At Broadway Bistro Café, culinary wizard Joseph Cuellar guides budding chefs through the preparation of a four-course meal before they feast on the fruits of their efforts in the exposed-brick and wood confines of the restaurant's dining room. Apprentices gather in the kitchen for an interactive lesson in crafting one of three different menus that caters to a variety of taste preferences and allergy restrictions. In the course of 2.5 hours, pupils whip up a salad, appetizer, entree, and dessert, all of which will grace their taste buds and provide the energy required to slide down the banister of the dining room’s winding, imperial staircase. A non-alcoholic beverage escorts the self-prepared spread, and guests are invited to bring their own libations to toast epicurean success. Off-site lessons can also be arranged, letting students chop, sautée and stir in the comfort of their own galleys. Progenitors are welcome to bond with their offspring by taking class together, but children 12 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Founded in 1996 at a lone store in Carrollton, Texas, Smoothie Factory began its journey simply by selling smoothies and nutritional supplements. The menu has since expanded to include frozen yogurt, juices, and healthy meals, but the franchise—which operates out of nine states and four countries—still focuses on its original mission: meeting the dietary needs of health-conscious customers with real fruit, nutritional supplements, and nonfat yogurt.
Each store mixes more than 30 flavor combinations, including Just Peachy, Very Berry, and Island Delight, a tropical blend of pineapple, banana, orange, and honey. Nutritional boosts such as caffeine, multivitamins, and fiber spin into chilled beverages to enhance weight loss and energy or give drinkers the cognitive ability to name all the stars in the universe.
Alfonso Miller believes that wine is not only a beverage, but also a work of art—an indulgence that promotes friendly conversation and warm feelings of goodwill. It certainly promoted both while he traveled through wine regions around the globe, inhaling bouquets and savoring sips in search of the finest cabernets, rieslings, and sauvignons. Now, Alfonso brings his enthusiasm for wine and years of industry experience to The Art of Wine, a wine bar and retail boutique that was credited for “changing the idea of what a wine store should be” by reporters from Advocate magazine.
The softly lit space’s wooden wine racks pack in rare and exotic wines from independent wineries across Texas, the globe, and deep-sea kingdoms. Beyond the shelves of glimmering bottles lies the cozy bar area, where savvy staffers dole out glasses and samples of featured wines from behind a marble bar. Customers here perch on cushy armchairs, clinking glasses of fine wine over plates of gourmet cheeses, artisanal flatbreads, and chocolate trifles. Occasionally, the sounds of live jazz float around the room, bouncing off walls full of paintings from local artists.
Reserve Wines equips oenophiles with a panoply of accessories and accouterments to enhance, streamline, and beautify the wine-consumption process. Treat wine to a luxurious, albeit brief, stay in one of the shop's many pouring vessels, including crystal stemware from Riedel or decorative wine glasses ($23.99+). Ornamental wine stoppers ($9.99+) will spruce up sips, and cork cages ($25.99+) display the plugs from favorite bottles and keep them from banding together to pose as a very weak baseball bat. Complement a friend's purple teeth with gift items from the shop’s selection of slate cheese boards ($14.99+), cigars ($3.99+), and gift bags ($2.99+). Although this Groupon is not valid towards the purchase of wine, Reserve Wines offers hundreds of wines under $20 as well as a large selection of rare and allocated bottles.
Sudsy brews slosh in clink-ready cups at the third annual North Texas Beer and Wine Festival, which takes up residence at the new Irving Convention Center on Saturday, May 12. Once the doors open to the general public at 2 p.m., imbibers can snack on high-end eats from the likes of Velvet Taco and The Ranch in Las Colinas, and sample the wares of local and international brewers from Imperial and Franconia. These brewmasters sling samples of hundreds of different beers, from classic signature brews to new, experimental creations. Just one of several enriching presentations on the schedule, Kelly Harris of Homebrew Headquarters edifies entrepreneurs and enthusiasts at 2:45 p.m. with an introductory course to home brewing. In a sprawling beer garden, live music from The Superkings and Dallas All Stars Blues Jam serenades sippers in the afternoon hours, easing eardrums into the VIP-only event featuring Band of Brothers and Zionaura.