By June Naylor

Since opening his namesake steakhouse nearly 20 years ago, Richard Chamberlain has carved out his own place in Dallas’ fine-dining pantheon. Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House continues to be the revered destination it became when he opened the Addison restaurant in 1993 – the Dallas Morning News declared it the best steak in town last year – and his nearby Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill has followed suit.

Because he’d never consider resting on his laurels, Chamberlain forever looks for ways to keep his good-food message fresh. Happily for his loyal clientele, and for others who have been waiting for the right time to test his culinary genius, Chamberlain is fashioning a pop-up restaurant called Element for a two-night stint this week.

To celebrate the grand opening of Addison’s Vitruvian Park, Chamberlain put together a dinner menu with wow factor for the Art & Wine Stroll hosted by the Town of Addison. The October 27-28 event bears an Earth, Fire, Water and Wine theme to commemorate the unveiling of Virtuvian Park, a 118-acre sustainable urban community. To that end, Chamberlain crafted a multi-course menu for Element, customized for the event’s mission, for just a handful of patrons (those smart enough to book quickly).

richard chamberlain The Wow Factor At Vitruvian Park Art & Wine Stroll

(credit: Chamberlain's Steak and Chop House)

He’ll open the Element dinner with his Water course, Sous Vide Sea Scallops with Butternut Squash-Sage Brown Butter and Texas Muscat Syrup, paired with Joseph Carr Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast 2009; followed by his Earth course, Mushroom Soufflé, Hydroponic Watercress Salad and Truffle Essence, accompanied by Buena Vista Pinot Noir, Carneros 2007; and the Iron course, Iron Seared Filet Mignon, Lobster and Crabmeat Dynamite, Yukon Potato Cake, with Elements by Artesa Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa/Sonoma 2007 for sipping. For his ending, the Fire course will be Flaming Plantains with Latte Da Dairy Goats Milk Caramel Sauce.

For such an exclusive dinner, the $89 price tag is a steal. There’s just one seating on October 27 and 28, each at 7:30 p.m., and only 104 guests will be accommodated those nights. Reservations are required; you must call Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House at 972-934-2467. Element patrons will enjoy complimentary valet parking at Vitruvian Park, 3850 Vitruvian Way in

If you’re not able to book a seat for the Element dinner, you can still enjoy thoughtfully designed food and wine pairings during the Art & Wine Stroll. From 7 until 11 p.m. October 27 and 28, patrons buying $35 tickets ($45 at the door) will sample Artisan Cheese Fondue with local bakery breads complemented by Copperidge Merlot, California 2009; Hummus, Herb Goats Cheese and crispy flat bread paired with a Helena Ranch Cabernet Savignon, California 2010; Southwest Seafood Cocktail with Chipotle Cream accompanied by a Canyon Road Savignon Blanc, California 2010; and Roasted Pears, Smoked Bacon, Brie Cheese with Balsamic Syrup, complemented by Painters Bridge Chardonnay, California 2010.

Art & Wine Stroll attractions also include work by painter and Addison resident Karen Antos, ceramist Jo Clay, artist Gregg Frnka and others. Entertainment will be provided by classical guitarist Eddie Healey, Tres Leches (a Latin instrumental Jazz group) and the Dallas String Quartet. There’s no charge to simply look at the art and hear music. There’s free parking and shuttle at Spring Valley and Marsh.

Vitruvian Park, by the way, features luxury multi-family homes, retail/commercial space and a 12-acre park built around a spring-fed creek and connected to bicycle and jogging trails. Addison has long been known for its outdoor spaces and its popular festivals focusing on food, wine and entertaining.

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