Brian Luscher

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    March 12, 2014

    Chef Danyele McPherson Will Run The Remedy, a Mysterious New Spot on Greenville

    Last month, when Brian Luscher announced his ginger executive chef Danyele McPherson would soon cook her last meal at The Grape, details about her departure were foggy. That she was going to HG Sply Co. was clear, but her specific assignment was as murky as a sloppily prepared chicken stock. McPher ... More >>

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    November 18, 2013

    Meat Fight 2013 Was Dominated by Nick Offerman's 'Stache and So. Much. Meat.

    See our full slideshow from Sunday's Meat Fight right here. Sometime on Saturday I started prepping my wife for her first Meat Fight, the annual barbecue competition organized by our long-time columnist, Alice Laussade, and her husband, Mike. It's more meat than you realize, I cautioned. You don' ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    The Making of Meat Fight

    Editor's note: In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. To start, we asked our own Alice Laussade, James Beard Award winner and co-fou ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013

    The Most Disgusting Foods Ever Encountered by Some of Dallas' Best Chefs

    We asked a handful of North Texas chefs about the worst things they've ever eaten, found in the back of the walk-in or basically anything that induced a gag reflex or created a stench that permanently singed their nostrils. Braden Wages of Malai Kitchen has traveled extensively, and so we asked him ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    The State Fair's Tex-Mex Contest Is a Spicy, Saucy Cult

    Ah yes, Monday mornings. Typically fueled by coffee and rage, maybe a sore ankle from having to take a furious sports walk, they are never a welcome or enjoyable experience. Except for this week, when all the ugliness of a regular Monday morning was replaced by all the beautiful smells and fresh-fri ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013

    Meat Fight Tickets Are On Sale Now Gone

    Update: They sold out in 5 minutes. We told Alice to have it at AAC but no one ever listens to us. Tickets for Meat Fight went on sale at 10 a.m. this morning. The third annual event, with a guest-judging appearance from Nick Offerman, goes down at Four Corners Brewery on November 17. All proceeds ... More >>

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    October 1, 2013

    Hypnotic Donuts is Hosting a Very Meaty Meat Fight Bingo on October 16

    Hypnotic Donuts has a unique way of taking simple ideas and making them eccentric. Multiple cases in point include billboard signs, donut burgers, an eating contest that involves a dance with the devil and even a guerilla warfare fritter. See Also: Interview with James St. Peter of Hypnotic Donuts ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    The State Fair's New Biergarten Brings New, Non-Fried Options, and an Extra Pricetag

    You're likely going to have one of two reactions to the new Texas Discovery Biergarten at the State Fair of Texas. You might be genuinely excited by some new options. After all, nothing cries out anti-fair like a spinach salad with dried fruit. On the other hand, if you've just spent hundreds of do ... More >>

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    July 24, 2013

    White Rock Local Market Will Feature Four Local Chefs (and Sweet Potato Greens) This Weekend

    Because you were looking for another excuse to visit the White Rock Local Market, Sarah Perry and her minions are facilitating three chef demonstrations this weekend. The event is sponsored by Go Texan, the organization that slaps cute little Texas labels on products in an effort to get consumers to ... More >>

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    July 23, 2013

    For National Hot Dog Day, a Look at the Dogs of Dallas

    Luscher's Post Oak Red Hots are the creation of The Grape's Brian Luscher, who started making Chicago-style dogs kissed with oak smoke last year. For now, you can find them at the White Rock Local Market on Saturdays or purchase the dogs to cook at home at Green Grocer, but we're all dreaming of his ... More >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Caught Short When Your Dinner Tab Arrives ... Now What?

    We've all heard that if you don't have money to pay for your dinner they'll hand you an apron and put you to work washing dishes. This antiquated scenario is charming enough, but let's say you leave your wallet on the coffee table on your way out the door. After a full meal and a bottle of wine you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Dallas' Hand-Crafted Hot Dogs Make for One Hell of a Cookout

    Step away from the highly-processed tube meat. You know who you are. Your last-second planning has you trapped in the aisles of your local grocery store. There are red and yellow bottles in your cart, next to crappy buns cooked four days ago. Hot dog cookouts are supposed to be simple, but that's no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2013

    Career Advice from Chefs to Recent Culinary School Grads

    With graduation ceremonies in full bloom, we contacted a few local chefs for some bits of wise advice for culinary school graduates. First, we asked them about their worst jobs after school, then for a few pieces of advice to help thrust new grads into a world of mildly socially awkward, sometimes h ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013

    Balls, Boobz, and Potatoes: The Cheap Bastard's Iron Fork Recap

    Last night at Iron Fork, a bunch of hipster food people got together and ate food at each other while wearing fashion clothes at the Dallas Contemporary. It was fun. See also: - The 11 Best Bites from the Dallas Observer Iron Fork 2013 - The People and The Food of Iron Fork 2013 I heard it was a ... More >>

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    May 8, 2013

    Awesome Beer and Dinner Events This Week in Dallas, Including Iron Fork and Picnics

    Wednesday, May 8 It's a culinary showdown at the Dallas Contemporary as Scott Romano battles Matt McCallister of FT-33 in the Iron Fork chef challenge. The King Bucks will perform as guests (you!) sample food from different restaurants along with wine, beer and cocktails. Tickets are on sale at obs ... More >>

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    March 27, 2013

    The Best Culinary Events of the Week, Including TexasFest, An Underground Dinner and Movie Night at Rahr

    Wednesday, March 27 Sigel's at 3209 N. Fitzugh Ave. is hosting TexasFest, a celebration of Texas craft beer, spirits and wine, which includes 14 Texas beers, 26 Texas spirits and eight wines. Brian Luscher of The Grape will provide sustenance with his new Post Oak Red Hots. You'll need to reserve a ... More >>

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    March 4, 2013

    Scenes from the First White Rock Local Market

    When the sun first shone on Lakeside Baptist Church this past Saturday it was 33 degrees outside. And even though it warmed up a touch by the time White Rock Local Market opened at 8 a.m., it was hardly perfect outdoor shopping weather. Sarah Perry, a spokesperson for the market confirmed as much, ... More >>

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    February 20, 2013

    Seven Awesome Culinary Events in Dallas This Week, Feb 20 - 26. Plus, Great News if You're Thirsty.

    From high-end whiskey tastings to lowbrow beer dinners, the Dallas culinary scene is perforating at the seams with things to do. From Scotch tastings to barbecue blow outs, there's something for everyone. You can go with this or you can go with that. It's your call. Wednesday, February 20 Today S ... More >>

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    January 7, 2013

    An Interview with Danyele McPherson of The Grape on Top Cheffing, Tesaring

    Danyele McPherson, chef de cuisine at The Grape on Greenville, recently braved the tricky waters of reality TV by appearing on Bravo's Top Chef: Seattle alongside two other local chefs, John Tesar and Josh Valentine. See Also: - Top Chef Seattle Recap McPherson grew up in North Carolina and after ... More >>

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    October 26, 2012

    11 Gooey Sandwiches that Will Warm Your Soul with the Pictures to Prove it

    Eleven is a skinny list. There are actually about 20 great hot sandwiches in Dallas ... well, maybe 100. Thing is, you can't really screw up rich butter smeared over fresh bread, then grilled with gooey cheese. Here are some to use as inspiration on this chilly day. Grilled Cheese with Roasted Por ... More >>

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    September 14, 2012

    Edible Dallas & Fort Worth The Cookbook Coming This Fall

    If you shop at Whole Foods or any number of specialty shops like Scardello or Dude Sweet Chocolate around the Dallas area, you've likely seen a stack of Edible Dallas & Fort Worth on display for the taking. The free magazine is part of a network of more than 60 publications distributed around the co ... More >>

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    September 6, 2012

    The Cheap Bastard Is Throwing A Party, So Brian Luscher Took A Leak On Cane Rosso

    Last November when I was a newly branded food critic, running around Dallas trying to figure out who had the best chips and salsa, Alice Laussade sent me an invite to a backyard barbecue. She called it meat fight, and while no punches were thrown, a fierce battle ensued as amateur barbecue enthusias ... More >>

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    June 28, 2012

    Brian C. Luscher Punches Cody Sharp in The Box

    For this episode of The Box, we decided to try something a little different. We created the challenge, but instead of picking ingredients for the challenge ourselves, we enlisted the help of our first The Box victim: Chef Brian C. Luscher. And for this round, we decided to go vegetarian. Blam.

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    January 31, 2012

    Lockhart Goes Nose-to-Tail on Friday. Let's Hope It's a Sign of Weirder Things to Come.

    While I loved the whole thing, there are some stand-out lines in Lauren's recent cover story on the state of Dallas dining. Matt McCallister's quotes are priceless, but there's also a bite from Brian Luscher that has stayed with me. Fifteen years ago -- hell, even five years ago -- sweetbreads, hea ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    Tomorrow: Soup's On, Featuring a Load of Great Chefs and the Lady Who Wrote Glass Castle

    Artist Cornelius Brackens Jr. "I Knew You Were There"​The fourth annual SOUP'S ON! Stewpot Alliance Luncheon and art sale is tomorrow at Union Station. Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle, will be the keynote speaker, and nine of Dallas' top chefs will serve up signature soups. The art ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 19, 2012

    The State of Dallas Dining, As Told By Its Chefs

    Starring Stephan Pyles, John Tesar, Katherine Clapner, Kent Rathbun, Teiichi Sakurai and a dozen other local chefs.

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    January 13, 2012

    The Most Amazing Thing Stephan Pyles Ever Ate

    FacebookStephan Pyles: Founding Father of Southwestern Cuisine, Eater of Grubs​Chefs for Farmers, a Dallas based group who celebrate small, local farms, is having some fun on their facebook page to promote their annual event.They asked Brian Luscher from the Grape to come up with a random ques ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Can Trailercakes Save Katy Perry and Russell Brand's Marriage? Probably.

    Somehow, Trailercakes will turn this box of crap (and Jack Daniels) into two awesome cupcakes.​Welcome to the return of The Box. Last time, The Grape's Brian C. Luscher turned our box of crap into a badass quail egg terrine. This time the cupcakers at Trailercakes will get a chance to turn a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Booze Booze Booze Tacobots: This Week In Dallas Grubbing

    ​Ouch. Remember that whole Bar 828 thing in Oak Cliff? Seems like a distant memory. While milling around out back of the event, I asked a bartender (details fuzzy for obvious reasons) his best hangover cure. He told me a gin and tonic water poured over a couple of alka-seltzer tablets with som ... More >>

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    November 22, 2011

    The Must-Have Thanksgiving Dishes of Dallas' Top Chefs

    We all have our favorite dish at Thanksgiving. Maybe it's sweet potato casserole, cheesy mashed potatoes, Jello salad or cornbread dressing. No matter that crazy great-aunt Melba came up with the recipe 47 years ago; if it's not on the table when the bird is served, then just call the whole thing of ... More >>

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    November 15, 2011

    Eater Readers Think Jonathon Erdeljac is Dallas' Best Chef. Eater Editors, Not So Much.

    Flickr​Andrea Grimes, former City of Ater and current editor of Eater Dallas, announced Eater Dallas' Award winners yesterday, to the chagrin of many commenters on the site. A series of blog posts -- used to determined Dallas winners in categories including Restaurant of the Year, So Hot Right ... More >>

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    October 20, 2011

    Il Cane Rosso Hosts Local Celebrity Chefs on Mondays In November

    Seriously, would you let this guy in your kitchen? ​ In their super-neighborly way, Il Cane Rosso has invited local celebrity chefs to come over and play in their kitchen on Monday nights. "You cook, we'll clean," is about how the invite reads. To which the invitees have responded, "You just ... More >>

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    October 12, 2011

    Oh, Bacon Snap: The 2011 State Fair of Texas Bacon and Eggs Contest

    Alice Laussade2011 Bacon and Eggs contest at the State Fair of Texas. Idea: Let's put all that stuff in my face.​Yesterday I had the honor of judging at the 2011 State Fair of Texas Bacon and Eggs contest. Yeah, be so jealous. There were six categories for competition: bacon appetizer, bacon e ... More >>

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    August 1, 2011

    Food For Thought, Young Dallas Lawyers' Food-Centric Benefit, Brings Out Big-Name Chefs This Weekend

    Tiffany Derry​The Dallas Association of Young Lawyers hosts its third annual Food for Thought on Saturday at The Tower Club, where guests can buy goodies in the silent and live auctions and sample fare from a number of top-notch local chefs and restaurants. The event is a benefit for Big Thou ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    In-N-Out v. Whataburger, the Wine Wisdom of Andrew Chalk, and More from the Week in Dallas Food Yammering

    ​This week in Dallas blogs, more people tried to settle the debate between Whataburger and In-N-Out, a restaurant in Pennsylvania banned volume-challenged five-year-olds, and a place that looks like a tattoo parlor produced some damn good lamb shank. Read on. City of Ate Alice Laussade staged ... More >>

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    July 15, 2011

    Burger Experts Eating Burgers: Dallas' Meat Mavens Test Fast Food

    Sara KerensJack Perkins holds up the contestants: Whataburger and In-N-Out (left, right)​In the paper version of City of Ate this week, Alice Laussade writes of the patty smackdown we ordered between Whataburger and In-N-Out burger. We got Grape owner Brian Luscher, Angry Dog owner Todd Dicker ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    Bath House Picnic: Some Things Are Worth Braving the Heat

    Photos by Jenny Block​More than 300 people came together at the Bath House Cultural Center on Sunday to support White Rock Lake and the Red Cross, as well as to take part in the Chef's Picnic (part of the Beach Party of the Century). Red-checkered tablecloths covered the tables and Deep Eddy ... More >>

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    May 4, 2011

    Danyele McPherson Named as Sous Chef at The Grape Restaurant

    Reservations just got more difficult to acquire at The Grape, chef/owner Brian C. Luscher's wine bistro, as Danyele McPherson was named sous chef today. McPherson is late of Stephan Pyles, where she began as line cook and worked her way up dice by dice to sous chef. She was educated at the Culinary ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011
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    July 19, 2010

    Hash Over: Flavors of Passion Awards, Russo's Pizza Eating Challenge, Grape Wine Dinner, Bread Winners Turns 16, and More

    ​Sure, the Oscars have already passed and the Emmys are still a couple of months away, but that doesn't mean award season is taking a breather. This Thursday, July 22, the Flavors of Passion Awards will celebrate world class excellence in Latino cuisine. The Flavor of Passion Awards will reco ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    The Year/The Decade: Personalities

    ​The other day Jesse "Hophead" Hughey said something about the role of those special edition $150 beers--something along the lines of "they generate publicity and motivate interest in beer."True enough. Basketball needed Michael Jordan and golf Tiger Woods...well, until recently. Indeed, every mar ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    The Year/The Decade: Best Chefs

    ​Best is a matter of degrees, whether you're talking about the top chefs over the course of months or years.Certainly this city's kitchens are staffed with more than competent sorts: Brian Luscher, Jean-Marie Cadot, Marc Cassel, Joel Harloff, Graham Dodds...we could go on and on. So in defining ou ... More >>

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    October 7, 2009

    Pairing Off: Pork Rinds

    Patrick Michels/foodistablog​Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.There's gonna be a moment when you think "this is the low point--it can't get any worse." Of course, intellectually you know it can get much worse. But the little speech, how ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Top 10 Chefs Who Deserve More Attention

    When we sat down and thought about this, so many names popped into mind that if they were diseases, we'd be riddled. There was a time when few people mentioned Joel Harloff (Dali Wine Bar) or Brian Luscher (The Grape), but those days are fading. Michael Zeve of Sevy's or Jeffery Hobbs at Suze are bo ... More >>

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    May 29, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    City of Ate seems to be running a little behind as the short week comes to its close. So instead of interns poring through hundreds of posts on a dozen or so local blogs to find a 'winner,' one guy whipped through a page of items to come up with these two suspects:"My name is Brian L. and I'm a lrg ... More >>

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    December 12, 2008

    Burning Question: Do Chefs "Do" Sloppy Seconds?

    Sean Avery's not the only one who has a problem with leftovers."I hated them as a kid," admits James Neel, chef at Tramontana. "I didn't want the same thing two days in a row."Wait...are we talking about the same thing? Maybe not. Fortunately, cooks in the city treat sloppy seconds with a little mor ... More >>

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    October 9, 2007
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    May 15, 2003

    Sex in the Kitchen

    Why are most chefs male?

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    August 16, 2001

    Bait Snag

    Chris Svalesen is still waiting to rock and roll

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    May 4, 2000

    Hash Over

    Beer bust; Buck banger

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