Earlier this month, Texas Spice at the Omni Dallas Hotel launched a new monthly Artisan Dinner Series. Each month, guests will enjoy dishes created by the Chef of Texas Spice with cocktail pairings, featuring local beverage companies. We had the honor of attending February's installment with TX Whiskey. Let me start off by saying how outstanding our night was. Everything, and I truly mean EVERYTHING, was absolutely incredible.
As far as TX Whiskey goes... WOW! Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. from Fort Worth really struck gold with this whiskey. TX Whiskey smells like vanilla bean, oak, and pear, tastes like honey butter, banana, caramel, and coffee, and is 82 proof! Learn more about Firestone and Robertson Distilling Co. here.
Thanks to Texas Spice, we were able to enjoy some tasty craft cocktails, created by their very own bartenders! Their spin on a Mint Julep may be my new favorite whiskey drink. I fell in love with how light it tasted and would gladly sit on their patio every weekend to sip on this delight. Another great drink of the night was the Witty Comeback. The flavor was so amazing and wasn’t too heavy even though it was a whiskey drink.
Now, let's get to the food!
Let's just say, one of us (the one that can eat all that cheesy goodness) scarfed down that soup!
Crisp Braised Pork Belly and Seared Diver Scallop
I’ll be honest here. Scallops are still a texture I’m trying to get used to, so I tend to shy away from eating them. But, hello! I was pleasantly surprised by not only how well it was cooked, but how flavorful it was. The Crispy Braised Pork Belly was the perfect pair in texture. It was so tender and basically melted in our mouths.
Tri Chili Rubbed Beef Tenderloin, Braised Beef Cheek Croquette, Whole Grain Mustard Whipped Potatoes, Baby Carrots, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, Smoked and Seared Shitake Mushrooms
Every bite was different, delicious, and amazing with so many flavors on the plate. The Beef Tenderloin was so soft and well seasoned, easily one of the best steaks in Dallas. Maybe Texas Spice will start packaging that Tri Chili Rub to sell (wink, wink)?
Apricot Sticky Toffee Pudding
Let me be honest, it was painful to watch the others around me eat this dessert because of how pretty it looked, not to mention all the "mmmm" sounds going on around me. I was told the dessert was not too sweet but completely decadent. If there was a way to make this dairy free, someone please share!
Now these aren’t on the menu, but pudding wouldn’t be pudding without dairy, right? Chef Kristina Kent made me these special Berry Tacos covered in cinnamon sugar. I was already stuffed when they brought these out, but I devoured every bite of them anyways.
Bottomline: the food at Texas Spice is nothing to mess with. Sourcing locally allows every plate to be flavorful and fresh meaning you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
And to Chef Donald Chalko, I truly want to thank you for your work in creating plates that were dairy-free. It means a lot to be able to try all the same food and not be left starving!
The next Artisan Dinner will feature Trinity River Distillery on Friday, March 10 from 6:30-10:00pm. For more information and to reserve your spot, visit their Facebook event here.