Perini Ranch wins James Beard Award

Atop the famed iron armadillo at James Beard winner Perini Ranch Steakhouse

It’s the Oscars of the culinary world, the James Beard Awards (named after the late gay gourmand). Winning one is a feather in a cap — and in this case, that cap is a Stetson. Perini Ranch Steakhouse, the home to the annual Buffalo Gap Wine and Food Summit, is one of five recipients this year of the the Beard Foundation’s American Classic Award, which often goes to family-owned foodie businesses that have maintained their local character. The steaks there are excellent, as is the brunch if you’re lucky enough to get it, but it’s no doubt the steakhouse’s participation in the summit that helped bring it to the attention of the foundation. The Perinis attract some of the best culinary talent in the nation, many from the Metroplex (owner Tom Perini’s daughter, Caroline, is co-owner of Dallas’ Easy Slider food truck, and she is actually featured in tomorrow’s Readers Voice Awards). And the upcoming summit, in just a month’s time, will be the final appearance of legendary Dallas chef Stephan Pyles.

Congrats to the Perinis!

—  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

—  Arnold Wayne Jones