What: Dallas Symphony Orchestra League's 2023 Savor the Symphony Wine Dinner & Auction

DSOL Savor the Symphony 2023

Photo by Chuck Clark

Donna Arp Weitzman, Terry Loftis

Where: The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas

The 411: Still basking in the success of the 37th Annual Presentation Ball, members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League gathered at a special wine-focused dinner on April 13 to clink glasses and raise even more funds for young musicians.

Guided by event chairs (mother-daughter super-duo) Laura Downing and Caroline Gahm, under the direction of DSOL president Cynthia Beaird, the elegant evening included a wine-tasting reception, dinner, entertainment, and auctiosn for individual bottles of wine and more.

Per tradition, this year's Savor the Symphony showcased one special winery - Coquerel Family Wine Estates. The winemakers, Brenda and Clay Cockerell, live in Dallas. Their daughter Lily flew in from California for the event. Read more about their story and their wines here.

During the tasting, which highlighted Coquerel's Sauvignon Blanc, guests browsed the auction items, including special bottles from the winery and an exciting new entry - transportation by AERO, the new exclusive private jet service launching flights this month from Dallas to Cabo and Aspen.

Guests then feasted on a lavish wine-paired dinner prepared by the Ritz-Carlton kitchen and enjoyed a musical performance by DSO violinist Lucas Aleman.

Proceeds from the evening benefit the Dallas Symphony Association and its education and community outreach programs, including the Kim Noltemy Young Musicians, Young Strings, and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert Series. These programs impact more than 35,000 local students, helping to promote brain development and increased high school graduation rates, and opening the door to a brighter future with more opportunities, the organization touts.

Who: Donna Arp Weitzman, Terry Loftis, Randy and Jennifer Marvel, Larry and Venise Stuart, Tricia and Michael Wortley, Carole Ann Brown, Deborah Brown, Maurice and Sharon Ballew, Kim Brannon, Barbara Averitt, Marena Gault, Don Averitt, Jill and Bruce Goldberg, Kay and Pete Weeks, and many more ardent supporters of the DSOL.

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New Irish pub with very authentic name opens in downtown Dallas

Pub News

Downtown Dallas has a new Irish pub: Called Patrick Kennedy’s Irish Pub, it's on the ground floor of the Downtown Westin Hotel at 1201 Main Street #100, where it replaces NOLA Brasserie, a New Orleans-themed restaurant that was previously at the hotel that closed in May.

According to a release, Patrick Kennedy's is the latest sibling in a family of Irish pubs from Irish native Alan Kearney that includes Playwright Irish Pub in Dallas Arts District, The Crafty Irishman Public House in downtown Dallas, Trinity College Irish Pub in Fort Worth, and Cannon’s Corner Irish Pub in Oak Cliff. Got all the neighborhoods covered.

This makes the second Irish pub downtown for Kearney, but Crafty Irishman is small and customers are already overlowing. Patrick Kennedy's has 6,500 square feet, with a large high bar, table & booth seating, and a wrap-around outdoor patio.

"This location is a great spot for our concept! We’ve been waiting for something of this size for a while," Kearney says in a statement.

To create a cozy atmosphere, Kearney and his team built out wood walls separating the space into rooms, installed fireplaces, and added and Irish paraphernalia for something of interest in every nook.

"Kennedy’s is nestled into a corner that welcomes many tourists into Dallas with hotels and visiting attractions all around," Kearney says. "We aim to be the spot for residents, downtown workers and traveling tourists. A melting pot of customers — giving a wink to the American dream!”

Patrick Kennedy’s Irish Pub is named for JFK’s great-grandfather, Patrick Kennedy, whose coming to America was a classic immigrant tale that mirrors Kearney's story, as well.

The menu includes

  • French Onion Soup served in a hollowed-out onion & Pub Chicken and Mushroom Vol Au Vents served in a puff pastry
  • Traditional Irish Breakfast
  • Scotch Eggs

New Ross Sheperd’s Pie and Howth Beer-Battered Fish and Chips are flown in weekly. They also do weekend brunch and Happy Hour with fancy offerings include Irishman Red Ale pints, domestic bottled beers, house wines, well liquor as well as specialty drinks like the Irish Mule, Car Bomb, Green Tea shots and Baby Guinness Shots, Monday-Friday from 2–7 pm. Plus bites including Galway Bay Mussels, Corned Beef & Cabbage Rolls, Irish Nachos, Public House Pretzel, Boneless Wings and Spicy Wisconsin Cheese Curds from 2– 6 pm.

Dallas' Banh Shop unveils 3 new street-side restaurants around DFW

Sandwich News

There's a big comeback for Banh Shop, a Dallas-based restaurant concept centered on the delectable Vietnamese sandwich called the banh mi.

Initially founded in 2014, Banh Shop has three new locations coming soon including one that'll open in Fort Worth in mid-October.

The locations are as follows:

  • Fort Worth, at 3051 S. University Dr., across from TCU
  • Las Colinas 7601 N. McArthur Blvd. #105
  • Dallas, Shops at Park Lane, across from NorthPark

Spokesperson Mark Brezinski says that all three will open within the next six months, starting with TCU in early October. Las Colinas will open by the end of 2023, and Dallas in early spring 2024.

But he cautions not to call it a comeback. "We've still been opening locations, but at airports - just not street side," he says.

The banh mi is a Vietnamese sandwich featuring a crusty but light French baguette with an array of ingredients: pickled carrots, daikon, jalapeno, cucumber, cilantro, mayo, a smear of pate, and a protein, with the original featuring marinated pork, although tofu is a common alternative.

Its lightness and combination of sharp, fresh flavors has given it great crossover potential, and all kinds of restaurants now have a banh mi on their menus.

Banh Shop was originally developed by Brezinski with Braden and Yasmin Wages, the husband-and-wife owners of Malai Kitchen, for Yum! Brands (Taco Bell, KFC, and Pizza Hut).

They opened the first location near SMU in September 2014, followed by their first airport location at DFW Airport. The SMU location closed in 2017, but there are now four airport locations including two in Canada, and plans for more. All of those locations are run by SSP, a company that specializes in airport concessions.

Reviving the street locations is ACE, LLC a franchisee of Yum Emerging Brands part II, AKA YEBII, which is the franchisor of the concept, for both airports and street-side locations.

Part of the not-comeback includes a refreshed menu.

"The banh mi is still the heart of the concept, with new sandwiches we've been testing," Brezinski says, “but with still a strong 50/50 emphasis on our popular wok bowls.”

Their menu includes the Fried Rice Bowl with wok-seared white rice, egg, broccoli, scallions, bean sprouts, and cherry tomatoes tossed in garlic soy sauce with choice of protein; pad Thai, the classic noodle dish; Vietnamese-style chicken soup; and eight sandwiches including a tofu version of banh mi, and a turkey sandwich on a baguette.

This seems like a good time to mention that their pork meatball banh mi was called "the best meatball sandwich in America" by Restaurant Hospitality Magazine in 2015.

They're also adding a bar.

"It's still remaining fast-casual but we're expanding the drink opportunities with some wonderful items, including Vietnamese coffee, Thai tea with boba, and matcha latte," he says. "The key thing will be the freshness and vibrancy of the food."

3 Lubbock luminaries on what ignites the Hub City

Faces and Places

In Lubbock, Texas, where locals have been pouring their livelihood into both the city and their craft, the community has created a Texas experience like no other. What sets apart a destination from others is the welcoming faces who meet travelers with open doors and a willingness to share the West Texas way of life with all who wander through.

CultureMap recently checked in with three Lubbock luminaries to learn what drew them to the city, what dreams they're making come true, and how visitors can take part in the magic.

Matt Bostick, sommelier and hospitality director of Llano Estacado Winery
Though his roots are in Texas, Matt Bostick found his passion for wine in Italy. While studying hospitality in Florence in 2011, he met Parisian sommelier Quinton Paillard, who encouraged his budding love of vino and set Bostick on the path toward becoming a sommelier himself.

After earning his degree in restaurant, hotel, and institutional management from Texas Tech University in 2012, Bostick joined Jackson Family Estates in Los Angeles. From there, he further honed his expertise as the lead sommelier for Pizzeria Mozza and Osteria Mozza, under the mentorship of Sarah Clarke A few years later, Bostick co-founded a restaurant called Baldoria and even developed a line of ready-to-drink cocktails with his business partner, David King.

"When David and I decided to create B&K Cocktail Company, our business venture brought us back to Texas," Bostick says. "With my family residing in Lubbock, it was a natural choice to settle here. Lubbock holds significant personal and professional values for me. It's my hometown, where I was born and raised, and where most of my family continues to live and contribute to this community."

Today, Bostick is the events director and sommelier at Llano Estacado Winery, Texas’ second oldest winery. Bostick guides visitors through a sensory journey, introducing them to the complexities of different wines, regions, and vintages while offering insights into history, production techniques, and the unique characteristics of each varietal.

"I help individuals identify tasting notes, appreciate nuances, and even recommend food pairings that enhance the overall culinary experience," he says.

Grape Day on October 21 is an ideal time to visit the winery to see Bostick in action. To celebrate the end of the harvest, which spans late July to early October, Llano features captivating self-guided tours, diverse art booths, delicious offerings from the finest local vendors, exciting games for kids, and a mesmerizing lineup of live music on the Lubbock Listening Room stage.

Admission is free, but for $35 attendees will receive a commemorative Grape Day wine glass along with two tickets redeemable for a glass of wine. Pre-sale drink tickets will also be available for purchase in a bundle of three tickets for $15 (otherwise each ticket is $8 at the event).

"Grape Day holds immense significance to me. It's a celebration that represents the culmination of hard work and a sense of community," Bostick says. "Llano Estacado Winery has not only been a pioneer in the Texas wine industry but has also contributed to our local community's growth. Events like this shine a light on the rich heritage and traditions of winemaking, connecting our community to a broader narrative of craftsmanship and appreciation for the finer things in life."

Ian Timmons, pitmaster and third-generation owner of Tom & Bingo’s BBQ
It's been called a West Texas legend since 1952, and as soon as you step inside Tom & Bingo's BBQ, you'll understand why. This old-school barbecue joint — and Lubbock’s oldest restaurant — is packed with nostalgia and dishes out authentic barbecue that would make original owners Tom and Bettye Clanton proud, and current owner Ian Timmons intends to keep it that way.

While studying at Texas Tech, Timmons worked under Dwayne Clanton (Tom and Bettye's son, who gained ownership of the restaurant in 1980) and earned hands-on experience as a pitmaster. Upon graduation, he moved to Denver with his wife, Kristi, where he worked at Denver Biscuit Company.

"I’ve always worked in restaurants," says Timmons. "From my first job at Dairy Queen to a local restaurant called Orlando’s, where I was a server and got fired for making pizzas during my shift."

Timmons' wife also happens to be Dwayne and Liz Clanton's daughter, making him the obvious choice to carry on the legacy when the couple was ready to retire in 2017.

Now, Timmons pays homage to Tom & Bingo's 70-year legacy by smoking modern bark-on-brisket, his own coarsely ground smoked beef sausage, and pork spare ribs on the original brick pits the predecessors used for decades. He's also expanded the menu to include scratch-made potato salad and slaw, but one item remains a constant since the early days of the restaurant: the steak burger.

"This fall we are switching from our legendary brick pits to a new Centex offset smoker, so it’s back to square one for us," reveals Timmons. "This fall will be a learning season for us! But we are excited to see what a new smoker can do for us."

You can also catch the eatery's new food truck out and about and look forward to more biscuit collaborations with Monomyth Coffee (inspired by Timmons' time in Denver, of course). "We'll also hopefully open a Biscuit Club location to help grow the breakfast scene in Lubbock," Timmons hints.

But perhaps the tastiest way to experience Tom & Bingo's, besides visiting the restaurant itself, is by sampling its goods at the Texas Monthly BBQ Fest in November. Held in Lockhart, November 4-5, the event helps raise funds for Feeding Texas and a network of food banks across the state.

Yung Cry Baby, aka Aaliyah Limon, resident artist with Charles Adams Studio Project
Full-time musician and vocalist Aaliyah Limon was born and raised in Lubbock, but when she was younger, she didn't feel the city had a place for her yet. After graduation, the aspiring talent took off to explore both coasts, working as a model and artist, but after a while realized she wasn’t as fulfilled as she had hoped and missed her family.

"I needed a break from my fast-paced lifestyle," she says. "I came back home to be with family, take a step back, and reassess what I really wanted to do with my life. When I moved back, my music took off much faster than I ever anticipated."

Now Limon is professionally known as Yung Cry Baby and serves as a resident artist with the Charles Adams Studio Project, a nonprofit that supports working artists in Lubbock.

"Because I'm passionate about it and motivated by the people who resonate with what I sing about, I've kind of kept with the momentum of things," Limon says. "I'm excited about what I do, and I love helping people heal through my music. Even if it only helps a little, it gives me a lot of joy knowing I can maybe help someone not feel alone."

Fans can see Yung Cry Baby perform not only at the karaoke bar she hosts at, but also at First Friday Art Trail, a monthly arts festival located in downtown Lubbock with a mission to bring together collectors, artists, and community friends for an evening of art, music, and fun. Participants are ever-changing, offering something for everyone.

"I love doing community-based things, especially when it comes to art," Limon says. "First Friday is always a blast for me."

Yung Cry Baby is currently working on her first full album, following the earlier release of her EP. Follow her on social media for updates.


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Llano Estacado Winery wine glass

Photo courtesy of Visit Lubbock

Matt Bostick helps visitors appreciate the wine at Llano Estacado Winery.