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Sep 2, 2010 05:50 PM

Help me celebrate my 50th in good taste!

Since my family are not exceptional party planners like I am, I am thinking I am going to have to make my own birthday special. Sadly it is on a Monday in late October. I am looking at planning a (Sunday/Monday) 12 course 2 day progressive dining event with all my favorite dishes over two days- With a night at a nice hotel (taking suggestions for that too) and friends will be invited to pick a venue/dish and join me on the journey for a dish that they like. Anyway. I am looking for the best in D for the following:

stuffed mushrooms, crab cakes, onion rings, wood fired pizza (mushroom-cheese-onion/classic type),
lobster (could be a dish), scallops, shrimp (scampi?), pasta (carbonara?)
smoked brisket could sub for a seafood here.
cheesecake, creme brulee, chocolate mousse or an amazing peanut butter and chocolate dessert, open to a suggestion for #12

not to worry, my spouse and I will probably share a good number of these. ahd it will be well paced.

Tell me your recommended venue......I have a few suggestions already. I just haven't been around enough to know.

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  1. Crab Cakes-Oceannaire
    Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert-Stephen Pyles Heaven and Hell Cake
    Creme Brulee-Adelmo's
    Lobster-souffle at Rise No. 1

    1. For wood fired, traditional pizza would have to go with Cavalli Pizza in Irving.

      and for brisket I really love Lee's in Haslet but that is a trek and he's closed on Sunday's and only for lunch the other days. I like it because its traditional Texas style but a little sweet, sort a hint of Carolina-style

      Lee's Hickory Smoked Bbq
      103 Schoolhouse Rd, Haslet, TX 76052

      Cavalli Pizza
      3601 Regent Blvd, Irving, TX 75063

      1. I would recommend staying at the Stoneleigh Hotel which has been remodeled beautifully. I ate at Bolla recently and loved it and would recommend their Pan Seared Branzino fish as your 12th course.

        Bolla Restaurant
        2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas, TX 75201

        1. If you can't access Il Cane Rosso, Maurizio's in Coppell also does a great wood fired pizza.