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The Return of Tom Spicer, Dallas' Veggie Whisperer

5 years ago by Amy McCarthy
When it was announced that Tom Spicer would be losing the retail space at Bryan and Fitzhugh that housed his Spiceman 1410 storefront, everyone knew that the resilient gardening whiz wouldn't be down for long. Right after Spicer made it known that his storefront would be closing due to plumbing...
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Tom Spicer's Garden Faces Paving Threat

9 years ago by Hanna Raskin
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, which has helped keep the...
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Tom Spicer Starts Another Local Produce Fight

9 years ago by Hanna Raskin
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...
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Tom Spicer Was Unique and Quirky and Awesome Until the Day He Died

5 years ago by Scott Reitz
"I just want basic security doing what I love and want to share. Peace-out -- Spice" That was the last line of the final message I'll ever receive from Tom Spicer. Looking at it now, it seems as fitting as it does eerie...
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Tom Spicer, Dallas' First Local Food Advocate, Has Died

5 years ago by Amy McCarthy
If there is anyone to credit for Dallas' appetite for locally grown produce, it's Tom Spicer. His impossibly peppery arugula, foraged mushrooms and other garden delights have been staples on fine dining menus for the past several years, and Spicer established himself as one of the city's fiercest advocates for...
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Tom Spicer, Dallas' Longtime Local Veggie Supplier, Is Losing His Shop

5 years ago by Amy McCarthy
On Tom Spicer's little patch of land in East Dallas, Spicer's Spiceman 1410 has been providing local produce to all of Dallas' best restaurants for years, and also operated a small retail shop in a space adjacent to Jimmy's Food Store. If you've ever had that especially spicy arugula or...
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Dallas Will Remember Beloved Urban Farmer Tom Spicer with a Party on Sunday

5 years ago by Amy McCarthy
The Dallas culinary scene continues to mourn the sudden death of Tom Spicer, the eccentric urban farmer whose greens graced so many restaurant plates. The day after it was reported that Spicer died, poster board signs calling him a "Dallas hero" and offering condolences could be found on the fences...
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York Street's Closing Leaves a Hole
In the Locavore Scene; Tom Spicer Might Fill It

9 years ago by Hanna Raskin
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,"...
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Tom Spicer Says Landlord Wants to Pave Over Garden Paradise for Parking Lot (Or ... Not?)

9 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
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...
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The City Can't Find Anyone To Take Over Farmers Market. Tom Spicer Knows Why.

9 years ago by Robert Wilonsky
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...

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