Food News: Dallas Chef Moves to Oregon to Grow Pot, Chef Rallies for Baton Rouge Fundraiser and More

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In this week's round-up of Dallas food news, chef change-ups, puppies and beer and a Dallas chef organizes volunteers to send a truck full of donations and money to flood-affected Baton Rouge: 

  • Kenichi in Victory Park has a new chef: Carlos Mancera, the former chef de cuisine at Rapscallion who's also had stints at Boulevardier, Bolsa and Stephan Pyles. The press release announcing this change is interesting — Mancera is apparently replacing longtime executive chef Bodhi Durant, who "has moved to Oregon to grow pot," according to the release, titled "Kenichi on a Roll: Famed Dallas Asian Restaurant Hires Chef Carlos Mancera away from Rapscallion." Kenichi will soon undergo a complete remodel "to match the new Victory Park."

  • The Ranch at Las Colinas is partnering with Operation Kindness to host an on-site adoption event this weekend during lunch, according to a press release. "The Ranch will donate $1 to Operation Kindness for each draft beer ordered and guests who adopt a dog will be rewarded with a complimentary beer," according to the release. The Pints & Paws adoption event is 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27.

  • Milkshake Concepts has announced the chef for its latest venture coming to Deep Ellum: Chad Bowden is leaving Culpepper Steakhouse to join Stirr, the "refined, yet casual neighborhood eatery" slated to open soon. "Bowden’s menu for Stirr will include small bites like pan-seared foie gras with purple hull pea hash and blackberry balsamic coulis and entrees like filet asadero with cheddar chorizo grits, shishito peppers, cilantro cream and melty asadero," according to a press release. Milkshake Concepts' Japanese-Peruvian restaurant Nikkei is also planned to open later this year.

  • Chef David Anthony Temple, known for his underground dinners, rallied the troops last week to send more than $3,000 in cash and a truck full of goods to Baton Rouge residents affected by the recent historic flood. "With the help of Anything Goes Moving Co. and our drop-off locations Twisted Root Burger Co., Bob's Steak & Chophouse and Hypnotic Emporium, we made a difference in Louisiana," according to an email from chef DAT. "We donated a huge moving truck full of clothing, food and toiletries to three different locations in need."

  • A new healthy spot is headed to Uptown. Green House Market is opening in Rosewood Court this fall, according to a press release. The market will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, coffee and in-house pastries. The eatery started as a food truck before opening a brick-and-mortar in NorthPark Center. According to the release:
  • Green House Market will occupy a 5,000-square-foot, ground floor space located on Cedar Springs in the former Paradise Bakery space, which will close at the end of the month. The new, combined space will feature a modern, sleek interior complete with a private dining room and an art program featuring works by local and international artists.

  • Dallas has yet another macaron spot, CultureMap reports. Savor Patisserie, which specializes in French macarons, is open now in Casa Linda Plaza at 9440 Garland Road. The new bakery also has a loft space where they will host classes, Teresa Gubbins writes.

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