Ocho Hosts First Wine Dinner With Oak Cliff Cellars

ocho1by Andrew Chalk

Finally, cocktail buzz hub Och8, the Dallas outpost of Eric DiSteffano’s Coyote Café empire, held its first wine tasting. I was an invited guest to taste the wines of locally owned California winery Oak Cliff Cellars. Owner Jim Richardson was in attendance to guide us through the wines and Och8 execuchef Joel Harloff took us through the food. These two are a good double-act, and so are their respective products. Neither overwhelmed the other, a fact attested to in the hearty applause at the end from the full-house audience.       

In the belief that a picture is worth a thousand words, here are about 8,000 words. It seems that in all the rush I forgot to take a picture of the chef, but I think his food speaks for him.


ocho3Langoustines, Cucumber, Radish & Vanilla with Papaya-Honey Puree

ocho4Potato-Cotija Cheese Soup, Cilantro-Basil Pesto, Caramelized Onion

ocho5Crispy Bibb Lettuce, Avocado, Blue Cheese & Warm Chorizo-Paprika Vinaigrette

ocho6Braised Beef Cheeks with Grilled Shishitos, Chili-Tomato Orzo “Risotto”, Veal Demi-Glace

ocho7Caramelized Pineapple Upside Down Cake, Cajeta, Canela Cream 

ocho8Jim and Maria Richardson, owners of Oak Cliff Cellars

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