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Dallas Morning News Wine Competition Continues as Normal Next Year

by Andrew Chalk

After a week of confusing and erroneous reports I spoke to Dallas Morning News CEO and publisher Jim Moroney who confirmed that the Dallas Morning News Wine Competition goes ahead as usual in 2015. Reports that the Dallas Morning News (DMN) was getting out of the wine competition business after 31 years were wrong. The competition proceeds with no diminution in its scope or importance. Continue reading

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Beaujolais and Beyond — Irving Convention Center Parking Is The Downside

by Andrew Chalk

Friday’s Beaujolais and Beyond Festival organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) was a fun event. I would recommend Crave readers try to attend the event next year.

However, one huge downside on Friday was the backlog of cars waiting to park. At 6:55pm the line stretched from the Convention Center parking garage out almost as far as state highway 114 (two lanes deep). Continue reading

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Beaujolais and Beyond Goes Beyond

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by Andrew Chalk

The fourth floor of the Irving Convention Center was packed on Friday night as hundreds of wine lovers celebrated Beaujolais and Beyond organized by the French-American Chamber of Commerce to a theme of The French Riviera. From food supplied by over twenty area restaurants and imbibements supplied by Goody Goody Wine & Spirits guests talked and enjoyed live music. Continue reading

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Oak Launches New Lunch Menu

Oak, which is located in the Dallas Design District, is offering a new prix fixe lunch menu, giving guests three courses for only $25, or four courses for $32. Choices for the courses include openers, salads/soup du jour, sandwiches/mains, and desserts.

Openers of smoked salmon deviled eggs with salmon roe, dill, and red onion or Continue reading

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Getting Your Indian Fix At Chaat Cafe

by Steven Doyle

Chaat Café  is billed as a fresh and casual Indian fast food restaurant, but there is absolutely no resemblance to what you might consider fast food. The food is served in the same relative time as any other restaurant, and is hand-made to order with precision and care. The concept is a national chain, but each location has a local flair. Since Irving has a tremendous Indian population, it is very popular with the locals.

The menu at Chaat is fairly extensive with a full line of chaat, or Indian nibbles such as Pani Puri (crisp shells stuffed with potatoes and garbanzo beans) or a variety of Pakora and Samosas.

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Beans or No Beans Chili Brouhaha

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Temperatures are dropping this week and many of you will be seeking out  great bowl of chili. We have some to recommend. We also have the tale of the original chili cook off in Terlingua if you are interested in any more history today. This article was read last week on the main stage of The Original International Chili Cook Off held in Terlingua each year, which we are honored. That cook off is always held in Terlingua the first week of November.

In the past few week we have been discussing the perfect bowl of red, as we do each year about this time. It is certainly something we enjoy and take to heart as a true Texas original. However, it has been disturbing as each one of these conversations always ends with a debate on “beans or no beans”.  Our stance stays true to the no beans camp. We have a few original chili recipes to prove that this is the way God intended chili to be served. Beans may join the table as a condiment, just as you might add fresh brunoise of onions, or even Fritos to make your own pie.     Continue reading

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11 Wonderful Pizzas in Dallas That Are Not Neapolitan

by Steven Doyle

For our end of year pizza binge we wanted to try out some of the better pizza in town, but with one hitch– not Neapolitan style. We have saw an onslaught of pizza being brought to the forefront and most of the new spots in Dallas are of the Neapolitan variety. There will be even more of this style of pizza coming, and that is fantastic. We love this, but what are some of the best non-Neapolitan pizzas in the Dallas area? Glad you asked.

Here is a list of a few of our favorites in no particular order. Peruse our list and offer your favorite seven. And for the best Neapolitan-style pizza? Stay tuned, we are dining out way through that scene as we write.     Continue reading

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