by Steven Doyle
Kent Rathbun entered the food industry at age 14, washing dishes at a local Sambo’s, a job for which he had lied about his age, claiming to be one year older. By the end of his first day as a dishwasher, he had asked to help the night cook, who within three weeks recommended that Rathbun be promoted to the cooking station. At age 17, he was working as an apprentice in the 5-star dining room of Kansas City’s La Bonne Auberge restaurant, where his mother worked as a maitre d’.
The fine dining experience changed his culinary tastes, causing him to come home determined to educate the experienced cooks in his household: “When I started learning how to work with fresh vegetables and snails and foie gras, that’s when my taste just exploded. I told my mother, `I can’t believe it. All those things you and Grandma have been cooking all these years – you’ve been overcookin’ ’em.'” Continue reading
To celebrate and support the local community and continue green efforts, Whiskey Cake will host a farmers market event for all of the local vendors the restaurant works with at the Plano location this Sunday, April 19. Whiskey Cake regulars will get the opportunity to meet local food suppliers and learn more about where their food comes from when they dine at Whiskey Cake. With Earth Day right around the corner on Wednesday, April 22, this is the perfect chance to celebrate local vendors
The market event is Sunday, April 19 from 10:30am to 2:00pm. Whiskey Cake is located at 3601 Dallas Parkway in Plano.
by Steven Doyle
We checked out Sip and Savor, a beautifully quaint Victorian home from the 1890’s turned bistro with a huge emphasis on wine. The business is located in the furthest point of Coit Road in Plano and is owned and operated by John Weeks.
The restaurant has a full capacity of 70 people including outdoor dining, but can accommodate at least 100 people in a reception-style event. And Weeks has hosted plenty of events including baby and bridal showers, birthdays and other events. Continue reading
For the past three years, Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill has offered monthly cooking classes. However, in the past year, the classes have begun to sell out before they could be announced to the public. Therefore, beginning last month, Sea Breeze began offering TWO cooking classes each month. Classes will traditionally the second fourth Sunday of each month from 3-4:30 p.m. March classes will be on April 12 and April 26. Guests in the classes will learn 3-4 seafood recipes, taste those recipes and enjoy wine pairings as well, all for $50 per person. Class size is very limited, and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling Sea Breeze Fish Market & Grill at 972-473-2722. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
There are actually few places that make a hearty bowl of seafood cioppino in Dallas. Cioppino is a fisherman’s soup that that is an amalgam of various Italian seafood stews and soups, but originates from San Francisco using the freshest catch of the day brought in by local sources from the sea. Pair this action up with toasted slices of sourdough and you have this marvelous meal that will certainly satisfy and take the chill off from any evening.
We have searched the Dallas area for the perfect bowl of soothing cioppino for you to enjoy. Check out our favorites. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The Monte Cristo is the kissing cousin of the sandwich called the Croque Monsieur. The Monsieur is made up of a grilled Gruyere cheese loaded with thin slices of ham and fried in clarified butter. You can find both sandwiches served in and around Dallas with no finer example of the Cristo served at the Holy Grail Pub in Plano. It is a serious sandwich.
The sandwich claims roots dating back to a depression-era dinner staple called a cheese dream and the deep-fried grilled cheeses called “Frenchees” native to Nebraska. Both are deep fried cheese sandwiches, the latter is sometimes dipped in an egg wash then rolled in Corn Flakes. The beautiful sandwich rose to fame in 1966 when it appeared on the menu at Disney’s Cajun restaurant Blue Bayou, adjacent to the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. And certainly we all recall the menu at Bennigan’s where they proudly served up the deep fried sandwich filled with turkey and ham. Continue reading
Pinstack, North Texas’ first state-of-the-art bowling and active entertainment destination, has announced that it will open its doors to the public tomorrow, Friday, January 30.
The 50,000 square foot venue, designed with an upscale palate of bold finishes, will feature a 28 lane bowling experience, ropes course suspended 20 feet above the gaming center, two-story laser tag, bumper cars, LED lit six-lane rock climbing walls, hundreds of interactive games and simulator technology. For those that come with an appetite, a full-service restaurant featuring a chef-inspired menu of modern American classics, stacked bar and craft cocktails is perfect for enjoying before or after gaming. Continue reading