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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.

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

Kuby's jalepeno sausage at Artizone
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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.

Hirsch's Logan Farms Easter ham at Artizone
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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.

Artizone corn patties
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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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Famed Seattle piroshky bakery makes stop in Dallas on Texas-wide tour

Meat Pie News

A Seattle bakery is coming to Dallas for a special pop-up: Piroshky Piroshky Bakery, which specializes in handmade piroshki, AKA Russian hand pies, will stop in Dallas on a national tour.

The bakery will be at Outfit Brewing, 135 John W. Carpenter Fwy, on October 5 from 5-7 pm, with luscious offerings, both savory and sweet.

Piroshkis are small pies of Russian origin, made from an enriched yeast dough, with savory fillings like meat, vegetables, or cheese, the most traditional being meat and rice or potato and onion.

Piroshky Piroshky Bakery was founded in Seattle in 1992, and offer their pastries in all sorts of delectable fillings: from beef & cheese to cabbage & onion to vegan-friendly mushroom & potato. They make authentic pastries, as well.

Their piroshky are individually made from scratch and hand-formed into unique shapes that help differentiate the flavors and fillings inside.

The company has five locations across Seattle, and also sells their products online. Their original location at Seattle's Pike Place Market serves more than 20 varieties.

But they also make annual tours, just like a rock band, to bring their goods to towns across the U.S. They last came through Dallas in November 2022.

The tour features options such as:

  • Smoked salmon pate piroshky
  • Beef & onion piroshy
  • Impossible beef & onion piroshky
  • Ham, spinach, & cheese piroshky
  • Potato & cheese piroshky
  • Veggie chipotle piroshky
  • Chocolate cream hazelnut roll
  • Cinnamon cardamom braid
  • Pumpkin toffee braid
  • Caraway cheddar cheese stick
  • Poppyseed cinnamon roll

The full menu is online, and pre-ordering is required. The cutoff order date for Dallas is October 3 at 4 pm. There's a minimum of $50; individual items run between $5.25 to $7.25.

In addition to Dallas, they're also making three other stops in Texas:

  • Fort Worth at Martin House Brewing, 220 S Sylvania Ave. on October 4, from 5-7 pm. You must order by October 2; pre-order here.
  • Austin at Twin Creeks Park, 2303 Dervingham Drive, Cedar Park, on October 6, from 5-7 pm; pre-order here.
  • Houston at Elks Lodge, 10150 W Airport Blvd, Stafford, on October 7, from 5-7 pm; pre-order here.

Reunion Tower in downtown Dallas initiates action to save birds from dying

Bird News

Reunion Tower, the little ball on the Western edge of downtown Dallas, is famous for its sassy light shows illuminating the Dallas skyline. But in recent years, the building has followed a bird-friendly policy of dimming its lights, and that dimming is about to get underway.

From October 1 through October 21, Reunion Tower will observe the following lighting schedule:

  • Sundown to 11 pm: lower its lights
  • 11 pm-6 am: go completely dark
  • 6 am-sunrise back to dim

The building enacts these changes to protect birds that are migrating through Texas.

Dallas is on the path of the Central Migratory Flyway, which extends from the Northwest and heads diagonally southeast through Mexico.

Every fall and spring, nearly two billion birds travel through Texas. The bird migration is one of the largest on the planet, and takes place at night. Light attracts migrating birds, making them vulnerable to collisions with buildings and causing them to become disoriented and distracted.

Birds get pulled into urban areas, collide into buildings, and die. Volunteer surveys - in which people go out and count actual dead bodies - in cities such as Dallas, Austin, Houston, and Fort Worth, finds hundreds of dead birds every night. It adds up to nearly a billion birds killed in the U.S. each year.

Dallas-Fort Worth is the third most dangerous area in the U.S. for migratory birds to travel through; Chicago is No. 1, followed by Houston which is No. 2.

As this map from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows, Dallas and Houston are both massively lit, representing major obstacles to the success and survival of the birds' migration.

Lights Out Texas was initiated as a statewide effort in Spring 2020 to protect birds from light pollution by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and BirdCast, with the essential support of founding Texas partners Houston Audubon, the Dallas Zoo, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

According to Audubon, the actual critical migration period through Dallas is September 6 through October 29. A glittery skyline is surely pretty, but downtown should just shut it down during those times.

Dallas' JSX fuels up for new flights to West Texas oil-and-gas country

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Hop-on jet service JSX is adding a new, year-round destination for the millions of Texans who work in oil and gas: Midland-Odessa.

Starting January 15, 2024, JSX will fly nonstop from Dallas and Houston to Odessa Airport-Schlemeyer Field (ODT). According to a release, the schedule and fares will be:

FromDallas (DAL)toOdessa (ODT):

  • Regular flight service between Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Odessa Airport-Schlemeyer Field (ODT), Monday through Thursday, two flights per day.
  • Introductory fares start at $279 (one-way) and include at least two checked bags (with weight/size restrictions), onboard cocktails and snacks, and free Starlink Wi-Fi.

FromHouston (HOU)toOdessa (ODT)

  • Regular flight service between Houston Hobby (HOU) and Odessa Airport-Schlemeyer Field (ODT), Monday through Thursday, two flights per day.
  • Introductory fares start at $309 (one-way) and include at least two checked bags (with weight/size restrictions), onboard cocktails and snacks, and free Starlink Wi-Fi.

As with all JSX domestic flights, customers may check in just 20 minutes before departure (hence, the "hop-on" idea) and fly out of crowd-free private terminals. In Dallas, that terminal is at Dallas Love Field (8555 Lemmon Ave.) and in Houston, at Houston Hobby airport (8919 Paul B Koonce St., Houston).

“JSX is proud to support Texas' energy economy by introducing our unique 'hop-on' jet service with daily flights connecting business commuters from Dallas and Houston to Odessa at the start of 2024,” says JSX CEO Alex Wilcox in the release. “Not only is Odessa central to the Permian Basin, but it's also home to companies powering some of the nation's largest wind and solar farms. We take pride in supporting those who supply the energy we all depend on every single day.”

JSX continues to tout its "no crowds, no lines, and no fuss" travel experience that made them especially popular during the pandemic.

Passengers have access to valet parking, touchless check-in, Wi-Fi lounges, and speedy baggage retrieval. The 30-seat planes are now beaming up to SpaceX's Starlink Wifi, and there's a pet-friendly policy that allows small dogs and cats to fly for a small fee.

The air carrier now serves routes across more than two dozen key North American markets. In 2023 and beyond, JSX plans to expand both its domestic and international flight service with new routes and expansion plans underway, they say.

View their full route map here. All flights are available for booking via the JSX website.