Category Archives: Happy Holidays

5 Food Trends We Enjoyed In 2012

tiffany_derryby Steven Doyle

Trends are difficult to predict, at best. Soon we will publish a list of food trends that we might expect to see in Dallas for 2013, but today we honor several we enjoyed in 2012. It seems odd at times that many chefs and restaurateurs grab onto the same ideas, but many of the trends we see in Dallas were perhaps hot numbers on either coast several years ago. I suppose we like to play it safe on the third coast.

Oysters! This year we stared down the happy end of many shells in the Dallas area. Recently Jon Alexis opened his second seafood market, the TJ’s located on Oak Lawn, and has since brought on a growing crowd Sunday’s where he offers dollar oysters. These aren’t week old bivalves; Alexis ships in oysters daily along with all of his seafood selections. Instead he likes the idea of throwing a Sunday night industry party that celebrates with half priced fish tacos and a growing selection of really awesome oysters for a buck each.  Continue reading

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Win This: 2 Nights At Westin Dallas Galleria + Dinner At Second Floor

Galleria, Christmas, Ice Rink, Shopping, Fisheyeby Steven Doyle

You worked very hard all year long and deserve a quiet respite at one of Dallas’ premiere hotels. And for good measure, you also could use a fantastic and romantic dinner for two from one of the best chefs in Dallas. This is why for today’s gift we plan on sending you and a loved one to the Westin Dallas Galleria for two nights over New Year’s Eve, and include a special dinner created just for you by Chef Joel Harloff at the Second Floor.   Continue reading

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Win This: TurboBlend VS From VitaMix

vm-turboblendby Steven Doyle

VitaMix is synonymous with quality kitchen gear. Chef’s crave the handy utensil which makes marvelous soups and sauces, and makes haste with all your blending needs. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or turning over a new raw, vegan, or vegetarian leaf, the TurboBlend VS is just the tool for you. Easily create a new variety of dishes with tremendous flavor and nutrition, from Tropical Avocado Salsa to Chocolate Dream Pie. Continue reading

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Win This: The Ashley Burghardt Collection

ARR-022by Steven Doyle

Ashley Burghardt has had a fascination with design since an early age where she learned to sew as a hobby and has since gone on to grace fashion pages around the world. Noted as one of the Top Ten Beautiful Women in Dallas, the designer will be at Ashard Richley this Friday evening from 6 to 9pm where her collection will be featured at her trunk show.  Continue reading

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Holiday Vignettes: Rusty Fenton

by Steven Doyle

Rusty Fenton is a veteran in the restaurant industry. As one of the original principals of Uncle Julio’s, Fenton has gone on to a magnificent career in the industry. He had a hand in Stephan Pyles’ Taqueria Cañonita, and also in the reanimation of the Trader Vic’s in the Palomar Hotel in Dallas.

More recently Fenton entered the taco trade. As owner of Rusty Taco, Fenton successfully runs the new franchise at the original location located on Greenville Avenue, and plans to open several other locations in 2012. Currently he owns or licenses four locations.   Continue reading

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Holiday Vignettes: Nanci Taylor

        by Steven Doyle

Nanci Taylor, Publisher of Edible Dallas & Fort Worth magazine is starting her third season of production. Nanci’s passion is to promote local food and its sources and artisans, throughout the North Texas area. You may find free copies of the quarterly on stands Whole Foods and North Haven Gardens, as well as many other locations around DFW.You may also read each issue online.

As I have traveled around the city speaking to owners and chefs of Dallas restaurants, many often refer to Nanci as one who carries the torch for the local food movement we have been experiencing over the past few years. I appreciate her enthusiasm and dedication to the cause, and any involvement I have personally as a locavore comes inspired by Nanci.   Continue reading

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