by Steven Doyle
The Second Annual Big Texas Beer Festival, which is hosted by two very special local beer enthusiasts Chad and Nellie Montgomery, was a wailing success. The festival which takes place in the Automobile Building at the Texas State Fairgrounds brings in a slew or brews from around the country. This year over 400 beers were on the ready to be sampled, and we went through a majority of them two ounces at a time.
The $35 price of admission gave each reveler a punch card good for a dozen samplings, and a small glass for tasting. For an extra two dollars you could grab another round of twelve, making the day inexpensive and fun. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The boys who are opening Luck, the new restaurant slated to open in just a few months in Trinity Groves, will be hosting another pop-up dinner in preparation of the restaurant. We have chatted the guys up here, and love their cuisine. Luck will have an affinity for beer, and they plan on using the ingredient often in their recipes along with plenty of beers on tap. If you are curious as to which beers they will feature, think local. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Steve and Brandy Spence met each other in their fourth year at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. He always knew he wanted to own his own restaurant and went to the CIA to get the total understanding of how restaurants work. Brandy, on the other hand, wanted to be a surgeon and was pre-med at the University of Texas in Austin when the restaurant bug bit her. She went to her father and claimed she wanted to be a chef. Being the good father, he helped her find the best culinary school in the United States. Continue reading
by Mary Szefcyk
Smashburger, the Denver CO based fast causal concept, opens its eighth DFW location in Coppell, Texas today. To launch this opening Tait Lifto of Deep Ellum Brewery Co. and Tom Ryan, founder of Smashburger, recently sat down together (and even cooked together) collaborating their Burger Beer Pairing. As Lifto stated last night, “this isn’t just a beer with your burger, it’s a carefully researched paring list that will enhance the dining experience.” Continue reading
By Steven Doyle
When Mike Leatherwood opened his first Bone Daddy’s House of Smoke in Dallas he wasn’t looking at operating a breastaurant, but somehow along the way he was lumped into that category. He had an all female waitstaff wearing skimpy clothing, so technically that would throw him into the company of Hooters. Interesting enough, the gimmick was to be temporary while he perfected the Addison-based business. More recently Leatherwood re-engineered the uniforms to be more tailored and less revealing. What is left is some really good barbecue, hand-made the old fashioned way.
On a recent visit we learned that training was supreme importance for Leatherwood, and has a two day program where he empowers employees through his personal life coach. It is this treatment that nets a amiable employee and extremely low turn over.
Then there is the barbecue. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Today Jason Boso, Proprietor, Chef, Bartender, Busboy and Reverend, of Twisted Root Burger Co., announced his plans to expand the company throughout 2013 and 2014. With seven locations already under his belt, Boso is currently working to open at least seven more stores significantly increasing the presence of this red hot concept. Continue reading