Last month, I blogged that comedy writer and on-air cooking show personality Greg Cope White would be in Dallas promoting his new memoir, The Pink Marine with TV appearances and book signings. Well, that was the plan … until White had to have emergency heart surgery at the last minute. He rescheduled his appearances, and will now be  Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park, reading from the book that details his enlistment in the Marine Corps in Dallas while bar hopping along Cedar Springs. And look for an upcoming full interview with White when we talk about his Food Network show Unique Sweets. BN, 7700 W. Northwest Highway. 7 p.m.

The well-respected New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells set off journalistic shockwaves in the culinary world last month when his review of the acclaimed Per Se in New York City bumped Thomas Keller’s fine dining mecca from the rare four-star rating all the way down to two. Well, our own Howard Lewis Russell dined at Per Se barely a week later, and shares with readers the impact of the story — and whether the restaurant still stands up to its storied price for devoted foodies. Look for the piece now on InstanTEA at (Photo is one of the dishes served at Per Se.)

If you’re a fan of culinary history, Bernie Lubbers — aka The Whiskey Professor — is happy to educate you, with some entertainment thrown in. Lubbers will present a musical-informational-culinary dinner at III Forks on Feb. 16 called Bourbon through Bluegrass, in which guests will taste a variety of American whiskeys and dining on chef Chris Vogeli’s menu, which pairs food and booze. The cost is just $45/person. Reservations can be made at

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 5, 2016.