Love the Band, Deal with the Venue: Southside Music Hall

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Location

The Southside Music Hall is part of the Gilly’s entertainment complex on Lamar Street just southeast of downtown Dallas. It’s a 15 minute walk (about a ½ mile) from the Omni Hotel, and 23 miles from DFW Airport. Despite what the Gilley’s website says, it is not “three blocks” from the Omni. The venue also includes The Loft which is a smaller venue. I’ll review The Loft at a later date.   Continue reading

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Rodman Shields Named Exec Chef a Common Table

rodmanby Steven Doyle

The Common Table recently hired a new exec chef who brings plenty of expertise and enthusiasm to the kitchen. Rodman Shields plans to continue showcasing beer and food pairings with an emphasis on creating quality, contemporary, approachable dishes.

Originally from Orlando, Executive Chef Rodman Shields was lured into the culinary world when his passion for this industry and for food was recognized at an early age watching his grandmother, a great cook of southern cuisine.  Prior to college, Shields apprenticed at Interlachen under William Wolf, member of the 1994 Gold Medal winning Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg.  Shields went on to study the culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, South Carolina.   Continue reading

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Is That Really a Texas Wine That You Are Being Served at The Texas State Fair?

texby Andrew Chalk

This week the 2014 Texas State Fair gets into full swing and one of the attractions is the Wine Garden Presented By Go Texan and Texas Monthly. The web site informs visitors that this “…is a great way to explore Texas-made wines”. I was excited that Texas wines would get such a prominent stage in front of so many potential customers. However, before writing about it, I e-mailed the state fair organizers to confirm that I fully understood the criteria for a wine to be considered a “Texas wine” for this event — the Texas State Fair. Per Federal law, a Texas wine is a wine that is made at least 75% from Texas grapes

The results amazed me. Not only may a wine have 0% Texas grapes to qualify as ‘Texas Made’ for the state fair wine garden, it does not even have to be made in Texas. Someone could buy finished wine on the California bulk market and ship it here in a tanker truck. Then, bottle and label it in Texas (probably with a label that makes it look as though it comes from Texas – cowboys, flags, etc.) and that would meet the criteria for it to be served at the Texas State Fair Wine Garden as a Texas made wine. As long as the seller has a Texas address, it would qualify. These bulk imports with misleading labels damage Texas grape growers and Texas wineries making wine from Texas grapes, as well as misleading consumers.   Continue reading

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Chefs For Farmers Shucking Good Time Event Oct 26

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Dallas’ own down home and dirty CHEFS FOR FARMERS present the 1st annual Oyster Bash on Sunday October 26 from 2pm – 6pm at the newly revamped Dallas Farmer’s Market. Festivities include cooked and live oysters from Texas as well as East and West Coasts shucked on site by the biggest foodie chef hotshots, cocktails, wine, an oyster slurp-off, tarot card reader, spins from DJ Souljah and surprises to come.

Jon Alexis (TJ’s Seafood Market), Matt McCallister (FT 33) Kyle McClelland (Proof and Pantry), Stephen Rogers (Gemma), Jon Stevens (Stock & Barrel), John Tesar (Knife) and special guest Randy Rucker (Briar and Bramble, Houston) serve up oyster-centric dishes and sides during the mix and mingle event.   Continue reading

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2014 Dallas – Forth Worth Haunted House Guide *Updated*

by Steven Doyle

It’s haunting that there are so few weeks left in 2014. This means cooler temps, Fall parties and  terrifying romps through DFW’s best haunted houses.

Most haunted houses have two prices, one for regular admission, and a second speed pass price to exit through the long lines that you will surely meet. Jump in the haunted pit of horrors for a list of our local favorites.           Continue reading

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Party With Kent Rathbun At His 15 Year Anniversary Party

kentby Steven Doyle

For the past 15 years Kent Rathbun has seen every type of restaurant imaginable open and close in the Dallas area. Through times of great joy and adversity, Abacus has stood strong as one of our city’s finest. Rathbun continually upgrades his programs keeping pace with with trends and tastes, but has remained solid as a leader in his field.   Continue reading

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Quarter Oysters and Ten Buck French Champagne at Proof and Pantry

proofby Steven Doyle

What a lucky day it is to be alive. Proof and Pantry has a marvelous deal for you tonight through Saturday.

Indulge upon the quintessential French champagne Dom Ruinart and opulent oysters. Starting tonight and each Thursday, September 25 through November 27, 2014 from 4pm until close – you can nab a flute of Ruinart for $10 paired with .25 cent oysters.  Can I get an amen? Continue reading

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