August 15, 2014

  • Cooking Class Benefits a Canine Cause

    You can help serve up some good food for a good cause on Saturday when Chris Ward hosts a cooking class at The Mercury restaurant in Preston Forest Square.

    The class, which runs from 2 to 5 p.m., will benefit the Greyhound Adoption League of Texas. Tickets cost $60 and include a drink ticket, a cooking demonstration with Ward, and tasting portions of some appetizers, entrees, and desserts. There also are VIP seats available for $100 each, as well as a silent auction.

    Seating is limited, but tickets can be purchased online here or by calling 972-503-4258.

    By Aug. 15, 2014 | 10:09 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 14, 2014

  • Spieth Hosts First Youth Tournament in Austin

    Jordan Spieth hosted a youth tournament on Tuesday in Austin.

    Lots of smiling youngsters were on hand as Jordan Spieth hosted a youth tournament on Tuesday in Austin.

    Jordan Spieth seems to be everywhere in the golf world these days. He’s the cover boy for the current issue of Golf Digest, and is busy preparing for the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup playoffs and his first Ryder Cup appearance.

    Yet the former Jesuit standout still found time this week to host the inaugural Under Armour Jordan Spieth Championship, a youth tournament at the UT Golf Club in Austin.

    The event, which was part of the American Junior Golf Association, drew a field of some of the top junior golfers in the country, most of who aspire to follow in the footsteps of Spieth, a former AJGA Player of the Year who was named the PGA Tour’s top rookie last year.

    By Aug. 14, 2014 | 5:38 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Tucker Wins Prestigious Education Prize

    Sara Martinez Tucker

    Sara Martinez Tucker

    Congratulations to Preston Hollow resident Sara Martinez Tucker, who was recently awarded the National Leadership Prize by McGraw Hill Financial Research Foundation.

    The prize, which is in its 27th year, is among the top awards in education, focusing on innovation and finding ways to narrow achievement gaps. Tucker works to improve teacher effectiveness and student performance in science, technology, engineering, and math, especially among minorities and women.

    Tucker — who serves as the CEO of the National Math and Science Initiative — was undersecretary of education under President George W. Bush, and she served as head of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, where she helped to raise academic expectations for Latino families and increase the rate of Hispanics earning college degrees.

    By Aug. 14, 2014 | 5:08 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 13, 2014

  • Learn to Prevent Child Abuse at Upcoming Event

    In our print issue this month, we take a look at state Rep. Jason Villalba’s time in office so far. We also gave you a heads up that some district events were coming up. Well, here’s your official reminder that the first of those two, district events is coming up soon:

    Join Villalba and representatives of the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center on Sept. 17 for information on preventing child abuse. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Dallas Children’s Theater. Need more info? Go here.

    By Aug. 13, 2014 | 12:11 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • Students: Use ‘Golden Rule’ to Express Art, Win

    We all know that the arts frequently receive far too little funding in schools. We also all know that the “golden rule” is something many families value in our community. Why not combine the two and enter The Thanks-Giving Foundation’s Expressions of Gratitude art competition?

    Here’s the deal: teachers/mentors/parents of students K-12 can enter children’s work in the form of visual arts, dance, and written word on the theme “I am grateful for the Golden Rule.” Entries are open Sept. 15 – Dec. 15.

    Judges from various institutions will then award an art/essay winner with prize money from the following groups: kindergarten/first grade; second/third grade; fourth/fifth grade; sixth through eighth grade; ninth/tenth grade; and eleventh/twelfth grade.

    Dance entries will be judged in three groups: kindergarten through fifth grade; sixth through eighth grade; and ninth through twelfth grade.

    Not only do winners receive a cash prize, but their teacher or school receives money for classroom supplies. Click the link here for more information.

    By Aug. 13, 2014 | 10:35 am | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • August 12, 2014

  • Burglary Suspect Nabbed in Arkansas

    Brandon Pickens

    Brandon Pickens

    Brandon Pickens, 22, was arrested today at a relative’s house in North Little Rock, Ark. Why is that significant here in Preston Hollow? Because Pickens is a suspect in a series of Dallas home invasions this summer, many of them in the area around Jesuit.

    The Dallas Morning News has some details about the arrest by the Faulkner County’s Sheriff’s Department and some of the alleged incidents here, along with a video taken by a local resident that helped police identify Pickens, who has a criminal history in Faulkner County.

    By Aug. 12, 2014 | 5:06 pm | No Comments | Comments RSS
  • 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…

    By Aug. 11, 2014 | 11:00 am | 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 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
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