Kaizen & Cocktails: Uchi at Parliament Pop-Up in Dallas


Three forces collaborated to produce one heck of an event dubbed Kaizen & Cocktails. The Uchi Dallas team brought their culinary smarts to the Parliament team of all-star Adult Beverage Chefs (I suspect they hate being called mixologists) for Japanese-inspired cocktails and food all in the name of charity. A $25 ticket gave guests a choice of one out of five out-of-this-world cocktails and unlimited bites from Uchi. While that price seems quite high for one cocktail – additional drinks only cost $5 each – 100% of the proceeds went to an outstanding non-profit, Promise of Peace Gardens (P.O.P.), a group that transforms unwanted land into thriving gardens.

Kaizen and Cocktails Pop-Up.

Additionally, P.O.P. teaches low-income families about sustainable living and portions of produce grown in P.O.P. gardens supply several Dallas-area food pantries. Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, the mega-star Dallas bartender with a personality to match tells it better here.

How did this idea come to fruition? Hold on tightly…Elizabeth Dryer, founding director of P.O.P. tells me that Alex Astranti, current Chef de Cuisine at Uchi Dallas leased two garden plots from P.O.P. when he worked at Top Knot. According to Dryer, Astranti and his team would come to garden while his wife and baby sat on a picnic blanket. Astranti then moved to Uchi and met current Uchi Sous Chef Chad Graybill, who falls in love with Parliament upon moving back to Dallas. Listen to Graybill describe the rest of the story here. 

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Black lava salt, watermelon and tequila.

The “gin drink”.

The “gin drink” illuminated.

A cocktail of “egg” and “ramen”. Lighting by me; photo taken by @rob_lowe1.

A new take on an Old Fashion.

Pineapple karaage.

Team work: Uchi and P.O.P.

Mixology shot!

“Illegal food”.

Platter of seafood.

Bourbon drink with “mossy” ice.

Oyster “Seville Shooter”.

Pickled salmon belly.

◊GG Tips◊:

  1. While you can’t order the cocktails from this pop-up at Parliament, rest assured that they will make you other inventive cocktails or the classics. Don’t miss their happy hour, Monday through Saturday, 5p-8p for $4 drinks. Say what???!
  2. Speaking of happy hour, surely you know about one of Dallas’ best happy hours at Uchi.
  3. Help support Promise of Peace Gardens by buying their produce at the new Wednesday night  Casa Linda farmer’s market  from 3p-7p or donate here!

Ginger Becker

My mom always says that I eat a lot (every 3 hours) and she's right, as mothers always are. I've grown up with many nicknames (Ginger Bread, Ginger Snaps) but thankfully my close friends and family call me GG! I'm not a food critic but I'm also no stranger to the food business. I've been a restaurant and banquet manager and event planner for wine country bachelorette parties to milestone birthday parties with food trucks and restaurant crawls. I love to eat, exploring new restaurants and I balance the calorie eating by running wherever the roads and trails take me. Throughout the years I've been asked for countless restaurant recommendations not just locally but also throughout the US and abroad. Friends want to know where I'm eating next, scoping out their next exciting venue for various occasions and I love to steer them in the right direction. And so The List was born...www.TheGGList.com

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