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5 Food Trends We Enjoyed In 2012

tiffany_derryby Steven Doyle

Trends are difficult to predict, at best. Soon we will publish a list of food trends that we might expect to see in Dallas for 2013, but today we honor several we enjoyed in 2012. It seems odd at times that many chefs and restaurateurs grab onto the same ideas, but many of the trends we see in Dallas were perhaps hot numbers on either coast several years ago. I suppose we like to play it safe on the third coast.

Oysters! This year we stared down the happy end of many shells in the Dallas area. Recently Jon Alexis opened his second seafood market, the TJ’s located on Oak Lawn, and has since brought on a growing crowd Sunday’s where he offers dollar oysters. These aren’t week old bivalves; Alexis ships in oysters daily along with all of his seafood selections. Instead he likes the idea of throwing a Sunday night industry party that celebrates with half priced fish tacos and a growing selection of really awesome oysters for a buck each.  Continue reading

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Beaujolais Festival 2012

DSC04106by Steven Doyle

Poor weather conditions in France has more than halved the Beaujolais production this year, but that didn’t stop revelers and Francophiles last weekend from lining up in record numbers at the 2012 Beaujolais Festival that was held at the Irving Convention Center.

The Beaujolais vineyards are expected to produce just over 400,000 hecto-litres this year, against last year’s 853,000 last which was considered a good vintage. Adverse weather troubles began last February with severe frosts that damaged old vines. Hailstorms from April to August then destroyed some vineyards, and rain has slowed the development of the remaining plants.      Continue reading

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Addison’s WorldFest Brings Diverse Cultures To Your Back Door

by Steven Doyle      photos by Robert Bostick

WorldFest celebrates the diverse cultural communities that make up the DFW Metroplex and provides guests the opportunity to be immersed in the culture of Asia, Europe, Africa, Middle East and of course the Americas.

Many of the local ethnic clubs and organizations join in on the fun at the annual Addison festival including  Bugarian American Cultural Center “Bulgare”, Consulate General of Mexico, Council of Ghanaian Associations – DFW, DFW Asian-American Citizens Council, DFW Serbian Cultural and Education Center, Italian Club of Dallas, Maharlika Dancers, USA/La Creme Ensemble, Polish American Foundation of Texas and the Turkish American Association of Northern Texas.    Continue reading

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6th Annual LaunchAbility Luncheon

by Steven Doyle

Look for an exciting luncheon with three powerhouse entrepreneurs that will take stage at the sixth annual 6th Annual Expanding Worlds Luncheon benefiting LaunchAbility. Scott Ginsburg, Dee Lincoln and Phil Romano will all take part in the luncheon set for Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at the Hilton Anatole.  This annual fundraising event helps raise awareness about the efforts to inspire hope, confidence and independence for adults and children with disabilities.

Individual sponsorships are still available, along with a limited number of individual tickets. For more information, or to attend the luncheon visit the LaunchAbility website.

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Barn Aid 2012 is Sunday, October 14

by Jennifer Thomas

Barn Aid is an annual event intended to educate our community and raise awareness and support for local food producers, small farming and sustainability in DFW and North Texas through fellow organizations working to better our food security in DFW.  The event is being put on by volunteers and fellow small producers in the local food community.

Barn Aid was originally created in 2008 after a tornado struck CSA farm owner Marie Tedei’s farm and her more than 50-year-old barn. Tedei’s friends and neighbors homes and property nearby were also heavily damaged. To help raise money for the disaster Tedei and Jenice Johnson created Barn Aid which is held each year at Eden’s Organic Garden center and CSA. Continue reading

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Comprehensive 2012 Texas State Fair Fried Food Guide

by Steven Doyle

We are knee deep in the 2012 edition of the Texas State Fair and many are still looking to make the trek and sample some of the finest in fried cuisine. We have a handy guide to help you avoid some of the pitfalls and enjoy your Fair Day with minimal damage to your ticket count and indigestion.

The following is a list that is tried and true. Many of the items you can find each year at the Fair, and some are new editions. We also list items to avoid. Stand back and cinch the waistband, this is going to be bumpy ride.   Continue reading

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Rockwall’s Rib Rub and Run This Weekend

by Steven Doyle

I believe the reason we discuss Rockwall so much on craveDFW is because there are some pretty damned good chefs doing their thing there. The boys from Ava know their meat, as does Edward Grieb from the Fatted Calf, and Chad Bowden who is the head toque at Culpepper’s. This weekend you get to see all these chefs throw down alongside many others at the 4th Annual Rib Rub and Run. We are so big on the running part, but they had us at ribs.

This is a sanctioned BBQ event, which means the winners go to compete nationally. Competitors will be smoking their best pork spare ribs, baby backs and country style ribs as well.  Continue reading

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