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This Just In: Hugo Galvan out as chef at El Bolero, still-new Dallas Design District restaurant

El Bolero, the Dallas Design District Mexican concept from Richard and Tiffanee Ellman and partner John Paul Valverde (Apheleia Restaurant, which owns Oak and Pakpao), confirmed that they parted ways this afternoon with their opening chef, Hugo Galvan.  Barely open two months, El Bolero is looking for its footing. No replacement has been named for Continue reading →

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Kent Rathbun’s Hickory restaurant stars excellent sausage, BBQ brisket

I don’t think chef Kent Rathbun (Abacus, Jasper’s) set out to open a casual place whose best dishes are smoked pork sausage and barbecued brisket, but those two items are the stars of his menu at Hickory, Rathbun’s new Plano restaurant. Sure, he also serves more than a half-dozen burgers, crazy good mac and cheese (constructed Continue reading →

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This Way Out: We’re on the road to Modena, Italy, this weekend, home to Balsamic vinegar, Ferrari cars and Parmigiana cheese

It’s breakfast in Dallas, lunch in London then dinner in Modena, Italy for Hatch HQ, as I set out for the Northern Italy town of Spilamberto today.  I’ll be exploring its hills, cellars and annual food festival this weekend, the Festival of St. John (Fiera di San Giovanni).  There, I’ll be helping to choose the 12 best Continue reading →

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Sneak peak Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen tonight, new McKinney restaurant from Johny Carros and former Stephan Pyles’ chef Jonathan Thompson

   Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen officially opens for business on Wednesday, June 24, but you’re not the general public, are you? VIPs like you (and anyone else in-the-know) can be among the first to dine at Sugarbacon tonight, June 23, when the downtown McKinney restaurant quietly opens for dinner. Former Stephan Pyles chef Jon Thompson has assembled a Continue reading →

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Chef Change: Patton Robertson gone from Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty in Dallas, now exec chef at Sissy’s

Patton Robertson has decamped from the kitchen at Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty atop Reunion Tower for a top chef job at Lisa Garza-Selcer’s southern inflected restaurant, Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar, and a new project the Garza-Selcer’s been developing. Robertson wrapped up his work at Five Sixty a week and half ago. A spokesperson for Five Sixty confirms Roberston’s departure, Continue reading →

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Registration to TexSom, the world’s best wine conference (with tastings!), is open – and seats to the tastings are going fast for the August 9-10 conference

Texsom, the wine education and tasting conference designed for both sommeliers and the general public, is also the world’s best weekend wine conference, and it’s headed back to the Four Seasons Las Colinas August 9-10. Anybody who is interested in learning about wines can attend, but you have to register for the seminars now… and several of the top tasting programs are Continue reading →

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Three DFW residents throwing a big Parisian “White Dinner” for 1,000 this fall, but you have to register now

  Remember those White Parties a few years ago, the ones where everyone pretends they’re on a sandy beach at sunset and dresses all in white? Take away the sand, the beach, the ocean sunset, add your own dinner and your own dinner table, a splash of aperol, a flash of fireworks and entertainment, and you’ll Continue reading →

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