This week’s Savor Dallas
offers a taste of Big D
One thing’s indisputable about Dallas: It has fabulous food. So, savor Dallas at Savor Dallas, a series of events Thursday through March 17 featuring food from more than 60 chefs and more than 400 wines, spirits and beers.
New this year is a Thursday night tasting at the new restaurant Trinity Groves at the west end of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. Friday night’s wine stroll is at the new Perot Museum of Science and Nature. Saturday will bring wine and cheese tasting along with the International Grand Tasting at the Irving Convention Center. Sunday, enjoy another wine stroll at the Dallas Arboretum.
Events are various prices. Find out more and buy tickets at savordallas.com.
High notes for San Francisco jazz and Rrazz
My recent visit to San Francisco found the music community leaping over the moon, primarily because of the opening of the new SFJazz Center at the corner of Franklin and Fell streets near the Symphony Center.
The fall San Francisco Jazz Festival now has a home of its own, and there’s a dedicated venue for jazz musicians to entertain us year round. SFJazz Collective, the center’s resident ensemble, has performances all this month. Other spring events include guitarist Bill Frisell presenting the world premiere of Hunter S. Thompson’s “The Kentucky Derby,” which will feature Tim Robbins reading the gonzo journalist’s coverage of the 1970 race to Frisell’s score. Oh, that I could be there.
It’s not nearly as major an announcement as the opening of SFJazz, but on a smaller stage, those of us who enjoy cabaret-style entertainment were thrilled to hear that the Rrazz Room, having been ejected from the Hotel Nikko, has a new home in a former Cadillac dealership at 1000 Van Ness Ave. That block-long, seven-story structure is also where the AMC movie theaters are (and will remain).
The Rrazz has taken up in a theater at the top of an ornate wooden staircase, and it now offers food along with drink. Jefferson Airplane opened the new space. (Paul Kanter still lives in North Beach and hangs out at Caffe Trieste.)
Patti LuPone plays at the Rrazz March 19-24. Find out more at liveattherrazz.com.
Federal Pointe Inn wants to
be your Gettysburg address
Hooking onto the renewed popularity of Abraham Lincoln, the Federal Pointe Inn in Gettysburg, Pa., overlooking the historic battlefield, has a Gettysburg package that includes a night in the Lincoln Suite and a two-hour guided tour of the battlefield and downtown (including the train station where Lincoln arrived, the place where he slept, the cemetery where he delivered the address and more).
If you recite the first sentence of the address at check-in, you’ll also get a signed copy of “Lincoln the War President” by Gabor S. Boritt.
The package starts at $224 and is available through May 16. Find out more at bit.ly/138898E.
Gaze at real and surreal
at San Antonio’s McNay
While I was in San Antonio recently, I dropped by the McNay Art Museum to check out the visiting exhibit “Real/Surreal: Selections from the Whitney Museum of American Art.” I recommend you drop be to see it, too, before it closes May 19.
These paintings, prints, drawings and photos by the likes of Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, Man Ray, Paul Cadmus, Philip Guston and more made me smile on a rainy day.
Remember that the museum now has an admission charge of $15 for adults ($10 for students and seniors; children 12 and younger free). It’s at 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave., off Austin Highway. Find out more at mcnayart.org.
D.C. hotel invites you to
Cherry Blossom Festival
It’s almost time for the 101th year of Washington’s National Cherry Blossom Festival, March 20-April 14, when the nation’s capital is bathed in the beautiful blossoms. All of that area’s 11 Kimpton hotels have Blossoms & Bubbles packages that include your room, $30 credit toward food or parking, handmade cherry blossom soap, a bubble amenity for kids and free sake.
In Washington, prices start at $175 for Hotel Palomar, $155 for Donavan House and Hotel George, $135 for hotels Rouge and Helix, $145 for Topaz Hotel and Hotel Madera, and $185 for Hotel Monaco.
There are deals for nearby Virginia hotels as well. See them all at kimptonhotels.com/cherryblossom. Use the rate code BLOOM.
There’s a Kimpton coming
at the Pearl Brewery
Speaking of Kimpton Hotels, there’s one on the way to San Antonio, at no other than the popular foodie mecca Pearl Brewery complex. It’s scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. It will be Kimpton’s third Texas property, after Dallas’ Hotel Lumen and Hotel Palomar.