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Women Stars of Wine & Food

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

















Looking for an awesome food and wine event next week in Dallas?  On Sunday evening February 28th The Dallas chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier is hosting their 2010 Raiser Grazer, Silent Auction and Cork Pull at the Fashion Industry Gallery in downtown Dallas.  The Women Stars of Wine and Food is a who’s who of women who have defined a new era in wine and the culinary arts featuring wine women from California and Texas, as well as food samplings from over twenty of the Dallas chapter chefs and culinary professionals.  Tickets are $45 in advance and $50 at the door.  Purchase tickets at the Les Dames website.  Mary Kimbrough, co-owner of Food Roots, is a Dame and a member of the Dallas chapter.

Olives Ole, Texas International Olive Oil Festival

Saturday, February 20th, 2010












Saturday, March 27, 2010   10 AM to 4 PM

Did you know that Texans are growing olive trees and making olive oil?  If you are in the San Antonio area on March 27th come on out to the Second Annual International Olive Festival of Texas 2010 sponsored by the San Antonio Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier and H-E-B.  The 2010 festival will be held at Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard located at 25195 Mathis Rd., off of I 37, near Elmendorf, Texas (20 minutes south of San Antonio).  Everyone is invited.  Enjoy numerous vendors, gourmet food and Texas wine concessions, cooking demonstrations, health and nutrition seminars, entertainment and an olive buffet featuring olives from around the world to sample and compare.  Tickets are $10 at the gate.  Advanced tickets are available at San Antonio area H-E-B stores.  Proceeds benefit Les Dames d’Escoffier scholarships and community outreach programs.  For more information visit Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard.
















Sandy Oaks Olive Orchard is a 10,000 tree olive ranch.  Owner Sandy Winokur planted her first trees in 1998 and has transformed her love of Mediterranean olive groves into one of the largest olive orchards in the state of Texas with over a dozen varieties of olive trees.  Sandy presses Texas olive oil, sells nursery stock trees and makes oil into various hand-crafted skin care and spa products.


Sustainable Ranching & Producing Grass Fed Beef - The Right Way.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009


A one-day seminar for ranch owners, ranch managers, grass farmers, grass fed beef marketers and anyone interested in sustainable ranching.


Join Jon Taggart, co-owner of Burgundy Pasture Beef, for a first-hand tour of his operation in Grandview, Texas.  Always a cattle rancher, Jon specializes in raising and finishing exclusively 100% Grass Fed cattle.  Jon has a BBS in Agriculture from Texas A & M University and a Ranch Management degree from TCU. He and his wife Wendy have been producing and marketing Grass Fed Beef for 10 years, and have owned and operated a USDA certified processing facility since 2004.


When: Saturday, October 24, 8:30 am until 3:00 pm, lunch is included


Where: Meet at the Burgundy Pasture Beef store, The Burgundy Boucherie, at 800 McDuff Ave, Grandview, Texas.  From there we will go to the ranch about 4 miles east of the store. Grandview is 30 miles South of Ft Worth, just off I35 W. 


To register go to: or call Burgundy Pasture Beef at 817-866-2247.


The Dallas Wine Trail (2)……

Saturday, August 29th, 2009

The Dallas Wine Trail is hosting its Grand Tasting Part Duex on Saturday, September 5 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Visit Inwood Estates Vineyards, Calais Winery, Fuqua Winery and Times Ten Cellars.  Jump to the info here.

Texas Wine and the Twitter Taste Off

Thursday, August 20th, 2009 was started by Jeff Siegel and Dave McIntyre to discuss regional wine, defined as wine that is not from California, Washington or Oregon.  Among many other writing activities Jeff and Dave write The Wine Curmudgeon and the WineLine blogs.  Regional wine is regional because it is distributed regionally, locally or not at all (some is available only at the winery).  Texas wine clearly falls into the category of regional wine, and on August 15th held its first-ever conference and tasting in Dallas. Called the GO TEXAN Conference, the all day event, co-sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Go Texan program, focused on Texas wine and featured some of the state’s best wines, top winemakers, and leading growers.  We were fortunate to be asked to participate.  Mary sat on the first panel of the day discussing Texas wine trends from an agri-tourism and locavore perspective.  I thought a big point of the day was hit home when high plains grower Neal Newsom stated the volume of his high yield and a guy from California laughed out loud and said “That’s not high”.  Growing grapes in Texas is way different from growing grapes in California.  Each grape growing and wine making region in the U.S. has its own unique challenges, successes and failures and the guys from want to talk about it.  And talk they did.  The day ended with a Texas Twitter Taste Off with a room full of some of the best wineries in the state each pouring two of their wines and wine and food writers from all over the U.S. Twittering and blogging about it.  Check out some of the Tweets here and view a couple of YouTube videos here and here.  You can also read more on the conference on Jeff’s and Dave’s blog.

Cheese In The Heart Of Texas - The Event

Saturday, August 15th, 2009




When we walked into the ground floor lobby of the Hilton Austin we could smell the cheese, and the festival was on the fourth floor!  If you love cheese or even if you just like cheese (which includes just about everyone) the American Cheese Society annual Festival of Cheese would be a good thing to put on your Bucket List or 100 things to do before you die list or whatever you call your list.  The 2009 festival in Austin featured a chance to taste over 1000 farmstead, artisan and specialty cheeses and a couple thousand cheese lovers showed up to take it all in.  Where do we start?  External Blue Molded? Cheddar Wrapped in Cloth aged over 12 months?  Fresh Savory Goat’s Milk?  We got selective with our tasting very quickly because there is no way we could possibly taste everything and cheese overload can set in quickly if you don’t pace yourself.  We found a lot of our favorite Texas cheeses and we were able to catch up with Texas cheese makers Paula Lambert, Edgar Diaz, and Stuart and Connie Veldhuizen.  In the end we did pace ourselves pretty well and we headed out in search of a low fat cheese-free dinner.  Sushi was perfect.  The festival is an amazing cheese experience showcasing the vast number of excellent specialty cheeses being made in North America and we are proud of our Texas cheese makers for giving us excellent specialty cheese that we can enjoy every day.  Thanks Y’all.



Texas Cheese Takes the Bleu

Sunday, August 9th, 2009


Texas Cheese was well represented at the American Cheese Society 2009 Judging and Competition in Austin last week.  Four Texas cheese makers took blue ribbons including the Dallas Mozzarella Company for their Queso Oaxaca, Latte Da Dairy in Flower Mound for their Feta with Kalamata Olives and Garland based Lucky Layla Farms (Moo Cheeses) for their Natural Plain Drinkable Yogurt.  Pure Luck in Dripping Springs took two blue ribbons for their Basket Molded Chevre and Hopelessly Bleu goat cheese.  Veldhuizen Family Farm in Dublin, Brazos Valley Cheese in Waco and Deborah Rogers Farmstead Cheese in Fort Worth were also entered in the competition.  Texas cheese makers are doing great things and though our cheese industry is small, our cheese is some of the best in the country.


Cheese In The Heart Of Texas

Monday, July 27th, 2009


The ACS opens their Festival of Cheese to the public.

The American Cheese Society comes to Texas for the first time in 26 years.  The annual conference is for members only, but if you are lucky enough to be in Austin on Saturday, August 8 you can attend the Festival of Cheese.  This is the premiere cheese event in the United States.  It showcases all of the cheeses entered in the Annual Judging & Competition including some great Texas cheese.  The festival will feature more than 1,000 artisan and specialty cheeses from producers throughout North America and it promises to be the most outrageous display of cheeses you have ever experienced.  The festival is at the Hilton Austin at 500 E. 4th street on Saturday August 8 from 5:30 to 9:30.  Tickets are $75 each and are available on the ACS website.  Availability is limited.