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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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It’s A Bad Week To Be A Reality Chef And A Critic

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This might be a bad week to be a chef, or a chef’s critic, depending on which side of the kitchen stadium you are sitting.  The week began with a column penned by Jacques Pepin where he took a major chunk of reality chefs to task. Although not mentioned directly, much of the hullabaloo seemingly took Gordon Ramsay, king of the F-Bomb, to task.

The information that Pepin laid out was lined with a heart-felt indignation over the fact that on these programs chefs demoralize their staff, something that is hardly done in reality. Pepin went on to say in his article, “For the good of his or her restaurant, the chef should be a role model, an educator who probes and advises his cooks”.    Continue reading

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Lobster Sunday Starts On Mother’s Day At Spoon

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Starting Mother’s Day, John Tesar at Spoon will be kicking off a weekly lobster bake featuring and 1.5 pound lobster served with steamer clams with broth and drawn butter, heirloom creamer potatoes, house made kielbasa and tomato salad. Desserts from Executive Pastry Chef David Collier will change weekly and seasonally.

Lobster Sunday will continue each week at a cost o $55 per person plus tax and gratuity. Wine is not including, but pairings will be available from Spoon’s sommelier.   Continue reading

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Tesar Gives You A Knuckle Sandwich For Lunch

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I know we recently chatted up the lunch service at Spoon Bar and Kitchen, but after a visit this afternoon just before the rains drifted in and out of the area I relished with a few friends at the beautiful little restaurant in Preston Center.

There were a few items I needed to taste, and one I wolf a full portion. The last time I was in was for a media tasting and one of my table mates ordered the ramen, so I went in a different direction. As we discussed at our table today, there can be no wrong orders since everything is perfectly delicious. But I wanted a whole bowl of that ramen. Continue reading

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Chef Tesar in Gotham This Weekend For James Beard Dinner

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Chef John Tesar is taking his breath-taking restaurant, Spoon Bar and Kitchen on the road this week. For those fortunate enough to be in New York tonight, you have an opportunity to dine with Tesar at the James Beard House where he has planned a hella good menu which samples much of his Spoon menu coupled with plenty of champagne.

For more information, check out the James Beard House webby. Check out the food and pairings for tonight.   Continue reading

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