Dallas Arboretum continues Chefs in Nature series

JANICE.door.joy.2015Last month, the Dallas Arboretum launched a new culinary event: Chefs in Nature, where local chefs share recipes, prepare some bites and pair their dishes with a few cocktails. There are three more events scheduled each month. Tomorrow, Aug. 17, will feature community favorite Janice Provost of Parigi, pictured, conjuring up a light menu with two summer cocktails and tips on making her French-Italian fusion food. On Sept. 21, Nikky Phinyawatana of Asian Mint will create the meal. It will all culminate on Oct. 16 with a Harvest Feast featuring six chefs, each preparing a course.

The August and September events run from 6–7:30 p.m. The price is $70 ($63 for members). Learn more here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS: The weekend in food

IMG_1390This past weekend was not only Savor Dallas and a special dinner with Padma Lakshmi through the DMA, but also a benefit honoring local chefs Janice Provost and Chad Houser. Among the events were that tasting at El Centro last night, as well as the inaugural Waffle Wars at Trinity Groves. Here are some photos from both events.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Bits & Bites honors community chefs Janice Provost and Chad Houser


Provost, in pink, and Houser, far right

Cafe Momentum was one of my top new restaurants for 2015, and it’s not just that the food is good, but that the mission is to teach at-risk youth a profession. On Sunday, Cafe Momentum’s co-founders, Chad Houser and Janice Provost (Oak Lawn’s Parigi), are being honored by El Centro Community College’s Food and Hospitality Institute. (We’re big fans of the institute, as well, which embraces teaching about vegan recipes and has taught many notable local chefs, such as Tiffany Derry.)

You can support these heroes of the local food scene by purchasing a ticket to the event — the 8th annual Bits and Bites fundraiser — here. It takes place April 10  from 4–7 p.m. with lots of food and drink supporting a good cause. Bon appetite!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS: Parigi at 30 years

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!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS: Chefs for Farmers

Dive: Southwest poblano corn chowder with shrimp

The gays — and everyone else — turned out for the second annual Chefs for Farmers, the foodiefest in Lee Park. Last year’s event was in May and was a sweltering affair, but the weather Sunday was about as perfect as you could get. The one piece of bad news: It was so popular, a lot of restaurants ran out before the event was over. But if you couldn’t get fat and happy on half of what was available, you weren’t trying very hard.

The winning entry (based on votes by the judges) was from Fearing’s, while Janice Provost’s spicy wild boar bolognese was the attendee’s vote for the best. Blaine Staniford’s braised pork cheek in pumpkin butter was outstanding, as were Jon Stevens’ pumpkin fritter, Katherine Clapner’s liquid chocolate with carrot-lemon foam and Garreth Dickey’s butterscotch pudding which were all at the top of my list.

If you missed it, enjoy some mouthwatering photos after the jump. (Note: This post corrects chef’s name and the addition of the judges’ selection for best of the fest.)

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Ladies get cookin’ at Dames in the City Sunday

With apologies to Oscar Hammerstein, there is nothing like Les Dames.

That’s Les Dames d’Escoffier, the organization of women in the food game. And their big annual event, Dames in the City: Raiser Grazer 2012, comes to Union Station downtown on Sunday.

Two dozen women chefs, winemakers and purveyors from across North Texas, including former Cuidad chef Joanne Bondy (Old Hickory Steakhouse at the Gaylord Texan), Janice Provost (Parigi), Sharon Hage (formerly of York Street), Paula Lambert (The Mozzarella Company), food writer June Naylor for Perini Ranch in Buffalo Gap, and more.

The event runs 5–8 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $50 and can be obtained at LDEDDallas.org.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Good eatin’: Sunday’s Chefs’ Picnic at the Lake

Part of me wonders why anyone who lives in Texas ever plans to do anything outdoors between Memorial Day and Labor Day. But then you have a nice event like Sunday’s Chefs’ Picnic at the Lake, and you know.

The food-a-thon started Saturday with a series of events — brunch to late-dinner — and concluded Sunday with a well-attended but still fairly intimate barbecue, all hosted by top local chefs. Sunday’s picnic, commemorating the centennial of White Rock Lake, featured fresh Texas peaches, watermelon salad, orzo, baked beans, grilled chicken, beef brisket and delicious housemade salad from host-chef Brian C. Luscher of The Grape (pictured with Parigi’s Janice Provost). There were also banana puddings, cupcakes and best of all: Iced tea vodka from Deep Eddy. And I managed to stay in the shade most of the time with a breeze off the water.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones