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Sprouts Farmers Market is seeking submissions from Dallas schools to score their own free garden.

The Arizona-based grocery chain is offering to build school gardens in 24 cities across the U.S., one per city, and is inviting community members to nominate their favorite school.

Only schools located in states where Sprouts has stores will be considered.

The program is part of their initiative to get kids involved in healthy food, including growing vegetables at school and then learning how to prepare them in cooking classes.

The application is available to parents, teachers, faculty, or any adult with a personal connection to their nominee, whether that’s a personal relationship or just status as a neighbor.

Criteria include:

  • Familiarity with the school’s current practices
  • Merit: Why does the school deserve a garden
  • A commitment to outdoor learning
  • Identification of a caretaker who can oversee and maintain the garden

The deadline to apply is April 26, at sprouts.com.

They'll announce winners in July, then organize a volunteer day to build the gardens in each city on Saturday, September 16.

Sprouts Healthy Communities Foundation has been pursuing this goal at schools and via community grants since 2015. The resulting programs have taught more than 1.5 million kids about gardening, and 900,000 in schools about nutrition.

There are currently 27 Sprouts locations in the Dallas-Fort Worth area including four recent openings within the past year at Las Colinas, Grand Prairie, Dallas / Hillside Village, and Dallas Trinity Mills.

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South Dallas food park debuts at Fair Park with new name and vendors

Food Park News

A food park for and by South Dallas is making a comeback. Now called The Sunny South Dallas Food Park, it's debuting at Fair Park on November 13 with a lineup of Black-owned food trucks and trailers, with plentiful options including vegan and non-vegan foods.

Previously known as MLK Food Park, the event first debuted in April 2022 as a month-long pop-up park on 1611 Martin Luther King Blvd. In June, it relocated to Fair Park, where it held court through the end of July.

Now it's rebranded by Do Right By The Streets (DRBTS), its organizer, to highlight its representation of the South Dallas community, paying homage to its nickname, Sunny South Dallas. DRBTS is a Black-owned urban planning and place creation group founded by urban planner Desiree Powell that focuses on land use, zoning, and placemaking in communities of color.

"The name change represents a new chapter of the Food Park's growth as we continue expanding the vision of a permanent safe space at Fair Park," Powell says in a statement.

"The MLK Food Park began as a temporary pop-up park collaboration between TREC (Texas Real Estate Council), Better Block, and DRBTS,” Powell says. "The shared goal was to bring South Dallas residents together to gather in fellowship, all while supporting local Black and Brown-owned food trucks and vendors and providing a space for economic mobility."

Vendors include Dallasized Cookies, The Confectionist Factory, Bri's Bakes, Banomnom Pudding, Candles By Mezique, Smith Spot BBQ, Happy Vegan, Moe's Delights, Royalty Soy Candles, Khristian's Lemonade, Sunshine's Wings & Catfish, Sacred Instruments Jewelry, The Cat Shack, Read with Dr. Wade, and more.

"The food park is way more than bringing a bunch of food trucks and vendors out for a singular event that brings a lot of attention then leaves," DRBTS' website notes. "We're dedicated to building trust through this space that respects the past to build the community South Dallas' Black residents truly deserve."

The schedule for The Sunny South Dallas Food Park will be monthly, with a break in the winter, running from November 2022 to July 2023, on the following Sundays from 12-4 pm:

  • Sunday, November 13
  • Sunday, December 11
  • Sunday, March 26
  • Sunday, April 16
  • Sunday, May 21
  • Sunday, June 18
  • Sunday, July 30

Parking is free at Gate 6/Lot 6 at Robert B. Cullum and MLK Jr. Boulevard.

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Zoom in on Dallas' worst gardening monstrosity with Organic Randy

Lawn News

A Dallas plant guy is sharing some of his infinite knowledge on top-priority garden matters, via a special 3-part series that anyone can watch via zoom.

Randy Johnson, aka "Organic Randy," a well-known native plant expert who specializes in organic gardening, will host three presentations, beginning with one on lawns that's an absolute must-see.

A graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, Johnson has a business called Randy Johnson Organics, that offers native plants and seeds for sale as well as offering on-site environmental consultations.

He was previously horticulture manager at the Dallas Zoo and director of horticulture at Texas Discovery Gardens, and served as president of Native Plants Society of Texas.

He's a popular public speaker, giving talks on Native Plants, Milkweed, Soil Biology, Composting, Pollinator Conservation, and Edible and Organic Horticulture.

He also regularly posts videos on his Facebook page about native plants. Even if you don't care that much about lowland switchgrass or the leaf shape of a Texas redbud, he's fun to follow, thanks in no small part to a twang that's so fierce, it's almost musical.

But his perspective seems more valuable than ever at a time when the country is enduring a long spell of record heat and drought.

These are the three sessions, with Johnson's own descriptions. The schedule is tentative but the first one is definitely July 31, as follows:

  • July 31, 7 pm. Lawn Gone: The Environmental Disaster that is the American Lawn

This presentation discusses the origin and evolution of the maintained lawn, from its beginnings in Europe and England to its import and promotion in the United States.

I'll expose some of the environmental, financial, and social consequences of the seemingly benign lawn. Alternatives to the monstrosity will be offered.

I want to offer this one first because it's one of the few realms directly in control of the average person. They can implement immediate, positive management protocols without much hassle or expense. You can easily create both wildlife and human habitat by removing lawn and installing natives and food crops.

When I first put this presentation together, the stats I used for water use in Dallas County were 2012 numbers and back then it was 70 million gallons per day. In 2022, 350 million gallons of water are used every day, and most of that is for turfgrass.

Want to make a difference? The easiest place to start is with your own habitat.

We'll allow for an hour and a half since I'm long-winded.

  • August 14,* 7 pm: Habitat Design, Installation and Maintenance *tentative date

This is a presentation I do for The National Wildlife Federation discussing habitat design. I work with that entity installing school gardens for the Dallas and Fort Worth ISDs. It's great for those who've not yet done anything like converting or creating native habitats.

  • August 28,* 7 pm: Pollinators and Natives: An Ancient Marriage *tentative date

This one cements why we utilize native plants and largely avoid non-native plants species in our landscape designs.

I'm primarily an educator and I think these 3 presentations offer a nice overview of the philosophies and methods for restoring and/or creating native habitat. I don't use the term "wildlife habitat" because it's human habitat as well. Native plants serve us as intimately as they do wildlife — after all, we're critters too!

To join the zoom sessions, click on us02web.zoom.us/j/89219587755.

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Get up to speed on urban farming at free class and more Dallas news

City News Roundup

This roundup of city news includes two transportation tidbits, one on the high-speed train, another on a DART rail disruption. There's also info about a Juneteenth display, more banners in Deep Ellum, and a must-attend class on urban farming.

Here's what happened around Dallas this week:

High speed rail resignation
The CEO and president of Texas Central Partners, the company behind the high-speed rail project between Dallas and Houston, has resigned. Carlos Aguilar announced his departure via a Linked In post, stating he was unable to align stakeholders on a common vision for a path forward. Texas Central still plans to break ground on the 240-mile rail line, but is awaiting a ruling from the Texas Supreme Court that's been pending since January re: a landowner's claim that Texas Central has no right to take his land.

Urban farm demo
Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas is hosting an event that will give people the opportunity to learn more about small-scale agriculture and see some urban agriculture projects in person. Examples of urban agriculture include community gardens, rooftop farms, hydroponic, aeroponic, aquaponic, and vertical production. The event is on June 21 at 6 pm, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research & Extension Center at Dallas, Water Education Building, 17360 Coit Rd. It's free but registration is required at tx.ag/UrbanAgDallas. In addition to lecture presentations, there will be a tour of AgriLife Extension's vegetable garden and high tunnel.

Historical display
The original Juneteenth order forcing Texas to release slaves is now on display at the Hall of State in Fair Park. Called General Order No. 3, it was a proclamation from June 19, 1865, in which General Gordon Granger pronounced that all enslaved African Americans living in Texas were free. The only known original copy is part of the permanent archives of the Dallas Historical Society. During Juneteenth weekend June 18-19, the document will be available for public viewing in the Hall of Heroes at the Hall of State from 10 am-5 pm on Tuesdays-Saturdays and 1-5 pm Sundays through the end of July.

Welcome to the U.S.A.
In celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month and Flag Day, the City of Dallas hosted a naturalization ceremony in collaboration with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Tuesday June 14. In the ceremony, 30 Dallas residents swore their Oath of Allegiance and became naturalized US citizens. The candidates came from 15 different countries including: Bangladesh, Burma, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, India, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Syria, and Vietnam.

DART rail disruption
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) will operate shuttle buses instead of light rail vehicles between SMU/Mockingbird Station and Walnut Hill Station beginning Thursday June 23 through the end of service on Sunday June 26. Regularly scheduled light rail service will resume on Monday June 27. The disruption is so that DART can conduct concrete repairs on the elevated station at Park Lane Station and replace a section of rail north of SMU/Mockingbird Station. Shuttle buses will be operated by a third-party charter bus company and will not be DART branded. Passengers should look for charter buses at the red "Rail Disruption" bus stop signs located near each station to board a shuttle bus. Shuttle buses will provide service to each affected station.

These repair projects will impact Red and Orange Line passengers:

  • Red Line passengers will transfer to shuttle buses between SMU/Mockingbird Station and Walnut Hill Station.
  • Orange Line trains will only operate between DFW Airport Station and Pearl/Arts District Station. Northbound Orange Line passengers should board a Red Line or Blue Line train at Pearl/Arts District Station to SMU/Mockingbird Station, and transfer to a shuttle bus to continue to their destination.

More banners
The Deep Ellum Foundation has put up a new set of streetlight pole banners, themed "All-Comers," to spread the message that the Deep Ellum is for anyone and everyone, from artists Clint Mordecai, Favio Moreno, Hunter Moehring, Jessica Stewart, and Khafre Linwood.


Dallas and North Texas counties under quarantine to save beautiful ash tree

Tree News

UPDATE 6/6/2022: The City of Dallas has been notified by Texas A&M Forest Service (TFS) of the confirmed presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) inside the city limits and western Dallas County. The EAB is a non-native, wood-boring insect destructive to ash trees.

Dallas County now joins Parker and Tarrant Counties in a quarantine status, mandated by the Texas Department of Agriculture, that prohibits moving ash wood, wood waste, and hardwood firewood products from within Dallas County to other non-quarantined counties.

As part of an action plan, City staff will:

  • assess ash trees on public property
  • treat significant ash (24-inch or larger in diameter and in good condition, large groves of ash, etc.)
  • and remove infected or damaged trees that pose safety issues

According to TFS, urban tree canopy inventories estimate that ash trees comprise approximately 5% of the Dallas/Fort Worth urban forest.


An invasive beetle that kills off ash trees has been discovered in Dallas County, and tree experts are calling for immediate action.

The beetle is the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), a wood-boring beetle that targets all ash trees. According to a release from Texas Trees Foundation, the beetle poses a substantial threat to Dallas' urban forest, on both public and private land:

  • EAB kills unprotected ash trees within 2-3 years of infestation and can eliminate entire stands of ash trees within 10 years.

The urgency has escalated because, on May 19, the Texas A&M Forest Service confirmed the presence of EAB in Dallas County.

Evil beetle
Native to Asia, the emerald ash borer beetle was unknown in North America until its discovery in southeast Michigan in 2002. Since then, it has spread to 35 states including Texas, where it was first detected in Harrison County in Northeast Texas in 2016. It's since been detected in Bowie, Cass, Dallas, Denton, Marion, Parker and Tarrant counties.

EAB have a distinctive iridescent green and copper color, and a bullet-shaped body typical of buprestid beetles. There's a photo here. Don't be fooled by their cool colors, they're evil.

The beetle has gone on to kill millions of ash trees across much of the country. Ash trees are widespread in the United States and all 16 native ash species are susceptible to attack.

The beautiful ash
Ash trees are amazing. They're a perennial, so they grow new leaves every spring and shed their leaves every fall. The leaves are pointy and oblong, and turn a beautiful yellow-gold-red in the fall.

The bark has little diamond-shaped grooves, and the trees grow into beautiful shapes.

There are only good things to say about ash trees.

EAB symptoms
Ash trees beset by the EAB often have few or no external symptoms of infestation, but may include any or all of the following:

  • dead branches near the top of a tree
  • leafy shoots sprouting from the trunk
  • bark splits exposing larval galleries
  • extensive woodpecker activity
  • D‐shaped exit holes

The EAB is a considered a significant threat to urban, suburban, and rural forests as it kills both stressed and healthy ash trees. It's very aggressive, and ash trees may die within two or three years after they become infested.

Texas Trees Foundation's 2015 State of the Dallas Urban Forest Report found that at least 13.1 percent of all trees in the city are ash, or approximately 2 million ash trees across Dallas.

In the Great Trinity Forest, 23 percent of the tree population is at risk.

The Texas Trees Foundation is calling for the city of Dallas to take proactive steps, starting with an assessment of the condition and location of the ash trees on public property, including the Trinity Forest.

Private homeowners/landowners are also crucial to effectively combating EAB.

Keeping the ash trees alive
The most effective mitigation strategy is to slow the spread using a SLAM approach (SLow Ash Mortality). This strategy includes:

  • monitoring ash trees for EAB
  • injecting ash trees with systemic insecticide
  • removing low-quality ash trees
  • following quarantine regulations
  • replacing ash trees with different tree species to diversify the urban forest

Texas Trees Foundation CEO/president Janette Monear is urging the city to immediately conduct a tree inventory of publicly owned lands, to identify the healthiest ash trees for monitoring and to apply insecticide.

The hope is that this approach will slow the spread of EAB by reducing population size of the insect, preserving valuable ash trees of differing age and size, protecting Dallas tree canopy cover, and minimizing public costs overtime.

Texas Trees Foundation's urban forestry manager Rachel McGregor warns that EAB poses "a serious threat to Dallas’s urban forest," especially the Great Trinity Forest where most of the city's ash trees are found.

"We can mitigate this threat through a strategic, integrated, research-based approach, which is more financially and environmentally effective then just removing all the ash trees or letting them die," McGregor says.

Things you can do
Residents who have ash trees are advised to take the following steps:

  • Confirm/identify if they have ash trees on their property
  • Engage an ISA Certified Arborist to assess their ash tree and help them decide a course of action
  • If systemic injection treatment is desirable, hire a certified arborist with a current TDA pesticide applicators license. The most effective treatment is with a systemic insecticide injection of Emamectin Benzoate (this product is a restricted use pesticide)
  • Monitor trees for EAB – if the tree has been systemically injected with Emamectin Benzoate, the treatment will last 2-3 years
  • If ash tree removal is necessary, comply with Texas Department of Agriculture's EAB quarantine regulations

And to report an emerald ash borer, call 1-866-322-4512.

Photo by Michael Martin

Popular East Dallas farmers market moves to new address after 14 years

Farmers Market News

A favorite farmers market in East Dallas is moving: White Rock Farmers Market, which previously held court every Saturday in the parking lot of Lakepointe Church on Garland Road, has a new home, some would say a better home, in the parking lot of White Rock United Methodist Church, at 1450 Old Gate Ln.

The new location is effective immediately, beginning with the market's spring debut on Saturday March 26. The 2022 season will run every Saturday until December 17; hours are 9 am-1 pm.

The market was forced to relocate due to construction at Lakepointe Church, which is doing renovations to its facility. A spokesperson said that the church, which was formerly Lakeside Baptist Church until it merged with LakePointe in 2021, was unable to commit to a return for the market.

Market director Casey Cutler says she welcomes the relocation and is excited about the new partnership.

"White Rock United Methodist Church has been so welcoming to us and are really taking us in," Cutler says. "They love the value the market gives to the community and want to be a part of it."

She's also receive heartwarming support from her new neighbors.

"The Little Forest Hills Neighborhood Association has also been really great partners and have been working with us as well," she says.

White Rock Farmers Market is part of Good Local Markets, the producer-only farmers market organization, and has been open every Saturday from spring through early winter for 14 years. They showcase all-local produce, meats, eggs, bread, pastries, honey, pickles, jams, and specialty foods as well as local artisans featuring handmade crafts.

Buoyed by their success, Good Local Market launched a second weekend market in 2019: Lakewood Village Farmers Market, which is held on Sundays at 6424 E. Mockingbird Ln. from 9 am-1 pm. In the 2022 season, they'll be there through July 31. So if you miss your Saturday shopping at White Rock, you can head over to Lakewood Village on Sunday, ba-da-bing ba-da-boom.

Vendors include Along Came Tamales, Bohemian Shepherdess, Chandler Family Farm, Demases Farm, Highway 19 Farm, Hippos and Hashbrowns, Jersey Girls Milk, Lost Ruby Ranch, Juha Ranch, Texas Honeybee Guild, Leila’s Bakery, Rowlett Coffee Roasters, Texas Fungus and several others local artisans.

For 2022, they're adding an exciting new vendor: Jubilant Fields Farms, which calls itself a "farm salad bar," growing everything you would use for a salad including salad mixes, microgreens, tomatoes, carrots, and other produce to make the perfect farm fresh salad. They'll also be in the lineup of Good's Sunday market.

"He's actually a teenager!" Cutler says, referring to Jubilant's 17-year-old founder, Dawson Mehalko.

All Good Local vendors are certified local, no resellers no distributors. Good Local Markets requires that vendors come from 150 mile radius of Dallas and must grow or make their own products. Good Local staff even visits each farm and ranch to ensure locally grown and ethically raised.

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Butcher opens at foot of Dallas' Park Cities with meats & deli sandwiches to-go

Meat News

A boutique butcher in Dallas has opened with a case full of meat and a little something extra.

Called Evan's Meat Market, it opened in the spring at the Shops of Highland Park at 4266 Oak Lawn Ave., next-door to upscale restaurant Sachet, where it's selling locally sourced meats as well as meal solutions to go.

"Evan" is owner Evan Meagher, a native of Louisiana who grew up in butcher shops, and for whom owning his own shop was a lifelong dream.

He's joined by Mike Lawson, head butcher and general manager, who previously worked at Georgie’s By Curtis Stone, Gemma, Sachet, and Macellaio; and manager Brer Wyant, who also worked at Georgie's, as well as Bouillon and The Village.

The shop offers beef, pork, lamb, pig, and chicken, sourced from Texas and Oklahoma, including a customer-friendly category of meats ready to be cooked sous vide and transformed into a meal, such as Cajun chicken breast, smoked pork tenderloin, chicken wings, and short ribs.

They also have a number of items pre-cooked and ready to be heated, including

  • Cajun gumbo
  • Andouille sausage made in house
  • Twice baked potatoes
  • Buttermilk biscuits $15/dozen
  • Bolognese sauce

There are also sides ready to heat, including mac & cheese, green beans with smoked onions, and sweet potatoes, $12-$15 for a medium-sized tray - designed to provide a quick restaurant-quality meal in 30 minutes.

They're very into their deli counter, and offer a menu of sandwiches and po'boys starring turkey, chicken salad, ham, roast beef, and pastrami. Their bread is from Langlinais Baking Company, a classic New Orleans-style French bread baker from Evan’s hometown of Lafayette, which he frequented growing up.

“Deli meat is very approachable," Lawson says. "Customers taste it and next time they're willing to try something different."

The staff’s background in service and hospitality is a big part of their success. And the education aspect is key, as customers come in to learn about the variety of products offered.

"This neighborhood is great," Wyant says. "Everybody that comes here wants to cook something, they are excited about food and share experiences later. They sometimes bring their food for us to try what they did."

The shop is open Monday-Saturday 11 am-6 pm, and Sunday 11 am-3 pm.

Nicole Kidman turns up star power to raise $1.1 million at Dallas' Genesis Luncheon

Oscar-worthy event

The morning after watching her husband, Keith Urban, open the ACM Awards show in Frisco with an electrifying performance, Nicole Kidman turned up her own star power as the keynote speaker for Genesis Women's Shelter & Support's 30th annual Luncheon.

About 1,500 guests gathered at Dallas' Hilton Anatole on Friday, May 12 for the beloved spring fundraiser.

It was "take two" for Genesis and Kidman. She had been scheduled to headline the organization's 2020 luncheon, which got canceled due to COVID and pivoted to a virtual conversation with the Oscar-winning actress. Luckily, she could come back in person.

Kidman first posed for photos with VIPs at a reception before the ballroom opened for lunch.

After guests took their seats, the DeSoto High School Choir - under the direction of Grammy Award-winning choir director Pamela Dawson - kicked things off with a rousing performance of “Revolution.”

Genesis chief development officer Amy Norton and luncheon co-chairs Monica and Brent Christopher welcomed visitors and acknowledged special guests, and the Rev. Dr. Sheron Patterson gave an invocation before the three-course meal was served.

The highlight of the afternoon was an on-stage conversation between Genesis CEO Jan Langbein and Kidman. Besides being an award-winning actress and global superstar, Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations Development Fund for Women for 17 years.

They discussed a variety of topics including Kidman's involvement with the UN and her desire to fight for women’s rights globally; how her parents shaped her perspective on life; notable roles she has portrayed that show the complexities of womanhood; and how she balances her professional life with her home life.

Some highlights of Kidman's interview:

On how to help each other in the fight against domestic violence: “Reach out for help…because a lot of times I think the loneliness and the isolation [can feel like] ‘where do I go for help?’ There are helplines and there is solid available help, so reach out. And even reaching out to a friend, and then as a friend going, ‘I know what to recommend for you to do right now.’”

On why she selects some of the more intense roles she’s portrayed: “Half the time people don’t want to see those stories, but if they actually go through [the story] and see it, then they build compassion and they build understanding, and somehow I do believe that helps the world. So I seek out these roles not so you go and torture people, but so you create a connection and go, ‘How do we move in closer to each other and understand each other and what we’re all going through?’ Because we’re all going through things – very different things, but there’s enormous tragedy in life, as we all know, there’s enormous joy, and we’re on the journey together. We can help each other.”

On how she approached her character Celeste’s mindset toward abuse in Big Little Lies: “I think the thing with so much abuse is even acknowledging it, the awareness that it is abuse. I think for Celeste, and this is something that I learned, is that there is so much self-blame and a lot of times disassociation where ‘it’s not me that’s in an abusive relationship – it may be that person or that person is, but I’m not.’”

All told, the 30th annual event raised $1.1 million for Genesis, which annually serves thousands of women and children at its emergency shelter, transitional housing apartments, and nonresidential counseling office.

Notable attendees included Boots Nolan, Nancy Best, Sheila Grant Kenneth Aboussie, Kamela Aboussie, Barbara Smith, Sheree J. Wilson, Sheree J. Wilson, Mary Bowman Campbell, Sally Dutter, Yvette Martinez, Leigh Anne Haugh, Michael Horne, Marissa Horne, Justyna Oymerska, and more than 1,400 more patrons, supporters, and guests.

Genesis Luncheon 2023, Nicole Kidman

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Jan Langbein, Nicole Kidman

For more information about Genesis Women's Shelter & Support, visit the organization's website.

American Airlines adds travel perks for summer including new vegan entree

Airline Food News

Fort Worth-based American Airlines has made some additions to its in-flight lineup for summer 2023, including new meals and foodie snacks, Wi-Fi updates, and new movie options to stream. That includes a special selection of films celebrating Pride Month in June.

Food first!

The new food options include chef-curated menu options in premium cabins and choices for the indulgent or health-conscious traveler in the main cabin.

Plant-based: Customers flying on transcontinental American Flagship service flights have a new premium entrée and it's plant-based, woo-hoo: The new Plant-Based Bulgogi Noodle Bowl entrée comes with yakisoba noodles, stir-fry vegetables, and plant-based beef crumbles — offering a new meal option that is both nourishing and delicious.

Avli on the Park: Customers flying in premium cabins to Europe from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport this summer can enjoy dishes from Avli on the Park, a Greek restaurant in Chicago and a Michelin 2023 honoree. Options include a Greek Beef Orzo Stew and a Kagiana Egg Scramble for breakfast. These items from Avli on the Park are available on six nonstop flights to Europe: Athens, Barcelona, Dublin, London, Paris, and Rome.

Wi-Fi updates
Wi-Fi enhancements for the summer months include:

Complimentary Wi-Fi for T-Mobile customers: By July, 100 percent of American's Wi-Fi-equipped regional and narrowbody aircrafts will offer T-Mobile In-Flight Connection On Us, allowing eligible T-Mobile customers to enjoy complimentary connectivity with streaming on domestic flights.

Summer streaming: Travelers to international destinations should be able to enjoy faster Wi-Fi speeds and a more reliable service for all their connectivity needs thanks to increased bandwidth planned for American's widebody aircraft, offering 100 percent mainline aircraft with video streaming capabilities.

New film and viewing options include:

Monthly exclusives: New movies will be offered monthly which customers can watch exclusively inflight such as the new AppleTV+ movie Ghosted.

Pride Month: American is offering an entertainment channel featuring top LGBTQ+ talent; customers can choose from a list of movies and series.

American Black Film Festival channel: This summer, American is bringing new content to the American Black Film Festival channel, elevating the unique voices and power stories of the Black community to offer a deeper understanding of the Black experience.

"Our customers are the inspiration behind everything we do, and American is committed to consistently deliver a world-class experience for them,” said Kim Cisek, Vice President of Customer Experience. “We know customers want a convenient travel experience throughout their journey on American and to arrive at their destination satisfied and ready to explore — a focus we keep in mind when refreshing and creating new experiences for them to enjoy on the ground and in the skies."