An Evening With Carmen Marc Valvo

Come enjoy A Red Carpet Moment with Carmen Marc Valvo on Thursday, October 20, 6 PM at Arlington Hall at Lee Park. It will feature the New York Designer to the Stars in a conversation about his new best-selling book, Dressed to Perfection: The Art of Dressing for Your Red Carpet Moments, along with delicious hors d’oeuvres and informal modeling.

Tickets may be purchased on line at or by calling 214-521-2003, beginning at $75 for a patron ticket, or $125 for a red carpet ticket which includes complementary copy of Dressed to Perfection: The Art of Dressing for Your Red Carpet Moments, a private reception with Carmen, eligible for a complimentary drawing for a fabulous Susan Posnick gift basket and preferred seating for Carmen Marc Volvo’s presentation. Whether its his expert manipulation of folds of silk chiffon for an inspired Grecian draped gown or the sparkles that pop from a fabulous minidress, Carmen Marc Valvo has become the trusted designer among women who want to look and feel beautiful. All proceeds from this event will go to Lee Park & Arlington Hall Conservatory. This organization is dedicated to renovating and conserving the historic site of Lee Park and Arlington Hall.

**Carmen is donating a gown and personal fitting as part of this fundraiser. Raffle tickets are only $25 each or a package of 5 for $100.  They may be ordered online at as well.**

What a great way to enjoy fashion & beautifying our community!

Neiman’s Celebrates Fashion’s Night Out

A full night of fun is in store when Neiman Marcus at The Shops at Willow Bend celebrates Fashion’s Night Out. The store has partnered with Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS.

“Fashion’s Night Out is where the in crowd, hot trends and cool things happen! Join the fun, the frenzy and the fabulous for its third year,” said Ken Downing, senior vice president and fashion director at Neiman Marcus.

The night includes a top-ten trends runway presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Level Two. I’ll be co-hosting with Allison Edwards of Where Wear in the City the yoga-wear fashion presentation at 8 p.m. Strike a pose in the photo booth. Meet MasterChef winner and Author Whitney Miller. (Read Modern Hospitality to learn more about her.) Beats, sweets and drinks can be found throughout the entire store.

Afterwards, head to in-store restaurant on the Level Three where you can find the “Red Room” Lounge. Inside, discover specialty drinks and hors d’oeuvres, music by DJ Jonathan Ackerman. The cost to enter is just $50 per person, and all proceeds benefit Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS.

Simply Summer…Fashionably Fall

Come enjoy “Simply Summer…Fashionably Fall” on Wednesday, August 24, 7 PM – 10 PM at Neiman Marcus NorthPark. It will feature an informal Lafayette 148 New York fashion show, along with delicious bites from NM Cafe and music spun by DJ Jennifer Miller and Paul Parades

Tickets are currently available for purchase here, beginning at $125 for an individual, or $200 for a patron ticket which includes a reception at 6 PM with New York designer Edward Wilkerson.  He is known as an “artist who lives and breathes his work. His classic designs have mesmerized those who have worn a piece of his clothing.” All proceeds from this event will go to Turtle Creek Recovery Center. This 43-year-old agency dedicated to providing clients wit sufficient care so that they may return to the community with psychiatric stability, sobriety, employment and permanent housing. 

What a great way to enjoy fashion & help the men and women of our community!

KRLD Restaurant Week is a Win-Win

It is OFFICIALLY KRLD Restaurant Week in Dallas and Fort Worth area! This is the ultimate foodie event of the year.  Texas Beef Council hosted a preview dinner of Restaurant Week, and I can tell you that you will NOT be disappointed! This is a great time to have a try restaurants that’s prices have intimated you.  Also, many restaurants have items on their menu that are only offered during Restaurant Week, such as Chamberlain’s Duck Confit Spring Rolls. You have to try this!

I also enjoyed an amazing Kobe Sirloin from North Texas’ own Strube Ranch as main course and ended the perfect meal with a Warm Chocolate Center Cake with Blackberry Port Sauce. To say that I was satisfied would be an understatement. Just ask the people who were dining with me. 😉

It’s a perfect time to book summer dining deals at 130 regional hot spots opening up tables, and currently accepting reservations for this special giveback opportunity supporting the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home the week of August 15-21, 2011. The event continues through September 4, 2011.

The event showcases North Texas’ thriving culinary scene, offers tasty three-course prix fixe dinner combinations priced at only $35/person (tax, tip and drinks billed separately). The icing on the cake is that consumer patronage helps support local fine dining establishments and two great charities – making a $7 donation to either the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or Lena Pope Homein Fort Worth. Last year they raised over $600,000 for these great organizations.
BONUS TIP: Make purchase of $25 or more at any Central Market location, to receive a certificate redeemable for a FREE fourth course valid at participating Restaurants.
Where will you be dining? Enjoy & make your reservations at the participating restaurants here!

The TX Beef council provided me with a complimentary dinner and $100 gift card for Restaurant Week in exchange for my attendance and feedback on KRLD Restaurant Week.

Art from the Heart

Come enjoy “Art from the Heart” Celebrity Art Auction & Benefit on Friday, April 29, 7 PM – 10 PM at MARC Events in the Dallas Design District. It will feature a competitive auction of the artwork of prominent local and national celebrities, along with hot dishes from Dallas chef Marc DePetris, cool beverages and a hopping dance floor with music spun by DJ Jennifer Miller with Paul Parades. 

Celebrity artists include the following:  
·  Drew Waters, Friday Night Lights
·  David Kunkle, mayoral candidate
·  Flozell Adams, former Dallas Cowboy
·  Gloria Campos, WFAA-TV news anchor
·  Gina Miller, CBS11/TXA21 news anchor
·  Jody Dean, radio personality
·  Stephan Pyles, celebrity chef
·  Jason Castro, musician
·  Any many more

Artist Rolando Diaz will paint live at the event. Guests will have the opportunity to watch his masterpiece come to life and then bid on his finished work. 

Tickets are currently available for purchase here, beginning at $125 for an individual, or $200 for a couple.  All proceeds from this event will go to Dallas Challenge. This 27-year-old agency deals directly with critical issues like drug and alcohol use and truancy that children and teens face in today’s society. Each year, Dallas Challenge helps over 7,500  local children and teens turn their lives around and return to school, discover a sober lifestyle and become more resilient to the destructive behaviors that can negatively affect their futures.

What a great way to enjoy Dallas talent & help the children of our city!