Recently I was an invited guest at a Ruth’s Chris cocktail dinner. I get to go to a lot of these type dinners, mostly wine pairings with some decent food pairings. Going to a craft cocktail pairings with different foods seemed like fun since even I “the number one rated wine czar” gets tired of the grape juice . I also have been asking all the great bartenders who come on the Crave Radio show what food would you match these often fabulous cocktails they create. The answers are often all over the map but they seem to make sense. Continue reading
Category Archives: Cocktails
You know Lucky Campbell, one of our favorite Dallas bartenders. He was the mad man behind Chesterfield’s in downtown Dallas, and most recently behind the stick at Standard Pour where he was a constant fixture for those in need of a curiously delicious cocktail.
Last week Lucky went all MIA on us, and didn’t leave a forwarding address. Well, we found him, and this time he is at Abacus working with Kent Rathbun. Look at Lucky, getting all refined on us. We wish him the very best.
With the current cocktail revolution taking place in North Texas, even and even an old standby like the Old Fashioned takes on new flavors. Local mixologists are stirring up tradition, and creating tasty treats along the way. Not every great bartender left town for the week to enjoy Tales of the Cocktail. Continue reading
It is like when Navin Johnson first discovers that he is somebody and gleefully announces that the new phone book arrived. I know that feeling all too well when a barman with the talents of Bolsa barman Kyle Hilla jets out the fact he has some new summer cocktails on his menu. It just seemed like weeks ago we were celebrating springtime menus, but we accept any reason to enjoy freshly squeezed juices, blended with the hottest liquors and molded into a frosty glass to take the edge off the smoldering heat in July. Continue reading
One of our most favorite cocktailiers in Dallas can be found behind the stick at Central 214 in the Palomar Hotel. Amber West draws much of her inspiration from what is growing around her. Be it in a few solitary pots she has hidden across the hotel campus, or those found in her secret garden at home. What is fresh, what is now, is what the young bartender finds most exciting.
After reading Andrew Chalk’s write up on a recent dinner he experienced at the hotel restaurant, we set out to have a taste of our own. Graham Dodds is up to his usual shenanigans in the kitchen, and we have even more to report about his new menu, but we also had a chance to usher Ms. West away from her confines to the Palomar patio for a brief visit. Continue reading