Last year, my first DFN post was about attending SavorDallas. Â Well, itâ€™s been a year and, once again, we attended Saturdayâ€™s International Grand Tasting.
This yearâ€™s event relocated from downtown to the new Irving Convention Center, providing an opportunity to check out the enormous brown spaceship now looming over Las Colinas. Â Turns out the buildingâ€™s off-putting exterior creates some interesting indoor/outdoor spaces that event organizers turned into â€œdestinationsâ€ like the Cadillac Chocolate Lounge and a Sâ€™Mores Lounge hosted by Fiji Water. Â The variety of venues within a venue only added to the sense there was a lot to take in â€“ aside from countless wine,s spirits and beers, and tasting portions from 60+ of Dallasâ€™ best restaurants.
This year, every guest got one of those handy trays (emblazoned with American Airlines logo) that helps you manage an appetizer plate and a wine glass one-handed. Â A nice addition that really improves the experience.
D Magazineâ€™s SideDish blog just posted their top ten list from the event. Â Rather than reprise those (though I do have to applaud Bistro 31â€™s Escargot and Pork Belly with Polenta), Iâ€™ll highlight some of the other dishes I enjoyed.
The Braised Beef Short Rib from Dallas Chop House stood out for its melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and full flavor. Nick & Samâ€™s dished up a hearty portion of Chicken Andouille Sausage and Lobster Gumbo Over Dirty Rice. Â It was phenomenal. Â The Landmark Restaurant in the Warwick Melrose Hotel was beckoning guests to experience the restaurant again, with a delicious Shrimp and Gazpacho dish. Â In addition to the Kobe Beef Tataki Side Dish highlighted, Five Sixty was also preparing fresh sashimi â€“ a nice touch.
I love dessert. Â And, like last year, highlights included chocolates from Stephen Smithâ€™s nib Chocolates and Kate Weiserâ€™s Chocolate Secrets. Â The Texas Tortuga from nib never fails, nor do the beautiful and delicious creations from Chocolate Secrets whose PB&J confection was a delight.
Still, I think one of my favorite desserts of all time has to be Whiskey Cake from the restaurant of the same name. Â I love this stuff. Â TJ Lengnick was handing it out, and heâ€™s just as affable as his restaurantâ€™s vibe. Â Whiskey Cake should make everyoneâ€™s Top 10 list.
The retailer who likely benefited most from their presence at SavorDallas is Artizone. Â Check it out. Â Gourmet home delivery. Not only can you buy goodies from Scardello Cheese and a host of other great food providers, you can order from JJ&B (Jellies, Jams & Butters) whose Sweet Onion Jam and Fig & Walnut Jam have to be among my new favorite treats.
Now Dining Out in Dallas is tomorrow evening. Â Duty calls.