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Tesar And Tila Pair Up For One Delicious Night

East Meets West Dinner

by Steven Doyle

This should be one very exciting dinner, hosted by two talented chefs, John Tesar and Jet Tila. Make your reservations for May 21, 2015 when these chefs will go toe-to-toe in the Oak kitchen for one super amazing evening. The 5-course meal is $125, and reservations will fill quickly.

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Knife Hosting Film Series

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Love food and film? Knife at The Highland Dallas, located at 5300 E. Mockingbird Lane, will kick off Sunday Cinema Series, a culinary-themed film program, on Sunday, May 17 with a screening of “Chef” on the outdoor patio at the restaurant. The series will continue on Sundays of select months in 2015 and with the purchase of each ticket, guests will enjoy themed gourmet bites by renowned Chef John Tesar and craft beer from Four Corners Brewing Company. Prominent guest speakers from the film and food industries will also speak before each screening.  Continue reading

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Oak Is Still A Mighty Player In Dallas Fine Dining Scene

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This past January the Apheleia Restaurant Group who owns Oak located in the Dallas Design District  announced its partnership with Chef John Tesar. Tesar, of course, owns Knife, the undisputed king of beef in Dallas.  A three-time James Beard “Best Southwest Chef” semifinalist and “Top Chef” contestant, Tesar is a restaurateur and chef known for his stylish, modern American cuisine prepared with classic European techniques. His innovative culinary perspective and no-nonsense personality have garnered much acclaim throughout his 20+ years in the restaurant industry.

Oak is renowned for delivering clean and elegant American cuisine. Opened by the Apheleia Restaurant Group in December 2011, Oak has earned rave reviews and was named one of Bon Appétit’s Top 50 Best New Restaurants in 2012. The restaurant is definitely one of the shining gems of the ever growing Dallas culinary scene.  Continue reading

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Tesar Announces Kitchen Staff At Oak, New Lunch Menu

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In January, Apheleia Restaurant Group announced its partnership with Chef John Tesar. Today, Oak is pleased to announce that Chef/Partner Tesar has introduced Oak’s new Spring lunch menu. This menu represents Chef Tesar’s influence on Oak’s tradition of clean, elegant cuisine. Highlights include spice cured filet of beef carpaccio en Bolero, squid ink spaghetti, spicy arrabbiata and blue crab and Arctic char, black mushrooms
and dashi.

“Lunch should not only be contemporary and approachable, but since Oak is a neighborhood restaurant, we needed to make sure it was also affordable so locals and business professionals can come in everyday if they choose,” stated Tesar.  Continue reading

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Tesar Joins Oak As Chef Partner

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Following recent media reports, Chef John Tesar (Knife, Spoon) and restaurateurs Richard and Tiffanee Ellman are setting the record straight and announcing that Tesar is joining Oak restaurant as a Chef Partner, overseeing the kitchen while leading and training the culinary team.

“We are confident that this partnership will bring to Oak the experience we have always wanted to offer,” says Richard Ellman. Expect to see new menu items by mid-February.   Continue reading

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John Tesar Back At James Beard House Jan 23rd

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On the heels of an exceptional year in which his newest restaurant, Knife at The Highland Dallas, received near-universal acclaim, John Tesar has been tapped as one of the esteemed chefs displaying their skills at the James Beard Foundation’s the Craft of Charcuterie event on Friday, Jan. 23 at the Beard House in New York City. This one-night only event will bring together culinary stars from across the country to create a charcuterie-focused menu including Tesar’s dish, the 150-day dry-aged 44 Farms rib eye with Ligurian olive oil, smoked sea salt and truffled potatoes.   Continue reading

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Spoon Closes Dec 31st

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First Driftwood, now Spoon. Dallas fast became at a loss for terrific seafood with the announcement today that Spoon is closing December 31st.

Chef John Tesar’s Spoon Bar & Kitchen (8220 Westchester Dr.) will close after New Year’s Eve dinner service as Chef John Tesar and Chanticleer Holdings, Inc. separate amicably to pursue their objectives separately. Tesar will be moving Spoon to a different location to be announced at a later date.   Continue reading

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