Tasting Notes

Posted on 21 Oct 2010 at 7:10pm

The Grape celebrates its astonishing 38th anniversary this week with a special three-course menu priced, appropriately enough, at $38. From Tuesday through next Saturday, chef-owner Brian C. Luscher will create a chef’s tasting at the venerable romantic bistro. (Luscher prepared his justly award-winning burger for the Burgers and Burgundy DIFFA fundraiser last week, pictured; no word whether that will be on the menu, but you can always ask.) For reservations call 214-828-1981.

The Beaujolais Festival returns to the World Trade Center on Nov. 19. The annual celebration of the young burgundian wine includes Bordeaux and Texas wines, plus food from top restaurants like the Hotel St. Germain, Salum and Sambuca Uptown. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at
FACCDallas.com.

Calling your cookie company Nothing Like It, as mother-and-daughter bakers Lynn Berman and Sara Berman Popek have done, invites skepticism. “I’ve had better,” you’re tempted to say, or, “Yeah… nothing that bad!”

Only you won’t. The cookies — each individually wrapped, like tiny little presents you give yourself — are delicious: Moist (the oatmeal raisin especially; try one with pecans), rich (peanuty peanut butter) and indulgent (rapadoodle — their version of the snickerdoodle). The Dallas-based online-ordering company just launched this month with cookies available by the dozen only now. The sturdy, attractive packaging helps justify the two-bucks-a-cookie price tag, but with cookies, shoes and sex, money should never be an object. Visit NothingLikeIt.com to order.

Addison’s WorldFest promises to let you “travel the world in a weekend,” and while that includes music, dance and a photo exhibit, what we’re attracted to is the food and wine. And that the event has free admission.

On Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., a global food court will offer everything from chicken masala to pierogis, with a “sip and explore” wine garden from 1–4 p.m. Saturday, 2–5 p.m. Sunday. And for $20, Mercy Wine Bar will let you indulge in some wine and cheese tastings with vino from France to New Zealand. Everything takes place at Village on the Parkway, 5100 Belt Line Road.

Thanksgiving’s right around the corner, so that means one thing: Finding someone to cook for you. EatZi’s allows you to order by Monday, Nov. 22 in order to have your meal ready for Thursday. You can order from among choices of breads, turkey and trimmings, salads and stuffing, and of course pies (pecan, pumpkin, apple and cherry). Order online at Eatzis.com.

Sonny Bryan’s is also preparing a catering menu of turkey and ham, green bean casserole and stuffing, rolls, cobbler and tea for $10/person (10 person minimum). You could make it yourself, but isn’t it enough that you have to clean up afterward? Place your order by Nov. 19 to get it in by Turkey Day. SonnyBryans.com.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 22, 2010

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