PHOTOS: Parigi at 30 years

Posted on 06 Oct 2014 at 11:33am

Provost, left, and Falls, right.

It’s been an Oak Lawn institution almost as long as Dallas Voice: Parigi, the French-themed, Italian-influenced bistro. There have been only three owners throughout its three decades, and two — founder Andree Falls and current chef-owner Janice Provost, who’s helmed it for 13 years —were present at the event, which was packed with long-time patrons and well-wishers enjoying Provost’s mini grilled-cheese-and-tomato-basil-soup, lobster sandwiches and deviled eggs. Congrats, Parigi!


PHOTOS: Burgers & Burgundy fundraiser for DIFFA

Posted on 05 Oct 2014 at 5:44pm

The annual Burgers & Burgundy fundraiser came back to North Dallas, and honestly, every burgers and wine pairing was stellar. Here are some of the creations, their creators and guests.


Cocktail Friday: Asian Pear Martini

Posted on 03 Oct 2014 at 12:36pm

Roys-PearEver since my trip last winter to Maui, I’ve been craving a return to the islands, and the closest I can get in North Texas is Roy’s, the Hawaiian-fusion restaurant in Plano. The restaurant offers some wonderful food, and some wonderful cocktails as well — among them a cool deal: Martini Mondays, where the specialty cocktail of the night is just $6 (as are the appetizers to accompany them). If you’re in North Dallas after work this Monday Oct. 6, you can buy the new Asian Pear Martini there; if you’re not, you can make one at home. Here’s how.

2 parts Reyka vodka

2 parts Grey Goose LePoire (pear-flavored) vodka

1 part Monin pure cane syrup

1 part fresh lemon juice


Asian pear slices

Making it: Muddle a pear slice in a shaker and add ice. Pour in the vodkas, juice, syrup and a 1/4 oz. of Tuaca; shake vigorously. Finely strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a slice of Asian pear.


W Hotel launches gay happy hour in support of HRC

Posted on 02 Oct 2014 at 4:11pm

Living Room BarThe W Hotel at Victory Park is weighing in on marriage equality, and — no surprise — is coming out in support. That’s worth raising a toast … which is exactly the plan.

Turn It Up for Change is a monthly happy hour on the first Sunday of each month for the next year, starting Oct. 5. Guests can enjoy craft cocktails and music from a rotating slate of DJs from 4–7 p.m. in the Living Room Bar, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Human Rights Campaign. Valet is even complimentary for the mixer. You can RSVP here.


Oak Lawn Library’s LGBT book collection circulating on honor system

Posted on 30 Sep 2014 at 12:56pm
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Oak Lawn Librarian Angie Bartula shelving the ilume LGBT collection before Pride

The collection of LGBT books donated to the Oak Lawn branch of the Dallas Public Library is shelved and circulating on the honor system. In order to have the books available for Pride weekend, they were not entered into the catalog before being made available. The collection, donated by ilume, is the second largest LGBT library collection in the country.

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Burtula proudly showing off the second largest library collection of LGBT books in the U.S.


Bill Hader: The gay interview

Posted on 30 Sep 2014 at 12:45pm

BillHader7The new film The Skeleton Twins went wide last weekend, and the quirky comedy has gotten some good notices, especially for star Bill Hader. Our Chris Azzopardi talked to the SNL alum, famed for his uberqueer Stefon character, about playing gay again.

Dallas Voice: You lip-syncing to Starship’s “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” in The Skeleton Twins would make everyone on RuPaul’s Drag Race so proud.  Hader: You have to get me on that show! That would just be the best.

How much drag did you and Kristen observe while training for the famed lip-syncing sequence?  I mean, we had to learn that song, and we had a lot of fun doing that, but we didn’t have a lot of time. There wasn’t a lot of time in the day to do it. It was definitely a quick “we gotta go; we have a lot more to shoot today” moment, so it’s cool it all came out so well.

So, what you’re saying is you already knew how to sissy that walk.  I knew … I mean, I’ve gone out with enough of my gay friends to know.

 The finger in the ear during the money note — was that Mariah Carey-inspired?  No, no. It was just me messing around. So much of that stuff was me just trying to make Kristen laugh and just knowing her sense of humor and what will make her laugh. I thought that was something that would.

You’re a natural in that lady garb.  Oh, thank you.


Congrats to newlyweds Steve Noviello and Doug Bedner!

Posted on 30 Sep 2014 at 10:28am

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If you didn’t see our friend, Fox4News’ Steve Noviello, tracking down stories late last week, there’s a reason for his absence from the air. The broadcaster was busy in NYC … getting married! Celeb party planner Steve Kemble arranged the Central Park wedding, that joined Noviello and his now-husband Doug Bedner in wedded bliss. Cheers for the happy couple!


A foodie weekend (with pictures!)

Posted on 29 Sep 2014 at 2:24pm

Dallas’ social season really gets rolling in the fall, with tons on foodie events especially ramping up already. Burgers & Burgundy is this Friday, followed soon by Chefs for Farmers, the Caesar Salad Competition, the Beaujolais Festival and more. Heck, if you add in all the fried foods at the State Fair, it’s virtually nonstop.

But it all got moving this weekend especially, starting with the James Beard Taste America Dinner at the Hilton Anatole’s Wedgwood Room on Friday; Abacus, the Uptown eatery, celebrating its 15th anniversary on Saturday; and Les Dames d’Escoffier Dallas hosting its Raiser Grazer on Sunday. (I wasn’t able to make it out to the latter, but Les Dames always do it up right.)

lobster Gnocchi

Gnocchi lobster

The James Beard event, a first of its kind in Dallas, featured five local chefs designing signature apps served during a reception, followed by superchefs Patrick O’Connell of The Inn at Little Washington and Dallas’ own Stephan Pyles taking on two courses apiece at the sit-down dinner. O’Connell’s lobster-gnocchi and Pyles antelope entree were heaven, and Janice Provost’s (Parigi) crab cake with lemony aioli the most heavenly single bite.

Abacus chefs

Abacus chefs

The fun at Abacus the next night was the uniqueness of the menu: The four-course dinner offered your choice of one of three items per course — one from Abacus executive sous chef Chris Patrick, one from former exec Omar Flores and another from Tre Wilcox, also a former exec. The winning chef on my menu? Flores, who delivered two of the four, with Patrick and Wilcox one each. But it’s quite possible the best single item was Wilcox’s duck three ways, especially the lobe of foie gras which started out the evening right. Congratulations to Kent Rathbun for a decade-and-a-half of setting the bar high.

See a slideshow of photos from the two events below.


Chefs for Farmers’ Big Oyster Bash tickets on sale

Posted on 26 Sep 2014 at 10:17am

oysterThe charitable group Chefs for Farmers — just three years old, but already one of the best-attended and most acclaimed foodie events in Dallas, attracting some of the top culinary talent in town — will hold its inaugural Big Oyster Bash at the Dallas Farmers Market on Oct. 26. And what do I mean by top talent? Matt McCallister (FT33), Jack Perkins (The Slow Bone), Kyle McClelland (Proof and Pantry), John Tesar (Spoon and Knife), Jon Alexis (TJ’s Seafood Market), Jon Stevens (Stock & Barrel) and Stephen Rogers (Gemma). Tickets went on sale this morning, and you can get them here. And I hope you will. CFF, which recognizes those working to better Dallas’ culinary scene, has invited me to serve as one of the hosts of the event, which I gladly accepted. So come, eat good food, have a good time and say hello!


WATCH: ‘Key & Peele’ returns, gayer than ever

Posted on 25 Sep 2014 at 12:52pm

Screen shot 2014-09-25 at 12.46.28 PMMy favorite show, Key & Peele, had its season premiere last night, and not only is it just as funny as ever, it’s also just as biting … and gay. To wit: This sketch during the premiere, in which a black family try wrap their brains around the idea of a gay wedding … and can’t be convinced that it’s just the same as a straight one. This team does more mocking gay issues than some, let’s say, “other” outlets do when trying to sound gay-friendly. But don’t worry: Watching this will not make you pro-gay rallied. Enjoy!