by Andrew Chalk
Last week the big story in town was the audacity of Smyth in doing what every restaurateur in Dallas wants to do, call out the no shows. On Facebook they wrote:
Smyth strives to make a personal cocktail for each person that walks through our doors. The reservation-only model is not in place to keep people out, but to preserve the experience of those with the consideration and appreciation to make reservations for that experience.
That being said, The Smyth Family would like to personally thank the people that care enough to make a reservation, (especially large groups) & then decide not show up (or even call) while other, more-appreciative patrons would have wanted the aforementioned experience we planned.
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by Steven Doyle
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
by Kenny Kuczwaj
Recently I was an invited guest at a Ruth’s Chris cocktail dinner. I get to go to a lot of these type dinners, mostly wine pairings with some decent food pairings. Going to a craft cocktail pairings with different foods seemed like fun since even I “the number one rated wine czar” gets tired of the grape juice . I also have been asking all the great bartenders who come on the Crave Radio show what food would you match these often fabulous cocktails they create. The answers are often all over the map but they seem to make sense. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Bartenders and thirst enthusiasts, gather round. You often hear about competitions in the bar industry, many are closed to the public but are these fantastic events where you taste the best from area competitors. The People’s Last Stand has an event that is open competition, and the public is invited to taste the very best. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
On August 22, 80 Ruth’s Chris Steak House locations will celebrate their New Orleans heritage with a five-course “Hand-Crafted Cocktail” dinner featuring the exquisite brands by William Grant and Sons and Remy Cointreau. JP de Loera, one of Crave’s favorite Brand Ambassadors will be at the dinner.
In Fort Worth, the special event will be hosted by William Grant & Sons Brand Ambassador JP De Loera. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and costs $80 (excluding tax and gratuity). Ruth’s Chris Steak House is located at 813 Main Street, Fort Worth, TX, 76102. For more information, visit the website or call 817.348.0080.
Check out the menu and pairings after the big leap. Continue reading
by Dorothy Hernandez photos by Fred Plunkett
Everything at this year’s Tales of the Cocktail, just like Texas, was bigger. Here’s a roundup of our week (what we can remember, anyway).
Tales founder Ann Tuennerman shared with us via email some of this year’s hottest trends, echoing The Standard Pour’s Brian McCullough, with whom we chatted on Wednesday.
There is a “renewed appreciation for tequila and mezcal and the craftsmen behind the product. We had a tasting event plus a few seminars in tequilas, mezcals and rare agave spirits,” she said, adding the gin and tonic is becoming more popular. Continue reading
by Travis Baugh
The Quarter Bar in Uptown on McKinney has a classy atmosphere but still retains a casual feel. Inspired by the owners love for French Quarter of New Orleans, this massive bar is filled with antique couches and lamp shades, restored tables and chandeliers. The walls are lined with old paintings and memories of nights past. Every room in The Quarter inspires feelings of the decadent saloons of New Orleans in the 19th century with a red felt pool table up stairs and an enclosed patio downstairs, while still being modern with giant connect four and touch screen juke boxes. Even the new cocktail list is reminiscent of New Orleans’s; from the Voodoo Queen to bar manager Stacy Taylor’s favorite the Frozen Cherry Limeade, all the new cocktails are great for summer. Continue reading