Posts Tagged ‘food and wine’

The Grape Showcases Wines from Rutherford

Posted by    |    March 15th, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Chef/Owner Brian C. Luscher and wife Courtney of The Grape host their monthly chef’s Come-As-You-Are wine dinner on Wednesday, March 28, showcasing “Wines from Rutherford, CA.”. Chef Luscher will create a 3-course bistro-style menu to complement the hand-selected Napa Valley wines of the evening. Special guest host for this event is Jennifer Mancha of Republic Beverage.

The Grape’s monthly wine dinner provides a fun, casual setting, that allows the guest to “come-as-they-are” and dine at their own pace, allowing for a more festive one-on-one format with the wine experts. Themes include a wine expert/host for the evening who speaks to each individual table about the wines selected.

Reservations are recommended for this event and available from 5:30-9:00pm. Cost is $48 per person exclusive of tax, gratuity and other beverages. For reservations, call 214-828-1981. Complimentary valet parking always provided.

Chefs Mixin’ It Up on The Boulevard on May 6

Posted by    |    March 1st, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Chefs for Farmers’ much anticipated ‘Mixin’ it up on the Boulevard’ slated for May 6 at Lee Park will showcase tastings from more than 30 of Dallas’ top restaurants, samplings from 20 wineries and cocktails along with displays from local farmers, artisans and industry experts.

Participating chefs include Abraham Salum, Al Havens, Anastasia Quiñones, Andre Natera, Andrew Bell, Andrew Ormsby, Blaine Staniford, Brian C. Luscher, Bruno Davaillon, Chad Houser, Dan Landsberg, David A. Temple, David Gilbert, Franchesca Nor, Garreth Dickey, Graham Dodds, Greg Bussey, Hollie Dorethy, Jack Perkins, Janice Provost, Jason Maddy, Jeff Harris, Jeffrey Hobbs, Jill Bates, John Tesar, Jon Stevens, Josh Black, Katherine Clapner, Matt McCallister, Nathan Tate, Randall Copeland, Sarah Green, Scott Gottlich, Scott Romano, Tiffany Derry and Tre Wilcox.

Austin’s James Holmes of Olivia joins the Chefs for Farmers roster along with San Antonio’s Jason Dady of The Lodge Restaurant and David Gilbert of Stephan Pyles’ newest venture Sustenio.

Pit masters Justin Fourton of Pecan Lodge, Travis Mayes of Meshack’s Bar-b-que Shack and Tim McLaughlin and Will Fleischman of Lockhart Smokehouse will be firing up the grills for some down home, Texas style BBQ bites.

Dallas legend Stephan Pyles will be honored as head chair, with honors also given to Kent Rathbun and Dean Fearing for their outstanding community outreach and support of local growers. Cold Springs Farm’s Beverly Thomas will also be recognized for the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) commitment to grow and provide certified organic, in-season produce and herbs to consumers.

Cost is $60 per person or two for $110. 100% of the proceeds from Mixin’ it up on the Boulevard benefit Meals on Wheels Inc. and Water for Chizavane.

‘Mixin’ it up on the Boulevard’ is an outdoor food, wine and spirits festival to be held on May 6, 2012, organized by Iris McCallister and Christina LaBarba of FreshPoint. The celebration will bring local farmers, chefs and purveyors together at Lee Park in Dallas, Texas. From 1 to 5 p.m., patrons will enjoy bites by more than 30 of the area’s best restaurants, sip on great wines and cocktails, and listen to tracks spun by local DJs.

Sponsors to date include Whole Foods, FreshPoint, Artizone.com, Edible Dallas and Fort Worth, Lee Park Conservancy, Oh Brownie, Patrón Spirits Company and Range.

Sea Breeze Fish Market Offers Cooking Classes

Posted by    |    February 16th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill is beginning to host a monthly cooking classes featuring both common and exotic seafood.

“This is something we have always wanted to do, we have just never had the time or the space in the past to pull it off,” said Rick Oruch, the Sea Breeze fish specialist. “The classes are fun. Everybody wants to learn.”

The first class will be on Sunday, February 19 from 3-4:30. Guests will learn how to prepare four great dishes, and then will sample those dishes along with wine! The class will include recipes for mussels, scallops, sole, and redfish. Class size is limited – $35/person. Classes will continue monthly!

“We just want people to learn how to cook fish,” Oruch said. “A lot of people are afraid of seafood because they probably not raised on it unless they grew up on the coast. Seafood is easy to cook. We are going to introduce very simple recipes with a quality product that people can do at home.”

Mark Alterman, who opened Sea Breeze in 2007, said with top-quality ingredients, there is no need to add a lot of spices and sauces. Alterman said as long as the fish is not overcooked, a simple relish that compliment the natural flavor is the key.

To reserve a spot, call the restaurant at 972-473-2722.

Mixin’ It Up at Lee Park

Posted by    |    February 15th, 2012 at 11:27 am

“Almost sold out?!” MIXIN’ IT UP ON THE BOULEVARD is the one of the hottest food events in Dallas that you don’t want to miss! It’s an outdoor food, wine and spirits festival coming to Lee Park on May 6, 2012 hosted by Chefs For Farmers. The celebration will bring local farmers, chefs and purveyors together  in Dallas, Texas. From 1PM to 5PM, patrons will enjoy bites by more than 30 of the area’s most talented chefs, sip on great wines and cocktails and listen to tracks spun by local DJs. In addition, event goers can visit and a pop-up farmers’ market featuring products by local artisans.

Some of the hottest chefs in town participating are Greg Bussey (Victor Tangos), Bruno Davillion (The Mansion on Turtle Creek), Dean Fearing (Fearing’s), Scott Gottlich & J Chastain (Bijoux and Second Floor),  Dan Landsberg (Hotel ZaZa), Brian Luscher (The Grape), Matt McCallister (Co-Founder of Chefs for Farmers), Andre Natare (The Fairmont), Andrew Ormsby (Andrew Ormsby Catering and Southern Comforts), Stephan Pyles (Stephan Pyles and Samar), Kent Rathbun (Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun Blue Plate) Scott Romano, Abraham Salum (Salum and Komali), Blaine Staniford (Grace), John Tesar (The Commissary), Tre Wilcox (Marquee Grill) and more.

Tickets for MIXIN’ IT UP ON THE BOULEVARD are $100 for two tickets through February 21 and $60 per person after Feb. 21 at ALL of the Whole Foods Market locations in DFW or here. 100% of the proceeds from MIXIN’ IT UP ON THE BOULEVARD benefit Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County and Water for Chizavane.

“Pours from Portugal” Wine Dinner at The Grape

Posted by    |    February 14th, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Chef/Owner Brian C. Luscher and wife Courtney of The Grape host their monthly chef’s Come-As-You-Are wine dinner on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, showcasing “Pours from Portugal”. Chef Luscher will create a 3-course bistro-style menu to complement the hand-selected Portuguese wines of the evening. Special guest host for this event is Ashley LeGrow with Glazers Domaine & Estates.

The Grape‘s monthly wine dinner provides a fun, casual setting, that allows the guest to “come-as-they-are” and dine at their own pace, allowing for a more festive one-on-one format with the wine experts. Themes include a wine expert/host for the evening who speaks to each individual table about the wines selected.

Reservations are recommended for this event and available from 5:30PM-9PM. Cost is $48/person. The Grape is located at 2808 Greenville Avenue. For reservations, call 214-828-1981. Complimentary valet parking always provided.

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I Heart Food Festivals!

Posted by    |    October 12th, 2010 at 10:37 am

Shrimp Dumpling (Molecular Dim Sum) created by Jose Andres, China Pablano Restaurant

Food, cooking and chefs are gaining more and more popularity each year…. I remember watching local television channels (KERA – Channel 13) if I wanted to learn how to cook. Now we have two national cable channels (Food Network & Cooking Channel), a handful of reality cooking shows (Top Chef, Iron Chef, Master Chef), a slew of magazines and several food festivals that are dedicated to just that… FOOD and the artists aka chefs that showcase them.

“Vegas Uncorked” hosted by Bon Appetit magazine was the first “official” food festival I attended this year. I was and still am the gawking, star-stuck fan that pathetically followed around the celebrity chefs wanting a picture.  No sham here… “you get in where you fit in,” my sister would say. (See below)

Mandy and I with Charlie Palmer and his Chef.

2nd best moment in my life... face time with Bobby Flay and the beautiful Claire Robinson (5 Ingredient Fix)

Needless to say I am now a groupie!  Annual food festivals like this are hosted at the most scenic venues across the country and one of the best opportunities to sample dishes from some of the most renowned chef and best of all… you get to personally meet them!

I came home and did some research on the best food festivals and there’s at least 10 that I want(ed) to attend… two of which are here in Dallas and Addison!

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Love Food … Tim Love coming to Dallas?

Posted by    |    September 9th, 2010 at 11:24 pm

This past weekend my good friend, David Morris, caught up with one of the Metroplex’s most notable chefs, Tim Love of the Lonesome Dove Restaurant and Love Shack and got some exclusive scoop!

Growing up in Fort Worth, Lonesome Dove was one of the most popular restaurants in town.  It was a special occasion kind of place.  Chef Love then opened up The Love Shack, which has my favorite burger, the ‘Dirty Love Burger’ which features a fried quail egg. Yummm!!!  Our local chef was nationally recognized for his culinary brilliance when he defeated the original Iron Chef, Marimoto. (Among other achievements, I just happen to be a Food Network junkie.)

This past weekend Love was participating as a judge in the LG Taste of Something Better at the newly launched Taste of Beverly Hills sponsored by Food & Wine Magazine.  Love said he was excited to have a say in which of three amateur chefs will represent the United States in the worldwide finals in Seoul, South Korea later this year.  He also conceded that he intends to open a second location of his Love Shack burger concept in Denton this fall and is on the lookout for potential locations to expand in Dallas.  I can’t wait, it’s almost as awesome as ‘In and Out Burger’ coming to town.  Though tight-lipped about national franchising, rumor has it that Chef Love has been eyeing potential sites in Newport Beach, CA for a west coast Love Shack outpost.       –David Morris & Uno Immanivong

Photo Credit: Charley Gallay, Wire Image