Scenes from the Big Oyster Bash

IMG_8009Chefs from FT33, The Grape, Knife, Stock & Barrel, TJ’s Seafood, The Slow Bone, Spoon and others competed at the first annual Big Oyster Bash Sunday (held, appropriately enough, on Pearl Street), and as one of the hosts and judges, I had the distinction of announcing the judges’ selection for best of the lot, and the winner was … Stephen Rogers of Gemma, who did two dishes: A steak tartare and a baked oyster on the half shell.

The inaugural event was well-attended, and the wine and beer held out longer than the food, which was well-received (including two non-oyster dishes: a pork and grilled pimento cheese sammy from The Grape and a croissant bread pudding from Stock & Barrel’s John Stevens, who tied with John Tesar of Spoon and Knife for attendees’ favorite). There were special appearances (by the Dallas Naked Cowboy and the Dallas Mavericks drum band), plus plenty of happy people.

Here are some scenes from the festivities. Chefs for Farmers’ main event will return to Lee Park in April.



—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Food Network casting home cooks for reality series Saturday

Food Network host Alton Brown is due in Dallas later this month, but you don’t have to wait until then to meet someone from that channel. On Saturday, producers will be in Dallas searching for the next great home cook. Last season, the show America’s Best Cook (it will be renamed for the upcoming season) was won by Stephanie Goldfarb, a lesbian from Chicago, so the LGBT community is batting .1000 so far with queer cooks! (Subject to change.)

If you’re interested, come by the Dallas Farmers Market between 1 and 6 p.m. Oct. 18 with a savory dish (no desserts!) that highlights your cooking style, plus a photo of yourself and your dish. Or visit for more details. Bonne chance… and bon appetit!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Chefs for Farmers’ Big Oyster Bash tickets on sale

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!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Gay men shot at apartment near Farmer’s Market

David Zaragoza, left, Travis Vanderlaan

Two gay men were shot in a robbery at the Camden Farmer’s Market apartments at 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Police identified the victims as David Zaragoza, 31, and Travis Vanderlaan, 23.

Injuries to one of the victims have been reported as life-threatening.

At least one suspect was arrested and money stolen in the robbery has been recovered. Dallas Police’s LGBT liaison, Officer Laura Martin, is confirming details of the shooting and more information will appear in Friday’s Dallas Voice.

—  David Taffet