Matt McCallister, Chef/Owner of FT33, proudly announces his second restaurant, Filament. Filament will honor simply prepared ingredients of the South and is slated to open in Spring 2015 in Dallas’ Deep Ellum neighborhood. Known for his naturalistic style and modern approach to seasonal fare at FT33, Chef McCallister’s Filament will hold true to the same philosophy, with a more casual approach to dining. “The menu at Filament will be full of items that I eat on my own time. A couple of months ago I took a road trip with a couple members of my team and really thought about the food that is representative of our region,” says Chef McCallister. “Filament’s menu will be approachable, but not without the unexpected. The menu I’m working on looks straightforward on paper, like Spicy Pork Sausage with fire roasted peppers, pickled onions, and yogurt. There will be surprises, though.” Continue reading
FT33 and Executive Chef and Owner Matt McCallister invite some of the nation’s most progressive chefs into the FT33 kitchen for a night dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and fantastic food. Kicking off in January 2015 and curated by Matt, one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs 2014 and a James Beard Award Semifinalist: Best Chef Southwest, the FT33 guest chef series knows no bounds. While all dinners will feature an eight-course menus with optional wine pairings, the menus will each capture the distinct essence of Matt and the visiting chef, who collaborate to produce the final product. One of the most notable evenings from the 2014 series featured no electricity, another showcased the food and sounds of a renowned DnB artist. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
One of the most exciting aspects of my job at Crave is witnessing the talents of our city’s many talented chefs. Matt McCallister is certainly high on that list. The boyish grin McCallister shot me after completing his collaborative FT33 dinner this past Monday with his San Antonio counterpart, Jason Dady, told me that he had a marvelous time in the kitchen. And the many who attended the special dinner had an equally delightful evening as they applauded the two young chefs as they exited the kitchen and thanked the group for being part of a great food city such as Dallas.
Throughout the evening the pair of chefs would on occasion pop out and explain that they had both foraged and shopped in their respective city’s. There would be things on our plates that we as civilians might mow over or disregard as superfluous weeds. But to our hosts they were found booty in the form of ramps, stinging nettle, lovage and even remnants of McCallister’s Christmas tree. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
FT33 is busily planning the first installment of their annual guest chef series. Make your reservations today for the February 17, 2014 event where chef-owner Matt McCallister welcomes Chef Richard Kuo from Pearl & Ash in NYC. Kuo and McCallister will prepare a collaborative 8 course dinner consisting of seasonal cuisine, and will have some stellar pairings selected specifically for each course.
Kuo was born in Taiwan but raised in Australia, and came to the U.S. to work as a cook when he was 25. At Pearl & Ash, where he’s running his own place for the first time, Kuo proves himself to be a thoughtful chef with a fluency in flavors, plating much like McCallister with similar fervor. Continue reading
FT33 and Executive Chef and Owner Matt McCallister invite some of the nation’s most heralded chefs into the FT33 kitchen to create unorthodox yet harmonious collaborative menus for a series of guest chef dinners beginning in February 2014. Curated by McCallister, Food & Wine’s “People’s Best New Chef: Southwest” in 2013, the dinner series features culinary visionaries that share his values of honest, seasonally–based cooking with exquisite presentation and thoughtful execution.
The dinners, eight-course menus with optional complementary wine pairings, will capture the distinct essence of each notable chef using local ingredients. Chef Matt McCallister, known for modernist interpretations of Southern cuisine, will rotate courses each night with the selected guest chef, culminating in a symphony of flavors and regional styles. The guest chef dinner series will take place at FT33 on the third Monday of each month, and will showcase the talents of multifaceted chefs spanning the nation.
Each dinner costs $110 per person for the eight-course menu and $50 per person for wine pairings. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Here is the rundown of each event: Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
Last Sunday on craveRADIO we hosted a slew of people in studio including Chef Matt McCallister from FT33. Matt was his usually uber cool self and talked up his beginnings as a chef, his cooking style, as well as plans to open his new restaurant. Listen close to learn about the pork tartare he plans for his visiting chef menu.
McCallister also told us how Chefs for Farmers came to be, and what we have in store for us this year at the November 3rd event. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
This Sunday on craveRADIO listen in to a great guest line up including chef Matt McCallister of the FT33 fame who is also the founder of Chefs for Farmers, the beautiful outdoor cheffy event that raises awareness to local farmers and ranchers that is taking place November 3, 2013 in Lee Park. We will find out what is going on in that stellar mind of Matt’s and maybe he will discuss some of his past that lead him to being a chef.
Also on the program we will have as guest the very sweet Kate Weiser, formerly of Chocolate Secrets and is opening her very own chocolate shop in Trinity Groves. Kate has this fascinating look at chocolates and makes them ever so beautiful. We will no doubt have her discuss her big television debut as well. Continue reading