Jon Stevens is this crazy good chef that has more than proven his stock in the Dallas food scene, and beyond. In recent years the good chef has been investing in himself with his venerable Stock and Barrel, and more recently Foxyco which resides in the former Bridge Bistro in the Design District. Continue reading
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by Andrew Chalk
Every year Beaujolais & Beyond, the French American Chamber of Commerce’s big festival gets better. It started out 30 years ago as a local echo of the Beaujolais Nouveau festival being promoted globally at that time. Nowadays, the title is essentially a cover for, first of all, the promotion of French food and wine culture. This year saw classic French cuisine from Lavendou, craft beers from brewer Gasgogne, wines from Château Pontet-Canet of Bordeaux, Châteauneuf du Pape from the Rhône, Momessin Cru Beaujolais (getting a day out of obscurity thanks to the title of the festival) from Moulin-à-Vent and Morgon, and Volnay and a Premier Cru wines from Santenay. California and Pacific Northwest wines also had their own booth. And representing Texas was Duchman with Trebbiano and Vermentino (white) and Montepulciano and Aglianico (reds).
Pictures tell a better story. Here is our 2013 Beaujolais and Beyond: Continue reading
by Joey Stewart
Ever since opening his Oak Lawn location in 2012, TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market has been hosting specialty dinners that feature seafood prepared in worldly ways and paired with wines of that region. Tuesday evening owner and purveyor Jon Alexis threw a French Style seven-course dinner to an excited and eager full house.
For each course Jon described the wine pairing, while Executive Chef Scott Hoffner discussed the ingredients and execution of the dish. A main supplier of TJ’s, whose Red Grouper was featured in the 3rd course, was on site to tell the diners how Jon decides what fish to select (Jon can be quite picky), the state of sustainability in our oceans today, and the unique fish that often get thrown away in the U.S. while it is considered a delicacy (and pricey!) overseas. Continue reading
by Jasper Russo
If you are a Swedish company trying to sell French box wines you better have an ace up your sleeve. Having internationally recognized designers Takis Soldatos and Sofia Bloomberg design award winning packaging certainly qualifies. Vernissage will soon be peddling White (Chardonnay/Viognier), Red (Cabernet/Syrah) & Rose’ (Syrah) wines from the Vin de Pays d’Oc appellation in the south of France in these upscale packages. Importer Elliot Stern tells me that the first shipments will not arrive in the US until October 25th and that puts the wine in the Dallas market around Thanksgiving. Continue reading