The Texas State Fair Starts this Weekend and Big Tex Returns!

Posted by    |    September 25th, 2013 at 12:10 pm


It’s that time of year again people, Texas State Fair time! Yes the fried food, fair rides and entertainment is back to make us full and happy again. But this weekend doesn’t just mark the beginning of the 2013 Texas State Fair, it also marks the return of our beloved Big Tex! Since his untimely (but not ultimate) demise last October Texas State Fair officials have been working tirelessly to return Big Tex to his rightful place at the front of the fair, greeting visitors with a howdy and that endearingly creepy smile.

This Friday, September 27th, Big Tex will be reintroduced to the world and all will be right with the Texas State Fair as we stroll through the attractions munching on deep fried chocolate chip burritos (yes everyone that’s a new item on the State Fair food list, prepare yourself). Also don’t miss the Opening Day Parade going on at noon that day. Here you can enjoy drill teams,  colorful floats and all types of parade stuff to get you into the fair going spirit.


Outstanding in the Field Sets its Long White-Linen Table In Dallas

Posted by    |    October 19th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Imagine a dinner table straight out of Pinterest.

Outstanding in the Field

Outstanding in the Field, the pioneering farm-dinner series that has inspired pop-up supper clubs across North America and around the world returns to Dallas (or Dodd City) on Tuesday, October 23.

The series has taken dinner guests across the nation everywhere from farms and gardens, mountaintops and sea caves, and even islands or ranches. The table is set inside on occasion, but only for the likes of a beautiful refurbished barn, a cool greenhouse or a stately museum. Each location is meant to honor those who cultivated the meal and made it possible.

For the series’ return to Dallas, a long, white-linen table will be set in the fields of Sloans Creek Farm in Dodd City. As with each event put on by Outstanding in the Field, the meal is prepared by a celebrated chef of that region (someone outstanding in the[ir] field). Dallas chefs Jeana Johnson and Colleen O’Hare of Acme F&B and Good 2 Go Taco will prepare a multi-course meal in the al fresco kitchen sourcing on-the-hoof ingredients for the menu from the fields of host farmers Nathan and Ellen Melson and neighboring farms.

Outstanding in the Field

“Our past events in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area have been filled with enthusiastic diners,” said OITF founding chef and artist Jim Denevan. “Here, local food means Texas food, and everybody can get behind that. Even visiting non-Texans.”

Nearing the end of their cross-country travels, Dodd City marks the 76th stop on OITF’s 2012 North America Tour, which included an event on the rooftop of the Smithsonian in Washington DC. No matter where the setting, the mission remains the same: To re-connect diners to the land and the origins of their food and introduce them to the local farmers and food artisans whose good work brings nourishment to the table.

Outstanding in the Field

The event begins at 2 pm with a glass of wine and welcome hors d’oeuvres, followed by a tour of Sloans Creek Farm and a four-course meal paired with wines. Ticket price for the October 23 event is $200 per person, all-inclusive. The event starts at 2pm.

For more information and to reserve a seat at the Outstanding table, visit

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