On March 2nd, diners are in for a treat as Jasper’s hosts its first wine dinner in Richardson with Napa Valley’s Trinchero Family Estates. Chef Evan Tanner has created a special menu that will feature passed appetizers and four delicious courses alongside an assortment of food-friendly wines from one of California’s best producers.
To walk diners through the Trinchero portfolio is winemaker Carlo Trinchero who most certainly knows a thing or two about the family business. Jump for the beautiful menu. Continue reading →
Looking back and looking forward is something we all do this time of year. For me, 2014 was busy and productive – and I can’t lie, it was a whole lot of fun! Tracy and I were lucky enough to explore China and Italy, as well as a few of the best places in the US.
Our travels are one of the best sources of inspiration for our restaurants. Each time we explore new places and try new dishes while we’re on the road, we bring back ideas that fuel innovation at Abacus, Jasper’s and Shinsei. While in China, we ventured out on a “Peking Duck Research Tour”. We happily report that the Peking Duck on our menu is really good! The culinary highlight of our travel-year happened at the base of the Great Wall where we marveled over a modest family-owned restaurant that served simple, yet delicious farm-fresh scrambled eggs and fresh tomatoes. The very best ingredients, prepared properly and served in an amazing environment is always a winning combination. Continue reading →
KDC, one of America’s leading commercial real estate development and investment firms, today announced that Chef Kent Rathbun’s Jasper’s “Gourmet Backyard Cuisine” concept will join CityLine, the company’s 186-acre mixed-use project in Richardson, Texas. The restaurant is scheduled to open in summer 2015.
“Jasper’s and Chef Rathbun are synonymous with truly unique food in a sophisticated, yet relaxed environment,” said KDC Vice President Colin Fitzgibbons. “The concept is a perfect fit for the ‘front door’ to CityLine and the high energy district of dining and entertainment.” Continue reading →
With five restaurants, a catering operation, a line of retail food products and nearly 400 employees you might think Kent Rathbun would be long retired to the corner office or the sinecure of a TV program. Not so, he is behind the stoves and facing the culinary questions that a rising Texas economy and a slew of new competitors poses.
Item one last week: unveil the reset the menu at the venerable Jasper’s. The decade-old restaurant that began as an early adopter of The Shops of Legacy (a venue that turned out to become the premier Plano restaurant location) and has expanded to take in north Houston (The Woodlands) and Austin. Further locations are planned so it has to go forward with a menu as attractive as the one it opened with ten years ago. Continue reading →
This weekend chef Kent Rathbun hosted his third annual Cocktail Showdown that enlisted the cream of each of his restaurant locations bar staff in an all-out boozy brouhaha. The stakes were high; the winner will be shuffled off to Vegas for a national competition. Continue reading →