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Scissor-Tails and Cocktails Benefits Trinity River Audubon Center May 8

texas great horned owlsby Steven Doyle Trinity River Audubon Center’s signature event, Scissor-tails & Cocktails, presented by the Omni Dallas, is the party to support outdoor education for North Texas children.  With tasty treats from celebrity chefs, s’mores around the campfire, birds of prey, live music from the Dallas Family Band, a silent auction and so much more, it’s a fun and festive celebration benefiting Trinity River Audubon Center’s outdoor educational programs for kids. Ben Jones, Trinity’s Center Director, says “At Audubon Texas, we’re passionate about connecting kids to nature and building a foundation for conservation stewardship. Kids from Pleasant Grove to Preston Hollow from Lakewood to Lake Highlands and Oak Cliff to East Dallas – kids from every background and stripe; we believe every child deserves a proper introduction to the outdoors – No child left inside!”   Continue reading

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Chef Andrew Bell Does A Menu Reset At Bolsa

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Chef Andrew Bell has been with Bolsa for just over a year, and more recently took over the iconic Oak Cliff kitchen as executive chef. It wasn’t until just a few weeks ago that Bell re-engineered the menu to be largely his. The menu reads exciting, and translates extremely well to the plate. We went in last night to check out the new menu, and was blown away with the many changes. Bell has settled well into the Bolsa kitchen and says, “ I took the time to acclimate myself with the kitchen and the staff of the restaurant and patiently waited for spring ingredients to show up. We will continue to find the best ingredients from local farmers, treat them with respect and cook them for the customers that know and love Bolsa.”

Andrew Bell began his career in the restaurant industry during high school and since then has worked in some of the most respected kitchens in both Dallas and Austin, making his cuisine decidedly Texan.  From Wink and Uchi in Austin, to Parigi, Citizen, Mercury, Nosh Euro Bistro, Aurora and most recently The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, Bell says, “I have been waiting for an opportunity such as this for a long time and have tremendous respect for the restaurant, the partners, the staff and the philosophy they stand for as well as working with the local farmers– I feel at home here at Bolsa.”

From the tastes of the new menu it is obvious that Bell has captured the spirit and history of Bolsa, and plays well within this striking version of farm-to-table mentality that has been a proven asset for Bolsa.   Continue reading

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Chef Andrew Bell Intros New Menu At Bolsa

andrew-bellby Steven Doyle   photos by Elliott Munoz

I love a change of seasons. This almost always calls for new menus using seasonal ingredients, especially at a restaurant such as Bolsa located in Oak Cliff. This is the case today as chef Andrew Bell sends word that he has something new in mind for his diners.

After taking charge of the kitchen several months ago, chef Bell has created a menu that is finally his own.  Co-owner Chris Zielke explains, “We wanted Andrew to take his time on creating this new ‘core’ Bolsa menu and took the new spring season as a jumping off point to implement it.  The new menu is simply spectacular and these are some of the best dishes I have ever seen come out of our kitchen.”

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Grab A Program, There Are Chefs On The Move

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There are plenty of chef movements about and it is insanely interesting. First, let’s look at the players: Jeff Harris, Andrew Bell, Jeffrey Hobbs and Al Haven. What they have in common is that they are extremely talented Dallas chefs and have recently made a move. I have used the term “chef hoarding” in the past, and this might be the ultimate move in that play.

Let’s look at who is on the move. Jeff Harris is the uber cool chef that made a splash at Craft Dallas then joined as exec chef at Bolsa, replacing Graham Dodds as he made way to Central 214. Harris is now moving on to work for Consilient as chef at new A F+B Fort Worth. Wait, Jeffrey Hobbs had that gig, right? Hobbs has been called up by Neighborhood Services and will now be the chef at the Preston location. You may recall that Dodds recently moved to Consilient and is now at Hibiscus. If this seems confusing, it gets better.     Continue reading

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Taste of The Nation Raises $146,000 At Celebrity Chef Dinner

IMG_2293by Andrew Chalk

The Crescent Club (under Host Chef Bruno Davaillon) was the scene for Share Our Strength’s Taste of The Nation ‘No Kid Hungry’ fundraiser last Sunday as fifteen of our city’s best chefs pulled out all the stops to raise money to reduce the number of children struggling with hunger (Honorary Chef of the event, Stephan Pyles, reported that that figure stands at 25% of all children in Texas). Backing them up were an impressive list of individual and corporate sponsors. Guests contributed through their seat purchases, live and silent auction purchases and their donations. Today, Event Chair Terri Provencal of Patron magazine reported that the total raised was $146,000, a 14-year record.

The set up at this dinner is unusual. Each guest is seated at a round table of eight served throughout the night by one restaurant. Therefore, each table’s menu is different. I was seated at Bolsa’s table which meant that my five-course meal, including beverages, was created by Bolsa Executive Chef Jeff Harris and served by Bolsa waitstaff (including enthusiastic owner Chris Zielke!). The menu (shown below) was accompanied, at various times,  by a cocktail, a beer, and several wines, including two from Red Caboose Winery in Meridian, Texas.    Continue reading

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Texas Discovery Gardens At State Fair Hosting Bolsa, The Tamale Company And Four Corners

gardenby Steven Doyle

We are pleased to be the media sponsor for the Texas Discovery Gardens located at the State Fair of Texas this year, and these folks are doing some terrific things. The Texas Discovery Gardens is an organic urban oasis filled with natural wonders for visitors of all ages. Sitting on 7.5 acres of organic gardens, the Discovery Gardens hosts a native butterfly habitat, Shakespeare Garden and more.

This year The Texas Discovery garden has invited Bolsa to serve you fresh food in a the beautiful climate controlled environment where they will be serving up tasty treats not found on the Fairgrounds such as Luscher Dogs, fresh wraps and salads all prepared by the team of chefs at top rated Oak Cliff restaurant.   You can also find tamales from the Tamale Company. Continue reading

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Diamond Cocktail Tour October 17

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Did you miss the last Cocktail Tour that the good folks at the People’s Last Stand sponsored? It was a memorable ride to six high end cocktail destinations. But if you feel sad that you were left out on the last ride, you are in luck. The Diamond Cocktail Tour of Dallas is October 17, 2013.

The destinations are as premium as the last tour, with plenty of excitement in store for you and your friends.  Continue reading

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