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An Update On Oak Cliff Cellars

Jim and Mariaby Andrew Chalk

We have talked about Oak Cliff Cellars before. Recall that this St. Helena, California, winery is owned by Jim and Maria Richardson, who live in Oak Cliff. That explains the name. All of the wines have California appellations (places of origin) on them.

I see Jim “JR” Richardson periodically as he is a frequent donor to charity events. However, these events don’t usually allow time to sit down and talk at length about the wines. For this reason, when he invited me as a guest at a recent wine tasting he was giving to members of the Oak Cliff Cellars wine club at Bridge Bistro I jumped at the invitation. As well as JR’s wines, guest Chef for the evening was Dallas veteran, Joel Harloff.     Continue reading

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High-End Cabernet Sauvignon Tasting at Pappas Bros. and Oak Cliff Cellars Tasting Next Week

wine4by Andrew Chalk

Two wine tastings next week are Crave Recommended.

Going chronologically:

Oak Cliff Cellars and Chef Joel Harloff pair up at Bridge Bistro on Wednesday January 8th at 6:30pm for a 4-course dinner plus customer update on upcoming developments at Oak Cliff Cellars, including some tours of wine country. Oak Cliff Cellars is a California winery whose owners live in Dallas. Hence their decision to name the winery after their place of residence. Owner Jim “JR” Richardson will be present at the dinner and talking with individual tables throughout the evening. Call (214) 740-1985 for reservations. Bridge Bistro 921 N. Riverfront Blvd, Dallas.

Chef’s Table Wine Dinner featuring Guest Chef Joel Harloff & Oak Cliff Cellars Wines with JR Richardson, Wednesday, January 8th at 6:30 p.m.    Continue reading

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Battuto Anounces Joel Harloff As New Exec Chef

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Gene and Julie Gate’s restaurant Battuto Italian Kitchen is high on the restaurant hot list right now. The Italian restaurant located at Preston and Frankford just announced a new chef that will be creating new menu items, including a power lunch. I am thrilled to announce that chef Joel Harloff has officially taken the reigns.

You remember Harloff most recently from Ocho, as well as the Second Floor in the Westin Galleria. He also enjoyed accolades and 4 stars at Dali Wine bar as well as at the Melrose Hotel.   Continue reading


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Mi Piaci Park Cities Is Open

piaci2by Steven Doyle

I just spoke with the PR firm who represents Mi Piaci and they report that the Italian restaurant is now open at the Park Cities location. This is in the old Ocho location on Preston near Northwest Highway.

It was reported early on the Chef Joel Harloff would take on the Mi Piaci job after Ocho closed, but Harloff told us that he was not actually approached. Instead  the executive chef at the Preston location is Elmer Pineda, the same as the original Mi Piaci on Montfort that is currently closed. You will remember that they were locked out due to a rent dispute, and the owners are currently in litigation.   Continue reading

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Mi Piaci Opening In Preston Center In Dallas

piaci1Pesce Branzino, tamarind glazed Chilean sea bass with lemon-basil risotto

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I suppose it wasn’t terribly clear a few days ago when we announced that Ocho would be transformed into an outpost for the loverly Mi Piaci, starring chef Joel Harloff as head toque. Well, let me make myself perfectly clear. It will happen in Park Cities sometime in August.    Continue reading

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Dali Remembered Dinner This Week At Bridge Bistro

haloffby Steven Doyle

Kay Agnew, Chef Joel Harloff, and Oak Cliff Cellar’s JR Richardson are hosting a “Dali Remembered” wine dinner at Bridge Bistro Wednesday July 17, 2013. Dali was the wonderful wine bistro located in One Arts Plaza where The Greek now resides.  Dali was considered the local Cheers outpost for wine geeks.

Harloff, who is midst retooling Ocho Kitchen and Bar into a new version of Mi Piachi will throw down a wonderful menu that we list below, all paired with Oak Cliff Cellars. Call 214-740-1985 for reservations. Seats are $75 per person. Continue reading

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