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battman1_2000 Feb 23, 2010 01:44 PM

Just saw this story about 48 Nights in Oak Cliff. The idea is unique!
Does anyone know if this concept will be ongoing at other locations around the metroplex or is this just a 1 shot deal?

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    gavlist RE: battman1_2000 Feb 23, 2010 01:53 PM

    as far as I know, it's just the one location... but a 48 shot deal.

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      DallasDude RE: gavlist Feb 23, 2010 02:43 PM

      As of right now it is a charitable gig that restaurateurs Chris Jeffers, Chris Zielke and Tim Byres set up to close in six months. The effort will be hosted by more than two dozen area chefs and is scheduled to close in six months. The menu is prix fixe and I believe it is seventy-five per person, for a total donation of a thousand per night they are open (Monday and Tuesday).

      This benefits the Red Cross and the food bank.

      Nice deal. Anyone been yet? I heard Marc Cassell kicked butt.

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        gavlist RE: DallasDude Feb 23, 2010 02:57 PM

        I was there. Pretty good meal, all in all, with only a couple of shortcomings. I'd say that it was probably worth the $75 once you consider the food (both the fact that it's a special menu and the quality of execution), the atmosphere and the fact that it is a charitable contribution.

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      CocoaNut RE: battman1_2000 Feb 23, 2010 03:52 PM

      Saw this on the news last night. The idea originated in Europe. The building is slated to be torn down - so I'm assuming the premises were "donated" for the gig to raise money for the non-profit organizations. My take-away was that if the concept is <financially> successful, there will likely be others spring up about the metro.... assuming they can keep quality chefs interested and willing.

      http://www.wfaa.com/community/Eclecti...

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        DallasDude RE: CocoaNut Feb 23, 2010 04:14 PM

        gavlist can you tell me more about your meal? I understand in addition there is a corkage?

        Mondays are a tough night, but hope to make it next week. Is it like we hear, mystery chef until you arrive?

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          gavlist RE: DallasDude Feb 23, 2010 05:01 PM

          I posted way more than you want to know about my meal over on dallasfood :) along with pictures taken by a dining companion. I didn't actually bring anything to drink, so I don't know about the corkage fee... I would have guessed not, but I have no data. The menu was released a week in advance, but the chef was supposed to be a secret until we walked into the dining room and saw him standing there.

          If mondays are tough, they do the same menus on tuesdays as well.

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            DarnellErwinFletcher RE: gavlist Feb 24, 2010 07:21 AM

            There was no corkage. I enjoyed the entree quite a bit (beef cheek/stroganoff risotto... One complaint was none of the dishes were very hot (or even warm in one instance) likely because there is no hot plate and everyone is served at the same time.

            Also, if you do go, be sure to tip your servers people!

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        dfwtexex RE: battman1_2000 Feb 24, 2010 09:57 AM

        We went last night. Great experience. The food was terrific and there was plenty of it. Marc Cassel (Park / Gren Room) was the Chef. We had (i) Scallops with grits and candied bacon, (ii) lamb loin over arugula with aged balsamic, (iii) beef cheeks with wild mushrooms and noodles, and (iv) chocolate cake with orange/cream ice cream and pistachios. I am paraphrasing because the actual dishes were more nicely described! There is no corkage fee. The menu for each week will be posted in advance so that you can pair your wines, but the chef for the week is not introduced until the first reception (30 minutes before seating, there is a little mixer with complimentary wine and snacks - a nice fruit, cheese, and honey plate last night). Seating is family style with shabby chic furniture and plates donated for use by the some of the beneficiary charities (Salvation Army for one). The room is an old taqueria that is being repurposed until it is town down. Fun, festive atmosphere.

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          OCNC RE: dfwtexex Feb 24, 2010 02:43 PM

          That sounds amazing! This should go in the COOL THINGS IN DALLAS topic!

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          DKS1 RE: battman1_2000 Feb 25, 2010 12:55 PM

          I'm really eager to try this... The website is helpful and I like how they post the menu two weeks at a time. That will help in making the decision when to go, I think... Glad to hear that for the most part things have been good. It's such a neat concept. I'll be sure to give a report when/if we go.... If it's as successful as they are hoping it to be, then I imagine we'll be seeing these sprout up all over the place in the coming months/years. How fun!

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            battman1_2000 RE: battman1_2000 Feb 25, 2010 02:08 PM

            Now I'm trying to figure out why some nights for March are already sold out when the menu hasn't been posted. Somebody's gotta know something!!!

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              JonFromTJs RE: battman1_2000 Feb 26, 2010 10:14 AM

              i thought it was a great event for a great cause. i only had one complaint which was completely understandable, but also (i think) easily fixable. THe food was delicious, but several plates were cold. that's because they have a guerrilla set up and not a normal kitchen. im not a chef, but they need some heat lamps, chafind dishes, an electric cambro/warming drawer...something to keep the food a little hotter.

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                mere07 RE: JonFromTJs Mar 10, 2010 11:15 AM

                Did anyone go this week? If so, who were the chefs?

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                  air RE: mere07 Mar 10, 2010 11:30 AM

                  Monday was Sharon Hage (York Street) and tuesday was Graham Dodds (Bolsa). That scorpion/grasshopper dinner sounded pretty exciting and I'd love to hear about it too.

                  http://www.pegasusnews.com/news/2010/...

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              JillandPeterEat RE: battman1_2000 Mar 29, 2010 12:08 PM

              Anyone go last week? I have not been able to find out who the most recent chefs were, not on the website, or thier twitter account.

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                bmdaniel RE: JillandPeterEat Mar 29, 2010 12:32 PM

                It was Sarah Johannes from 560, and was pretty spectacular. She did different menus each night, I had the Tuesday menu.

              2. DallasDude RE: battman1_2000 Sep 21, 2010 08:36 PM

                As we all know by now the nearly year long event was a runaway success. I attended a few and worked a few of these, including the last night. I am attaching a few photos. One thing I did not mention in my story was that there were 5 amuse-bouche served. They were not listed on the program and I was out of the building when most were served.

                Another interesting note you may not have heard concerning the event. Each night a chef worked the event they were asked to choose one of the many odd and mismatched plates used for service. The chef signed the plate with a sentiment. These plates were sold at a silent auction the last evening. It was fun to see the plates lined up before they were labeled to figure out who they were.

                Rock on...

                http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/cityo...

                 
                 
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