Eastfield College Offering Brewing Classes

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Eastfield College is jumping on the craft beer movement in a big way by offering a “Journeyman Brewer Certificate” during a six-week, hands-on course that has several local breweries involved. This brewer certificate course is the only one of its kind in Texas and is one of only a handful of similar programs in schools around the country.

The 177-hour class starts Aug. 31 and covers the basics of brewing and malting. This comprehensive course costs $3,600, and it gives participants the training that brewers look for in new employees in an industry is that is short on skilled personnel.

“This program is unique because you have the school, the theory and, at the same time, you have the practical experience,” said instructor Peter Boettcher, a native of Germany who is a master brewer with more than 30 years of experience. He holds a degree in brewing science and has a brewer’s certificate from the Doemens World Brewing Academy, which is based in Munich, Germany.  Continue reading

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A Lesson in How to Make Bitters

by Maryse Chevriere

You almost hate to hear it: Making your own bitters at home? Yeah, it’s actually not that difficult.

Because there’s no excuse now — and you start to think, how could I not have been doing this all along? Ideas for black cherry-ginger, or coffee bean-cocoa nib bitters rush in.

If you’re tapped in to the cocktail zeitgeist, odds are you already have bitters on the brain. (If you’re not, here’s what you need to know: Classic cocktails? Having a major moment. House-made ingredients? Huge. Bitters? Über retro-chic.) So you can imagine the on-trend factor of house-made bitters, and the cocktails made with them.   Continue reading

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Dallas Cowboy’s Art Tour

by Steven Doyle

If you can’t decide between going to a museum or taking in a Cowboy’s game, fear not — you can do both. There are two tours of the Stadium’s art collection that includes 21 large-scale, site-specific art works in all, by such artists as Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernandez, Doug Aitken, Annette Lawrence, Lawrence Weiner, and Franz Ackermann (pictured above).

The program launched in 2010 with 14 commissioned artworks, installed in prominent locations throughout the stadium. The Dallas Cowboys Art Program was conceived, launched, and funded by Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and his wife, Gene. Their daughter, Charlotte Anderson, and niece, Melissa Meeks, have also played prominent roles in the project.  Continue reading

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Tim Love’s Ultimate Guide to Ribs

ribsby Kate Krader

It’s easier than ever to fake your way through a summertime cookout. You’ve heard about the test tube burger; you had to, it cost $33,000. Meanwhile, sales of alternative meat products, like faux hot dogs, continue to rise (to more than $550 million last year). The one cookout staple that doesn’t easily lend itself to veganism is ribs. So, before someone comes up with a test tube version, let’s shout out epic pork and beef ribs around the country.

Texas star chef Tim Love, whose restaurants include the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and Love Shack, happens to be a ribs expert. He kindly provided a list of his favorite ribs spots—both pork and beef. Believe it or not, he’s got his eyes wide open enough to find a go-to place in Toronto.    Continue reading

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Ruth’s Chris Steak House Celebrates 50 Years of Handcrafted Cocktails Aug 20th

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by Jennifer Thomas

Continuing its 50th Anniversary dinner series, Ruth’s Chris Steak House will host a vintage inspired “1965 Cocktail Dinner Party” on August 20 at 99 locations across the nation. Founded in 1965 in New Orleans, the birthplace of the American Cocktail, Ruth’s Chris pays tribute to its heritage and celebrates 50 years of Sizzling Steaks and Handcrafted Cocktails at this unique pairing dinner.  Guests will enjoy a delicious chef-created, five-course menu paired with our handcrafted vintage cocktails prepared with a modern twist and premium fresh ingredients.

“This year’s highly anticipated national cocktail dinner will pay tribute to the last fifty years of our heartfelt hospitality and commitment to quality. These are traditions that Ruth instilled when she first opened the doors in 1965.  Handcrafted vintage cocktails, paired expertly with our chef’s five-course menu, mixed with a generous serving of our hospitality, make for an unforgettable night.  Cheers to 50 years!” said Mike O’Donnell, Chairman, president and chief executive officer of Ruth’s Hospitality Group, Inc.  Continue reading

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Motown the Musical at Winspear July 28 – Aug 13

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Motown the Musical will play the Winspear Opera House in the Dallas Arts District Tuesday, July 28 through Sunday, August 16, 2015. Featuring more than 40 classic hits such as “My Girl” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” Motown the Musical tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack of change in America. Motown shattered barriers, shaped our lives and made us all move to the same beat.

Directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, Motown the Musical  is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.  Continue reading

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Santa Rosa For A Pupusa And Plantain Fix

by Steven Doyle

Sometimes you need to satisfy your inner-Salvadoran by checking out on of the few restaurants in Dallas that serve the South American cuisine. This week we went to Santa Rosa on Walnut Hill, next to one of our favorite dive bars, A Step Up Lounge.

Santa Rosa is a fairly large restaurant in a decaying North Dallas strip center, and they serve mainly Salvadoran food with a few exceptions of fajitas and several Tex Mex items to appease the gringos. This means you will find pupusas, fried plantain, banana leaf wrapped chicken tamales and the best black beans in the area.      Continue reading

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