Tom Spicer

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    How Dallas' Young Chefs Are Remaking its Dining Scene, in Their Own Words

    The Dallas of 20 years ago exists only on the margins of the current culinary climate. There are more restaurants in this city than ever, and the focus of the chefs who run its best restaurants has shifted dramatically in the last five years. No longer is Dallas known for its decadent-but-boring ste ... More >>

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    August 27, 2014

    Dallas' 10 Best Cocktail Bars

    It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more. We're square in the middle of a major shift in the way we think about booze. Syrupy appletinis and cosmopolitans have bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Blind Butcher Chef Oliver Sitrin on the Science of Sausage and Food-Infused Booze

    For decades, steakhouses have been the driving force behind the Dallas dining scene. As any experienced local chef will tell you, here, meat is king. Recently, though, an increased focus on lighter, produce-driven dishes has diversified menus and put the city on the radar of national food critics. W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Underground Dallas Chef David Anthony Temple: "Our Food is Better Than Yours"

    For someone who's never helmed a fine dining restaurant in Dallas, David Anthony Temple has a lot of opinions about the city's food and restaurants. Cooking under the nom de guerre Chef DAT, Temple has been hosting underground pop-up dinners across the city for the last four and a half years, and di ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 16, 2014
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    September 19, 2013

    Haute Bar Food Is Getting Hot

    But only when the chefs in charge deliver what their menus promise.

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    May 23, 2013

    LARK Brings Lunch to the Park

    Shannon Wynne's latest on Klyde Warren Park gives Dallas some much-needed vegetables.

  • Dining

    April 25, 2013

    Urbano Café Travels the Globe

    Bolognese next to pork belly with pickled mustard greens? Somehow, it works.

  • Blogs

    April 12, 2013

    White Rock Local Market Features Two Chef Demos This Weekend

    I've been talking to a lot of farmers market types as of late. A recent interview with Tyler Horne, who's responsible for a small family of markets in Houston, illuminated the issue of the farmers market tourist. Sure, lots of us go to the markets on the weekends and pick up a coffee and croissant. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2013

    Freedom Through Food Event to Be Held at Garden Cafe

    Two weeks ago we told you about a guerrilla gardener and his request that we all go out and plant some shit. This week it only seems proper that we point out an event at the Garden Cafe that can help you get started. See also: - The City of Ate Chef Interview: 24-Year-Old Garden Cafe Chef Mark Woo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2013

    Brian Zenner of Belly & Trumpet on Dinner in Thailand, Bruno Davaillon, Chef-Driven Dining and the Best Time for Cheap Tacos

    Chef Brian Zenner of Belly & Trumpet in Uptown has been around a bit. Born in Bangkok, his family moved to Dubai and London before finally settling in Texas. And while on paper his culinary career started at the Texas Culinary Academy, one might say the cooking wheels started churning on a dock in T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2013

    The Corner Bar on McKinney Avenue Has New Owners and a Brand New Menu

    The Corner Bar is making its attempt to be a gustatory den of the highest order. Skim the menu and you'll see all the buzzwords you expect to see associated with Dallas' fine-dining restaurants. Tom Spicer's greens make multiple appearances, and there are hot dogs from Luscher's Red Hots. The Quer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2013

    Bourbon and Meat: Gizmodo Celerates Dallas in Two Glorious Ways

    Have you read Gizmodo's latest ode to the "Big D?" They just published the details of the third leg of their trip, which was sponsored by Knob Creek® and featured Seattle, San Fransisco and most recently Dallas. While it's nice to be complimented by just about anyone, I'm worried the post missed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    The Overserved's Best Places to Go Alone

    Here we are. Half-way through December. Are you doing okay? Are you sick to death of the Christmas carols yet? I still haven't gotten to do one of those gift exchanges where you get to steal your favorite gift; I think I am going to hold on to my holiday cheer till I can yank a $50 candle from someo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Oak Cliff Soup Company Begins Deliveries This Week

    ZIP code 75208 just got a new soup delivery service. Chef and founder of Oak Cliff Soup Co., Dina Light-McNeely, trained as a classic French chef "in the old school apprentice style," but her soup career actually started when she was about 6 years old. Her mom tells the story that pint-sized Dina pi ... More >>

  • News

    November 22, 2012

    Seeds of Hope for Dallas Farmers Market

    Long negotiations could plant something cool at the southeast corner of downtown.

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2012

    Chef Dave McMillan Talks The Menu Changes At The Meddlesome Moth

    Shannon Wynne finally got his way. The owner of the Meddlesome Moth wanted Dave McMillan to run his kitchen when he opened the Design District gastro pub in 2010. McMillan was seduced by the glitz and glamor of the Arts District, though, and he helmed the Screen Door for two years and then watched t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2012

    Edible Dallas & Fort Worth The Cookbook Coming This Fall

    If you shop at Whole Foods or any number of specialty shops like Scardello or Dude Sweet Chocolate around the Dallas area, you've likely seen a stack of Edible Dallas & Fort Worth on display for the taking. The free magazine is part of a network of more than 60 publications distributed around the co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    TJ's Fresh Seafood To Pop-Up in East Dallas This Saturday

    See also: *Jon Alexis of TJ's Seafood Market on Expansion, The Fishing Industry and Lobsters that Need a New Home Jon Alexis of TJ's Fresh Seafood Market is pitching his tent in East Dallas this weekend for another impromptu fish market at Urbano Café. Jimmy's Food Store, Tom Spicer's garden and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Chef DAT on What Dallas Needs, New Orleans and Underground Dinners

    Louisiana native David Anthony Temple (aka Chef DAT), a pioneer of sorts of for the local pop up dinner scene, has been hosting his Underground Dinners since January of 2009. He grew up cooking with his family, but honed his skills (both in terms of cooking and ingredients) while working at places l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Dallas Farmers Market Stakeholders Asked How Close is Too Close?

    We've been down this road to Crazyville before. Jim Schutze wanted to nuke it. That made Scott Reitz mad. At first. But then he came around too. Now, this fine morning the Dallas Farmers Market Stakeholders Association posted this to their Facebook page: "Question: How close is too close for th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2012

    The City of Ate Interview: Union Bear's John Kleifgen

    Dallas native John Kleifgen took his first job at a restaurant as a teenager because a gig carrying mulch at Calloway's didn't provide much entertainment. So, when a friend told him about a kitchen job for the Lakewood Country Club, he weighed his options and wisely chose a country club scene instea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2012

    My Private Chef's Holly Muller Usually Just Hosts the Pop-Ups; This Time Her Food Stars

    During the day, Holly Muller is a food nutritionist who runs My Private Chef, a service that cooks, packages and freezes well-balanced meals for customers who don't have time to cook or are looking for a simple way to lose weight with food that doesn't suck. At night time, however, My Private Chef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    I Ate the World's Hottest Pepper This Weekend

    ​So I ate the world's hottest chili this weekend. The Trinidad Scorpion pepper was measured at 1.4 million Scoville Heat Units last year, usurping the Bhut Jolokia as the king of capsaicin. It's slowly taking over many of the hot sauce offerings at chili conventions as the most popular pepper. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Tracy Miller's Local Never Meant to Be #Local

    ​The locavores in Dallas have always had it tough. While Tom Spicer may be pushing the envelope of urban gardening, and farms outside of Dallas deliver great product, their offering can't be described as a bounty. Local game is plentiful, but produce availability can be a challenge.

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    November 3, 2011

    Bolsa Mercado To Open In About a Month; Dallas' Finest Reuben Could Result

    ​I've been looking for Dallas' best Reuben for some time now, my hunt guided by some specific criteria. The brisket has to be brined in-house and slowly simmered to a tender temperature. The meat should hold together when sliced without shredding or falling apart. The dressing should have char ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2011

    Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet on the End of "Exceptionally Shitty Italian" in Dallas

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Hide Your Children: Black Garlic Spotted In Deep Ellum

    While the rest of Deep Ellum bounced from music venue to serious slices on Friday night, I sat in a small makeshift restaurant in an unmarked building on Elm Street. The simple gray structure typically hosts My Private Chef, a Dallas-based food service that provides pre-cooked meals customers can ea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Going Underground for a Good Meal

    ​I had the luck to attend one of chef David Anthony Temple's Underground Dinners. Temple began his career in Louisiana and traveled around the world before settling here in Dallas, where he started working with Tom Spicer. His passion is using the best local and regional ingredients to make di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Tom Spicer Says Landlord Wants to Pave Over Garden Paradise for Parking Lot (Or ... Not?)

    Tom Spicer​A short while ago, Tom Spicer -- proprietor of produce-providing Spiceman's FM 1410 on Bryan and Fitzhugh, two doors down from Jimmy's Food Store -- sent word via his e-mailing list that he's in danger of losing his garden. Said Spicer when I called him this afternoon, earlier today a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Tom Spicer's Garden Faces Paving Threat

    ​Dallas has one successful, visible, commercial urban farm. It also has thousands of parking lots. But apparently that ratio's not sufficiently skewed for some tastes. Tom Spicer of Spiceman's FM 1410 today told his e-mail list that his landlord's considering paving over his backyard garden, ... More >>

  • News

    December 9, 2010
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    December 6, 2010

    Tom Spicer Starts Another Local Produce Fight

    Who could possibly find fault with an urban farm designed to teach entrepreneurial skills to college students and provide fresh, healthy food to low-income eaters? On a slow day, Tom Spicer, who says he was compelled by a mixture of boredom and outrage to call out the management of Paul Quinn Colleg ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    If You've Got "Bravado and Wherewithal" to Run Farmers Market, Let Mary Suhm Know ASAP

    Patrick Michels​You have some four hours left to submit your proposal to run the Dallas Farmers Market. Might as well -- there's not a lot of competition. I spoke with Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm last night, and despite the fact the deadline's been extended several times, there may be but a sing ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 19, 2010

    Artizone: Eating Local While Staying Home

    ​Buying local is supposed to foster community, which may be why I repressed the Artizone concept soon after Tom Spicer told me about it. "People don't want to leave their houses," he told me, outlining the brand new service that arranges home delivery of artisan foods. But they do want quali ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    The City Can't Find Anyone To Take Over Farmers Market. Tom Spicer Knows Why.

    Tom Spicer​Yesterday I joked: Since the city can't find anyone to take over Dallas Farmers Market, maybe Tom Spicer and I would just go ahead and take the keys. But Spicer -- the man behind Spiceman's FM 1410 on Fitzhugh, beloved seller of produce to chefs professional and amateur alike, and a cou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    What's in a Deadline? City's Still Looking For Someone to Take Over Dallas Farmers Market.

    Patrick Michels​Does no one want to take over operations at the downtown farmers market? Sure seems like it: On a whim this afternoon I went over to the city's official bid site to see how plans for privatizing the market were going, only to find that the request for proposals was being updated at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    York Street's Closing Leaves a Hole
    In the Locavore Scene; Tom Spicer Might Fill It

    ​The closure of York Street this weekend, reported first today by Teresa Gubbins at Pegasus News, leaves a void that produce salesman Tom Spicer suggested he might be inclined to fill. "One of the reasons I haven't opened a restaurant is because (York Street owner Sharon Hage) was in business ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2010

    Dude Sweet Chocolate's Tobacco and Chocolate Mix Gets Goes Almost Prime Time

    Photo by Manny Rodriguez​Dude 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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    The Mansion's Bruno Davaillon:
    A Star is Born Down on the Farm

    Photo by Robert Bostick​If you ask a random Dallasite to name the best local restaurant, the answer might well be The Mansion on Turtle Creek at the Rosewood Hotel. Ask that same person when they last ate at the 30-year-old Dallas icon, however, and you just might elicit a long pause. This tre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    Part 3: John Tesar Grills Up
    A Cool Calamari Treat

    Photos by Robert Bostick​In the third part of our look at John Tesar of Dallas Restaurant Group, the chef goes into the kitchen at Dallas Fish Market to make a few preparations for us. With temperatures still blasting past the century mark, Tesar chooses some cooling dishes to take advantage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2010

    John Tesar: From Self-Destructive
    To Brilliantly Creative

    Photo by Robert Bostick​With 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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Sloppy Seconds Returns to City of Ate

    City of Aters, this week we are bringing back an old feature that our former web editor-turned-staff writer, Patrick Michels, used to do every Friday afternoon. It's an end of the week wrap-up of sorts featuring restaurant reviews and City of Ate highlights. This time around we decided to include ot ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2010

    Park vs Ava: Mussel Mayhem

    Alex Flores​In 2006 we witnessed the death of a good friend in The Green Room. The classic gem of Deep Ellum was brash and ripe with imagination for its time. Since then, the diaspora of the alum that made the kitchen great helped rock the Dallas restaurant landscape. Now, as Green Room resurrec ... More >>

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    October 8, 2009
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    June 26, 2009
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    January 19, 2009

    A Root Cause

    Ever wondered where chefs (armchair and otherwise) find unique ingredients? It's not like you can walk into any old grocery store and buy Cambodian Kampot peppercorns, Watermelon Radishes or micro beet tops. It's likely that the secret source is Tom Spicer, a.k.a. Spiceman of Spiceman's FM 410, lo ... More >>