Food Manufacturing

  • Film

    May 15, 2014
  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    Housemade Tortillas Are Rare in Dallas, but Find Them and You'll Find Great Tacos

    Want to find the best tacos possible in Dallas? Look for handmade tortillas. Sure, there are a handful of great taquerias around town that don't make their own meat hammocks, but chances are if someone is pressing or patting out masa within the confines of your chosen taqueria, the tacos you're abou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2013

    How the Government Shutdown Is Messing Up Texas

    To the political novice, a federal government shutdown sounds like an excuse to get crazy. Anarchy in the streets! Do more than the usual drugs in Deep Ellum! Operate a bandit taxi service from the same 1993 minivan you use to transport DISD students to school! But that's not how it really works. In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    Ruffles Crispy Fries Potato Strips Are Coming. Prepare Yourself.

    Ruffles is nationally launching Ruffles Crispy Fries Potato Strips this month, "just in time for National French Fry Day on July 13." Wait -- you didn't know July 13 was National French Fry Day? And that on National French Fry Day, all you are allowed to eat for 24 straight hours is french fries? Wh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2013

    What's the Truth Behind a Label? A Story of Texas Butter Nostalgia.

    Two little mice fell in a bucket of cream ... but was it local cream? And did the cows eat organic grass? And who owns the dairy? Tell us, mice. People have questions about their food these days. Recently I spotted a Texas butter called Falfurrias at the grocery store. The yellow package proclaims ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Cheese-maker Dave Eagle: It Takes Passion to Make it in the Cheese World

    Dave Eagle of Eagle Mountain Farmhouse Cheese in Granbury speaks with a strong Texas swagger and often in a very direct, to-the-point manner. Before becoming a cheese maker, he practiced law. And I suspect that if you were involved in some type of litigation, you'd want him on your side of the table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2013

    Latte Da Dairy in Flower Mound on Award Winning Goat Cheese And Raising 31 Kids

    Anne and Johnny Jones started Latte Da Dairy in 2005 with five acres of land and a wild cheese-making dream. Anne, a veterinarian by trade, bought just two goats to get started and named them Serenity and Rosemary. But, no kidding, things have really changed in eight years. On April Fool's Day this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2013

    Cheese Week: An Interview with Paula Lambert about Bringing Fresh Mozzarella to Dallas

    Cheese week in Dallas just wouldn't be a real cheese week if it didn't include the mozzarella queen-bee Paula Lambert. Several decades ago while studying Italian in Perugia, Italy, Lambert, who is originally from Fort Worth, fell in love with fresh mozzarella. While in Italy, she came up with the cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2012

    Chocoholics Beware: The Chocolate Conference & Festival Comes to Town this Saturday

    I've called this emergency meeting of the Dallas Area Chocoholics Anonymous to prepare for the onslaught of chocolate temptation coming our way this Saturday at the Chocolate Conference & Festival.

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2012

    What Ice Cream and Fracking Have in Common And Why Your Dessert Has Become So Pricey

    The food industry has for decades leaned on an inexpensive and natural thickening agent: guar gum. It builds viscosity in ice cream, dressing, baked goods, and other foods you've likely eaten it in the past week (as well as makeup, explosives, and other things you probably haven't eaten, ever). In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Burger King Swears Off Gestation Crates and Ups the Ante with Cage-Free Eggs

    Back in February, McDonald's announced it was through with gestation-crated pork products. We feared for McRib sandwiches, Sausage McMuffins and everything topped with bacon, so we called Paul Shapiro, a spokesman for the Humane Society, to talk out the impact of the move. Shapiro called the event ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2012

    Mmm, Science: Lab-Grown Burgers Aren't Far Off, But will Anyone Eat Them?

    Meatless Monday, oddly enough, has me thinking about meat more than ever. Apparently I'm not the only one. The New York Times recently held an essay contest for readers. The subject: "Is it ethical to eat meat?" A loaded question, no doubt, and one bound to inspire passionate responses from just ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Ben & Jerry's Scoops Free Ice Cream Today to Benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation

    Ben & Jerry's annual Free Cone Day was scheduled for April 3, but tornadoes forced some local shops to play a make-up game, and that making up goes down today. Three local shops are partaking in the festivities: Plano, McKinney and the Shops of Highland Village. The Plano store has lined up some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Pink Slime Economics: A Local Cattleman on How Beef Prices will Rise, and Why That's OK

    Yesterday the farming trade publication Farm Futures carried a story on the potential rise in beef prices after the recent uproar over pink slime, or LFTB (lean finely textured beef). CattleFax, a beef industry research group, estimates the pink slime news cycle "is costing the U.S. beef industry $1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    McDonald's To Phase Out Gestation Crate Pork, a Victory for McRibs Everywhere

    ​Last November we reported that Smithfield, the world's top pork producer, had recommitted to phasing out gestation-crate confinement at all of its facilities by 2017. Soon they could have incentive phase the questionable practice out more quickly. McDonald's announced yesterday a new initiat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    The Problems with Smithfield Pork and the Way to Guilt-Free-ish Bacon

    Be nice to her before you fry her delicious parts.​McDonald's is closing out its second week of McRib season, giving the Atlantic a hook to ponder the evils of its pork supplier, Smithfield Foods. The article points out that in the midst of Smithfield's increased welfare practices intended to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    Here's How Dallas is Celebrating American Cheese Month

    Most food holidays start with "National." National Tequila Day and National Rum Day have both been marked on City of Ate in recent months. Tomorrow is National Taco Day, and if you're inclined you can refer to this calendar, which demonstrates nearly every day of the year is devoted to a specific fo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Conservative Moms Claim They Don't Like Schweddy Balls in Their Ice Cream

    Ben & Jerry's​Recently we told you all about Ben & Jerry's new ice cream Schweddy Balls, which is based on the SNL skit featuring Alec Baldwin. Well, One Million Moms, a project of the American Family Association, which promotes "the biblical ethic of decency in American society with primary e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2011

    Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Czar Hunter Rose Has The Coolest Job: Handing Out Free Cones

    ​If a mega-tornado strikes Oak Lawn or zombies take over the city, there's one thing we here at the Observer won't have to worry about while we're barricaded in the break room: a food shortage. Not only do we have enough of those neon orange crackers to feed everyone for three days, we also g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    nib chocolate's Stephen Smith on the Sweet Life

    ​Here's some hopeful news for all you C students out there: At the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary school in Paris, Stephen Smith's "worst subject of everything was chocolate." Apparently, he got better. In fact, he got good enough to operate his own wholesale chocolate business, nib cho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 22, 2011

    Beef Producers Tout Veal's Charms

    This was not the meat conference. ​Veal producers who worried their meat was bound to go the way of once-fashionable dishes like turtle soup say the future's suddenly looking brighter for the embattled protein. The veal industry, which made a point of being omnipresent at the 2011 Meat Confer ... More >>

  • News

    February 17, 2011

    Bake Sale Bandits

    Local Movement Fights for Cottage Food Bill.

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Nation, Grab Your Spoons and Go to Ben & Jerry's

    ​Four years ago, Stephen Colbert and Ben & Jerry's teamed up to create a new ice cream flavor, Americone Dream, and today the flavor is available at all Ben & Jerry's locations. Today you can get two-for-one scoops of Americone Dream, vanilla ice cream blended with caramel and bits of fudge-c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Southern Cheeses Snubbed at Good Food Awards

    The cows certainly are happy in California.​Southern cheesemakers were shut out of the Good Food Awards, a new initiative to recognize the best-tasting artisan edibles made in accordance with sustainable principles. In a weekend ceremony hosted by Alice Waters, eight awards were given in the c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2010

    Slaughterhouse Ban Could Hurt
    Small-Scale Producers

    Just your typical suburbanites, enjoying the "country" life of Collin County.​Small-scale meat producers say a proposal to limit slaughterhouse construction could harm farm-to-table eating statewide. According to a front-page story in today's Dallas Morning News, State Representative Jodie La ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    So Dean Foods Is Eliminating the "Schepps" Name in Dallas. Well, That Doesn't Seem Right.

    Soup Can​"Schepps" has been a brand name in Dallas since 1942, when Harmon Schepps started the dairy with a single truck that became a ginormous bidness since swallowed up by Cityplace-based Dean Foods. (Fun fact: Harmon was called to testify in front of the Warren Commission due to his friendship ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Mozzarella Company Slices
    Through Cheese Competition

    A chile-filled winner from Mozzarella Company​Paula Lambert's Mozzarella Company had another strong showing at this year's American Cheese Society competition, the artisanal cheese industry's version of the Academy Awards. Nearly 1,500 cheeses were entered in the annual competition, which inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    How to Build Dallas' Reputation as a Chocolate City

    ​Every chocolatier at next weekend's Chocolate Conference, sponsored by, is slated to participate in a roundtable discussion of "the state of chocolate in Dallas." Panel members will presumably debate the quality and quantity of artisanal chocolate available in the DFW area ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2010

    Carlos Quintanilla's Found a New Delicious Target For Protest: Plano-Based Frito-Lay

    Now might be a good time to go back and read Megan Feldman's '06 profile of Carlos Quintanilla​Oooh, just got a press release about an "informational protest" scheduled from 4-6 afternoon at a 7-Eleven close to my house -- the one at Marsh and Forest Lanes, to be precise, as it's apparently "the l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2010

    Days Gone Bite: Frito Bandito

    ​I had a Frito Bandito eraser. I can still hear that leering, gravely voice. And the song--oh, I remember the song.At least I remember the second version. Frito-Lay introduced the animated Mexican bandit to advertise Fritos in 1967. He wore a sombrero and a couple of six-shooters, sported a gold t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2009

    My Pet Goat Carcass, or: Yet Again, the State Goes After Local Grocer's Baaaaad Meat

    ​Seems the State of Texas isn't terribly impressed with the way Halal Import Food Market handles its meat -- and hasn't been since, oh, 2001, when the Arlington grocer-warehouse first opened its doors. Which is why Attorney General Greg Abbott's latest lawsuit against the East Pioneer Parkway-base ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 24, 2009

    Photos: Bean To Bar Tasting with

    Diana Merrill ClaussenField greens with chocolate Napoleon​For the first event in their brief history, hosted chocolatiers Alan McClure and Steve DeVries for a tasting and a dinner focused on American "bean to bar" chocolate production.Teresa Gubbins, who recapped the event for ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 28, 2009
  • Blogs

    January 30, 2009

    Food For Thought...

    "We don't have a good idea right now in terms of how much of that product is still out there; it may have largely been consumed." (Stephen Sundlof of the FDA after the government extended a recall of peanut products produced by the Peanut Corporation of America's Blakely, GA, plant to include the pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2009

    Update: Beer And Cheese Pairing Canceled

    The Mozzarella Company's beer and cheese pairing mentioned in yesterday's Hash Over post and scheduled for this evening has been canceled in anticipation of tonight's Chicago-like weather forecast.

  • Calendar

    September 11, 2008

    Cultured Bites

    Prep for Puccini with Paula

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2007

    Dallas-Based Dean Foods Isn't Making the Cheddar Like It Expected

    Dallas-based Dean Foods, which stocks the dairy case with Land O Lakes and Oak Farms products, said today it's not going to milk as much out of consumers as it previously expected -- something to do with "rapidly increasing and record high dairy commodity costs." And it's bad news all around, especi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2007
  • Blogs

    February 19, 2007

    Whole Bull?

    What will the new Whole Foods -- which is to say the Park Lane edition, reportedly to sprawl more than 80,000 square feet when it opens spring 2008 -- be like? Will it be the chain's largest? Will it have a spa? Will it have an organic hybrid-car wash? The Austin-based company is releasing few detai ... More >>

  • Best of Dallas

    September 25, 2003

    Best Mozzarella

    Mozzarella Company

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Place To Get Real Mozzarella

    The Mozzarella Company

  • News

    September 27, 2001


    The USDA backs off its tough new meat-inspection standards. That's a good thing, beef producers say.

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Place to See Pets Run Wild

    Off-Leash Dog Park at Mockingbird Point

  • News

    January 11, 2001

    Off the Killing Floor

    Dallas-based Supreme Beef wins a major round in its court battle with the USDA

  • News

    December 21, 2000

    Slaughterhouse Jive

    Dallas-based Supreme Beef fought what it believes are unfair regulations, only to wind up on the USDA's killing floor

  • Dining

    November 23, 2000

    Her Whey

    Paula Lambert parlays a love of cheese into fame and life among the jet set

  • News

    February 10, 2000

    Fooling with Mother Nature

    Plano-based Frito-Lay finds it's better to be safe than sorry with genetically modified foods

  • Dining

    November 28, 1996
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    September 12, 1996
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    November 17, 1994
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