Blythe Beck Is Campaigning to Keep Her Job At Kitchen LTO, Which Is Just the Dumbest

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Whether or not you appreciate the come-and-go nature of restaurateur Casie Caldwell's Kitchen LTO concept, you have to admit that it's interesting. The idea of a constantly rotating slate of chefs has promise, especially in attracting new talent to Dallas' culinary scene. Some of the restaurant's components may get a little lost in translation during the furious shuffle from one chef to another, but there's no disputing that the concept has merit.

Which is why current LTO chef Blythe Beck's campaign to stick around at the restaurant past her original four-month tenure really doesn't make a whole lot of damn sense. Beck, whose butter-drenched southern comfort food is certainly popular in Dallas, launched a campaign on Facebook this week, urging users to "like" her Facebook page to show support. If the page reaches 1,000 likes by December 31, Eater Dallas reports that the chef will be able to keep her job for another four months.

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The West End Is Getting a Brewery

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Mark Graham
John Sims at his former brewery, Four Corners.
The West End's glory days in Dallas have long since passed. Now, the touristy area is just a couple of sad-looking chain restaurants and the House of Blues. Most people in Dallas haven't even been to the West End since the 1990s, but you may soon have a delicious new reason to head to the Downtown-adjacent neighborhood after work: beer.

Craft breweries have been popping up in Dallas at a thrilling rate in the past few years, and a new West End brewery from former Four Corners brewmaster John Sims may be one of the most exciting announcements to come out of the West End in over a decade. As Robert Wilonsky reported at The Dallas Morning News yesterday, Sims and his business partners applied for a permit to open an "alcoholic beverage establishment" on the first floor of the building that once housed The Butcher Shop.

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Driftwood Closes, Leaves a Striped Bass-Shaped Hole in Oak Cliff's Heart

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Amy McCarthy
Driftwood, now shuttered.
It seems like this week, plumbing issues are damned and determined to take out some of Dallas' best places to buy and eat delicious food. First, we found out that Tom Spicer was losing his Spiceman 1410 storefrontover extensive plumbing issues in his ancient building, and now, Driftwood in Bishop Arts has shuttered permanently after closing earlier this month to repair similar issues.

Now, Driftwood owners Misery Loves Company, who you likely know as Sal Jafar II and Michael Martensen, look to relocate their seafood-driven restaurant. As the entrepreneurial pair told (of all fucking people) The Dallas Morning News' Leslie Brenner, the restaurant's "number one complaint" was its location in a small, nondescript building beside Bolsa Mercado along 635 West Davis Street.

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Tom Spicer, Dallas' Longtime Local Veggie Supplier, Is Losing His Shop

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Spicer, via Spicer
On Tom Spicer's little patch of land in East Dallas, Spicer's Spiceman 1410 has been providing local produce to all of Dallas' best restaurants for years, and also operated a small retail shop in a space adjacent to Jimmy's Food Store. If you've ever had that especially spicy arugula or sweet and crisp pea tendrils that Spicer cultivates every year, you know exactly how important Spicer's bounty really is.

Now, though, thanks to his landlord, Spicer will be forced to vacate the current shop space by the end of the month. As SideDish reported last week, Spicer was notified by his landlord that the building would need extensive plumbing work that would likely involve tearing the floor out of the tiny shop that sits in front of the garden. Initially, sources said that Spicer would be forced to also vacate the garden, but a comment on Facebook from Spicer last night indicated that the garden is a separately owned parcel of land, so he "may not" be leaving the garden.

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Eureka, an Uptown Bar and Grill Devoted to Meat and Whiskey, Is Now Open

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Cody Neathery
The Bison Burger
When Henderson Avenue's Tried and True closed last year, its departure further reduced the stock of restaurants or bars with dedicated menus for whiskey. Scotch and Sausage has helped fill the void, but the need for whiskey-friendly joints is still in demand.

Hello, California-based Eureka.

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Frosted Art Bakery's 716-Pound Christmas Cake Is Going to Be on Food Network Tonight

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That's a CAKE. It's bigger than PEOPLE.
The holiday season is 65 percent about desserts, or it should be. There are pies, trifles, bars and cookies to choose from, but most importantly, there are cakes. Your mom is probably busy making her famous lemon bars or chocolate chip cookies, but the bakers at Dallas' Frosted Art Bakery have been working on a project of much larger proportions.

The team of whiz bakers, led by shop owner Bronwen Weber, has been working tirelessly to construct a massive Christmas-tree cake for Food Network's annual holiday special. The result is a 716-pound cake that looks like a sculpture of Grandma's tree. Over 18-dozen eggs, 128 pounds of fondant, and a Paula Deen-approved 97 pounds of butter went into baking the cake, which was actually pretty delicious, according to Weber.

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Small Brewpub Opens Tonight in Oak Cliff

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Misti Noris
A charcuterie plate from Small.
After a long wait, Small Brewpub, the Oak Cliff brewpub that promises to turn the Gordon Bierch beer-and-pub-grub model upside down (before tossing it in the Trinity) opens tonight for its first full dinner service. Over previous weekends, Small has held a number of semi-private events at the restaurant, pouring their small batch beers for friends and Oak Cliff natives.

The brewery officially opened to the public this Tuesday, but the kitchen has remained idle as executive chef Misti Norris finalizes her menu. This evening executive she'll fire up her team sending plates of local inspired and hand crafted food out to the dining room.

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Truck Yard Is Hosting a White Trash Christmas Party

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Catherine Downes
They'll hardly have to decorate.
If you think about it, the holidays are at least a little trashy. Unless you grew up in some fancy household where Christmas dinner is actually served on China and you're expected to wear non-stretchy pants, you're probably going to be spending the time leading up to December 25 fighting with your relatives and eating lots of things covered in Velveeta cheese. What could be more white trash than that?

Maybe you'll find a trashier scene than your Aunt Betty's trailer at Truck Yard's first-annual White Trash Christmas Party. Hosted at everyone's favorite "adult playground" on December 13, the party will include all of the essential elements of a white trash Christmas, most notably lots and lots of booze.

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Six Awesome Food Events in Dallas This Weekend, December 11-14

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Not this kind of tea party.
Unleash your inner Dowager Countess of Grantham at The Dallas Arboretum. The Arboretum is hosting a special three-course holiday tea every day from now through January 4. Guests will enjoy a first course of roasted chestnut soup with cheese wafer, a second course of assorted tea sandwiches and a dessert course. To attend the tea, you must be 13 years or older (because nothing spoils a good tea like a small child.) Prices range between $47 and $57 and include parking and admission to the garden. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 214.515.6511.

What it be: Holiday Tea at the Dallas Arboretum

When it do: Now through January 4 - tea times are twice a day, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Where dat is: Restaurant DeGolyer (in the Aboretum) 8525 Garland Road Dallas, Texas

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Peticolas and Other Craft Brewers Are Suing Texas Over Distribution Laws

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Mark Graham
Is the state of Texas standing in the way of craft breweries? Michael Peticolas thinks so.
The craft brewery explosion across the country is the unlikeliest of events, especially in Texas. Ten years ago, no one would have thought that the entire state of Texas -- least of all Dallas-Fort Worth -- would be home to some of the country's finest craft brewers, but here we are. Unfortunately, the Texas Legislature decided to strangle the growth of these up-and-coming small businesses with a provision in SB 639, known as the "Sale Restriction."

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission governs the sale of booze in Texas with a pretty complicated set of laws, defined as the "three-tier" system. In this system, businesses that are involved in the production of beer are divided into three tiers: brewers, distributors and retailers. State law further stipulates that these three types of entities are legally required to remain separate.

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