Learn Where Your Food Comes From and Welcome Yet More New Noodle-Based Overlords.
Welcome to The Spread, our weekly feature that aims to share all the area restaurant, food and beverage industry news that's fit to print. Except, this is the Internet, so space isn't a concern. Also: Good thing, because this is Dallas and this town always has breaking restaurant news going down like whoa.
Any self-respecting foodie, chef, restaurateur or, well, pretty much anyone who cares about the quality of their food can tell you that, when it comes to what you eat, locally sourced is usually the way to go.
It just is. For one thing, it better guarantee that the food being eaten is always fresh — and, more than likely, that it's produced responsibly.
Unfortunately, a lot of the time, people are unaware of the challenges faced by the hard-working farmers behind the fare that shows up on their plates.
Well, here's a chance to correct that error: Tomorrow night at the Dallas Farmers Market, Dallas will play host The Texas Farm-to-Table Caucus, which specifically hopes to alert area eaters to the processes behind their dining options. And it should be tasty, too, as local chefs such as Graham Dodds of Central 214, Adam West of The Porch, Sharon Hage of SHage Consulting (The Rustic, Sylvan Thirty and more) and Mark Wootton of Garden Cafe have teamed up to create a menu that reflects the diversity of ingredients grown and produced in the area, all while stressing the importance buying local to increase community support and decrease our carbon footprint.
“[The chefs] are passionate advocates of sourcing their products through local farmers, artisans, and vendors in an effort to support our local businesses and influence change in the way in which we think about our food and food sourcing,” says event spokesman Josh Newton.
The menu will include a red snapper ceviche with fresh avocado, poblano, heirloom radish and cilantro, smoked beef short rib, jalapeno sausage, Texas peach and blackberry cobblers, and more. Dinner also includes a selection of local beers from Grapevine Craft Brewery, Noble Rey Brewing Co., Lakewood Brewing Co., Collective Brewing Project, Cedar Creek Brewery, Deep Ellum Brewing Co., Rabbit Hole Brewing, Martin House Brewing Co. and Franconia Brewing.
Tickets are currently on sale for $60 right here, with proceeds of the event going to the Caucus to help better educate the state legislature on food and agriculture issues, and to support local and state farmers and businesses.
Speaking of interesting menus: The Libertine on Lower Greenville just debuted its new summer menu and it finds the pub doing some creative things with its bar fare. Among the more interesting items? A benedict made with candied bacon, a new duck confit tacos dish and little sour cream donuts that come served with a maple bourbon glaze.
Over in Exposition Park, meanwhile, the still-new Angry Dwarf Saloon is already getting revamped by Dallas restaurant vet Peter Tarantino, who's turning the spot it into a vinyl-themed, upscale pub called Record Lounge. The menu will include some trademark Italian dishes made from old Tarantino family recipes, plus healthier options such as paninis and low-fat turkey meatballs.
Up in Addison, the recently announced Ramen Hakata has passed along word that it could open as soon as July. So far, there’s no specific opening date, but construction should be finished by the end of the month.
But, as has so often been the case of late, that's hardly the only news to share as new noodle-inclined options goes. For instance? Well, a new pho spot called Pho Kitchen is set to hit the NorthPark Center food court this summer. Here, hungry shoppers will be able to choose options from a menu filled with Vietnamese staples such as chicken and beef pho, several varieties of bahn mi, vermicelli bowls, chicken curry with coconut milk, fresh spinach pasta and hot or iced Vietnamese coffee. Prices all clock out at less than $10 an item.
In other news: Velvet Taco continues to press forward with its expansion to Chicago, sharing this cryptic teaser picture on its Facebook page. But be sure to tell all of your Chicago friends to be on the look out, if only to brag about how you had it first.
Speaking of moves: The Book Doctor is moving to over to Cannon's Village at West Davis and Edgefield in Oak Cliff, if you're looking for a coffee or tea fix nearer to the Kessler Theater.
In more coffee news, fans of the recently opened Method Caffeination & Fare in East Dallas can now get their midday pick-me-ups just a little later, as the shop will now be open an hour later until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Also in growth news this week: Favorite White Rock Local Market vendor Molli Sauces will now be available for purchase at Central Market. The sauces, which are all preservative-free and can be cooked with meat, seafood and vegetables, are all based on recipes from Acapulco, Mexico City, Morelos, Veracruz and Oaxaca. And they are delicious.
Lastly, let's end this week's notes with some craft beer news: Grapevine Craft Brewery is hosting a beer-canning run on Thursday. People are invited out to the brewery to help can beer in exchange for free beer. Canning starts at 9 a.m., and the event lasts all day… Elsewhere, Craft and Growler announced that it will be launching Revolver Brewing's Fracker Barrel One today at 6 p.m. The beer is a stout aged in red wine barrels for over a year and, if you buy any a liter of it, you can keep the growler, with a limit of one per person… Out in Fort Worth, meanwhile, The Collective Brewing Project is gearing up to release its first two beers: Mustache Rye'd, a porter with a rye malt and US and UK hops; and Pale Galaxy, an IPA with a tropical hop character. They'll be available starting on Thursday, June 12, at Brewed and on Friday, June 13, at Pour House.
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