On March 28, Fearing’s Restaurant will host the next big event in its celebrity chef dinner series, as renowned culinarians John Folse and Rick Tramonto bring Louisiana’s contemporary creole cuisine to Dallas. The John Folse/Rick Tramonto dinner will feature a first-time Dallas presentation of some of the two chefs’ most highly-rated creations, including Creole Snapping Turtle Soup, Braised Boneless Short Ribs, and White Chocolate Bread Pudding Crème Brûlée.
Lousiana’s John Folse founded Lafitte’s Landing Restaurant in 1978, bringing “a taste of Louisiana” to the world and later bringing it to the 1988 Presidential Summit between Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev. In 1989, Folse became the first non-Italian chef to create the Vatican State Dinner in Rome, prompting the Louisiana Legislature to name him “Louisiana’s Culinary Ambassador to the World.”
James Beard Award-winning Rick Tramonto is the former executive chef/partner of Chicago’s four-star Tru Restaurant and culinary director of Tramonto’s Steak & Seafood, Osteria di Tramonto and RT Sushi Bar & Lounge. A well-traveled New Yorker, Tramonto won the coveted Michelin Guide red “M” after transforming the dining experience at Britain’s Stapleford Park in 1991. Like Chef Folse, Tramonto has authored many award-wining cookbooks and is a well-known fixture in the TV food world.
In 2012, Chefs Folse and Rick Tramonto partnered to open New Orleans’ Restaurant R’evolution, the home of contemporary Creole cuisine and a marriage of Folse’s classic Southern approach and Tramonto’s contemporary new world style. Friends for more than decade, the two chefs deepened their bond in the wake of Hurricane Katrina when Folse asked Tramonto to join his large-scale efforts to feed survivors and rescuers across the region.
Inspired by Louisiana’s swampland culture and its Creole and Cajun cookery, R’evolution NOLA offers menus featuring Creole’s rich array of courses tied to European aristocracy and Cajun’s savory one-pot meals, along with acclaimed steaks and the local flavors of the Louisiana’s seafood and wild game bounty. From rich gumbos to beignets, crawfish and “pork and beans,” the R’evolution menu offers a remarkable sense of place experienced in few American restaurants.
The March 28 Folse/Tramonto dinner kicks off several celebrity chef experiences to be presented this year by Fearing’s Restaurant. Later events are scheduled to include an April 11 dinner with Top Chef finalist Jonathan Waxman, now chef-owner of Barbuto in New York City’s West Village, and the Fearing’s sixth-anniversary barbecue on August 18, when renowned pit-master Chris Lilly will again bring a taste of Alabama’s Big Bob Gibson Barbecue to Fearing’s.