In it’s 5th year Okrapalooza continues to bring East Dallas a unique okra cook-off with live music, beer, and specialty okra dishes. Celebrity chefs and Home-Cooks come together in the Dallas Fort Worth area to present their best okra dishes to compete for the title of Okrapalooza champion of the world. Hosted at The LOT on September 14th, tickets include okra dish tastings + sides, free local beer, and live music. All proceeds benefit the Promise of Peace Community Garden. Continue reading
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Whither Oak? Consider the moves since its opening in December 2011 under execuchef Jason Maddy (culled from The Mansion) and sous chef Brian Zenner (also from The Mansion) . When the couple behind Oak, Richard and Tiffanee Ellman, decided to open the quirkily-named Belly and Trumpet in February 2013, Zenner was their man to be execuchef. However, for some reason he remained as sous at Oak until April. Then Thomas Gray took that position. At that point in time things sped up. Just a month later Maddy left Oak for unexplained health reasons. Gray improvised until July when Richard Gras was hired as the permanent replacement. Gras, whose background had mainly been at large luxury hotels, lasted a year at the relatively small Oak before moving back to Pier A in New York City. The Ellman’s immediately moved Zenner back as execuchef at Oak.
In addition, over the same period (August 2013), the Ellmans opened a modern Thai restaurant, Pakpao Thai, and suffered a split with the inaugural chef at that venture just six months later. Continue reading
Eddy Thretipthuangsin will be opening a new Thai restaurant in Fort Worth;’s Art District, and is scheduled to begin service before the end of 2014. No word on a name just yet. This is the same chef-owner that has BITE City Grill in Fort Worth. Chef Eddy just returned from a month long cooking sabbatical in Thailand and is said to have a briefcase full of fresh ideas.
For now, check out BITE City Grill located at 2600 West 7th in Fort Worth. We will follow up when we have the name and exact location.
The Dallas Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier will present its annual Raiser Grazer, this year themed “A Fresh Approach”, on Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at The Shed in the Dallas Farmers Market, located at 1010 South Pearl Expressway at Pearl Street in downtown Dallas. “A Fresh Approach to the Raiser Grazer” features chefs from the organization’s chapter partnering with local farmers whose produce is available in the Dallas Market to create the menus for the event.
This will be one of the first events at The Shed, formerly known as Shed 1, in the historic market, which is undergoing major renovations featuring new amenities for farmers and artisanal producers and will include restaurants, residential and retail space. Presenting sponsors of “A Fresh Approach” are Lone Star AG Credit and Whole Foods Market. The Grande Dame of the organization’s Dallas Chapter is Caroline Rose Hunt. Continue reading
Have you wanted to go to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, without leaving afterwards and immediately searching the web for non-invasive Vasectomy options? Here is your chance, and it is a great one! Continue reading
Ramesh and Sumathi Sundaram opened their Indian cuisine restaurant on Lower Greenville this past weekend. Check out Shiva’s Bar and Grill to get your tikka masala fix with a happy side of naan. What a fantastic addition to the neighborhood.
The restaurant is located at 1907 Greenville Avenue, and will offer cuisine from the Tamil region of India, according to Ramesh, which is southern India and has a heavy vegetable influence but also have northern Indian food for those who enjoy that fare. He also added that they lived in Singapore for some years and are offering some Malaysian cuisine as well.