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Pop-Up Angel’s Envy Mint Julep Competition At The Dram

by Steven Doyle   photos by Robert Bostick

The bartenders at The Dram were surprised when they showed up for a last minute staff meeting only to find Trina Nishimura waiting for them with a box of crazy ingredients.  You know Trina from Cedars Social where she bartends and makes some pretty fantastic cocktails.  Now Trina is the Dallas representative for the smooth and boozy Angel’s Envy, a divine small batch Kentucky whiskey. Angel’s Envy uses the unique process of finishing their bourbon in port wine barrels. Designed by Lincoln Henderson, the former Brown Forman master distiller and creator of Woodford Reserve, Angel’s Envy is the culmination of over 40 years experience in the distilling industry.

As the four bartenders wandered into their office they found unusual ingredients. “We have caper berries, cocoa nibs, and all sorts of sodas and syrups,” said Trina yesterday afternoon.     Continue reading

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Margarita Meltdown 2012 VIP Brunch-N-Party Bus

by Jerry Stewart

Who is the best judge of food and drinks at restaurant and bars? YOU are! Come on out to the 2nd Annual Margarita Meltdown in eclectic Bishop Arts District in Oak Cliff.

We are gathering some of the best names in the business like Bolsa, Smoke, Nova, El Ranchito, La Calle Dolce, Tillman’s, Veracruz Cafe, Mesa, Cyclone Anaya, Iron Cactus, Hacienda on Henderson, The Chesterfield, The Standard Pour, Sfuzzi, Four Lounge and more coming soon.    Continue reading

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Steak Battle This Weekend

by Steven Doyle

Want to watch as two chefs go nose to nose in a heated grilling battle to the finish? All this Iron Chef business just gets me hungry, and what better way to satisfy that hunger than with beef. This Saturday watch two of our local grill-masters show their chops in the Walmart Choice Steak Challenge presented by Kingsford charcoal.   Chefs Rodman Shields from Nick & Sam’s and Richard Chamberlain from Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House will compete Saturday, April 28 at the Walmart located at 1521 N. Cockrell Hill Rd.   Continue reading

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Chefs On Fire This Weekend

by Steven Doyle

Picture this if you will. Twenty teams of chefs, each paired with a local fire fighter in a battle to ferret out the very best grill master. These chefs are talented and the firefighters can blaze in a kitchen as well. The two-man (and women) teams will compete in the day-long competition for a chance to win $1,000, and will undergo a trial by fire in this elimination match. All the proceeds for the event raises cash and awareness for the Parkland Burn Unit in Dallas.

This year’s Chefs on Fire  has a few new items on the agenda including a celebrity chef round where they are paired with fire chiefs. The chefs on chiefs include Randall Copeland from Restaurant Ava, Samir Dhurandhar from Nick & Sam’s, Graham Dodd from Central 214 and John Tesar from the upcoming Spoon restaurant.   Continue reading

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Iron Fork Event May 8 2012

by Jerry Stewart           photos by Robert Bostick

It is time once again for the annual Iron Fork event presented by the Dallas Observer and hosted by chef Kent Rathbun. The event will feature many area restaurants and offers libations including beer, wine and a special cocktail.

The event is highlighted by a special chef grudge match as Rathbun presents a basket including secret ingredients and judged by a panel of local food experts (including our editor Steven Doyle). TJ Lengnick from Whiskey Cake will go up against reigning champion Scott Romano as he defends his title he won with his special Scotch Egg last year that had the panel swooning.            Continue reading

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Mixin It Up On The Blvd Cocktail Challenge

by Steven Doyle    photos by Susan Migdol

Last night the organizers of Chefs for Farmers invited a thirsty hoard of people to stop by The Chesterfield to enjoy a cocktail tasting sponsored by Patron Tequila and FreshPoint. Guest bartenders crafted a special concoction using the tequila to ply the crowd for votes and to get them excited about the upcoming chef event.         Continue reading

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