Chefs Stephan Pyles and Tim Byres of Stephan Pyles Flora Street Café at HALL Arts have announced their vibrant, out-of-state chef pick for their private tasting room “restaurant within a restaurant,” Fauna. Opening late April, Fauna will be led by Chef Diego Fernandez, formerly of Chicago’s Alinea.
Born in Mexico City, Mexico, Chef Diego Fernandez has always pursued excellence within the restaurant industry. Beginning his career at the age of 15, Fernandez began his culinary adventure alongside his father, who was also a chef and eventually served as Diego’s role model and mentor. Diego’s experience includes an array of well-known, award-winning restaurants, including his own in San Antonio. Continue reading
Chefs Stephan Pyles and Tim Byres of Stephan Pyles Flora Street Café at HALL Arts have unveiled their new plans in the evolution of the iconic Dallas restaurant. Experiential dining offerings include new lunch and dinner programming, a fresh spin on the tasting menu with its own luxury venue, and a brunch menu that has recently launched. The evolvement comes after the December announcement of the collaboration between Chef Stephan Pyles and Chef Tim Byres, formerly of the award-winning restaurant SMOKE.
“I never thought after 35 years of owning restaurants I would be this excited about a new direction,” said Chef Stephan Pyles. We will be able to offer two separate and very different dining experiences. While making the experience in the main dining room less formal, and the menu more “approachable”, we will transition the current private dining room into a “restaurant within a restaurant” with a progressive, innovative 12 course tasting menu”. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Years ago, I will not admit how many, I read a book that contained recipes from several local chefs including Richard Chamberlain of his eponymous steakhouse in Addison, and Steven Pyles of the then wildly popular Routh Street Cafe. Both were young sprites with many years of success ahead of them. The book was called Great Chefs, Great Cities of the Southwest. I was enamoured.
by Steven Doyle
I first became acquainted with the beautiful Santa Ramona wines while dining fairly recently at the Oak Cliff restaurant VH Casual Dining and Bar (read about that visit here). It was through a friend I met Santa Romana representative Daniela Saldana who works for the owner of the winery which is set on acreage in the Temecula Valley American Viticultural Area in Southern California. This is a region which hosts some amazing boutique wineries set on rolling hills and farm rich soils of these amazing vineyards such as Vendemia Wineries, Hart Family Winery, Briar Rose and so many more family owned and operated vineyards producing an extremely limited number of cases of wine. Add to this list Santa Ramona which became a winery much by accident by the owner and wine hobbyist Chad Willis. Continue reading