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Harris and Balke Visit Restaurant Ava

by Steven Doyle

Last week I announced that Jeff Harris from Bolsa and Bolsa Mercado would be the guest chef at a dinner at Rockwall’s Restaurant Ava. Ava has long been a favorite restaurant, making farm to table fare way before it was faddish thing to do. For Harris this philosophy seems to be an inherent way to cook as well.

I met Harris several years ago when he was the Chef de Cuisine at Craft. Harris is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, but was raised in East Texas where his family raises cattle. Harris cut his teeth as a chef using Texas ingredients during his externship at Austin’s Hudson’s on the Bend where they specialize in game. Not long after that he was offered a position back in New York at Tom Colicchio’s Craft as garde manger.   Continue reading

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What’s Fresh At Bolsa?

by Steven Doyle       photos by Joey Stewart

Our super awesome contributing  photojournalist Joey Stewart recently dined at Bolsa  located on Davis in Oak Cliff.  The uber fresh restaurant that is cheffed by Jeff Harris and Matt Balke never disappoints. Stewart sent in some photos of a recent meal that will make you lick your computer monitors (or smart phone).

The new menu has garnered high praises across all mediums and something you should check out this weekend.      Continue reading


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