By Arnold Wayne Jones Staff Writer

Fuse, Parigi compete for best salad; Restaurant Week begins Monday

Joanne Bondy displays a salad that she hope will help her win the annual Caesar Salad Competition.

Restaurant Week, where many eateries offer prix fixe dinners with a portion going to charity, officially runs Aug. 13-19, but many participants tack on an additional seven days for good measure.

When you’re done gorging yourself during that orgy of food, consider finishing up with a salad.

But not just any salad of iceberg and cherry tomatoes. The 16th annual Caesar Salad Competition, sponsored by the American Institute of Wine & Food, returns to the Adam’s Mark Hotel on Aug. 26, starting at 4:30 p.m.

If you think salad can’t be filling enough for an entire meal, you’ve never been to one of these elaborate fetes, where 10 acclaimed chefs turn romaine, anchovy and Caesar dressing into works of culinary art and you get to vote on the winner. Those competing include Janice Provost with Oak Lawn’s Parigi, Blaine Staniford with Fuse, former Ciudad chef Joanne Bondy, now at Old Hickory Steakhouse at the Gaylord and Julia Lopez, corporate chef with La Duni and executive chef at the recently-opened Alo. Call 214-696-2493 for reservations.

If you don’t make it downtown for the Caesar competition, try being there for one of Chef Staniford’s wonderful tasting menus at Fuse. He prepares scores of off-menu items and clever takes on classic dishes all right outside the kitchen. Visit for reservations.

Wanna see some real beefcake? How about nearly a full pound? Wednesdays in August, Victory Tavern down at Victory Park will offer a special three-course dinner that includes a heaping 14 oz. cut of prime rib for $29.95.

Chile Pepper magazine’s annual celebration of spicy food, called ZestFest, gets underway Sept. 7-9 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth.
Grady Spears, the local chef also known as the “Cowboy Cook,” will present a cooking demonstration, as will many others. Learn more at

Urban Taco offers $5 Palomas on Mondays from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., half-priced margaritas on Tuesdays and a “build your own bucket of beer” on Fridays. Want to know more about the taqueria? Look for a review next month.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 10, 2007 game mobiрекламный щит стоимость