Chef José Andrés

Chef José Andrés

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José Andrés - the Spanish chef and culinary icon, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize nominee - is coming to Dallas. And you're invited to share a special dinner with him.

The May edition of EatDrinkInsider, the Dallas Morning News' monthly food event series, is truly once-in-a-lifetime: We'll be taking over Zaytinya, Andrés' Mediterranean restaurant in Frisco, on Tuesday, May 28 for a dinner celebrating this month's publication of his terrific new cookbook, Vegetables Unleashed.

Some of the recipes from the book will be on the menu of a four-course dinner served family style, with multiple dishes in each course. Like every Andrés endeavor, Vegetables Unleashed has a global perspective, so expect to taste kolokitokeftedes, the golden Greek zucchini fritters with caper yogurt sauce; fattoush, the Middle Eastern bread salad; and Brussels sprouts afelia, fried and dabbed with a coriander-lemon sauce.

Brussels sprouts afelia, a dish from "Vegetables Unleashed" by José Andrés

Brussels sprouts afelia, a dish from "Vegetables Unleashed" by José Andrés

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There will be meat on the menu too because, after all, this is José Andrés, the man who introduced jamón to America. Each course will be paired with Mediterranean wines selected by Andy Myers, a master sommelier with Andrés' ThinkFoodGroup.

It is certainly a dinner to look forward to, but even more, the evening is an opportunity to meet Andrés and hear him speak. Though Andrés is the most lauded chef in the world, he is an inspiring and influential figure far beyond restaurants, cookbooks and food television shows.

Andrés transcended the role of chef when he created the nonprofit World Central Kitchen in 2010, after the earthquake in Haiti moved him to expand his hunger-relief work internationally. World Central Kitchen has gone on to serve millions of meals to victims of natural disasters, including Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Harvey in Houston. More recently, Andrés' restaurants provided food to federal employees during the government shutdown.

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The chef, who was born in Asturias, in northern Spain, first gained fame by igniting the craze for Spanish food and tapas in the United States with restaurants such as Minibar, his Michelin two-star chef's counter in Washington, D.C., and his more casual restaurants Jaleo and The Bazaar. Today he owns more than 30 restaurants around the world, including Frisco's Zaytinya and Beefsteak, a newish chain of fast-casual spots focusing on vegetable dishes.

Beyond Michelin accolades, Andrés has won multiple James Beard awards, including 2018 Humanitarian of the Year; been honored by President Barack Obama as an Outstanding American by Choice; was named one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People, and just this week, was singled out as the inaugural winner of the Icon Award from the World's 50 Best Restaurants group.

In November, the Washington Post confirmed that he has been nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. When reached by phone, Andrés said: "Oh, wow. They nominate everybody."

It will be an evening to remember.

Details

Tickets are $175, including a copy of "Vegetables Unleashed," or $135 without the book, plus taxes and fees. All tickets cover the four-course dinner, wine pairings, cocktail hour and book-signing, and are available here.

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