The Fashionistas and CultureMap Dallas are presenting an evening packed with festivity and elegant looks from two rising Dallas designers. The creations of Lucy Dang and Danh Ta will be on display at tomorrow night’s Fashion Friday at Fedora in the One Arts Plaza, 8 to 10 p.m. RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org, and raise a glass to high style!Read the rest
So this happened last night … not just me posing with a drunk werewolf!
The People’s Last Halloween went down last night at the People’s Last Stand, and it was a tremendous time! The Mockingbird Station bar was packed with costumed revelers, enjoying complimentary eats and ghoulishly good drinks and grooving to DJ Blake Ward’s phenomenal set of spooky-themed music. One gal even performed all the steps to MJ’s “Thriller” dance!
Overall, it was an epic time, and I’m happy about all my chickadees who came out to support and have a blast. Thanks and much love to you all … XOXORead the rest
I had the chance to sample Savor, the sleek new Klyde Warren Park-adjacent restaurant with glorious views of the downtown greenspace and skyline. Needless to say, the ambience is vibrant here — floor-to-ceiling windows all around lend the space a light and airy feel, as do the sexy thangs that populate the room, no doubt curious about the new resto that’s been in the works for months.
Seeing as I do Sunday yoga mere steps from Savor, I feel like I’ve watched it grow up, childlike, right before my eyes. This baby — which calls itself a gastropub — delivers New American standards in a setting I’d call more lounge-like than anything else. It’s ideal for hot dates and girlie get-togethers, whether at the curvaceous bar or on the patio watching contented Klyde Warrenites saunter by.
At a recent media dinner, highlights began with the fruity, gingery Savor Cup cocktail (top) a tantalizing mix of Stoli, strawberry, rosemary and honey. How refreshing!
Although I’ve never much liked raw tomatoes, I ate every bite of my tomato burrata salad (below) — watermelon chunks added a cool brightness to the plate, and a mole verde was wonderfully piquant, especially with the burrata. Mmmm. Kudos on the delightful plating, too.
A chile-braised short rib needed a tad of salt to cut through its fat as well as the cream of the sinfully delicious aged cheddar mac it sat on top of (below). Otherwise, it was a tummy-warming, perfect-for-fall plate.
An assortment of desserts arrived for sampling, and among them my favorite by far were the Salty and Sweet Pudding and the candy bar-like Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bite.
While Savor’s price point is a little high for me to make it a regular hang, it’s too splendid of an atmosphere not to visit for a treat. I can definitely see myself lounging on the patio for the occasional cocktail and soaking up the scintillating park energy.
Note: A couple paces from Savor’s back door is Relish, an affiliated gourmet burger stand spun off from a popular food truck
I used to gorge at right after yoga. Go. Have the mushroom and truffle burger with Old Bay fries. Thank me next time you see me.
Max’s Wine Dive is unveiling its fall menu, and the chicken-and-wine haven is clearly in lust with all the flavors and produce of the season, based on what I sampled last week.
The dinner started with my diving into a plate of chicken fried brussels sprouts (above), including a romesco sauce and parmesan version that tasted like veggie parm.
The new menu’s highlights include a pumpkin and squash mezzaluna — half-moon pasta filled with sauteed pumpkin and afloat in a sage butter sauce with pepitas and ham (below). The pasta absolutely melted on the tongue and was much lighter than I expected. The crispy ham on top added a great saltiness that cut through the rich sauce and brought terrific textural interest.
Another standout that was much less traditional is the peanut butter and jelly eggrolls filled with — get this — veal sweetbreads (below)! Somehow, the mix of Asian peanut sauce, local fruit gel and veal bits wrapped in a wonton skin and fried to perfection worked splendidly.
Finally, what’s a fall menu without a superb short rib? Max’s demonstrates the requisite tenderness, served over garlic mashed potatoes and carrots in a red wine-veal stock sauce (below).
Other delights include diver scallops over sweet-spicy Texas caviar and the Never-Smoked Smoked Salmon with chunks of fish prepared in bacon fat (!!!). Sounds like autumn’s a prime time to pop over to Max’s …Read the rest
The Clybourne Park in the title is a Chicago neighborhood that in Act 1 is an all-white enclave where middle-aged couple Bev and Russ live in the tight-lipped domesticity of the ’50s. We learn that the couple is selling their home … and then later we learn they’re selling it to what would be the neighborhood’s first black family. We watch as the repercussions of their decision ripple through their friendships and even in their relationship with their maid Francine, who is black, and it’s here that the actors come alive. Sally Nystuen Vahle as Bev exemplifies the sweet exterior-with-a-seething-interior XXSXXX we’ve come to identify as a fact of life in the ’50s. Vahle delivers a measured and assured performance and veers from mild to tortured to mild with a veteran’s deftness. Chamblee Ferguson as Russ isn’t asked to keep as much emotion under the surface and emits it with thunder.
The play’s second act fast-forwards to the same Clybourne Park home in 2009, well after the neighborhood has become predominantly black and is undergoing gentrification, i.e., the return of white residents. A young white couple seeks to buy the house and in the process of trying to renovate the now historical home ignites a war of words with the black couple that has ties to the building. In this act, piquant performances by Allison Pistorius, Steven Michael Walters and Tiffany Hobbs light up the stage, their tart exchanges revealing reliances on stereotypes, accusations of racism and … howling, armor-piercing jokes.
The parties don’t quite work out their differences in the end, but Clybourne Park’s success is in getting touchy topics out of the bag and into the public conversation. Winning performances make it an enjoyable one.
(Pssst! In a fascinating pairing, DTC is showing Raisin in the Sun in repertory during Clybourne‘s run. It’s a perfect companion piece, in also dealing with neighborhood integration in a ’50s suburb. Learn more here.)
‘Clybourne Park’ by Dallas Theater Center
Wyly Theatre through Oct. 27.
Get tickets here.
Last week, I was invited to sample the completely revamped menu at the sleek Uptown resto Belly & Trumpet, which traded its last concept of a menu full of small plates to one brimming with fine fare, from apps to entrees. How did it all go down? Quite splendidly, I’m pleased to say …Read the rest
On the cusp of its first anniversary since opening, chef Matt McCallister‘s den o’delights, FT33, is introducing something he’s told me in past chats has been much demanded: a regular tasting menu! Happy birthday, indeed.
The seven-course menu will, of course, put McCallister’s wizardry with seasonal, hyperlocal fare at center stage. No doubt the setup will give him a ton of extra room to just have fun with food and veer a bit off the printed menu. The tasting menu will feature three parts — Snacks (sunchoke with oyster, kale, and nasturtium. e.g.); Savory (think pickled salted grouper with cauliflower); and Sweet (lemon sorbet with coriander and celery). You can even opt to take a square of Oh* Brownie‘s fudgy goodness with you!
FT33′s tasting menu will cost $95 and launches Oct. 15; it’ll be available on Tuesdays through Thursdays only from 6 to 9 p.m., with limited availability. So if you want to be in on this birthday celebration, give the resto a call with haste!
FT33′s Tasting Menu
Where: 1617 Hi Line Dr., Suite 250, Dallas. 214-741-2629
When: Starting Tuesday, Oct. 15
Why: Because you’re a ginormous lover of Chef Matt’s fine interpretation of all that’s seasonal and tasty