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About Robert

I’m a freelance photographer and photojournalist based in Dallas. I specialize in event, assignment, and disaster photography. If you are in need of head-shots, or if you have an interesting concept I’m always looking for people to photograph for my portfolio on a TFCD basis. Feel free to contact me at 214.621.2467 or at You can also leave your contact information in the reply box below (all information will be private and not visible). You can also find me on Facebook. I am an associate member of the American Society of Media Photographers, and a frequent contributor to the American Red Cross, The Dallas Observer, KTVT Channel 11 and various city departments.

Texas Department Of Agriculture Caves In To Juice Mixers On ‘Go Texan’ Rule — What Are The Lessons?


by Andrew Chalk

After two periods of public comment the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) released their final response to my Fall 2013 request for a rules change to abolish the current rule (that a wine carrying the Go Texan logo on its label may contain a minimum of 0% Texas grapes). The essence of the ruling is that this practice will continue as the status quo. Continue reading


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Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Wine Tasting Could Be Wine Tasting Of The Year

wine1by Andrew Chalk

On Friday evening, January 24, Pappas Bros. Steakhouse will host its Château Angélus Wine Dinner. Widely known as Saint-Émilion’s leading wine, this label holds one of the longest histories of the appellation, reaching across eight generations of the De Boüard de Laforest family. With a silky, rich and robust style, Château Angélus captures the essence of the family’s passion for wine. In 2012, the estate earned the status of Premier Grand Cru Classe A. Only 24 guests will share in this exclusive dinner experience. Continue reading

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The Wine Poste to Host Special Wine & Pizza Event

wineOn Friday, January 24th the Wine Poste will continue its special food and wine tasting events with Chef TJ and his Wood-Fired Mobile Oven. Chef TJ will prepare personal pies for everyone in attendance, while the Wine Poste pours samples of four different red wines, all noted for their high acclaim and extreme value. Continue reading

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Kale & Ale – Sundown at Granada 2nd Year Anniversary, 4-Day Celebration


Sundown at Granada is celebrating their 2nd anniversary with “Kale and Ale”.  Monday, January 13th – Thursday, January 16th, Sundown at Granada is offering ½ price off any salad and all bottled beers for $1.  

ABOUT SUNDOWN AT GRANADA - Executive Chef Patrick Stark explains, “ The foundation of our beliefs here at Sundown is to be transparent about what we feed our guests.  We strive for the freshest, healthiest, non-GMO and organic ingredients while also delivering a stellar tasting dish.” Chef Stark and his team buy as much as possible from small producing American farmers and artisans who also carry the same belief system including, but not limited to purveyors such as Cold Springs CSA, Pure Land Organics, Amelia’s Farms, Growers Organic, Full Quiver Farms, Chisholm Trail Beef, Brazos Valley Cheese.

Sundown at Granada, a lower Greenville Avenue neighborhood restaurant and beer garden, is the creation of Mike Schoder and Julia Garton, owners & operators of the historic Granada Theater, and is strategically located next door to the live music venue. The restaurant includes a double-decker patio and a selection of 60+ beers and specialty cocktails that complement the 70% organic/99% non-GMO chef-driven menu.  Free live music is available every night from 11:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.

Sundown at Granada

3520 Greenville Avenue

Dallas, Texas 75206


Hours of operation:

Kitchen Hours: Mon-Fri: 5:00PM- 1:00AM, Sat-Sun: 11:00AM-1:00AM

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Downton Abbey Makes a Wine With No Class

by Andrew Chalk

It is ironic that a series whose attraction is it’s exploitation of the ‘cleavages within the English class system’ should produce a wine that is so existentially flat-chested. This the first time that I can remember a film or TV series co-branding with a wine rather than, say, ‘Downton Abbey Happy Meal’ at McDonald’s, or the like. Unfortunately, the monetarily incentivised producers have chosen a simple uninteresting industrial level red wine, the 2012 Downton Abbey ‘Claret’ Bordeaux as their go-to-market proposition. The white equivalent, 2012 Downton Abbey Blanc, Bordeaux is even worse, except that you can chill it to conceal its flaws.

The red smells of green pepper. The positive there is that it does, at least, contain Cabernet Sauvignon, one of Bordeaux’s signature varietals. The coop, or other industrial producer, that made it, just did not let the grapes get ripe. Quelle domage. Failed winemaking 101. In the mouth, the message is linear, one-dimensional, simplicity. Insipid fruit, and a short finish.     Continue reading


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Cohn Drennan Contemporary Opens With Michael Blair and Angel Fernandez


Cohn Drennan Contemporary opens the 2013-2014 season with new works of art from gallery artists Michael Blair and Angel Fernandez.  Michael Blair’s new series of paintings is inspired by some small experimental paint sketches from the last year.  His work continues its commitment to innovating and revisiting modes of abstraction by absorbing his surroundings, taking mental Continue reading

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Who Laid A Finger on Bart’s Butterfinger?


by Travis Baugh

Someone has stolen Bart Simpson’s Butterfinger!  On the long road from New York to Los Angeles, the Butterfinger Truck has stopped to ask America, “Who done it?”  The event kicked off last Friday outside the 7 Eleven Corporate Office in the Arts District.  Everyone had a Continue reading

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