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At the 2nd Annual Oaktoberfest, guests can enjoy an afternoon of food, polka music, local beer, and games hosted in a Oktoberfest-style tent. The event will kic off with a 1.128 mile fun run around Tyler Station with beer samples for race participants.

Each individual ticket includes a 12-ounce Beer Stein and two drink tokens.

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Lakewood Brewing presents 10th Anniversary Carnival

After a decade of brewing seriously fun Texas beer, Lakewood Brewing Co. is hosting a decadent celebration to mark its first 10 years. Throwback beer releases from the popular North Texas brewery will be paired with carnival eats and games, as well as live axe throwing for the truly adventurous.

Live music will be playing all day in Lakewood’s recently updated beer garden and outdoor play areas. Bites from the recently opened Lakewood kitchen will also be available, including appetizers, salads, sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, and sweets, many that incorporate tastes of Lakewood fan favorites.

VIP tickets include early entry, a six-beer sample card, a limited edition 10th Anniversary glass, and Lakewood stainless steel can holder and tumbler. General admission includes a six-beer sample card and limited edition 10th Anniversary glass.

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Pairing dinners run wild this week with more than a half-dozen on the list, including beer, wine, and whiskey. Pricing ranges from $65 to $185 per person, the latter of which includes tax, gratuity, and even valet parking. It’s also Oktoberfest season, and there are two notable German-inspired fetes happening this weekend.

Wednesday, September 21

Love Runs Deep Beer Dinner at The Stoneleigh
Deep Ellum Brewing Company will welcome the flavors of fall with a four-course beer pairing dinner at Perle on Maple at The Stoneleigh Hotel. The menu includes coffee-crusted filet mignon, smoked paprika dusted scallops, and tangerine cake. Each course will be paired with a different Deep Ellum Brewing Company beer. Dinner is $89 per person and begins at 6 pm.

Commons Club Wine Dinner
This mid-week wine-pairing dinner will feature six courses by chef Christian Panepinto of Virgin Hotels Dallas Commons Club. Expect courses to be paired with wines by Kenwood Vineyards and G.H. Mumm Champagne. Menu highlights include burrata with charred peaches, hamachi, and bison with black garlic. Dinner is $125 per person and begins at 7 pm.

Thursday, September 22

Far Niente Wine Pairing Dinner at The Ranch at Las Colinas
The Texas-inspired steakhouse in Las Colinas will host a five-course wine pairing dinner with a mystery menu. Dishes will be revealed only as they come. But the wines are not secret – all will come from Napa’s Far Niente winery. Dinner is $165 per person and begins at 6 pm.

Nonna Night 3 at Saint Rocco’s New York Italian
The Trinity Groves Italian destination will host its third installment of Nonna Night, a four-course wine pairing dinner with comfort classics. Menu highlights include chicken saltimbocca, scallop and smoked mozzarella ravioli, and lemon blueberry cake. Tickets are $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and the event begins at 6:30 pm.

White Rock Beer Dinner
Located near picturesque White Rock Lake, White Rock Alehouse & Brewery will host a beer pairing dinner to benefit Friends of the Santa Fe Trail. The fun five-course menu includes fried poblano mac and cheese bites, potato pancake and schnitzel tostada, an heirloom beet salad, steak and shrimp with cheesy grits, and house-made spiced doughnut holes. Dinner is $65 per person and starts at 6:30 pm.

Friday, September 23

Pegasus City Brewery’s 2nd Annual Downtown Oktoberfest
The three-day German-inspired fete will the downtown Dallas brewery’s special Oktoberfest brew, Big D Jamboree. There’ll be daily live music, food vendors, beer hoisting and games, and a Saturday and Sunday artisan market. The party starts Friday at 5 pm and admission is free.

Whiskey Dinner at CBD Provisions
The folks from Texas-based Garrison Brothers Distillery are back in town for another whiskey pairing dinner, this time at CBD Provisions inside The Joule hotel. Go for cured salmon, braised lamb, gorgonzola fennel salad, and spiced pear galette, all paired with four different straight bourbon whiskeys. Dinner is $185 per person and includes tax, gratuity, and complimentary hotel valet. Arrive by 6 pm.

Wine Dinner at The Oceanaire Seafood Room
The Galleria Dallas outlet of this popular high-end seafood chain will host a four-course wine dinner featuring wines by Sonoma-Cutrer. Menu includes jumbo lump crab cakes, lobster bisque, smoked salmon mousse, grilled filet of beef, and more paired with Rose, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. Save room for sticky toffee pudding. Dinner is $165 per person, including tax and gratuity, and begins at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, September 24

5th Annual Oktoberfeast at Legacy Hall
The Plano food hall goes German with an all-day party. Doors open at noon and the live entertainment will run from 1 to 6 pm. General admission is free, or folks can purchase a $60 VIP ticket that includes a jalapeno-cheddar sausage on a stick, Bavarian pretzel, beer stein with a beer (refills will be $7), and access to a VIP-only seating area. Plan for stein-holding competitions and costume contests.

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Brewpub team drafts new spot with Texas-themed menu in Fairview

Craft Beer News

There's a new brewpub coming to Dallas-Fort Worth with not one but two locations. Called Boozie's Brewery & TX Fare, it's a full-service brewpub that will feature chef-driven food including Texas specialties, plus a fully functional brewery and full bar.

It'll open in Fairview Town Center in Collin County; another location will open in Fort Worth, called Boozie's Brewery & Gourmet Sandwiches.

The concept, which truthfully could have a better name, is from a team that includes founder Bruce Conti, chef David Hollister, Chip Stroup, and brewer Bobby Mullins. Which one of them came up with "Boozie's"?

  • Conti is the Fort Worth businessman and developer who owns landmark buildings such as the former Fort Worth Star Telegram printing plant and the Ranch Style Beans complex where Wild Acre Brewing Co. opened in 2016.
  • Hollister most recently led the kitchen at Wild Acre Brewing, and is overseeing Boozie's menu.
  • Stroup was a manager at Gas Monkey Bar & Grill, and will manage operations.
  • Mullins was co-founder and brewer at Armadillo Ale Works in Denton, which closed in March. He'll brew Boozie's beer.

Gonna guess "Boozie's" was Conti's idea.

Boozie's came out of Wild Acre, the brewery-brewpub combo which Conti was a part of. First they opened a brewery, then a brewpub at 6479 Camp Bowie Blvd. in Fort Worth, which earned a nomination in CultureMap's 2022 Tastemaker Awards for Best Restaurant of the Year.

In 2022, Wild Acre Brewing was acquired by Dallas-based Bishop Cider. They kept the original brewery.

Conti and company kept the brewpub spinoff, which will become a Boozie's, where they'll continue to serve a menu of elevated bar food crafted by chef Hollister, but with a new lineup of beer brewed by Mullins.

The Fairview location — at 311 Town Pl., in a space once occupied by a kooky restaurant called Wyland's Ocean Blue — is new, although it's been in the works for a while. (It was originally floated as a Wild Acre location.) They've already installed a dozen brewing tanks.

Both locations will feature a brewery on-site, and they'll also be transitioning from beer-and-wine-only to a full bar, so they can serve cocktails.

The menu at Fairview will be a departure from the sandwich theme of the original menu in Fort Worth, giving Hollister — a Le Cordon Bleu graduate who once worked as a sous chef for Grady Spears — a chance to create a new menu.

"We'll be showcasing more Texas cuisine — not barbecue, but more like trail food," he says. "We're working on a chicken-fried steak with a sourdough breading. We'll be doing a true Texas red chili, and a fun Texas caviar."

Since the location is in Fairview, they're also going to play with a state fair theme including a funnel cake dessert with a Dr Pepper caramel sauce.

No opening date yet, but they're already hiring staff so it'll definitely be in the fall.

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Oktoberfest events: the unofficial sign that fall is has arrived. This week brings the first of several German-themed festivals sure to dot the calendar soon, and it’s a big one that’ll draw around 50,000 guests. There are also two chocolate pairing events, two Tex-Mex restaurant birthdays (one turns two and the other, 104), and three eat-and-stroll tasting events. Practice balancing that drink and small plate now.

Wednesday, September 14

Hispanic Heritage Month at Central Market
Are you really into comida? The Texas gourmet grocer will showcase top-rated Hispanic brands from around the world for this month-long festival that kicks off Wednesday. New and noteworthy items available for purchase are Spanish-tenderized octopus, Chorizo de San Manuel from Edinburg, Texas, pastel de elote with buttery corn bread, sweetened condensed milk and white corn, and Mexican wedding cookies. The festival will run through October 11.

Thursday, September 15

El Fenix 104th Anniversary
Visit the downtown Dallas location of this Tex-Mex institution for a 104th anniversary lunch special not to be missed. The first 104 folks to arrive starting at 11 am will receive $1.04 enchiladas (up to two enchiladas). There’ll be mariachi music and Mexican dancers from 11 am-1 pm. Visit any El Fenix location for all-day happy hour and $1.04 sopapillas.

Addison Oktoberfest
Approximately 50,000 folks are expected to visit Addison Circle Park for Addison’s 35th annual four-day festival of German culture, food, music, and beer – named one of the country’s most authentic Oktoberfest celebrations by Forbes and USA Today. Expect oompah music, sing-alongs, stein-hoisting and lots of sausage, schnitzel, strudel, and sauerkraut. Admission is free Thursday and Sunday, and $10 per person on Friday and Saturday. Kids nine and under are free all weekend.

An Evening with Desert Door Sotol at Dude, Sweet Chocolate
While sotol comes from a wild plant related to agave, the spirit is not tequila and it’s not mezcal. Try Desert Door’s version in several cocktails paired with chocolate during this tasting at Dude, Sweet Chocolate’s factory. Drinks will include ranch water, old fashioned, paloma, and straight sotol paired with chocolates, sopes, and empanadas. The tasting is $45 per person and begins at 7 pm.

Friday, September 16

Time 2 Fiesta – El Patio’s 2nd Birthday Party
The Lewisville Tex-Mex restaurant, loved for its tableside trompo al pastor, will celebrate two years with birthday party. Visit from 5-9 pm for DJ music, face painting, and even a bounce house. The party will continue on Sunday with El Patio’s all-you-can-eat brunch ($25 per person, plus tax and gratuity) from 11 am-2 pm with live mariachi music. Don’t miss sopes de mariscos, green enchiladas, and an action station with Cincoro tequila infused carnitas.

Saturday, September 17

Taste of Oak Cliff
Returning for its third year, the two-day food-centric event celebrates the restaurants and eateries of the diverse Oak Cliff neighborhood. There will be more than three dozen food vendors, featuring everything from tacos and turkey legs to ice cream and snow cones. General admission is $20 per person ($13 for kids 2-12), or $35 for both Saturday and Sunday ($20 for two-day admission for kids). All food and drink items will be available for purchase from each individual vendor. The event will run from 11 am-7 pm Saturday and Sunday.

Mexican Independence Day Tea Party at Dude, Sweet Chocolate
The popular Dallas chocolatier will host a tea party with Mexican flair at its “mothership” headquarters. Menu highlights include pozole, pork tamales, chicken mole with Mexican rice, tres leches cake, and of course, chocolate. Tickets are $59 per person and the event will run from 12-2 pm.

World of Foodies at Historic Downtown Carrollton
Stroll through multiple culturally diverse food vendors during this downtown Carrollton foodie festival. A $30 “foodie passport” is good for 10 food samples and one drink from the bar with a souvenir glass. There’ll also be live performances celebrating multiple nationalities along with yard games and craft vendors. The event will run from 3-9 pm.

Sunday, September 18

Gelato Fest at Eataly
Explore 12 gelato stations across the store, featuring frozen favorites like classic gelato, boozy sorbetto, affogato, sweet focaccia with gelato, and more. Admission is free, but each taste requires a ticket. Get one ticket for $3, five tickets for $12, 15 tickets for $30 or taste all of the gelato with 24 tickets for $45. Complimentary gelato-making classes will be held at 3:30 pm, 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm, and the event will run from 3-6 pm.

Monday, September 19

Battered & Brewed Beer Dinner at Urban Seafood
Embrace all things fried. This four-course dinner at Plano’s Urban Seafood will feature four fried seafood courses paired with beer. Dinner is $75 per person and begins at 6:30 pm.

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Two bakeries are celebrating big birthdays this week, and customers get to partake in the sweet celebrations. The long holiday weekend will bring opportunity for fair food and one big luau, perfect for last summer hurrahs. Save room for an olive oil tasting, oyster and whiskey pairing, an Italian wine tasting sip-and-shop, and more.

Tuesday, August 30

Cousins Maine Lobster at Elmwood Neighborhood of Oak Cliff
Maine lobster food truck seen on Shark Tank is wrapping up its August with a stop in the Elmwood neighborhood of Oak Cliff, at 1130 Elmwood Blvd., plying lobster rolls, lobster tots, lobster grilled cheese, and more, from 5-8 pm. The truck's September schedule, including stops in Keller, Euless, Carrollton, and Richardson, is listed here.

Artisanal Olive Oil and Premium Wine Pairing Experience at Lone Star Wine Cellars
Partake in a guided wine, gourmet bread, and artisan olive oil tasting at this McKinney wine bar. Participants will receive a wine flight of five wines to be paired with five olive oils from Spice & Tea Merchants in downtown McKinney. Tickets are $42 and the tasting will run from 7-8:30 pm.

Wednesday, August 31

Oceans & Oysters at SER Steak + Spirits
Visit the sky-high Hilton Anatole steakhouse for this whiskey and seafood tasting. Participants will sample three Jefferson’s Ocean Aged at Sea whiskeys paired with raw seafood hors d’oeuvres. The tasting is $75 per person and starts at 6:30 pm.

Thursday, September 1

Free Cake Day at Nothing Bundt Cakes
To celebrate the bundt chain’s 25th birthday, all Nothing Bundt Cake locations will give away free individually wrapped Confetti Bundlets to the first 250 customers. Nothing Bundt Cakes has locations in Dallas, Plano, Arlington, Fort Worth, Frisco, Southlake, Burleson, McKinney, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Allen, Hurst, and Lake Worth.

Fair Fare on the Square in Garland
Festival fare will be featured all month long at participating Garland Square restaurants during Fair Fare on the Square. The themed specials were started by restaurateurs back in 2020 when the State Fair of Texas was canceled due to the pandemic. Now more than a dozen restaurants are participating. Menu highlights include fried elote bites at Dos Banderas, footlong corndogs and fried peach cobbler at Intrinsic Smokehouse & Brewery, and loaded funnel cakes at Churroland. Specials will run through September 30.

Emporium Pies 10th Birthday
The Bishop Arts gourmet pie destination turns 10 years old on September 1, and there’ll be specials at all four DFW locations to celebrate. Visit for a slice of the limited edition Smorgasbord pie — a brownie pie with a graham cracker crust, marshmallow meringue, and festive sprinkles, available all of September. Emporium will also offer a one-day special Chicken Lickin savory pie, made with puff pastry filled with chicken, veggies, and gravy. Emporium also has locations in McKinney, Deep Ellum, and Fort Worth.

Summer Sips & Bites at Eataly
The high-end Italian grocer and dining destination will celebrate the end of summer with a store-wide tasting event. Summer Sips & Bites will let guests sample more than 20 Italian wines paired with cuisine from chef-curated tasting stations. Dishes will include Wagyu arrosticini, handmade pasta and meatballs, artisan salami, and more. Tickets are $65 per person and arrival times include 5:30 pm, 6:30 pm, and 7:30 pm.

Saturday, September 3

Lakewood Brewing Company presents Punktoberfest
Lakewood Brewing Co will highlight the end of summer and the start of Pumpkin Spice season with its annual Punktoberfest, featuring the seasonal debut of its most popular seasonal lager, Punkel. Events at the Dallas brewery, taproom and beergarden — which just opened a kitchen — will include stein-hoisting, beer poking, lager drinking, and pretzel noshing. Festivities will run 11 am-9 pm.

Sunday, September 4

Labor Day Weekend Luau at Legacy Hall
Enjoy live hula and fire dancers, Jimmy Buffet and Kenny Chesney cover bands, a family-friendly limbo competition, tiki cocktails, and poke bowls during this afternoon beach-themed party at Legacy Hall. Tickets range from $15 to general admission to $60 for VIP, which includes a specialty poke bowl by Horu Sushi (pick up from 4-7 pm) and one tiki drink in a collectible cup. Or book a balcony lounge ($300 for six guests), which comes with prime viewing of the stage and dedicated cocktail service. Doors open at 2 pm.

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Top-ranked high schools make the grade in this week's 5 hottest Dallas headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. 2 distinguished Dallas high schools sit at head of the class as Texas' best in 2022. Two campuses in Dallas have earned extra credit as the best high schools in Texas. In the latest rankings from education review website Niche, Dallas ISD’s School for the Talented & Gifted tops the list of the state’s best public high schools, and St. Mark’s School of Texas in Dallas leads the list of the state’s best private high schools.

2. NFL legend Terry Bradshaw's ranch north of Dallas listed for $22.5 million. An Oklahoma ranch around 70 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth that’s owned by NFL Hall of Famer and Fox Sports analyst Terry Bradshaw is back on the market for $22.5 million. The 744-acre ranch was relisted after a deal with a would-be buyer fell through.

3. Dallas grilled cheese restaurant abruptly closes location in Oak Cliff. A Bishop Arts restaurant dedicated to making grilled cheese sandwiches has closed: The aptly named Dallas Grilled Cheese Co. closed its original location at 310 W. 7th St., after nearly eight years. According to co-owner Diana Ezzell, the closure was prompted by problems with the location.

4. Best vegan grocer in Denton relocates to market-deli space. An acclaimed market in Denton specializing in all things vegan is making a move: Mashup Market, the plant-based specialty grocer that debuted at 316 Oak St. in 2020, is closing that original location and making its new headquarters at 1302 W. Hickory St., its second location that opened in 2021.

5. Dallas man allegedly scammed $26M from Chinese real estate investors. A Dallas-area man has been charged for allegedly scamming Chinese investors out of more than $26 million in a real estate scheme. Timothy Lynch Barton, the 59-year-old president of real estate development firm JMJ and CEO of real estate investment firm Carnegie Development, has been indicted on seven counts of wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and one count of securities fraud.

Beto to visit Dallas college campuses following debate on TV with Abbott

Campaign News

On November 8, Texas will vote for its next governor — choosing from either incumbent Republican Greg Abbott or Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke.

In anticipation, the two will participate in a debate on September 30, which takes place at 7 pm at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in Edinburg. It's hosted by KXAN news anchor Britt Moreno and will feature questions from a panel of journalists.

The debate will air on Nexstar television stations which in Dallas is KDAF Channel 33; the Texas Tribune will also livestream.

It's their only scheduled debate and according to the Associated Press, Abbott conditioned his participation on the debate taking place without an audience.

"Sources tell me Abbott would only agree to face Beto with no audience in the room," said journalist Scott Braddock, in a tweet which is right here:

This will be first time Abbott and O'Rourke meet since the May 25 press conference where O’Rourke confronted Abbott after the shooting in Uvalde.

O'Rourke, who previously undertook a summer tour across Texas, holding 70 public events in more than 65 counties, is now launching a College Tour focused on young voters. It includes visits to two Dallas-area campuses, with only one open to the public, as follows:

  • Monday October 3, 10 am: Town Hall at University of North Texas, at the University of North Texas - Gateway Center Ballroom, 801 N. Texas Blvd., Denton. Open to UNT students only.
  • Monday October 3, 12:30 pm: College Tour Town Hall at Dallas College El Centro Campus, 801 Main St., Dallas. Open to the public.

During the College Tour, he'll hold more than a dozen public events at colleges and universities around the state, affording an opportunity not only for him to share his platform — reproductive freedom, reducing gun violence, raising minimum wage, legalizing marijuana — but also an opportunity to get students and young people registered before the October 11 deadline.

'Wide-awake' Dallas neighbor is 2nd best U.S city for families, says Fortune

No place like home

Fortune advises readers to not let Wylie’s “picturesque, historic downtown fool you.” And for good reason. The magazine hails the North Texas city as “a fast-growing, modern community that doesn’t skimp on the amenities.”

Thanks in large part to those amenities, Fortune puts Wylie at No. 2 on its list of the 25 best places in the U.S. for families to live. Ann Arbor, Michigan, takes the top spot.

In recognizing Wylie, the magazine cites the city’s well-above-average public schools, numerous facilities for older residents, and events such as the Bluegrass on Ballard festival and Wylie 500 Pedal Car Race.

"With its start as a stop on the Santa Fe Railway in the 1880s, Wylie has always been a gathering place," the magazine writes. "In fact, because shops stayed open late to accommodate the railway visitors and business, one of the town’s nicknames became 'Wide-Awake Wylie.' The historic downtown continues that tradition of community today..."

Fortune lists the median home price in Wylie as $399,838 and the median household income as $96,845. The booming suburb is home to nearly 60,000 residents. It now stretches across Dallas, Collin, and Rockwall counties.

To come up with its ranking, Fortune combed through mounds of data for almost 2,000 communities in the U.S.

The only other Texas city in the top 25 is the Houston suburb of Sugar Land, ranked 17th.

“Residents have a sweet spot for this Houston suburb that brings the community together through its lively downtown hub, local events, and even a ball game or two,” Fortune says.

Among other highlights, Fortune notes Sugar Land’s “outstanding schools,” the Sugar Land Space Cowboys minor-league baseball team, Sugar Land Town Square, and high-quality health care at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital.

In Sugar Land, the median home price is $399,250 and the median household income is $121,665, according to Fortune. The suburb is home to around 110,000 people.