This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage NewsCelebrate the return of sweater weather by indulging in some of the area’s favorite fall food events including the State Fair, the Texas Veggie Fair, and the inaugural year of Cultivate Fest. Plus, check out the latest restaurant openings and what’s coming soon in DFW.

 

All Week:

Food Truck Schedule: Here’s where to find your favorite meals-on-wheels this week.

 

State Fair of Texas: The 2014 fair season is in full swing, but, sadly, this weekend will be the last. Check out all the fun including pig races, the auto show, fried foods, rides and more. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.

 

Thursday, Oct. 16:

Market After Dark: Every Thursday, experience The Shed at Dallas Farmers Market, which is open late for drinks and shopping from 6 to 9pm.

 

Savor Las Colinas: Get your taste of food and wines from 18 Las Colinas restaurants at the annual fundraising event held at AMLI at Escena. All proceeds from the evening will go towards granting the wish for a selected “Wish Kid.”

 

Scotch Dinner at Bolsa: Join Bolsa and the Bruichladdich Distillery for a five-course menu paired with whiskey and gin. The farm-to-table menu is by chef Andrew Bell. Call for reservations: 214-943-1883.

 

Friday, Oct. 17:

State & Allen 10-Year Anniversary: Celebrate this State Thomas neighborhood staple and it’s success over the last 10 years with food, cocktail specials, and dancing.

 

Saturday Oct. 18:

Cultivate Fest: This marks the inaugural year of the (free) Cultivate Food, Ideas & Music Festival at Lake Carolyn. There will be performances by Amos Lee, O.A.R, and more, plus demonstrations by chefs Kent Rathbun, Amanda Freitag, Matt McCallister, Sean Brock and others. Chipotle, the Fest’s main sponsor, will provide food and local breweries and wineries will provide beer and wine tastings. There will also be a kid zone, multiple exhibits, a music stage, and so much more.

 

Food Network Casting: The network’s top celebrity chefs will be at Dallas Farmers Market looking for amazing home cooks. Bring a made-from-scratch, savory dish that highlights your cooking abilities and go up against the competition for a huge cash prize.

 

Sunday, Oct. 19:

Texas Veggie Fair: Head to Reverchon Park to take part in the 5th-annual event celebrating all things veggie. You can learn about plant-based lifestyles, try vegan food, experience a local beer garden, listen to live music, watch chef demonstrations, partake in yoga, and hear live speakers.

 

Monday, Oct. 20:

Fall Dine Around at Trinity Groves: The Greater Dallas Restaurant Association is hosting its fall get-together next week. You’ll meet for appetizers at 3015 @ Trinity Groves and then go on a dining crawl to your surprise dinner location. Dessert and a nightcap will be served afterwards back at 3015.

 

News:

Al’s #1 Italian Beef: Come November, Addison will be the first D-FW home to the legendary Chicago-based Italian beef chain. There are plans to open future locations around the metroplex.

 

Cane Rosso Cookie Butter Pizza: They’re at it again. Cane Rosso Deep Ellum now offers a dessert pizza called The Lady Bird, made with cookie butter, vanilla bean mascarpone, crushed speculoos cookies, Nutella, and powdered sugar.

 

Gino’s East: In other Chicago-based news, DFW is slated to get its taste of “Chicago’s original deep dish pizza,” when this famed restaurant opens in Arlington in November.

 

Remedy: This summer, we reported that the owner of Lower Greenville’s HG Sply. Co, Elias Pope, would be opening a new restaurant. Now, we’re happy to report that it will be open in late November/early December and will feature a “back to the basics” menu using polished techniques. Think BLTs, grilled cheeses, iconic pies and ice creams, etc.

 

Snap Kitchen: The newest branch of the Austin-based, healthy, to-go restaurant opened Oct. 13 in Preston Royal Village. You can also find branches at Snider Plaza, Uptown at McKinney Ave. and soon on Fitzhugh and in Addison.

DFW Weekend Round Up (10/9-10/12)


DFW Weekend Round Up (10/9-10/12)

Wow, this weekend is packed with amazing opportunities to immerse yourself in DFW culture and activities. From live music to a dog parade, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

 

Thursday, Oct. 9:

Jack Ingram at The Rustic: The Rustic and Leukemia Texas present the Beat Leukemia Concert For A Cure featuring Jack Ingram. This free event also celebrates the 1 year anniversary of The Rustic opening in Uptown Dallas!

 

Thrift Studio: This “not-like-any-other-thrift-store thrift store” is having its kick-off party tonight. Thrift Studio is a bi-annual, 30-day, pop-up shop created to provide financial viability and fundraising for Dwell With Dignity through selling donated furniture, housewares, accessories and high-end designer finds to the public.

 

Sam Smith: If you turned on the radio this year, you’ve heard Smith‘s huge hits “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not The Only One.” Tonight, catch him live at House of Blues Dallas.

 

Patio Sessions: The series at Sammons Park continues tonight with Luke Wade, the Fort Worth native on NBC’s The Voice, his band No Civilians, and opener Kirk Thurmond. The show is free and there will be food trucks from 6-9pm.

 

Music Thursday: Tonight’s features in the Klyde Warren Park’s Set List on the Green are The Counselor and the Capitalist, The Ackermans, and Marcella.

 

Dallas VideoFest: The 27th year of Dallas VideoFest is underway. It began Wednesday and runs through Oct. 19 in various venues across DFW including Alamo Drafthouse and South Dallas Cultural Center. There will be approximately 125 screenings of local, regional and internationally produced media art programs this year.

 

State Fair of Texas: The 2014 fair season is in full swing. Check out all the fun that continues in the third weekend including pig races, the auto show, fried foods, rides and more. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.

 

Market After Dark: Every Thursday, experience The Shed at Dallas Farmers Market, which is open late for drinks and shopping from 6 to 9pm.

 

Autumn at the Arboretum: Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall flowers will cover the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum through November 26. There will also be a hay bale maze, scavenger hunts, Cinderella’s Carriage and more.

 

Friday, Oct. 10:

A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to the late composer and EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony Award) winner and his impressive 50-year career with three concerts Friday through Sunday. Stars like Donna McKechnie and Jodi Benson will join the orchestra at Bass Performance Hall.

 

Saturday, Oct. 11:

Breakaway Music Festival: Southside Ballroom is hosting a night of music featuring Adventure Club, DVBBS, EDX and more. Doors open at 5 p.m.

 

Ringo Starr: This former Beatles member will take the stage at Verizon Theater at Grand Prairie with his All-Starr Band. It’s been 44 years since the Beatles broke up, but Starr is still rocking out.

 

BarktoberFest: Celebrate fall and man’s best friend at Frisco Commons Park with a dog parade, costume and trick contests, pet adoption opportunities and more.

 

Red River Rivalry: Big game this weekend. The Red River Rivalry is on Saturday. Now, maybe you’re a Texas fan, maybe you’re an Oklahoma fan- either way, it’s going to be a big day.

 

Sunday, Oct. 12:

Cowboys at Seahawks: In week six, the ‘boys will take on the Seattle Seahawks, last year’s Superbowl champs, on Sunday at 3:25pm. We’re 4 and 1 this season thus far, so grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV.

 

Southwest Airlines Freedom to Fly: If you’ve been living under a rock in DFW, you may not know that Southwest Airlines is finally allowed to add new non-stop destinations beginning Monday, Oct. 13. Join them on Sunday in celebrating the end of the Wright Amendment that’s been holding them back at Klyde Warren Park for a free party featuring Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison, Jack Ingram, Robert Earl Keen and more.

 

Image via Patio Sessions

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

DFW breweries highlight this edition of Food & Beverage News. They won medals last weekend and this week they’re hosting some awesome events. We also have some interesting news about new restaurant openings and closings. Check it all out below.

 

Events:

Food Truck Schedule: Here’s where you can find your favorite meals-on-wheels this week in Dallas.

 

Beer & Plate Pairing: Rahr & Sons Brewing is having a beer and plate pairing hosted by Stephan Beaumont tonight, Tuesday, October 7, at Flying Saucer in Garland. Beaumont, who is the co-author of The World Beer Atlas and The Pocket Beer Guide, will be there to talk about beers and sign books.

 

Houndstooth Coffee Brewing Class: The new coffee shop on Henderson Ave. is hosting an event to teach you how to brew great coffee at home. The class will focus on the Kalita Wave brewing method and begins at 7:30pm on Wednesday, Oct. 8.

 

Revolver Beer Dinner at Grace: Thursday, Oct. 9, Chef Blaine Staniford and master brewer Cicerone Grant Wood are teaming up for a five-course dinner featuring Thai-style curried catfish, stout-braised veal cheek, and spiced carrot cake paired with selected beers.

 

Local Brewers Summit: Author Stephan Beaumont will join five local breweries on Friday, Oct. 10 in a prelude to BeerFeast 2014. There will be six special beer selections and small plates as well as a post-summit book signing. The event is being held at Flying Saucer Fort Worth.

 

The Dinner Detective Dallas: An interactive murder mystery dinner show takes place Friday at Crowne Plaza. Actors will be hidden among customers throughout the four-course meal, making everyone a part of this thrilling evening.

 

Beerfeast 2014: The 9th-Annual festival in Fort Worth will feature over 40 breweries and 60 craft beers selected by Flying Saucer Drought Emporium’s experts.  The event runs from 1-7pm on Saturday, Oct. 11.

 

News:

Chipotle Vegan/Vegetarian-Friendly Options: Next Tuesday, Oct. 13, Chipotles around DFW will roll out vegan and vegetarian-friendly sofritas.

 

DFW Breweries Take Home Medals: This past weekend racked up the medals at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival awards in Denver. Grapevine Craft Brewery’s Sir Williams’ English Brown Ale nabbed gold medal in the English Brown Ale category and Peticolas Brewing Company’s 2012 Great Scot! won first in the Aged Beer category.  Community Beer Company took home a gold for their Public Ale in the Extra Special Bitter Category and a bronze in the Coffee Beer category for their Ascension brew. Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. also took home a bronze medal in the German-Style Doppelbock or Eisbock division for their The Regulator. Here’s the full list of winners.

 

Kenny’s Burger Joint in Plano: Kenny’s Burger Joint is now open in Plano’s Lakeside Market. It is Kenny Bowers’ fifth restaurant and second branch of Kenny’s Burger Joint, the first of which is in Frisco.

 

Mason Bar Closing: The Uptown bar will close on October 18th with a grand finale event. After 3 years in the neighborhood, it will be replaced with a residential hi-rise.

 

New York Sub Closing: After 40 years in business on Asbury St. in the Park Cities, New York Sub will close its doors on Sunday, Oct. 12. It will be replaced by a new branch of Project Pie.

 

Vertskepbap: The Austin-baed kebab chain, lovingly-known as Verts, will open it’s first DFW location in Addison in October.

 

Image via Local Brewers Summit Facebook Event

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

Take some amazing cooking, wine, and beer classes and don’t miss out on all the fun celebrations taking place in the D-FW food and beverage world this week. Also, be sure to check out the new restaurant openings, closings, and upcoming opportunities below.

 

Events:

Wine Class Wednesday: Now through December, join Max’s Wine Dive on the first Wednesday of each month for a wine class with food pairings. Tomorrow, October 1, the first class will walk you through wines from Napa and Sonoma during an American-themed night. Bites include New England clam chowder, pizza, smoked meats, short ribs and more.

 

Beer & Cheese Class: Scardello is famous for great classes that almost always sell out. Grab your ticket now for Thursday, Oct. 1, when you can learn about the many wonderful combinations of beer and cheese.

 

6th Annual Burgers & Burgundy: DIFFA/Dallas is hosting its annual event at the home of Karen and Bill Seanor with top local chefs on Friday, Oct. 3. Chef John Tesar and others will present sliders paired with their choice of Burgundy wines. This event benefits North Texas residents affected by HIV and AIDS.

 

Smoked Dallas: This deliciously curated BBQ and music fest will take place at Main Street Garden Park on Saturday, Oct. 4. It features an all-star lineup of Texas’ best music, like Bob Schneider and Sarah Jaffe, pit masters, like Lockhart Smokehouse and Cousin’s Bar-B-Q, and chefs, like Kent Rathbun. Funds benefit Café Momentum, whose students will prepare side dishes at the event.

 

Double Wide’s 11 Twisted Years Celebration: Saturday, join Double Wide in celebrating 11 years in Deep Ellum with a two-block music festival featuring High on Fire, Riverboat Gamblers, and The Derailers. Lakewood Brewery will provide an outdoor stage as well and food and drink will be provided by Easy Slider, Cold Beer Company, and Eat Jo Dawgs.

 

Taste of Fall Cooking Class: Second Floor Bistro and chefs Scott Gottlich and Andrea Marichich are hosting a cooking class all about fall on Saturday. The menu includes roasted butternut squash soup, grilled pork loin roulade, homemade doughnuts, and more. Mixologist Seth Brammer will demonstrate favorite fall cocktails and share wine pairing tips to conclude the class.

 

Parigi 20th Anniversary Soiree: Celebrate Parigi’s 30 years as one of Dallas’ favorite bistros on Sunday, Oct. 5. There will be champagne and cocktails from Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere Vodka as well as hors d’oeuvres presented by chef Janice Provost.

 

News:

The Capitol Grille: Their Wagyu and Wine program is back now through November 23 during which guests can experience one of three featured American Wagyu beefs burgers paired with a glass of wine for $25.

 

The Common Table: The Uptown spot recently hired a new executive chef. Rodman Shields hopes to continue showcasing beer and food pairings with a renewed emphasis on quality, contemporary, approachable dishes.

 

Dallas Grilled Cheese Co.: Cheese and bread lovers rejoice, a brand new restaurant is opening in Bishop Arts by the end of 2014. The Oak Cliff Advocate reports “expected offerings include American cheese on Texas toast or brie with pears and walnuts on French baguette.”

 

Front Room Tavern: The revamped Front Room at Hotel Lumen is now open with a new chef and an updated menu. Exciting additions include Texas pea fritters, lobster cavatelli made in-house, a croque madame, and a peach skillet pie with oatmeal streusel. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekends.

 

Genaro’s: The East Dallas seafood/Tex Mex restaurant located on E. Mockingbird closed its doors yesterday.

 

Hopdoddy Addison: The burger and shake joint opened its newest spot in Addison on Monday, Sept. 29 in Village on the Parkway.

 

Meat Fight: Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Oct. 1 for the annual event that donates 100% of ticket proceeds to the National MS Society. This beer-and-meat-centric competition pits Dallas chefs against each other in four categories- brisket, pulled pork, sausage, and Wild Card. It takes place Sunday, November 16 in Trinity Groves.

 

Pearl Cup: They have officially served their last cup of joe at their St. Paul Place location.

 

Project Pie: The first of three Dallas-area locations opened yesterday in Preston Center. This spot is known for its “everyday artisan,” build-your-own pizza that is ready for you in less than five minutes.  The next two locations are set to open in November in Lower Greenville and SMU/Highland Park.

 

Image via The Capitol Grille Facebook

D-FW Weekend Round Up (9/25-9/28)


There’s no doubt, the return of the State Fair of Texas and the Sunday night game between the Cowboys and the Saints are the major highlights this weekend in DFW. But, when you have time to squeeze in some more fun, check out the live music, theater, and social events that are also taking place during this beautiful fall weekend.

 

Samurai Collection Happy Hour: If you’ve ever ventured up the stairs at Saint Ann, you’ve noticed the mini museum and samurai collection. If you’ve ever wanted a look beyond the glass, tonight’s your lucky night. The restaurant is hosting a guided tour and happy hour from 6 to 7pm.

 

Music Thursday: This week Klyde Warren Park continues to feature emerging stars in Jazz, with Spenser Lizst & Sky Window. Catch them tonight live on the lawn.

 

Rocky Horror Show: Four decades after its Broadway premiere, this hilarious show has taken the city by storm at Wyly Theater. The production promises to be wickedly wayward and will run through October 19.

 

Rapunzel Rapunzel: Dallas Children’s Theater is putting a country-pop spin on the classic tale that will delight guests of all ages. Check out the production, which has afternoon and night shows, until October 26.

 

Index Fest: If you’re a fan of Indie music, Deep Ellum is the place to be from Friday, Sept. 26 to Sunday, Sept. 28. More than 90 bands will perform over the weekend on indoor and outdoor stages. There will be a mix of well-known and up-and-coming bands like Local Natives, Ryan Bingham, Mutemath, Dawes and more.

 

State Fair of Texas: It’s back tomorrow! Take on signature corn dogs, this year’s fried foods, and everything else amazing that comes along with the State Fair experience from Sept. 26 to Oct. 19. Click here to see how to get all the best deals on tickets.

 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: These rock legends are nearing their 40th anniversary as a band! They’ll be at American Airlines Center on Friday to treat you to all of the classic favorites including “Free Fallin'” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance.” Special guest Steve Winwood will also be there.

 

Sara Evans: The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra presents one of country’s most popular singers in a special concert at Bass Performance Hall on Saturday, Sept. 27. She’s made her mark over the past 20 years with hits like “Born to Fly” and “Suds in the Bucket.”

 

Fort Worth Day in the District: On Saturday, nine cultural destinations will offer free admission and many of Fort Worth’s cultural organizations will offer free performances in and around each destination. This is the 9th annual Day in the District and it will run from 10am to 5pm with free transportation provided.

 

Fall Light Farms: Celebrate the beginning of fall with a day of family fun at Celina’s Light Farms on Saturday. Beginning at 4pm, there will be lawn games, burgers, and live music. You can even tour the model homes in the community.

 

Good Morning, Vietnam: In honor of the recent passing of comedian/actor/star Robert Williams, there will be a free Sunset Screening of Good Morning, Vietnam, arguably one of his greatest performances, at Annette Strauss Square on Sunday.

 

Cowboys vs. Saints: In week four, the ‘boys will take on the New Orleans Saints in a Sunday night game at home at 7:30pm. Grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV. If you have tickets, bring the noise!

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

Farmers Markets: Get your taste of local produce at one of the many farmer’s markets over the long weekend.

 

If you’re looking for food & beverage events to fill your weekend, click here

Fresh Listing Friday: Fort Worth Modern


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Happy Friday, everyone! Y’all are going to love this week’s Fresh Listing Friday. It’s a triple whammy, with ideal location, amenities, and price.

 

The home at 5113 Cordova Ave. in Fort Worth is a three-bedroom, two-bath, 2,112-square-foot listing priced at $165,000. It’s located close to TCU and features an inviting, open concept, modern floor plan. If you like this style in any way, you’re really going to appreciate this home.

 

The pictures paint the best story, so just take a look.

Fresh Listing Friday: Fort Worth Modern

Fresh Listing Friday: Fort Worth Modern

Fresh Listing Friday: Fort Worth Modern

Fresh Listing Friday: Fort Worth Modern

Fresh Listing Friday: Fort Worth Modern

Fresh Listing Friday: Fort Worth Modern

Fresh Listing Friday: Fort Worth Modern

Fresh Listing Friday: Fort Worth Modern

Isn’t this fabulous? Not pictured are the two secondary bedrooms, the second bath, and the two-car garage- all of which are amazing. To see all the photos and get more information about this wonderful new listing, click any of the images above.

 

To see all the homes that were new to the DFW housing market this week, just click here.

 

D-FW Weekend Round Up (9/18-9/21)


Your Weekend Round Up (9/18-9/21)

This weekend is a big one for the arts! We have everything from the Deep Ellum Fall Gallery Walk to the Funny or Die Comedy Tour to Shakespeare in the Park. If you’re looking for daytime activities or live music, there are plenty of options for those, too!

 

North Texas Giving Day: Today is North Texas Giving Day! Donate to your favorite local non-profit before midnight to help raise money. All donations over $25 will be matched.

 

Music Thursday and Klyde Warren Park: This week’s event features a JazzMasters Set with the Mark Lettieri Group (Grammy Award Member of Snarky Puppy). Grab a blanket and a friend and enjoy the nice, cooler weather.

 

Shakespeare in the Park: Shakespeare Dallas begins the fall season with Antony and Cleopatra, a great story of love, loyalty and power. The show will play at Samuell-Grand Amphitheater through Sept. 27 and then at Addison Circle Park October 1-12.

 

35th Annual Plano Balloon Festival: The festival in the Balloon Capital of Texas is back from Friday, September 19 to Sunday, Sept. 21. Saturday is the day to be there, with live music, activities for kids, and a balloon glow and fireworks at night.

 

Funny or Die Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Some of comedy’s biggest names, including Louis C.K. and Sarah Silverman, will perform stand up at Gexa on Friday night.

 

Limp Bizkit: Though the band hit their peak in the early 2000’s, they’re still producing new music. Friday, they’ll be at the South Side Ballroom promoting their new album with Machine Gun Kelly as their opening act.

 

Til Midnight at the Nasher: Friday’s free event features a 7 o’clock live outdoor concert by Goodnight Ned and a screening of The Great Gatsby in the Garden at 9pm.

 

16th annual Deep Ellum Fall Gallery Walk: Saturday, Sept. 20 from 2-8pm, experience all your favorite galleries in Deep Ellum and Expo Park. This event is free and open to the public and provides the perfect break from the Salsa Fest nearby at Deep Ellum Outdoor Market. This year’s galleries include 500x Gallery, Barry Whistler Gallery, Beefhaus, CentralTrak, Cohn Drennan Contemporary, Kettle Art Gallery, Kirk Hopper Fine Art, Liliana Bloch Gallery, Mokah Gallery, The Power Station, The Public Trust, Rachel Nash Gallery, and WAAS Gallery.

 

Luke Bryan: Country music sensation, Luke Bryan makes his stop in Dallas on Saturday at Gexa with openers Lee Brice and Cole Swindell, each of whom are stars in their own right.

 

Autumn at the Arboretum: Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and fall flowers will cover the grounds of the Dallas Arboretum on Sunday in celebration of the beginning of Fall. There will also be a hay bale maze and scavenger hunts. You can enjoy all this fun through November 26.

 

Cowboys at Rams: In week three, the ‘boys will take on the St. Louis Rams in an away game at 12pm CDT on Sunday. Grab your friends, your jersey, and a seat around the nearest TV.

 

Oscar de la Renta: Five Decades of Style: Fashion fans will love the newest exhibit at the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Through October 5, attendees can gaze upon the memorable clothes made for first ladies Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Nancy Reagan by one of fashion’s biggest names.

 

State Fair of Texas: only 8 days left! See how to get the best tickets deals for this year’s Fair before it starts next Friday.

 

If you’re looking for events that are more food-and-drink-centric, click here for this week’s list!

 

Image via Dallas Arboretum

This Week in Food & Beverage News


This Week in Food & Beverage News

Chocolate, wine, and cheese- does it get much better than that? The rest of the week is filled with them, plus BrewFest, Food Truck Palooza, and Okrapalooza. You just might not fit back in your skinny jeans come Monday.

 

Events:

Food Truck Schedule: See where to find your favorite meals-on-wheels this week.

 

Grapefest 2014: The annual festival is back for its 28th year this Thursday, September 11 to Sunday, Sept. 14. Unique wines, fantastic finds, live entertainment, and family-friendly fun will highlight the event in Historic Downtown Grapevine.

 

Bourbon Month: Celebrate Bourbon month with The Second Floor at the Westin Galleria Thursday night with $8 Knob Creek Flights.

 

Eden Wine Dinner: Enjoy a four-course meal paired with four summer wines on Thursday night with Chef Karen Kahn.

 

Scardello’s How to Pair Cheese & Wine: This event only comes once a year, so you don’t want to miss it on Thursday. You’ll learn the rules behind cheese and wine pairing and why they work so well while tasting 12 cheeses and 6 wines.

 

2014 Dallas Chocolate Festival: The 5th annual festival will be held at Addison Conference Centre on Saturday, Sept. 13. The event showcases local and national chocolate artisans and features classes, demonstrations, and all the decadent chocolate you can image. More workshops will be held on Sunday in Trinity Groves.

 

Arché Harvest Party: Arché wines is hosting a grape-picking, Cabernet-sampling day with a lunch buffet on Saturday at the winery’s vineyard in the Red River Valley. It may require a little bit of a drive, but it’ll be worth it.

 

Dallas Observer BrewFest: The 4th annual BrewFest is being held in the all-new Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market. Head there Saturday for craft beer sampling , live music and food.

 

PakPao Anniversary Thai Throwdown: Sunday, Chef Jet Tila is looking to battle Dallas’ best home cook in a Pad Thai Throwdown. There will be a panel of celebrity judges and all guests will get to sample a portion of Chef Jet’s signature dish.

 

Food Truck Palooza: The 3rd annual Food Truck Palooza is being held this Sunday at Temple Shalom. Participants currently include The Bomb Fried Pies, The Butcher’s Son, Coolhaus, Cravetopia Bakery, Cup Cakin’, Easy Slider, Gandolfo’s NY Deli, Mad Grill, Misha’s Kitchen, Nammi, Rockin’ Rick’s, Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe, Simply Dosa, Taste of Cuba, Texas Burrito Company, and Tutta’s Pizza.

 

Okrapalooza: The Lot will host this year’s competition for the title of Okrapalooza Champion, which will have celebrity chefs and home cooks all competing in the same category. Sunday, attendees will get to sample the various okra dishes and sides as well as free local beer and live music. All of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Promise of Peace Community Garden.

 

Red Wattle Porchetta and Cocktail Dinner at Windmill Lounge: The chefs at Lucia, Mike Gibsson and Justin Holt, are serving up plates and cocktails, until they run out, on Sunday. Angels Envy Bourbon and Pilar Rum are sponsoring the event, so you know it’s all going to be delicious. A second pork-centric dinner with the two chefs will take place at Oak Cliff Social Club on Sept. 21.

 

Kobalt Wine Dinner at Grace: Join Kobalt’s owner and winemaker, Kevin Carriker, as he hosts a night discussing wine on Monday, Sept. 15. There will be passed canapés, Japenese Madai, smoked king salmon belly, trumpet royal mushrooms, Colorado lamb and artisan cheeses.

 

News:

Bahn Shop: The first location of the new Southeat Asian restaurant is opening up on Friday in Park Cities at 5629 SMU Boulevard. The second location is set to open at the end of the month in DFW Airport Terminal D. The concept is fast-casual with a focus on the classes Vietnamese bahn mi sandwich. The company’s owner, Yum! Brands, also owns Taco Bell, KFC, etc.

 

2014 Caesar Salad Competition Chefs: The chefs who will compete in this year’s event were announced this week. They are Thomas Holt of Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Chad Kelly of Café Pacific, Andrea Marichich of The Second Floor, Antonio Marquez of Lazaranda Modern Kitchen & Tequila, Mark McDaniel of ReMARKable Affairs Catering, Kenny Mills of Chop House Burgers, Brandon Moore of Ocean Prime Dallas, Stan Rodrigues of Whiskey Cafe Kitchen & Bar, and Julio Peraza of Komali Contemporary Mexican Cuisine.

 

Luscher’s: The chef/owner of The Grape, Brian Luscher, is opening a hotdog spot in Deep Ellum that will focus on his signature “Post Oak Red Hots,’ a handmade dog that can currently only be found at local places like White Rock Local Market and the Green Grocer. Other sausages, Italian beef sandwiches, and beer will also highlight the menu at the restaurant, which is set to open by November.

 

Moviehouse & Eastery: Keller will officially have its own premier theater/restaurant combination beginning November 7. Think comfortable leather seats, made-from-scratch food, and all your favorite movies right in Keller Town Center.

 

Parliament: One of Dallas’ most beloved bartenders, Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, has opened up his very own speakeasy bar named Parliament in Uptown’s State-Thomas neighborhood.

 

Rabbit Hole Brewing: The D-FW craft brew company has announced it’s newest seasonal ale, “Off With Your Red,” an aggressively hopped red ale that’s the first release in Rabbit Hole’s “Season of Fear.” Click for launch party events and details.

 

Vickery Meadow Local Market: Launched by the minds behind White Rock Local Market, Vickey Meadow Improvement District, and Half Price Books, this brand new market will open Sept. 21 and run only on Sundays. Along with healthy produce, you’ll also be able to find arts, crafts and other local goods.

Image via dallaschocolate.org

D-FW Continues to Win Awards


D-FW Continues to Win Awards

Will the accolades ever stop rolling in for North Texas? It’s highly doubtful since our cities continue to rack up awards. This time around, Grand Prairie, Plano, Irving, Garland, and Fort Worth are all making news.

 

Grand Prairie (No. 2), Plano (No. 9), Irving (No. 12) and Garland (No. 14) all ranked in the top 15 of WalletHub’s 2014’s Best and Worst Places to Retire. Though retirement and financial security are a common dream, the study reports that “a fifth of American workers approaching retirement age haven’t saved for it.”

 

In order to establish these rankings, the 150 largest cities in the U.S. were analyzed based on 25 key metrics. These included everything from cost of living to job prospects for workers 65 or older to the availability of recreational activities. Click the link above to see the full list of city rankings and to find out why our four cities are so impressive.

 

In other great news, Fort Worth’s Sundance Square won the International Downtown Association‘s “Downtown Pinnacle Award” for Downtown Leadership & Management. Here’s a basic summary of why it beat out the 10 other entries in the category:

 

“Sundance Square has added a remarkable, innovative lifestyle element to downtown Fort Worth: an extremely flexible, comfortable, and active space…literally on Main Street. Sundance Square Plaza makes downtown a more appealing residential option, a better hospitality offering and a more enjoyable office choice.”

 

So there you have it, people, living in D-FW is just the gift that keeps on giving!

 

Image via Sundance Square Plaza website

What $400k Gets You in DFW


We’re always interested to see what you can get for the money in different areas around D-FW. So, today we’re exploring four homes that can all be yours for less than $400,000.

 

Take a look at a wonderful craftsman in Fort Worth, a lakeside retreat in Mabank, an eclectic updated home near Lake Highlands, and a charming tudor near Lower Greenville.

 

What $400k Gets You in DFW^1320 Washington Ave., Fort Worth: $399,900 | 3 bedrooms | 2 1/2 baths | 1,855 sq. ft.

 

What $400k Gets You in DFW^198 Bushwhacker, Mabank: $399,000 | 3 bedrooms | 2 1/2 baths | 1,640 sq. ft.

 

What $400k Gets You in DFW^9629 Whitehurst Drive, Dallas: $354,900 | 4 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2,390 sq. ft.

 

What $400k Gets You in DFW^5118 Homer Street, Dallas: $350,000 | 2 bedrooms | 1 bath | 1,482 sq. ft.