by Andrew Chalk
One press release I had to fire from our root vegetable-powered press release machine. Casa Noble is my favorite tequila. Its ageing in French oak barrels (not unlike a premium wine) give it a distinct and refined flavor.
If you plan to attend this food and tasting event do try to arrive early. Previous Komali tequila tastings have been packed to the rafters. The event is September 16th starting at 6pm. Give Komali a jingle to reserve your seat. 214.252.0200
Komali Restaurant , with chef-owner Abraham Salum and executive chef Julio Peraza, will host the first in a series of art exhibits this Wednesday night, July 9th. From 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, complimentary passed hors d’oeuvres and cocktails will be provided to guests. Featured works by artists Michael Mentler, Yelizaveta Nersesova, Brad Jensen and Sean McCune. This is the first show of four planned for the year. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Several months ago chef Julio Peraza took over the kitchens at both Komali and Salum, the beloved restaurants owned by chef Abraham Salum. Salum knew what he was doing as Peraza came with this amazing background working with some of the top chefs and top kitchens in America.
Chef Julio Peraza, born in El Salvador, began his career by attending the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Upon graduating in 2002, Peraza launched his career as a line cook under the guidance of Chef Joel Guillon at The Argent Hotel in San Francisco, and at Gary Danko Restaurant where he developed his passion for fine dining. Continue reading
by Andre Natera
We are starting an occasional chef-on-chef interview series. The idea was given to us by chef Andre Natera who recently moved from Dallas to Austin where he is the hotel’s executive chef. We suggested he speak with long time co-worker who is the new executive chef at Komali and Salum, Julio Peraza. Peraza is a heavy weight when it comes to affairs of the kitchen, and has a certain passion and leadership ability that made him the ideal choice for the new post. He also makes for a fun interview.
Chef Julio Peraza, born in El Salvador, began his career by attending the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Upon graduating in 2002, Peraza launched his career as a line cook under the guidance of Chef Joel Guillon at The Argent Hotel in San Francisco, and at Gary Danko Restaurant where he developed his passion for fine dining.
After four years in San Francisco, Chef Peraza traveled extensively and held various positions prior to being promoted to the sous chef position at St. Regis Hotel in Kauai. Two years later, Chef Peraza moved to Las Vegas and worked under Chef Kerry Simon Cathouse as a sous chef. Soon after, he worked as executive sous for Chef David Myers’ Comme Ca located in West Hollywood and at the Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle Trinity River Audubon Center’s signature event, Scissor-tails & Cocktails, presented by the Omni Dallas, is the party to support outdoor education for North Texas children. With tasty treats from celebrity chefs, s’mores around the campfire, birds of prey, live music from the Dallas Family Band, a silent auction and so much more, it’s a fun and festive celebration benefiting Trinity River Audubon Center’s outdoor educational programs for kids. Ben Jones, Trinity’s Center Director, says “At Audubon Texas, we’re passionate about connecting kids to nature and building a foundation for conservation stewardship. Kids from Pleasant Grove to Preston Hollow from Lakewood to Lake Highlands and Oak Cliff to East Dallas – kids from every background and stripe; we believe every child deserves a proper introduction to the outdoors – No child left inside!” Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
If you are interested in Mexican distilled spirits then get on to the Komali mailing list. Komali owner Abraham Salum has been holding some of the most interesting tastings in town. Hitherto, they have covered Tequila brands. Last week he hosted Mestizo Mezcal. What is Mezcal? Isn’t it just Tequila with a slug in the bottle?
Actually, none of the above. Tequila is Mezcal, made from the blue agave plant, if that helps. Mezcal is the broader category. The production techniques for high grade versions of each are identical. The heart of the maquey plant is roasted for three days and develops a brittleness that allows it to be crushed and release its liquid. This is fermented and then distilled. The long roasting gives mezcal its distinctive difference from tequila — a pronounced smokiness in the taste. Note no worm (larva). That is totally inessential to the product and probably a marketing gimmick for low-end mezcal in the past. Continue reading