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You see them on Facebook. You remember them from your travels. You’ve drooled over them while watching cooking shows. That Sriracha mayo from Empire Mayonnaise Co. in Brooklyn. The bacon rub from Southern Culture Foods in Decatur, Georgia. The Thai cucumber sauce from Bangkok by way of Ayara Thai Sauces in Westchester, California.

Although Artizone started as a way to get the products of Dallas’ artisan vendors more easily into your hands, this food delivery and local artisan advocate recently has expanded to make your gourmet world a tad bigger.

“It is our dream that when a person is looking for something new and unique to inspire everyday cooking, they will think to check Artizone first,” says vice president of market operations Amber Dietrich. “To accomplish this, it is necessary to source products that are not currently available locally. It is also fun to discover what other artisans are doing throughout the U.S.”

It started with the mayo. “We started offering unique artisan products that cannot be sourced in Dallas at the beginning of this year,” Dietrich says. “It started from a customer who asked us to source Empire Mayo from Brooklyn and has built from there.”

Artizone food specialists attend national events like the Fancy Food Show to learn about the products first hand from the people who make them. Any product that is not sourced from a local artisan is found under the store “America’s Got Palate” on the Artizone website.

Other offerings: burger, black bean tortilla chili and white bean chili seasonings (as well as a variety of grilling herbs) from Backyard Safari Co. in Covington, Georgia; green tea latte (and in its traditional form) from Sencha Naturals in Los Angeles; pizza sauce from Leonardo’s Pizza Sauce in Burlington, Vermont; and pancake and waffle mixes from Southern Culture Foods.

If you’d rather drink your dinner than eat it, try Backyard Safari’s Grow Cocktails kit, complete with everything you need to start your own cocktail garden (and recipes). The company also offers a Grow Salsa now found through Artizone.

Stay tuned for more national products to be available: “It is our hope that local artisans will continue to follow their passions and create products they love so we can source them locally,” Deitrich says. “But to keep things fun, we will continue to add a few new products every quarter.”

Texas BBQ meets Thai, from Ayara Thai Sauces in Westerchester, California.

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Texas BBQ meets Thai, from Ayara Thai Sauces in Westerchester, California.
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How Dallas gourmands get the best German sausages — and more — without leaving home

Kuby's At Your Doorstep

Kuby’s Sausage House dates back to 1728, when Friedrich Kuby opened a neighborhood meat market in Kaiserslautern, Germany. In 1961, Karl Kuby brought the European deli magic to Dallas.

Last year, Karl Kuby Jr. and Artizone brought it to anyone in Dallas who has access to the Internet.

Artizone offers home delivery of 87 mostly local artisan food businesses, including Kuby’s. And, because Kuby’s is not a company to let its long history get in the way of being current, general manager Dieter Probson offers a virtual tour the video above.

“You order in the morning; we’ll start taking care of it,” Probson explains. “Then Artizone comes and picks it up and delivers to the people in the afternoon. It cannot be fresher. It cannot be better.”

Kuby’s has meat — all made in-house, of course. But you can also order its popular prepared meals: pimento cheese (with or without jalapeño), twice-baked potatoes, smoked chicken quesadillas, Texas casserole, chicken Parmesan and stuffed bell peppers.

The pre-made meals and sides are quite popular with the way families cook these days.

“Shoppers today are more knowledgeable about food, and they’re cooking more,” Kuby says. “The day of the TV dinner is gone. People want something fresh, maybe a pre-made side they can serve with their steak.”

Having Kuby’s available through Artizone for home delivery allows Kuby’s faithful customers to order more frequently and brings in new customers who aren’t up for facing the Snider Plaza traffic to make the deli a regular stop, no matter how tasty.

“Usually the customer base of the artisans we work with is around a mile and a half of their shop,” says Amber Dietrich, vice president of market operations at Artizone. “They have a lot of people who appreciate what they’re doing within that tight radius.

“We give local artisans the ability to really connect their businesses with customers throughout all of Dallas, customers who are looking for handcrafted specialty food.”

Need an easy main dish? Kuby's smoked jalapeno cheddar sausage can be dinner tonight.

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Need an easy main dish? Kuby's smoked jalapeno cheddar sausage can be dinner tonight.
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New Dallas Easter tradition: An entire artisan meal delivered by Artizone

Easter Bunny Has Nothing on Artizone

The Easter Bunny is a tricky one. First, a bunny. That hides eggs. Then there’s the dyeing. The hunting. The gathering. All for a hard-boiled egg nobody’s going to eat because it’s been sitting in your yard all morning.

Artizone and Dallas’ food artisans make the dining portion of your Easter holiday much easier:

  1. Go to www.artizone.com.
  2. Click on “shop by aisle,” then “Happy Easter.”
  3. Order by April 3.
  4. Answer the door when your Easter feast arrives.

Your most stressful meal decision will be how much ham you want to order, factoring in any teenaged guests and your leftover plans.

Easter is the second biggest ham holiday behind Christmas, says Gary Hirsch, owner of Hirsch’s Specialty Meats in Plano. Hirsch’s bone-in honey-glazed hams from Logan Farms in Houston are $7.88 per pound (or $9.95 per pound for boneless) through Artizone, which has special sizes available for delivery in the days just before Easter.

Hirsch explains the difference in his honey-glazed hams and the infamous HoneyBaked: His have 30 percent less salt, they are 90 percent lean, and they don’t have the hocks on them. He also cautions against those cheaper products.

“You’ll see hams advertised for under $1 a pound, but that’s 30 to 40 percent pumped up with water,” he says. “So you’re buying water.”

If ham isn’t your family’s Easter favorite, Hirsch also carries lamb chops, T-bone steaks, prime rib, beef tenderloin roast, sausage, whole chickens and a variety of other meats.

Next, let’s talk about sides. Festive Kitchen offers au gratin “smmmASHED” potatoes, brown sugar bacon green beans, carrot soufflé or cheesy grits. Or maybe spinach madeline or veggie mac (a vegan take on mac and cheese) from Nature’s Plate will hit the spot.

Now, dessert. Forget that hollow chocolate Easter bunny your kids are devouring, because there is cheesecake.

Are your friends and family in agreement on their favorite type of cheesecake? Enjoy the peace and order a 10-inch from Cheesecake Love. Is your gathering full of people with as many different opinions as there are colors in the Easter basket? Embrace the diversity and order smaller, cupcake-sized versions.

Some Cheesecake Love favorites: Creamy Cookie (Oreo) Crunch, original, lemon-lime, Sweet Nuttin Caramel, triple chocolate and white chocolate raspberry. Nature’s Plate also offers a vegan chocolate cheesecake via Artizone.

“Anytime everybody gets together for any reason, it’s a good cheesecake time,” says Cheesecake Love owner JoAnn Sitton, who may be biased but has a point.

Not feeling a cheesecake? Order your favorite Emporium Pie. All the bakery’s best hits as well as a few spring extras are represented on Artizone, such as Drunken Nut, Smooth Operator, Dr. Love and Blue Steel.

Let the Easter Bunny and Artizone do all the work this year. You just enjoy that extra slice of cheesecake.

Hirsch's offers Logan Farms ham, sure to steal the Easter dinner show.

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Hirsch's offers Logan Farms ham, sure to steal the Easter dinner show.
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5 things you need to know about Artizone artisan food delivery

New-Age Grocery Store

Buying local artisan food while in your PJs in front of your laptop seems counterintuitive. And expensive.

Shouldn’t you have to beat the crowds early Saturday morning at the farmers market before you traipse all over town to buy Deep Ellum Blue from Mozzarella Company, beer brats at Kuby’s, beef tenderloin tamales from Tamale Company, whatever irresistible treat they’re selling at Dude, Sweet Chocolate or Emporium Pie, and then drag your way through Green Grocer to pick up all the odds and ends you missed?

You can. Or you can buy your favorites at Artizone.com and get a most satisfying message when you place your order, explaining how many miles you didn’t drive, how many gallons of gas you didn’t use and how many hours of traffic you didn’t endure.

Artizone debuted in Dallas in November of 2010 after a nationwide search for the perfect market: a foodie city with a solid community of artisan shops. Four of the 10 cities originally identified were in Texas, so the founders did a big city tour — Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin — and found what they liked here.

“It just felt like the vibe of the city was right,” says Amber Dietrich, vice president of market operations.

If you’re new to Artizone, you’re welcome. Here are five things you should know about this artisan lovers digital paradise:

  1. You don’t pay extra for the food, and delivery is just $5.95 — or free, if you spend more than $120.
  2. You can shop by recipes, then add all the ingredients to your cart.
  3. You can get Wild About Harry’s (one of 87 local vendors) delivered to your door. We know it’s worth it to fight the Knox-Henderson traffic, but now you don’t have to.
  4. The company delivers as far north as McKinney and Frisco, down through all the usual suburban suspects, as far south as Oak Cliff, and little pockets of Mesquite and Garland to the east. It’s biggest growth right now is in Irving.
  5. It’s not all magazine-worthy, local food your grandma can’t pronounce. Want to wrap up your amazing menu with a 12-pack of A&W root beer? Mrs. Baird’s white bread? Skippy peanut butter? Bisquick? Rotel tomatoes? An actual cake mix (gasp!)? Do it. Nobody is there to judge you.

You can shop by recipe, like this one for corn patties, and add the ingredients to your cart on Artizone.com.

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You can shop by recipe, like this one for corn patties, and add the ingredients to your cart on Artizone.com.
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Nickelback's upcoming tour stop rocks 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. Juggernaut rock band Nickelback is touring summer 2023 with stop in Dallas. Nickelback is back: Canadian-born rock juggernaut Nickelback is going on tour in summer 2023 to support their new album, Get Rollin'. Called the "Get Rollin’ Tour," it'll hit 38 cities, including Dallas on July 22 at Dos Equis Pavilion.

2. Behind the wall of greenery and other Dallas restaurant must-haves. If you're a Dallas restaurant in 2023, you're nowhere without a wall of greenery. Walls covered with greenery are among the features restaurants are deploying these days to lure in diners. Food is still the official reason people go out to eat, but restaurants these days are more experience-oriented. Here are few features being rolled out at restaurants around town.

3. Affluent Dallas neighbor cashes in as the richest city in Texas for 2023. North Texans wanting a glimpse into the lives of the 1 percent won't have to travel far to get a peek. Southlake has been named the richest city in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

4. South Polk Pizzeria in Dallas' Oak Cliff slings perfect pies in pizza desert. Dallas has plenty of pretty pizza these days — but nearly all of it is found north of I-30. So let's hear it for South Polk Pizzeria, a new shop that opened in late December in Oak Cliff, at 3939 S. Polk St #527, just off US-67 and north of Loop 12, slinging the same kind of artisanal pies that are being slung across Deep Ellum, Oak Lawn, and North Dallas.

5. 12 Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants score coveted James Beard Award nominations. The James Beard Foundation has revealed the semifinalists for its 2023 Restaurant and Chef Awards. A dozen Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants have been included in both national and regional categories. Here are the nominees.

Event celebrating Dallas' Braniff Airways a must for fashion & flying buffs

Fashion News

Dallas' original hometown airline is having a moment: Braniff International will celebrate its 95th anniversary with an event that promises to be a must for fashion and airline buffs alike.

Called The Braniff Style Tour & Fashion Show, it'll take place on March 11 at the Alexander Mansion, with David Preziosi, Braniff Airways Foundation Board Member and Executive Director of Texas Historical Foundation, presenting a program on what a release calls one of the most revolutionary airlines in history.

The event will include lunch and a mini fashion show featuring Braniff’s epochal flight attendant uniforms created by haute couture fashion designers Emilio Pucci and Halston.

Braniff International began in June 1928 with a small Stinson Detroiter single-engine six-passenger airplane that flew its first flight from Oklahoma City to Tulsa. It operated as an airline until 1982.

braniff airlines stewardess Braniff Airlines flight attendants decked out in stylish uniforms.Courtesy photo

Braniff Airways is now a branding/marketing, online retail and historic airliner tour firm with a portfolio of licensing agreements worldwide. Its history has been preserved by Braniff Airways Foundation, an organization created by Richard Ben Cass, a former pilot and Braniff collector and expert whose book Braniff Airways: Flying Colors was published in 2015.

The Foundation curates the Braniff International Heritage Archives, formerly Braniff Flying Colors Collection, which contains Cass' lifetime collection, and includes original Braniff Airways Advertising Department records and archives.

The collection was founded in 1972, and has become the largest and most comprehensive collection of Braniff memorabilia that includes more than 1000 crew uniforms.

The Foundation also acts as an advocacy group for Braniff buildings in danger of demolition, including the mid-century themed Braniff Operations and Maintenance Base in conjunction with lead Flying Crown Land Group.

In 2014, they authored a nomination for the Braniff Hostess College to determine its eligibility for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places. The Hostess College is undergoing a complete restoration and will become a public use facility in the future.

The fashion show promises lots of stretchy fabrics and zowie colors, while the lunch menu is a fun throwback, inspired by vintage Braniff flight menu, with chicken Romanoff, a garden vegetable medley, and strawberry cheesecake.

The Braniff Style Tour & Fashion Show is March 11. Doors open at 10:30 am, with the style show beginning promptly at 11 am, and lunch at 12 pm. Tickets are $60 for "First Class" (includes lunch) and $20 for "Coach" (style show only). Tickets are available online. Proceeds benefit the restoration of the Alexander Mansion.

New play about Uvalde shooting takes the stage at DFW university


A TCU faculty member has written a new play called For the Love of Uvalde: A Play Inspired by the Robb Elementary School, and it's premiering January 28 both in-person on-campus and online via streaming.

Playwright Ayvaunn Penn, who is part of the Theatre TCU faculty, also wrote a play in 2020 inspired by the Botham Jean shooting by police officer Amber Guyger.

The premiere staged reading of For the Love of Uvalde promises a similar evening of art for social change, paired with a panel-led community discussion. This staged reading will feature select songs and monologues from the show.

The original play uses testimonies to explore the aftermath and varying viewpoints of the families, politicians, and medical professionals affected by the shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde last May. Nineteen children and two adults were killed in the deadliest shooting ever at a Texas public school.

Panel members for the discussion include Dr. Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, TCU Chief Inclusion Officer; James McQuillen, director of Theatre for Youth at Casa Mañana; Professor Lisa Devine, UNT Theatre for Social Change professor; and Shania Tari, M.S, LMFT-A & EMDR trained.

A collaboration between Theatre TCU, TCU School of Music, and El Progreso Memorial Library in Uvalde, the event is free to attend, though tickets are required and may be reserved here. It begins at 6:30 pm at PepsiCo Recital Hall at the Mary D. and F. Howard Walsh Center for Performing Arts on the TCU campus.

El Progreso Memorial Library will also stream the event on YouTube so that community members may join and participate in the discussion and reflection.