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Chef Shuffles: Kyle McClelland out at Proof + Pantry, replaced by Andre Natera protege Julio Peraza

Opening chef Kyle McClelland is no longer the chef at Proof + Pantry in One Arts Plaza, or the soon-to-open Madrina, the high-style French-Mexican mashup under development in Dallas. But replacing him in both kitchens is an exceptionally talented chef, Julio Peraza, who trained under the masterful hand of chef Andre Natera. If you’re following the city’s chef shuffles at Continue reading →



Dallas chefs Dean Fearing, Eric Dreyer to represent US at Expo Milan World’s Fair in Italy

The top chefs at the restaurant Fearing’s in the Dallas Ritz-Carlton Hotel — Dean Fearing and chef de cuisine Eric Dreyer — have been tapped to represent Texas and southwestern cuisine at the James Beard American Restaurant and USA Pavilion at Expo Milan in Italy on July 31 and August 1. The Expo Milan world’s fair Continue reading →



DFW Restaurant Week reservations are now open — here’s the link to reservations, restaurants for the August 10-16 fundraiser

More than 100 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants are participating in the annual DFW Restaurant Week, which runs August 10-16 this year. The venues create and sell special reduced rate menus during the event, with twenty percent of the proceeds going to charities like the Lena Pope Home and North Texas Food Bank. Oddly, the “week” rarely runs just a week Continue reading →


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Peep the menu to Horseshoe Hill Cafe, new FW restaurant from chef Grady Spears, to open Wednesday, July 15

Fort Worth’s true blue “Cowboy Chef,” Grady Spears, plans to debut his newest venture, a casual cowboy-themed restaurant in Fort Worth called Horseshoe Hill Cafe, this Wednesday, July 15, Spears tells EscapeHatch. The tiny space is more cafe than fancy restaurant, says Spears, “a little place where we can serve chicken fried steaks with cracked pepper cream gravy Continue reading →


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Chef Shuffle: Chad Starling to lead Landmark restaurant, Library Bar at Warwick Melrose

Chad Starling, who served the world a 459-day dry-aged prime rib-eye steak (pictured above with Starling on right) last year when he was chef at Dallas Chop House, has decamped the downtown steakhouse and headed Uptown, to Dallas’ Warwick Melrose Hotel. Starling says he’ll join the Oaklawn hotel on Monday, July 13, aS executive chef. He plans a top-to-bottom revamp Continue reading →


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Singer Jennifer Hudson crashes Dallas couple’s wedding in surprise promotion for Turn It Up for Change

We received advance word that something extraordinary was about to go down at the W Hotel last week. Naturally, we sprung into action, sending Rebecca Marmaduke to catch the fun. Scott and Chris Lindsey were already aglow with happiness as they renewed their vows before an enthusiastic crowd of family, friends, and drag queens. Overlooking Continue reading →