James Beard Foundation

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    How Tim Byres Smokes His Brisket

    In "Shigging," we ask pitmasters to give us some specifics about how they smoke their meats. In the spirit of barbecue secretiveness and competitiveness, they're allowed to lie once. This week, we're asking Tim Byres of Smoke how he smokes his brisket. (You might have heard that The Mr. Chef Byres ... More >>

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    June 19, 2014
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    May 20, 2014

    Matt McCallister Served FT33 Diners His Christmas Tree for Dinner Last Night

    Last night, FT33 hosted a guest chef dinner featuring Jason Dady, owner of the Jason Dady restaurant group in San Antonio, James Beard Award semi-finalist and general badass. The dinner was an 8-course, collaborative meal, "inspired by the season." Headed into the dinner, I was excited about the po ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2014

    Casa Rubia Chef Omar Flores on Leaving Driftwood and Dallas Diners' Fleeting Love

    It's already been a big year for Chef Omar Flores, and we're only four months in. After running the kitchen at well-reviewed seafood spot Driftwood, Flores swooped into Trinity Groves with a modern concept for Spanish tapas. Then, the world noticed. In only the first six months of being open, Casa R ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2014

    The 2014 Alternative James Beard Awards, Dallas Edition

    Yesterday the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for the 2014 James Beard Award. Seven of the semi-finalists for the prestigious awards are Dallas-based, including Matt McAllister of FT33, David Uygur of Lucia and newcomer Trinity Groves restaurant Casa Rubia. This selection obviou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2013

    The 25 Most Interesting Food Things That Happened in Dallas in 2013

    1. An ice storm wiped out the shelves at local grocery stores.

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    September 30, 2013

    Farmed Uni May Soon Turn Up at Your Favorite Sushi Restaurant

    It's hard not to get a little excited about the prospect. Uni -- the sex organs of sea urchins -- may be one of the most delicious things you can encounter at the sushi bar, provided it's fresh. It offers a creamy, briny flavor that's rich and satiating, and a gorgeous orange color that pops against ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Nick Offerman Is Coming to Meat Fight, Dallas' Premiere Fight Involving Meat

    A few years back, our Cheap Bastard Alice Laussade, winner of the prestigious James Beard Award and narrowly regarded as the best columnist in Dallas, threw a barbecue competition in her backyard and called it, logically, Meat Fight. Last year, she invited some of Dallas' best chefs, opened it to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    The Restaurants of One Arts Plaza are Officially a Snooze

    By many accounts, Dallas' dining scene is improving. Restaurants have gotten more James Beard Awards and increased national attention as innovative and passionate cooking slowly edges closer to mainstream. Both Nancy Nichols at D and Leslie Brenner at the DMN have noted progress within the last year ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Cheap Bastard Alice Laussade Wins James Beard Award for Humor

    Alice Laussade is now officially the funniest freakin' food journalist in America. The James Beard Foundation just said so tonight at its 2013 food journalism awards. We knew this already, of course, still it's nice to hear from other people. Or as Alice put it on Twitter: "Everyone please take 8 s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2013

    Poll: Which Dallas Observer Writer is a "Snarky, Superior, Angry Bitch?"

    Hang on to your hats, everybody, because I'm about to give you a super-duper exciting glimpse into the inner workings of the Dallas Observer. We get a lot of email from our readers. Some of it comes directly to our various email addresses, but a lot of it goes to a general account. (I have no idea w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    South American Food, Accomplished Writers and Feathery Duck: This Week In Dallas Dining

    It's Friday if you haven't noticed. Hopefully you have some weekend plans? If you're still looking be sure to check out Lauren's events guide, but don't run out the door just yet. Let's wrap this week up, first. This week I reviewed Joyce and Gigi's, the new South American restaurant in East Dalla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2013

    Alice "The Cheap Bastard" Laussade Has Been Nominated for a James Beard Award

    The Observer's very own Alice Laussade, who for years put her cast-iron stomach on the line as The Cheap Bastard to bring you reviews of Dallas' low-cost lunch spots, was named a finalist in the humor-writing category of the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, which is like the Oscars of food and fo ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013
  • Blogs

    January 10, 2013

    Are All Chefs Crazy?

    You had to think most people who choose running a kitchen as a professional aspiration must be at least a little unstable. Who would willingly sign up for low pay, long hours and the constant complaints of diners who know nothing about your creative passion, all in an environment with a heat and hum ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    W Hotel's Cook Hall To Push The Boundaries Of Bottle Service

    A news release announcing the push back of the closing date of Craft contains some additional details on the concept that will replace the W Hotel restaurant. The bar program at the new Cook Hall will be run by Belinda Chang, who won a James Beard award while working as a wine director at Modern, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2012

    Uchiko? More like Holyshitchiko.

    Uchiko in Austin is not fucking around, you guys. Owner Tyson Cole won the James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southwest in 2011. This year, Uchiko executive chef, Paul Qui, took home the Best Chef: Southwest for 2012 at the James Beard Awards. And that was right after Qui won Top Chef. Austin hipste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2012

    Five Things I Ate in Austin That You Should Eat Too. Soon.

    After nearly a year without venturing outside the loop, I finally got out of town for a brief weekend. I toyed with going to Marfa, but I'm not yet Texan enough to drive eight hours for a weekend getaway, so I chose Austin, as much for its culinary diversity as its proximity. I'm still trying to d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    Paul Qui of Uchiko in Austin Won the James Beard Award for Best Chef in Southwest Last Night

    Last night the James Beard Foundation presented its coveted awards for best chef. Chef Bruno Davaillon of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek was a finalist for Best Chef Southwest Region, along with Bruce Auden of Biga on the Banks in San Antonio, Kevin Binkley of Binkley's Restaurant in Arizona, Jenn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2012

    Chef Bruno Davaillon on Being a Finalist for 2012 James Beard Award

    The James Beard Foundation on Monday announced its finalists for its highly coveted culinary awards, and included in the category for Best Chef in the Southwest was Bruno Davaillon of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Originally from Loire Valley in France, Davaillon joined the Mansion in 2009 aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    James Beard Awards: Stephen Pyles, Bruno Davaillon and Teiichi Sakurai are Semifinalists

    Alison V. SmithTei An Chef Teiichi Sakurai​The James Beard Foundation just released this year's semifinalists, and to be honest they're a total snooze -- at least as far as Dallas is considered. Stephen Pyles is a finalist for Outstanding Chef for his work at his eponymous restaurant; Bruno ... More >>

  • Dining

    December 1, 2011

    Bistro 31 Sets Highland Park Buzzing

    Simple Mediterranean-inspired plates designed for Park Cities palates.

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Chef Mike Smith on The Green Room, The Beard House and Rumors of Ghosts

    ​The Common Table chef Mike Smith has been kind enough to play along with us this week in our Three-Course Meal series. In Part One, he divulged some of his favorite hangouts and dives. In Part Two he imparted knowledge gained after two decades in the restaurant business. And today, in the final p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2011

    Top Chef: Texas is Official; Emeril Lagasse and Hugh Acheson Will Judge

    Emeril: Top Chef's new jurist.​Official word just came from Bravo: The next season of Top Chef will be set in Texas. You already knew that if you've been following any number of blogs, including City of Ate, where we broke the story that the state will shell out an estimated $400,000 to see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Wrapping Up The Week That The Double Double Gods Finally Arrived In North Texas

    These are the assholes who line-jumped at In-N-Out. In case you'd forgotten.​Copper River salmon is nearly back in season, and Dallas plans to open up a new Central Market this year. A recipe for soft shell crab emerges. That's all that happened this week in food bloggery. Oh, and some burge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2011

    Careful, Don't Holey Cream Your Pants. These Photos NSFW.

    ​Completely lost in New York during my trip to the James Beard Awards, I stumbled upon Holey Cream. Based on the name, I thought it must be a sex shop. Turns out, it's better: Holey Cream Outrageous Donuts and Ice Cream is a dessert shop that will make you an ice cream sandwich out of donuts a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Six Letdowns at the James Beard Book, Broadcast & Journalism Awards

    Bite us, Jimmy.​Not sure if you guys heard, but this year City of Ate picked up a nomination from the James Beard Foundation Journalism Awards for Group Food Blog, and I was nominated in the Humor category for a feature story we did on fried hamsters. Awesome! We City of Aters were so excited, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Of In-N-Out and Crabs...Our Inner 12-Year-Old Howls With Laughter

    He's dead! Shot in the head! Please pass the bread! Stay classy, Dallas.​It sounds like soft shell crabs and In-N-Out are finally coming to Dallas, so it's been a good week in Dallas food blogs. Read on. City of Ate Kristy Yang has some mixed feelings about Il Cane Rosso. She was disappointed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2011

    Asador's Dean James Max: What a Lucky Man

    Asador's Dean James Max​Some people just end up doing the things they are meant to do, and the lucky ones end up being successful at it. Dean James Max, concept chef at the new Asador Restaurant in the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, is one of the lucky ones. What he's dreamed up for Asador is what ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Anthony Bourdain Sort Of Responds to City of Ate Post

    The question of whether an awards competition designed to confer legitimacy upon food writing should honor a writer who doesn't have an editor, discernible code of ethics or known identity has reached Anthony Bourdain -- and he's seized upon the occasion to condemn food writers everywhere. ​C ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2011

    Mark Donald Resigns as Observer Editor

    ​As I write this my farewell post, I keep hearing in my head the lyrics to a song from the Marx Brothers classic film Animal Crackers: "Hello, I must be going/ I cannot stay, I came to say/I must be going." Similar to Groucho's character, Captain Spaulding, it seems as though I just said hello, ju ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2011

    Food Porn, Knorks, Facelifts and Awards -- Stuff Happens

    ​This week in blogs, City of Ate and Alice Laussade were named James Beard Award finalists. And then some other stuff happened. Whatevs... City of Ate As Alice Laussade assured us before, B.E.E. is capable of serving delicious, choose-your-own adventure enchiladas. Hanna Raskin fills up on Te ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    At Jersey Mike's Last Night, Observer Eaters Were No Match for Mighty Challenger Ed Dravecky

    Maybe you noticed Elizabeth's post about the Observer-sponsored eating contest at Jersey Mike's last night. As many of you noted in the comments, that topless photo of Jack Nicholson was pretty hard to miss. As promised, a few of us here at City of Ate -- this highfalutin' James Beard Award&nb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 23, 2011

    Food Writers Fret About James Beard's Humor Division

    This week's announcement of James Beard Foundation award nominees triggered another round of hand-wringing among food writers over whether the newly created humor award cheapens culinary journalism. ​The concern was raised yesterday on a listserv maintained by the Association of Food Journali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Alice Laussade and City of Ate Score James Beard Nominations

    Alice Laussade gets nominated: She was too busy changing diapers -- no, really, she has bred -- to respond right now, so we did it for her (above).​The Cheap Bastard may soon be one fancy, bling-toting bastard. Our beloved Alice Laussade, a regular contributor to City of Ate, today picked up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2011

    Dallas Restaurants Shut Out of James Beard Contest

    Come to think of it, maybe we should have marked up the picture here instead.​Dallas chefs and restaurants, which collected an impressive five semi-finalist spots in this year's James Beard Foundation awards competition, today were shut out of the contest's final round. Stephen Pyles, The Man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    James Beard Foundation Award Semifinalists Include Five from Big D

    ​The James Beard Foundation this morning released its list of semifinalists for its prestigious restaurant and chef awards, honoring hundreds of culinary visionaries and their home eateries -- including five in the Dallas area. Four entries on the list -- Stephan Pyles, The Mansion on Turtle ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2010

    Turnips, Happy Meals and Tainted Eggs: The Year's 10 Biggest National Food Stories

    ​Food lovers must talk with their mouths full, since there was plenty of discussion of many, many food-related topics in 2010. But a few national stories struck us as most important. Let us know what you think. 1. The food safety bill The massive food safety bill had been left for dead when the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    The Anti-Gift Guide: Tips for What Not to Buy The Aspiring Chef

    Damndest thing: Google "Ginsu Knives" and this picture comes up. How odd.​It should be easy to shop for food lovers, since their hobby's been so relentlessly commodified. Any self-respecting big-box store stocks cooking utensils, cooking gizmos, cooking show DVDs, cookbooks and cooking magazin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 2, 2010
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    November 29, 2010

    Time Running Out to Nominate Your Own Top Chef

    ​December's the last month for culinary civilians to have a say in who takes home a James Beard award in 2011. The James Beard Foundation has been accepting online nominations for its restaurant and chef categories since October, but promotional campaigns mounted by restaurant owners who'd li ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Honest food at Potager and a roll of the dice at The Mercury

    Sara Kerens​This week's Dallas food bloggers learned to trust empty parking lots, took Mary into their own Bloody hands, and found peace on Earth at Potager Café and the Dallas Islamic Center. More Dallas restaurants have Gone Texan, and don't expect to find wines from any other place e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Three Good Reasons to Visit Houston.
    No, Really.

    ​According to my handy Frommer's statewide guidebook, Houston is "not usually considered a tourist destination." Sounds like the folks doing the considering don't let their guts lead, since -- as I discovered on my first trip there this weekend -- Houston is an incredibly exciting town for ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Quatro Leches at La Duni

    ​As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    On The Range: Chicken Tortilla Soup

    Mexican cooks reuse leftovers like nobody's business. Consider the plight of the frugal family in days of yore, north or south of the border. The basics of life--shelter and food--are not certainties. Since the beginning of farming, rural families learned not to toss any part of a plant or animal t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 3, 2008

    Birthday Luau

    Roy's turns two decades old

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2007
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    June 8, 2007

    An Iron Chef Moves to the Stoneleigh

    The Stoneleigh Hotel -- pardon, the The Stoneleigh Hotel & Spa -- today announced that some fine new folks have come over to run the joint, which is currently in the midst of a $28-mil makeover, and if their names aren't familiar, their former places of employ certainly are. New Managing Director Jo ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 1, 2001

    Celebrity du Jour

    Big-name chefs saturate an uncertain market

  • Dining

    May 31, 2001

    Steak Rubble

    Ernest Gallo is honored

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