Jean-Charles Boisset shares his new book “Alchemy of the Senses” Photo: Lisa Stewart Photography

Dallas scored another culinary coup last week when Jean-Charles Boisset chose Del Frisco’s for a wine tasting and the launch of his stunning new book, Alchemy of The Senses. The Boisset Collection is truly a luxury lifestyle brand and includes over 20 wineries in the US and France.  These include Buena Vista Winery — California’s first premium winery, and Raymond Vineyards in Napa that is always rated as one of the must-visit wineries in the region. His family is one of the leading wine producers in Burgundy — chances are good that you have sampled or collected one of his wines.

But now with his acquisition of Oakville Grocery — the oldest continually running grocery store in California and an essential part of Napa history since 1881 — and his relationship with Signature Kitchen Suite, we can’t think of a better person to kick off our new series about some of the most exciting kitchens in Dallas and in our homes and second shelters. This well-traveled Technicurean® gave us great ideas on what to look for and where. (more…)

Colorado

We know that North Texans always think of Colorado as sort of an annexation, a bedroom community, where we can escape the heat in summer, and glide around in that white stuff called snow we never see much of during Texas winters. It’s not that far that many drive, there are so many direct flights, and there are just so many wonderful, charming communities.

But Steamboat Springs, located in the northwestern quadrant of the state, is a departure flavor from the flashy, ski Resort communities that dot the heavily-trafficked I-70 corridor: Aspen, Snowmass, Vail, Breckenridge. (Don’t get me wrong, I love them all.) Steamboat brings home more of a relaxed, Montana-feel: true cowboy culture, a warm, tight-knit community of people populated with those who visited either during or right after college and never left. Who can blame them? The mountains are majestic, the billion-dollar views are everywhere, and the weather is terrific. The summers are warm but dry, and the winters are freezing, snowy, and partly cloudy. Over the course of the year, temperatures  can go as low as 8 degrees Fahrenheit but in the summer, the hottest is about 88 or 90 at the most. And that lack of rainfall makes it totally possible to get outside and enjoy — hiking, horseback riding, fly fishing, and of course skiing.

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