Saturday, December 1, 2012

Spanish Tapas Dinner

 Manchego with Apple Gelee

 Lobster with Dill Bearnaise on Toast

 Tomato, Mozzarella and Chimichurri Stack

 Papas Bravas with Giant peel and eat Prawns
and smoked paprika

 Duo of stuffed mushrooms with Portuguese Chorico and Spanish Queso
Olive tapenade

 Lollipop lamb chops with Bruleed Larun Gazta and jam

 Polenta cake with Spanish Olive oil Ice Cream and Blood Orange Marmalade

This was another one of our Fall dinners of 2012. So wonderful looking back on all of these special events. So if you ever want to be part of one of our private supper parties, please join our mailing list or like us on Facebook! 

We are looking forward to 2013 and already have a Greek wine Dinner in the works for January or perhaps February. If you are interested give us a shout!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Chefs night out

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of dining al fresco, over looking rolling hills, under twinkling stars with a warm seat next to a Mediterranean outdoor pizza oven. 
Where did I go?

Well, with a suggestion from our good friend Ellen Sackett we took a little drive up North near Muenster to Saint Jo. About an hour away. 

The drive is to be expected, nothing great until you turn West onto highway 82. The view becomes increasingly better when you head away from 35. Then suddenly about a mile outside of Saint Jo. The scene opens up to one spectacular vista at the top of a hill. You can see a grand view of the Red River Valley. SO gorgeous. 

Ancient ovens sits just off Childress road in Saint Jo. Its a sumptuous meal with five courses of hearth baked goodness that is rarely found and enjoyed in such a setting.

I encourage you to go and remember its BYOB. We brought champagne and flutes for our dinner and it was a perfect crisp addition to our meal. Also, bring cash, about 20 per person not including tip.

Seating is limited and must be planned ahead. Their reservations/calender fill up fast, so call Dennis and tell him I sent you, he loves to know all about his customers.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Smoke and Tequila Dinner

 A tasting of Puro Verde Tequilas and a signature drink with Grapefruit peel and ginger beer!

 A tasting of locally made Rahr beers

 Smoked Sea scallops with sriracha Agave and Jicama Slaw

 Smoked pork belly sliders with Dijon potato salad

 Cranberry and Cognac sausage with Tequila Guacamole Nachos

 Smoked pumpkin cheesecake with graham cracker crust and smoked chocolate sauce

The Smoke and Tequila dinner a few weeks ago was a huge success. Congratulations to Al and everyone who put forth so much effort. It had been years since we have done a patio dinner, but in Texas there is a short sweet span of weeks when the weather is just perfect.
 This was one of those days. Perfection. 

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

100 Mile Dinner

This past June we celebrated another one of our memorable 100 mile events. A dinner comprised totally of foods found within one hundred miles of the restaurant. 

Things have changed wildly over the last 7 years that we have been doing these. There is almost nothing we can't find locally. Almost. The ever elusive wheat haunts my dreams but one day this local larder will be filled with pasta and bread. Cobbler and crumb. 

Even so, we had some truly great additions this Summer. Sharp Shooter cheddar from Veldhuizen farms and local apples. So many choices of local honey that I decided to do a tasting side by side. House smoked pork belly, garlic soup and more garlic grilled rabbit. Wild Hive honey ice cream with berries, ratatouille and even a local grain/corn vodka called Nue vodka. Distilled six times just down the road in Lewisville with locally sourced ingredients.

Many thanks go out to Cardo's farm project, Ryan & Earthwise produce, The Dallas Farmers Market and every local farmer, backdoor gardener and Rancher who has helped create these new memories. Thank you.