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Andrew Bell Joining Avner Samuel At Lombardi Family Concepts

andrew-bellby Steven Doyle

After closing his last restaurant Nosh, Avner Samuel has been working with Lombardi Family Concepts. Most recently Samuel revamped the menu at Bistro 31 which is located in Highland Park Village. Samuel is making a move to Houston to open more of the Lombardi restaurants, including Toulouse. Also joining the Lombardi family is chef Andrew Bell who is currently at Bolsa in Oak Cliff.    Continue reading

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Eat Me: Bolsa’s Baby Artichoke & Goat Cheese Gnocchi

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It is almost that time of year when we all think of bikini’s, beach and sun. The weather is starting to be a more consistent breeze with a splash fun, and many are turning to lighter fare. Most restaurants now have at least a vegetarian option, and almost all can do a vegan plate of some sort. The truly interesting restaurants can make either of these options a delight even for the most committed omnivore. Bolsa succeeds at the latter.

Look no further than the Baby Artichoke & Goat Cheese Gnocchi which is served with heirloom tomatoes, spinach and a  tomato-mint sauce. This dish is amazingly light and refreshing – and addictive. Pair this with one of their wonderful signature cocktails, and you will have a meal that transcends nature itself.    Continue reading

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Chef Andrew Bell Does A Menu Reset At Bolsa

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Chef Andrew Bell has been with Bolsa for just over a year, and more recently took over the iconic Oak Cliff kitchen as executive chef. It wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that Bell re-engineered the menu to be largely his. The menu reads exciting, and translates extremely well to the plate. We went in last night to check out the new menu, and was blown away with the many changes. Bell has settled well into the Bolsa kitchen and says, “ I took the time to acclimate myself with the kitchen and the staff of the restaurant and patiently waited for spring ingredients to show up. We will continue to find the best ingredients from local farmers, treat them with respect and cook them for the customers that know and love Bolsa.”

Andrew Bell began his career in the restaurant industry during high school and since then has worked in some of the most respected kitchens in both Dallas and Austin, making his cuisine decidedly Texan.  From Wink and Uchi in Austin, to Parigi, Citizen, Mercury, Nosh Euro Bistro, Aurora and most recently The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Bell says, “I have been waiting for an opportunity such as this for a long time and have tremendous respect for the restaurant, the partners, the staff and the philosophy they stand for as well as working with the local farmers– I feel at home here at Bolsa.”

From the tastes of the new menu it is obvious that Bell has captured the spirit and history of Bolsa, and plays well within this striking version of farm-to-table mentality that has been a proven asset for Bolsa.   Continue reading

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Chef Andrew Bell Intros New Menu At Bolsa

andrew-bellby Steven Doyle   photos by Elliott Munoz

I love a change of seasons. This almost always calls for new menus using seasonal ingredients, especially at a restaurant such as Bolsa located in Oak Cliff. This is the case today as chef Andrew Bell sends word that he has something new in mind for his diners.

After taking charge of the kitchen several months ago, chef Bell has created a menu that is finally his own.  Co-owner Chris Zielke explains, “We wanted Andrew to take his time on creating this new ‘core’ Bolsa menu and took the new spring season as a jumping off point to implement it.  The new menu is simply spectacular and these are some of the best dishes I have ever seen come out of our kitchen.”

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Grab A Program, There Are Chefs On The Move

Jeff_Harrisby Steven Doyle

There are plenty of chef movements about and it is insanely interesting. First, let’s look at the players: Jeff Harris, Andrew Bell, Jeffrey Hobbs and Al Haven. What they have in common is that they are extremely talented Dallas chefs and have recently made a move. I have used the term “chef hoarding” in the past, and this might be the ultimate move in that play.

Let’s look at who is on the move. Jeff Harris is the uber cool chef that made a splash at Craft Dallas then joined as exec chef at Bolsa, replacing Graham Dodds as he made way to Central 214. Harris is now moving on to work for Consilient as chef at new A F+B Fort Worth. Wait, Jeffrey Hobbs had that gig, right? Hobbs has been called up by Neighborhood Services and will now be the chef at the Preston location. You may recall that Dodds recently moved to Consilient and is now at Hibiscus. If this seems confusing, it gets better.     Continue reading

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Andrew Bell At Bolsa Mercado

andrew bellby Steven Doyle

Andrew Bell is a really good chef who has been looking to set down somewhere firm and presumably enjoyable. He was last seen in the flagship Nosh on Oak Lawn and since then fell off our radar. There were talks of Bell opening his own Nosh in Austin but that never came to fruition. He had worked with Avner Samuels in the past at Aurora. Myth had it he would be the opening chef at JoJo, and actually that was the plan.  Continue reading

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