO INSURE THE DONATION.

Join TACA and the Mansion for Party on the Green

Culinary Showstopper. TACA, an organization that passionately supports the performing arts in North Texas, is hosting a culinary bash at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

TACA Lexus Party on the Green showcases the culinary talents of celebrity guest chefs from around the world who dish up their signature cuisine at stations throughout the Mansion. A silent auction, wine cork pull and vibrant musical entertainment add to the evening’s festivities.

Where:    Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
2821 Turtle Creek Boulevard
When:    Friday, May 21, at 7 p.m.
How:    Purchase tickets online or call 214.520.3930 for more information.

Three Decades, Three Chefs
Master Class. Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek turns 30 this year! To celebrate, three masters of culinary talent from the iconic Mansion kitchen both past and present are coming together for a one-of-a-kind culinary demonstration. Mansion alumni Kent Rathbun and Dean Fearing will join current Executive Chef Bruno Davaillon for the TACA Culinary Master Class.

The demonstration includes three-course lunch and wines paired by Mansion Wine and beverage Director Michael Flynn.

Where:    Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
When:    Saturday, May 22, at 11 a.m.
How:    Purchase tickets online or call 214.520.3930 for more information. Seating is limited.

Driven to Win
Lean and Green. The 2010 Lexus HS 250h, the brand’s new hybrid model, is a sleek piece of state-of-the-art machinery, and it could be yours for $100. TACA is selling chance tickets to win the new car now until TACA Lexus Party on the Green on Friday, May 21. With useful new features and an environmentally friendly system, the car is proof that efficiency, luxury and innovation can come together to create a car of the future, today.

Mansion Managing Director Duncan Graham is taking the Lexus Hybrid for a test drive for the next two weeks, and you can read all about his experience on the Mansion Blog.

Where:    The winner will be drawn at TACA Lexus Party on the Green at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
When:    Friday, May 21
How:    Download a form to purchase tickets, or call 214.520.3930 for more information. Tickets are $100 each or six for $500.
Drawing limited to 1,000 chance tickets and all proceeds benefit TACA.

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