Christopher Patrick has been named the new chef de cuisine at Abacus. Chef Patrick began his tenure at Abacus in 2012 as Sous Chef, and has since worked his way up the ranks to Executive Sous Chef and, most recently, Chef de Cuisine. Now he will be leading all kitchen operations, from development of staff, sourcing ingredients to executing dishes, creating new menu items and overseeing quality control on all levels of the award-winning restaurant.
Chef Patrick credits his grandmother’s made-from-scratch, homestyle cooking for inspiring him to become a chef. And as a child, he learned from his mother how to plant and harvest vegetables in the family’s garden. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
It was a packed house at Abacus in Uptown Dallas this week as Chef Kent Rathbun welcomed Raymond Vineyards Chief Blending Officer Tyson Madden for two important responsibilities. First, Kent Rathbun Concepts’ (Abacus’ parent company) own Director of Operations, Matthew Scott (who oversees wine operations as part of a broader mandate) was one of eight sommeliers selected by Raymond to blend a special wine, the 2012 Sommelier Selection Cabernet Sauvignon, for sale in a limited number of restaurant locations and to the winery’s mailing list. Madden explained how the sommeliers took base wines from Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties in California’s North Coast and experimented until they came up with a Sommelier’s Blend that was 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot and a nominal 5% Petit Verdot. We tasted their work and they made an elegant, easy-drinking wine with an unmistakable backbone of Cabernet. Continue reading
by Kent Rathbun
Reflections and Predictions
Looking back and looking forward is something we all do this time of year. For me, 2014 was busy and productive – and I can’t lie, it was a whole lot of fun! Tracy and I were lucky enough to explore China and Italy, as well as a few of the best places in the US.
Our travels are one of the best sources of inspiration for our restaurants. Each time we explore new places and try new dishes while we’re on the road, we bring back ideas that fuel innovation at Abacus, Jasper’s and Shinsei. While in China, we ventured out on a “Peking Duck Research Tour”. We happily report that the Peking Duck on our menu is really good! The culinary highlight of our travel-year happened at the base of the Great Wall where we marveled over a modest family-owned restaurant that served simple, yet delicious farm-fresh scrambled eggs and fresh tomatoes. The very best ingredients, prepared properly and served in an amazing environment is always a winning combination. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
For the past 15 years Kent Rathbun has seen every type of restaurant imaginable open and close in the Dallas area. Through times of great joy and adversity, Abacus has stood strong as one of our city’s finest. Rathbun continually upgrades his programs keeping pace with with trends and tastes, but has remained solid as a leader in his field. Continue reading
by Andrew Chalk
Media types headed to Abacus in droves on Tuesday night for a special preview of Eddie ‘Lucky’ Campbell’s new cocktail menu and chef de cuisine Daniel Burr’s new bar menu. We reported Kent Rathbun hiring Campbell to Abacus and expected the fedora-wearing one to have a big impact on the cocktail list. The old list is still on the web site (as of Wednesday night) and the differences make interesting reading. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
You know Lucky Campbell, one of our favorite Dallas bartenders. He was the mad man behind Chesterfield’s in downtown Dallas, and most recently behind the stick at Standard Pour where he was a constant fixture for those in need of a curiously delicious cocktail.
Last week Lucky went all MIA on us, and didn’t leave a forwarding address. Well, we found him, and this time he is at Abacus working with Kent Rathbun. Look at Lucky, getting all refined on us. We wish him the very best.