BREAKING: Chef John Tesar Has Another New Job [Updates in Post]

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Oak has been glowing a strange hue since early this morning
Breaking news from the Dallas food scene: On the heels of the Morning News' possibly wrong report that he is replacing Chef Brian Zenner at Oak, Chef John Tesar, former Spoon and current Knife chef, is scheduled to take the pastry chef slot at CBD Provisions. It's an interesting development following the announcement at Oak and the closing of Spoon and possible reopening of Spoon as well as plans for an Italian restaurant called Fork. Tesar has not offered any public comment at this time, but the Observer is tracking movements at Oak and CBD.

UPDATE: 11:06 a.m. John Tesar's team has just announced, on the heels of the Oak and CBD Provisions announcement, that he'll be working weeknights as a bartender at Uptown's So & So's. Tesar's position as weeknight bartender at So & So's follows the news of his positions as Head Chef at Oak and Pastry Chef at CBD Provisions. A reporter on the scene has noted Tesar is already cleaning the beautiful wood bar with nice towels at So & So's.

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Seven Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, January 22-25

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This is art.

Don Julio Tequila is doing their part to foster an appreciation and understanding for modern art by teaming up with Café Modern. It makes sense, really. So much of the modern art world gets panned by Joe Schmo, whose unimaginative, sober vision of what constitutes art can be summed up by an Albert Bierstadt painting. But plied with a bit of tequila, Joe may find that Twombly isn't so bad, after all. As part of this outreach effort, a four-course pairing dinner will be offered for $89 for non-museum members or $75 for members. The tequila-inspired menu features dishes such as shrimp sangrita, agave BBQ cabrito tamal, mole spice-rubbed steak and cinnamon horchata tres leches cake. For reservations, call 817-840-2157.

What it be: Don Julio Tequila Dinner

When it do: Thursday, January 22 at 6:30 p.m

Where dat is: 3200 Darnell St. Fort Worth, Texas 76107

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John Tesar Is Reportedly Replacing Brian Zenner at Oak, Which Is Weird

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Catherine Downes
Update: This may not be true! But it also may be!

Original post: In this week's "WTF" news, Chef John Tesar may have an interesting new job. Just weeks after it was announced that Tesar would be opening an Italian concept called Fork and shuttering his seafood restaurant Spoon, Leslie Brenner reported late last night that he would be replacing Chef Brian Zenner at Oak, the four-star Aphelia Restaurant Group spot in the Design District.

According to Brenner's after-midnight post, Zenner put in his notice at Oak last week, with intentions to join Adam Salazar and Chris Beardon in opening two gastropub concepts later this year. Zenner earned rave reviews as executive chef at Oak, including a four-star review from Brenner, but said that he was moving on due to "a great opportunity to work with some great people and do some interesting, imaginative things."

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Yolk, a New Breakfast Joint Imported from Chicago, Is Open in Downtown Dallas

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Scott Reitz
Light pours in through the windows at Yolk.
Yolk, the breakfast and lunch restaurant located in One Arts Plaza, opened this week. Dallas is just the second location outside the Chicago area for the chain. Another is open in Indianapolis.

Yolk takes over the space that used to house Cafe des Artistes, a Lombardi restaurant that focused on approachable French cooking. Before that, Screen Door offered southern cooking at the same address, but Yolk takes a decidedly different approach from the restaurants that preceded it.

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Chef DAT, Dallas' Underground Dining King, Will Open Twenty-Seven in Deep Ellum

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Chef DAT and his beloved torch.

After five years of marauding around Dallas and hosting some of the city's best underground dinners, Chef David Anthony Temple is finally getting a permanent home. David Anthony Temple, known to his loyal diners as Chef DAT, will soon begin showcasing his Louisiana-influenced cusine at Twenty-Seven, a new fine-dining concept scheduled to open this month in Deep Ellum.

According to SideDish, Temple's new establishment will offer two seatings each night, one for a three-course prix-fixe dinner, another for a six-course chef's tasting menu.


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2015: The Year of the Meatball in Dallas

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Meatballs prepared from the recipe of Julian Barsotti's Carbone's
Over the Christmas break I traveled to New York City and Washington D.C., where I ate seven meals a day doing my best to absorb as much as possible in each city. While I wandered around, I discovered a few trends on my own, in restaurants that have opened since I last visited -- ramen shops and Izakayas seemed to point to rapidly expanding Japo-fetishism, for instance -- but I also asked friends and family what they had noticed opening over the last year. Most of them remarked a deluge of Italian restaurants.

Some of the new restaurants focus on regional Italian cooking, some specialize in Italian American cooking in an attempt to recreate a lost age. Trends in larger cities have a way of trickling down to smaller ones, and there is evidence this one has already kicked off here in Dallas.

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Dallas Bartenders Kicked Ass At The San Antonio Cocktail Conference

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Amy McCarthy
Even in San Antonio, Dallas is still the best.

Since last Wednesday, I have been punishing my liver with every cocktail known to man in the name of journalism. The annual San Antonio Cocktail Conference, which showcases the work of mixologists throughout the Southwest, is not for the weak of spirit or alcohol tolerance. There is booze everywhere.

Barmen (and women) across the country trekked to San Antonio to showcase their wares, including some of Dallas' favorites. The crew of self-described hooligans from Parliament, Lucky Campbell's fire-hot speakeasy in Uptown, made the drive so that two of their bartenders could compete in the Conference's final event. Eight bartenders from Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, and even Louisiana, went head to head to see who could create the best cocktail inspired by the history and culture of San Antonio. Among them were Dallas' own Brad Bowden and Carlo Biddle of Parliament, and Daniel Guillen of La Duni Latin Kitchen.


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A Coffee Shop Called The Foyer to Open in Dallas This Spring

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A photo board conveying the look and feel of The Foyer, a coffee shop coming to downtown.
Yet another coffee shop is expected to open in downtown Dallas this spring. The Alto 211 building on N. Ervay Street has been slowly filling with tenants who now could use a place to relax outside their bustling offices, says the Dallas Morning News. The new shop, The Foyer, joins a coming second location of Mudsmith, multiple Starbucks and Sərj, a coffee shop and bookstore that opened late last year.

Nile Tuzun is designing the concept and says she's not the least bit worried about competing coffee shops. Tuzun spends half of her work life in San Francisco, where "there's a coffee shop on every corner."

Still, she sounds ready to engage her coffee neighbors in a battle of the beans. "Our competitive edge will be in quality and the price we charge at that quality." Tuzun says she expects prices to stay on par with Starbucks, but with coffee that is a considerably higher quality.

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Italian Restaurant Americano Will Open In The Space Charlie Palmer Vacated At The Joule

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The Joule, Americano's new home.

Downtown Dallas is notorious when it comes to quality restaurants, or at least it used to be. The introduction of CBD Provisions, San Salvaje and other excellent establishments indicate that the neighborhood is changing, but there are still many gaps to be filled in the area's dining scene. Soon, though, a new concept called Americano will hopefully (finally) give the area some much-needed dining diversity.

The Dallas Morning News reported yesterday that Americano, a concept created by the minds at Tim Headington's restaurant/movie production/building smashing company, would go into the space that The Joule had originally intended for Grasslands. In spring 2014, Grasslands was one of the city's most buzzed-about restaurants -- largely due to some big promises about "never offering commodity beef," and working with local farms to have exclusively grown produce. The restaurant was originally scheduled to open in fall 2014, but it looks as if plans for Grasslands may have been shelved indefinitely.

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Dallas' Kate Weiser Is One of North America's 10 Best Chocolatiers

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Amy McCarthy

Since opening her shop last year, Kate Weiser has rapidly made a name for herself as one of the city's most creative chocolatiers. After cutting her teeth at Chocolate Secrets, Weiser opened her Trinity Groves shop before most of us have even paid off our student loans. Now, the rest of the country is starting to take notice of Weiser's delicious chocolates.

In a post on her Instagram feed, Weiser announced yesterday that she had been named to Dessert Professional Magazine's list of best chocolatiers in the entire continent. Each year, the trade publication seeks out the country's best purveyors of desserts of all kinds, including pastry chefs, cake bakers, and of course, chocolatiers.


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