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Great Night for Wining and Dining at Smoke October 22, 2010

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Adrian Murcia and Chef Tim Byres

Rioja RULES at Smoke!

Thanks to our good friends from Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits for hosting such a great wine and food event at Smoke.  Chef Tim Byres outstanding menu of smoked meats paired beautifully with the luscious wines from Rioja.  Special thanks to Adrian Murcia, representing Wines from Rioja, for his gracious and friendly overview and insights on this extraordinary wine-growing region.  A good time was had by all!  See highlights of the dinner and our happy guests here.

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The Dinner Club with Jim White welcomes Castello di Monsanto to Penne Pomodoro September 17, 2010

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Tuscany meets Dallas

Thanks to all who attended our very special Italian food and wine event at Alberto Lombardi’s Penne Pomodoro in Snider Plaza last night (September 16).  Our special thanks to Veronica Lagi with Castello di Monsanto for sharing stories about the beautiful estate near Florence and the exceptional

Chianti Classico Riserva of Monsanto.  See photo highlights of the fabulous five-course wining and dining experience below.  Join us for our next special event on October 20th brought to you by Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits.  Details soon.  Ciao!

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, The Wining and Dining Guy July 10, 2010

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Bastille Day Parties

Celebrate French Independence Day on July 14th. Storming the Bastille is so over (and besides it’s gone, so no use looking for it).  Instead, hang with the moist and cool set poolside at Hotel ZaZa and nosh on “petite treats” and sip delicious bubbly from Veuve Clicquot.  The happening is 8 til 11 at ZaZa’s Urban Oasis.  Get more details at their website.

Meanwhile, if you’d like a taste of the real deal, with people who speak real French.  Join the folks at the French American Chamber of Commerce Dallas Chapter as they present a Bastille Day Gourmet Dinner at Lavendou at 7 p.m.  The five-course dinner with Mouton Cadet Wines is $70 per person and is all inclusive (tax, tip included).  Call 972-241-0111 or visit their website.   Read on to see the entire menu.


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.


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)

“The Dinner Club with Jim White” Special Event June 23rd June 16, 2010

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Join us for a “Summer Sparkler Spectacular” at the beautiful Warwick Melrose Hotel NEXT Wednesday!

It’ll be a great evening of wining and dining in the storied Landmark Restaurant for our friends in the “Dinner Club with Jim White”.  Executive chef Mike Pacheco has prepared five delicious courses-each paired with delightful bubbly.  See the complete menu below.  And, find out more about how Chef Mike went from pro baseball player to chef in our exclusive “Savor Wine and Food” interview here.  Bring your friends and celebrate the beginning of summer with some great food and wine at this special event from “The Dinner Club with Jim White” presented by Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits.  Seating is limited so please call today:  214-521-5151. Also, please remember to ask for the special “Dinner Club” room rate the Melrose is offering for those who would like to “take the elevator home” after dinner.  See details below.   Bon appétit! And, cheers!

The Special Dinner Club Menu

Seared Day Boat Scallops
With House Made Chorizo and Vanilla Oil
Scharffenberger Brut
Artisan Greens and Baby Spinach
With Mandarin Oranges and Citrus Vinaigrette
Mirabelle Brut
Poached Striped Bass
Fava Bean Salad, Fennel Dusted Gnocchi
Cave de Lugny Crèmant de Bourgogne
Trilogy of Chocolate
Rocca Cerrina Brachetto, N/V
Sampling of Specialty Cheeses
Ricossa Moscato d’Asti

For Dinner Reservations, please call 214-224-3152
For Room Reservations; please call the hotel at 214-521-5151
and mention the Dinner Club room rate.

This fantastic event will be held Wednesday June 23rd,in the Landmark
Restaurant at the Warwick Melrose Hotel from 7-9:30PM.    Space limited
to 40 seats. $75 per person (Plus Tax and Gratuity)

Warwick Melrose Hotel
3015 Oak Lawn Avenue
Dallas, Texas. 75219

Join us at the Warwick Melrose Hotel for this exciting event and enjoy
the warm, soothing and luxurious atmosphere of the Landmark
Restaurant.  The Landmark Restaurant has been honored with the AAA
Four Diamond award, the prestigious DiRoNA award and the Wine
Spectator award.  The Landmark Restaurant is the perfect venue for
this wine dinner event.  The Warwick Melrose Hotel is also offering a
special Dinner Club room rate of $60 for the evening in one of their
lavishly restored rooms, for those who would like to extend their time
at this beautiful hotel.   This is sure to be an exceptional event!

Chef Tiffany Derry “Go Fish Ocean Club” May 19, 2010

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Tonight’s the night (June 16th) for the premiere of Top Chef VII on Bravo featuring Dallas’ own Chef Tiffany Derry.  Go Tiffany!  And catch her right here with a great recipe you can make at home while you’re rooting her to victory on.

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