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Local Pastry Chefs Step Up To Aid Harvey Victims

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Dallas bakers and confectioners have joined forces with #SweetOnHouston to raise funds for Hurricane Harvey relief services via the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Paying homage to the state of Texas and the mighty pecan, participants will donate 100% of the proceeds of their pecan confection through the end of September to the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Local retailers include Amazeballz Cake Balls, Birdcage Bakeshop, Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie, Cocoandré Chocolatier, Cretia’s, Dallas Caramel Company, Emporium Pies, Haute Sweets Pâtisserie, Joy Macarons, Kate Weiser Chocolate, Kessler Baking Studio, Rush Pâtisserie and Val’s Cheesecakes.

GHCF is a foundation dedicated to expanding the philanthropic impact of donors.

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Dallas Hospitality Industry Rallies To Host Charity Event

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With the recent hurricane and flooding in South Texas, the Dallas United States Bartenders Guild (USBG) rallied to host a charity event next Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the DEC on Dragon dubbed “All Hands on DEC”.

The Dallas hospitality industry is coming together to support residents in South Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey with a night of goodwill, fundraisers and great food and drinks. Bartenders, bar backs, chefs, event coordinators and more organized the event to benefit those affected in the south with all proceeds going equally to the USBG Houston to help displaced members and to the Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Continue reading

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Houston’s Fluff Bake Bar Responds to Yelp With a Special Bake Sale March 18th @10am

@10amfluff7by Steven Doyle       photos courtesy of Fluff Bake Bar Facebook

Fluff Bake Bar in Houston has garnered plenty attention in the past year. In Dallas you most likely have met the owner Rebecca Masson, the super tenacious and talented pastry chef who spreads her love across the country attending many food and wine events to promote her bakery in Houston. She can be found at Chefs for Farmers and other major food festivals, but also works the circuit of events across the country.She will be featured at Aaron Franklin’s Hot Luck new event in Austin, Texas May 18-21 this year.

We have written about this marvelous bakery in the past because it is just that good. Continue reading

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Masterchef Luca Manfe Bringing Food Truck To Dallas This Spring

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After winning Gordon Ramsay’s Masterchef, Luca Manfe launched The Lucky Fig in Houston serving more than 7,000 meals and catering 26 events. The concept was to deliver farm-to-street modern Italian cuisine. The truck‘s menu offered shareable starters like meatballs and stuffed riceballs as well as sandwiches on homemade bread and a rotating pasta special. It’s hearty, satisfying stuff, particularly the properly al dente rigatoni with bolognese sauce and the bison short ribs on ciabatta bread.

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Eat Me: The Hot Dog at Bowl and Barrel

bowl and barrelby Steven Doyle

The hot dog has fallen on hard times in Dallas. What was once the sweetheart of the rodeo with locations across town where you could get a good meaty custom dog, now it is a bit dodgy. With the loss of some wonderful dogs, such as Luscher’s, Samson’s, Jerry’s, and Old World Sausage Company, There is still a terrific stand-out in Bowl and Barrel.   Continue reading

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Fluff Bake Bar In Houston Makes Us Smile

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I know we do not chat much about Houston very often, even though they are truly packed with these amazing restaurants and watering holes, but we  absolutely must tell you travelers, and the few Houstonians we know who read us, about Fluff Bake Bar.

Born in Laramie, Wyoming (isn’t that where Michael Martensen is from?), Rebecca realized at an early age that baking would become more than a hobby. In 1999, she attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, earning a Diplôme de Pâtisserie and soon securing a coveted internship at Hotel le Bristol. While there, she accompanied Executive Chef Eric Frechon to New York for French consular events.  Continue reading

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‘In Pursuit of Balance’ Is a Must-Attend Pinot Noir-Chardonnay Wine Event In Houston

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I am very unbalanced this morning at the news that ‘In Pursuit of Balance’ (IPOB) is going to Houston, and not Dallas, on its Texas tour. The organizers have tried to rebalance the situation by vaguely promising that Dallas is on the circuit next year, but it doesn’t quite make up for the sleight. I am especially galled by the fact that I was the one who told them they needed to change their silly name.  Continue reading

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