Veritas Wine Room on Henderson Avenue isn’t your average wine bar with average cheese plates. With an award-winning wine selection of over 350 wines, happy-hours, free tastings (recently for Priorats), “Epic Tastings” series (e.g. $15-35 for 10-15 different tastings of rosé and French wines), and pop-up cafe night featuring crêpes and wood-fired pizzas, they really know how to keep the regular crowd coming back for more while at the same time attracting new followers.
But my favorite thing about Veritas, besides living within walking distance-the unique guest chef dinners they host. These chefs are typically up-and-coming chefs or Top Chef-famous chefs testing out a new restaurant concept. Whatever the case it’s always a win-win for everyone. The small space ensures an intimate dinner of no more than 50 people where you get to bond with other foodies sitting within whisper-length of you.
Twice at these Veritas-hosted dinners I had the utmost pleasure of experiencing the food creations of Stefano Secchi, a young Dallasite who already has a storied career including working with some of the best Italian chefs and he’s only 33 years old. Here are the highlights:
- CIA-Hyde Park (Culinary Institute of America) graduate in 2002
- Worked under Lidia Bastianich’s at Felicidia in NYC in 2004
- Moved back to Dallas to attend SMU and work as Chef de Cuisine at his family’s Addison restaurant, Ferrari’s Italian Villa and Chophouse
- Invited to cook at James Beard House in 2005
- Moved to LA to work with Mario Batali at Osteria Mozza
- Recently worked in Italy for 3 years: one year in Piemonte and 2 years in Emilia Romagna cooking at Osteria Francescana in Modena (currently ranked number #1 of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants).
- Made a documentary about his Sardinian roots
When I last spoke to Chef Secchi he had hopes of opening his own restaurant in NYC. Myself and others pleaded with him to stay in Dallas! In the meantime, I’m excited to see him at the Chefs for Farmers main event this year and I’ll always have these mouth-watering photos to look back on and drool.
Perfectly portioned and cooked pastas:
I actually could have eaten way more than this portion!
Plating for an intimate Veritas dinner:
I can still taste this dish when I close my eyes. I craved it for months after and still do!
I love soup in any form.
A little sweetness to finish the meal:
Clear eyes, full bellies and all smiles at the end of this heavenly meal!
- Get on the Veritas event email list for dinner announcements and follow their social media pages closely (Facebook: @veritaswinebar; Instagram: @veritaswineroom; Twitter: @veritasdallas)
- No events with Chef Secchi in the near future? Catch him at Ferrari’s Italian Villa and Chophouse in Grapevine or Addison and Chefs for Farmers main event this year.
- Chef Secchi is “one-to-watch” and will no doubt soon become a household name so keep Googling him to see his next move!