Resource Center names 5 Factor recipients

Posted on 17 Aug 2016 at 11:07am

steve kembleResource Center’s annual 5 Factor — which honors five individuals or organizations for their commitment to the community in five areas — has announced the recipients for 2016. They are:

Culinary: Culinaire food and beverage concepts

Media: Steve Kemble, pictured

Community: Chris Bengston, Caven Enterprises

Government: Councilman Adam Medrano

Philanthropy: Rodd Gray, aka Patti LePlae Safe

The awards will be held on Sept. 23 at 7 for Parties in the Design District. Tickets are $65. Congrats!


Australian Opals lose to Serbia in quarter finals

Posted on 17 Aug 2016 at 11:02am


Dallas Wings guard Erin Phillips scored 10 points in Wednesday’s quarter finals game against Serbia. But her strong contribution wasn’t enough to score a win.

Phillips is competing in the Olympics as part of the Australian Opals basketball team. In the first week of play, the Opals were undefeated. Serbia, competing for the first time in Olympics competition, beat Australia 73-71.

This is the first time since the 1992 games in Barcelona that the Opals didn’t win a medal in women’s basketball.


North Texas GLBT Chamber awards $14,500 in scholarships

Posted on 17 Aug 2016 at 10:32am

The North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce announced winners of its GLBT LEAP — GLBT Leadership Education & Advocacy Program — scholarships. LEAP scholarships are awarded to residents of Texas who self-identified LGBT, members of LGBT families or allies who have been strongly supportive of the LGBT community.

Thanks to a generous donation by Texas Instruments, this year’s scholars include two recipients of the Steve Lyle Educational Scholarship — $2,500 was awarded to Judith Velazquez, of Schulenburg, Tex., who is pursuing a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Texas, and Melvin Rodriguez, of Houston, who is pursuing a Master of International Affairs/International Politics degree at University of California – La Jolla. Lyle served on the first board of the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce who retired from Texas Instruments in 2015.

The $2,000 Rob Ruhlin Memorial Law Scholarship was awarded o Adam Greenup, of Arlington. He is attending UNT Dallas College of Law. The scholarship was established by the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce to honor the late Rob Ruhlin, a Chamber board member who lost his life in 2014.

Derek Miller of Fair Oaks Ranch, Tex., was awarded the $1,500 LEAP Film & Television Scholarship. Miller is pursuing a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree at Texas State University.

Three additional scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each were awarded to Margaret Neuner of San Rafael, Calif. (John F. Kennedy University, Calif.); Jordan Richardson of Lufkin (University of Texas); Matthew Chester of Austin (University of Texas).

Founded in 2009 by the North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce, GLBT LEAP has awarded 33 scholarships valued at $55,000.

“Scholarships are at the core of the GLBT LEAP mission to support young adults and nurture leaders in the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender community,”said Candy Marcum, GLBT LEAP Board Chair. This year’s cohort of scholars reinforces our mission and demonstrate the breadth of disciplines being pursued by our future leaders.”


HG Sply Co. to open in Fort Worth next week

Posted on 16 Aug 2016 at 2:41pm

QuesoHG Sply Co., the foodie-centric restaurant and bar that helped continue the resurgence of development along Lower Greenville Avenue, will expand to a second location, this time in Fort Worth, beginning Monday.

The Cowtown version will continue to use all-natural ingredients when it opens in the WestBend mixed-use development at 1621 River Run. The menu — which will include salads, burgers, brats and queso, pictured, among other items — has been created by chef Danyele McPherson, while Eric O’Connor, formerly of Winslow’s Wine Cafe, will serve as the location’s chef de cuisine.


Dallas Arboretum continues Chefs in Nature series

Posted on 16 Aug 2016 at 1:23pm month, the Dallas Arboretum launched a new culinary event: Chefs in Nature, where local chefs share recipes, prepare some bites and pair their dishes with a few cocktails. There are three more events scheduled each month. Tomorrow, Aug. 17, will feature community favorite Janice Provost of Parigi, pictured, conjuring up a light menu with two summer cocktails and tips on making her French-Italian fusion food. On Sept. 21, Nikky Phinyawatana of Asian Mint will create the meal. It will all culminate on Oct. 16 with a Harvest Feast featuring six chefs, each preparing a course.

The August and September events run from 6–7:30 p.m. The price is $70 ($63 for members). Learn more here.


Woman fatally shot at Love Field motel

Posted on 16 Aug 2016 at 11:01am

LoveFieldInnA woman was found shot to death in a car this morning at Love Field Inn on Mockingbird Lane off Cedar Springs Road across from the entrance to Love Field.

According to a police report, “officers responded to a shooting call” at 12:05 a.m.

Dallas Fire Rescue found the woman in the driver’s seat with the motor running. She had a gunshot wound to the upper body and pronounced her dead.

Police canvassed the area and learned “the victim had driven to the location earlier in the day, between noon and 1 p.m.” and had not left the vehicle.

“One witnesses observed an individual exit the vehicle from the passenger side, but could give no description,” according to a police report. “One witness heard a ‘bang’ shortly after the victim’s vehicle arrived and parked.”

A police spokesman said the woman has still not been identified.


Kitchen LTO is back… and you can be a part of it

Posted on 16 Aug 2016 at 10:14am

CasieCaldwellheadshotIt was just last month that we announced that Kitchen LTO, Casie Caldwell’s permanent pop-up restaurant in Trinity Groves, was closing its doors (as we said) “for now.” Caldwell promised that it would return. And that’s now set to happen.

“Kitchen LTO is ‘popping up’ again!” she told me. “The support I received to keep the restaurant going was overwhelming, and now I have the opportunity to relocate.” Where to?

East Dallas, get ready: Deep Ellum!

The idea is to build the brand via a grassroots campaign, starting with a Kickstarter crowdfunding platform to raise $50,000 — not the cost to pay for the entire restaurant by any stretch, but to begin build-out, equipment, etc., at the space where Twenty Seven Restaurant is (2901 Elm St.).

If you wanna get involved, you have 26 days to contribute to the campaign by going here.

Caldwell continues to operate the popular Pink Magnolia in Oak Cliff with chef Blythe Beck.

And check out Dallas Voice on Friday for more of our food week Food Issue.


McKinney Avenue Sun Fresh Market purchased by H-E-B

Posted on 16 Aug 2016 at 10:05am

Sun Fresh Market on McKinney Avenue when it was operating as Albertson’s

The former Albertson’s that is currently operating as Sun Fresh Market on McKinney at Lemmon avenues was purchased by H-E-B, the San Antonio-based supermarket chain that operates locally as Central Market.

Central Market purchased property to build a supermarket on Lemmon Avenue between Reagan and Throckmorton streets in Oak Lawn. Several buildings on the land have been cleared, but LaMadeleine is still operating and construction on the supermarket has stalled.

According to the Dallas Morning News, H-E-B is deciding whether to operate the McKinney Avenue store as a Central Market or H-E-B.

The McKinney Avenue Albertson’s store was among the stores sold when Albertson’s purchased Safeway, which owned Tom Thumb to avoid anti-trust review.

Sun Fresh Market is currently closing and it may be several months before the store reopens under an H-E-B brand. H-E-B purchased a total of six Sun Fresh stores in the DFW area and already operates five Central Markets in the area.

Read more about food in this Friday’s Food Issue of Dallas Voice.


Dallas Wings guard Erin Phillips heads to Olympic quarter finals

Posted on 15 Aug 2016 at 12:33pm

Erin Phillips (Photo from Basketball Australia)

Out WNBA Dallas Wings guard Erin Phillips, participating in the Olympics on the Australian Opals women’s basketball team, is headed to the quarter finals.

The Opals earned a 5-0 record in Group A last week.

For their next match, Australia faces Serbia on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Serbia goes into the quarter finals with a 2-3 record in Group B.

Australia and the U.S. are the only two unbeaten women’s basketball teams.

Here’s what Basketball australia has to say about Phillips:

Erin Phillips has been quieter, held scoreless in two contests, but her game is not always helped by stats as teams still need to honour her shot which opens up the lanes for Mitchell.  Her three assist average is good for third best on the team too.


Cedar Springs hit-and-run driver found

Posted on 15 Aug 2016 at 11:08am

Hit-and-run-vehicle-1024x457The driver who hit a pedestrian and killed her dog on the corner of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton in January has been found.

On Jan. 30, a car turned from Cedar Springs Road onto Throckmorton Street and hit Holly Mosley and killed her dog. Mosley had the walk signal as she was crossing Cedar Springs Road in front of the restaurant Zephyr.

After hitting Mosley and killing the dog, witnesses described the driver as gunning his engine and running several stop signs as one witness followed him, trying to get the license plate number.

Zephyr, which hadn’t opened yet at the time, had just installed its surveillance cameras. From that, Zephyr owner Danny Sikora said, they knew the car was a grey Mitsubishi Endeavor.” The angle of the camera wasn’t right to clearly read the license plate from the video.

“Since then, it’s bothered me,” Sikora said.

Every time he saw a car that fit the description in Oak Lawn, he’d take down a license plate or try to identify the driver, whom he remembered as a “bearish white guy.”

Driver and description didn’t fit until this weekend.

Sikora said he was at Walgreens on Cedar Springs and parked next to a grey Mitsubishi Endeavor. He wrote down the license plate number and waited for the driver to come out of the store. The description matched. He sent the plate number to the detective.

Sikora said the detective called Mosley and asked if she wanted to file charges. When police talked to the driver, he said he drives through that intersection often and didn’t know anything happened.

Mosley said she would file charges. Police didn’t confirm what charges would be filed, but for hit-and-run offenses a driver is usually charged with failure to stop and render aid.