Ebby’s Home for the Holidays: NorthPark Center

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Each holiday season, Dallas’ NorthPark Center transforms into a magical place for the entire family. We got an exclusive look into what makes the shopping center so festive, from the 26 Michigan-grown Blue Spruce trees to the 3,000 brightly colored poinsettias. Watch the video below to see all the beautiful decorations that pop up at NorthPark Center for the holidays.

Once you see all the beautiful holiday foliage and décor throughout, check the following NorthPark Center holiday attractions off your to-do list:
Trains at NorthPark™
This popular exhibit returns for its 30th holiday season and features elaborate miniature toy trains. Enjoy the sights of 1,800 feet of track journeying through some of America’s most-famous cityscapes including Times Square, the White House, the Golden Gate Bridge, and of course, Dallas’ own Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, the State Fair of Texas, the Cotton Bowl, the Perot Museum, Southern Methodist University and more. All proceeds from ticket sales go to helping families at Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. To view the schedule, click here.
Scrooge Puppet Theatre
Experience the magic of puppetry with this whimsical holiday tradition put on by Le Theatre de Marionette. Head over to the Eastcourt near Dillards to enjoy a funny improvisational performance of Charles Dickens’ famous character Scrooge, and be sure to see the final show on Christmas Eve when he finally feels the spirit of the holidays. The show starts at the bottom of every hour during these times:
Monday – Saturday
11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
12:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve
10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Visits and Portraits with Santa Claus

Capture the essence of the holidays with one-on-one visits and portraits with Santa Claus. Take a tour through his cozy abode and take your own photos, or purchase professional portraits.
Monday – Saturday
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2:30 – 5 p.m.
5:30 – 7 p.m.
12:30 – 3 p.m.
3:30 – 5 p.m.
Christmas Eve
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
For more holiday activities and corresponding times, locations and ticket prices, visit NorthParkCenter.com.


Fifty Years of Style

Fifty Years of Style


NorthPark Center turns 50 on Wednesday. At a time when many malls are struggling, this Dallas icon is at the top of its game.


NorthPark is among the top dozen malls in the U.S. Its sales are trending at $1.3 billion this year, or almost $1,100 a square foot, according to a recent Dallas Morning News story. That’s more than twice as productive as the average U.S. regional mall.


Known for its artwork, NorthPark has an art director on staff and more than 50 original pieces on display. Landscaping is another major differentiator for NorthPark, which spends two to three times what a typical mall might spend on landscaping.


The finest retail, restaurants and entertainment, world-class art and a one-of-a-kind cultural experience in a truly unique setting – the difference is evident to all who visit this Mid-Century treasure in the heart of Dallas.


Happy Birthday to NorthPark. We’re already looking forward to the next 50 years.


Photos courtesy of NorthParkCenter.com


This Week in Food & Beverage News





This Week in Food & Beverage NewsThe Celebrity Chef Dinner Series, benefiting EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES, continues with a remarkable list of renowned chefs this week. Other events featured in this week’s Food & Beverage News include dinners, an ice cream social, a kid’s cooking class and more!




Tuesday, June 2

Morgan Murphy Meet-and-Greet: In celebration of his newly released book On the Road Again, food critic Morgan Murphy will be taking a seat at Sissy’s Southern Kitchen for an evening of chatter, cocktails and small bites. For $75, indulge in some of Morgan’s favorite Sissy’s specialties, including kolaches from Village Baking Co. Plus, take home a signed copy of his book. 5-7 p.m. Purchase tickets here.


Celebrity Chef Dinner Series: During this series, Chef John Tesar collaborates with renowned chefs from around the country to cook five consecutive fundraising dinners, benefiting EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES. Tuesday’s dinner at Knife Dallas features Chef Alex Stratta, who has made appearances on “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef Masters.” Dinner kicks off at 7 p.m. For tickets and reservations, click here. To view the remaining chefs performing Wednesday – Thursday, click here.


Wednesday, June 3

Goats and Grapes Dinner: Duchman Family Winery in Driftwood and Windy Hill Farm in Comanche are pairing up for a five-course dinner at CBD Provisions. The dinner will feature artisan wine, meats, cheeses, and a style of goat in every dish. $65/person. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Call 214-261-4500 for reservations.


Sommelier for a Day: III Forks in Dallas is offering a Sommelier for a Day opportunity the first Wednesday of each month. This opportunity allows guests to help select feature wines for the coming month. In addition, guests will sample six wines, paired with specialty hors d’oeuvres created by Executive Chef Chris Vogeli. 5-7 p.m. For reservations, click here.


Thursday, June 4

Evening in the Shed: Occurring every Thursday evening in the month of June, Dallas Farmer’s Market will host an Evening in the Shed. Guests will get to shop the market for everything local, including arts and crafts, fresh produce and artisan food. Beer, wine and live music will also be in attendance. Visit the calendar to get the scoop on who’s performing every Thursday. 4-9 p.m


Pups on the Patio: Lone Star Rescue will be hosting a benefit at Cane Rosso in Fairview, featuring raffles, pizza specials and more. All proceeds will benefit Lone Star Rescue. 6-9 p.m.


Friday, June 5

Picnic on the Patio: Kick off summer with a “Picnic” on the Patio at Grace in Fort Worth. The menu features a selection of picnic-style bites, such as ribs, potato salad, corn and more! $95/person. The picnic begins at 6:30 p.m. For reservations, call 817-877-3388.


Saturday, June 6

Kid’s Cooking Class: Maggiano’s Little Italy at NorthPark is hosting a cooking class for kids! Participants will have the chance to create some of Maggiano’s favorite dishes to take home. All funds will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. $30/child; parents are free. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Purchase tickets here.


Ice Cream Social: Dallas Farmer’s Market plays host to the 9th annual Mama Ida’s Ice Cream Social. Local vendors will provide condiments for Dallas County Youth Village culinary students to conjure up a variety of ice cream, gelato and sorbet creations. Purchase a tasting spoon for $5 and sample the sweet stuff, then vote for your favorite! 11 a.m.-1 p.m.




Dallas’ Off-Site Kitchen is closing its original location this week. The beloved burger joint near the Design District is relocating to Trinity Groves, close to the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The last day to grab your favorite burger before the one-week pause is this Saturday, June 6. The new location is slated to open June 16.


Jefferson Tower in Oak Cliff now houses Carnival Barker’s Ice Cream Factory, a small company that will serve several rotating flavors of ice cream and a variety of ice cream sandwiches 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Texas Tapas, a brand new tapas restaurant, is now open in Deep Ellum. The menu features American-style share plates with a Texas twist, including chicken and waffles and fried ribeye with gravy and eggs.



Photo courtesy of EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES

Tesla Moves Into NorthPark

Tesla's Coming to NorthPark. Here's why you need to take notice...

If you’re not familiar with what’s going on with Tesla Motors and why everyone continues to talk about the company and its illustrious cars, here’s what you need to know.


Tesla Motors, a California-based company that manufacturers electric cars, was founded in 2003 by a group of Silicon Valley engineers who set out to prove that electric cars could, in fact, be awesome. It’s a fast-growing company with a series of cars that have gotten a lot of attention from car enthusiasts, green enthusiasts, gas companies, and lawmakers.


So, why can’t people stop talking about it? CEO Elon Musk is all about innovation and is taking some big steps to prove it. Musk recently ok’ed the release of the company’s technology patents in the hopes that people will run with the technology and improve upon it, as well as add to the number of electric cars on the road. Pretty wild, right? It’s not something you’d expect from a company. Aren’t these guys supposed to be all about secret formulas and private patents? Now you see the reason behind all the hype.


Why does it effect D-FW? While Texas lawmakers have banned the direct sale of Tesla cars in the state, Musk is trying his best to change their minds. Texas is among a few other states in the running to get a $5 billion factory that will supply lithium ion batteries for Teslas and other electric vehicles. Additionally, Farmers Branch is home to one of the companies 125+ worldwide service locations, and now NorthPark is about to see the opening of a Tesla Gallery.


The gallery will open tomorrow, Friday, June 20. It’s located on the first floor of the mall, in a 3,000 square foot space that will serve to educate the public on all things Tesla. The gallery features a hot red Model S sedan that’s parked dead in the center of the floor, and it’s the third gallery in the state of Texas, with others in Houston and Austin.


Even though direct sales are banned in the state, we’ve seen countless Teslas speeding around town recently, and apparently there are more than 2,000 owners in Texas. Keep your eye out for these fancy electric cars on the road in D-FW, because, if you ask us, it seems like this company is here to stay.


Image via Tesla Motors