Archive for July 2014

Restaurant Week Set for August Kick-off

by Joy Donovan on July 20, 2014

NORTH TEXAS –  The countdown is on for the 17th annual DFW Restaurant Week presented by Central Market, and this year the event features a new twist.

For the first time, diners can get a first taste of featured food and cocktails at the festive DFW Restaurant Week First Course Kick-Off Party, set for August 7.  Information is available at

DFW Restaurant Week’s goal is to serve-up a combined $800,000 for the charity beneficiaries, Lena Pope and the North Texas Food Bank, to help children and families in need. DFW Restaurant Week, formerly known as KRLD Restaurant Week, was founded by NewsRadio 1080 KRLD in 1997.

“DFW Restaurant Week is our largest single fundraiser, offering supporters the opportunity to dine out for a cause and place food on the table for hungry families,” said Jan Pruitt, president and CEO, North Texas Food Bank.  “The donation we receive from each meal purchased during the campaign will provide between 15 and 27 meals for hungry North Texans.”

North Texas diners can enjoy a different scene and cuisine every day as they select from more than 125 top restaurants offering three-course prix fixe dinners for either $35 or $45.  The Cadillac Lunch Experience. sponsored by Oak Farms Dairy, is another option, and it features three-course lunches for $25, at select locations.  Twenty percent from each meal purchased will be donated to one of the charity partners. The list of participating restaurants and menus is available at


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Date Set for Breast Cancer Walk

by Joy Donovan on July 2, 2014

NORTH TEXAS _ The 2014 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of North Texas ( has been set for Oct. 4 at the University of Texas at Arlington.

The 4th annual North Texas event will begin at 9 a.m. on the UTA campus at Lot 52, located at 1101 South West St., in Arlington. The American Cancer Society ( created Making Strides Against Breast Cancer community walks in 1993 to build awareness and generate funds to fight the disease. In that time, 10 million walkers in the U.S. have collected more than $594 million and last year, nearly 6,000 walkers in North Texas raised more than $300,000.

 Breast cancer remains the second leading cause of cancer death after lung cancer. The chance of a woman developing breast cancer at some time in her life is about 1 in 8, and in 2014, approximately 232,670 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,400 will die from the disease in the U.S.

Making Strides proceeds are used by the American Cancer Society to fund breast cancer research grants, offer free patient/caregiver services, provide in-depth cancer information, and support legislative advocacy to make sure cancer patients have access to the care they need.

Call the local American Cancer Society office at 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit to help continue saving lives.


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Chefs Cook Up Charity Benefit

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FORT WORTH _  Cuisine for Healing, a non-profit organization dedicated to making nutritious food available to cancer patients and others combating disease, announced the fourth annual Dinner Party for Life benefit dinner will be held at 6:30 p.m. July 20 at the YWCA, 512 W. 4 St.

The seated, six-course dinner will be prepared by noted chefs Jon Bonnell, Karon Constance, Jason Harper, Jerrett Joslin, Kevin Martinez and Charles Youts.  Each chef will create a course following Cuisine for Healing’s guidelines, and each course will be paired with a selected wine.

Tickets for the event cost $125 each or $875 per table and are available

Cuisine for Healing was founded by Wendy Wilkie in 2006. 


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Twisted Up Over Dancing

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Maksim Chmerkovsiy will dance in Dallas in July. Will he or won't he take his shirt off?

Maksim Chmerkovsiy will dance in Dallas in July. Will he or won’t he take his shirt off?

There are not many shows I watch faithfully. “Modern Family” is one, and “The Today Show” is another, although Savannah Guthrie is on my last nerve.

There’s one more: “Dancing With the Stars.”

So now I’m all kinds of excited that those masters of twinkling toes and dazzling costumes are coming to north Texas! Yes, two shows of “Ballroom with a Twist” are planned July 19 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. At both 2 and 7:30 p.m., you can expect to see professional dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani and Cheryl Burke.

Tickets are on sale at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, in Dallas; 1-800-982-2787 or

Fox trot or waltz? Cha cha or jive?


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