Delicious Mischief, the food and wine radio show hosted by author, journalist and playwright John DeMers, arrives on the Dallas/Fort Worth airwaves Saturday Jan. 7 – a full 21 years after making its debut in New Orleans and a decade after posting the time-honored sign “Gone to Texas.”
Featuring Dallas area chefs and food personalities along with wine, spirits and beer celebrities from every corner of the globe, the popular show adds North Texas to a listening area that includes Houston and Austin. Scheduled each Saturday 7-8 p.m. on 570 KLIF, Delicious Mischief is a presentation of Spec’s Wines, Spirits and Finer Foods, which recently opened its first Dallas store. (www.specsonline.com)
“I have traveled to Dallas many times over the past ten years and featured chefs like Stephan Pyles, Kent Rathbun and Dean Fearing on the show,” says DeMers. “Between my own desire to grow Delicious Mischief and Spec’s new focus on the Dallas market, this just seems like a delicious idea whose time has come.”
Several top-rated Dallas and Fort Worth chefs are featured in DeMers’ latest nonfiction book, Lone Star Chefs, recently published by Bright Sky Press. He says he looks forward to digging deeper, letting chefs and other locals show him the places off the beaten path where, in any major American city, some of the best food resides. These dining adventures will enliven the show and its website, www.deliciousmischief.com, along with his articles for several Texas magazines.
DeMers, the former food editor of United Press International who came to Texas to fill that role for the Houston Chronicle, is the author of 45 published books. These include nonfiction works like Lone Star Chefs and the iconic Follow the Smoke: 14,783 Miles of Great Texas Barbecue, along with several crime novels. The first two of these feature his culinary alter ego, West Texas chef Brett Baldwin, whose restaurant Mesquite serves as setting for Marfa Shadows, Marfa Rocks and the upcoming Marfa Blues. His current novel, Terlingua Heat, introduces a new hero, Big Bend river guide Danny Morales.
A native of New Orleans, DeMers has worked fulltime for several newspapers, written for a wide variety of magazines from Good Housekeeping to Opera News, served as editor of two arts magazines, and penned five one-person dramas and two musicals for the stage.