Chef Gorji Dishes Up Lone Star Specialties for Taste of Dallas, GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up

When GO TEXAN‘s Annual Restaurant Round-Up kicks off in July, Dallas’s acclaimed Chef Gorji will be in the thick of the action, serving up carefully sourced Texas dishes and paired with the best Lone Star State wines.

Special Guest Gary Gilstrap owner of Texas Hills Vineyard, will join Chef Gorji at Canary By Gorji restaurant on Tuesday, July 24. Gilstrap will be pairing his acclaimed Texas wines, including the award-winning Orange Moscato, starting at 7 p.m.  Throughout the evening, he will be taking questions and discussing the emerging role of Texas in the world of winemaking. Texas Hills Vineyard is the largest winery in Texas, based on case production, that uses 100 percent Texas fruit. The vineyard does not buy any wines or grapes outside of the Lone Star state.

Gorji’s featured GO TEXAN menu is a Lone Star triple play. Dinner starts off with a fun and delicious “8-ball” zucchini squash stuffed with shrimp and puttanesca sauce followed by tantalizing pork tenderloin with Texas Bleu gnocchi and grilled vegetables, and is wrapped up with every Texan’s favorite summertime guilty pleasure: Blue Bell ice cream. And for added zing, Chef Gorji tops this dessert with Texas peaches and Orange Moscato wine.

8 Ball Zucchini & Texas Shrimp in Puttanesca
Texas Hills Pinot Grigio 2010 (Texas High Plains-Newsom Vineyard)

Pork Tenderloin & Texas Bleu Gnocchi
Toro de Tejas Tempranillo 2009 (Texas High Plains-Reddy Vineyard)

Blue Bell Ice Cream &  Peaches
Orange Moscato 2010 (Texas High Plains-Newsom Vineyard)

The GO TEXAN three-course dinner is $35 and $55 with wine; tax and gratuity not included. Reservations required by calling 972-503-7080. GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up Week benefits the North Texas Food Bank.

Chef Gorji’s cuisine is upscale, modern cooking using the best ingredients he can find, minimal spices and abbreviated cooking times to bring out the natural flavor of food. He regularly incorporates a “Texas Twist” into his “New Mediterranean Menu” with such dishes as his award-winning ribeye steak with pomegranate creme sauce, his pan-fried catfish and newly added barbecued veal ribs. Check out his seafood recipe here for “Tomato Shrimp Summer Salad” using Texas Brown Shrimp.

Canary By Gorji is located at 5100 Belt Line Road Road, Suite 402, Dallas, Texas 75254. Canary By Gorji offers a boutique wine selection and is open for dinner Tuesday–Thursday, 5-9:30 p.m. and Friday – Saturday, 5-10:30 p.m. For more information about the restaurant call 972-503-7080 or visit

Chef Gorji’s own product line Gorji Gourmet Foods, which includes Pomodoro and Puttanesca Sauce, Dipping Oil & Marinade Primer, Pomegranate Vinaigrette and Spicy Remoulade are available for purchase at Canary by Gorji Mediterranean Steak & Seafood restaurant, DFW Whole Food Markets, and the following gourmet stores in the Dallas area: Jimmy’s Food Store, Bolsa Mercado, Celebration, and Sara’s Market & Bakery. The products are also available online at and