The way pizza-preneur James Markham sees it, food is akin to a romantic relationship — that is, it’s best when kept fresh.
It’s a sentiment that can be linked directly to Project Pie, the valedictorian of the dough-tossing chains (MOD, Pieology) Markham has founded in recent years. Like its predecessors, the Project Pie concept involves custom-made pizzas bedazzled with premium ingredients. Unlike the stores that have gone before, however, Project Pie will be opening in Dallas — and opening four times over to boot.
“I’ve got four units I’m doing in Dallas this year. I’m doing Preston Center, Lower Greenville — we just signed a space right at SMU, and we’re doing one in Addison too,” Markham said. Although the storefronts will open back-to-back this fall, thanks to a mix of vintage and industrial furnishings, “all of them are going to look different.” Read More…
Ziziki’s owners Costa and Mary Arabatzis are parents, so they know you could use a little help during back-to-school week. That’s why, if you use the phrase “back to school” when ordering, you’ll get free Ziziki Bread today through Wednesday.
Then Wednesday through Friday, nominate a teacher on Ziziki’s Facebook page and tell them why your teacher is special. One teacher will win dinner for two at either the Preston Forest or Travis Walk location.
Finally, on Thursday, post a past or present photo of your kiddo heading off to school on Ziziki’s Facebook page and one winner will get a free lunch. Sounds good to us.
We’re not sure what to make of the news that Rusty Taco, the eatery with a handful of locations in the Dallas area — including one near Inwood and Forest in Preston Hollow — has seen a majority stake in its company purchased by Buffalo Wild Wings.
Anyway, The Dallas Morning News has details on the purchase by the growing chain of wings-and-beer restaurants based in Minnesota, where Rusty Taco also has a significant presence.
The decision to put down roots in Dallas was, well, a snap for Snap Kitchen. The Austin-based health food chain began serving tasty take-away in late July from its new home in Snider Plaza, and from a second location in Uptown as well.
“We feel lucky to be in the heart of Dallas and across the street from SMU, and look forward to partnering with students and faculty,” said Daniel Helfman, Snap Kitchen’s marketing director. “We’ve already heard that the local community cares about health and wellness, and we look forward to helping grow a healthy Dallas.”
While Park Cities residents are no strangers to health-food concepts — Nektar Juice Bar, Number One’s organic offerings, and True Kitchen’s entire diet–friendly menu come to mind — Snap Kitchen aims to bring something new to the table: convenience.
“Menu items are crafted to complement special dietary preferences,” Helfman noted. “That way you can recharge with a delicious, balanced meal whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, carb-conscious, or anything in between.”
In addition to offering premade to-go options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Snap Kitchen can accommodate advance orders — as long as you call the store 24 hours in advance of your desired pick-up-and-dine time. The changing menu revolves around seasonal ingredients, meaning you’re sure to find new favorites every once in a while. Bonus: While most restaurants offer gluten-free options these days, Snap Kitchen has taken things a step further by almost entirely eliminating gluten from its health-conscious menu.
“We currently only have one gluten-containing item on the menu — our whole-wheat pita chips,” said Andrea Hinsdale, Snap Kitchen’s chief dietitian. “The remainder of the menu — including soy sauce, oats, pasta, wraps, house-made English muffins, and tortillas — is gluten-free.”
If your mouth isn’t watering yet, this might help you along — Snap Kitchen also offers a selection of comfort-foods-gone-clean. Think vegetable lasagna minus the noodles, meatloaf made with steel-cut oats, and “Devily Eggs” that nix the mayo and sub-in jalapeño hummus for an extra jolt of protein. Not sure of your greatest nutritional needs? A registered dietitian will be available in-store by the end of August to help customers make healthy decisions in — you guessed — a snap.
“Snap Kitchen helps make healthy mealtime decisions a little easier,” Hinsdale said. “We believe you shouldn’t have to compromise on great taste for convenience.”
This story appears in the August edition of Preston Hollow People, on stands now.
Empire Baking Company will host its second Pop-Up Celebrity Pastry Chef Bake Sale on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until sold out, at its Lovers Lane location.
The event will feature Laurel Wimberg of Consilient Hospitality and all proceeds will go to Duck Team 6. Wimberg selected the beneficiary, which is a group of independent rescuers who save street dogs in the Dallas area.
Wimberg has been in the restaurant business since 1992, and has been a pastry chef in Dallas since 2006. She was featured in Leslie Brenner’s “Best in DFW: Desserts” in 2011, and this year was nominated for a Culturemap Tastemaker Award and named “DFW: Chef to Watch” by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
The restaurant was thought up long before its opening, when owners Jim and Cindy Hughes were young newlyweds in Omaha, Neb. A friend of theirs owned a restaurant that was closing called Bread Winners. Before the couple moved to Dallas, they bought the name for $1, with the intent of someday opening their own location.
The Hughes settled into their apartment in Uptown, before it was known as Uptown, and noticed a restaurant called Verlaine’s on the corner of McKinney and Hall, whose quirky charm and proximity to downtown sparked their interest. Verlaine’s was in the process of closing, so the Hughes purchased it, made some renovations, and opened for business 20 years ago.
Bread Winners started out with 10 employees and a nearly empty bank account. The cafe now boasts four locations, 450 employees, and corporate catering services. All four of the Hughes’ children have worked in the restaurant, along with both sets of their parents. Bread Winners has won several local awards for its menu and bakery items, and has developed SoleMates, organic treats for pets.
The cafe is celebrating this milestone by hosting a cake ball challenge, which will provide four lucky customers with free Bread Winners for a year. For more information about the contest, visit the restaurant’s website.
It’s Thursday. You’ve probably seen “#tbt” on your kids’ (or grandkids’) Facebook page. What does that mean? It means “throwback Thursday,” and that’s exactly what Ziziki’s in Preston Forest is doing with their prices. Because the restaurant is celebrating its 20th year in operation, they have decided to “throwback” certain entrees to their original prices on certain days. But, this offer is only good if you like their Facebook page. Check it out:
July 17: Chicken salad lunch ($8.95) or chicken souvlaki dinner ($10.95)
July 24: Lamb souvlaki for lunch ($8.95) or dinner ($12.95)
July 31: Greek gods platter — back for one day only! ($22.95, two-person minimum)
YUM. OK, now I’m in the mood for Greek food. See ya there.
Preston Hollow restaurateur Pat Snuffer has announced plans to re-enter the business this fall, when he and his son, Mike, will open a new concept at the southwest corner of Preston and Frankford in far north Dallas.
Snuffer, of course, is best known for the iconic burger restaurant (with the awesome cheddar fries) that bears his name, starting on Lower Greenville and eventually expanding to other spots in the Dallas area, including Preston Center. But after a legal dispute last year with another Preston Hollow restaurateur, Mike Karns, he was forced to give up ownership in Snuffer’s as well as relinquish the rights to build a new place at the Lower Greenville site.
The new restaurant, by the way, won’t be “another burger joint,” according to Snuffer, but will instead feature burgers, pizza, Tex-Mex, and a full-service bar.
Thursday at 11 p.m., Twisted Root Burger Co. will appear on the debut episode of FYI’s “World Food Championships” reality show. The Dallas-based burger joint attended the cooking competition in Las Vegas, along with 300 other professional chefs, restaurants, and home cooks from all over the world, to compete for its share of the $300,000 prize purse.
Think you’ve got the culinary skills to strike it rich on World Food Championships? Enter to compete in this year’s competition.
In honor of National Cheese Day, Ziziki’s at Preston Forest hosted a “Cheese Day Tasting” on Wednesday. The event was complete with wine pairings, selections of feta cheese, and special guest Rich Rogers from Scardello Artisan Cheese. Oh, and don’t forget about the kalamata olives.
Though you may have missed National Cheese Day, it’s never too late to pop over for some Greek food on a summer day.
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