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Monday, October 28th — Hosted by Bullion

Why Dallas, Why Now?

A live conversation with Michalene Busico, David Uygur, Ricardo Sieveking and Leslie Brenner

Restaurateurs around the world are choosing to debut in Dallas over other American cities, national magazines are singing the city’s culinary praises, and still we clamor ravenously for more fajitas. Can Dallas begin to fulfill its considerable gastronomic potential — or should we just get back in line for another corny dog? 

Welcome Reception


Ticket holders are invited to join us for a welcome reception in the lobby of 400 Record in downtown Dallas, featuring bites from chefs Bruno Davaillon of Bullion, David Uygur of Lucia and Macellaio and our own Josh Sutcliff of Marination Media and ShipShape.

The Live Show


A Moment Alone with a Special Ham

First, we will meet Joel Verges, the Barcelona-based chef of the U.S.’s first Enrique Tomás location, debuting in Dallas this fall. Joel will lead the audience through a guided tasting of jamón ibérico, the prized Spanish cured ham in which Enrique Tomás specializes.

The Main Course
Next, Michalene Busico, David Uygur and Leslie Brenner take the stage to discuss whether Dallas is worthy of all the newfound attention, why national acclaim has taken this long — and how it could play out on the plate.

Later, they will be joined by Ricardo Sieveking. Ricardo is the co-founder of Vanderbilt Capital, LLC, which currently owns 13 Enrique Tomás locations in Mexico and plans to debut the first U.S. location on Henderson Avenue in Dallas this fall. 

Quick-Fire Q&A
To ensure that our panelists are able to answer as many applicable questions as possible, we will be pre-selecting them from a list of all of our audience submissions before the show. Have a smart question? Let us know by email or phone

The After Party


Head up the stairs to Bullion
Join us after the talk and continue the conversation at Bullion, located inside 400 Record, and enjoy 50% off your food purchase (alcoholic beverages excluded).

This event is graciously hosted by


400 South Record Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
Monday, October 28th
5pm – 8pm

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Our Guests

Michalene Busico

Michalene has been the restaurant critic at The Dallas Morning News since July 2018. She brings a global perspective to the local food scene with a career that includes being the food editor at both The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times, and the dining editor at Robb Report, where she oversaw the magazine's annual Culinary Masters Competition, an international event that launched in 2012. She has also directed food and wine coverage with a business angle as the executive editor at Entrepreneur magazine and, until she left the West Coast for Dallas, ate her way around the world as the Academy Chair for Western North America for the World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

David Uygur

A 5-time James Beard Award Semifinalist and winner of the 2018 Dallas Cochon 555 tour, David Uygur is chef-owner of Lucia and Macellaio in Dallas. Inspired by a trip to Slow Food’s Terra Madre in Italy, he taught himself to cure meats over a decade ago. Lucia features house-cured salumi made from locally-sourced pork and handmade pastas. A bigger, more casual concept with a full bar, just a block away from Lucia, Macellaio focuses on an expanded house-made salumi and bread program alongside dishes inspired by Italy, France, Spain and local ingredients. Opened in 2018, Macellaio was named "Restaurant of the Year" by the Dallas Observer and was named one of the Best New Restaurants of 2018 by D Magazine.

Ricardo Sieveking

Ricardo is the co-founder of Vanderbilt Capital, LLC, which currently owns 13 Enrique Tomás locations in Mexico and plans to debut the first U.S. location — featuring modern Spanish cuisine with an emphasis on jamón — on Henderson Avenue in Dallas this fall. Enrique Tomás, an internationally renowned tapas bar and gourmet shop, is is the leading purveyor of jamón ibérico in Spain. 

Our Host

Leslie Brenner

Co-founder of Marination Media, Leslie is a former journalist who served as The Dallas Morning News’ longtime restaurant critic and The Los Angeles Times’ food editor. In 2019 she founded Leslie Brenner Concepts, a food & beverage consultancy.

Our Sponsors


Slow Food Dallas Fort Worth
Minamoto Foods
Profound Foods
A Bar N Ranch

About Bullion

Elevated above the ground floor of 400 Record in downtown Dallas, Bullion is the latest culinary excursion of Michelin star-awarded chef-owner Bruno Davaillon. Boasting a range of classic and contemporary French dishes, the menu at Bullion features simple ingredients prepared using French techniques that highlight and enhance the natural flavors. Diners will find themselves at home for lunch or dinner in this beautifully designed space by noted Swedish interior architect Martin Brudnizki, with the ambiance, buzz and feel of a brasserie. Do as the French do on weekdays with a specially curated L’Apéro happy hour in the lounge featuring small bites and an extensive collection of wine, beer and spirits. Bullion serves lunch (Monday-Friday), dinner (Monday-Saturday), a lounge menu (Monday-Saturday) and a special menu for L’Apéro Happy Hour (4:00 pm to 6:30 pm Monday-Friday).

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