ICONIC! The hub of Downtown Dallas

  If you see the Eiffel Tower in a photo, you know you are looking at Paris. If you see the Sky Needle, you know it is Seattle.  When the Twin Towers were lost, a skyline photo of New York was not the same!
  As long as the great mirrored multilevel building with the great ball in the sky is in a photo, you know you are looking at downtown Dallas. If the photo doesn’t include the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion most people wouldn’t know you were looking at the Dallas Skyline.
  Fifty Stories in the air, Wolfgang Puck’s 560 now occupies the Reunion Tower (the rotating ball in the sky). It is a must experience if you are visiting Dallas to view the city in all its glory at the Cloud 9 Cafe.
  The Hyatt Regency is perfectly suited to host conventions and perfectly located to easily access everything Dallas. When it opened in 1978, the city of Dallas became recognizable worldwide.
  Hundreds of thousands of guest each year take advantage of the 1120 rooms, 42 suites, 160,000 square feet of convention area, stunning views, and dining experiences to satisfy every whim.
  Just 10 minutes from Dallas Love Field and 15 miles from DFW Airport!
  This AAA Four-Diamond rated luxury hotel has an underground access to Union Station. From there, all the magical places you want to visit in Dallas radiates from this historic central transportation hub built in 1916. The 23 million dollar restoration can take you back in time and into the future.
  Amtrak can bring you directly to the Hyatt from all over America if you have the time to read or write a good book.
  From there you can ride the DART commuter transport system to Plano or Garland. The Cotton Bowl at Fair Park, the Dallas Zoo, the 6th Floor Museum, Gilley’s, the Dallas Convention Center, the West End Entertainment District, the American Airlines Arena and all parts in and around the Dallas Metropolitan Area are on the routes.
  You can take the Trinity Railway Express to DFW or on to Ft.Worth without getting wet!
Featuring Executive Chef Hermann Hiemeyer


Great Chefs and Coffee

Romancing the Bean Series
by Caffeine Cowboy

Tales from the Old County
  I count among my friends and mentors some venerable and highly respected chefs and hospitality specialist.  These gentlemen are revered in the Dallas culinary community. They are iconic.
  Many learned their craft in the shadows of WWII. Swiss, Austrian, French, and German influences ignited their love of exquisite dining that they eventually brought to a booming Dallas of the 70’s. It was time of great hotels and the explosion of fine dining in downtown Dallas that brought these adventurous young chefs that changed the image of dining and brought European luxury and elegance to the table.
  I always felt that they liked me, but after the research for this story I realized that my charm my have been secondary to my devotion and accessibility to great coffees! 
Chefs Karl Hass and Klaus Curley 
  Many thanks to Chef Karl Hass and to the late great men Chef Werner Vogeli and the consummate G.M. Helmut Frenzen who as a team, made the 69th floor City Club in Dallas a legendary experience. 
  My 1st Dallas account as the Caffeine Cowboy was the City Club. I would tell people, "the closest coffee to heaven in Dallas was mine!"
  They shared pieces of their personal memories of coffee in their post war youth with me.  jb


The Great UnKnowns

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Photo by Debbie Knowlton and D-Magazine
D-Magazine Article by Nancy Nichols 

  Among us are keepers of the flame!  Who truly understands the spark that ignited that inner fire? That spark which gave way to a young vulnerable flame. The flame that, when properly fostered, ignited into a raging inferno of desire capable of driving a person to a lifetime of the extraordinary?
  Who among us is equipped to predict when that passion, born of a creative young mind growing up in Germany, Austria, Switzerland or France, ultimately decides to settle in the most unlikely place a world away?
  That is exactly what happened in the span of several years stretching from the mid-70s to the mid-80s when a disparate group of chefs, each trained in the art of European cuisine and fine dining inexplicably relocated to Dallas, where they spawned a culinary revolution that reshaped and molded the Dallas food world.

Grant Kauffman is the author of two novels, including Project 14: The Legend of Beelzebub’s Bluff, book one of his middle grade adventure/fantasy series. He is owner of 12 Rounds Media, a video production company.        
Grant can be reached at

True Texas Cuisine
“They came into Dallas at a time when fine dining was a big ol’ T-bone, a loaded baked potato and an iceberg lettuce salad,” says Dotty Griffith, former food editor for the Dallas Morning News.
 “I became food editor in 1978 and that was when Dallas was really starting to enter a new age of cuisine. I can’t imagine the culture shock they must have experienced, most of them having come from Germany, Austria, Switzerland or France, and many of them had traveled much of the world in their training."

More than thirty years later,



By J.B. Blocker
On Monday October 20th this illustrious group of very special people gathered at the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion to share a classic European menu, recall the development of the Dallas culinary culture, and to be memorialized in photos and on film.
D-Magazine, Ms. Nancy Nichols
Rosiggnol Production, Ms. Isabell Rosiggnol
EWMCS, Chef David Sokol
 Dallas Chefs Assoc., Chef Pat Mitchell
Hosted by Hyatt Regency
 Executive Chef Hermann Hiemeyer
Co-Host Caffeine Cowboy, J.B. Blocker
EMCEE, Honorary Chef Dotty Griffith
Chef John Blaze, Chef Karl Haas, Chef Ernst Gruch
 Chef Klaus Mittlehauser, Chef Bernard Muller
 Chef Josef Bucher, Chef Rene Weibel, Chef Andre Bedouret
  Chef Klaus Baumbach, Chef Karl Kuby, Chef Ewald Scholtz
   Chef Peter Curley, Chef Randy Gehman, Chef Robert Bilfulco
       Gus Katsigris, El Centro, Lucian LaBarba, Ben E. Keith 
Chef James Deibel (For Chef Jean LaFont)
  Honorary Chef (JD) Werle, Honorary Chef Gay Prewitt
On the personal invitations, the following was included.

You have been responsible for great Dallas venues.

You have mentored many current and future great chefs.

You have been instrumental in apprenticeship and education.

You have promoted and supported the dining industry.

You have elevated the dining industry with your talent and skill.

You are highly regarded by your peers.

This list would not be complete without you!

Ladies and Gentlemen,

  On behalf of the staff of the Hyatt Regency Dallas at Reunion it is my honor to welcome each of you to a memorable afternoon to share and create memories. You will honor us with your presence.

  Please accept our invitation to join us for a historic gathering of exceptional professional. Our guest list of 21 very special people includes senior Chef John Blaze (age 93) and remembers the late great Chefs John LaFont and Werner Vogeli.
Executive Chef Hermann Hiemeyer

Honorary Chef Ms. Dotty Griffith will begin with a nostalgic view of this illustrious group.
Ms. Nancy Nichols of D-Magazine will record this event for posterity.
Ms. Isabell Rossignol will video record for the Dallas Historic Society.
The Caffeine Cowboy, J.B. Blocker will provide the World’s Rarest Coffee (Kopi Luwak).

 Wild Mountain Kopi Luwak
the 'Bucket List' coffee
 roasted by Caffeine Cowboy
       I receive my Kopi Luwak directly from Mystical Coffee Holding Company. They represent Coffindo the premium Indonesian coffee supplier. As of now, Mystical is the exclusive source for their limited allotment to the United States. It is flown directly from western Sumatra. 
     I personally roast every bean and hand manicure each batch before packaging to insure that no 'bad beans' reach the consumer.  It is a time consuming and pain-staking procedure! The coffee is roasted, ground, measured and delivered weekly to insure freshness in 14 gram/ 4 cup personal packets for $18. Discounts available for 10 packs, 30 day supply, and commercial purchases.
     This coffee is without a doubt distinctive, exquisite, exotic, and memorable. For coffee lovers, it is an experience you will want to check off of that list!
     Expect to see it served wherever fine foods, exceptional desserts, and choice wines are offered. Or you can buy on-line at Caffeine beginning in December 2014.
     Enjoy the following video!
  Visit the source of Lone Star wild Kopi Luwak


- J.B. Blocker is a media consultant based in Collin County in North Texas. Advertise with J.B. by calling 469-334-9962.