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Grace Restaurant chef Blaine Standiford teaching cooking class at Dallas Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 5, as part of U.S. “Plate” tour

EscapeHatch favorite Blaine Staniford, the chef at Fort Worth’s Grace Restaurant, will be teaching a free thirty-minute cooking class at the Dallas Farmers’ Market tomorrow morning, September 5, at 11:00. He’ll be demonstrating his technique for cooking pan-seared scallops with sunchoke puree and brown butter-caper emulsion. The demo is part of Plated‘s  9-city, nationwide cooking tour that focuses on sustainable ingredients and home Continue reading →


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Hard Rock Energy Drinks reboots with new flavors, available now at 7-Eleven

If you’re looking for a new(ish) energy drink — my preference is coffee — then you might want to stop by 7-Eleven to pick up a few tall cans of Hard Rock Energy Drinks. The brand has relaunched reformulated blends for Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio and promise “a quick energy boost without the post-crash often Continue reading →


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If you have a wine dinner planned this month, give up now. Hibiscus chef Graham Dodds already served a better one than you will.

  If you’re a chef or restaurateur and happen to be hosting a wine dinner this month, my condolences. You’d be hard pressed to create a better meal than the one chef Graham Dodds’ served at a recent Grassini Wines dinner at  Hibiscus. Winery rep Katie Grassini led an intimate tasting of her family’s estate wines, pointing out that Continue reading →


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Holiday Inn Expresss mobile food truck printing free “Pancake Selfies” in downtown Dallas today

Today is quite the pancake day. First, Original Pancake House says they’re expanding and bringing back pumpkin pancakes. Then Holiday Inn Express rolls into town with a mobile version of their “Stack Station,” a five push-button pancake machine that produces a one-minute “selfie” pancake from images you capture on your mobile phone camera. A laser etches the image  directly Continue reading →



Original Pancake House expanding to Las Colinas and Fort Worth just as pumpkin pancakes return for fall

Original Pancake House is on a growth spurt, branching out to Las Colinas next month (510 LBJ Freeway, in the former Carrino’s space) followed by Hulen Mall in Fort Worth and a OPH in San Antonio or El Paso next year, DFW franchisor Mark Bailey told the Hatch at a hosted brunch at the 27-year-old Original Pancake Continue reading →



Steak Town: A new chef is resurrecting The Palm steakhouse in Dallas and making it relevant again

Don’t make the mistake of thinking you’ve been to the Dallas Palm steakhouse before. Yes, the name’s the same, the restaurant’s dated decor and cheesy caricature graffiti is frozen in a 1980s time warp, and the West End location isn’t ideal. But scrape away the Dallas Palm’s sepia veneer and you’ll find good things surfacing at this classic downtown Continue reading →


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