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Bob Sambol “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 5-17-18 May 17, 2018

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Thankful for much

Jim White and Bob Sambol

Jim White and Bob Sambol

Bob Sambol pays tribute to his namesake restaurant Bob’s Steak and Chop House on its 25th anniversary–even though he no longer owns it.  Get the full story on this week’s
“Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  He endured some hard knocks in separating from his eponymous restaurant, but Bob is thankful for the legacy and the contribution it has made to the DFW dining scene.  Enjoy tales of the great steaks of Dallas, and his excitement to be involved with the Trinity Groves project.  Welcome to the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who create the eats and drinks you love.  We’re expanding next week to a video on demand format on VOKAL.  You might call it “video/radio”, because we’ll be combining the intimacy of talk radio with the impact of video.  You’ll be seeing stars!  Your favorite chefs, artisans, and wine personalities will be joining us in the VOKAL Dallas studios, and by Google “Hang Out”, from anywhere in the world to bring you “news you can use about wining and dining”.  The podcast version of the show will remain on iTunes and VOKAL, and you’ll have a choice on VOKALnow.com to watch or listen to our conversations.  I hope you enjoy.  I look forward to your feedback.  Thanks!  Remember, if anybody asks what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Chris Patrick “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 05-10-18 May 10, 2018

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Well deserved culinary merit badge

Jim White and Chris Patrick

Jim White and Chris Patrick

Meet Chef Chris Patrick Culinary Director for Abacus Jasper’s Restaurant Group on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  The title on his card is impressive, but you can call him chef.  Most nights you’ll find him running the back of the house team at posh Abacus in Dallas.  It’s a far cry from the Eagle Scout kid whose dad used to joke “He couldn’t cook a hot dog.  How’d he wind up being a chef?”  Find out about his early start in music that led to a career in restaurants, and how a busy executive chef/corporate chef manages to balance work life with a growing family.  Welcome to the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who create the eats and drinks you love.  You can catch all of our episodes on VOKAL Media and on iTunes.

And, tune in next week for a special announcement about a technical evolution of our weekly wining and dining show.  You’ll be seeing stars!

Remember, if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner.  Tell ’em…reservations!

 

Sharon Van Meter Part 2 “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 05-03-18 May 3, 2018

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The best “man” for the job was a woman

Sharon Van Meter

Sharon Van Meter with prototype “clean taco” for Tacos y Vino

So, a chef and an apprentice walk into a Michelin 3 Star restaurant in Lyon.  No, it’s not the start of a cheesy joke, but the way Sharon Van Meter met Paul Bocuse after she graduated from Le Cordon Bleu.  Chef assumed he had selected a man from the graduating group for his coveted apprenticeship.  Hear what happens next on today’s episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Fast forward a few years and Van Meter is one of the most respected chefs in the industry.  Her events center 3015 at Trinity Groves is booked solid.  She’s executive producing programs for the Food Network.  And, she’s opening a taco joint.  What?!?  Ah, but not just any taco joint.  “Tacos y Vino is half wine bar, half taqueria, and one quarter wine shop, that will open in a sweet bungalow at 213 W. 8th St.”, says Culture Map.  (Sometime the parts are greater than the sum).  It will open ASAP, according to Sharon.  Just a few city inspections to go.  Longtime wine professional Jimmy Contreras is putting the beverage program together with SVM’s “clean tacos”.  Get all the details in part 2 of our conversation with Sharon on the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL Media and on iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Sharon Van Meter Part 1 “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 04-26-18 April 26, 2018

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Gymnastics helped her become a great chef and businesswoman

Jim White and Sharon Van Meter

Jim White and Sharon Van Meter

Meet Sharon Van Meter on this week’s “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Sharon is a master chef and proprietor of 3015 Trinity Groves-the wildly popular event space in Dallas.  She talks about the evolution of Trinity Groves and her soon to open Tacos y Vino in Oak Cliff.   You’ll love the story she tells about meeting Stanley Marcus for the first time when she was consulting for Neiman-Marcus.  Clue:  he’s the one who persuaded her to re-locate to Dallas. Thank you, Mr. Stanley!  Oh, and you’ll get a kick out of her gymnastics story, too.  It’s the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL and on iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em, reservations!

Becky Foulk “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 04-19-18 April 19, 2018

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Inspired cooking

Becky Foulk 2This week on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com, meet chef and cookbook author Becky Foulk.  She has a great new cookbook and an inspiring story springing from a tragedy in her childhood that you’re going to want to hear.  The former corporate chef for Whole Foods and Corner Bakery is now consulting companies in the food service industry.  We caught up with her on the other side of the world in Dubai to speak with her about her fun new cookbook “Cooking Soup to Nuts”  (Zoom is a wonderful thing).  Welcome to the podcast devoted to introducing you to the women and men who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes of VOKAL and on iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner, tell ’em reservations!

Al Biernat “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 04-05-18 April 5, 2018

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Just don’t call me late for dinner

Al Biernat and Jim White

Al Biernat and Jim White

Ever wonder how restaurant proprietor Al Biernat got so good at remembering names of people who come into his establishment?  The answer is here, on today’s episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Al and his team are celebrating 20 years of great food and service in Oak Lawn, and the debut of their beautiful new Al Biernat’s North on Spring Valley.  Al gives us his recipe for success in the restaurant business, and takes us back to how he got started.  It’s basically a short master’s course on how to run a great restaurant.  Welcome to the podcast devoted to introducing you to the men and women who make the eats and drinks you love.  You can catch all of our shows on VOKAL Media and on iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations!

Nick Barclay “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 03-29-18 March 29, 2018

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Cornwall on Coit?

Nick Barclay

TAXI

Hail a 1972 London Taxi at “Fish and Fizz”

Storied chef Nick Barclay is back in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and getting ready to satisfy your cravings for fish and chips, bubble ‘n squeak, and lots of other proper British dishes at his new “Fish and Fizz” in Richardson.  He joins us on this week’s episode of “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  One of our favorite chefs in the 80’s and 90’s, he and his wife Kelly closed Barclay’s and moved the family to Nick’s native Cornwall, in southwest England, at the turn of the Millennium.  They’re excited to be back in the area, and to open their new restaurant sometime in early June.  We caught up with Nick on site to the get the lowdown on what sounds like a great addition to the area dining scene.  He’s aiming to offer you the best fish and chips you ever had, along with a great selection of wines, beers, and ales (the “fizz”).  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who create the flavors you love.  Catch all of our podcasts on VOKAL Media and on iTunes.  And, remember…if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner, tell ’em reservations!

Patrick Esquerre Part 2 “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 03-22-18 March 22, 2018

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Join the “Lovers Club”

Patrick and Jim 2

Jim White and Patrick Esquerre

Enjoy part 2 of our conversation with La Madeleine founder Patrick Esquerre on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Hear how Patrick overcame a tumultuous setback in his early 20’s that formed the foundation for his success and happiness in live.  Find out why Patrick learned to listen to the women in his life, and how it made La Madeleine an iconic French country bakery loved by millions.   On the occasion of La Madeleine’s 35th anniversary, Patrick has written a La Madeleine Love Story-Listen, Adapt and Surprise, The Recipe for Happiness.  His delightful book is available at all Dallas-Fort Worth La Madeleine locations and online.  You’ll love it.  In fact, you’ll want to join the Lovers Club soon.  Welcome to the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.   Catch all of our episodes on VOKALnow.com and on iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em reservations.  

Patrick Esquerre Part 1 “Wining and Dining with Jim White 03-15-18 March 15, 2018

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All you need is love

Patrick and Jim

Patrick Esquerre and Jim White

Patrick Esquerre is our guest this week on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  He believes that “anything great happens because of love”.  And, you’ll hear lots of affection and emotion throughout our special two-part conversation from the legendary founder of iconic French Country Bakery, La Madeleine.  In the midst of La Madeleine’s 35th anniversary, Patrick has written a book called Listen, Adapt and Surprise.  A La Madeleine Love Story.  It’s a charming book filled with great stories from Patrick, some favorite family recipes from France, delightful caraicatures illustrating many of Patricks’s main points, and of course, lots of love for you as well as his beloved La Madeleine.  By the way, the book is available at all Dallas-Fort Worth locations of La Madeleine and online.  Join us for some joie de vivre with the master of conviviality, Patrick Esquerre.  It’s the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our shows on VOKALnow.com and on iTunes.  And, remember.  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner…tell ’em, reservations!

Monica Greene Part 2 “Wining and Dining with Jim White” 03-08-18 March 8, 2018

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Restaurant icon and urban visionary

Anastacia and Monica

Anastacia Quinones and Monica Greene

Join us for Part 2 of our lively discussion with Monica Greene on “Wining and Dining with Jim White” on VOKALnow.com.  Monica has spent the better part of three decades championing urban Dallas neighborhoods and helping to turn them into restaurant meccas:  Uptown, Oak Lawn, Deep Ellum.  Now, she and her cohorts, Chef Anastacia Quiñones and bartender Leann Berry, collectively known as the “Trifecta” are doing the same for the Cedars Neighborhood with the re-opening of The Cedars Social.  On today’s episode hear Monica’s reflections on some of the amazing chefs and restaurateurs she has worked with through the years, and get a great sense of how the Dallas-Fort Worth restaurant scene has evolved.  “Wining and Dining with Jim White” is the podcast devoted to introducing you to the people who make the eats and drinks you love.  Catch all of our episodes on VOKAL Media and on iTunes.  Remember, if anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner, tell ’em reservations!

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