Abacus executive chef Kent Rathbun is now taking reservations for his Dirty Dozen cooking class, and if you want to get a slot for yourself or as a Christmas present you better act fast. Over at Sidedish Nancy Nichols predicts that they'll be sold out by the end of the day. Starting in January, stu ... More >>
*ish The most devout pie lovers won't purchase pies on principle. The enjoyment they derive isn't just from pie consumption but the preparation of beautifully constructed pies. Rubbing butter and flour with cool fingertips and working fragile pastry with a wooden pin are tactile pleasures that can ... More >>
Two great local chefs from two different restaurants and two breweries (one local, one not-so-much) are roasting whole pigs this month and pairing said pig with different beers. Tickets are on sale for both of them. You should strongly consider attending both, perhaps for a comparative essay. Follow ... More >>
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 >>
Dallas chefs and restaurant owners looooove crossing their arms in photos. We should make it stop. It's the most important change that needs to happen in our restaurant scene. Seriously. Evidence:
We tracked down a few locals, and asked them about their dad's cooking choices and what they remember the most about breaking bread with the family. Here's who shared their food memories of cooking with Dad with us: Mark Cuban: Savior of the Greenville St. Patrick's Day Parade and owner of the Dal ... More >>
Now that the greyhoundy tequila tasting is postponed to next Thursday, I'm sure you're all wondering where you can get your premium spirit this weekend. The answer, if you have cash money to spend, is at Abacus.
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 >>
The Osama Bin Burger: coming to a restaurant near you?What do Dallas restaurant-goers do when news spreads that U.S. military forces have killed Osama bin Laden, the man behind the most heinous attack on American soil? They don't embark on drinking binges. That's too pedestrian. No, they make pla ... More >>
Lauren Drewes DanielsRathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen served up buffalo sliders, white cheddar cheese, Dr Pepper barbecue sauce and spicy bread & butter pickles.Well, everyone played nice. There were no incidents of belligerence to report. No picket lines were formed. No stones were thrown. Inste ... More >>
Richard BlaisA few viewers questioned Richard Blais' decision on last week's edition of Top Chef: All Stars to serve a tuna dish in a silver tin, but experts say restaurant goers should get used to more creative plating techniques. "You're trying to create a memorable dish, and part of that ... More >>
In part one of this week's Three Course Meal, we gave you a look at Kent Rathbun, owner and executive chef of Jasper's. In part two, we asked Rathbun to complete our thoughts for us. In today's final installment he shares a finger-licking good recipe for spicy lamb meatballs. The Ken Rathbun ... More >>
Courtesy of Jasper'sKent Rathbun's résumé is too extensive to quickly gloss over. Like most chefs, Rathbun started his career as an apprentice working at La Bonne Auberge, a five-star French restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri. Rathbun then moved on to work in the kitchens of Mr. B's in Ne ... More >>
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 >>
If you're feeling a little guilty that your Thanksgiving is going to feature three turkeys, 27 different sides and the Mississippi River's worth of wine while others go without, relax. Dallas has plenty of charitable eating options coming up this month. The place: Smashburger The cause: Salv ... More >>
Kent Rathbun, who cracked the Neiman-Marcus Christmas catalog this year with a lobster shooter kit, has advice for other restaurateurs looking to turn their signature recipes into retail sensations. "You got to start small, and you got to think in terms of what people can use at home," Rathb ... More >>
Photo by Steven DoyleA child shall bake them: our winner, the lemon bar at Rathbun's Blue Plate KitchenThe lemon bar, that tasty pastry made up of a shortbread crust and lemon-curd filling, is easily found on tables across the Midwest, especially on Sundays at potlucks among Jell-O salads, me ... More >>
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 >>
Photos by Sarah Johnson Maytag Blue Cheese Chips Demonstrated by Chef Kent Rathbun of Jasper's Does the name Kent Rathbun ring a bell? You may know him from the many Dallas restaurants he owns and operates like Jasper's, Abacus and Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen. Before gracing us with his presen ... More >>
http://www.kentrathbun.comKent Rathbun.You know him best as one of the Rock Star Chefs of Dallas, the creator and driving force behind Abacus, Jaspers, and Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen, not to mention his stint on Iron Chef America, where he and brother Kevin bested Bobby Flay in Battle Elk. His ... More >>
www.sfgate.com Another holiday is upon us, City of Aters. It's that time of year when you put on your Sunday best, dye perfectly good eggs, receive a basket full of goodies from an over-sized bunny, and of course, stuff yourself with food until you feel like you're about to explode, among othe ... More >>
www.sodahead.comWe were just thinking the other day that there should really be more free stuff available for the public. What if Steve Jobs set up shop on a street corner one day and just started giving away free computers and iPods? Or if Donald Trump decided it was a good day to rent a hot ... More >>
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 >>
Almost a decade ago, I wrote this: "Every time this country ends up with a Bush in the White House, several things most assuredly occur: The government inflicts some regrettable incident on Japan, the nation tumbles into a recession, a presidential pet writes a book, and everyone worries about th ... More >>
Beer pairing dinners have been the rage of late, but apparently some people still do things the old-fashioned way. Kent Rathbun's Jasper's (7161 Bishop Rd., Plano) is offering a four-course wine pairing dinner with Ed Killian--good name for the maker of a mass produced "Irish" red beer, although he' ... More >>
They tried to make us work for the details by sending us on repeated trips to KentRathbun.com, which slowly leaked information over the course of a few weeks. Clever. Of course, Robert Wilonsky cracked the case some time ago on Unfair Park, but...But now, Kent Rathbun is spilling lots of information ... More >>
Earlier today, Unfair Park learned that chef Kent Rathbun would be opening a new restaurant in Preston Center, next door to Shannon Wynne's Flying Fish in the space formerly occupied by Carrabba's, among others. I called Rathbun's publicist Ariana Hajibashi-Martin to confirm, and she was very noncom ... More >>
The first of this morning's PR shots came from the folks at Abacus--something about AAA's Five Diamond Award and, more importantly, revisiting the moment when chef Kent Rathbun lifted (as in picked it up off the ground with his bare hands) an elk on Iron Chef America. But you can read about that on ... More >>
Like I said back when we broke the news in early May, thank God I now have a reason rather than just an excuse for watching Bravo's Top Chef, which returns tonight at 9 for a third season: This time around, two Dallasites are competing for the title. And they are, of course, Casey Thompson, exec che ... More >>
At Abacus, Kent Rathbun and his peeps are selling garbage at premium prices, and that's no knock, my friend. The subcription-only Wall Street Journal has a piece today on the surge of prix fixe and tasting menus popping up in restaurants across the country. Such menus are not only instruments for sh ... More >>
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