Texas is a cross-section of culinary cultures, with the influences of Spain, Mexico, Germany, and France, along with the traditions of Southern foods with African and Cajun connections, in Lone Star State history. All of these cultural combinations give everyone something to love at the table, whether you like it smoky, sweet or spicy.
Doing justice to the great food traditions Texas is the mission of Pecan Lodge in Dallas, with a successful catering business and dine-in destination at Dallas Farmers Market – both established by owners Diane and Justin Fourton. Diane and Justin’s concept, founded in 2008, is a favorite among North Texans, and recently captured Food Network attention with a feature taped this month and that will air in 2012 on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Focus and commitment to doing everything well is Pecan Lodge’s culinary culture. The catering team is providing a top experience for parties and gatherings of all kinds. Star recipes on the Pecan Lodge catering menu are Mesquite Smoked Brisket, top beef cooked slowly for 15 hours to perfection; house-made Hill Country Beef Sausage; Smoked Ham glazed with apricot-molasses; Southern Fried Quail with black pepper cream gravy ; Spice Crusted Tenderloin with roasted garlic horseradish cream; and super-satisfying Meatloaf with market fresh roasted tomato-red pepper sauce.
Strong managers, Justin and Diane are directing their growth and progress in 2012 with wisdom and enthusiasm.
“We’re excited about the attention we’ve received,” says Justin. “The growth we’ve seen in comparison to last year is already up three times from last year at this same time. The Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives show will air in spring and we know that will bring more traffic and attention. We’re grateful and our team is so focused delivering the highest quality, and keeping up with the good fortune of lots of new guests and friends at Pecan Lodge.”
Pecan Lodge appetizers on the catering menu feature great flavor combinations and textures like Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos with brown sugar glaze; and the Spice-Crusted Tenderloin Sliders with Tres Cremas. Mr. John’s Black-eyed Pea Relish and the Collard Green and Goat Cheese Bruschetta celebrate the Texas classics in fresh ways, too.
The Pecan Lodge restaurant, just open Thursday – Sunday from 9 to 5, features a menu with fan favorites from the catering menu. Signature items at this Dallas Famers Market location in Shed Two include Texas Barbecue with Mesquite Smoked Brisket and Ribs; and the Pecan Lodge South Texas Barbacoa. Brisket Tacos, are filled with the signature South Texas Barbacoa and are topped with avocado lime cream, chipotle cream, fire-roasted salsa and pico de gallo. Famous also is The Hot Mess, with a jumbo sea-salt crusted sweet potato, South Texas Barbacoa, chipotle cream, cheese, butter and onions. The classic Chicken and Waffles, with half of a Belgian waffle and a scrumptious piece of tender fried chicken, is a sweet and savory delight.
Pecan Lodge also generates lots of energy around town when they send a message out that plenty Burnt Ends are available on the menu – the yummy well done pieces of Mesquite Barbecue beef packed with smoky goodness.
Weekend Breakfast at Pecan Lodge includes the Rise and Shine, with eggs, bacon, sourdough toast and East Texas tomatoes.
And famous, too are the Pecan Lodge desserts, like Aunt Polly’s Banana Pudding with from-scratch custard, and Texas Tumbleweed Cookies with peanut butter, coconut, chocolate chips and crushed pretzels.
The Pecan Lodge location in Dallas Farmers Market has been a fortunate addition for Shed Two, bringing lots of newcomers to the destination who enjoy Pecan Lodge’s amazing fare – and spend time in Shed Two to shop for Texas grown and produced food items, too.
Winn Meat Company center of the plate expert Steve Stumpf leads the team that procures fine proteins for Pecan Lodge’s recipes, including Sterling Silver® beef for barbecue and more.
Congratulations to Diane and Justin for their brilliant concept, and comfortable, appealing presentation and consistency of top quality recipes with genuine tribute to Texas cuisine. Whether it’s catering for an event, or a great meal at the Dallas Farmers Market, a plate from the Pecan Lodge culinary team provides an incredible experience of tradition wrapped in wonderful warmth.