August 12, 2014

  • W. T. White Snags Academic Distinction From State

    Results for the state’s accountability standards were released by the Texas Education Agency (better known as TEA) today, and many Dallas ISD schools did well. Namely, W. T. White High School received distinction in five out of six categories including reading, math, science, social studies, and post-secondary. All 12 schools in the W. T. White feeder pattern met standards, and many received multiple distinctions as well.

    Hillcrest High School also met three of the six distinctions in science, social studies, and post-secondary.

    “There is a lot of positive information in this report about individual campuses,” DISD superintendent Mike Miles said in a statement. 

    Information for the elementary schools such as Kramer, Preston Hollow, and DeGolyer are included as well.

    If you want to see the full list of categories met for each campus in DISD, be our guest:

    State Accountability Summary

    By Aug. 12, 2014 | 2:53 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 11, 2014

  • Restaurant Brings Back Glamour

    Owner Tom Ruggeri checks on guests after their tableside meals have been served to ensure their dining experience is top-notch. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Owner Tom Ruggeri checks on guests after their tableside meals have been served to ensure their dining experience is top-notch. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Restaurant patrons looking to turn back the clock to a more glamorous era of dining should look no further than Ruggeri’s in Preston Royal Southwest.

    Once a week, the restaurant has started offering classic, fine-dining options on rolling carts such as chateaubriand, rack of lamb, and strawberries flambe.  Read More…

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  • 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 Aug. 9, 2014 | 10:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 8, 2014

  • Homeowner to Agents: ‘ … And a New Car!’

    The owner of 5139 Seneca Drive really wants to sell his Bluffview home. He’s offering a custom 2013 Mercedes SL550 to the real-estate agent who brings in a buyer. Not too shabby, eh? Chad Schulin with Dave Perry-Miller has the listing, at a cool $10,988,000. I really just want to know about the “child’s hobbit room” listed in the description.

    By Aug. 8, 2014 | 11:32 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Pat and Emmitt Smith Help Prep For Back to School

    Emmitt and Pat Smith with Belk chairman and CEO Tim Belk and Charities for Emmitt Smith Enterprises vice president Ronelle Ianace. (Photo: Courtesy of Brittney Magee)

    Emmitt and Pat Smith with Tim Belk and Ronelle Ianace. (Photo: Courtesy of Brittney Magee)

    Pat and Emmitt Smith have partnered with Belk department stores to provide school uniforms to more than 400 students this year.

    Yesterday, Onesimo Hernandez Elementary School held a pop-up shop for students to pick up some free clothing to get ready for back-to-school.

    Now that’s lending a hand.

    By Aug. 8, 2014 | 11:11 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Ballet Great Instructs Students to Feel the Burn

    Margot Martin leads her “Ballet Burn” class in Raleigh, N.C., which combines ballet with more traditional exercises. (Photo: Heba Salama)

    Margot Martin leads her “Ballet Burn” class in Raleigh, N.C., which combines ballet with more traditional exercises. (Photo: Heba Salama)

    Park Cities Dance has been helping locals indulge in their artistic side for six years, but as of this month, there’s a new leading lady of dance in town.

    Margot Martin, a native of Richardson and graduate of Ursuline Academy, is returning to Dallas from North Carolina to teach “Ballet Burn,” a ballet-fitness hybrid class that’s already had wild success back east.

    “I started Ballet Burn in October of 2010; it’s my baby, or more like my monster,” she joked. Read More…

    By Aug. 8, 2014 | 9:00 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 6, 2014

  • MDs Give Clients Royal Treatment

    As part of his comfort-minded approach to care, Dr. James Pinckney prefers to simply be referred to as “Dr. James.” It even says so on his business card. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    As part of his comfort-minded approach to care, Dr. James Pinckney prefers to simply be referred to as “Dr. James.” It even says so on his business card. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

    Concierge Services Cater to Patients

    When Dr. James Pinckney was a surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, one of his celebrity patients asked him to call their doctor close to midnight.

    A little hesitant, Pinckney called. After no fuss from the doctor, he wondered why just the elite had access to their doctor at all hours of the day. Read More…

    By Aug. 6, 2014 | 1:00 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 5, 2014

  • Archer Aims to Spread Sport’s Urban Popularity

    Clint Montgomery of Texas Archery Academy aims to make the sport more popular and easily accessible in North Texas. (Photo: Don Johnson) Clint Montgomery of Texas Archery Academy aims to make the sport more popular and easily accessible in North Texas. (Photo: Don Johnson)

    Clint Montgomery of Texas Archery Academy aims to make the sport more popular and easily accessible in North Texas. (Photo: Don Johnson)

    Those who own rural land have no trouble finding an appropriate place to stretch a bow and loose an arrow, if they are so inclined.

    For city dwellers, however, the options are much more limited for archery aficionados. That’s where Clint Montgomery comes in.

    The Preston Hollow resident is a co-founder and executive director of Texas Archery Academy, a nonprofit organization that operates two indoor ranges in the Dallas area, including a facility at Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway that opened earlier this year.

    Read More…

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  • 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, August 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 Aug. 5, 2014 | 11:14 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Gym Owner Takes 6th Place at CrossFit Games

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    John Mariotti, co-owner of CrossFit Odyssey & Odyssey Martial Arts, took 6th place in The CrossFit Games masters division age 55-59 July 24 in Carson, Calif. The games are a self-proclaimed competition for “the fittest on earth,” attracting buff bods from all over the world.

    Mariotti is a 6th degree black belt in TaeKwon-Do, a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, has been doing CrossFit for about six years, and has been teaching martial arts and fitness for more than 25 years.

    CrossFit Odyssey and Odyssey Martial Arts, located in Preston Center, offers CrossFit, CrossFit Kids, martial arts, kickboxing, yoga, and self defense.

    By Aug. 5, 2014 | 10:42 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
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