David Holben

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    May 21, 2012

    Ode to Taste of the NFL (with Photos)

    While she didn't get the chance to lick any football players at last night's Taste of the NFL at the new Omni Hotel, foodbitch was pleasantly surprised by all the energy inside. And that energy inspired her to get poetic. Because what's Monday without whimsy? Here we go.

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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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    December 17, 2010

    Taste of the NFL Goes Long on Fort Worth Chefs

    ​Ticket holders at Taste of the NFL, a hunger relief fundraiser timed to coincide with the Super Bowl, will have the chance to sample food from eight of the area's leading chefs at "Flavors of North Texas," billed as "a unique component" of the yearly event. But the announced line-up suggests ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    Tillman's Roadhouse Chef Dan Landsberg:
    Blending Down-Home with Upscale

    Photo by Robert BostickDan Landsberg​In the beginning, there was Tillman's Corner. This was in the era B.C. -- before cool -- when roosters still roamed the ungentrified land of Oak Cliff without fear of city code inspectors or the heedless, speeding wheels of a yuppie's Trek. It was 1992, a ... More >>

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    May 10, 2010

    Work up an appetite for the Super Bowl with NFL Dinner Series; Attend Backyard Braising Class and $30 Dinners at Landmark

    Sarah Johnson​ Chef Kent Rathbun and the Taste of the NFL are partnering up again with a new event called Taste of the NFL Dinner series. This will be a string of culinary events leading up to next year's Super Bowl XLV and the annual Taste of the NFL's Party with a Purpose. The dinner series will ... More >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Days Gone Bite: The Riviera

    ​Seven years ago today Dallas' grand old fine dining destination was in its death throes. The Riviera would close for good in February of 2003, leaving as its legacy some of the finest chefs, restaurateurs and managers in the city.David Holben (now at Del Frisco's) and Lori Finkelman served as the ... 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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    June 3, 2009

    10 Questions: Dan Landsberg of Tillman's Roadhouse

    Landsberg (left) and the folks behind Tillman's Roadhouse.After graduating from the California Culinary Academy, Landsberg cooked at restaurants in Sacramento and San Francisco. However, he became a star after moving to Dallas in 1996. Working alongside David Holben and Gilbert Garza, he help ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    10 Questions: Mickie Crockett

    She's worked in some of the city's most respected kitchens, including Cafe on the Green, Mediterraneo and The Riviera. As executive chef at Trader Vic's, she picked up a spot in the Dallas Morning News' list of top new restaurants in 2007.Crockett now serves as general manager for Cadillac Ranch, th ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    10 Questions: Jeffery Hobbs

    He's come a long way since he first learned to cook, helping his mom both in the garden and kitchen.Hobbs (left) with Liza Garza and Gilbert GarzaHobbs' resume includes stints at Celebration, Hotel St. Germaine, Toscana, and the Riviera, where he worked alongside chef David Holben. In his first exec ... More >>

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    July 20, 2007

    TV Tré's a Sell-Out

    Bravo Abacus' Tré Wilcox was more than a little happy at winning the first Elimination Challenge on this season's Top Chef. Dang, dang, dang. I knew I should have acted quicker. But, turns out, tomorrow's cooking class at the Dallas Farmers Market is all sold out. Why, well, that's no surprise: Fr ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 18, 2006

    Life's a Strip

    Apple- or hickory-smoked bacon: Is there a difference?

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    December 8, 2005

    Fear and Stoving

    How do chefs deal with kitchen catastrophes?

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    July 28, 2005

    Out to Pasture

    Out to Pasture: Farewell to $4 burgers and the Feed Bag

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    February 10, 2005

    Missing Link

    Sabatino's closes up shop

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    September 25, 2003

    Sit, Stay

    Fetch some cash for our four-pawed furry friends

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    June 27, 2002

    On the Rocks

    Geode's menu hits a few bumps

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    August 2, 2001

    Bistral Cursed

    McKinney Avenue is in the grips of a gustatory curse

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    June 28, 2001

    Stylish Survivor

    The Riviera may be tired, but the staff isn't

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    May 24, 2001

    Second Coming

    Patrick Esquerré offers some sinful delights at ungodly prices

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    August 24, 2000

    Comfort Food

    PoPoLos Café perfects the no-so-pretentious

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    January 6, 2000

    Fallen star

    How greed, incompetence, and allegations of fraud sank Dallas' FoodStar Restaurant Group

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    December 30, 1999

    Eat these words

    The Dallas scene was everywhere -- and nowhere -- in 1999

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    November 25, 1999

    Hash Over

    Big hair hazard; Mixed hash

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    September 30, 1999

    Hash Over

    Near-death star; Barclay bolts

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    July 15, 1999

    Aiming low, hitting highs

    Bistral shoots for cheap casual and hits with taste

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    June 10, 1999
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    April 29, 1999
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    July 23, 1998

    Tuna surprise

    A melding of menus breathes new life into PoPoLos

  • News

    July 9, 1998

    Fish story

    Environmentalists and some high-profile Dallas chefs say ocean food supplies are in crisis. But is their disaster cry simply publicity bait?

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    May 28, 1998
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    February 26, 1998

    Cooking Up a Storm

    Temperamental Dallas chef Avner Samuel is a genius in the kitchen, but he may have burned the one thing that matters most--his bridges

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    December 11, 1997

    Pleasure chained

    Mediterraneo at the Quadrangle is even better than itself

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    January 16, 1997

    Well done

    In a business where being good often isn't enough, who will survive 1997?

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    October 31, 1996

    Bread and Circuses

    When food legend Julia Child came to Texas spreading her gospel of good eating, no one was spared. Not even Big Tex

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    July 18, 1996


    The celebrity servers stumble at Toscana

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    February 1, 1996

    Flip-ing out

    Many things to many people, Flip's remains one of a kind