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“The Dinner Club with Jim White” August 2, 2010

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A Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Night at The Moth

“The Dinner Club with Jim White” special event for July kicked-off with the “KRLD Happy Hour” on July 27th.  It was a fun night with some very cool people.  Elvis was definitely in the building.  See the highlights here.

“The Dinner Club with Jim White” Great Night at “The Moth” July 28, 2010

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Thanks to everyone who joined us last night at the cool, new Meddlesome Moth in the Dallas Design District for a great evening of wining and dining.  The evening was even more fun because KRLD got the evening started with a “Fan Appreciation” Happy Hour at The Moth.  Thanks to morning hosts Mike Rogers and Mitch Carr, along with VP of Programming Kurt Johnson for setting it up.  Thanks to our friends at Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits and Darrell Gibson for making the evening possible, and to the great team at The Meddlesome Moth, Shannon Wynne, Keith Schlabs, and Chef Chad Kelley for providing great hospitality.  Jeff and all the servers were absolutely marvelous.  If you haven’t been to The Moth, get in there soon!  Please save the dave for our next Dinner Club event on August 12th.  Details coming very soon.

Here are some photo highlights from last night’s food, wine, beer, rum and fun event.  Cheers.

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” July 27, 2010

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The Party Just Got Bigger and Better Tonight!

Mike Rogers and Mitch Carr, KRLD's "Good Guys"

We’re excited to join forces with the KRLD Morning News Team to kick-off our happening at the Meddlesome Moth with a listener appreciation party and Happy Hour this evening.  Actually, it’s a Happy Ninety Minutes.  The fun starts at 5 with Mike Rogers and Mitch Carr from the 1080 Morning News Team hosting the event.  “The Moth” will feature all kinds of specials on beer and cocktails, plus some great appetizers.  Be sure to save your appetite and join us for the “Dinner Club with Jim White” special dinner starting at 6:30.  Chef Chad Kelley has put together an awesome five-course dinner and Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits has paired the menu with exceptional “GastroPub” signature beers, select wines, and a cool rum cocktail accompanying dessert.  See the pairings here.  The Moth is at Oak Lawn and Hi Line in Dallas.  Just take the Oak Lawn exit from I-35 Stemmons.  Come join the fun.

The Next “Dinner Club with Jim White” Special Event is July 27th! July 14, 2010

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Join us at The Meddlesome Moth

Shannon Wynne’s hot new “Gastro-Pub” in the Dallas Design District is the spot for our next gathering on Tuesday July 27th.  You’re invited.  Simply call 214-628-7900 for reservations.  It will be a great five course meal prepared by Chef Chad Kelly featuring some of “The Moth’s” great hand-crafted beers, select wines and a very cool Rum cocktail with dessert.  Seating is limited for the special dinner.  We hope you can join us.  The address is below.  Here’s a map.

The Meddlesome Moth

1621 Oak Lawn. Dallas Texas.75207

214-628-7900

Be sure to catch our interview with Shannon Wynne right here on the “Dinner Club” micro-site.

Read on to find out more about the restaurant and to see the complete menu and drink pairing.  Bon appétit!

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Interview: Shannon Wynne of Meddlesome Moth July 13, 2010

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

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All you need is fries!

(Sung to the tune of “All You Need is Love”–with apologies to John Lennon)

All together now:  All you need is fries.  Everybody:  All you need is fries.  All you need is fries.  Fries is all you need. Second verse: All you need is ribs.  Third verse: All you need is burgers.  Fourth verse: All you need is cholesterol lowering prescription.  Sorry, that does not work in iambic pentameter or in the Lennon-McCartney pentameter either!  But, all kidding aside, you really can get a mound of burgers and ribs on Monday at the Dallas Hard Rock Cafe, and at the same price that John, Paul, George and Ringo would have paid when they unloaded from John’s psychedelic Rolls Royce to hang out and chow down with other pals from the British Invasion at Peter Morton’s and Isaac Tigrett’s original London Hard Rock Cafe in 1971.  It won’t be free (likely the draw for the Fab Four and The Stones, et al, who graced the Mayfair establishment in the good old days), but it will be close:  On Monday only (6/14/10), you can get 71-cent cheeseburgers and $1.10 ribs at the Victory Park outpost of Hard Rock to celebrate Founders Day (Morton and Tigrett).  It’s a global celebration by the Hard Rock Cafe.  Although the other locations are only offering the special menu pricing to civil servants-police, fire fighters, and emergency medical technicians.  In Dallas, anyone who doesn’t mind standing in line can get the meal deal (one entrée per person please, and just the ribs and cheeseburgers are offered).  It’s worth the price of admission just to check out the cool interactive tables at Hard Rock that allow visitors to view up to 1500 digital images of rock ‘n roll memorabilia, like letters from Paul McCartney, etc.  Inflation has caused the “legendary burgers” to jump in price to $13.95 and the ribs normally sell for $20.95.  BTW, if you are a civil servant, as listed above, you will be allowed to go to the head of the line in keeping with the Hard Rock’s desire to do a tip of the hat to these hard working and under appreciated individuals.  The restaurant is at the Southern end of Victory Park in Dallas at Houston Street and Continental Avenue. 2211 N. Houston St., Dallas 75219, 469.341.7625.  Like all the other restaurants in the district, business is a boom or bust roller coaster (up when there’s an event at American Airlines Center, down when there’s not).  So, support your local rock ‘n roll shrine and enjoy some burgers and ribs for almost free on Monday at the Hard Rock Cafe.  Remember:  NO nuclear weapons allowed! (quoting from a great souvenir button I got from the London Hard Rock Cafe in 1986).  And, by way of trivia, if you want to see what happened to the great stain glass windows commissioned to pay tribute to Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Chuck Berry that were part of the original Dallas Hard Rock Cafe, visit The Meddlesome Moth in the Dallas Design District (as reported earlier in this column).  You won’t get a 71-cent burger, but you won’t have to wait in line either.

Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” June 3, 2010

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Flights of fancy have us drawn us to The Moth

I’ve been enjoying Shannon Wynne’s new restaurant, The Meddlesome Moth, a lot lately.  I have had two lunch meetings in the new Design District digs, and plan to have dinner there asap.  I need to do that–and so do you if you haven’t been–because all of the ingredients are there for this to be a very successful restaurant.  It is, like Shannon’s other restaurants, a great place to hang.   The location is fabulous: right on the corner of Hi Line and Oak Lawn at the entrance to the ever more appealing Dallas Design District.  They have hired a great young chef:  Chad Kelley (formerly Exec Chef at Oceanaire Seafood Room).  The decor is so much fun.  Hip, upscale, and relaxed all at once.  You remember “The Supreme Court of Rock ‘n Roll”?  (AKA The Dallas Hard Rock Cafe).   Shannon secured the very cool stained glass windows that graced the main room in the defunct (destroyed actually) old restaurant and now “The King” (Elvis), “The Killer” (Jerry Lee Lewis) and “The Prime Minister of Rock ‘n Roll” (Chuck Berry) greet you in the dining room of “The Moth”.  I only had my iPhone with me so the

Chef Chad Kelley

photo here doesn’t do justice to the intricate detail of these objets d’arts.  Following in the “Flying Saucer” tradition, The Moth is a beer lover’s paradise.  They don’t have quite as many beers on tap, but it’s more than sufficient.  And, Shannon’s partner Keith Schlabs continues his outstanding work here as “Beer Guru”.  The vibe at lunch is high energy.  Lots of LOL (Lower Oak Lawn) types and business people on hand for the simple but satisfying fare.  I love their tip of the hat (or helmet in this case) to the revered old P.C. Cobb Stadium, which once stood where the InfoMart is, just a DVD toss across Stemmons.  The Moth’s take on the traditional Cobb Salad (PC) includes prosciutto, roast chicken, crumbled blue cheese, egg, tomato and avocado.  Very tasty.  We’ve also heard raves on the Poached Tuna on Avocado from our lunch partner today.  Sandwiches include a delightful Open Face Pulled Chicken (more of a salad really) with addictive agave nectar, radish, cornichons and deviled egg.  The Burgundy Pasture Burger with 1000 island, heirloom tomatoes and horseradish pickles, is made from grass fed beef.  Steak Frittes and Quarter Fried Chicken are popular main course items.  Like I said, we’ll have to get back in at night for a more extensive menu sampling.  As to the significance of the name?  Shannon swears there isn’t any.  In fact, he makes the point on their website, “I have no idea why I am calling it The Moth. I like it. I like the way it sounds. That is as deep as I am. There is no visual or spiritual element or significance.”  So be it.  The Moth it is.  It’s a great addition to scene.  1621 Oaklawn at Hi Line, Dallas, 75207.  214.628.7900.

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