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Bolsa Mercado: To Market, To Market With Love

by Judy Chamberlain   photos by April Gourley

Friday night “Meet and Eat” dinners at the Oak Cliff’s Bolsa Mercado showcase the playful nature of Executive Chef Jeff Harris and his Executive Sous, Matt Blake. Hospitality abounds in this humble retreat from all things cookie-cutter ordinary.  Wine pairings with each course, outrageous talent in the kitchen, community seating and a general feeling of joie de vivre make these dinners both festive and delicious.

It’s fun to have a little bit of this and a little bit of that, explore flavor combinations pretty well dreamed up a la minute or shortly before “show time,” depending upon the offerings of the marketplace – and enjoy the company of a jolly bunch of like-minded food buddies both old and new.            Continue reading

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ABC’s Carla Hall: Today’s Martha Stewart

by Judy Chamberlain             photos by Robert Bostick

Carla Hall is the new Martha Stewart. The Top Chef All Star and co-host of ABC’s wildly successful  The Chew, has been – like Stewart – a model and finance professional. Stewart was a stockbroker; Hall was an accountant. Both traded careers in business for food and media situations. As beautiful inside as she is to look at, Hall takes America’s love affair with food and chefs over the top.     Continue reading


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Meatballs On A Roll

by Judy Chamberlain               photos by Carsten Howitz

I had some wonderful homemade meatballs between two hunks of bread at Kenny’s Italian Kitchen in Addison several weeks ago and have not been able to top them yet, although I have tried and am still trying.
I take meatballs on bread very seriously, and have been disappointed for years encountering various incarnations of frozen meatballs out of a package in lots of places that should be serving something better. Oh, and most of these places call the thing a “sub,” or a “sandwich.”               Continue reading

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It’s All About The Dough

by Judy Chamberlain

Who doesn’t love pizza?

Lucky Dallas, we’re getting to be something of a mecca for Neapolitan style pizza, that of the thin crust and chewy texture. It’s new to many, trendy and certainly different. Sicilian,Chicago, New York or even California pizza this is not.

The latest entry into the pizza a la Napolitano fray is Dough, on Preston Road.          Continue reading


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P.F. Chang’s Subject To Leveraged Buyout

By Judy Chamberlain

In what will be the largest leveraged buyout of a restaurant chain since the 2010 transaction that brought a $4.2 billion price tag to Burger King holdings, P .F. Chang’s China Bistro is scheduled to be taken private in mid-June when private equity firm Centerbridge Partners pays P. F. Chang’s shareholders $51.50 a share in a  $1.1 billion deal.

The chain, founded by Paul Fleming chef Philip Chiang, first opened in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1993, offering Western-influenced Asian food at reasonable prices. It owns numerous company stores in the United States and sells licensing agreements in international markets. Fast-casual Pei Wei’s Asian Diner, which originated in Dallas, is part of the mix.    Continue reading

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Nonna Tata and Avoca Are Two FW Gems Worth Hunting

by Judy Chamberlain

Nonna Tata is small. Make that tiny.

There are no more than six tables inside the Ft. Worth hospital district restaurant’s miniature dining room. These are surrounded are by short bar stools, the kind with nothing going on except bare wood. Tables and chairs are crowded together pretty intimately.

Too intimately for me, I decide, opting instead for a coveted table out on the patio for our party of four. While this outdoor seating may not be as appealing when the weather gets hot during the summer, the patio is a fine place to be the rest of the year. The other choice – and it’s not going to be for everyone – is to grab a barstool. Booth or table at nearby bar “The Usual” and have the food delivered. There’s a lot of that delivery stuff going on in Ft. Worth, but in this case the long distance table service doesn’t involve to-go packaging. Nonna Tata’s servers carry platters of food over to the bar, and you get exactly the same treatment that diners crowded into the little spaces over at Nonna Tata are getting.        Continue reading


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Penfolds Wine Dinner At Ruth’s Chris Steak House

by Judy Chamberlian

I was invited to experience the US and World release of the new vintage Grange wine at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Dallas as the famed eatery put on a spectacular five course food and wine pairing show featuring the wines of Penfolds and the culinary artistry of Executive Chef Charles Miller.

As we all know, everything is big in Texas, and the steaks at Ruth’s Chris might well have been invented to suit that phrase. Actually, the restaurant chain – now one of the largest and most successful inAmerica– got its start in New Orleans in 1965 when founder Ruth Fertel mortgaged her house to buy an existing local eatery, Chris Steak House. The deal specified that the word “Chris” could never be dropped, so Ruth added her name and – though she is said to have hated the cumbersome moniker – went on to earn a place in history as a steakhouse pioneer. Today, the restaurant empire she founded numbers more than 100 locations worldwide.       Continue reading

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