Restaurant Bits and Bites and Dinners and Stuff and Beyond: A Must Read

Craft Dallas. Vino 150 Sundays. Every Sunday, Craft Dallas offers any bottle of wine listed under $150 on their “voluminous and well-chosen list” for half price. 214-397-4111. All day.

The Grape. Execuchefowner Brian C. Luscher of The Grape hosts a very special Chef’s Come-As-You-Are wine dinner on Wednesday, March 24. Featuring wines from one of the most highly regarded winemakers in France, Michel Chapoutier, Chef Luscher will create a 3-course bistro-style menu to complement these hand-selected wines. Industry expert Courtney “The Other Courtney” Steinberg of Republic Distribution Company hosts the special evening. Deets below.

Nana. Friday Night Flight schedule and menu below.

TJs Seafood Market. Jon Alexis, the Energizer Easter Bunny of the fish business, has released catering menus for Passover and Easter. Crawfish and halibut are in season. Jump for more.

Bread Winners. Celebrate National Waffle Day on March 23, 2010! (Hmm, I waffle everyday.) Anywhoo,  go below.

FroYo News. A day without froyo news is like–beat,beat– night. Today, we learn Pinkberry has added the swirly goodness of mango yogurt and will open another location on March 26 in Arlington.  Yogen Früz now serves Chai Latte.

Medical City and Greater Dallas Restaurant Association have teamed up with Frisco ISD and Genghis Grill to produce KIDS Teaching KIDS, a cookbook that features snacks for children that both meet the criteria of nutritionists as heart healthy, and also connect with children’s imaginations to ensure that the food will be eaten and enjoyed again and again, facilitating a real and vital lifestyle change. More below.

Cyclone Anaya. The folks at Cyclone Anaya’s would like you to help them help the Turtle Creek Chorale raise money for a trip to Spain. (Who does not want a free trip to Spain?) The series of fundraising dinners with the Turtle Creek Chorale starts on April 5 and a portion of sales will benefit the “Turtles on Tour.” Think it is too good to be true? Jump.

Savor Mexico! Hey, what a catchy name for an event! Screw Dallas, Desperados Mexican Restaurant has partnered with the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, the Universidad del Valle de Mexico in San Luis Potosi, and the Texas Chef’s Association to present a course in real Mexican food. OF COURSE, there is a competition—it takes place Wednesday, March 31 at The Milestone Culinary Arts Center. Deets below. (Don’t tell Jim White.)

Zinsky’s. Tina Wasserman will kick my ass if I don’t tell you about this fundraiser. (You do not want to be on her bad side.) Anywhoo, La Wasserman wants you to “mark your calendar and gather your friends for good food and good company for a GREAT cause.” Wasserman, author of Entree to Judaism, will be the guest host at Kibitzer Night at Zinsky’s on March 25. Bring your own wine, eat pastrami, sales benefit the Dallas Furniture Bank. Go below for ‘mo.

The Grape.

Since taking over his family firm in 1990 at age 26, Michel Chapoutier has transformed the winery into the leading Rhône Valley producer. He combines the modern and the traditional: crusading for biodynamic winemaking, while expanding operations around the globe and experimenting with cutting edge winemaking techniques. Today, M. Chapoutier is the only producer to own vineyards in all of the major Rhône appellations. With Michel’s guidance, the family firm has become the benchmark Rhône wine producer.

Never been to The Grape’s monthly wine dinner…well here is the 411.  The Grape provides a fun; casual setting that allows the guest to “come-as-they-are” and dine at their own pace, allowing for a more festive one-on-one format with the wine experts.

Themes include a wine expert/host for the evening who speaks to each individual table about the wines selected.

Reservations are recommended.  Cost is $45 per person exclusive of tax, gratuity and other beverages.  Located at 2808 Greenville Avenue, The Grape is open for dinner nightly at 5:30pm and Sunday Brunch.   For reservations call 214-828-1981 or visit the website at  Complimentary valet parking always provided.


April’s Friday Night Flight at Nana at Hilton Anatole

Dallas, TX – Friday Night Flights at Nana at Hilton Anatole offer a stunning panoramic view of the Dallas skyline, first-class service and an exquisite wine and food tasting trio created by Wine Steward Russell Burkett and Executive Chef Anthony Bombaci.  April showcases two reds and a luscious white wine paired with squash risotto, roasted duck breast and foie gras vinaigrette, and cavatelli with bolognaise.  The event is $20 per person and will take place on April 2 between 6-8pm.  Reservations are highly recommended by calling 214.761.7470.  Visit for complete details.  Friday Night Flights are the first Friday of each month

April’s Friday Night Flight

Squash Risotto, Serrano Ham

2007 Qupé Marsanne “Santa Ynez Valley”

This refreshing, white wine is a blend of the marsanne grape from three different vineyards in California and the roussanne grape from the Purisima Mountain Vineyard, also in California.  Deep in color, high in acidity and low in alcohol, this wine exhibits “wet stone” minerality along with hints of almonds, honey, citrus and flowers.

Roasted Duck Breast, Foie Gras Vinaigrette, Zante Currants

2006 Betts & Scholl Grenache

Taken from the ancient vines of the Barossa Valley in South Australia, this seductive Grenache is bright medium red in color and smoky raspberry and candied cherry on the nose with gentle floral and mineral scents.  Sappy red berry flavors are unencumbered by tannins and gain power and sweetness on the back end.

Cavatelli with Bolognaise

2007 Qupé Syrah, Central Coast

This wine is 98% Syrah and 2% Grenache from both Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County.  The wine is essentially a blend of cool-climate Santa Barbara grapes and warm-climate Paso Robles grapes. The cool-climate fruit gives spice, acidity and balanced alcohol while the warm-climate fruit give softness, roundness, ripeness and more up-front fruit flavors and aromas.  Red and dark berries are brightened by cracked pepper and black tea.  Light bodied red raspberry and cherry flavors are pleasantly bitter.  Wonderful spice note on the finish.

TJs Seafood Market

TJ’s Easter Take Out Menu

Please order Easter Take Out by Wed March 31.

Easter Desserts

Easter Bunny Cake…52.00

Detailed chocolate faces & truffle tails!

Serves 12-14

Easter Egg Cake…36.00

Egg-shaped cake with white chocolate-raspberry with ganache and garnished with spring flowers Serves 12-14

White Chocolate Coconut Cake…39.00

Strawberry Torte…39.00

Chocolate Molten Cakes…5.95 ea

Duck & Bunny Easter Cookies……12.00 / doz

Herbed Rack of Lamb…21.99 / lb

Poached Salmon
Wild Alaskan King Salmon…32.99 / lb
North Atlantic Salmon…18.99 / lb
Cucumber Dill Sauce…3.99 / cup

Beef Tenderloin
TJ’s will sear & season your tenderloin FOR FREE
Whole tenderloin…17.99 / lb
Trimmed tenderloin…30.99 / lb

Chicken Breast…7.99 / ea
Balsamic reduction or tangy apricot glaze

(feed 6, 16.99)
Squash Casserole · Creamed Spinach
Glazed Carrots · Green Beans w/ Almonds

Easter Brunch

Country Casserole

Scrambled eggs with cheese, breakfast meat & vegetables

Large serves 8-10 … 39.99

Small serves 4-6 … 24.99

Baked Brie Stuffed with Fruits & Nuts

Serves 4-8 … 22.99

Bacon-Wrapped Scallops…22.99 / doz

Marinated Crab Fingers…26.99 / lb

Tasty olive oil, lemon & garlic, serve cold or warm.

Approx 35-40 / lb

Stuffed Mushrooms

Spinach & Artichoke…12.99 / doz

Lump Crab…14.99 / doz

TJ’s Crab Cakes

Maryland…9.99, Gulf …6.99 / ea

Smoked Salmon Platter

Hickory & Alder or Nova Lox

With decorative cream cheese & chopped egg whites, yolks, red onions & capers

Large (10-16 ppl)…84.00, Small (4-6 ppl)…42.00

Fine Caviars & Bilinis…Market Price

Please order Passover Please order Passover Take Out by Wed March 24.
TJ’s Famous Gefilte Fish
Four pieces per order…11.99

Passover Desserts
Dark & White Chocolate Matzo…16.99 / lb

Chocolate Mousse Torte…33.99

Godiva® Chocolate Pie …33.99

Fudge Brownies…27.99 / doz

Coconut Meringue ….19.99 / doz

Meringue Shells…1.75 ea
With fruit compote filling…5.99 ea (min 6)

Herbed Rack of Lamb…21.99 / lb

Poached Salmon
Wild Alaskan King Salmon…32.99 / lb
North Atlantic Salmon…18.99 / lb
Cucumber dill sauce…3.99 / cup

Beef Tenderloin
TJ’s will sear & season your tenderloin FOR FREE
Whole tenderloin…17.99 / lb
Trimmed tenderloin…30.99 / lb

Chicken Breast…7.99 / ea
Balsamic reduction or tangy apricot glaze

(feed 6, 16.99)
Squash Casserole · Creamed Spinach
Glazed Carrots · Green Beans w/ Almonds
Tzimmes – Fresh Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Apples & Prunes

Passover Specialties
Red or White Horseradish…3.99 / cup

Homemade Matzo Ball Soup…4.99 / pint

Chopped Liver…6.99 / lb

Harosets…8.99 / lb
Apples & nuts w/ Passover wine & spices

Matzo & Mushroom Dressing…14.99 feeds 4-6

Stuffed Mushrooms…12.99 / doz
With spinach & artichokes

Smoked Salmon Platter
Hickory & Alder or Nova Lox
With decorative cream cheese & chopped egg whites, yolks, red onions & capers
Large (10-16 ppl)…84.00, Small (4-6 ppl)…42.00

Spend $25 per month at TJ’s?  Be an ANGLER MEMBER…10% off all of your purchases for a year!

From Our Family To Yours,

Caren, Pete, Jon & Matt Alexis

TJ’s Fresh Seafood Market



To celebrate National Waffle Day, Bread Winners will serve Belgian Waffles from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Tuesday, March 23, 2010.

Specialty Waffles off the regular menu will include:



Each store will also have a Special “Waffle of the Day – Chef’s Choice”.

Don’t miss out on this delectable opportunity to have your favorite breakfast treat served all day long!

Uptown   3301 McKinney Ave., Dallas, Texas   75204   214.754.4940

Park Cities   5560 W. Lovers Lane in Inwood Village, Dallas, Texas   75209   214.351.3339

Plano   4021 Preston Rd., Plano, Texas   75093   972.312.9300




Hands-On Recipes Put Children’s Real-Life Interests First for Healthy

After-School Snacks

DALLAS   March 15, 2010    As national figures continue to call dramatic attention to the American problem of childhood obesity, four strong North Texas brands involved in health care, culinary education, and the restaurant business have joined together to provide real-life answers and solutions to the challenges parents face in ensuring that their children consume a healthy diet in today’s hectic daily family life.

Medical City Heart, Greater Dallas Restaurant Association,
According to Medical City and national health care studies, in the past 20 years the percentage of children in the United States who are overweight or obese has grown exponentially, from 5 to 16 percent.  And medical experts hold that the impact of childhood obesity is severe.  Medical conditions resulting from overweight and obese children include high blood pressure, high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes.

The October 30, 2009 issue of The Kiplinger Letter reports that obese kids “see doctors twice as often as others and go to hospitals three times as often.  That comes to an extra $2,000 a year for each obese youngster.  Plus their parents take off more time to care for them.”  (Washington, D.C., 2009 Oct. 30. Forecasts for Management Decisionmaking.  The Kiplinger Letter.)

In 2008, Medical City Heart, the Frisco ISD Career and Technology Education (CTE) Center, and the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association (GDRA) collaborated to develop a unique program.  The Culinary Arts program students (11th and 12th grade high school students) were challenged to create healthy and flavorful snacks that a 4th or 5th grader could prepare at home.  Medical City Heart evaluated the snacks for nutritional value.  Fifth-graders from Shawnee Trail Elementary in Frisco sampled the snacks and rated each entry for flavor, nutrition and presentation.

Medical City Heart, Frisco ISD and GDRA then took all of these students’ work to a new level in 2009 with KIDS Teaching KIDS.  In addition to the Culinary Arts student, graphics students of Frisco ISD produced the layout and design of the booklet.  Also, Media Technology students from Frisco ISD joined the collaborative effort by creating a documentary about the process.  In this collaboration, raising awareness of the problem and a solution for childhood obesity on a local level in North Texas began.

The KIDS Teaching KIDS cookbook and program has created a fun and healthy snack cookbook for all ages to enjoy.  Kids will benefit from snacks that are edible arts-and-crafts, provide nutritional facts, and easy-to-make with common pantry items.  The goal of the booklet is to introduce healthy food choices that kids will enjoy and influence future chefs to consider healthy and nutritious ingredients when preparing recipes.

Following the guidelines set by Medical City Heart nutritionists and that are health care industry standard, each recipe features the following criteria:
·         200 calories or less
·         Less than 7 grams of fat
·         Less than 2 grams of saturated fat
·         Less than 10 grams of sugar

KIDS Teaching KIDS recipes include Berry Fun; Bread and Butter Sliders with favorite ingredients like pepperoni; Peanut Butter Krispies; and Nanawich.  The recipes all feature children’s favorite flavors, with recipe names that present each snack as fun and appealing to children.  Food items are also used in decorative ways to entice children.

The Frisco ISD students who developed the recipes were trained in the FS Prep program sponsored by Greater Dallas Restaurant Association.  Beyond the training of the culinary students, the GDRA will help advocate similar programs involving high school culinary students, to help other school districts implement similar campaigns.  The GDRA gives $80,000-plus each year to accomplished high school students pursuing culinary education at the college level.

“This cookbook is uniquely all about kids.  The involvements of the schools and students of all ages really helps inspire an incredible grassroots image of the family cookbook,” said Ryan Eason, Manager of Medical City Heart’s Restaurant Program for heart-healthy menu designations and Greater Dallas Restaurant Association board member and leader of the campaign.  “Our goal is to let this spread like healthy wildfire of good thinking about children’s nutrition and well-being.”

“Along with generating awareness of the concerns and risks of childhood obesity, we want parents and families to understand that there are solutions to keeping their children healthy if they take action,” continued Eason.  “It’s really about equipping the parents to help become more aware of what their children are consuming and providing them with direct and healthy parental control to be more fit.”

Genghis Grill will support the production of the cookbooks as a corporate sponsor of KIDS Teaching KIDS.

For information about KIDS Teaching KIDS and to obtain a copy of the cookbook, contact Ryan Eason at Medical City Heart at [email protected], 972-566-7944.

About Medical City Heart
Medical City was established in 1974 by a group of North Texas’ premiere medical specialists as a new kind of healthcare facility.

We continue to attract physicians who are national and international leaders in their specialties and a dedicated staff to support their efforts. Over 1,150 physicians practice more than 95 medical specialties at Medical City. Patients have come from all over the United States and 75 foreign countries to receive healthcare that is recognized on local, national and international levels.

About Greater Dallas Restaurant Association
As a local chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association, the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association strives to promote growth of the restaurant industry by providing educational programs, public awareness campaigns, and grass-roots government affairs initiatives. Our association is just over 800 members strong, making it one of the larger trade associations in Dallas.

We are committed to the long-term health of the industry, and are supported by restaurateurs and suppliers of the restaurant industry. Our focus is to not only provide political support for restaurants, but to raise funds for those who will be the future of our industry, support community events and hospitality industry-related organizations, and market our members.

For more information on the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association, its programs to build good business for the industry, and all of its culinary education and scholarship programs, visit

, Cyclone Anaya’s World Class Mexican Kitchen

WHAT:   Monday, April 5, Cyclone Anaya’s World Class Mexican Kitchen will host a fundraising dinner for the Turtle Creek Chorale from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m at their Oak Lawn location.  Select members of the Turtle Creek Chorale will attend the evening in their performance attire and will be available for photo opportunities.  A portion of the night’s proceeds will go towards funding the Chorale’s trip to Spain in July 2010.

This is part of a series of scheduled fundraisers at Cyclone Anaya’s benefitting the Turtle Creek Chorale.  The dinners will take place at the Oak Lawn locations.


Monday, April 5, 5 – 10 p.m.


May 3, 2010

June 7, 2010


Cyclone Anaya’s Oak Lawn Ave Location

3211 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX 75219


Savor Mexico!

Welcome to Savor Mexico

Savor Mexico is a new and exciting culinary event here in Dallas. Mexican Cuisine has evolved by leaps and bounds in the last twenty years. “It’s more than just enchiladas and tacos.” More and more people are experiencing new and exotic flavors from Mexico and their hunger for more is intensifying.

Desperados Mexican Restaurant, known by many as a Dallas landmark, has partnered with the Consulate General of Mexico in Dallas, the Universidad del Valle de Mexico in San Luis Potosi and the Texas Chef’s Association to present the next course in Mexican food. Desperados has a long-standing tradition of introducing new and delectable tastes from Mexico to its legions of passionate entourage and is proud to be a part of this cultural event.

Fifteen of the top senior students from the universidad participated in a culinary competition with dishes indigenous to their San Luis Potosi and Huasteca region.  The professors, other executive chefs and celebrity judges came together to choose the top three.  Now we are bringing the best of the best to Dallas.

The Affair

When: Wednesday,  March 31, 2010

Where: The Milestone Culinary Arts Center, 4531 McKinney Ave. (SW Quadrant of Knox & McKinney)

What Time: 7:00 PM

A fully tax deductible donation of $45 to the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association’s College Scholarship Fund allows you the opportunity to Savor Mexico.

This enchanted evening will be full of fun and flavor.  Watch our student chefs prepare their award winning dishes in the Milestone Culinary Arts Center’s demonstration kitchen while you follow along in our commemorative program.  Sip Desperados’ Award Winning Margaritas, ice cold Cerveza or rich Latino Vino while you taste these spectacular recipes from the Hausteca region.  Let the music take you, the aromas envelop you and the evening captivate you.  Savor Mexico you shall, one taste at a time.

Zinsky’s and Tina Wasserman

Whether you’re craving a big bowl of chicken soup or an unbeatable pastrami on rye, Zinsky’s can fill your need while you are helping Dallas Furniture Bank serve others.!
WHEN: Thursday, March 25

Zinsky’s Delicatessen & Catering Co

(6025 Royal Lane, Dallas, 75230- NE corner of Preston/Royal) will be taking reservations for dining between 5:30-7:30 pm for their Kibitzer Night when cookbook author Tina Wasserman will be their guest dinner host. She’ll answer any of your cooking questions and 10% of the sales that night will be donated to DFB. PLUS you can bring your own wine if you like! Check out their wonderful dinner menu by clicking here. Call to make your reservation today– 214-691-3354!

Want to volunteer, donate furniture or
get more involved?
Contact any board member or call us at 972-466-0600, email [email protected] or online at

Dallas Furniture Bank. Your help is needed now more than ever and every hour, dollar and piece of furniture helps!