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Soft Shell Crabs, Red Wattle Pig and Long Beans Await You At Central 214

DSC08723by Steven Doyle

Last week our beloved wine guru, Andrew Chalk, checked out the new summer menu at Central 214. The rest of the staff was so taken by the menu and the glowing review Andrew had for the restaurant and Chef Graham Dodds that we went in for a looksee ourselves. We were not prepared for what the chef had in store. Some of these are specials, and others can be found on the current menu. What is amazing is the fact that Dodds always keeps it fresh. Let’s just call this Central 214 Week at CraveDFW and move forward with the feast we enjoyed.  Continue reading

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Richard Gras New Chef At Oak

grasby Steven Doyle

We were just sent word that Oak hired a new executive chef that replaces former Oak chef Jason Maddy who left the restaurant back in May. Richard Gras was been imported for the top toque position. Here is a video we found that might explain his style of cooking, which looks Oak appropriate. Here is the word:

Oak is pleased to announce the arrival of its new Executive Chef, Richard Gras.  Chef Gras brings to Oak the innovative and creative style that he has developed throughout his illustrious career.  He spent the majority of his career running restaurants for the Ritz Carlton in Amelia Island and Half Moon Bay, achieving numerous accolades at both, including a Michelin recommendation and AAA 5 Diamonds.  Most recently, Chef Gras was the Chef de Cuisine at the St. Regis Bal Harbour and headed Jean George’s acclaimed J&G Grill.

When asked about his decision to move to Dallas to take the helm of Oak, Chef Gras stated, “Driven by my passion for food, I am both a teacher and a student.   Oak’s mantra of simplistic elegance matches my approach to cuisine and I am looking forward to being a part of a visionary and dynamic team that shares my ambitious goals.”

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Cooking With Pantera, And A Chainsaw

anselmoby Steven Doyle

For a little fun and games to start our week off with a giggle we bring you a video that proves that everyone is a culinary enthusiast at heart. Even Phil Anselmo. Oh, you remember Anselmo of glam metal band Pantera who OD’d on heroin  in Dallas back in 1996. Now we have captured a video that gives us a glimpse into his fictitious cooking show.

Better than Paula Deen we say, ya’ll.  Jump for a good laugh. Continue reading

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Memorial For Eric Anderson Wednesday At 7pm

by Steven Doyle

Friday morning we were sent word that Chef Eric Anderson from the Le Méridien Stoneleigh Hotel had been in an accident and was on life support. Later that afternoon Anderson was taken off life support and passed away.

There will be a memorial Wednesday evening at 7pm at The Stoneleigh and the family wishes to celebrate Anderson’s life with friends and colleagues. Anderson had three children who only knew him as dad, and they request that if you have any photos or videos featuring Anderson in his role as chef that you bring those to the hotel Wednesday evening.  Continue reading

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Join Tiffany Derry For A Mess Of Crawfish

DSC08132by Steven Doyle

Curious what Chef Tiffany Derry is up to these days? You now have a chance to ask her yourself. Join Derry at her crawfish boil next Saturday, June 22, 2013 from 11am to 3pm at Azure on Belt Line in Addison.  Continue reading

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Chef Uno Invites You To Join Her In Mexico For A Culinary Vacation

unoby Steven Doyle

We have been following Uno Immanivong since we met her last Fall when she was competing in the Anthony Bourdain television program The Taste. We since learned she would be opening her restaurant Chino Chinatown in Trinity Groves   most likely in October. Uno has this vibrant and warm personality that is at once charming and inviting.

This summer her fans will have a chance to get to know her much better as she leads an excursion to the Mayan Riveria where they will enjoy hands on cooking classes, a greenhouse tour, cocktail and cooking demos, a pop-up beach dinner and much more.      Continue reading

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Summer Indian Chaat Festival at Samar Deserves a Longer Run

samar1by Andrew Chalk

Sadly, Samar by Stephan Pyles will close in a couple of weeks for three months of scheduled renovations to the office building that it occupies. Not only will this mean that we don’t get the regular menu, it will also mean that they won’t get a chance to reprise hits from their one night Summer Chaat Festival last night (where I was an invited guest). Chaat is Indian street food and examples are rare here, being confined mainly to the small cadre of authentic Indian restaurants dotted around Irving and Plano.     Continue reading

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