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A Community Cooks April 11

quinnby Jennifer Thomas

Bringing many of North Texas’ leading and premier culinary talent together to cook their signature recipes with some of the finest locally grown organic ingredients, A Community Cooks will be hosted for a third year at the WE Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, April 11 at 6pm.

A Community Cooks features an open-air, springtime grand tasting experience at WE Over Me Farm, with acclaimed culinary leaders serving everyone food from their pop-up kitchens, and providing an immersion into the wild fire energy of the organic business that began in 2009. The WE Over Me Farm is on what was once a football field for Paul Quinn College.   Continue reading

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Italian Food Tour This Weekend!

goodfellasby Jennifer Thomas

If you’ve ever been on a Dallas Bites! tour, you know they explore all different types of food adventures, from barbeque and bacon to amazing ethnic restaurants. This Saturday, March 23 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Steven Doyle will be leading our “Taste of Italy” tour with stops at some of the local’s favorite food haunts.

Venues include Jimmy’s Food Store, where they’ll feast on fine Italian cheeses, sausages and wines. At Dough Pizzeria Napoletano, you will be tempted with an assortment of authentic southern Italian-inspired pizzas and burrata. The next stop will be Holy Ravioli, a true food find that features over a dozen types of ravioli. Then finally guests will enjoy Paciugo Gelato, a dolce favorite.   Continue reading

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The Hunt For A Bowl Of Red: Tolbert’s Restaurant

tolbertsby Steven Doyle

Last week we began a short series that explored chili in the DFW area. We began with Jack’s Southern Comfort Food located on lowest Greenville Avenue where we found some pretty tremendous chili. We are hoping to uncover more bowls as we continue our search. We have had many really interesting suggestions, and we plan to hit them all up to see if Dallas is really a chili town.

That being said, we loaded up the crave wagon and aimed it towards Grapevine where the legacy of chili resides. Tolbert’s Restaurant is now owned by Frank X. Tolbert’s daughter, Kathleen Tolbert Ryan who also runs the big chili festival in Terlingua, which I am mighty happy to make that pilgrimage each year in November. Continue reading


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Ultra Sneak Peek Into Battuto Italian Kitchen

DSC04918by Steven Doyle

This past weekend I scored an invite to Gene and Julie Gate’s home where they said they were cooking up a few recipes that they will possibly offer at their new restaurant, Battuto Italian Kitchen which opens mid-February in the shopping center at Preston and Frankford.  I broke that story back in September and you can read about that here.

When I arrived I met their opening chef, Gustavo Herrera, who was last seen working at The French Room in Dallas. Gustavo is a man of culinary talents who hails originally from Peru where he met his wife who is a professor at SMU.  In the kitchen Gustavo was busily tossing a pounded chicken breast in a bath of porcini mushroom dust that would eventually be grilled and tossed into a special salad he has concocted. The salad also has grilled Asian pears and strawberries. Delicious.   Continue reading


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Eat Me: Animal Tots At Park Tavern

DSC04731by Steven Doyle

I am a fan of poutine, but Dallas is in short supply of the unofficial Canadian national dish that is made up of house-made fries, fresh squeaky cheese curds and a rich brown gravy. In Canada you will find as many versions of the dish as you might find restaurants. From the best 5-star fine dining establishment to most any fast food chain carry the dish with their own special spin.

Today I discovered a unique version in Dallas at Park Tavern in the Shops at Park Lane across from Bowl and Barrel. One table mate insisted on ordering this for the group and what came out was nothing short of terrific.    Continue reading

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Food Photos From The Homefront

You always see the latest dishes from the pros now let’s see yours!  Show us what’s being served at the table closest to home.

Marzipan Coco Logs by Mikhail Ahi.

Marzipan Cocoa Logs by Mikhail Ahi.

If you’ve got something cooking in the kitchen and like to show it off, send a photo and a brief description to

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Celebrate 12/12/12 Day With 12 Dishes We Want In Our Belly

mr-creosote1by Steven Doyle

To celebrate the unique date today, 12/12/12, we wish to bring you our list of twelve fantastic things we want to put in our bellies today. This is a difficult list to procure, and we had to leave off so many we enjoy, but these are of particular joy. The list is in no particular order. Continue reading


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