Tina and Ed Carle, the husband-and-wife team behind this lively cooking school, grew up cooking beside the apron strings of culinary-minded family members. Before heading to New York City to work in five-star kitchens, Tina studied the techniques of her Italian grandmother as she layered lasagna or stirred bolognese sauce. In Texas, Ed developed a knack for prepping wild game, smoked meats, and comfort fare from his family’s butter-centric cookbook. Though he’s become more health conscious through the years, Ed keeps the focus on flavor, demonstrating his know-how in dinner-party-style classes with menus including items such as barbecue brisket or wild venison braised in a dutch oven until it bugles “Taps” and collapses off the bone.
Though their culinary backgrounds differ, Tina and Ed share a passion for top-notch ingredients that elevate dinner to an art. Before teaching lessons on shrimp, for instance, Ed drives to the gulf to pick up a fresh catch. They also share a zeal for cooking tricks and techniques that make dinner simpler and more delicious. To this pair, working over a cutting board or a stove yields a bumper crop of sharable delight.
Imagination flows without restriction inside Art by Heart Studio as aspiring pintsize and full-size creators soak up artistic techniques on a drop-in basis. From painting, mosaics, and stained-glass projects to more time-tested methods, including sewing and knitting, the studio's instructors can help protégés of any age hoist their talents to the next level. In addition to sharing a wealth of knowledge, Art by Heart Studio repurposes would-be trash into art supplies through its Green Heart Program, which saves items such as empty candy tins, bubble wrap, and shoeboxes from the garbage dump or from having to find secondary jobs in telemarketing.
Agape Day Spa blends the serenity of traditional spa services with the cosmetic punch of med-spa treatments. Swedish, deep-tissue, and hot-stone massages soothe muscles, while Glo chemical peels tend to the layers of skin or duct-taped garbage bags that cover them. The spa's Glo makeup dresses faces in the pigments of pulverized minerals augmented with pharmaceutical-grade ingredients designed to protect skin.
Through its camps, clinics, and year-round programs, Ball Hard gives a boost to youth, junior high, and high school hoopsters on their quest to becoming college basketball players. Since its founding, Ball Hard and its team of professional trainers have produced more than 60 Division I scholarship recipients?none of whom were red-shirted, meaning they entered college ready to contribute on the court and did not spend an extra year growing in a giant flower pot. During clinics, many coaches draw from experience coaching NBA, WNBA, and D1 athletes, but Ball Hard doesn?t limit its wisdom to just the hardwood. Away from drills, practices, and games, the company emphasizes academic success and personal advancement, and even offers programs and GPA monitoring to ensure its players become both well-rounded athletes and well-rounded members of society.
Treetops dressed in fall colors. Owls gazing down from a branch. A cup of coffee, cast in the dusky light of morning. Even if you haven't put brush to canvas before, the instructors at Art on the Rocks maintain that they can improve your artistic skill in the course of an evening by teaching you how to paint these simple projects. All of their paint-along workshops, held at Pepper's School of Music and Art, are rooted in step-by-step instruction. In keeping with the informal setting, each is also BYOB. Though you're expected to bring your own libations, don't worry about the supplies: Art on the Rocks provides the requisite canvases, paints, and brushes, as well as cups and bottle-openers.