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Chef Jermaine Brown Named Executive Chef at Julia Pearl

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As Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine readies to open its doors in Plano, the restaurant is pleased to announce its Executive Chef, Jermaine Brown. Chef Brown comes to Julia Pearl with a wealth of experience working in top kitchens and with top chefs around the state, including Culinary Director Tre Wilcox, with whom he’s worked at a number of celebrated concepts.

Chef Brown got his start at Brennan’s of Houston, where he earned his stripes as the lead line cook and banquet chef. Moving on to Dallas, he continued his development in the kitchen at Abacus, Kent Rathbun’s award-winning restaurant, where he worked his way up from line cook to Executive Sous Chef. Chef Brown has also held Executive Sous Chef positions at fine dining spots including Marquee Grill and Loft 610. With more than 16 years of culinary experience, his rich background and diverse skill set made him the perfect choice for Julia Pearl.   Continue reading

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Stewpot Alliance ‘Soup’s On!’ Jan 19th

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The 8th annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale will be held Tuesday, January 19, 2016 (11am-1:15pm) at downtown Dallas’ historic Union Station. Featured speaker is Collins Tuohy, whose life was chronicled in The Blind Side.

The Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Show features a dozen of Dallas’ finest chefs serving up a signature soup as the first course of the meal. Chefs include Chef Chairman Brian C. Luscher of The Grape and Luscher’s Red Hots; Chef Brent Anderson, Wolfgang Puck Catering; Chefs Melody Bishop & Dennis Kelley, LARK on the Park; Chef Omar Flores, Casa Rubia; Chef Danyele McPherson, Remedy; Chef Misti Norris, Small Brewpub; Chef Suki Otsuki, Mudhen; Chef Janice Provost, Parigi; Chef Abraham Salum, Salum and Komali; Chef Sarah Snow, The Grape and Chef Brian Zenner, On-Premise.   Continue reading

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Be Lucky in 2016, Eat Your Peas -or- How to Appease Your Peas

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Black-eyed peas have long been a traditional New Years dish with the thought that they bring the eater good luck. The tradition dates back to the Civil War, when Union troops, especially in areas targeted by General William Tecumseh Sherman, typically stripped the countryside of all stored food, crops, and livestock, and destroyed whatever they could not carry away. At that time, Northerners considered “field peas” and field corn suitable only for animal fodder, and did not steal or destroy these humble foods. It’s a southern thing.

There are a few great places to enjoy your personal pot of good luck in the Dallas area. Certainly look to the obvious spots such as Celebration where they have been serving up southern hospitality since 1971. In addition to your black-eyed peas, you can also find a great chicken fried steak, catfish and other hearty dishes to start your year off right.    Continue reading

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Bisous Bisous Celebrates The Season With A Gingerbread Tower

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Chef-Owner Andrea Meyer and a team of ten has completed a Gingerbread Eiffel Tower, now on display at the Parisian-inspired Bisous Bisous Patisserie.  The 42” replica took more than a month to construct with some elaborate pieces taking more than 4 hours to carve.  The team used woodworking templates for scale and hand cut each piece before baking.

With a nod to the intricate storefront displays throughout “The City of Love”, the Eiffel Tower, complete with lighting will be on display in to the New Year.   Continue reading

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Christmastime at the Dallas Arboretum is Filled with Surprises

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The Dallas Arboretum Children’s Adventure Garden presents many opportunities for holiday experiences before it closes for winterization beginning January 4 through the opening of Dallas Blooms on February 27. Before then, Children’s Adventure Garden guests will be busy with many special activities to close out the year.

On Saturday, December 19, guests can use science to prove the case for the holiday’s favorite cookie-lover, Santa Claus. Starting at 11 a.m., guests will get to use science to answer questions like, how does Santa’s sleigh fly? How does he fit down all the world’s chimneys? How does he not burn himself in the fireplace? The Case for Santa Claus program will take place in the Children’s Adventure Garden’s Entry Plaza.   Continue reading

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Coffee & Beignets At Haute Sweet This Saturday

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One of our very favorite patisseries is Haute Sweets at 10230 East Northwest Highway in East Dallas. This fairly new bakery is steeped up with delicious pastries such as macarons, specialty cakes, cookies, and cupcakes. They also feature some tasty paleo and vegan items for those so inclined. Each month Haute Sweets rolls out their red carpet and features Coffee & Beignets on starting at 10am continuously until they sell out. The last beignet event for 2015 is this weekend, Saturday, December 19, 2015.    Continue reading

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