Tasting notes

Pyramid scores chef trifecta; foodie app GrubHub debuts

IMG_1029edFor more than a decade, the Rising Star Chef competition of the Dallas Wine & Food Festival has singled out local culinary masters expert at pairing food and wine. For the first time ever, three past winners share the same kitchen: The Pyramid’s exec chef Andre Natera (2003 white wine winner) is ably assisted by exec sous chef Paul Peddle and sous chef Andrew McDonald (2011 white and red wine winners, respectively). Their winning dishes have changed a bit, but the quality of them is excellent, with Peddle’s pan-seared cod with caper sauce, pictured, unforgetably terrific.

There’s a new web site (and smartphone app) to help the savvy foodie find his way about the Dallas culinary scene. On Wednesday, GrubHub.com launched its Dallas version. The app (similar to UrbanSpoon.com) takes your address and your preferred style of cuisine and matches you up with something to your liking nearby. What sets it apart, though, is that you can also order for delivery or pickup. To induce first-timers, the site is offering a $10 off coupon at GrubHub.com/DallasSneakPeek until Sept. 11. Dallas is the 14th city covered by the app.

It takes balls to make cake for five years… or does it take five years to make cake balls? Whichever. Point is, the Cake Ball Company celebrates its nickel anniversary Friday with $1 balls — can’t beat that at a stripper bar. You can also get a quarter-off coupon from their website.

From Aug. 22 to 27, Sprinkles Cupcakes will donate 100 percent of its sales of the vanilla milk choc cake (adorned with a gold star) to Vogel Alcove, a charity helping homeless children.

Grant Morgan has been named executive chef at the Park Lane location of Bailey’s Prime Plus, following local stints at Luqa and Dragonfly. At the Landmark Restaurant at the Melrose, Mike Pacheco has been named exec chef.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 19, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Weenies & Martinis fundraiser tonight at Jack’s Backyard

These weiners don’t tweet
We’re not sure what culinary masters would think of this pairing, but Weenies & Martinis sounds just fine to us. The Lone Star Ride fundraiser features a weiner roast (jokes welcome), s’mores and all the ingredients for a grown-up campfire. The best part is that 100 percent of the proceeds go to LSR Fighting AIDS.

DEETS: Jack’s Backyard, 2303 Pittman St. 7:30 p.m. $20. Search the event on Facebook.com

—  Rich Lopez

Best bets • 06.10.11

Saturday 06.11

These weiners don’t tweet
We’re not sure what culinary masters would think of this pairing, but Weenies & Martinis sounds just fine to us. The Lone Star Ride fundraiser features a weiner roast (jokes welcome), s’mores and all the ingredients for a grown-up campfire. The best part is that 100 percent of the proceeds go to LSR Fighting AIDS.

DEETS: Jack’s Backyard, 2303 Pittman St. 7:30 p.m. $20. Search the event on Facebook.com

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Sunday 06.12

Next comes the senior discount
Likely your funny bone has been tickled by Paul J. Williams at one point or another. So pay him back with birthday greetings at his 50 and Fabulous gathering in the upstairs bar. He’ll appreciate your presence far more than the subscription to AARP that will be in his mailbox soon.

DEETS: JR.’s Bar & Grill, 3923 Cedar Springs Road. 9 p.m. PaulJWilliams.com

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Tuesday 06.14

The Holy Grail comes to town
Seriously, our email inboxes should be called Spamalot, but those Monty Python people took it before we could. King Arthur’s quest never came across as all that funny until now in this musical version of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

DEETS: Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave. 8 p.m. Through June 26. $15–$70. DallasSummerMusicals.org

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 10, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens