by Jennifer Thomas
The 6th annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale to be held Thursday, January 30, 2014 at the Omni Dallas features ten of Dallas’ finest chefs serving up signature soups to benefit The Stewpot and Encore Park. Soup’s On! features keynote speaker Liz Murray, emcee and Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow, performances by Dallas’ own Shoot Low Sheriff and includes an art sale of more than fifty original paintings and handmade jewelry from artists of the Stewpot Open Art Programs.
Chef Brian C. Luscher of the popular Grape Restaurant acts as Chef Chairman of the luncheon who along with Bruno Davaillon, The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek; Omar Flores, Driftwood; Danyele McPherson, The Grape; Matt McCallister, FT33; Chad Kelley, Café Pacific; Janice Provost, Parigi; Abraham Salum, Salum; Nathan Tate, Boulevardier and Jason Weaver of the Omni Dallas will prepare a signature soup as the first course of the luncheon. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We try to keep our good readers up on the latest events coming up, and today we were informed of one pretty special evening in Dallas. Consider this one a “Veuve with a View”, a 5-course dinner on Thursday, December 12, 2013 inspired by Veuve La Grande Dame champagne and served atop the Anatole Hilton at one of our favorite restaurants. One of the most breathtaking views of Dallas could only be accentuated by none other than Veuve La Grande Dame Champagne. SĒR Steak + Spirits will be hosting this 5-course dinner menu inspired by La Grande Dame at $169 inclusive. You will want to make reservations as they are limited. Call (214) 761-7470 to secure your seating.
We have a preview menu, and this one is something special. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
Grow Chardonnay grapes in the City of Dallas, in a state where Chardonnay has been officially declared a failure! That is quite an ambitious undertaking. Come and find out if Inwood Estates Vineyards was successful this Saturday December 7th from noon-7pm at Inwood Estates Vineyards release party for their 2011 City of Dallas Chardonnay at their winery in the Dallas Design District. The tasting is free and so is the great food. 0 Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
With a charge led by one Wayne B. Wheeler and Andrew Volstead, Americans met with the Great Experiment of Temperance, or the National Prohibition Act (the 18th Amendment) at midnight on January 17, 1920. Although the bill was vetoed by then president Woodrow Wilson, it was overwhelmingly passed both in House and Senate. This Amendment prohibited the manufacturing, sale and consumption of alcohol. Within minutes of the enactment of Prohibition, the first crime erupted when $100,000 worth of whiskey was stolen from a train in Chicago. Prohibition then gave birth to a new industry gripped by grizzly mobsters and bootleggers. Average citizens were lured by the siren song of the speakeasy.
Prohibition called for trials for anyone charged with an alcohol-related offense, and juries often failed to convict. Under the state of New York’s Mullan-Gage Act, a short-lived local version of the Volstead Act, the first 4,000 arrests led to just six convictions and not one jail sentence. Prohibition was deemed a failure and was dismantled by the Twenty-first Amendment which was ratified on December 5, 1933. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
I remember Paul Singhapong from Beau Nash at the Crescent Court Hotel in Uptown. The renowned chef also worked alongside Kent Rathbun at the Melrose, Dean Fearing at the Mansion and an illustrious stint at the French Room where he enjoyed a five star rating. You may recognize his name from a few reports on craveDFW (here and here, and here) where he made a beautiful meal for a handful of guests at Malai Kitchen.
Today we are sent word that the Thai chef will be opening a restaurant in the Quadrangle along with restaurateur Jack Nuchkasem, and it will be called CrushCraft. We will make this easy by publishing the release below. Dallas i getting all Thai happy, right? Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
For those that know me even the slightest know that I have been a Peticolas Brewing Company fan from day one. I recall the first time I met Michael Peticolas. I walked into his brewery shortly after he opened up at his nearly hidden facility in the Design District, and he showed me his hardware and chatted up beer. It didn’t seem like much at the time, but weeks later he took gold at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival in Denver for his brilliant English-Style Pale Ale, Royal Scandal. Peticolas followed that feat up with another gold medal in 2013 for the illustrious Velvet Hammer.
In addition to these accolades, Peticolas won awards for Great Scot, the Strong Scottish, and his spiced Wintervention. The Velvet Hammer may possibly be the only beer married to a beautiful woman. Continue reading
Art and Appetite: American Art, Culture, and Cuisine
February 22–May 18, 2014
This mouthwatering exhibition of 60 paintings explores the art and culture of food, investigating the many meanings and interpretations of dining in America. Depictions of food in art frequently celebrate the pleasures of eating: elegant and orderly arrangements of cookies or cakes, lavish and overflowing arrays of fruit, or the remnants of a gluttonous feast all convey the passion for consumption. Yet paintings of edibles also speak volumes about their cultural context.
From this country’s earliest years, American artists have used still-life painting to express cultural, political and social values, elevating the subject to a significant artistic language. The topic of food allowed American artists both to celebrate and critique their society, expressing ideas relating to politics, race, class, gender, commerce, and how these categories define American identity.
Art and Appetite includes many iconic works such as Nighthawks (1942) by Edward Hopper, Freedom from Want (1942) by Norman Rockwell and Campbell’s Soup (1965) by Andy Warhol. Art and Appetite: American Painting, Culture, and Cuisine was organized by the Art Institute of Chicago. It is supported in part by contributions from Central Market, the Fort Worth Promotion and Development Fund and the Ben E. Keith Foundation. Continue reading