by Steven Doyle
Meat Fight 2013 sold out in mere minutes. The is the beefy extravaganza that took place last night at Four Corners Brewing Company and is the brainchild of one Alice and Mike Laussade. You know her as the award winning columnist for the Dallas Observer. The event raise $50,000 that will be sent to National MS Society for research into that cause. The chefs that participated were strong and broken into competing teams made up of Brian C. Luscher, Jeana Johnson, Jeff Bekavac, Omar Flores, Chad Houser, David Uygur, Jeffery C. Hobbs, Anastacia Quinones, Tiffany Derry, Nathan Tate, Eric Dreyer, Cody Sharp, all hot-shot meat experts from the Dallas area.
I was excited to get a call a mere few moments before the sold out event started from Jon Alexis from TJ’s Seafood Market who invited me to use one of his tickets that opened up suddenly. Alexis supplied the salmon, which was used as a wild card category for the evening. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Meat Fight is upon us, and it would seem every decent barbecue Generalísimo will be either working or judging the event. You know you didn’t get a ticket, we didn’t either. It is a fantastic event that started as a small backyard brouhaha to raise a few bucks for National MS Society by the Observer James Beard award winning writer and former Cheap Bastard, Alice Laussade. Last year the event came out of the closet and was opened to the public with rave reviews, including one from craveDFW.
My ticket last year fell onto my lap after a friend could not make the event. I was driving back into town from the Terlingua Chili Cookoff when the offer was made. I floored the gas pedal and made it back in time for the closing credits of the event but was still able to sample a few slices of brisket and a chunk of sausage made by Brian Luscher. I ate the flesh and it was good.
For those who were not fortunate enough to secure a ticket during the three minutes they were for sale, we have a few meat suggestions of our own. Laussade mentioned a few weeks back that if this event was as successful as she hopes (and it is already) that next year will be much larger and more inclusive. Peruse our meat laden list below, and if you use any of the following ideas to pass the time your luckier friends are at Meat Fight, consider making a donation to the National MS Society. Karma will assist you next year. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
This past week everyone was celebrating Halloween. The parties have actually been blasting for the past three weeks in anticipation. Possibly the best event we attended was Dia de los Puercos, celebrating Four Corners Brewing Company’s first anniversary at their Trinity Groves location in West Dallas. Four Corners are the people who brew such illustrious beers such as the El Chingon, a hefty IPA, and the ever popular Local Buzz, a wheat beer made with local honey.
The event took place on a cool and sunny afternoon with chef Kent Rathbun as host. Any party with Kent will include plenty of smoke pig. He brought his crew out to assemble two homemade smokers made up of cinder blocks and home-made cages consisting of bed frames and wheelbarrow handles. Genius. There a duo of pigs smoked for a dozen hours while the staf started in on ribs and other tasty meats. Plates were sold to the crowd for just a few dollars, and beer was dispensed at the bar housed inside the brewery. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
Last week on craveRADIO we crashed Chef Kent Rathbun’s big BBQ Workshop at his KB Woodfire facility in Plano. This awesome venue is where you can host your next party in a restaurant-like setting all your own. On the program Kent explains how the venue works, and we also chat up his catering chef Jeff Qualls who can literally cook fresh for 1000’s of guests at this location, or yours.
Also on the program we hit up the guys from the Green Egg, the BBQ masters who work wonders with this very unique grill. If that wasn’t enough, we also spoke with Four Corner’s Brewing Company owner George Esquivel who was supplying beer for the workshop. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Lori Barber
This week on craveRADIO you will hear the show we produced at Kent Rathbun’s BBQ Workshop at his catering facility, KB Woodfire Grill in Plano. The show was fast paced with more guests than we normally host including Kent Rathbun and KB catering chef Jeff Qualls who is a CIA graduate and has worked at some very notable kitchen.
In addition to the chefs we also chatted up representatives from The Green Egg, that marvelous grill that can cook virtually anything outdoors. We also visited with Four Corner’s Brewing Company owner George Esquivel who was supplying beer for the evening. Esquivel talks about the beer they are currently brewing and the new brew pub that premiers this weekend in Trinity Groves. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We are pleased to be the media sponsor for the Texas Discovery Gardens located at the State Fair of Texas this year, and these folks are doing some terrific things. The Texas Discovery Gardens is an organic urban oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages. Sitting on 7.5 acres of organic gardens, the Discovery Gardens hosts a native butterfly habitat, Shakespeare Garden and more.
This year The Texas Discovery garden has invited Bolsa to serve you fresh food in a the beautiful climate controlled environment where they will be serving up tasty treats not found on the Fairgrounds such as Luscher Dogs, fresh wraps and salads all prepared by the team of chefs at top rated Oak Cliff restaurant. You can also find tamales from the Tamale Company. Continue reading