Frontier Meats delivers succulent cuts of beef, bison, and wild boar directly to doors, safely ensconced in dry ice and styrofoam. Frontier’s beef is wet-aged in a refrigerated unit for 28 days, which slowly breaks down tough tissue and results in a more flavorful, tender cut of meat. Patrons looking to expand their meaty horizons can opt for wild-boar or buffalo products, both of which include packages of distinctive burgers. The Texas wild boar also comes as a frenched rack, which dazzles tabletops with its distinctive presentation and nutty taste. Everything is shrink-wrap packed with Cryovac technology, which keeps each protein molecule fresh and allows beef to continue wet-aging in the package.
Regardless of which of the hundreds of Target Portrait Studio locations you meander into, you can always count on a similar experience. Tucked into Target retail locations throughout the nation, each studio boasts a staff of professional photographers, premium lighting equipment, and advanced digital cameras. The seasoned crew takes pains to customize photo sessions to suit each customer's vision, setting up desired backgrounds and props before guiding families and high-school seniors through a mélange of poses. Afterward, customers will work with a professional to personalize their portraits with different special effects and styles, such as black and white or sepia tone. They then pick up their physical portraits at the studio in 7–10 days. If they don't feel like holding their breath that long to see the final products, they can access the images in an online gallery within 24 hours of the session, at which point they can order extra prints for gifts, collages, and greeting cards.
Much has changed in the health-and-wellness arena since Richardson's Health Foods was founded more than 40 years ago. However, the family-owned store has stayed steadfast in its dedication to bolstering patrons' well-being by keeping abreast of current research and new trends. A knowledgeable crew champions all things natural and organic—from supplements to beauty supplies—and helps shoppers navigate aisles of earth-friendly wares to unearth products that are suitable for their specific ailments or health needs. Along with their vast inventory of goods, they also provide natural health services and therapies, such as cardiovascular screening to test the ticker's condition and deep-tissue massage to ease muscle aches caused by extreme piggybacking.
Chef Charles Youts curates a menu of what he dubs “new American cuisine”—a culinary school that emphasizes farm-to-table dishes made from produce and meats sourced as locally as possible. Youts and his staff members cultivate an organic garden outside that acts as the chef's pantry, where they pick tomatoes, melons, peppers, and herbs minutes before they appear in entrées, a practice that gives dishes bright and complex flavor profiles. Based on what’s ripe in the garden, Youts writes up microseasonal dishes that back up menu mainstays such as radiatore with applewood-smoked salmon and tomatoes.
For carnivores, several cuts of beef from a 14-ounce ribeye to 10 ounces of beef-tenderloin medallions complement sauces that include horseradish cream and blue-cheese crust with port shallots. The Classic Cafe also produces homemade sausage that appears in a mixed grill dish with lamb, beef tenderloin, and a huckleberry demi-glace. A wine list that won the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator complements the fare with biodynamic, sustainable, and organic wines.
The Classic Cafe’s interior balances rustic, elegant, and casual motifs with a burgundy and hewn wood bar beside a cluster of tables outfitted in white and maroon cloths. Paintings of wine by local artist Carolyn Riegelman hang in the dining room and above an intricate wrought-iron table at the entrance. Outside, a patio ringed in trees and flowers creates a pastoral atmosphere as diners look out onto the garden, where chickens peck and gangs of jack-o'-lanterns bully straight-laced pumpkins. On the patio, the restaurant also holds monthly cooking classes on seasonal topics that range from seafood prep and South American cuisine to cooking with the fall harvest.