Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: Dude, Sweet Chocolate


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The colder weather makes us crave a warm, delicious mug of hot chocolate. And what better place to find the perfect chocolate beverage than Dude, Sweet Chocolate? We headed over to the original location in Dallas’ Bishop Arts District to spend the day with Chef Katherine Clapner, the visionary, co-founder and co-owner of the concept to get a behind-the-scenes look at what makes their drinking chocolate so rich, balanced and well … chocolatey.
 
Stop into the Dude, Sweet Chocolate location nearest you to taste a mug for yourself, and while you’re at it, pick up some gifts for family and friends. Watch the video below to get a closer look at this uniquely North Texas chocolate store, and see what makes a trip to Dude, Sweet Chocolate a quintessential holiday activity.

 

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

Tastings are the name of the game this weekend. Take a bus tour with a brewery and go on sampling walks through Deep Ellum, Trinity Groves, and Bishop Arts plus much more.

 

Tuesday, Feb. 17:

Henry’s Majestic for Lunch: The bar on McKinney Ave. begins lunch service today. The menu includes al pastor tacos, a chicken salad, a beer-braised corned beef ruben, a pork belly salad and more.

 

Tequila Appreciation Society Social: Casa Herradura’s global tequila ambassador Ruben Aceves will be at 3015 at Trinity Groves sharing his love for and knowledge of Herradura tequila from 6 to 8pm. Stop by for tastings of Herradura and food by 3015. Proceeds benefit Cafe Momentum.

 

ZaLat: Owner Khanh Nguyen of DaLat, the Vietnamese comfort food restaurant on Fitzhugh, is opening a late night pizza spot right next door today at 5pm.

 

Wednesday, Feb. 18:

Women and Wine: Grace invites ladies to “Tour of Spain” with Brian Smith, Fine Wine Specialist with Republic National Distributing Company. It includes three wines paired with three light bites from Chef Blain Staniford.

 

Thursday, Feb. 19:

Deep Ellum Wine Walk: It’s the third Thursday of the month again. The Deep Ellum Community Association and local merchants invite you for a night of wine, shopping and fun. You’ll take a Sip & Shop tour through the neighborhood and each destination on the tour will feature wine samplings.

 

Wine Dinner at Grace: Chef Blaine Staniford and Grace present the Old and New World Small Production Wine Dinner beginning at 6:30pm. The menu indues Dungeness crab, saffron risotto, lacquered duck and egg, ribeye cap, and brioche pain perdu paired with new and old world small production wines.

 

Saturday, Feb. 21:

Community Beer Co. Goes on Tour: The craft brew company is loading up a bus to visit Cold Beer Company, Nickel & Rye, Scotch & Sausage, and Rodeo Goat– all of which serve Community libations. Each stop includes a beer sampling and a food pairing. A $45 ticket also includes a t-shirt and a commemorative glass.

 

Discovering the Beauty of Washington Wines: Join the Dallas Chapter of the International Wine and Food Society as they taste and discuss five expertly selected fine wines from Washington. There will be heavy hors d’oeuvres to accompany the tasting and live jazz music will follow the event.

 

Taste of Trinity Groves Walking Tour: Taste your way through one of the hottest food spots in Dallas. From 11:30am to 3:15pm, get a group together to try samples from Chino Chinatown, Four Corners Brewery, Kate Weiser Chocolate, Luck, and Souk.

 

Sunday, Feb. 22:

Sunday Supper with Urban Acres Farmstead: Urban Acres begins a monthly series of casual Sunday Night Suppers. Join them for a hearty meal of local, organic, sustainable cuisine served family style. This month’s menu features a turkey and sweet potato pot pie.

 

Taste of Bishop Arts Walking Tour: The tasting continues through another of the up-and-coming neighborhoods in the Dallas area from 1 to 4:30pm. Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Eno’s, Lockhart Smokehouse, and Veracruz invite you to sample their creations.

 

News:

Kin Kin Urban Thai: The Thai restaurant plans to open three DFW locations, on W. 7th in Fort Worth and on Oak Lawn and Preston/Forest in Dallas. The Fort Worth branch is set to open on February 27. The Dallas locations are expected to open in April and the summer, respectively.

 

The Mitchell: A new cocktail lounge in downtown Dallas had its soft opening last Thursday. The menu includes oysters, caviar, charcuterie, fried duck rilletes, a cheeseburger and more.

 

Spice in the City: Downtown Dallas has a new option for healthy Indian takeout and delivery.

 

Tiff’s Treats Fort Worth: Your favorite warm cookie delivery shop will open a Fort Worth location in April located on W. 7th.

This Week in Food & Beverage News


Food & Beverage News: Donut Kitchen

This edition of Food & Beverage news is loaded with exciting new openings, menu expansions, and chef change ups. We’re also filling you in on some incredible dinner opportunities and craft beer events that you won’t want to miss!

 

Events:

Community Beer 1st Wednesdays: Tonight, as with the first Wednesday of every month, Community Beer Co. is holding an open house & tour. There will be local vendors, outdoor games, food trucks, and live music. The event is family and dog friendly.

 

Summer Vegetable Dinner: Chef Blaine of Grace in Fort Worth has prepared an astounding eight-course menu featuring summer produce. The menu is completely vegetarian and can be prepared for vegan diners as well. Dinner is Thursday, August 7 and begins with passed canapés at 6:30.

 

German Riesling, Sausage, and Kraftwerk Event: Friday, August 8, celebrate Germany’s World Cup win with a 4 wine German Riesling Vertical tasting, Kuby’s sausage, & music by Kraftwerk all night at Wine Poste.

 

Summer Harvest Dinner: This Friday is the last night to take part in Asador’s Summer Harvest Dinner Series. The final menu will be  paired with cocktails and begins at 6:30.

 

Ramen Night at Windmill Lounge: Chef Justin Holt will prepare $5 bowls of everyone’s favorite noodle Saturday, August 9 for midnight ramen madness.

 

Beer Camp at Meddlesome Moth: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Beer Camp will commence this Saturday at noon. Stop by for 12 craft beers presented by Sierra Nevada, Cigar City, Oskar Blues, Asheville Brewers, and many more.

 

Chefs at The Market: Saturday is the last day to learn first-hand from local chefs. This week’s guest is Chef T. J. Lengnick of Shinsei Restaurant. He’ll be schooling you on asian-inspired summer cuisine.

 

So & So’s: After a great start on McKinney Ave., this bar and dinner hangout will begin serving brunch this Sunday, August 10. Menu items include biscuits and gravy, blueberry pancakes, a fried egg BLT, their ever-popular pizza, and more.

 

News:

Houndstooth Coffee: Henderson Ave. will have a new coffee shop beginning August 14 in the space previously occupied by Pearl Cup. Houndstooth Coffee, which originates in Austin, will have a to-go window right off the sidewalk.

 

Start: After much success at their first location on Greenville Ave, the “real fast food” restaurant and drive thru is set to open a second location on Lemmon Ave. this Fall.

 

Oddfellows: The Oak Cliff hot spot for brunch and coffee was recently named one of 10 restaurants in the U.S. that is worth “long lines” by Yahoo.

 

Big Tex Choice Awards: This year, fans have the chance to get a front row seat to the 10th annual Big Tex Choice Awards, the event that determines the fair’s food finalists.

 

Mattito’s: All four locations of this popular Tex-Mex spot have added a vegetarian-centric menu. Items include potato flautas, three-cheese enchiladas, mushroom enchiladas, grilled portabello fajitas, and a three-cheese chile relleno. The flautas, mushroom enchiladas, and portabello fajitas can also be prepared vegan.

 

Ziziki’s: After 20 years serving up great Greek food, the owners of Ziziki’s have added two new partners in an effort to expand and improve. The first change will come with the addition of a brunch menu that will be introduced next week. Old favorites, like the Greek gods platter, will also make a return.

 

Brick House Tavern + Tap: The craft-beer-serving, seasonal-meal-making tavern has opened its second D-FW area location in Fort Worth. Complete with hand-crafted cocktails ands 30 flat-screen TV’s, this is no ordinary sports bar. You can also visit the Plano location for the same great experience.

 

C-Señor: Bishop Arts is finally seeing movement in the old El Padrino location thanks to a new Cuban restaurant/Taco stand. Expect an authentic experience with menu items like the classic Cuban sandwich and fried plantains.

 

Chef news: Greenville Avenue favorite, Sundown at Granda, and Chef Patrick Stark have parted ways after six years. Stampede 66‘s Chef John Thompson has resigned to teach culinary arts at an inner city south Dallas high school. Souk, the Moroccan restaurant in Trinity Groves, is the new home of Standard Pour‘s Peja Kristic. Taking her place will be Casa Rubia Chef Cody Sharp.

 

The Donut Kitchen: The gourmet donut craze is spreading to McKinney. This family-owned gourmet donut, breakfast sandwich, and kolach shop has daily donut features like M&M, Carmel Macchiato, and Mango Habanero.

 

Restaurant Week: Don’t forget to get your reservations for Restaurant Week, which begins next Monday, August 11.

 

Image via The Donut Kitchen