James Beard Foundation’s “Taste America” Comes To Dallas

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This could be the dinner of the year. The James Beard Foundation is touring just ten American cities with their 2014 Taste America event and Dallas made the cut (the only Texas city to do so). No fewer than seven chefs who have either won or been nominated for a James Beard award, or have been invited to cook at the James Beard house in New York, will prepare food for a lavish reception and dinner dubbed A Night of Culinary Stars to be held at the Hilton Anatole Hotel’s glorious Wedgewood Room on Friday September 26th. Proceeds from the event benefit the James Beard Foundation and Café Momentum, the local project that endeavors to give crucial job skills in the food service industry to at-risk young men from Dallas County Youth Village.   Continue reading

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Texas Chefs Association Chili Confrontation Nov 9


The Texas Chefs Association – Dallas Chapter (TCA) will host the Chili Confrontation 2014 on Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 11 am to 3 pm.  The Confrontation will take place at Four Corners Brewing Company located at 423 Singleton Blvd., Dallas in Trinity Groves.  Professional and non-professional teams will compete for cash prizes and a People’s Choice Award. There will be entertainment and additional food provided by the TCA and beverage booths.

The Chili Confrontation is being held in conjunction with North Texas Beer Week (NTBW).  NTBW is a 10 day celebration showcasing the people, places, and brews that make up the region’s booming craft beer scene with events overseen by local business owners and enthusiasts who seek to support the growth of craft beer across North Texas.   Continue reading

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Okrapalooza 2014 Recap

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Okrapalooza was a tasty hit this past Sunday as many chefs and home cooks gathered to create the most interesting use of okra ever thought possible. From the sweet to the savory, these kitchen masters made their favorite okra dishes to benefit the Promise of Peace Garden. Promise of Peace offers neighborhood children classes in horticulture, summer camp and education in nutrition through their community garden.  They also provide opportunities for families to access a better life through participating in our cooking and gardening classes and other events.

This year’s event was by far the most successful than in past years with serious chefs rallying for the cause. Chef Thomas Archer from 3015 and his sous chefs team “Okra Winfrey” took first place this year. It was a difficult event to challenge with so many imaginative entries. Here are some scenes from Okrapalooza 2014 which took place at The Lot in East Dallas:   Continue reading

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Sweet Success at the Dallas Chocolate Festival

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DallasChocolate.org was started in June 2009 by Sander Wolf to promote artisan chocolate in Dallas, Texas. A big component of that is educating people about how complex and yet how accessible hand crafted chocolate can be.  The 5th annual Dallas Chocolate Festival was held September 13th at the Addison Conference Center and featured samples from approximately 50 chocolatier’s and chocolate makers.  Continue reading

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Michael Flynn Hosts His Famous Wine Chat At Veritas Tomorrow


Tuesday, September 16th at 630 pm Veritas is hosting a Wine Chat with Michael Flynn, the former Wine Director at The Mansion on Turtle Creek. As a 3-time nominee for the James Beard Foundation, Michael has earned a national reputation for excellence in wine knowledge and wine service. Please note that neither the region nor the varietal are disclosed until the Wine Chat commences.  Continue reading

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Blythe Beck Next LTO Chef

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Casie Caldwell, Kitchen LTO creator, announces that chef Blythe Beck has won the position of executive chef and Salma Gottfriend has won the artist position for Kitchen LTO’s 4th round concept. This next round restaurant will open for dinner service on Thursday, October 2nd with lunch service being added the following day and Saturday/Sunday brunch service starting that weekend.

With an engaging wit, earthy zest, and cayenne-red hair, chef Blythe Beck is passionate about creating dishes with tastes and textures that not only please the eye and the palate, but the soul. Beck, who is planning for an upscale southern menu, says, “ I am honored and thankful to be chosen as the next chef at Kitchen LTO and appreciate all who voted for me. I have missed Dallas so much and am excited to be coming home. I can’t wait to cook for, hug, and see everyone. I love this city, and I love this restaurant concept.”   Continue reading

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Foodie Finds Abound in the Coastal Town of Rockport Texas

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by Joey Stewart

This popular destination for tourists and fishermen is about a 6-hour drive from Dallas and houses dozens of restaurants featuring fried fish, BBQ and burgers. Over the last few years, however, it’s become a town where chefs from all over have made their home and brought with them award-winning dishes and concepts that rise above the “fried seafood platter”. The area also hosts several food festivals each year such as “Coastal Flavors Weekend” and “Oysterfest”. So next time you find yourself as one of the lucky ones relaxing, fishing, swimming, or boating, head over to one of these gems and enjoy a fine meal and a glass or two of wine. Continue reading


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