Texas Monthly announces the talent lineup and schedule of events for The Edge of Texas, a weekend-long exploration of the people, ideas, and subjects shaping the future of Texas and the world. Presented by VisitDallas, the inaugural event will be hosted in downtown Dallas on Friday, November 10th and Saturday, November 11th. The weekend will consist of three distinct experiences, including a Friday night kickoff with tantalizing cuisine, cocktails, and music at the Fashion Industry Gallery (807 Ross Ave #167, Dallas, TX); Saturday’s day-long event where celebrities, thought leaders, musicians, and artists from around the state will tell their stories and showcase their skills on two stages at The Joule (1530 Main St, Dallas, TX) and The Eye (1601 Main St, Dallas, TX); and Saturday night’s mashup of live performances by Shinyribs (Austin) and Sarah Jaffe (Dallas), live fire cooking by renowned chefs, pop-up bars, and a futuristic campfire theme at the Longhorn Ballroom (216 Corinth Street Road, Dallas, TX). Continue reading
After five successful years of fundraising and cocktail shaking, the Ultimate Cocktail Experience returns. Once again, the charitable pop-up event is bringing together bartenders, brands, distributors and consumers to benefit Trigger’s Toys. The organization is dedicated to reducing the financial and emotional stress placed on chronically ill children and their families by providing financial assistance and supplemental therapy to those in need.
Last year’s event raised more than $200,000 for the cause, and this year will aim to exceed that goal. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
On any given day when driving past the boutiques lining Oak Lawn in Dallas you will spot plenty of activity. There you will discover hot finds on wine or cheese, or possibly even chocolate. This past Sunday we began the edible bucket list for 2012 and made a stop into Chocolate Secrets.
The chocolate shop has somewhat of an identity crisis. It wants to be this cool wine bar that serves up healthy slices of jazz most evenings. Chocolate Secrets also offers some of the best and certainly beautiful chocolate in Dallas. Continue reading
Tickets for the eighth annual Dallas Chocolate Festival (DCF), September 8-10 are on sale and will be held in the heart of the Dallas Art District at the Fashion Industry Gallery F.I.G. celebrates everything chocolate. Guests are invited to meet artisans, watch live demonstrations of the chocolate making process, and sample and shop from over 60 vendor participants. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
In the air of Manhattan’s Little Italy chef Jay Valley has etched out a a bit of his past to share with guests who dine with him on any given night at Saint Rocco’s in Trinity Groves.
For nearly twenty years Chef Jay has been working with Phil Romano, who owns the vast culinary complex at Trinity Groves, as chef at Eatzi’s. When it came time to open something decidedly Italian it was an easy decision to bring on the chef as a working partner. With him Chef Jay brought along a lifetime of recipes dating back to his childhood. Continue reading
Marshall Prichard stokes the firebox of one of the three smokers he fuels to barbecue the brisket and pork ribs he serves at his Sammy’s Texas Barbecue in Uptown. The brisket smokes for 10-12 hours at around 225⁰F on mesquite.
As well as the main indoor area, Sammy’s has two patios. A covered one adjoins the restaurant and has a door to the large back parking lot. On the other side of the restaurant a patio offers a grass covered surface and is a favorite with dog owners (Prichard is a big dog lover himself). That patio also has an outdoor smoker which is brought into use at special events. Believe it or not, Sammy’s does over 100 wedding rehearsal dinners a year, reflecting the desire of local families to offer something decidedly Texan to their out-of-state guests. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
There is nothing more satisfying in the morning than a few slabs of terrific pancakes and a perfect cup of steaming hot black coffee to set your day in motion. Go for an entire stack and a pot of coffee for a more extreme perpetual motion. We have been scoping out some of the top spots in the Dallas area for pancakes, and hope you enjoy them as much as we have. We know there are many more that we enjoy, but we had to limit this list to ten. What are your favorites?
In no particular order, our top pancakes for Dallas: Continue reading