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The Dallas Pisco Porton Tour Continues

DSC06813by Steven Doyle

In the continuing saga in search for the perfect Pisco Porton cocktail in Dallas we came up with another draw this week. As we take down sections of the city by storm our intrepid group set its goggles on the Central Expressway corridor visiting some powerful cocktail dens, including the very new Smyth located just off Knox on Travis.

To catch you up, we have been invited as an emissary of libations by Pisco Porton to sample a variety of cocktails using their spirit. Pisco is made with tradition in Peru using a variety of grapes to develop a spirit as the Spanish settlers did in the 16th century.   Continue reading

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Promise Of Peace Raises Funds For Camp And New Garden

DSC05570by Steven Doyle

Recently I attended a special event benefitting the Promise of Peace Gardens at Central 214, hosted by chef Graham Dodds and Café Momentum director and chef, Chad Houser. This collaborative event between Kimpton Hotels and Promise of Peace helped fund the summer kids’ camps and the building of a new garden at CC Young Retirement Center on Earth Day 2013. Continue reading

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Graham Dodds Goat and Beer Dinner

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Central 214’s Graham Dodds is one of our very favorite chefs in the Dallas and he is repeatedly raising the bar for fresh and local, but besides that his cuisine is truly innovative. If you know Dodds even the slightest bit you know he appreciates his goat.

This is why Dodds is teaming up with Texas favorites, Windy Hill Organics and Real Ale Brewing Company, for a delectable six-course Goat & Beer Dinner at Central 214 on Thursday, January 17, 2013.  Price is just $70 per person (plus tax & gratuity), including beer pairings.  Continue reading

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Enter The New Fall Menu At Central 214

by Steven Doyle

The Fall menu at Central 214 is classically Chef Graham Dodds. We have written plenty about Chef Dodds in the past, as he was one of the pioneers of cooking what we raise locally. It does take a bit of expertise to summon local produce in months where little can be found in North Texas, and with great expense, but the relationships Dodds has forged help with his efforts to bring incredible bounty in a time when many are foraging trucks sent from California.

That bounty comes from such purveyors as Eden Creek Farms, Caprino Royale, Tom Spicer, Tassione Farms, Windy Meadows, The Texas Honeybee Guild and Eden’s Organics. These are names of our local heroes plowing through to ensure you have the healthiest meats and produce available in North Texas.   Continue reading

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Happy Chefsgiving: Graham Dodds

by Steven Doyle

Thanksgiving is upon us once again and all the gobblers are running for cover. To get you in the mood for a little fun and relaxation we asked a few chefs around Dallas a few questions so we get our dinner cooked just right. We will run their answers both today and tomorrow, so check back often to see how your favorite chef weighs in on the holiday.

Chef Graham Dodds runs a tight kitchen at Central 214 which is located at the Palomar Hotel in Dallas. Dodds doesn’t subscribe to the farm-to-table movement, he lives it. The chef is an avid supporter of the local farm community and according to his mother he wanted to a beekeeper when he was growing up. Now with a family of his own Dodds most likely has a bit different take on Thanksgiving than he did as a child.       Continue reading

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Chef Graham Dodds’ Plow & Vine Dinner for Eden Creek Farm

by Steven Doyle

I spoke with Central 214’s executive chef Graham Dodds some months ago about Eden Creek Farms. They experienced a particularly rough 2011 due to the drought, and 2012 hasn’t been any easier. At that time Dodds mentioned that Steve and Kristine Orth might actually give up on their farming efforts, and it would be sad to lose this organic, bio-dynamic, bio-intensive and sustainable source of produce.     Continue reading

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