The Best of Big D 2014

The Best of Big D 2014

Last week, D Magazine officially released the annual The Best Of Big D list. Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook exploded with humbled posts from and congratulatory posts to winners. (Don’t worry, we joined in on the “humble brag” a few weeks ago when more than 125 of our associates were named to D Mag’s list of Best Real Estate Agents and Top Producers for 2014!)


Anyways, whether you give weight to their choices or not, the annual list is always a great reference point for trying all kinds of new things in D-FW. One of our favorite parts? They also list reader’s choices for many of the categories. For example, the magazine chose Monkey King Noodle Company as the Best Chinese, but readers chose Royal China. In our minds this just means we have to go back to each of them and compare for ourselves.


Consider this your invitation to break from your normal routine and explore new horizons. From the Best Tex-Mex to the Best Place to Get a Massage, you’ll be hard-pressed to run out of new experiences if you let this list lead you.

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This Week in Food & Beverage News

Exciting openings, boozy dinners, and a big birthday take over this week’s edition of Food & Beverage News. See where to have the best wine and beer paired dinners in D-FW and get the scoop on all the new restaurants coming town. Plus, you could win a year’s worth of entrees for free!



Texan Restaurant Round Up: The 7th Annual event benefitting Texas food banks runs from tonight, July 22, through Sunday, July 27. More than 60 restaurants across D-FW are participating by offering special menu items that are made from Texas products!


Belgian Beer Dinner: The chefs at Mot Hai Ba are teaming up with Barley’s Angels for a five-course dinner in honor of Belgian Beer Week and Belgian Independence Day, which is Wednesday, July 23. The event is ladies only, since the focus of Barley’s Angels is the advancement of education for female beer drinkers.


Wine Dinner at The Grape: A three-course, wine-paired dinner featuring Chef Jed Delmer and wines from the Piedmont region of Italy will be offered at The Grape on Thursday, July 24.


Celebrity Wine Dinner: Friday, July 25, TV-star and Master Chef Tiffany Derry is cooking up a five-course, wine-paired meal at Wine Poste.


Beer School at Community Beer Co.: Have a desire to learn more about craft beer? Join head brewer Jamie Fulton to learn about ingredients, the brewing process, tasting tips and more on Saturday, July 26. You’ll also get entry to the open house from 2-5pm, which includes food trucks, live music, and a tour of the brewery.





Bread Winners 20th Anniversary Giveaway: You could be one of four lucky patrons to win 52 free entrees from Bread Winners as it celebrates its 20th anniversary. During the following weeks, each location will give out a free cake ball to each diner that could hold within it a winning gold coin. Plano location: Week of July 21; NorthPark location: Week of July 28; Inwood location: Week of August 4; Uptown location: Week of August 11.


Modmarket: This Colorado-based restaurant chain is making its first move outside the state and planning to open four D-FW locations over the next eight months. It’s all about food that “tastes great, is made from scratch using simple, farm fresh, whole ingredients, is fairly quick, isn’t too expensive, and can be eaten everyday.” Look for locations in Flower Mound, Southlake, Preston & 121, and the new Preston Hollow Village complex.


Harvest: A new seasonal kitchen is coming to McKinney Square in September. Dallas native chef Andrea Schakelford and the owners of Rick’s Chophouse intend to bring the best of farm-to-table, local, and seasonal ingredients to the restaurant’s menu.


Rapscallion: The minds behind Boulevardier and Veritas Wine Room are planning a new Southern-style bistro that will open some time in the first half of 2015. The concept is “neighborhood-friendly” and will be situated on Greenville Ave. between Trader Joe’s and The Libertine.


Remedy: Chef Danyele McPherson, formerly of The Grape, is joining the HG Sply Co. team in a new venture called Remedy, which will open later this summer. Owner Elias Pope and his crew are remaining tight lipped on what the menu will offer, but he’s hinted that it will have a soda shop feel. Remedy will go in the old Public House space on Greenville Ave.


Trinity Groves: Didi’s Tamale Diner, Kate Weiser Chocolate, Off-Site Kitchen, Sushi Bayashi, and St. Rocco’s are all coming-soon to Dallas’ hippest foodie area.


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D-FW Weekend Round Up

Your D-FW Weekend Round Up

There’s much food to eat and beer to drink on this week’s edition of Weekend Round Up. From secret dinners and brewery tours to cliff diving and theater, see all the fun ways you can spend upcoming weekend:


Food Truck Schedule: Click to see where your favorite food truck eats will be now through June 8.


Cadillac Pizza Pub Caddy Run: Every Wednesday, beginning June 4 and ending November 19, runners (or walkers) can meet at the pub at 6:30 p.m. for a 2-3 mile run through downtown McKinney. After the run, participants can enjoy free bottled water and beer specials back at the pub. On tonight’s opening night, pizza will also be half-off.


Booth: Thursday, June 6, though June 14, local writer and actor Steven Walter’s new play will dig into the life of theater actor and presidential assassin John Wilkes Booth. Shows are at 7:30 or 8 p.m., depending on the night, at Kalita Humphreys Theater in Oak Lawn.


Beer School: Whole Foods Highland Park is hosting an event with beer-specialist Lynda that includes a lesson on and sampling of craft beers and micro brews on Thursday, June 5. The store will also serve bites of food to accompany the beer.


Underground Dinner with Chef DAT: This exclusive event pops up Fridays and Saturdays and provides a great escape from your normal dinner routine. The location of the dinner is only available to those who RSVP and the menu is always different. This Friday’s menu takes you a round the world at a secret location somewhere in Deep Ellum.


Red Bull Cliff Diving: Possum Kingdom Lake has two cliffs that rise almost 100 feet. Friday, June 6, and Saturday, June 7, 14 world-class cliff divers will perform as spectators watch by boat.


Lakewood Brewery Beer Dinner: A special collaborative pop-up dinner with Chef Daniel Tarasevich will take place Saturday, June 7. The five-course, beer-paired menu includes grilled peaches and goat cheese, crispy redfish, apricot lacquered duck, smoked short rib, and a frozen tiramisu with craft brews and a couple gems from LBC’s cellar.


Community Beer Company Tour: Guided tours and local beers combine with art, live music, and food trucks on Saturday, June 7. The event is dog and family-friendly.


Dallas’ Best Burgers & Brewery Tour: Saturday, Dallas Bites presents a tasting and sipping event that includes Hopdoddy Burger Bar, Dairy-ette, Liberty Burger, Maple & Motor, and Peticolas Brewing Company.


Cafe Momentum Pop-Up at Oak: Support a great cause while eating great food with Chef Richard Gras on Sunday, June 8, at Oak.


DJ Dinner: FT33 Chef Alex Stupak and Chef Matt McCallister team up for a nine course dinner set to a drum and bass set by DJ Dieselboy on Monday, June 9.




This Week in D-FW Food & Beverage News

This Week in D-FW Food & Beverage News

This week and weekend are big ones for food and drink in D-FW. From wine-paired dinners to celebrity chefs and craft brew to a pig cookin’, there’s an event for everyone going on over the next few days. Check out all of your options below.


Lazaranda: Chef Antonio Marquez will host a four-course dinner with wine pairings from Chequen Winery on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. for $44.95/person. The menu includes duck barbacoa, stuffed shrimp, pork tenderloin, and a mango & chocolate symphony.


Salum: There will be a wine dinner featuring pairings with Chateau Montelena Winery on Thursday, May 15, at 7:30 p.m. for $185/person. The menu includes diver scallops, ravioli, a wagyu beef tenderloin tartare, duck breast, lamp, and a sweet butter & pistachio tart.


Redenta’s Potting Bar: Organic nursery Redenta’s Garden hosts happy hours every third Thursday of the month including this Thursday, May 15. Enjoy local beer, cider, and snacks as you put together a potted plant of your own from 6 to 8 p.m.


White Linen Dallas: Put on your springtime linen duds and head to Times Ten Cellar for a hors d’oeuvres and wine event in collaboration with Nora restaurant. There will also be live music and a silent auction benefitting Dallas homeless outreach center The Bridge. It will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.


2014 Main Street Days: Downtown Grapevine’s 30th annual event, held from Friday, May 16, to Sunday, May 18, features a craft brew experience like no other. Wine connoisseurs , shopaholics, and jewelry admirers will also find something to love. Admission is free on Friday and will cost $5-$7 on Saturday and Sunday.


Fork & Cork: The 2014 replacement for Taste of Addison, running Friday and Saturday, May 16 and 17, includes appearances from award-winning chef Marcus Samuelson and music legend Pat Green. Fabulous food, great drinks, and live music make this an event you won’t want to miss out on.


Top Pot Doughnuts Demonstration: See how founder Mark Klebeck makes his hand-forged doughnuts and get a signed copy of his cookbook this Saturday, May 17, at Sur La Table. The event includes all the recipes, two doughnut tastings, and a taste of his doughnut bread pudding.


Barter Barbecue: A full pig will be roasted on Saturday, May 17, to celebrate Dallas’ warming weather. All-you-can-eat pork, rice, and beans will be served for just $25 starting at 11 a.m.


Taste of the NFL: Meet Cowboy’s players past and present, dine on gourmet tailgate food, sip signature cocktails, and give back to the North Texas Food Bank at this year’s event. It will be held at Glass Cactus Nightclub on Sunday, May 18.


Cedar Springs Tap House: A new sports bar and tap house will be going in the new Ilume building and is expected to open in July.


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