There is no joy in reporting bad news but once again we have been inundated with news that yet another popular, local restaurant has shuttered. The Plano version of the very popular restaurant Smoke closes at the end of this business day.
The pop-up dinner is the ultimate in self-expression for a chef. No longer are the constraints of concept in play, instead the chef may allow his culinary imagination to take flight and escape the daily grind of a set menu. This may have been true at a recent dinner held in the warehouse of 1888 Olive Press located in East Dallas and owned by a former Lamborghini salesman, Kenneth Hamburger, II who hosted the James Beard winning and exec chef from Smoke, Tim Byres.
Chef Byres is part of an on-going pop-up company called RVC Promotions owned by Ryan and Sunnye Childers, and their company comes up with these totally unique ideas, chefs and locations through out each month. An olive juicing company is merely one of the many locations used by the Childers. Think more traditional locales such as the Whole Foods demo kitchen and Neiman Marcus, to the sublime as breweries and distilleries. And these are not always necessarily dinners, they are often cooking classes which end in guests dining on their lesson plans. Continue reading →
Taste of Dallas has created a unique festival experience for 2017. If you love burning hardwood, crackling embers, and you like to cook with either High Heat or Low & Slow, it will be hard to leave our new BBQ, Burgers & Brews area, curated by Tim Byres of Smoke and presented by Napoleon Gourmet Grills.
Most of the best cocktails have a rumor surrounding Ernest Hemingway, and that is a legend we would like to believe and it is the premise today with our look at the Bloody Mary and her delicious origins.
Fernand Petiot claimed to have invented the Bloody Mary in 1921, well before any of the later claims such as Life Magazine in 1942. He was working at the New York Bar in Paris at the time, which later became Harry’s New York Bar, a frequent Paris hangout for Ernest Hemingway and other American expatriates. Harry’s Bar also claims to have created numerous other classic cocktails, including the White Lady and the Side Car. Continue reading →
On March 12, 2009 your lawmakers passed a non-binding resolution (HRES 224) recognizing March 14, 2009 as National Pi Day. It is one of the more legit holidays we discuss here, and it is actually an homage to geeks everywhere who see the date as a reason to celebrate due to its mathematical implications. We say any reason to celebrate anything is just fine by us.
Since we are predominately about food we will suggest a few places to actually enjoy a pi(e) in Dallas. Continue reading →
Brunch is that soothing fixer of all ill deeds and nothing needs more repair than New Years Day after a righteous night of revelry. We prepared a short list of some of the better brunches you will find throughout the Dallas area, and wish you a fantastic 2017. We actually have one option good enough for Ron Swanson.