Mario Batali

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    At Gemma, Pastry Chef Stephanie Childress Is Keeping It Simple

    Gemma has been adding a touch of freshness and California cool to Henderson Ave since opening earlier this year, and head pastry chef Stephanie Childress has proven herself a crucial part of the restaurant's success. Our own food critic raved about Childress' well-executed and offbeat dessert dishes ... More >>

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    April 7, 2014

    John Tesar Plans to Sell You Some Really Old Meat at Knife, His New Steakhouse

    With Knife opening just a few weeks from now, it's almost expected that Dallasites should have beef on the brain. John Tesar claims his soon-to-open Temple of the T-bone will be the terra firma equivalent of his nationally acclaimed seafood restaurant Spoon, and if pulls it off protein lovers could ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Mario Batali Deep Fried by Fans after Supporting a Texas Pro-Choice Group

    Last week Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead hosted a telethon called "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose," a fund raiser for a variety of Lady Parts Justice, a Texas-based pro-choice organization that promoted the event under the Twitter handle @TXWomenForever. During the telethon chef Mario Batali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Who Will Build Dallas' Best Meatball Hoagie?

    Flickr​This week in The New York Times, Pete Wells reviews someplace called Parm. His intro points out the lack of coverage food snobs give Italian-American cooking -- red-sauce pasta on red-checkered table cloths -- despite that it's a prominent comfort food for millions of Americans. That's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Mario Batali and Jon Stewart Demonstrated How to Chew Food for Other People Last Night

    On last night's Daily Show, John Stewart and Mario Batali schooled us on Super PACs in a way that will be forever seared in our minds. If my poli sci teacher used even an ounce of this type of imagery, who knows where I'd be now. (Working for a Super PAC, presumably.)

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2011

    Bring On the Meatless Mondays

    ​Happy belated birthday, sweet infant Jesus! Now that all that trimming the tree and wrapping presents is over, all Santa's cookies have been eaten, and all the stores are ready to mark down all the stuff you just bought by 60 percent, we can look ahead to the dawning of another year and the d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    The Lodge's Jose Luis Nieto Talks Spices and Cooking for Bobby Flay

    Taryn WalkerSee more of the Lodge's food in the slideshow.​In the third part of our Q & A with Jose Luis Nieto, executive chef of The Lodge, he muses on everything from his favorite television chef, his kitchen tools of choice, to what herbs and spices he couldn't live without. Who are your ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    A Very Tasty Documentary: A Matter of Taste -- Serving Up Paul Liebrandt

    HBO probes a food genius in A Matter of Taste -- Serving Up Paul Liebrandt.​Chef Paul Liebrandt is one of those maverick foodies who elicits equal parts admiration and dissent, love, fear and loathing in his equally distributed coterie of fans and detractors. To his adherents, he is that proto ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2011

    Parigi's Janice Provost, Out of the Corporate Fire and into the Sauteeing Pan

    Parigi's Janice Provost.​This week, Three-Course Meal catches up with Janice Provost, chef/owner of Parigi Restaurant. Who are you? I'm 42. I grew up in a suburb of Houston on what my mom called Neal's Mini Farm. We had ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits, honey bees and a horse named Ginger. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2011

    The Bizarre that is Ms. Mazar

    Cooking ChannelDebi Mazar throws wannabe cooks a curve.​This may sound superficial, but I'll say it anyway: Debi Mazar is not thin. The near washed-up actress has got some desirable curves goin' on. Awkward segue alert: But those Latvian-origin hips are about the most substantial part of her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    Is a Chef's Only Place in the Kitchen?

    www.dfmfriends.orgParigi's Janice Provost​On recent repeat visits to a new restaurant, I noticed one constant: The chef-owner's presence in the dining room, whether welcoming customers from the host's station or milling about the tables. The well-respected and hardworking chef -- he owns more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2011

    Chopped All-Stars: A Cut Above the Rest

    Food NetworkRobert Irvine wields a blade.​I've watched enough of the regular episodes of Food Network's Chopped to see through its paint-by-numbers plotting. Within the first couple of minutes of an average episode, I can all but predict which aspiring chef, caterer or cooking instructor, wres ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Walk the Wok Goes Bicoastal for NYC and LA Food Trends

    Eataly's pastry shop​While everyone was enduring the Super Bowl pains here in Dallas, I was away in NYC and LA for work. Despite braving a blizzard and juggling time zones, I ate well. Both food scenes were predictably different. I ate rich, fatty foods in the NYC winter blast, while in LA, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Super Bowl Week: Charities Ride the Hype

    ​Dallas is going to see more than an infestation of football fans this week. In honor of the big game, groups are putting their best philanthropy out there. The Event: Leading Ladies Spectacular The Cause: Genesis Women's Shelter This year, the Leading Ladies' philanthropy spilled over into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Anne Burrell Steps Out of Mario Batali's Shadow to Become a Force on Her Own

    Anne Burrell​I never noticed much about Anne Burrell other than how quietly reliable she was as the culinary Sancho Panza to Mario Batali every time he was summoned to another Iron Chef gustatory battle. She was just obscure, white smocked Anne, relegated to the anonymous, though vital, drudge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    The 10 Crazy Fast Food and Chain Restaurant Releases of 2010

    KFCIt's real, oh GOD, it's real.​On April 12, 2010 a new product was released by KFC. It began as an April Fools' Day press release. A joke, people thought, it must be a joke. The nation denied its existence. Then the billboards came, and somewhere, deep into the bowels of YouTube, a commerc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Making a List: Who's Been Naughty
    Or Nice on the Web?

    Gosh, and we wonder why meat-eaters so often make fun of vegans.​As any web editor will tell you, the best way to up the "viewage" is a daily list. People love lists. Five Ways to Hack a McRib and Six Things to Do with Disturbing Halloween Candy proved this theory. My pitch for Top Five Sauces ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2010

    Eat for a Cause -- Other Than Being Hungry,
    We Mean

    ​Put your money where your mouth is. Various Dallas eateries are supplying food and drink for a cause. Read on for details of this week's charitable happenings. The place: Texas Motor Speedway/Asphalt Chef The cause: Speedway Children's Charities and Mario Batali Foundation Pork, gulf shrim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Eating Asian in the Big Apple: The Highs, the Lows, the Many

    Bone Marrow at Prune‚ÄčHaving been on a business trip in New York for the last two weeks, I thought, surely I'd be off blogging duties. However, the man had different ideas for me, with a seemingly innocuous send-off of, "Have a safe trip. Send in anything interesting you might find." Crap. See ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Lebron James Eats for Free: Five Food Bribes That Might Work

    Wanna bribe us? Keep the food. Try this instead.​A recent University of Texas at Dallas release that was ostensibly about T-shirts raises an interesting food issue: Explaining why he'd decided to display 300 commemorative T-shirts in a university building, Dean J. Michael Coleman said, "Free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 18, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    Pepperidge Farm sent two boxes of crackers to my office. Wilonsky saw them and ran over to Jimmy's, returning with some cured meat and a hunk of cheese. My desk is now covered by crumbs, two empty boxes, white wrapping paper of the kind you find at, oh, an Italian shop selling salami, and a dirty kn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    They Really Seem To Care

    I found this release in my inbox. It begins: "I wanted to share information for a new project lead by Chef Mario Batali and/or Country Music superstar Martina McBride called Share the Table. It is near and dear to their hearts."The and/or part is truly touching. Shows just how committed they are t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    10 Questions: Lidia Bastianich

    She arrived in New York at the age of 12 in 1958. Half a century later, she's a cooking icon with five cookbooks, four television series and six restaurants to her name.Bastianich's most recent PBS cooking show, Lidia's Italy, is such a hit in Dallas that she's frequently asked to help with local pl ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008
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    March 13, 2003

    Cam Bam

    Do chefs watch cooking shows?

  • Dining

    February 20, 2003

    Boot Scootin'

    Why is Italian food so popular?