Friday, July 15, 2011
Photo gallery: Bastille on Bishop (July 14)
Chef Matt McCallister took home first place for his mussels.
OAK CLIFF Bastille on Bishop was hot this year -- both the crowds and the weather. The street festival in Oak Cliff is becoming a tradition, and families flocked to Bishop to celebrate French National Day.
Crowds started getting large at 6:30 p.m. despite the over-100 degree weather. The petanque court and crepe stand were busy as could be, on the other side of the street, the French maid race had couples and friends laughing.
The mussels competition was the big draw for foodies. Participating chefs were: Scott Romano (Charlie Palmer), John Tesar (The Commissary), Marc Cassel (Peavy Road), Tim Byres (Smoke), Tony Gardizi, (Decanter), David Temple, and Matt McCallister (formerly of Stephan Pyles). McCallister took first place and Romano took second.
The judges were Roy Appleton, Jeff Whittington, Robert Wilonsky, Todd Johnson, Christopher Wynn, Steven Doyle, and Nanci Taylor.
The crowds enjoyed a little wine, music, mussels, and a video from France’s celebration of Bastille Day. French mimes of La Grotesque, snow cones, and games kept the little ones busy.
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