In 1849, pioneers from the East Coast, malcontent with their present lot, packed their entire existence in covered wagons en route to California in search of something new and promising. Had that journey commenced in 2013, one might argue they only needed to venture halfway, more specifically, to West Dallas.
Savor Dallas, CBS RADIO Dallas-Fort Worth, and Trinity Groves aligned forces on a rainy September evening to put forth a noteworthy display of delectable fare from the future tenants of Trinity Groves. (We were invited as guests.) The gathering, announced as Pairings, showcased the true potential of what’s to come by way of 3015 at Trinity Groves, Amberjack’s Fish Market Grill, Luck (Local Urban Craft Kitchen), Chino, Resto Gastro Bistro, Saint Rocco New York Italian, Kate Weiser Chocolates, and Haute sweets.
Despite the sawdust and two-by-four landscape, these first Trinity Groves settlers—many of which are still weeks away from claiming stake to their permanent residences—capably illustrated their talents at independent stations inside 3015.
The only firmly established venture flanking 3015, Four Corners Brewing Co., offered a superb stout to accompany the many and varied offerings.
3015 at Trinity Groves produced perfectly steamed mussels with tarragon and crème, served with sliced French bread. The dish was a crowd-pleaser, and every last piece of crust was utilized to sop up the aromatic broth.
Resto Gastro Bistro offered oyster shooters with a complex compote of pineapple, cilantro, scallion, and salmon roe with a subtle hint of Sriracha. This was, without question, the most elegant display given the rainbow of colors created by the orange roe, fresh green herbs, and yellow fruit. The oysters were full-on briny goodness, which only enhanced the robust accompaniment.
Amberjack’s Fish Market Grill prepared a flavorful Louisiana blue point crab cake with a dense remoulade sauce. The cake consisted of a firm crust and a flaky filling, foregoing unnecessary additional ingredients that could mask the flavorful crab.
Chino unveiled a cochinita pibil steamed bun, which hit the fusion high-note of the evening, as it served as the perfect vehicle for a succulent medley of pulled pork, cilantro, and carrots.
Luck was on hand with roasted jerk chicken wings tossed in a habañero-pineapple glaze. The wings were lean yet flavorful, with the sweetness of the pineapple effective cutting the heat of the habañero.
Saint Rocco’s New York Italian prepared a classic pork/lamb/beef meatball accompanied by a three-cheese manicotti with marinara. The al dente pasta was supple and provided a perfect housing for the whipped, airy ricotta filling.
Kate Weiser Chocolates and Haute Sweets provided the uber-necessary final course, complete with bitter and sweet chocolate works of art.
In addition to Four Corners, there was ample wine on hand to complement each dish from domestic and international wineries, including many from the Lone Star State. Sigel’s ensured that everyone’s palate was tended to by providing a vast spectrum of varietals, ranging from Italian Pinot Grigios to beefy Napa Cabernets. While many noteworthy wineries were on hand, Becker Vineyards of Stonewall, Texas, presented a local version of a classic Bordeaux-blend labeled “Claret”, which had the fortitude to stand up to many of the intensely flavored dishes.
The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge may ultimately lead to some of the finest eateries and breweries Dallas has to offer, and Trinity Groves is primed to be the next foodie destination. Should there be another Pairings event on the horizon, make sure to head west.