FT33 and Executive Chef and Owner Matt McCallister invite some of the nation’s most heralded chefs into the FT33 kitchen to create unorthodox yet harmonious collaborative menus for a series of guest chef dinners beginning in February 2014. Curated by McCallister, Food & Wine’s “People’s Best New Chef: Southwest” in 2013, the dinner series features culinary visionaries that share his values of honest, seasonally–based cooking with exquisite presentation and thoughtful execution.
The dinners, eight-course menus with optional complementary wine pairings, will capture the distinct essence of each notable chef using local ingredients. Chef Matt McCallister, known for modernist interpretations of Southern cuisine, will rotate courses each night with the selected guest chef, culminating in a symphony of flavors and regional styles. The guest chef dinner series will take place at FT33 on the third Monday of each month, and will showcase the talents of multifaceted chefs spanning the nation.
Each dinner costs $110 per person for the eight-course menu and $50 per person for wine pairings. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Here is the rundown of each event: Continue reading →
If you follow Matt McCallister, the young chef who cut his chops at Stephan Pyles and most recently opened CampO as a consulting chef, you will be eager to hear the news that he has formerly announced his new restaurant plans via Facebook.
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 →
Last night Rich Rogers, cheesemonger and owner of Scardello, rolled out the red carpet and polished the house silver as he hosted his first guest-chef dinner at the cheese boutique. Rogers says that he will be doing these special dinners every few months and spotlight a popular area chef to pair cheeses with their particular style of cooking.
Last night’s dinner sold out in mere minutes after Rogers sent out the information to his customers via the store’s email list. Scardello hosts many events through out the year, including chocolate and cheese pairings, cheese classes and other food-tainment themed evenings at the Oak Lawn shop. Continue reading →
Last evening Central Market hosted what will become a more regular feature in their restaurant series line-up. Coming off the second leg of what will be a nearly year-long staging tour through the countries best restaurants — and extended time in Europe — chef Matt McCallister was in Central Market’s kitchen stadium last evening to wow a small crowd of about 45 hungry food enthusiasts. Continue reading →