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Beni di Batasiolo Ambassador at Jimmy’s Tonight

stefby Steven Doyle

What a fantastic evening to stroll Jimmy’s Food Store, Dallas’ premiere Italian grocer which also happens to curate the largest selection of Italian wine in the state of Texas.  This evening from 5 to 7pm meet Stefano Poggi, the brand Ambassador for Beni di Batasiolo. For $10 you will be able to taste a variety of the best Italy and graze an antipasti buffet prepared by Jimmy’s staff.  Continue reading

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Dallas IWFS Hosting “The Tastes of Piedmont at Gemma”

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The Dallas Chapter of the International Wine & Food Society presents “The Tastes of Piedmont at Gemma”. This special event will take place on Monday November 14th at 7pm.

Join the Dallas Chapter for a five-course dinner as we explore wines made in the province of Piedmont in the northwestern corner of Italy paired with chef-driven dishes inspired by the cuisine of the region. This special dinner is open to both members and non-members (what a fantastic opportunity to join).   Continue reading

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Chef Jason Dady Hosts First Texas Chefs Week in San Antonio

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Chef Jason Dady announces the first annual Texas Chefs Week in San Antonio, bringing together top chefs from all over the state for six nights of special dinners from Monday, September 14-Saturday, September 19. Texas-native Dady, who currently owns five restaurants in San Antonio including Two Bros BBQ Market and the recently opened Shuck Shack, invites diners to take part in the nightly events, featuring star chefs from Austin, Dallas, and Houston, as well as reunion of the culinary team from Dady’s first flagship restaurant in San Antonio, The Lodge Restaurant. Every night will celebrate a different region of Italy, with each chef presenting their own take on traditional Italian cuisine.   Continue reading

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A Bargain Prosecco

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Continuing our frantic quest to observe this most religious of periods we opened a bottle of sparkling wine sent to us by one of the more pious of our wine vendors. LaMarca Prosecco D.O.C.($13 Total Wine & More) is one of the least expensive sparkling wines in town. It comes from a cooperative of 7,000 local grape growers in the Veneto region of Italy. Nonetheless, it has all the qualities your guests will be looking for when celebrating. A crisp, fruity nose, it is dry, it has good acid and a pleasant finish. Best for toasts. Drink this year.

Disclosure and procedures: Wine sent by a vendor at no cost to reviewer. The local reseller named after a price quote is the one who, on wine-searcher.com, had the lowest price. Wines sent by vendors may not be reviewed and will not be returned. Wines considered the most meritorious in the opinion solely of the reviewer, are the ones most likely to be reviewed.

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Riondo ‘Blu’ Prosecco

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Riondo ‘Blu’ Prosecco ($11) may be the bargain Prosecco of the season. Recall that Prosecco comes from a denominated region in north-eastern Italy and is made from the Prosecco grape (aka Glera). It is a dry sparkling wine and usually plays the role of either a half-price substitute for Champagne at celebrations or as a mixer in Bellinis and other cocktails. Blu is perfectly acceptable in either role. The nose has hints of mineral and citrus, the taste is predominantly green apple with stone fruit emerging as the wine warmed up in the glass. Weight is medium. Acid is medium-high. Good value for money.

HEB has just started carrying this wine, according to the importer so look for it at Central Market.

Disclosure and procedures: Wine sent by a vendor at no cost to reviewer. The local reseller named after a price quote is the one who, on wine-searcher.com, had the lowest price. Wines sent by vendors may not be reviewed and will not be returned. Wines considered the most meritorious in the opinion solely of the reviewer, are the ones most likely to be reviewed.

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A Trio Of Italian Sparklers

chalk sparklerby Andrew Chalk

Martini, the Italian drinks company, has just refreshed their line of sparkling wines. The Asti ($14 Pogo’s) is a traditional Piedmont Asti Spumante. That is, sweet and easy-drinking. Perhaps to have with cake or tarts for dessert. The Rosé ($12 Total Wine and More) is the pink version of same. Prosecco ($16 Goody Goody) is a traditional Prosecco, originating from the Veneto-Friuli region of northeastern Italy. It is dry, crisp and and can be served with shellfish or in a “Martini Royale” cocktail.

Disclosure and procedures: Wine sent by a vendor at no cost to reviewer. The local reseller named after a price quote is the one who, on wine-searcher.com, had the lowest price. Wines sent by vendors may not be reviewed and will not be returned. Wines considered the most meritorious in the opinion solely of the reviewer, are the ones most likely to be reviewed.

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Battuto Offers Something Special

dsc06231by Andrew Chalk

Battuto Italian Kitchen, the Italian neighborhood restaurant established by Gene and Julie Gates of radio fame held a media event this week and I was fortunate to be invited. It is rather different from what I expected. I thought it would be the objet d’amour of someone with a romantic fascination with Italy – a fascination that usually does not transfer well across corporeal units. What I found was a good restaurant, informed by modern culinary trends, but making a conscious effort to not just follow the pack. Take some examples:

They hired Joel Harloff as chef. He has produced first-rate food at several Dallas restaurants including the Melrose Hotel, Second Floor and Ocho.    Continue reading

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