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The Son of Dallas Restaurateurs is Looking for a Blood Stem Cell Donor

Campbell Fearing, the son of Dallas chef Dean Fearing and restaurant owner Lynae Fearing, is looking for a blood stem cell donor after his recent leukemia diagnosis. Campbell, 23, is a biblical studies student at Dallas Baptist University and a server at Lovers Seafood & Market. The restaurant, at 5200 W. Lovers Ln., is hosting a donor drive Sunday with blood cancer nonprofit DKMS to find a match for Campbell. The drive requires each person to go through a medical eligibility review, a registration form, and a cheek swab.

To put things into perspective: DKMA says 70 percent of people who have blood-related illnesses, like leukemia, need a donor outside of their families for life-saving treatment. The drive will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Lovers Seafood & Market, 5200 W. Lovers Ln.

The French Room Brings In Another Distinguished Chef

Chilean-born chef Victoria Blamey worked in New York City for 13 years, where she graced the kitchens of Chumley’s and Gotham Bar and Grill. When she finally opened her own restaurant Mena, the New York Times said in a rave review: “she is making food that’s truly her own — it doesn’t look or taste like anything else in the city.”

Mena closed a few months later. But that means Dallas gets to have her, even if it’s just for a couple of months: Blamey will head to The French Room for the next installment of the “Be Our Guest” Chef Dinner Series. Starting tomorrow and through April 1, Blamey will serve a five-course dinner for guests who are lucky enough to snag a reservation.

A sample menu, which is subject to change, features braised kuri—a winter squash—with kelp butter and puffed rice, braised Ibérico pork cheek with red beets and red cabbage, and a winter squash pavlova with spaghetti squash, citrus, and walnuts. The five-course dinner is $150 (plus tax and gratuity), and reservations can be made on Resy. Located inside the Adolphus Hotel, 1321 Commerce St.

A New Australian Café Comes to Uptown

Two Hands will occupy a space in The QUAD in Uptown Dallas (previously known as The Quadrangle) to serve healthy meals with a focus on Australian and community dining. Although this will be the seventh location nationwide, each Two Hands café has a menu that is locally sourced that varies by season. (The Austin location has items like the wagyu steak and eggs and the kiwi and passion pavlova, while the TriBeCa location doesn’t.) Popular items include the salmon quinoa bowl, the tamarind chicken, and the lavender matcha latte. Two Hands has an opening planned for the first quarter of 2024. 2828 Routh St.

French Bistro La Parisienne Opens in Frisco This Spring

A Parisian-inspired concept is taking over a space at The Star in Frisco this spring. La Parisienne Bistro & Bar will serve French food and cocktails for lunch, dinner, and brunch. The bistro was created by Mondi Tag, a restaurant industry veteran who was the first female franchisee of Dickey’s BBQ Pit in Dallas and who opened Spatch Kitchen & Cocktails in Addison. La Parisienne’s kitchen will be headed by El Centro College graduate chef Ozzy Samano, who previously worked at Hudson House, Drake’s Hollywood, and Dahlia Bar & Bistro. The new bistro and bar will replace Chinese restaurant Howard Wang’s Frisco, which closed in March. 6740 Winning Way, Ste. 1000, Frisco.

La Casita Bakeshop Moves into New Richardson Digs

The good news for La Casita Bakeshop doesn’t stop. This past weekend, co-owner Maricsa Trejo texted me to say she was moving into a bigger space, across the shopping center from her original bakeshop. “We finally did it!” she said.

In an Instagram post, Trejo said she waited three years to open the bakery, which will have a place to sit down, eat, and be a “home for anyone needing a space to be themselves.” The coffee menu is still in the works, according to the Instagram post, but the pastries are a given.

Hours for the bakeshop are still the same: Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. La Casita Coffee, Trejo’s latest venture in Rowlett, will have its grand opening this weekend, and another coffee shop location in Frisco is in the works for later this year, according to the La Casita website. La Casita Bakeshop, 580 W. Arapaho Rd., Ste. 154, Richardson; La Casita Coffee, 3837 Main St., Rowlett.


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Nataly Keomoungkhoun joined D Magazine as the online dining editor in 2022. She previously worked at the Dallas Morning News,…