by Andrew Chalk
If you work in the hospitality industry you serve humanity. You are bound to come across all types of people and accumulate some funny anecdotes over the years. I surveyed Dallas sommeliers about the soft underbelly of wine service.
Anthony Martinez at The Gaylord Texan handles thousands of wine orders a week. He still remembers the time that a table asked for straws and drank their wine from a straw. Another time, a guest tasted the wine straight from the bottle. Continue reading
by Jennifer Jaco
As part of our back to school effort we have an assignment for some of our area chefs, bartenders and sommeliers: what I did on my summer vacation. As these reports are sent back to us we will share them with you. We noticed some are longer than others, and many will be loaded with photographs for extra points. – ed
To many the life of a Sommelier seems like a dream job. Meeting winemakers, traveling the world, and drinking wine all day sounds like a pretty cushy gig. However, when I can step away from 12-hour shifts, weekly inventories of enormous wine programs, orchestrating wine dinners while balancing Restaurant Week, and successfully stopping by every table on a 700-cover night they only thing I want is a beer.
However, in the off-season (aka when its 115 degrees outside) the restaurant scene tends to slow down a bit and we are able to travel! Summers are what Sommeliers long for. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Last week we attended the latest wine dinner hosted by sommelier Jennifer Jaco at Del Frisco Double Eagle Steakhouse. This was one of her more imaginative dinners and executive chef David Holben was totally on his game with the menu. Holben’s background, besides training at Michelin 3-star restaurants in France, includes The Riviera, for almost a decade one of the city’s premier restaurants. He also ran the kitchen at Mediterraneo and Toscana, a few of the more compelling Italian restaurants in Dallas history.
This was an interesting evening witnessing Holben’s departure from his typical Del Frisco menu.
While Jaco worked the room ensuring the comfort of her guests, we were guided through Italy vicariously through the fascinating stories and anecdotes of Italian wine expert Dan Rosenberg. By the end of the spirited evening most of the guests were chomping to book a flight to Italy. It is always a joy to see stand back and watch Jaco in action with her over-the-top wine knowledge and eagerness to share. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Last evening we tried out the summer Del Frisco Double Eagle Steak House deal, the Power Couple that offers a full meal for two at $99, not including drinks or gratuity. We were met at the door by the familiar face of the sommelier Jennifer Jaco who had invited us in, and we were elated when she offered to give us a tour of the wine cellar after our dinner.
As you can imagine, the dinner was very good. What’s not to like about Chef David Holben’s steaks? The beef offered is a prime filet that is smattered with peppercorns and seared immaculately, as expected. But the star for us was the crab cake that is also included in the Power Couple deal. The crab cake was made of crab, some seasonings, and very little else. It didn’t take long to tackle the large cake. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
As the first official wine dinner at Del Frisco’s with the new Wine Director Jennifer Jaco, we were eager to not only witness the sommelier in action but meet her guest host for the evening, Andy Peay. Peay himself hadn’t spent much time in Texas over the past several years so this was a particular boon for not only Jaco, but her guests.
Jaco worked the room with her typical aplomb and signature grin. You could get the sense that she was extremely pleased to be in the room that night. The sommelier has a nice Dallas following and the room filled quickly. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We have been following the knowledgeable and entertaining sommelier Jennifer Jaco since she arrived back in Dallas from schooling and working in New York. We learned this week that Jaco, who was formerly at Bailey’s Prime Plus, has accepted the sommelier position at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House.
We sat down with Jaco on her second day on the job where she was busy planning events for the steakhouse. Monday Jaco has already scheduled an exciting tasting that is mainly geared toward the hospitality trade, but anyone may stop in for the tasting. The tasting on Monday will feature approximately 65 wines from the Ribera del Duero region of Spain and an important seminar with Vega Sicilia Winery, which is one of the most important wineries potentially in all of Spain. Continue reading