by Steven Doyle
Pay your respects to outgoing Channel 8 news anchor Gloria Campos tonight from 9 to 11pm at the Victory Plaza studio near downtown Dallas. There will be some revelry and food trucks lined up to serve her fans.
Campos has been with WFAA since September 1984, when she started as an anchor. Campos was the first Hispanic anchor in the Dallas-Fort Worth market. Prior to the Channel 8 gig she spent eight years at KGBT-TV in he hometown of Harlingen which was her only other broadcasting job shortly after graduating from Southwest Texas State University in 1976. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Kitchen LTO is full underway with its second chef. You know the concept, it changes chefs and menu every four months, spotlighting bright up and coming chefs. The opening chef was Norman Grimm, hardly an undiscovered talent, but instead one with a long resume of rock solid restaurants under his belt. Grimm was just named as the new executive chef at the Hotel St. Germain in Uptown Dallas.
Grimm worked as executive chef of Acme F&B before his LTO stint, studied at the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Vermont. Grimm also worked in some of the nations best kitchens including Rubicon, Jardiniere, REDD, Tra Vigne, The Dining Room at The Ritz Carlton (all in California) along with Mercury, NOSH euro bistro and York Street in Dallas, to name a few. Grimm says he enjoys the teaching aspect of being a chef. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
After a quick and unexpected closure of Primo’s in December, a pair of local restaurateurs snapped up the location and will soon open their new concept, So&So’s. Brandon Hays, part of the group that owns Standard Pour has partnered with Phil Schanbaum, formerly of Sfuzzi. No word on menu or drinks, except that he has hired the talented chef Ian Tate, formerly of Komali and Salum. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Each week Outpost Dallas has been hosting local celebrity bartenders to run the bar for a few hours on Wednesday’s. The deal is that these celeb types bring in their crowd and donate proceeds to their charity of choice. There have been some entertaining bartenders since they began the program. I was the first to be behind the stick, and it can be un-nerving if you haven’t bartended in some years. This will be the case this Wednesday (tonight) as owners Chris Zielke and Chris Jeffers (the same lads who own Bolsa, Smoke, Chicken Scratch and the rest) get behind the bar after so many years of simply managing their empire. Zielke started at Bennigans and Jeffers started with Uncle Julios.
Yes, Chris and Chris started their careers as bartenders. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
It is hard to believe, but Battuto Italian Kitchen, the north Dallas neighborhood Italian restaurant established by radio personalities Gene and Judy Gates, is turning one. To celebrate, they held a media event “Taste of Battuto” with a special 7-course menu and I was fortunate to be invited.
If you were enthused by Battuto’s original concept of inspired Italian cuisine made from carefully sourced ingredients then there is good news — the concept remains as strong as ever. Despite chef changes, the kitchen remains consistent thanks to able sous chef Erik Wolf, formerly of Bolsa. A search continues for an executive chef to replace Joel Harloff, who left last month, but, says Gene Gates, there is no rush. “We want the right person and are willing to wait until we find them”. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Dee Lincoln announces the second location of Dee Lincoln Steak & Burger Bar, slated to open mid-April in Plano, Texas. Located at 4701 West Park Boulevard, Lincoln has appointed chef Andrew Powers as executive chef. The menu is an approachable one with updated steakhouse fare and inventive burger recipes in a comfortable and relaxed setting.
Powers has been with Lincoln since she opened the first location in Uptown Dallas, September 2013. Lincoln says, “Chef Powers has that rustic sensibility while at the same time refined cooking that is perfect for this restaurant. He also understands the importance of providing only the best product possible and goes out of his way working with the farmers and purveyors on sourcing.” Lincoln continues, “Plano has been my home since moving to Texas. Our daughter has grown up in the neighborhood and several of my loyal fans live in the area. I’m excited to bring this neighborhood restaurant to our community. The focus is great food, excellent service in a warm and comfortable atmosphere.” Continue reading