Category Archives: Farm

Bunnies And Springtime Refresh The Plate

DSC01110by Steven Doyle

As the Easter holiday approaches we are reminded about renewal of the planet, fresh Spring daisies and bluebonnets, little baby chicks and bouncy bunny rabbits.  It is also a refreshing time for new restaurant menus as they roll out seasonal dishes to reflect the new found bounty. We are now seeing ramps, morels and even fiddlehead ferns gracing our plates. This is a fantastic time of year.

We would love to make a list of our favorite deviled eggs, which are everywhere now and a definite taste we want at Easter.  You will see a new version daily at Parigi on Oak Lawn. We also enjoy the deviled eggs at Nick and Sams where there are three versions on the same platter, but particularly enjoy the caviar topped eggs.   Continue reading

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Holiday Vignettes: Marie Tedei

by Steven Doyle

Marie Tedei is a farmer and owner of Eden’s Organic Garden Center and CSA Farm. She works directly with families looking for fresh organic produce, and more recently eggs from her litter of hens.  Extra vegetables raised on her farm find their way to local restaurants in the Dallas area.

Marie celebrates her lifestyle by hosting numerous events on her farm throughout the year  including her annual Barn Aid that started with high winds of a tornado that blew through her property damaging her own out-buildings. Continue reading

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Celebrating 420 Day in Dallas

by Steven Doyle

We have not seen many 420 Day celebrations planned by any restaurants or bars until today.  The first to announce any happenings is Hacienda on Henderson who has plenty to celebrate this weekend. The party starts at 4:20 on Friday, April 20, 2012 and Hacienda will be offering many drink specials and menu items for $4.20 including a special brownie that should get you going for the evening.      Continue reading

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New Menu At Bolsa Starts Today

by Steven Doyle

Today is certainly a Good Friday. Many of you are off from work and enjoying this beautiful day, spending time with family and friends.  I am personally invigorated by the freshness of Spring, and have the perfect spot for you to celebrate today.  Last night I was given a sneak preview to the Bolsa new menu and it is nothing short of breath taking.

Chef Jeff Harris has really shined on this new menu, taking advantage of all the new Spring vegetables provided him by our local farmers like Tom Spicer and Eden Creek Farms. We are actually planning a full on report for Monday morning, but we managed a few snapshots last night and wanted to give you fuel to run out to the Oak Cliff restaurant.  If you have managed to avoid the place this long, perhaps it is time to check out Bolsa and what chef Harris is creating along with his exec-sous Matt Balke.                 Continue reading

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Rare Red Wattle Hog Dinner at CampO

by Steven Doyle

The Red Wattle hog is a large, red and has a fleshy decorative wattle on each side of its neck.  The breed was thought to arrived on American soil by way of French colonists in the 1700’s who were thought to bring them from Australia. The hog is know for their hardiness and exceptionally lean and juicy beef-like taste and texture.

Last year there were only 200 registered Red Wattle hogs in the United States, making them a particularly rare breed, and you will not typically find the meat on local menus. That is until last night when CampO Modern Country Bistro  executive chef Josh Black set out to create one of his monthly special dinners.  You will recall last month consulting chef Matt McCallister spearheaded his Total Catch dinner, and he collaborated with Black to create the menu for the dinner last night.         Continue reading

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Last Day For Discounted Chefs For Farmer Tickets

by Crave Staff

The latest edition of Chefs for Farmers is Sunday, May 6 2012, and tickets will soon be a hot commodity. The event now boasts over 30 chefs who will create fantastic dishes that will be paired with craft beer, wine and spirits.

The event will feature Stephan Pyles, Dean Fearing and Kent Rathbun and many other area chefs at Lee Park in the Turtle Creek area of Dallas.

You may grab your discount tickets through the end of today, but prices will increase tomorrow. Check out the Chefs for Farmers website for more information and to obtain  your discounted ticket.

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Harris and Balke Serve up with Momentum

by Steven Doyle

This past weekend we celebrated another chapter of the pop-up restaurant that should soon be a full on brick and mortar concern. Cafe Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training program working in conjunction with the Youth Village Resources of Dallas (YVRD) to train students in all aspects of working in a restaurant, and is the brain-child of Parigi chef-owners Janice Provost and Chad Houser.         

These students would be our waiters, platers, dish-washers and other such jobs that are crucial for a restaurant, giving them valuable experience that can help them get a job in the industry. In fact, several of the students present now have jobs due to their experience of working with such chefs so kudos to all who are supporting the program.     Continue reading

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