Dentonite serves up three-course bar meals

Dentonite serves up three-course bar meals

February 13
16:02 2013

H. Drew Blackburn

Senior Staff Writer

@hdrewblackburn 

Worn books are arranged in shelves along the walls as Miles Davis and David Bowie play from the speakers. The bartenders muddle and strain drinks like practitioners of the craft as guests lounge in leather couches or vintage wooden chairs under dim lights.

Paschall’s Bar, located up a flight of stairs at Andy’s Bar, is the home to Pam Chittenden’s “Pamfood,” a three-course meal offered by Chittenden three times a week.

“It’s nice to have some place fancy-pants to go to,” Chittenden said of the bar.

Chittenden said that on Wednesdays she offers hearty, meat-based meals with a vegetarian theme on Thursdays.

“Sundays is an egg-based brunch,” she said. “On Sunday I try to please everybody.”

The meals are $11, or $10 if the customer brings their own plate.

Eric Pulido, an owner of Paschall’s, said that he’s been eating Chittenden’s cuisines around Denton for years.

“Here at the bar we always kind of wanted to showcase great things around the city,” Pulido said. “Whether that be drinks or people or food.”

Studio art senior Mariah Tyler and author of Denton based food blog “OffTwoEighty-Ate,” said it takes an adventurous person to find the food gems of the city.

“It’s blooming in an array of tucked away spots,” she said. “Pamfood is a prime example of the secret gems.”

Despite having studied under five star chefs in Dallas, and being part of fine dining restaurants Riviera and Classic Café that received write-ups in Texas Monthly, Chittenden said she hasn’t thought of making the move to a bigger city where fine dining thrives.

Chittenden started cooking professionally in the early ‘80s at the now defunct Jim’s Diner.

“I was a terrible cashier,” Chittenden said. “I got moved back into the kitchen and I found my passion.

Her love of food and cooking is two-fold.

“I also knew that it attracted boys,” she said. “Boys like to eat, I like to make food. Boys like to eat my food, boys like me, consequently.”

She came to Denton after growing up in Iowa and Missouri to study ceramics at UNT, but never finished.

“I like to say I got my ten year,” Chittenden said, making a play on the word tenure. “I spent ten years in school, but didn’t get a degree”

Chittenden said that she has probably worked at every restaurant in town and was introduced to fine dining at the Denton Country Club.

“Living in Denton makes me happy, keeps me happy, keeps me interested,” Chittenden said. “This is my town. This will always be my town.”

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