March 24, 2014

  • Bring Your Appetite to Kosher Chili Cook-Off

    The 21st annual Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-Off is coming up this Sunday. It will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tiferet Israel Congregation. There should be plenty of food, as last year’s edition drew a record 52 teams serving up more than 1,000 gallons of chili — some beef, some vegetarian, but all kosher, meaning it is prepared and supervised to follow orthodox Jewish law.

    For the second year, the cook-off will coincide with a food drive benefiting the Jewish Family Service food pantry, an affiliate of the North Texas Food Bank. Tiferet Israel and its next-door neighbor, Royal Lane Baptist Church, are coordinating the food drive. Donations of non-perishable food or money will be accepted at both houses of worship before or on Sunday.

    Admission is $12 for adults and $6 for children older than 3. Proceeds will support the Veterans Recovery Center of the Dallas VA Medical Center; Dallas Fighting Maccabees, a Special Olympics team; and Bnai Zion, a supporter of humanitarian projects in Israel and the United States.

    By Dan Koller Mar. 24, 2014 | 8:31 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • March 6, 2014

  • Purple Cow Has Been Put Out to Pasture

    Photo via Facebook

    Photo via Facebook

    Here’s a bit of disappointing news: The Purple Cow is no longer serving burgers and milkshakes at Preston Royal Village.

    I learned this via a friend of the paper, who saw this image — of a note taped to the front door — on his Facebook newsfeed. I called the listed number for the Purple Cow, and it just rang. Also, the restaurant’s website is down as I type this.

    I then called the property manager for Preston Royal Village as well as the shopping center’s marketing agency, but the people to whom I needed to speak weren’t available. So I called a couple of businesses on either side of the restaurant, and they confirmed the news of its demise.

    Culture Map Dallas reported last November that the two other Purple Cow locations in Collin County had gone belly up.

    By Dan Koller Mar. 6, 2014 | 1:57 pm | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • February 19, 2014

  • Help Hillcrest High Students by Eating Burgers

    The Mooyah burger joint on Northwest Highway will donate a portion of its proceeds on Thursday evening to the Interact Club at Hillcrest High School, so two of the club’s members can participate in a Rotary service trip to Nicaragua during spring break. The portion will be 15 to 25 percent, depending on how many people show up to down some burgers. This promotion applies to sales between 5 and 9 p.m.

    By Dan Koller Feb. 19, 2014 | 3:32 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • January 7, 2014

  • McKool Plans to Open Second Start Restaurant

    Erin McKool

    Erin McKool

    While perusing the agenda for Thursday’s City Plan Commission meeting, I noticed that Preston Hollow resident Erin McKool plans to open a second Start restaurant on Lemmon Avenue, between Throckmorton and Knight streets. This was news to me, but a short web search showed me that Nancy Nichols was way ahead of me on SideDish.

    McKool’s application for a specific-use permit is on the commission’s consent agenda, so she should have little trouble getting approval.

    McKool opened the original Start on Upper Greenville Avenue in the summer of 2012.

    By Dan Koller Jan. 7, 2014 | 8:57 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 23, 2013

  • Snuffer’s Reaches Settlement With Snuffer

    Snuffer's Cheddar Fries (Photo: Brian Lopiccolo for D Magazine)

    Snuffer’s Cheddar Fries (Photo: Brian Lopiccolo for D Magazine)

    I was at the courthouse this morning, ready to cover the scheduled hearing in the Snuffer’s vs. Snuffer lawsuit. But the clerks there told me the hearing had been called off by Judge Marty Lowy, after he’d conferred with lawyers for both sides.

    On my way out of the building, I emailed the publicists for Snuffer’s founder Pat Snuffer and Snuffer’s owner Mike Karns. Each of them promised me a statement would be forthcoming. I’m still waiting on those statements, but while I’ve been patiently waiting, Robert Wilonsky has been scooping my complacent butt.

    By Dan Koller Dec. 23, 2013 | 1:16 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • December 18, 2013

  • Snuffer’s vs. Snuffer Hearing Has Been Delayed

    If you were planning on attending tomorrow’s hearing regarding the Snuffer’s vs. Snuffer lawsuit (and why wouldn’t you?), you should know the hearing has been delayed until Monday.

    By Dan Koller Dec. 18, 2013 | 4:46 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • November 6, 2013

  • Gates Credited With Saving Life at Mercury

    Jennifer Staubach Gates hugs her husband, John, on the night she was elected. (Photo: Jack White)

    Jennifer Staubach Gates hugs her husband, John, on the night she was elected. (Photo: Jack White)

    City Councilwoman Jennifer Staubach Gates saved a choking man at the Mercury on Monday night. Someone, somewhere, is going to try to say that Roger Staubach should get all the credit for this. Well, he should get at least half the credit. Without him — and Jennifer’s mom, Marianne — the councilwoman wouldn’t have been there to perform CPR.

    By Dan Koller Nov. 6, 2013 | 3:41 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 22, 2013

  • Cue The ’Cue (Sans Queue) at W.T. White

    Pecan Lodge BBQ is legendary for its lines. That’s why the “Dinner and a Show” deal at W.T. White High School on Friday night is so noteworthy. For $15, plus a $1.74 processing fee, you get a Pecan Lodge plate and a ticket to see the school’s gender-bent version of The Odd Couple. If you just want to see the show, there will be a dinnerless version on Thursday.

    By Dan Koller Oct. 22, 2013 | 7:13 am | 1 Comment | Comments RSS
  • October 21, 2013

  • True Food Kitchen Needs You

    There’s a new restaurant in town, and it’s looking for a team of people to make it run like clockwork. True Food Kitchen will open in The Plaza at Preston Center next month, but until then, they’re building a team of about 100 people.

    Tomorrow and Wednesday, head to the Hilton Park Cities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Positions available are: host; server; back server; bartender; line cook; wok cook; prep cook; dishwasher; and pizza cook.

    Looking to apply? Come prepared. Interviews will be held on the spot.

    If you’re interest is in eating at the restaurant rather than working, circle your calendar for Nov. 19, because you won’t want to miss this. The menu includes everything from kale salads to panang curry, a tantalizing tea selection, deserts such as almond olive oil cake, and a creative cocktail menu. I can’t wait to try the “watermelon rose.”

    If you’re the brunching type (like me), they’ve got that covered as well. From goji berry granola to quinoa Johnny cakes, you’re good to go. For younger patrons, there are alternatives on favorites such as “Turkey Sloppy Joe.”

    So, like I said, mark your calendars, because I will be arm-wrestling you for a table.


    By Sarah Bennett Oct. 21, 2013 | 4:14 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 3, 2013

  • Burgers & Burgundy Recap: John Tesar’s ‘Burger’

    Mmm, mmm, good!

    Mmm, mmm, good!

    Nothing’s better than chowing down on a burger while watching the Cowboys play. (Well, maybe watching the God’s team win, but we won’t get into that.)

    At DIFFA’s Burgers & Burgundy I had the chance to do both, all while listening to the smooth crooning of the Hunter Sullivan band. The event, held in the backyard of Preston Hollow residents Karen and Bill Seanor, featured seven chefs who were creating their burger masterpieces on site. The crowd was ridiculously stylish, and there were quite a few perfectly-tailored suits I couldn’t stop gawking at. All of the money raised went to DIFFA, serving those who are affected by HIV and AIDs in the DFW area.

    Pictured above is one my favorite “burgers” from the evening, brought to you by John Tesar, the chef at Spoon. He gets creativity points for his spicy catfish sloppy joe. I may be a wimp, but I’d like to emphasize that it was spicy. The crunchy little pickle on top made this dish perfect to the last finger-licking bite.

    By Margaux Anbouba Oct. 3, 2013 | 6:24 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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