News & Reviews

  • AIWF / Dallas Farmers Market Friends Winter 2015 Chef’s Cooking Class Series

    Local chefs demonstrate their favorite dishes inspired by produce fresh from the market.
    Location: Classes are held in the demonstration kitchen on the second floor of the Dallas Farmers Market Resource Center, 1010 S. Pearl Street, Dallas.
    Date/Time: Saturdays, January 24th through February 21st, 2015, 11:30am-1pm. Doors open 11 am.

    January 24th Dan Landsberg Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa
    Theme: New Perspective to Winter Veggies
    January 31st Hugh Stewart Chamberlain's Fish Market Grill
    Theme: Texas Kobe Beef
    February 7th Samir Dhurandhar and Wil Larsen Nick & Sam's Steakhouse
    Theme: Lobster, Chicken of the Sea!
    February 14th Dotty Griffith
    Theme: True Texas Cuisine for Valentine's Day
    February 21st Thomas Holt Ruth's Chris Steak House
    Theme: Creole Creations

    Cost: Each class is $25 with a reservation and $30 at the door, space permitting. A 5-class package is available for $110, and group rates are available for 10 people or more. Information: 214.653.8088
    How to Reserve: Mail check or money order payable to AIWF with reservation form to Cooking Class, c/o AIWF, P. O. Box 12384, Dallas TX 75225. Reservations will be held at the door for each class. Individual cancellations require one week advance notice.
    The Dallas Farmers Market Chef's Cooking Class Series is sponsored by The American Institute of Wine & Food (AIWF) and the Dallas Farmers Market Friends. For information, please call 214.653.8088.
    - Richard Silverston, January 2015

  • Elevate your chocolate knowledge: Dallas Chocolate Workshops Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 3015 at Trinity Groves
    3015 at Trinity Groves

    Want to get your hands dirty?

    Three hands-on Sunday workshops showcase artisan chocolate. Learn about the unique flavors and methods from local and nationally known expert chocolate crafters.

    Register for individual workshops or take the package for a special price.

    Sunday, Sept. 14, 10am-6pm: ALL THREE WORKSHOPS PACKAGE
    $225, one whole day working with chocolate. Includes all three workshops: the 10am-noon chocolate desserts master class, the 1-3:30pm bean-to-bar chocolate making workshop, and the 4-6pm chocolate and wine pairing workshop.

    Sunday, Sept. 14, 10am-Noon: Chocolate Desserts Workshop
    $75, a two-hour hands-on master class. David Collier, executive pastry chef for Spoon Bar & Kitchen and Knife, will guide participants through each step of making chocolate desserts. For beginners and pros.

    Sunday, Sept. 14, 1-3:30pm: Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Making Workshop
    $125, a trio of renowned chocolate makers: Kristin Hard of Cacao Atlanta, Ben Rasmussen of Potomac Chocolate, and Scott Moore, Jr of Tejas Chocolate guide you through the entire process of transforming high quality cacao beans into fine chocolate bars. Participants take home their finished product. Suitable for beginners or experts.

    Sunday, Sept. 14, 4-6pm: Chocolate & Wine Pairing Workshop
    $75, a hands-on chocolate and wine pairing experience guided by chocolate expert Madame Cocoa (Adrienne Newman) and a sommelier specializing in Texas wines. 21+ only.

    Purchase tickets online in advance. Enter promotional code DallasWineChocolate to receive a 10% discount. Space is limited. Events are subject to change.
    Workshop Location: the 3015 at Trinity Groves event space and kitchen, 3015 Gulden Lane Dallas, TX 75212

    -, September 2014

  • Passport to Rioja: Journey into the Heart of the Rioja Wine Region

    Members of the trade are invited to taste the full spectrum of Rioja offerings including centenary wines, classic modern styles and collector’s wines. Ana Fabiano, trade director for the U.S. Rioja campaign, brand ambassador for DOCa Rioja, and author of The Wine Region of Rioja will be on hand to provide expertise and sign copies of her book.
    Date/time: Tuesday, August 19th, 2014, 1–4pm
    Complimentary/Trade Only: business card required for entry
    Location: Mercy Wine Bar, 5100 Beltline Road #544, (Village on the Parkway shopping center - Dallas Parkway at Beltline Road), Addison, 75254, 972.702.9463

    - Karen Silverston, August 2014

  • Wine and Cheese Pairing Class with Winemaker Kim McPherson and Cheesemaker Paula Lambert Thursday, July 10, 2014 6:30pm

    Learn about wine and cheese pairing from two experts named to Who's Who in Wine and Food of Texas.

    Kim McPherson - inducted into Who's Who in Wine and Food of Texas in 1999: plants to the land. His focus is on Rhone, Italian and Spanish varietals. Under the McPherson Cellars label he produces grapes grown on the Texas High Plains including Sagmor Vineyard, Lost Draw Vineyards, and other areas of the High Plains. His wines include Sangiovese, Viognier, Tre Colore (a Rhone style red blend of Carignan, Mourvedre, Viognier), dbs (a blend of Italian varietals Dolcetto, Barbera, Sangiovese), Dry Rosé (a dry Rhone style rosé of Cinsault, Mourvedre, Grenache), Cabernet Sauvignon, a Tempranillo blend, and more. McPherson Cellars 2013 Les Copains Brothers Blend, a white Rhone varietal blend, just won the Double Gold Medal at the San Francisco International Wine Competition and was voted Best White Rhone Blend in the competition. McPherson Cellars 2012 La Herencia and McPherson Cellars 2013 Les Copains Dry Rosé won Silver medals.

    Paula Lambert - inducted into Who's Who in Wine and Food of Texas in 1988: founded Dallas' Mozzarella Company in 1982. Today her company has grown from making a few pounds of fresh mozzarella to producing over 30 artisanal cheeses, all of which Paula has created and developed. Mozzarella Company cheeses have won acclaim and hundreds of awards, and each is made by hand right here in Deep Ellum.

    Date/Time: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 6:30-8:30pm
    Cost: $50
    Reserve: 214.741.4072
    Location: Mozzarella Company, 2944 Elm Street, Dallas (Deep Ellum) TX 75226

    -, July 2014

  • Jump Into Summer Wine Dinner with Oak Cliff Cellars and Chef Justin Box at Bridge Bistro

    Oak Cliff Cellars wines paired with six-course dinner featuring chef Justin Box.
    Date/time: June 17, 2014, 6:30pm reception; 7pm Dinner
    Cost: $79 plus tax/gratuity at the door
    Location: Bridge Bistro, 921 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas TX 75207 (SW corner of North Riverfront & Payne)

    Red Snapper Crudo
    Texas purple spinach, grapefruit, olive oil, habanero sea salt
    Oak Cliff Cellars Lake County Sauvignon Blanc 2012

    Southwest Green Gazpacho
    black cumin oil, crispy shallot
    Oak Cliff Cellars Sonoma Chardonnay 2011

    Charred Wax Beans
    french bread, goat belly croutons, grape tomatoes, herbs, yogurt
    Oak Cliff Cellars Wild Diamond Mourvedre 2012

    Chicken n’ Biscuits
    confit chicken, house biscuits, spring slaw, pecans, pimenton, Texas honey
    Oak Cliff Rogues Blend 2012

    House Made Ostrich Sausage
    black garlic, caraway, champagne, pickled beets
    Oak Cliff Cellars Zipline Red 2012

    Vanilla Olive Oil Cake
    goat cheese, mix berry compote, basil syrup
    Oak Cliff Cellars Firebrick Zinfandel 2012

    -, June 2014

  • Margerum Wine Dinner at Lark on the Park Featuring Doug Margerum

    Five course dinner paired with Margerum wines featuring winemaker Doug Margerum
    Date/Time: Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 at 7pm
    Cost: $75, plus tax/gratuity
    Reserve: Lark on the Park at 214.855.5275, or email gm at larkonthepark dot com
    Location: 2015 Woodall Rodgers Freeway [between N. Harwood St. and Olive St.], Dallas TX 75201

    House-Made Ricotta Tart with Fromage Blanc, Green Garlic and Mint
    Margerum Pinot Gris Klickitat 2012

    Grilled Asparagus with Tangerine Aioli, Bottarga and Breadcrumbs
    Margerum Sauvignon Blanc Sybarite 2012

    Point Reyes Tome & Original Blue Cheeses with Arugula, Aged Balsamic, Rhubarb-Strawberry Compote with Baguette
    Margerum Rose Riviera 2013

    Grenache Braised Oxtail with Spatzle & Pea Tendrils
    Margerum Rhone Blend M5 2012

    Grilled American Kobe Skirt Steak with Blue Cheese Butter, Fingerling Potatoes, Bacon Lardons, Crème Fraiche and Chives
    Margerum Syrah Colson 2010

    Margerum Amaro

    -, March 2014