October 17, 2014

  • Happy Anniversary, Gazeebo Burgers

    Gazeebo Burgers at Preston Royal will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday.

    Gazeebo Burgers at Preston Royal will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday.

    Gazeebo Burgers, Ray Heydari’s flagship eatery at Preston Royal Southwest, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend — fittingly enough, with a party.

    The restaurant will hold a fall festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday featuring music from the April 1st Band, consisting entirely of doctors and led by Dr. Bob Schwab, the head of physicians at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen.

    Gazeebo doesn’t sell alcohol, so it’s BYOB. In addition to music and food —including free cake, ice cream, and pie — the event will feature a patriotic theme.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 17, 2014 | 11:21 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • October 6, 2014

  • Luncheon Speaker Talks Financial Planning

    Leonard Critcher

    Leonard Critcher

    Leonard Critcher, author of the financial-planning book Cover Your ASSets (we see what you did there, Leonard), will speak during a luncheon on Tuesday at Natalie’s Bistro in Preston Royal Southwest.

    Critcher will provide tips on investments and retirement savings, among other topics. Cost is $35 at the door.

    By Todd Jorgenson Oct. 6, 2014 | 10:55 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • September 23, 2014

  • Presbyterian Communities and Services Host Lunch

    Dallas native David Hudgins wrote and produced TV shows such as Everwood, Friday Night Lights, and Parenthood. (Photo: Courtesy of Lauren Witt)

    Dallas native David Hudgins wrote and produced TV shows such as Everwood, Friday Night Lights, and Parenthood. (Photo: Courtesy of Lauren Witt)

    Presbyterian Communities and Services will host the Each Moment Matters Luncheon on Oct. 31 at the Hilton Anatole. The event, which starts at noon, honors 44 “Dallas heroes” — a.k.a. community and philanthropy leaders — and features Emmy and Writer’s Guild Award nominated co-producer and writer David Hudgins as guest speaker.

    Funding raised will go toward the Faith Presbyterian Hospice Caring Fund, which provides for specialized bereavement services for children such as pet, music, and massage therapy.

    Individual tickets start at $150, while table sponsorships start at $1,500 for ten seats. Email Chris Patton here or call 214-316-4575 to book.

    By Sarah Bennett Sep. 23, 2014 | 3:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 28, 2014

  • ‘Godfather’ of Custom Pizza Opens Local Storefronts

    ‘Godfather’ of Custom Pizza Opens Local Storefronts

    Project Pie will open a number of locations this year, including Preston Center and Asbury Avenue. (Photos courtesy of Project Pie)

    The way pizza-preneur James Markham sees it, food is akin to a romantic relationship — that is, it’s best when kept fresh.

    It’s a sentiment that can be linked directly to Project Pie, the valedictorian of the dough-tossing chains (MOD, Pieology) Markham has founded in recent years. Like its predecessors, the Project Pie concept involves custom-made pizzas bedazzled with premium ingredients. Unlike the stores that have gone before, however, Project Pie will be opening in Dallas — and opening four times over to boot.

    “I’ve got four units I’m doing in Dallas this year. I’m doing Preston Center, Lower Greenville — we just signed a space right at SMU, and we’re doing one in Addison too,” Markham said. Although the storefronts will open back-to-back this fall, thanks to a mix of vintage and industrial furnishings, “all of them are going to look different.” Read More…

    By Karley Kiker Aug. 28, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 25, 2014

  • Ziziki’s Offers Back to School Promos


    Ziziki’s owners Costa and Mary Arabatzis are parents, so they know you could use a little help during back-to-school week. That’s why, if you use the phrase “back to school” when ordering, you’ll get free Ziziki Bread today through Wednesday. 

    Then Wednesday through Friday, nominate a teacher on Ziziki’s Facebook page and tell them why your teacher is special. One teacher will win dinner for two at either the Preston Forest or Travis Walk location.

    Finally, on Thursday, post a past or present photo of your kiddo heading off to school on Ziziki’s Facebook page and one winner will get a free lunch. Sounds good to us.


    By Sarah Bennett Aug. 25, 2014 | 1:03 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Buffalo Wild Wings Now Owns Rusty Taco

    We’re not sure what to make of the news that Rusty Taco, the eatery with a handful of locations in the Dallas area — including one near Inwood and Forest in Preston Hollow — has seen a majority stake in its company purchased by Buffalo Wild Wings.

    Anyway, The Dallas Morning News has details on the purchase by the growing chain of wings-and-beer restaurants based in Minnesota, where Rusty Taco also has a significant presence.

    By Todd Jorgenson Aug. 25, 2014 | 12:55 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 9, 2014

  • Snap Kitchen Focuses on Health Food

    Snap Kitchen recently opened a new location in Snider Plaza. (Photo: Snap Kitchen)

    Snap Kitchen recently opened a new location in Snider Plaza. (Photo: Snap Kitchen)

    The decision to put down roots in Dallas was, well, a snap for Snap Kitchen. The Austin-based health food chain began serving tasty take-away in late July from its new home in Snider Plaza, and from a second location in Uptown as well.

    “We feel lucky to be in the heart of Dallas and across the street from SMU, and look forward to partnering with students and faculty,” said Daniel Helfman, Snap Kitchen’s marketing director. “We’ve already heard that the local community cares about health and wellness, and we look forward to helping grow a healthy Dallas.”

    While Park Cities residents are no strangers to health-food concepts — Nektar Juice Bar, Number One’s organic offerings, and True Kitchen’s entire diet–friendly menu come to mind — Snap Kitchen aims to bring something new to the table: convenience.

    “Menu items are crafted to complement special dietary preferences,” Helfman noted. “That way you can recharge with a delicious, balanced meal whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, carb-conscious, or anything in between.”

    In addition to offering premade to-go options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Snap Kitchen can accommodate advance orders — as long as you call the store 24 hours in advance of your desired pick-up-and-dine time. The changing menu revolves around seasonal ingredients, meaning you’re sure to find new favorites every once in a while. Bonus: While most restaurants offer gluten-free options these days, Snap Kitchen has taken things a step further by almost entirely eliminating gluten from its health-conscious menu.

    snap_kitchen_offmenu“We currently only have one gluten-containing item on the menu — our whole-wheat pita chips,” said Andrea Hinsdale, Snap Kitchen’s chief dietitian. “The remainder of the menu — including soy sauce, oats, pasta, wraps, house-made English muffins, and tortillas — is gluten-free.”

    If your mouth isn’t watering yet, this might help you along — Snap Kitchen also offers a selection of comfort-foods-gone-clean. Think vegetable lasagna minus the noodles, meatloaf made with steel-cut oats, and “Devily Eggs” that nix the mayo and sub-in jalapeño hummus for an extra jolt of protein. Not sure of your greatest nutritional needs? A registered dietitian will be available in-store by the end of August to help customers make healthy decisions in — you guessed — a snap.

    “Snap Kitchen helps make healthy mealtime decisions a little easier,” Hinsdale said. “We believe you shouldn’t have to compromise on great taste for convenience.”

    This story appears in the August edition of Preston Hollow People, on stands now.

    By Karley Kiker Aug. 9, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 5, 2014

  • Celeb Pastry Chef Bake Sale to Benefit Duck Team 6

    Empire Baking Company will host its second Pop-Up Celebrity Pastry Chef Bake Sale on Saturday, Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or until sold out, at its Lovers Lane location.

    The event will feature Laurel Wimberg of Consilient Hospitality and all proceeds will go to Duck Team 6. Wimberg selected the beneficiary, which is a group of independent rescuers who save street dogs in the Dallas area.

    Wimberg has been in the restaurant business since 1992, and has been a pastry chef in Dallas since 2006. She was featured in Leslie Brenner’s “Best in DFW: Desserts” in 2011, and this year was nominated for a Culturemap Tastemaker Award and named “DFW: Chef to Watch” by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

    By Claire Kelley Aug. 5, 2014 | 11:14 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 21, 2014

  • Bread Winners Celebrates 20 Years

    IMG_3914Bread Winners Cafe, whose Uptown location opened July 22, 1994, is celebrating its 20th anniversary tomorrow.

    The restaurant was thought up long before its opening, when owners Jim and Cindy Hughes were young newlyweds in Omaha, Neb. A friend of theirs owned a restaurant that was closing called Bread Winners. Before the couple moved to Dallas, they bought the name for $1, with the intent of someday opening their own location.

    The Hughes settled into their apartment in Uptown, before it was known as Uptown, and noticed a restaurant called Verlaine’s on the corner of McKinney and Hall, whose quirky charm and proximity to downtown sparked their interest. Verlaine’s was in the process of closing, so the Hughes purchased it, made some renovations, and opened for business 20 years ago.

    Bread Winners started out with 10 employees and a nearly empty bank account. The cafe now boasts four locations, 450 employees, and corporate catering services. All four of the Hughes’ children have worked in the restaurant, along with both sets of their parents. Bread Winners has won several local awards for its menu and bakery items, and has developed SoleMates, organic treats for pets.

    The cafe is celebrating this milestone by hosting a cake ball challenge, which will provide four lucky customers with free Bread Winners for a year. For more information about the contest, visit the restaurant’s website.

    By Claire Kelley Jul. 21, 2014 | 10:54 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • July 17, 2014

  • Throwback Your Thursday at Ziziki’s


    It’s Thursday. You’ve probably seen “#tbt” on your kids’ (or grandkids’) Facebook page. What does that mean? It means “throwback Thursday,” and that’s exactly what Ziziki’s in Preston Forest is doing with their prices. Because the restaurant is celebrating its 20th year in operation, they have decided to “throwback” certain entrees to their original prices on certain days. But, this offer is only good if you like their Facebook page. Check it out:

    July 17: Chicken salad lunch ($8.95) or chicken souvlaki dinner ($10.95)

    July 24: Lamb souvlaki for lunch ($8.95) or dinner ($12.95)

    July 31: Greek gods platter — back for one day only! ($22.95, two-person minimum)

    YUM. OK, now I’m in the mood for Greek food. See ya there.

    By Sarah Bennett Jul. 17, 2014 | 10:58 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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