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Wining and Dining with Jim White February 11, 2011

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More Valentine’s Day Treats

As fast as my fingers will fly (I was busy getting you flowers, see? XOXOXOXO).

Here are some restaurants to consider with Valentine’s dining specials.  In no particular order…..

Ristorante Nicola and Nicola’s Ristorante Italiano are offering special Valentine’s dinners.  Mama Mia!  That’s amore!

Trece–214-780-1900

Villa-O, 214-780-1880

Rafain offers a couples special $90 for all 16 cuts of meat, salads, special desserts, and a glass of wine.  Call 972-733-1110

Pappas Bros. Steakhouse with a special $59.95 per person Valentine’s menu through Valentine’s. And a rose on Valentine’s Day. Call 214-366-2000

Nana in the Hilton anatole, has a special four-course menu for $99 per person that includes a glass of Moet & Chandon Rose Imperial Champagne. Early seating begins at 5:30 and hotel special rates. Call 214-761-7470.

The new digs opening February 24th

Say goodbye to Morton’s Dallas downtown. Valentine’s weekend is it for the iconic steakhouse. They will be closing their doors afterthe last Valentine’s Day diner is served, and opening their brand new Uptown location on February 24th, at 2222 McKinney (this is where Grotto was for about 20 minutes–across from the Ritz-Carlton). Phone 214-741-2277 for Valentine’s res. The number will stay the same.

Oh, speaking of the Grotto (the original and real Grotto), Morris Salerno’s popular spot in Highland Village has a special Valentine’s menu with music. Call 972-318-0515.

Remember, tickets to Savor Dallas will increase your love quotient exponentially.  Extend the romance and join the fun March 18th and 19th.  It’s something you both will enjoy.

Scroll down for previous Valentine’s suggestions posted a couple of days ago.  And, for some great Valentine’s wine suggestions, and the secret to pairing chocolate with wine, read on!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Savor the Flavor with Jim White, “The Wining and Dining Guy” July 6, 2010

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Follow the bouncing ball (or musical chef chairs)

Whew!  Whadda weekend!  There were fireworks galore–both inside and outside. Especially in Dallas restaurant kitchens.   While you were off having a grand Fourth of July celebration (I certainly hope so), here’s what was happening with the fates and fortunes of some of our favorite culinary types (chefs).

In the interest of time, let’s see if I can condense all this for you:  Dali is gone.  Aurora soon will be.  Paul and Avner are tired.  Dallas Chop House is sans executive chef.  Kenny is tired of John.  New chefs for The Green Room and Villa-O; Joel and Kenny have new gigs (yea!).  Whoa! This is too condensed. Even for the attention-span challenged (and you know who you are).  Here’s what we know today:

There is good news, in the wake of the sad news over the weekend that Paul Pinnell is closing Dali in One Arts Plaza.  Dali executive chef Joel Harloff is going to The Green Room as executive chef!  This is doubly good news, because the CIA trained chef, who has worked in some of the top kitchens in Dallas (Melrose Landmark, Nana, Mi Piaci), will help speed up the renaissance of the cool Deep Ellum restaurant.   The restaurant is located at 2715 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75226. For more information, please call 214.744.ROOM.

Now, as for Dali proprietor Paul Pinnell.  The press release sent out to announce the closing of Dali was a very positive spin, but short on specifics.  He noted that after taking a break he would return “to work in Dallas’ vibrant restaurant scene with plans of future innovation.”  According to Nancy Nichols on her D Magazine blog, she spoke with David McMillan (from Screen Door across the Plaza) who says Dali is closing “temporarily”.  We’ll keep you posted on this one.

As we continue making lemonade and chicken salad out of the restaurant news.  Word came just before the holiday that Dallas Chop House chef Kenny Mills had left the restaurant.  It turns out there was friction in the kitchen with John Tesar (culinary director for Dallas Restaurant Group).  See details below.  Kenny is bouncing to Villa-O as of today to start his new job as Executive Chef!  His and John’s comments on the situation (again courtesy of Nancy):

“I put in my notice two weeks ago,” says Mills. “They [DRG] fired my sous chef and put in one of Tesar’s guys. I came in on June 1 and there was a whole new crew in my kitchen.”

“Tesar wouldn’t let me run my kitchen. He told me I was an over-the-hill no talent cook. Life is just too short to work with people I don’t like.”

John Tesar commented, “This is just as big a shock to me as it is to you. I had no idea.”

We’ll be getting more news on future concepts from DRG and hearing about Kenny’s plans at Villa-O, but don’t expect too many more details on the breakup.  Sometimes best to just move on.

We reported last week that Avner Samuel has decided to close Aurora at the end of July.  The stress of the economy and the rigors of running a small, upscale restaurant have caused him to rethink his priorities.  Avner says he is emotionally and physically drained and needs time off to recharge.  Look for the lion of the kitchen to come roaring back with another concept after his respite. Again, we wish God speed to Chef Samuel and his wife Celeste who have poured their heart and soul into the fine dining concept.

We also have good news that Chef Jeff Moschetti (formerly with the Warwick Melrose Landmark, Stephan Pyles, and Beau Nash at the Crescent Court) is the executive chef of a new restaurant opening in Frisco called One2One.  It’s at Legacy and Highway 121, so geographic inspiration is at work here for the name.  Check out their website for more information.  1339 Legacy Drive, Frisco; 214-618-2221.

Stay tuned!

Savor the Flavor with Jim White, The Wining and Dining Guy May 5, 2010

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Here’s “news you can use” about Mother’s Day Brunches–

Bolla Restaurant at the Stoneleigh Hotel, 11am – 2:30pm, three-course Prix Fix menu, $36 for adults ($48 including Champagne or Mimosas) and $18 for children.  Reservations: 214-871-7111 or reservations@stoneleighhotel.com.

Cadot Restaurant, 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.  $38.95 per person.  Multi course and dessert.  18111 Preston Road, #120 Dallas, Texas 75252, 972-267-5700.

Central 214 at the Hotel Palomar, Price is $47.00 per person or $22.00 for children, 10:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. 5680 North Central Expwy. at Mockingbird Lane Dallas, TX 75206 – 214.443.9339.

Charlie Palmer at the Joule, 11am – 3pm  Brunch and 5pm – 9pm  Dinner, $75pp / $35 children. 1530 Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201, 214-261-4600.

Craft, Dallas, 11 a.m. until 2:30.  $45 per person.  Located in W Dallas – Victory at 2440 Victory Park Lane Dallas, TX 75219.  214.397.4111.

Dali Wine Bar & Restaurant, 11:30 until 2:30 p.m.  $38 per person.  469-385-9360.  In One Arts Plaza downtown.  1722 Routh St.

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is offering a package featuring Mother’s Day brunch at Opus Restaurant in the Meyerson Symphony Center, followed by a performance of the DSO with Ravel’s Ma Mère ľOye–Mother Goose–how appropriate!  Special pricing begins at $55 per person and ranges to $78 per person and includes brunch and a ticket to the symphony performance.  For more information contact 214-871-4550.  Or email:  groups@dalsym.com.

The Grotto, Adults $32.50, Seniors $24.95, Children $11.95, 6 and Under Free, 972-318-0515 or email morris@thegrottotonight.com.  2300 Highland Village Road, Suite 500, Highland Village, TX.

Kirby’s Steakhouse – 11:30 a.m. until 10 p.m., Southlake, DFW Airport North, 3305 E. Hwy 114, Southlake, TX 76092, (817) 410-2221.

Orion Ballroom, 10 a.m until 3 p.m. 400 South Zang Street 15th Floor Dallas, Texas 75208.  214-942-1661. Or, brunch@theorionballroom.com.

Steve Fields Steak and Lobster Lounge is featuring regular menu and specials all day.  Call 972-596-7100 for information and reservations.  5013 W. Park Blvd, Plano 75093.

Trece, brunch and children under 15 dine free.  4513 Travis St., 214-780-1900.

Villa-O, brunch and children under 15 dine free.  4514 Travis St.,  214-780-1880.

Other happenings–

Of course, it’s Cinco de Mayo.  Trece hosts one of the biggest parties around starting at 4 p.m. with music, dancing, eating, and of course, Margaritas!

A great benefit for the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center happens tomorrow (Thursday May 6) poolside at Hotel ZaZa.  It’s “PJ for PJ’s”.  Bring a pair of pajamas and a $25 donation to help a kid and sip delicious Perrier Jouët poolside.  Get it?  PJ for PJ’s.  Fun.  5:30 til 7:30 at the “Urban Oasis” at Hotel ZaZa, 2332 Leonard St.

Send us your wining and dining news:  jim@savordallas.com.

Cheers!

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