by Steven Doyle
Okrapalooza was a tasty hit this past Sunday as many chefs and home cooks gathered to create the most interesting use of okra ever thought possible. From the sweet to the savory, these kitchen masters made their favorite okra dishes to benefit the Promise of Peace Garden. Promise of Peace offers neighborhood children classes in horticulture, summer camp and education in nutrition through their community garden. They also provide opportunities for families to access a better life through participating in our cooking and gardening classes and other events.
This year’s event was by far the most successful than in past years with serious chefs rallying for the cause. Chef Thomas Archer from 3015 and his sous chefs team “Okra Winfrey” took first place this year. It was a difficult event to challenge with so many imaginative entries. Here are some scenes from Okrapalooza 2014 which took place at The Lot in East Dallas: Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Sitting at a bar in either a restaurant or a pub you get to know the line on the action at the establishment. This is the very heart of the operation, and your friendly barman has the scoop on everything happening from their vantage point.
This is also the best place to score some fine vittles while soaking up your gin and tonic after an exhausting day of drinking gin and tonics. Sometimes a meal is not in order, but sharing a truly interesting bite at the bar hits the spot before moving on to your next task for the evening. Continue reading
by Jennifer Thomas
Longtime restaurateur John McBride has teamed up with culinary consultant Sharon Hage and designer Hatsumi Kuzuu to open a new concept in the heart of East Dallas. Set to debut on Monday, February 25th, The LOT will be part American restaurant serving genuine fare, part neighborhood beer garden pouring Texas beers, and part casual gathering place for all to enjoy.
“We have revived the best lot in town, a tranquil, two-acre spot designed with unique common spaces to ensure everyone feels welcome,” says managing partner John McBride, whose family started and previously owned and operated El Fenix. “The idea is to create a modern-day third place, giving our neighbors a new place to unwind and savor a meal that’s unique and extraordinary — a place they can call their own.” Continue reading