Quick Bytes: Former DMN Restaurant Critic Dotty Griffith is New Exec Director of Greater Dallas Restaurant Association

Eat them while they’re hot:

  • Former Dallas Morning News restaurant critic Dotty Griffith is returning to Dallas from Houston this week, resigning her job as communications chief at the Texas ACLU to assume the role as Executive Director of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association.
  •  Sea Breeze Fish Market and Grill in Plano is selling whole belly clams late this week,  January 17-20, featuring them in a New England Clam Roll ($17) and on a fried clam plate ($25).  Whole belly clams are a staple of coastal areas like Ipswich, Massachusetts. Sea Breeze executive chef Rick Oruch says whole belly clams use the whole interior of steamer clams, while clam strips use sliced portions of hard-shell clams.
  • Two new restaurants opening soon at DFW International Airport and Love Field are looking for experienced managers and chefs. Called Sky Canyon Wine Bar & Sky Canyon featuring Stephan Pyles, if you’re looking for work, contact Gina Puente at 972-574-4351.
  • The Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau is rolling out a new brand campaign with this tag line: “Big Things Happen Here.” The CVB offers these Fun Facts about our fair city: Dallas is the No. 1 one visitor destination in Texas, offering the best shopping in the Southwest, a cutting-edge culinary scene led by nationally acclaimed celebrity chefs, 70,000 hotel rooms, ranging from luxury to boutique, and more than 200 golf courses. The city boasts the largest urban arts district in the U.S. with five cultural venues designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects. In addition, the Dallas metropolitan area is the only one in the Southwest to host teams representing five major professional sports leagues. The Dallas area is also the largest film and television production center in Texas, the location of the Dallas Film Commission and the inspiration for the brand new “Dallas” show that aired mid-June 2012 on TNT. For additional information about the city, see www.visitdallas.com.