Epicure and Francophile Hedda Gioia Dowd is the creative founder of rise
restaurant in Dallas, Texas. In 2008, she opened the premier French restaurant
along with renowned chef Cherif Brahmi to bring the French experience to Dallas.
Rise has received rave reviews from the New York Times, the Dallas
Morning News,Texas Monthly,D Magazine, andthe
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among others. The restaurants light and classic
French fare has a few clever twists, but the focus of the menu is on the
In addition to working in the culinary world, Dowds love of French-style
cooking and entertaining led her to found Antique Harvest in 1997, a unique
company that collects and sells fine French antiques for everyday living. Dowds
endeavor met with great critical acclaim, and she received attention from
publications such as Food & Wine, Town & Country, and Martha Stewart
Despite her lack of formal culinary training, Dowds experience and love for
the French lifestyle have made her an expert on both the countrys food and
culture. Born to an Italian father and a French mother, she has spent every
summer since childhood in France and her passion for French food grew with her.
Dowd resides in Dallas.
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