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Copeland Memorial Dinner At FT33

randallby Jennifer Thomas

On Sunday April 14th,  a memorial dinner in honor of Randall “Big Cat” Copeland will be held at FT33 at 6 p.m. In the weeks leading up to Copeland’s passing, Chef Matt McCallister had been planning a dinner with Copeland. McCallister has decided to go through with the dinner, and has asked some of Copeland’s closest friends to join in honoring one of our city’s most loved chefs.        Continue reading


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Services For Randall Copeland Announced

1by Steven Doyle

Many of you have expressed sympathy and interest in attending the services for chef Randall Copeland. The services will be held Monday morning, April 8, 2013 at 11am at St Pias X Catholic Church at 3030 Gus Thomasson Rd in Dallas. Please note that there will be a procession to Grove Hill Cemetery immediately following the reception. The cemetery address is 4118 Samuel Blvd. (Samuel / I-30) Dallas.

Sunday evening there will be a showing at Sparkman Crane located at 10501 Garland Rd in Dallas from 10am to 9pm Sunday April 7. The family will be available from 6 to 8pm.

Look for many tribute dinners to come; we will announce them all here.

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Rest In Peace Randall

1by Steven Doyle

Today I read where my very best friend passed away. To claim Randall Copeland as my best friend is selfish as he was a friend to everyone he ever met. For the past few hours I have been pouring over photos of Randall, and messages on text and Facebook that I might be able to share today. The task is far too difficult.

Randall embraced life and had a golden heart. He was talented in so many ways including his skills in the kitchen and had a passion for music. His guitar collection exceeded his means at times, but that is how Randall was.           Continue reading


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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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Jeff Harris Guest Cheffing At Ava This Sunday

by Steven Doyle

Jeff Harris, the Executive Chef at Bolsa and Bolsa Mercado, is preparing Sunday night dinner as guest chef with Randall Copeland at Restaurant Ava. Together the chefs will create an incredible evening with this unique seasonal menu that include pickled romanesco, beef belly pastrami and duck confit, among other selections.    Continue reading

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Two Special Dinners This Week You Should Not Miss

by Steven Doyle

There are two very special dinners this week that will be sure to cool you off from the blazing heat we are suffering through this summer and we wish to share these with you.

Just weeks ago we were first on the scene to announce the latest chef to hit the underground scene. Chef Ryan Barnett has a few seats left tomorrow (Thursday, July 26) where he will treat guests to a 4-course dinner at My Private Chef in Deep Ellum.      Continue reading

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