By Arnold Wayne Jones

Hector’s unveils prix fixe menu; Beaujolais Fest pops cork Nov. 21

Hector’s on Henderson celebrates the start of its fifth year in business with a "Wall Street meets the Naughty Kitchen" prix fixe menu. For $35 weekdays before 7 p.m., chef Blythe Beck and proprietor Hector Garcia, pictured, offer a three-course dinner that includes tiger shrimp with Anson Mills grits and diver scallops, plus of course the decadent candy apple crème brulee.

If you’d always wanted to try Aurora but have been scared away by the famously high prices, don’t miss their daily prix fixe lunch menu. For under $20, chef-owner Avner Samuel’s kitchen presents three courses (starter, entrée and dessert), plus one of the signature amuses bouches. Among the selections are the most luscious free-range chicken and a trio of housemade sorbets. Yum. If you have more to spend, try a four-course lunch with wine pairings for $95 at the November cooking class on Nov. 22 (theme: holiday meals).

Also open for lunch now — at least on Fridays through Dec. 26 — is Lower Greenville’s romantic bistro The Grape.

Fuse, Downtown’s gay-friendly Tex-Asian eatery, is under new management as of this summer, and has unveiled a new menu for the fall, designed by executive chef Robbie Lewis, formerly with Salum. The restaurant will also reveal its new look this month.

The French-American Chamber of Commerce of Dallas/Fort Worth celebrates its 5th anniversary Beaujolais Festival held, as per tradition, on the Friday following the third Thursday in November (that’s Nov. 21 for those who don’t like math). In addition to the recent Beaujolais nouveau, there will be vintage Southern burgundy favorites.

Along with loads of wines, food will be provided Creperie du Chateau, Salum, the Hotel St. Germain, Alo, the Mozzarella Company, Tony’s Warehouse and others. Tickets for the World Trade Center event are $55 and available at

Uptown’s Sangria Tapas y Bar now offers live music with the food throughout the week, as well as half-price pitchers of sangria every Monday from 4 to 7 p.m.

—Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 14, 2008.

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