by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
The hottest ticket in town last night was definitely the Chefs for Farmers Oyster Bash which took place at the Dallas Farmers Market in Shed One among plenty of farmers, and a smattering of chefs. A few hot restaurants like Knife, TJ’s Seafood Market, The Grape, Stock and Barrel and Gemma represented as wine flowed and revelers danced and paraded through the big Shed as they enjoyed grilled oysters, oyster stew, a clam bake and even seafood stew loaded with plenty of seafaring critters prepared by host Matt McCallister.
Iris McCallister is definitely one of the city’s most gifted event coordinators, and certainly prepared a wonderful evening. The idea actually sprang from the thoughtful mind of Michael Martensen, co-owner of both Driftwood and Proof and Pantry, each known for the oyster prowess. Continue reading
The chefs line up. Winner Peraza is second from the left. Runner-up Andrea Maricich is being interviewed by emcee Jim White and third-placed Kenny Mills has the hat
by Andrew Chalk
Julio Peraza is the new AIWF Caesar Salad Champion, making him the twenty second winner of the annual competition that challenges Dallas chefs to win a public vote with their Caesar Salad and ‘lagniappe’ dish. In an impassioned acceptance speech the executive chef at Komali and Salum Peraza attributed his success to his hard-working sous chef Abraham Salum (who also happens to be his boss). The Peraza-Salum team described their winning dish as “Ancho Braised Short Rib and Queso Fresco Tamal, Black Bean Sauce, Crema and Chile de Arbol Salsa”. This is on the menu at Komali. Peraza now becomes Honorary Chair of next year’s event. So popular was this dish that it was sold out before I got to it after circling around taking pictures. Continue reading
Meet Vaughn, a 1-year-old, 52-pound Pointer mix. He came to the SPCA of Texas on October 11 because his owners didn’t have proper housing for him. He was kept outside 24/7, and he’s a guy who wants to be with his people. He is a great dog who is good with kids and other dogs. He is playful and energetic, but he has a tendency to get quite shy when you come in to pet him. It’s actually pretty cute.
Vaughn is a sweetheart who loves kisses and lap cuddles. He is quiet and fun, and he’ll be a great dog for someone. He has been neutered, micro-chipped and given all age-appropriate vaccinations. Come by and meet Vaughn today. #121488 Continue reading
Rich Rogers of Scardello
In late October of 2008, Scardello opened it’s doors. They had a crack team of cheese lovers who were ready for anything that came their way. And just like what happens each time they open a new wheel of cheese, they really didn’t know what to expect.
Today Scardello still have an amazing staff of knowledgeable, and enthusiastic cheesemongers, and a case loaded with seriously incredible cheese. The owners, Rich and Karen Rogers have carefully curated the tiny shop that has flourished into a true Dallas gem offering classes with cheese, wine and even chocolate. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
There is no greater holiday than Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day on October 26th. Celebrate with us by singing along to the Jimmy Baldwin video below. Notice this was filmed at Allgood Cafe in Deep Ellum which is top on our list of chicken fried steaks in Dallas. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
God love Jeffrey Yarbrough. Yarborough is one of the strongest supporters of restaurants in Dallas, and when the man decided that there needed to be a holiday that celebrated what should be our state dish, chicken fried steak, he went to Austin to do something about it. This is why every October 26 we celebrate Texas Chicken Fried Steak Day as proclaimed by the Texas Legislature.
For most of us we didn’t need a proclamation, but how fun is it that it is all nice and official like. It sort of mandates the fact that we cannot go the day without sampling at least one platter of gravy soaked fried meat. Continue reading