Date Night Out with Catch Me if You Can

Being a young adult takes on a new meaning for Frank Abagnale, Jr. in the hit musical Catch Me if You Can. Based on the hit 2002 movie with the same name, Catch Me if You Can tells the story of Frank as he goes from teenager to FBI’s most wanted. Catch Me if You Can combines classic Broadway with a modern touch, making it a fantastic musical for a date night out. Catch Me if You Can greatly mimics the movie in both plot and dialogue. The major difference, though, is the interjections of musical numbers within the show, bringing the action to the bigger-than life Broadway style.

Every character was played to its fullest. Merritt David Janes, who played Carl Hanratty, was fantastic. His portrayal of the obsessive FBI agent was compelling, and his bluesy voice helped bring the audience into the story. Playing Frank Abagnale, Jr., Stephen Anthony‘s lovely singing voice is what brought the show to life, and his comedic timing was impeccable. He single-handedly fought his way through the show, depicting the lovable crook so common in old Broadway shows.

Dallas Summer Musicals brings Catch Me if You Can to the Musical Hall in Fair Park from Tuesday, February 12 through Sunday, February 24, 2013. You can purchase your tickets here. With all of these opportunities to see the show, why would you miss it? So, come see Catch Me if You Can at the Musical Hall at Fair Park, and enjoy a date night out.

Disclosure: Dallas Summer Musicals gave me two tickets to experience the show. My opinions are my own.

3 Stacks Smokes Frisco

Texas barbecue is really a different from the rest of their neighboring Southern states, and in Texas, brisket is king. This week, I was invited to visit Frisco’s newest barbecue joint called 3 Stacks Smoke & Tap House. As soon as you walk in, you smell the delicious smoked meat, hear country music and see a murals painted on the brick walls done by Deep Ellum’s Frank Campagna.

3 Stacks offers black angus brisket, baby back ribs, beef short ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey breast and their housemade smoked sausage. 3 Stacks brings partners with “The Rib Whisperer,” Trace Arnold as he shares his expertise, tips and tricks on smoking meat. Specially blended rubs created by Arnold are applied to the brisket, ribs, turkey and chicken.

But, let me get back to the brisket. Using quality Black Angus beef, Arnold smokes the brisket for 14 hours over mesquite and pecan woods, hand rubs and hand slices with spice that took him 10 years to perfect. After one bite, I can tell you it will have your taste buds dancing. The meat melts in your mouth that you have to have another bite. My favorite must-have side item is their Jalapeño Fire Crackers, hand stuffed jalapeño with this brisket and three-cheese wrapped with bacon and smoked. IT IS AMAZING!

The commitment to great food spreads across the entire 3 Stacks menu, as they serve only FRESH, never frozen, farm-to-table vegetables. My favorite sides were their Baked Beans, Vegetable Skewers and Cheesy Corn Bake with roasted poblano peppers. They also bake their Yeast Rolls, Jalapeño Cornbread and southern-style drop Biscuit daily.

Owner Jason Hall states, “Our commitment is to consistently create amazing flavors by using the freshest ingredients…based on our selection of regional ingredients.”

They also offer homemade root beer in a chilled mug and lemonade made fresh-to-order. 3 Stacks has a finger-lickin kids menu (grilled cheese, homemade mac & cheese, chicken tenders, etc) that comes with a small hot fudge sundae. Bring the whole family and prepare to be stuffed like those jalapeños! 😉

3 Stacks
4226 Preston Rd
(Right behind Hooters)
Frisco, TX

Greenz Freshens Uptown

With the popularity of movies like Forks Over Knives, many seems to be choosing fresh and healthy foods. Fortunately, long gone are the days of sad bins of tired-looking ingredients in self-serve salad bars. Let me introduce you to Greenz, a fusion salad restaurant.  Greenz offers fresh soups, sandwiches, specialty salads, appetizers and even homemade desserts.  With a focus on health without compromising taste, Greenz offers a wide range of Gluten Free, Heart Healthy, Vegan and Points-Based Diet options. Greenz even offers handy little sheets right when you walk in the door with all of their menu items that meet these criterion.

Founded in Dallas in 2004, Greenz has grown into three locations. They have recently updated their Uptown Dallas location with a new physical design and new owner, Joel Stabile. “I feel like this opportunity was a perfect storm: a great location, a superior product and a fantastic support system under Greenz CEO and Founder, Casie Caldwell,” said Stabile. “I don’t have to reinvent the wheel.  Everything I need to be a success is right in front of me and all I have to do is work hard to keep up the standards that are already in place.”

Fortunately, they have the same great taste with a modern look. The Warm Pear & Goat Cheese is fantastic, especially if you enjoy goat cheese and a sweet flavor combination.

The Grilled Southwestern Shrimp is an interesting mix of sweet and spicy with sweet potato straws on top.

You can also build your own salad all made from fresh delicious ingredients. By the way, don’t forget to check-in with Foursquare when you visit. They have a great “check-in special.” 🙂

Look for Greenz in Houston, Texas coming in 2013!

Friends of Greer Garson Gala Kickoff Party

The Friends of Greer Garson Gala kicks off on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Private Social beginning at 6PM. I am honored to be asked by Greer Garson Gala Co-chairs Jennifer and Chris LeLash to chair this event alongside my beautiful friend, Honorary Chair Rachel Fresquez. Enjoy drink specials, complimentary appetizers and raffle tickets ($10/each or a bundle of 5 for $40) for a chance to win West Village packages for ladies and for gentlemen in addition to 2 tickets to the Greer Garson Gala on April 20, 2013, while supporting Women and Infant Services at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas!

This year’s Greer Garson Gala’s theme is “An Evening in Cannes!” On April 13, 2013, imagine being transported to set of Casablanca with smooth voice of Hunter Sullivan singing, while supporting a great cause. You can buy can become a sponsor or buy tickets for the gala here.

Support Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation while enjoying delicious treats! See you at the end of the month. :))

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Heartstrings

The 29th Annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Saint Valentine’s Day Luncheon and Fashion Show will be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013. A crowd of nearly 800 people is expected to join for lunch and watch a fashion show by Stanley Korshak featuring Monique Lhuillier at the Meyerson Symphony Center in downtown Dallas. This year’s theme is “Heartstrings,” and the event will raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an organization dedicated to funding research for blood cancer (a cause near and dear to my heart.). Co-chairs Angela Choquette, Maggie Kipp and Paige Slates are sure to make this event is one to remember. Tickets start at $175, and you can buy them here. Remember to valet at the Flora Street main entrance…it’s was provided by Park Place Motorcars.

Support Leukemia & Lymphoma Society while enjoying beautiful fashions in a stylish atmosphere!

Thank you to all the people below for all your support to help people like my brother, who was diagnosed last year with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Without your support, he and his family would be alone on one of the hardest battles of their life. Again, thank you!

STANLEY KORSHAK
Park Place Motorcars Dallas
Myrna and Bob Schlegal
Al G Hill, Jr
Ruth Robinson
American Airlines
Modern Luxury
Tiffany & Co.
Whole Foods
Tom Thumb
Robyn and Don Conlon
Maura Costello
Kathy Crow, Claire Emanuelson and Muffin Lemak
Jennifer and Doug Houser
Dr. Rajani Kapu
Diane and John Scovell
Sewell Automotive Companies
TJX Foundation

Heather Centurioni of HBDesigns with her husband, Steve
Baker Botts LLP
Baylor Health Care System
The Boone Foundation

Co-chairs Angela and Maggie Kipp + Lynda Villarreal
Ernst & Young
Tricia George

Dawn and Jon Mellon
Sharon and Tom McNearney & Nancy and Peter Roe
PlainsCapital Bank
The Rigby Family
Tanya Roberts
Jill Rowlett and Dee Wyly
Kim’s Cakes of Dolce Vita Events
Digital 3 Printing
Village Marquee Texas Grill & Bar

Ruthie’s Rolls Out Special Award in 2013 for Dozen Nonprofits

It’s not secret that 2012 was all about food trucks! Well 2013, Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe has created a unique way for their business to give back to the community. Through its new impressive award program, “Ruthie’s Dozen”, they will honor select nonprofits in the Dallas area. Each month, Ruthie’s will select and showcase one nonprofit in the community by providing opportunities to create more awareness, increase fundraising and highlight their philanthropic mission, all while providing delicious food from their food truck, Ruthie’s Rolling Cafe.

The idea for Ruthie’s Dozen was inspired by owner Ashlee Hunt Kleinert’s family and especially her grandmother, Ruth Ray Hunt. “Through Ruthie’s Dozen, we hope to keep my grandmother’s legacy alive by helping others and creating awareness for important causes. Ruthie’s Dozen is a very special award spotlighting a mix of some well known and some smaller, lesser known nonprofit organizations – but all need need visibility and all need our support,” said Kleinert.

Ruthie’s will donate 20% of its net profits that month (10% from Ruthie’s LLC and 10% matching gift from its founders = 20% going to nonprofit). During that month, Ruthie’s will roll to the winning nonprofit’s facility during lunch in order to celebrate the nonprofit and the incredible work they do by providing lunch for staff members. Think of it as Ruthie’s way to say, “Here’s to you!”

Ruthie’s Dozen Winners 2013
January – Genesis Women’s Shelter
February – Executives In Action
March –  Honor Courage Commitment
April – New Friends New Life
May – St. Philip’s School and Community Center
June – North Texas Food Bank
July – Methodist Health System
August – The SPCA of Texas
September – The Downs Syndrome Guild of Dallas
October – The Dallas Women’s Foundation
November – Senior Source
December – “Ruthie’s Rookie” The Birthday Party Project

Nolan Ryan Pitches Biz Advice with YMCA


Nolan Ryan will be the Keynote Speaker for the YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas Key Leaders Luncheon on September 25, 2012 starting at 11:30AM at the Fairmont Hotel.

Baseball’s all-time strikeout leader will share his wisdom on how to “strikeout” the competition, with a multi-faceted look to business as a cattleman, team owner and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Ryan currently serves as CEO & President of the Texas Rangers and is part of the team’s ownership group, Rangers Baseball Express, which completed its purchase of the franchise on August 12, 2010. He oversees all baseball and business operations for the franchise.

Ryan has served as a positive influence as the Rangers develop and refine their pitching philosophies while incorporating conditioning, hard work, good mechanics, focus and mental toughness. Ryan will lead a dialogue with Senior Vice President of Ball Park Entertainment for the Texas Rangers Chuck Morgan. Don’t miss this exclusive event for Dallas-area business leaders!

Tickets may be purchased for $100 per person (limit six) here. Table Sponsorships start at $1500 for group purchase over six.

Addison Celebrates 25 Years of Oktoberfest

The first Oktoberfest was not really a festival at all, but the public celebration of the wedding of Crown Prince Luitpold I and Princess Theressa of Bavaria on October 17, 1810. Held on a large meadow in Munich, the party featured a horse race, beer, food, music and dancing. Anniversary celebrations continued each year, usually starting in late September and ending in the first week of October. Oktoberfests have been held in Munich for almost 200 years (with the exception of wartime). As immigrants from Germany came to North America, smaller Oktoberfests sprouted up in their communities.

Can you guess what city battles Munich for the largest Oktoberfest? Cincinnati! In Cincinnati, close to 700,000 people jam the streets of “Zinzinnati” during late September, jostling to music from seven large entertainment stages, while dozens of food vendors serve bratwurst, sauerkraut and thousands of gallons of beer.

These giant fests set the stage for similar Oktoberfests across North America like the one held in Addison, Texas, which is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of Oktoberfest! Four day festival include the famed German polka band, the Munich Evergreens along with Grammy-award winning legends Brave Combo, schnitzel, folk dancing, sing-alongs and kid’s entertainment! Enjoy fun contests such as dachshund races, bier barrel bowling, a yodeling contest and a German spelling bee!  Wanting a more intimate experience? Dine at the Brau Haus, with full service Bavarian dining and an exclusive menu for the $45 available Thursday through Saturday.  You can also enjoy the Teutonic tradition of kuchen and kaffee at the Oktoberfest’s new bakery! Click here for more info.

Guten Appetit!

MTV RE:DEFINE Art Pops in Dallas

RE:DEFINE returns to The Goss-Michael Foundation for its second year on Saturday, September 22, 2012. This dynamic pop exhibition and auction will bring together iconic and specially-commissioned photography and artworks by established and emerging talent, including Mat Collishaw, Ralf Kaspers, Ryan McGinness, Michael Craig Martin and Jen Stark.

Artist: Marc Quinn

All proceeds from sales will benefit the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. The MTV Staying Alive Foundation is a global HIV prevention and awareness charity that is 100% donor funded. The Foundation operates with a simple vision – to stop the spread of HIV before it starts. By funding young people running grassroots prevention projects, and producing content that raises awareness to global youth, the Foundation fights HIV the smart way.

Artist: Michael Craig-Martin

Tickets are available here starting at $350. The event begins at 7PM. In addition to the exhibition and auction, the event is complemented by a dynamic range of supporting activities, including a 100 ft public mural in downtown Dallas by Lee Baker, exclusive limited edition RE:DEFINE t-shirts designed by Parra, a specially-commissioned fine art print edition by Mark Webber and live painting at the gala auction by Dave White.

Artist: Michael Reisch
Artist: Ralf Kaspers
Artist: Ryan McGinness

Galleria Dallas Celebrates Fashion’s Night Out

I hope you’re having fun getting ready for Fashion’s Night Out happening around the world on September 6, 2012.  The Galleria Dallas is pulling out all the stops to make this a wonderful night! They are getting ready for THREE runway shows this weekend (Runway Revue shows are at 12PM, 2 PM and 4PM on THIS Saturday). Galleria Dallas is reinventing Fashion’s Night Out in a style that’s uniquely DALLAS!

When Fashion’s Night Out was created in New York, it was designed to support the retail industry in tough economic times.  Well, here in Dallas, we shop VERY well. But what DOES define us is a commitment to community, and that’s what differentiates the FNO celebration at Galleria Dallas.

While Fashion’s Night Out at Galleria Dallas has signature elements like it’s QUARTER MILE long runway shows created by Jan Strimple (over 40 models will each trek over 1 ½ miles in heels to showcase the latest fall fashions) and pre-events like free Beauty Stops which start at 3PM. Check out who’s partnering with Galleria Dallas and its stores to engage the community.

  • Fashion Group International will host a lounge in the center’s common area.
  • The Smartwater Shopper Lounge will be hosted by Fox 4’s Lauren Przybyl and Cattle Baron’s Ball.
  • Attitudes and Attire will collect gently used handbags at Dooney & Bourke (donors will enjoy a free limited-edition Dooney eyeglass case with any pre-owned purse donation).
  • Equest at Faconnable (15% of the evenings sales will benefit Equest, and one lucky attendee will receive a shirt each season for the coming year from Faconnable, and another will receive a private visit from one of Equests’s adorable miniature horse ambassadors, perfect for a child’s school or a senior center.
  • Luminaries Yvonne Crum and Allison Lehman will host a benefit for the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas at Bachendorf’s.
  • Italian shoe show-stopper Carlo Pazolini will host a benefit for PAWS in the City.  10% of sales will be returned to the group, and the party will be hosted by Tara Harper.
  • Society of Women Who Love Shoes will be at Saks Fifth Avenue as they celebrate new limited edition fall shows from Brian Atwood.
  • Danielle Vollmar will join Trooper’s Team for a benefit party at Apricot Lane, where 15% of the evening’s sales will go to help animals in need.
  • SWAGG Magazine celebrates Fashion’s Night Out at Galleria Dallas with Brahmin Handbags (the designers of the OFFICIAL FNO tote!) for shopping, giveaways and more!

Each of these parties are open to attend, and include tidbits and tasty drinks.  Dozens of other retailers are also hosting events featuring DJ’s, drawings and more!