TASTING NOTES • 03.26.10

Posted on 25 Mar 2010 at 11:39am
By Arnold Wayne Jones

The fifth annual No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party puts a casual spin on the formal Black Tie Dinner. The benefit for AIDS Services of Dallas is a two-part event: First, you enjoy dinner at a private home with your friends (or host one yourself); then you can attend the main event: an auction and dessert party held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum next to Love Field. Participating restaurants offering up sweets include Salum,  Hattie’s, Zaguan Cafe and Bakery and Nothing Bundt Cakes. A $40 donation benefits ASD. The dessert party starts at 8 p.m. on March 27.

A lot of  restaurants are offering Easter Sunday brunch specials, but no Easter promotion is more intriguing than The Joule’s. The boutique downtown hotel is sponsoring its Golden Easter Egg Hunt, with clues left on its Twitter feed (#JouleHunt) and Facebook page that will lead intrepid bunnies on a search for an oversized golden egg. The one who finds it first wins a two-night stay in one of its suites, as well as dinner for four at Charlie Palmer. The race begins on March 30.

The Cotes du Coeur is one of the more elaborate food-based fundies, with exceptional chefs gathering to raise money for the American Heart Association.

Among those chefs and sommeliers participating for the 19th annual gala, which takes place at the Hilton Anatole on April 10, are Nana’s Anthony Bombaci, Kent Rathbun of Abacus and Jasper’s, Scott Gottlich of Bijoux and Jeffrey Hobbs of Suze. For tickets, visit DallasWineAuction.com.

The Warwick Melrose Hotel’s Landmark Restaurant has hired Mike Pacheco as its new executive chef. And another local restaurant has a sorta old kitchen head.

Casey Thompson — founding chef at Shinsei, former roommate of Blythe Beck and oh-so-close Top Chef competitor — has been tapped to become executive chef at Fort Worth’s new Brownstone. The Southern-inspired cuisine will be featured when the restaurant opens in May.

It’s old news by now, but one of my local lunch haunts, Tom Tom Noodle House in the West Village, has closed.

There are many reasons gays like Vermont. It was the first state to offer legal same-sex unions statewide is one; another is its very gay-friendly companies, including Ben & Jerry’s. Last fall, after the state legislature changed the "civil union" process to actual "marriage," the yummy ice cream dairy changed the name of its "Chubby Hubby" flavor to "Hubby Hubby" as a nod to its gay followers.

Earlier this month, eponymous co-founder Jerry Greenfield brought that support south to Washington, D.C., by hosting a reception for a gay male couple married under the new District of Columbia marriage law, pictured. We assume dessert included a brand-name ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s — which, if it weren’t the name of a food company sounds like a popular party in Provincetown, let’s face it — also pledged to continue bringing its support and awareness to FreedomToMarry.org.  That’s worth a few scoops. With a cherry on top.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 26, 2010.

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