Thursday, June 11, 2009

Cozy Find in Downtown Grapevine - Into the Glass

Sometimes I forget just how charming historic downtown Grapevine can be. Yesterday a co-worker of mine suggested we venture over to Main Street in Grapevine to have lunch at one of her favorite hideaway spots. Into the Glass is a cozy wine bar & Texas cafe owned by Wayne Turner. Wayne was behind the bar when we walked in from the sultry sun blaring sidewalk to the darkened, cool cafe with local art work on display. He greeted us right away and sat us like family, making us feel completely at home and sharing his specials of the day. Specials included halibut tacos with choice of one side and lamb chops over field greens with sauteed mushroom salad and a balsamic drizzle.

I chose the lamb and Wayne picked me out a nice California Zinfandel to go with the dish. The chops were perfectly done and the fresh greens were peppery and stood up well to the meat and Zin. My co-worker had the fish tacos with a side of gorgonzola grits. The halibut was flaky and flavorful. The grits - gorgonzola lovers look out! These creamy grits were bursting with pungent, cheesey goodness.

Wayne sources as much of his produce locally as he can, visiting several Farmer's markets each weekend and hitting up F.M. 1410. He was an attentive, gracious host, and I love the fact that none of their plates match! If you find yourself near Grapevine - I recommend stopping by the eclectic Into the Glass.
322 S. Main St. , Grapevine, Texas

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Supper Clubs

I was curious if anyone had any interest in a local supper club concept for Slow Food Dallas. We always meet at restaurants but during the summer growing season I would think it would be better dining al fresco at say a member farm. I am just throwing out ideas but I have included some links to a few I found.

Here are a few ideas I pulled up from a quick Google search:

Food Creates Community from here in the DFW area

Dai Due from Austin

Pick Your Own

I wanted to share the website below with everyone if they are in the mood to pick you own this year. The listings are by county (surrounding DFW) and include what is available. I would highly suggest you call the farm to get directions and to see what is in season before you head out. Also I make to claims to the accuracy of the information (i.e. phone numbers)

This coupled with several Slow Food Dallas member farms would make a generous list of local farms.