by Steven Doyle
With a mere three weeks away the Addison Oktoberfest has some changes in the program worth noting. As in years past we will continue to keep our readers informed about one of our favorite events in the area.
Here are the changes we have noted so far:
Chamberlain’s Brau Haus: Richard Chamberlain takes over the VIP dining experience with a new tasting menu, special gifts and more. This is huge news.
The all new Draught Haus: This replaces the former SportHalle (inside and around the Conference Centre) and will be designed and operated by State Fair fried food king Isaac Rousse (he of the fried Pop Tart and this year’s Fried Cuban Sandwich.)
Kaffee und Kuchen Haus update: The team at Polk A Dot bakery takes over this favorite with an expanded bakery menu and more treats all weekend long. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Get ready for bigger and better when the nationally-acclaimed 4th Annual Texas Veggie Fair returns to Dallas on Sunday, October 20, 2013. The annual celebration of all things plant-based, eco and compassion for animals welcomes keynote speaker, Grammy-Award winner Erykah Badu. A practicing vegan herself, Badu will close out the performance stage sharing notes from her journey towards a vegan lifestyle then perform a DJ set. Continue reading
For centuries, the mojito has been a favorite of pirates, sailors and Ernest Hemingway. The rum and mint-based cocktail has also gained popularity with many North Texans. Mojitos are traditionally flavored with lime and mint, but a number of North Texas’ most creative mixologists have taken it upon themselves to create their own variations. Now some of he best restaurants and bars in the Metroplex to compete for the title of “Best Mojito in Dallas” at the Dallas Mojito Pour-Off 2013. Created by Tony Fernandez (Espumoso Caffe) and Nico Ponce (Mutts Canine Cantina), the Mojito Pour-Off will take place on Sunday, September 1, from 4-8pm in Trinity Groves (340 Singleton Blvd), a rising star in the Dallas entertainment scene. Continue reading
by Mossie Power
Southern Hospitality is renowned around the world and it was something that this Irish blow-in to Dallas experienced at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail. What was hoped was to educate, taste and taste some more spirits. What was found was that there is spirit alive and kicking with the Texas service family.
For this eager traveler this was both a mixture of work and fun with the now legendary William Grant and Sons party on Wednesday night, with a movie, theme taking up the only time spent behind the stick. Texas was again represented in force with Carly Boord showcasing a cell with all the colors of the rainbow with Reyka. JP De Lora looked even more dapper than his usual fun self with slicked back hair and moustache with Milagro. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
High Plains Devastated – Central Texas Sees Good Harvest
The 2013 Texas grape harvest is a story of contrasts . The High Plains, the most important wine grape area, was hit by no fewer than five frosts in the spring, leading to a 90% decrease in grape output compared with last year. The frosts were, as consultant Bobby Cox wrote “timed to do maximum damage”. The Hill Country, Gulf Coast, and north east of the state saw much better, sometimes very good, conditions.
I posed six questions about the harvest thus far to every winery in Texas. Below I reproduce a selection of the responses that represent the overall picture. It is early days yet, as virtually every respondent remarked, so this report is preliminary. I will have another report around the end of the year. Continue reading
by Dorothy Hernandez
Bonnie Wilson had a busy week in New Orleans for Tales of the Cocktail. The bartender from The Ranch at Las Colinas in Irving arrived last Monday, prepped for the Texas Tailgate on Tuesday, competed in the 21 Cocktail Salute on Thursday and served up drinks with a healthy twist (think spinach, beets, cucumber and booze) at the VeeV Fresh Market outside Hotel Monteleone in the hot sun on Saturday.
With such seminars as Agave Amigos at the festival this year, the three-time Tales veteran backed up the idea that agave is having its moment. As a spirit, it’s blown up in the past couple of years. Continue reading