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Top Dallas Bartenders to Compete in Houston’s Speed Rack

by Steven Doyle   photos by Susan Migdol

If you happen to be in Houston this coming weekend you might wish to attend a pretty awesome cocktail competition called Speed Rack that pits some of the hottest bartenders in Louisiana and Texas to raise cash and awareness for breast cancer. Sixteen female bartenders will be in competition for bragging rights, a $500 honorarium and a chance to compete nationally in New York City later in the year. Two of our best female bartenders will be in that competition.

You may have read about both of these women in the past on craveDFW; enter Bonnie Wilson from Whiskey Cake and Trina Nishimura from The Cedars Social representing Dallas in the Houston contest this Sunday, January 22, 2012.         Continue reading


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Happy Gumbo Day!

by Steven Doyle

Happy Gumbo Day! Let’s celebrate the day by enjoying a cup, and we found a bargain for you all at Fish City Grill where we reported last week that chef Randy Morgan is now stationed. Morgan tell us that he is offering a cup of gumbo all day for a buck.

Gumbo is that crazy good thickened soup made widely popular in the 80’s with the sweeping Cajun movement led by New Orleans chef Paul Prudhomme (remember the chef on PBS that looks strikingly like actor Dom DeLuise).

Often confusing, there are actually several versions of the recipe, specifically Cajun and Creole. Most tastes in the North Texas area lend itself to the Cajun variety which is made up of a very rich and dark roux made with seafood and sausages.

Chef Morgan shares a recipe for gumbo for those not wishing to suffer a short drive. Catch the recipe on the jump.      Continue reading


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DUO Hosts McCallister for Pickling Class

by Steven Doyle

Last evening Matt McCallister gave us another clue as to what his new restaurant concept Campo will be all about as he chatted up the male dominated class at DUO  last evening.

The class dealt specifically with pickling and charcuterie, two still very hot topics in the Dallas area, and the group was clearly interested as they tossed out dozens of pointed questions to the chef.

Arriving to the class we were greeted by DUO manager Brandy Taylor  who played host for the evening, making sure guests were comfortable and wine glasses topped.      Continue reading


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Ted Allen Sends Regards and a Recipe

Ted enjoying his own cooking

by Steven Doyle

I had a chance last week to meet with one Mr. Ted Allen of the Food Network series Chopped. Since my voice was, and still is, in disrepair and couldn’t really get an interview The Ted was kind enough to send me his regards and a recipe for our readers. Crave doesn’t normally do recipes but this one is simple enough and I wanted to use a few photos I took that evening.

If I had my voice working I probably would have asked him silly questions about Rachael Ray that might have pissed him off,  so it all worked out for the best.

Keep in mind that Allen represents the Mondovi line of wine, so everything he does is paired with those grapes.  Perhaps you were one of the many that sampled some of the wine at last weekends Taste of Addison. Nice and affordable.  Continue reading

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