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New Video Series

Since I lead such an eclectic life, entrepreneur, foodie, media guy, mild mannered reporter, and loyal God fearing American.  It’s time to report on my wining and dining exploits by putting some pictures and sound with them.  I believe that’s called video in the technical vernacular.  Or, is it television?  Hmmm.  Could this be the beginning of Savor-TV?  Well, more to come on that, but for now, we’ll try and get a steady stream of new video clips out each month as we go about our business of meeting people all over the Metroplex for some of the above named enterprise.  And, in that spirit, I will make a concerted effort to cover the new and the old; the funky and the chic; the cool and the tragically hip; in short, pretty much what we did for almost 10 years on “The KRLD Restaurant Show with Jim White”–only this time with, “lights, camera, action!”  Gosh, Mr. DeMille, he gushed, I’m ready for my closeup! As I get rolling with this, I’ll even come up with a plan.  For now, as the enlightened say, the journey of a thousand miles begins with this first step.  This little impromptu ditty came about during a meeting with a Savor Dallas sponsor.  All of a sudden the spirit moved me (or my iPhone buzzed in my pocket, whatever) and I was videoing.  How long has it been since you’ve been to Angry Dog in Deep Ellum?  This mainstay offers good grub for a bar, and a nice escape from a hot afternoon.  Or, for a tall, cool one after you’re off duty.  Let me know what your experience has been with Angry Dog.  I want to get your feedback.  Ciao for now.

Wining and Dining with Jim White February 20, 2011

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Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!

Chef Stephan Pyles

The race is on for the 2011 James Beard Awards.  This Oscar of the food and wine world hasn’t been awarded to anyone in these parts for as long as memory serves.  Lots of nominations–particularly Sharon Hage of the dearly departed York Street–but no coveted Beard Award for the home boys and girls in a long time.  Well, hope springs eternal, and we are rooting mightily for some very strong local contenders who have been nominated–as semi-finalists for the 2011 Awards:

Stephan Pyles for “Outstanding Chef”, The Mansion Restaurant at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek for “Outstanding Restaurant”, and The Four Seasons Las Colinas for “Outstanding Wine Service” under the direction of James Tidwell, M.S.  These three awards are the “big dogs” of the competition.  They are selected from top chefs and restaurants all across America. A regional nomination for “Best Chef: Southwest” goes to Teiichi Sakurai for his outstanding work at Tei-An.

Congratulations to all for the well-deserved recognition.  In my book, they all belong in the finals.  The long list of semi-finalists will be pared down by a secret panel of judges from across the country on March 21st. You can see all the contenders at the James Beard website.  The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in Lincoln Center New York on May 9th.  Let the nail biting begin!  Take it from one who has been through the process (1999 James Beard nomination for “Viking Range Best Radio Show on Food” for the KRLD Restaurant Show with Jim White), it’s nerve-racking.  Both waiting to find out and the awards ceremony.  We found the audience a bit boorish.  They literally booed nominees who weren’t from New York!  Well, hopefully the folks in attendance for the 2011 ceremony will have better manners, and Stephan, James, Bruno Davillion (Executive Chef of the Mansion Restaurant), and “Teiich” will all get to give acceptance speeches!

We are honored to have Stephan and Bruno with us at Savor Dallas March 18-19.  Stephan is doing a special cooking class and lunch at his eponymous Arts District restaurant, and also joins us at the International Grand Tasting along with Bruno. Stephan’s lunch will definitely sell-out so get your tickets now!  Click here for more information.

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