FT33 and Executive Chef and Owner Matt McCallister invite some of the nation’s most progressive chefs into the FT33 kitchen for a night dedicated to innovation, collaboration, and fantastic food. Kicking off in January 2015 and curated by Matt, one of Food & Wine magazine’s Best New Chefs 2014 and a James Beard Award Semifinalist: Best Chef Southwest, the FT33 guest chef series knows no bounds. While all dinners will feature an eight-course menus with optional wine pairings, the menus will each capture the distinct essence of Matt and the visiting chef, who collaborate to produce the final product. One of the most notable evenings from the 2014 series featured no electricity, another showcased the food and sounds of a renowned DnB artist. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
The James Beard Foundation (JBF) announced today that for the second year in a row it will present the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America, a national epicurean tour celebrating America’s culinary diversity. From September 12 through October 25, 2014, the program will stop in ten cities over five weekends, including Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C. Each city will enjoy a special evening that starts off with a walk-around tasting reception from a line-up of local chefs, followed by a one-night-only, collaborative four-course dinner crafted by a Taste America All-Star and a local celebrity chef. Tickets are on sale now. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
One of the most exciting aspects of my job at Crave is witnessing the talents of our city’s many talented chefs. Matt McCallister is certainly high on that list. The boyish grin McCallister shot me after completing his collaborative FT33 dinner this past Monday with his San Antonio counterpart, Jason Dady, told me that he had a marvelous time in the kitchen. And the many who attended the special dinner had an equally delightful evening as they applauded the two young chefs as they exited the kitchen and thanked the group for being part of a great food city such as Dallas.
Throughout the evening the pair of chefs would on occasion pop out and explain that they had both foraged and shopped in their respective city’s. There would be things on our plates that we as civilians might mow over or disregard as superfluous weeds. But to our hosts they were found booty in the form of ramps, stinging nettle, lovage and even remnants of McCallister’s Christmas tree. Continue reading
FT33 and Executive Chef and Owner Matt McCallister invite some of the nation’s most heralded chefs into the FT33 kitchen to create unorthodox yet harmonious collaborative menus for a series of guest chef dinners beginning in February 2014. Curated by McCallister, Food & Wine’s “People’s Best New Chef: Southwest” in 2013, the dinner series features culinary visionaries that share his values of honest, seasonally–based cooking with exquisite presentation and thoughtful execution.
The dinners, eight-course menus with optional complementary wine pairings, will capture the distinct essence of each notable chef using local ingredients. Chef Matt McCallister, known for modernist interpretations of Southern cuisine, will rotate courses each night with the selected guest chef, culminating in a symphony of flavors and regional styles. The guest chef dinner series will take place at FT33 on the third Monday of each month, and will showcase the talents of multifaceted chefs spanning the nation.
Each dinner costs $110 per person for the eight-course menu and $50 per person for wine pairings. Reservations are required and seating is limited. Here is the rundown of each event: Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos by Robert Bostick
Last Sunday on craveRADIO we hosted a slew of people in studio including Chef Matt McCallister from FT33. Matt was his usually uber cool self and talked up his beginnings as a chef, his cooking style, as well as plans to open his new restaurant. Listen close to learn about the pork tartare he plans for his visiting chef menu.
McCallister also told us how Chefs for Farmers came to be, and what we have in store for us this year at the November 3rd event. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
This Sunday on craveRADIO listen in to a great guest line up including chef Matt McCallister of the FT33 fame who is also the founder of Chefs for Farmers, the beautiful outdoor cheffy event that raises awareness to local farmers and ranchers that is taking place November 3, 2013 in Lee Park. We will find out what is going on in that stellar mind of Matt’s and maybe he will discuss some of his past that lead him to being a chef.
Also on the program we will have as guest the very sweet Kate Weiser, formerly of Chocolate Secrets and is opening her very own chocolate shop in Trinity Groves. Kate has this fascinating look at chocolates and makes them ever so beautiful. We will no doubt have her discuss her big television debut as well. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Mark your calendars for September 9, 2013 at 6pm. That is when Matt McCallister will be hosting a very special pig-filled evening with not one chef visiting, but two in the FT33 kitchen. Contigo Austin’s Andrew Wiseheart, and Patina Green Home and Market’s Chef Robert Lyford will join McCallister where they battle the pig as the main ingredient, crafting a nine-course meal, using local ingredients to accompany each dish. Continue reading