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Tickets Available For 2015 Dallas Chocolate Festival

Dude-Sweet-Chocolate will be hosting the 2015 Dallas Chocolate Festival Saturday, September 12th, at the Addison Conference Centre. Last year, this event sold out – and we want to make sure that you don’t miss your chance to get in on the best gathering of chocolate makers and chocolatiers in Texas.

There will be the return of old favorites, local trailblazers, and innovative newbies. See how these talented chocolatiers and chocolate makers are bringing the industry to exciting new places. There will also be informative lectures and demos, food trucks, an interactive kids chocolate table, and a gift shop.    Continue reading

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Hitchcock Inspired Evening at Henry’s Majestic Aug 13


Alfred Hitchcock was known as the Master of Suspense and over the course of his 50-year career fashioned for himself a distinctive and recognizable directorial style. Henry’s Majestic will pay tribute to the Master on what would have been his 116th birthday with a 4-course dinner on August 13, 2015 beginning at 7PM. Henry’s Majestic Chef, Roe DiLeo and Alex Fletcher, Beverage Director, have created a menu with cocktail pairings inspired by four classic Hitchcock films that will take attendees on a journey of the mind and the palate.

The cost is $75 per person and reservations are required. Please call 908. 451. 9598 to claim your seat. Henry’s Majestic is located at 4900 McKinney Ave, Dallas.  Continue reading

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Buy Into Big Tex Choice Awards For Chairty

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To kick off the 2015 season, the State Fair has begun selling general admission tickets, food and ride coupons, as well as tickets to the 11th Annual Big Tex Choice Awards. All tickets are available to order online today at their website.

The wait is over – State Fair fans can now purchase their general admission tickets online, along with tickets for children and seniors. Priced at $18, general admission to the Fair includes hundreds of daily shows, concerts, activities and exhibits, all at no extra cost. The Fair offers $14 admission for children under 48 inches in height and seniors age 60 and older, with free admission for children age 2 and under. Also available online, fairgoers can purchase a State Fair of Texas Season Pass for $39.99, which includes 24-day admission as well as a variety of special pass-holder benefits. Buy now and save $10 on the 2015 Season Pass by using promo code BIGTEX.   Continue reading

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Eastfield College Offering Brewing Classes


Eastfield College is jumping on the craft beer movement in a big way by offering a “Journeyman Brewer Certificate” during a six-week, hands-on course that has several local breweries involved. This brewer certificate course is the only one of its kind in Texas and is one of only a handful of similar programs in schools around the country.

The 177-hour class starts Aug. 31 and covers the basics of brewing and malting. This comprehensive course costs $3,600, and it gives participants the training that brewers look for in new employees in an industry is that is short on skilled personnel.

“This program is unique because you have the school, the theory and, at the same time, you have the practical experience,” said instructor Peter Boettcher, a native of Germany who is a master brewer with more than 30 years of experience. He holds a degree in brewing science and has a brewer’s certificate from the Doemens World Brewing Academy, which is based in Munich, Germany.  Continue reading

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A Lesson in How to Make Bitters

by Maryse Chevriere

You almost hate to hear it: Making your own bitters at home? Yeah, it’s actually not that difficult.

Because there’s no excuse now — and you start to think, how could I not have been doing this all along? Ideas for black cherry-ginger, or coffee bean-cocoa nib bitters rush in.

If you’re tapped in to the cocktail zeitgeist, odds are you already have bitters on the brain. (If you’re not, here’s what you need to know: Classic cocktails? Having a major moment. House-made ingredients? Huge. Bitters? Über retro-chic.) So you can imagine the on-trend factor of house-made bitters, and the cocktails made with them.   Continue reading

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Dallas Cowboy’s Art Tour

by Steven Doyle

If you can’t decide between going to a museum or taking in a Cowboy’s game, fear not — you can do both. There are two tours of the Stadium’s art collection that includes 21 large-scale, site-specific art works in all, by such artists as Olafur Eliasson, Teresita Fernandez, Doug Aitken, Annette Lawrence, Lawrence Weiner, and Franz Ackermann (pictured above).

The program launched in 2010 with 14 commissioned artworks, installed in prominent locations throughout the stadium. The Dallas Cowboys Art Program was conceived, launched, and funded by Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones and his wife, Gene. Their daughter, Charlotte Anderson, and niece, Melissa Meeks, have also played prominent roles in the project.  Continue reading

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Tim Love’s Ultimate Guide to Ribs

ribsby Kate Krader

It’s easier than ever to fake your way through a summertime cookout. You’ve heard about the test tube burger; you had to, it cost $33,000. Meanwhile, sales of alternative meat products, like faux hot dogs, continue to rise (to more than $550 million last year). The one cookout staple that doesn’t easily lend itself to veganism is ribs. So, before someone comes up with a test tube version, let’s shout out epic pork and beef ribs around the country.

Texas star chef Tim Love, whose restaurants include the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro and Love Shack, happens to be a ribs expert. He kindly provided a list of his favorite ribs spots—both pork and beef. Believe it or not, he’s got his eyes wide open enough to find a go-to place in Toronto.    Continue reading

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