Katherine Clapner wanted to hire her No. 2 chocolate maker, Ulysses Galvan, the second she opened Dude, Sweet Chocolate in 2009, but she couldn't afford him. Starting any business is tough, but making money from food sales is nearly impossible during the first weeks and months, so Galvan had to wait ... More >>
In Happy Endings, food critic Scott Reitz travels part of the globe that says "Dallas" in search of great desserts and great places to eat them. This is the second in an occasional series. If you're dining on Greenville Avenue and you've got a discerning palate for sweets, there's a high degree of ... More >>
Dude, Sweet Chocolate, the city's sauciest chocolatier, has opened up a new permanent store at 1925 Greenville Avenue, just down from the new Truck Yard and Trader Joe's. The spot quietly opened Friday and will have a grand opening this Friday at 7 p.m. Katherine Clapner opened her first little sho ... More >>
The term "artisan" is hot in food marketing, joining its precursors "natural" and "gourmet" as a way to make consumer-grade food products sound like authentic works of culinary art. Tostito's Artisan Recipe chips? Wendy's Artisan Flatbread Sandwiches? Domino's Artisan Pizzas? That creepy Sargento co ... More >>
Bishop Arts District will be featured on the Cooking Channel tonight. Chuck's Eat the Street will feature Dallas, and David Uygur's Lucia makes an appearance on the episode. Will Fleishman from Lockhart Smokehouse will show off his brisket and shoulder clod, and Katherine Clapner's addictive Dude, ... More >>
Dallas leads the nation in over-regulating farmers markets — which is why we have so few of them.
By now you've long since been grossed out/freaked out/mesmerized by the seemingly inexhaustible creative genius of Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, the latest example of which, of course, is an anatomically correct chocolate heart that comes signed by the band in custom packaging and complete with ... More >>
I'm sorry. It's an obnoxious headline. I'm really ashamed of it. But it tells the story, it really does. The Flaming Lips commissioned a hundred anatomically correct chocolate hearts from Dude, Sweet Chocolate, as part of a promotional package. The special box featured a USB drive containing 15 of ... More >>
Stephan Pyles latest concept, Stampede 66 (1717 McKinney), opened in early November as an ode to southwestern cuisine from the creator himself. Pyles also helped create much of the Dallas dining scene with an honor-roll of students that studied in his kitchens; like Tim Byers of Smoke, Jeana Johnson ... More >>
Starring Stephan Pyles, John Tesar, Katherine Clapner, Kent Rathbun, Teiichi Sakurai and a dozen other local chefs.
Lauren Drewes DanielsThere's going to be a cornucopia of happiness at the Sigel's in Addison this Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Not only will there be the usual United Nations gathering of comedians that make up the staff at Sigel's, but they're also throwing Dude, Sweet Chocolate's Katherine Cla ... More >>
In the final segment of our three-part interview with Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate, we discuss how she runs her little shop of wonder, plus her take on foods in different cities. Check Part 1 for some of her background and Part 2 for her take on the Dallas food scene. How has ... More >>
Katherine Clapner makes magic happen with her confections at Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Yesterday in our first interview, she told us about her pastry background and today we discuss the Dallas food scene. What are some of your favorite restaurants in Dallas? Lucia (they're neighbors), because ... More >>
Each week we meet a new local chef in our Three-Course Meal series. This week, Katherine Clapner, the woman responsible for making us crazy for Dude, Sweet Chocolate, explains how she paved her way to her little shop in Oak Cliff, which recently was named Best Devil's Advocate and Best Chocol ... More >>
The first time I bought Dude, Sweet Chocolate's "Crack in a Box," it was on a whim and possibly because the name was amusing. Later that evening, as I polished off the last bite of the two large slabs that were inside the box, I had my "ah-ha!" moment: the name is in reference to the fact th ... More >>
The culinary diversions at this Bishop Arts restaurant are interesting -- as is the crowd -- but it's simplicity that makes it stand out.
Photo by Manny RodriguezDude Sweet Chocolate's Katherine Clapner is busy making doughnuts this afternoon to feed 100 people at tonight's Bishop Arts Big Table fundraiser in Oak Cliff, but her biggest worry has nothing to do with pastry. "I'm scared to death," Clapner says of the impending de ... More >>
Photo by Robert BostickWith the crush of talented wizards working magic in Dallas kitchens, it pays to know just who is behind the saute pan at your favorite eatery. To help you keep track, City of Ate brings you Three-Course Meal, a three-part chat with some of the best, most inventive chefs ... More >>
Today's meeting of the city council's Transportation & Environment Committee, scheduled for a 2 p.m. kickoff at Dallas City Hall, should be an exciting one, for a change. That's because, as we noted Friday, the committee will discuss not only making it easier to start up a community garden, b ... More >>
Katherine ClapnerDude!Sweet! chocolates is playful from its name on down. The local, independent chocolatier owned and operated by pastry chef Karen Clapner, recently hit the scene with fun flavors like Curried Banana (yellow curry, banana, African dark chocolate), Black and Blue (Guiness and black ... More >>