by Steven Doyle
Janice Provost grew up in the Houston area on the Neal’s Family Farm and started out in the restaurant business as a caterer before finally going through the El Centro hospitality program in Dallas. She was eventually hired as a chef at Parigi, and ended up buying the business.
Janice runs the kitchen daily and is partly responsible for starting Café Momentum, which currently is a series of pop-up restaurants to assist at-risk young men. Café Momentum is slated to be an actual brick and mortar restaurant in the coming year and will provide on-the-job training for these kids. Continue reading
Parigi, the chic little Oak Lawn bistro with heart of Paris and the soul of New York, is celebrating 30 years of charming Dallas. With an effervescent spirit and relaxed style it will be forever young as it continues to charm guests with a cosmopolitan menu.
Located in the trendy and historic Oak Lawn neighborhood, Parigi bistro opened in 1984 by founder Andree Falls and continues to exude the essence of continental bistros and the heart of Big D hospitality. “Whatever It Takes” is the staff motto emblazoned on the tee shirts of managers and servers alike.
Current executive chef-owner, Janice Provost has big plans for Parigi’s 30th anniversary year, which kicks off Sunday, Oct. 5, at Parigi with a birthday fete called “A Celebration of Friends of Parigi.” Ticket prices are $84 in homage to Parigi’s founding in 1984. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Brunch this past weekend netted some pretty terrific finds. Check out the beautiful Knuckle Sandwich from Parigi. This is a cheesy mix of chunky lobster, bacon and scallions atop perfect golden brown and buttery toast. The first bite sends the juicy center down your cheek, and delivers a quick crunchy flavor bomb with the mix of bacon and lobster.
The sidecar of tomato-avocado salad is a perfect accompaniment to this meal, especially if you add a Bloody Mary to the brunch. This Mary comes with her own salad, and is crowned with a crab claw for good measure. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced today that for the second year in a row it will present the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America, a national epicurean tour celebrating America’s culinary diversity. From September 12 through October 25, 2014, the program will stop in ten cities over five weekends, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Each city will enjoy a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a line-up of local chefs, followed by a one-night-only, collaborative four-course dinner crafted by a Taste America All-Star and a local celebrity chef. Tickets are on sale now. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
If you missed us this past Sunday on craveRADIO you missed a huge show. We invited Jim White who ran a top-notch restaurant show on KRLD and currently operates that marvelous food and wine festival, Savor Dallas. We wanted Jim to come on the show to reminisce about his stint as radio host and asked that he bring along his favorite guests. It didn’t take this radio pro long to round up some amazing people to entertain us and share some fantastic stories.
by Steven Doyle
This Sunday on craveRADIO we will feature Jim White, founder of Savor Dallas the week-long food and wine festival in Dallas. Jim White is also the inspiration behind craveRADIO as he produced his own program, Restaurant Show on KRLD.
On the program White will discuss the state of restaurants in Dallas both past and present. He also has some special guests of his very own including Janice Provost from Parigi and the legendary Dallas Morning News restaurant critic, author and president of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, Dotty Griffith. As if these weren’t enough, we will also have a few surprise call-in’s from Napa Valley.
This will be a huge program you will not want to miss. Listen in this Sunday from 4 to 6pm on 1190am, or streaming live on IHeartRadio.com.
by Andrew Chalk
Parigi restaurant on Oak Lawn was packed to the gills on Sunday night for a fundraiser for the Promise of Peace Community Garden. The garden, to be built in Little Forest Hills, helps implement the organization’s mission statement. Namely, “seeking simple solutions for increasing high school completion rates and healthy life styles as a result of positive community engagement. POP strives to connect the groups of neighborhoods in East Dallas through horticultural, environmental, and nutritional educational experiences”. Continue reading