Weekend Happenings 8/31 – 9/3: Labor Day Weekend

Dallas Zoo presents Brew at the Zoo

8/31 at 6:00 P.M.

Dallas Zoo

Brew at the Zoo tickets include event entry, parking, a Brew at the Zoo souvenir beer sampling mug, and Beer Card for six 4-oz. sample pours (additional Beer Cards can be purchased at the event). Guests will also enjoy after-hours fun at the Zoo, including live music and animal encounters. Designated Driver tickets include unlimited soda & water and access to stroll the event to enjoy live music and animal encounters. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy Dallas Zoological Society/Cathy Burkey

Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Jurassic Park

8/31 – 9/2 at 7:30 P.M.

Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, see Steven Spielberg’s thrilling dinosaur adventure in HD with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performing the celebrated score by John Williams. The DSO will be conducted by Constantine Kitsopoulos. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures

Oak Cliff Brewing Co. Official Grand Opening

9/1 from 11:00 A.M. to 9:00 P.M.

Oak Cliff Brewing Co.

Located directly off of the Tyler/Vernon DART stop at Tyler Station–a historic manufacturing building that now serves as the home of Oak Cliff Brewing Co. They will be serving up their Core Beers, including The Oak Cliff Black Lager, The Oak Cliff IPA, The Oak Cliff Export Lager, and the Oak Cliff Farmhouse Beer. They will also be offering tastings of a few limited-time only brewers’ specialty beers, such as the Sombre Imperial Stout, brewed specifically to celebrate our launch–all of which are produced on premises right next door. Local food trucks will also be onsite, so arrive hungry and ready to enjoy great food, beer, and company.

Photo courtesy of Oak Cliff Brewing Co.


Dumpling Pop-Up at Four Corners Brewery

9/1 from 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.

Four Corners Brewery

Hao from @haoislostinthesauce & Dixya from Food, Pleasure & Health will be at Four Corners on September 1st starting noon with dumplings! They will be set up inside the brewery (all the way in the back next to the kitchen). For more information, click here.

Via Dallas Observer


Free Day of Yoga

9/3 from 8:30 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

BKS Iyengar of Dallas

Experience a full day of classes for FREE! NEW Students eligible to buy 4 class coupon for $20. Existing students bring a NEW student , if they buy the 4 class coupon, you are eligible for the 4 class coupon for $20. For a full schedule, click here.

Photo courtesy of BKS Iyengar


Jam & Toast Brunch/903 Day

9/3 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:30 P.M.

The Rustic

On Labor Day, The Rustic will be serving up its popular Jam & Toast Brunch – a real treat as it is typically only served on the weekend. In addition to being Labor Day, Monday is also 903 Day – and The Rustic is continuing the celebration with Texas-based brewery, 903 Brewers. After an unbeatable brunch, stick around and enjoy some beer samples, yard games and live music After an unbeatable brunch, stick around and enjoy some beer samples, yard games and live music – with acts scheduled throughout the day.

Photo courtesy of The Rustic


All You Can Eat BBQ for $25

9/3 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 A.M.

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ

Make your way over to Ferris Wheelers this Monday for All You Can Eat BBQ! $25 gets you 3 Meats, 2 Sides, 1 Drink & 1 Dessert to start! Dine in only – No Togos – Arrive Early!

Photo by Alex Gonzalez

Tight Quarters is Now Open in Legacy Hall

From the man behind Dallas barbeque staple Smoke comes a brand new Asian-inspired concept. Having become a household name in the realm of meats, Chef Tim Byres makes a 180 degree turn with new, nutritious and filling options. At Tight Quarters, Legacy Hall’s newest food booth, guests can choose from a variety of Asian Inspired power bowls, filled with flavorful meats, fresh veggies, and an abundance of spices.

The Steak Pad Thai noodle bowl is one of the many great bowls available for purchase at Tight Quarters. The noodles-to-fillings ratio is just right, and the customer certainly gets their money’s worth on meat and fresh vegetables.

Apart from bowls, Tight Quarters will soon be offering homemade kombucha and Mother of Vinegar Shrub Drinks.

Tight Quarters is now open in Legacy Hall in Plano. For more information on hours and menu options, visit eattq.com

Weekend Happenings 8/24 – 8/26: 80’s VS 90’s, Camp Gladiator, and more

Toasting to Touchdowns

8/24 at 6:30 P.M.

Omni Frisco at The Star

Omni Frisco Hotel at The Star will present the newest tradition of toasting to the upcoming 2018 football season. The evening will allow guest to take advantage of the elevated pool deck and bar, The Edge. The event will feature music from DJ SC, signature cocktails, and tailgate-inspired culinary dishes. Tickets can be purchased here.


Photo courtesy of The Edge at Omni Frisco Hotel


Camp Gladiator Stadium Takeover

8/25 at 6:30 A.M.

Globe Life Park in Arlington

Camp Gladiator will host a once-in-a-decade, free stadium dashes across the nation. Camp Gladiator Stadium Takeover is programmed around a free, CG trainer-led group workout in famous stadiums across the nation. The event will feature workout challenges, amazing local vendors, music, food, gear, and giveaways. Attendees can sign up as a spectator or a competitor, and all ages and all fitness levels are welcome.


Photo courtesy of Camp Gladiator

Texas Live presents ’80s vs ’90s

8/25 at 8:00 P.M.

Texas Live

Texas Live will present Live 80 and Time Machine featuring music inspired by the ’80s and ’90s. The event will be hosted by Chris Kirkpatrick of N’Sync. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Live 80

Dallas Cotillion Club presents SUNday Pool Party

8/26 at 1:00 P.M.

Le Méridien Dallas, The Stoneleigh

Dallas Cotillion Club will present SUNday Pool Party. The event will feature imported Italian beer provided by Peroni + Peroni Signature Orange Crush Cocktails, music stylings by DJ Souljah and DJ JC, SPF Bar provided by COOLA SunCare Products, a photo booth, and more. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of The Stoneleigh


Majestic Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz

8/26 at 5:00 P.M.

Majestic Theatre

Majestic Theatre will present the classic The Wizard of Oz. The magical world from the imagination of Frank Baum comes to the Majestic Theatre stage. Dorothy and the unique characters she encounters have adventures in the land over the rainbow. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of IMAX

Weekend Happenings 8/17 – 8/19: Big 3, Clear the Shelters, and more

Women Texas Film Festival

8/17 – 8/19

AC Hotel by Marriott

The Women Texas Film Festival is a Dallas-based film festival which focuses solely on the work of female filmmakers. WTxFF will present the world premiere of Amanda Kramer’s mind-bending film, Paris Window, as their Opening Night selection, with Jenn Wexler’s SXSW hit, The Ranger serving as the Closing Night selection. This year’s edition of WTxFF will showcase 10 feature-length films and 25 short films. For a full schedule of events, go to WomenTxFF.org.

Paris Window is the opening night film of the 2018 Women Texas Film Festival. Photo courtesy of Studio Movie Grill

Dallas Summer Musicals presents School of Rock

8/17 -8/26

Music Hall at Fair Park

Based on the hit film, School of Rock is a hilarious musical that follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. The high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. For tickets and showtimes, click here.

Photo by Tristram Kenton

Big3: 3-on-3 Basketball League Playoffs

8/17 at 6:00 p.m.

American Airlines Center

Dallas will host the first round of playoffs for Big3, the American 3-on-3 professional basketball league. Created in part by rapper/actor Ice Cube, the league combines superstar players and fan interaction before and after the games to make for an exciting live experience. The entire league is operated and managed by the players, bringing highly competitive basketball played as it’s meant to be. The games feature half-court play and rules designed for competition and intensity. Instead of a tip-off, each game starts with a half-court do-or-die shootout. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo by Benjamin Slavich


Sons of Hermann Hall presents SonsStock

8/18 at 12:00 p.m.

Sons of Hermann Hall

SonsStock is an entertaining, family-friendly event where musicians and artisans join efforts to raise funds for Sons of Hermann Lodge 66. In addition to its fundraising efforts, it is also a celebration of Woodstock which coincides with the anniversary weekend 49 years ago. The hall is filled with Love, Peace and Music, as well as vendors selling their wares throughout the day. Items of interest to be sold in the “Hippie Market” are rare vinyl records, rare posters, vintage band concert t-shirts (covering bands from the ’60s to present day), as well as, tie-dye goods, vintage clothing, woodwork, pottery, paintings, prints, jewelry, and more. Everyone who attends is encouraged to dress up like a Hippie and enter the Grooviest Hippie Costume Contest. A raffle will be held throughout the day to win various gifts and goodies and food will be sold on the premises. The bar always offers sodas for the kids, drink specials and a large selection of cold beer. Music performances around the Electric Campfires will be happening all day long. Acts will be supported by a full sound system as they play around the Electric Campfires. Music acts include The Hammerknockers (special reunion), The Tuxedos, Elegant Solution, Twist of Fate, Zen Bubba, Peace Cowboy and more. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo by Nicholas McWhirter


Clear the Shelters

8/18 all day

Various locations

Animal shelters across the country are teaming up with NBC and Telemundo stations to find loving homes for pets in need. The fourth annual Clear the Shelters event, a nationwide pet adoption initiative, will be held Aug. 18, 2018. Hundreds of participating shelters will waive or discount fees as part of the one-day adoption drive. The goal is to #ClearTheShelters by finding ‘furever’ homes for as many animals as possible. More than 80,000 pets were adopted during last year’s event, but millions more remain homeless. Every year, 6.5 million animals end up in shelters nationwide — and only 3.2 million are adopted, according to the ASPCA. For a list of participating shelters, click here.

Photo via Getty Images


Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ is the Epitome of Southern Hospitality

As older Dallas neighborhoods continue to see the effects of modernization in once traditional neighborhoods, good old-fashioned barbecue joints are seemingly hard to come by. At Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ, guests get the feel of a southern barbecue house complete with a spacious, dog-friendly yard, a stage for country/rock performances, and a giant ferris wheel. Frequently acclaimed as the best barbecue in DFW, Ferris Wheelers offers all of the elements that make southern hospitality, and more.



Ferris Wheelers offers a variety of cocktails, many of which are traditional, but with a unique spin. One of these cocktails is the Blood Orange Mule, which consists of Stoli vodka, blood orange puree, lime juice, goslings, and ginger beer. It is a fruity, satisfying drink; not too strong on alcohol flavor, but sweet and tangy, like an Italian soda.

The Blood Orange Mule is a sweet, refreshing drink (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

Another refreshing beverage is the Midway Margarita, which consists of Lunazul Tequila, lime, triple sec, and simple syrup. I highly recommend ordering the Midway Margarita with an additional pomegranate swirl for a sweet and sour punch of flavor.

The Midway Margarita tastes great with a pomegranate swirl (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)




When crafting a good barbecue, side dishes are just as important as entrees. The crew at Ferris Wheelers understands this and puts a great amount of care into their sides.

While coleslaw is never really anyone’s first choice as a side dish, Ferris Wheelers’s Jalapeño Bacon Coleslaw is surprisingly delicious. Apart from cabbage and carrots, the Jalapeño Bacon Coleslaw comes packed with meaty chunks of jalapeño sausage and bits of sweet, crispy bacon.

Ferris Wheelers’s Jalapeño Bacon Cole slaw is worth a try (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)


Other great sides include the BBQ Mac N Cheese, which is served topped with crispy barbecue-flavored potato chips, and the Fried Okra.



All of the meats at Ferris Wheelers are flavorful, savory, and satisfying, but perhaps my favorite was the brisket. The USDA Prime Brisket is smoked to perfection, cuts like butter, and partners well with Ferris Wheelers’s signature Texas Gold sauce.

Brisket, sausage, and okra (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

The Hot Link, which is a brisket/pork shoulder blend stuffed with jalapeño and cheddar cheese, is a meaty treat one is hard-pressed to find anywhere else, and a must-try for first-timers at Ferris Wheelers.

Another great choice is the apple cider/honey brined turkey breast, which pairs well with Ferris Wheelers’s mustard-based Carolina Gold sauce.

Ribs, brisket, and southern fixins (Photo credit: Alex Gonzalez)

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ is located at 1950 Market Center Blvd in Dallas. For information on hours, menu items, and events, visit their official website.

Weekend Happenings 8/10 – 8/12: Margarita Festival, Water Balloon Wars, and more

NorthPark Auto Show

8/10 – 8/22 all day

NorthPark Center

NorthPark Center will present more than 40 top-of-the-line vehicles for the third NorthPark AutoShow. Premier 2018 and 2019 models from respected brands like Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin, Audi, Bentley, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, McLaren, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Rolls Royce, and more will line NorthPark’s corridors for the three-week event. Shoppers will learn about vehicles from Dallas’ top dealerships while experiencing NorthPark’s best-in-class collection of 230 stores and restaurants.

Photo courtesy of NorthPark Center


Checkered Past Winery presents Wine and Magic

8/10 & 8/11 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on both nights

Checkered Past Winery

Checkered Past Winery will host award-winning magician Trigg Watson for Wine and Magic. Signature wines, pizza, charcuterie, desserts, and more will be available for purchase during the intimate show. Watson first fell in love with magic in his native Australia and later honed his craft while living in New Orleans. Watson has called Dallas home ever since attending and graduating from Southern Methodist University. He has since performed on several national television shows and won multiple awards. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Trigg Watson


Dallas Margarita Festival

8/11 at 12:00 p.m.

Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ

Join 2000 of other Margarita lovers and vote for the best margarita in Dallas. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ

Low & Slow North Texas BBQ & Music Festival

8/11 at 3:00 p.m.

Longhorn Ballroom

The inaugural Low & Slow North Texas BBQ & Music Festival will feature barbecue vendors, brewmasters, and bands from across Dallas-Fort Worth. Barbecue vendors include 407 BBQ, Bone Daddy’s, Cousin’s, Lakewood Smokehouse, One 90 Smoked Meats, Panther City BBQ, Smoke Rose, Winner’s BBQ, and a dozen others. Guests will also have the opportunity to sip on a wide array of tasty offerings from eight different local brewers including 3 Nations, 903 Brewing, Bitter Sisters, Hop Fusion Ale Works, Noble Rey, Rabbit Hole Brewing, Texas Ale Project, WoodCreek Brewing, and more. The event will also feature a star-studded lineup of local artists, including Bryce Bangs, Simon Flory Trio, Zane Williams, Bri Bagwell, The King Bucks and more. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Longhorn Ballroom


Foundation 45 presents Deep Ellum’s Water Balloon Wars

8/12 at 12:00 p.m.

Deep Ellum District

Foundation 45 will present a water balloon wars for a good cause. Get wet and wild with water slides, music, food, libations, and more in the heart of Deep Ellum. This adults-only event supports the efforts of Deep Ellum Community Association and Foundation 45. These non-profit organizations work to improve our local community through a variety of services. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Foundation 45

Weekend Happenings 7/27 – 7/29: Mumm Champagne Dinner, Stars, Stripes and Summer Nights, and more.

Truluck’s presents Mumm Champagne Dinner

7/27 at 7:00 p.m.

Truluck’s Seafood Steak & Crab House

Truluck’s will present a four-course champagne dinner. Savor signature fresh seafood dishes and house-made desserts, sumptuously paired with an array of Champagne selections from the centuries-long Maison Mumm dynasty. For tickets click here.

Photo courtesy of Truluck’s


Scardello Artisan Cheese presents French Wine and Cheese

7/27 at 8:00 p.m.

Scardello Artisan Cheese


Scardello Artisan Cheese will explore 1,000 cheeses paired with fantastic wines from several of the best wine regions of France. Experience true cheese bliss, or as they say in France, “Joie de Vivre!” Tickets can be bought at the door or purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Scardello Artisan Cheese


Lone Star Ranch and Rescue presents Horse-a-Palooza

7/28 at 5:30 p.m.

Tupps Brewery


Lone Star Ranch and Rescue will present Horse-a-Palooza, featuring great food, craft beers, and music from Red Leather. The evening will raise money to rescue, rehab, and rehome some horses. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Lone Star Ranch & Rescue


2018 Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Festival

7/28 at 7:00 p.m.

Majestic Theater


Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Festival is the largest hip-hop dance festival in the south, featuring dancers of all ages and representing all forms of hip-hop dance. DHDF will host three unique events during the festival: Convention, Battle, and The Show. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo by Sean Malone


The Rustic presents Stars Stripes and Summer Nights

7/29 at 4:00 p.m.

The Rustic


The Rustic will present an afternoon of live music and everyone’s favorite summer indulgences, all while supporting Folds of Honor. Standout local blues and soul powerhouse Abraham Alexander will kick off the event with live music. Luke Pell, U.S. Army Captain turned country music heartthrob after starring on The Bachelorette, will take the stage next. Catch Pell performing his chart-topping hit, “Ball Caps” and “Blue Jeans.” The live music doesn’t stop there. One of Texas country’s finest, Wade Bowen, will cap off the night with a high energy, full band performance, and with Bowen, you never know who might join him on stage. One hundred percent of the proceeds from ticket sales and a percentage of the proceeds from the vendors will benefit Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. Tickets can be purchased here.

Via Facebook


Weekend Happenings 7/20 – 7/22: Asian Film Festival, Ira Glass, and more

Asian Film Festival of Dallas
7/19 – 7/26
Angelika Film Center

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas celebrates its 17th year with returning presenting sponsor Well Go USA Entertainment. This festival year boasts its first Kashmiri drama film and returns with a women’s showcase of Asian directed and produced films by women. Sixty-six films will screened throughout the week, including six short blocks (Drama, Experimental, Women’s, Student’s, Late Night and Documentary) and 31 feature films. Film fans can expect films from the U.S., Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Indian, Japan, South Korea, and Tibet. Genres will include action, comedy, crime drama, documentary, drama, martial arts, psycho drama, thriller, romantic comedy, and horror. For a full schedule of events, click here

Angels Wear White will screen as part of the 2018 Asian Film Festival of Dallas. Photo courtesy of Asian Film Festival of Dallas

Supper at the Sons: Pop-Up Dinner and Concert
7/20 at 7:00 p.m.
Sons of Hermann Hall

RVC Promotions is proud to present a very special event at The Sons of Hermann Hall on Friday, July 20th. Supper at the Sons: A Pop Up Dinner & Concert with Chef Justin Box and Musical Guest: The Vandoliers. The evening begins at 7pm with a four-course dinner created by Chef Justin Box. Each course will be perfectly paired with a delicious Deep Eddy Vodka cocktail. Once dinner is completed, The Vandoliers will come on to perform a 60-minute set for everyone in attendance. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of RVC Promotions


Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery Backyard Barbeque
7/21 at 12:00 p.m.
Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery (Dripping Springs, TX)

Experience the perfect summer Saturday in Texas on July 21st at the Deep Eddy Vodka Distillery in Dripping Springs! For only $30 per person you can enjoy a BBQ lunch and two Signature Texas Cocktails made from Deep Eddy Vodka. Plus live music and a special guest appearance from Donovan Lewis of Sports Radio 1310 The Ticket. It goes down from 12p-5p on Saturday, July 21st. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of RVC Promotions

AT&T Performing Arts Center presents #hearhere: Ira Glass
7/21 at 8:00 p.m.
Winspear Opera House

Ira Glass is the creator, producer & host of This American Life, the iconic weekly public radio program with millions of listeners around the world. Using audio clips, music, and video, Ira Glass delivers a unique talk; sharing lessons from his life and career in storytelling: What inspires him to create? What drives his passion? How have failures and successes informed his decisions? During his presentation, Ira Glass will mix stories live onstage and help his audience better follow the creative process of one of our foremost storytellers. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of AdWeek

Dallas Night Markets presents Asian Night Market
7/22 at 5:00 p.m.
Bomb Factory

Dallas Night Markets presents the inaugural Asian Night Market, showcasing up and coming Asian restaurateurs and chefs, Asian street foods, music and some art. DJ Lucky Lou, a resident DJ in Vegas, will fly in for the occasion and celebrate the inaugural Asian Night Market with music. Chefs and restaurants include Agu Ramen, Bobaddiction, Four Sisters, Ka-Tip, Khao Noodle Shop, Matcha Craft, Chef Matt Hua, Monkey King Noodle House, Mr. Max, Niwa Japanese BBQ, SXSE Food Co., Wu DuJour and Yoshi Shabu Shabu, serving Japanese, Taiwanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Laotian, Thai and modern Asian cuisines. Guests can expect menu items like yakitori, okinawa musubi, matcha drinks and pancake bites, boat noodle soup, katsu sandwiches, soboro bowls, korokke, papaya salad, grilled porks, deviled teas, pork baos, boba tea, prime rib larb tacos and more. All menu items at each station will all be under $10.

Photo courtesy of Dallas Night Markets

Kent Rathbun Opens Imoto in Victory Park

While it may be crowded on game nights and during concerts, Victory Park is one of Dallas’s less-frequented neighborhoods. Although the district houses the American Airlines Center, a WFAA news station, and Happiest Hour bar, the action in Victory Park is relatively low compared to that of Dallas’s other neighborhoods. A few restaurant owners, including Kent Rathbun, owner of Imoto, are hoping to help boost the nightlife action over in Victory Park.

Imoto, a sushi and pan-Asian restaurant, was the first of several restaurants to open in Victory Park, over a year after a revamp of the neighborhood was proposed.

It is Imoto’s sixth day in business at the time of this interview, and so far, Rathbun feels that opening Imoto in Victory Park was a good investment made.

“The people revamping this entire Victory Park district approached us and asked if we’d want to open a restaurant down here,” Rathbun says.  “At first, we were a little bit reluctant about opening here, but the more we heard about what was happening and what was coming and seeing who was signing, we decided that this is where we want to be.”

Rathbun describes the first few days of operation as “eerily phenomenal.”

“I’m not even talking about the size of the crowds, or about the money we’ve pulled in,” Rathbun says, “I’m talking about the performance of our staff, the performance of our kitchen, and the response from our guests.”

Imoto serves top-notch Pan-Asian food (via Facebook)

Rathburn then emphasizes the importance of starting slow and gradually picking up the pace.

“Right now, it’s not about being packed to the brim, it’s not about bringing in a huge amount of revenue,” Rathbun says, “it’s about creating an environment that everyone likes and in which everyone feels comfortable. I don’t care how good of a restaurant you are; if you start off at 100 miles per hour, you’re going to fall on your face.”

This philosophy can also be tied back to the process of creating and opening the restaurant. It took Rathbun nearly two decades to achieve his desired aesthetic and atmosphere.

“When I first was researching concepts for another restaurant of mine, Abacus, back in 1998, I went to a restaurant called Buddha Bar in Paris, France,” Rathbun says. “It was a restaurant that featured sushi and pan-Asian food. The cool thing about this restaurant is that it had a vibe I would never forget. Ever since, I’ve been trying to recreate that vibe. Abacus came very close, but Abacus was more world cuisine.”

Rathbun, having worked exclusively in the hospitality industry since the young age of 14, can attest to this fact. Despite not having trained in a culinary arts program, he considers himself very to have learned under the mentors he worked with in the early beginnings of his career.

“I have no formal degree in culinary arts,” Rathbun says. “I am sort of just a product of working in really good restaurants with really good chefs. I don’t use the term ‘self-trained’ specifically because I’m not self-trained. I’ve been fortunate to work with fantastic chefs in fantastic restaurants and just pay attention.”

Peking Duck Spring Rolls from Imoto (Via Facebook)

Despite taking immense pride in his work, Rathbun still has his eyes set on the bigger picture.

“Obviously, we want to be successful, but the real bottom line is to be part of bringing this district back to life,” Rathbun says. “If that happens, everyone wins. We’re just a piece of the puzzle here. But if that piece of the puzzle fits and that puzzle eventually turns out to be one of the hottest districts in Dallas, which I think it will be, then we’ve done our job.”

Imoto is currently open for dinner in Victory Park. For information on menu items, hours, and specials, visit imotodallas.com





Weekend Happenings 7/13 – 7/15: World Cup Final, Wine & Magic, and more

Dallas Farmers Market presents Karaoke Night

Dallas Farmers Market will present a Friday Night Block Party. Warm up your vocal cords & join DJ Robert-O for a night of vocal self-expression & listening fun. Food and drink available at The Market. The event is free to attend and kicks off at 6:00 P.M.

Photo by Kevin Marple

Bastille on Bishop

Bastille on Bishop is an annual festival in the heart of the Bishop Arts District that celebrates Oak Cliff’s unique French roots.​ Visitors can don their best berets and join friends for a little champagne and dancing in the streets. To consume alcoholic beverages at the festival, guests must have one of the event wine glasses. Glasses comes with two tokens, which can be redeemed for either beverages or food. Cocktails, beer, and wine require one token. Most food requires one token as well. The only people who need a ticket are those who plan to consume alcohol. The festival is free for those who are simply coming to enjoy the atmosphere. Additional tokens for food and drink will be available at the event at $6 per token. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo by Elliot Muñoz



Barbecue Bus – Fort Worth

The BBQ Bus is hitting Fort Worth for the first time on Saturday from 1p-5p. Guests will meet up at HopFusion Ale Works and head out to Billy’s Oak Acres, Cousin’s Bar-B-Q and Riscky’s Barbeque. At each location, we will enjoy a plate of brisket, ribs, and sausage! Plus the beer is stocked with craft brews from Hopfusion! Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of RVC Promotions


Checkered Past Winery presents Wine and Magic

Checkered Past Winery will host award-winning magician Trigg Watson for Wine and Magic. Signature wines, pizza, charcuterie, desserts, and more will be available for purchase during the intimate show. Watson first fell in love with magic in his native Australia and later honed his craft while living in New Orleans. Watson has called Dallas home ever since attending and graduating from Southern Methodist University. He has since performed on several national television shows and won multiple awards. Tickets can be purchased here.

Photo courtesy of Trigg Watson


World Cup Final Watch Party at Legacy Hall

Watch France and Croatia go head to head at The Box Garden at Legacy Hall for the official North Dallas Summer of Soccer FINAL Watch Party this Sunday at 10 a.m. They are teaming up with FC Dallas for a celebration that will include: FIFA PlayStation gaming, the FC Drumline, player appearances, swag and more! The event is free to attend.

Via Plano Magazine