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.
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.
Lone Star Ranch and Rescue presents Horse-a-Palooza
7/28 at 5:30 p.m.
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.
2018 Dallas Hip-Hop Dance Festival
7/28 at 7:00 p.m.
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.
The Rustic presents Stars Stripes and Summer Nights
7/29 at 4:00 p.m.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Dallas Night Markets presents Asian Night Market
7/22 at 5:00 p.m.
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.
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.”
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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the constant debacle in regards to home living and environmental consciousness, lights and fixtures are a hot topic. Over the years, we’ve shifted from incandescent lighting, fluorescent lighting, and now to LED lighting, and Larry Sayah, the owner of Lights Fantastic, has been there for it all.
“Lighting is more fun and exciting than it’s ever been,” Sayah says. “LED saves a lot of energy, produces better color. That is the future.”
Sayah is an MIT alumnus with a background in engineering. He came to Texas from Pennsylvania in 1965. While building a house in Dallas, he was frustrated at the fact that he was not able to find a place to purchase contemporary lighting. Having previously purchased Fleco, Fluorescent Light Equipment Co., Sayah turned his eye over to a new market and converted Fleco’s manufacturing operation, Texas Fluorescents, into a showroom.
“I’m an engineer by education,” Sayah says. “I have expertise in manufacturing pretty much anything.”
Sayah’s ambition drove him to open Lights Fantastic stores and showrooms across Texas, with locations in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and San Antonio. However, due to economic downfalls, Sayah was forced to reduce the number of stores from 26 to three, with one in Austin and Dallas each, and a Lights Fantastic Pro store in The Colony.
“Lights Fantastic Pro on 121 is the only store in the country that showcases all the variations of LED fixtures and how to use them,” Sayah says. “We have bedroom lights, kitchen lights, outdoor lights, and so much more.”
Since opening the first of the Lights Fantastic stores, Sayah has been up-to-date with lighting trends. Currently, he believes LED is the next big revolution in lighting.
“LED light bulbs use about a third of the energy of incandescent bulbs,” Sayah says. “You can order them in different colors so you can have different colors for different types of environments. They last about three to four times longer than regular bulbs and use less energy.”
Apart from the bulbs, Sayah also sells one-of-a-kind lighting fixtures. One of his most notable creations is a fixture on which the color of the light changes in accordance with wind pressure, allowing the owner to know whether or not the weather will be inclement on that day.
Although his products are innovative and game-changing, Sayah still runs into problems all business owners come across.
“Finding good people to work with is always a struggle,” Sayah says. “You have to have a passion for it. You have to know your product inside and out. Not very people know much about LED, but they are able to pick it up quickly.”
Sayah currently employs over 450 people across his three stores, and his manufacturing company, SayLite, formerly known as Texas Fluorescents. Most of his employees have been with him for 20 to 30 years. His son, Jon, works with him side-by-side and serves as the President of Saylite.
For information on Sayah’s store and showroom locations, visit http://lightsfantastic.com/
Scardello Artisan Cheese presents European Standards and American Favorites
Tonight, Scardello Artisan Cheese will present a tasting comparison of the best known European cheeses like Roquefort alongside new world beauties of a similar style. They’ll talk about trends in American cheese making and what makes these new creations so exciting while seeing how they have evolved from their European forebears. They will serve some European standard wines, as well as new American classics, to taste along with the cheeses. Tickets for this event are $40 and can be purchased here or at the door.
March For Our Lives presents Road to Change
March for Our Lives will present Road to Change, a panel discussion and engagement fair. The moderated discussion will include students and alumni from Marjory Stoneman Douglas as well as local students that have been affected by gun violence and Manuel Oliver, father of slain MSD student, Joaquin Oliver.The discussion will center around the importance of common-sense gun reform and student involvement in all levels of government. Following the panel discussion, the engagement fair will include booths from partner organizations, including MOVE Texas, Mi Familia Vota, and NAMI, Moms Demand Action as well as voter registration booths. Road to Change will take place at Paul Quinn College this Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
Dallas Farmers Market presents Chef Demo with Café Momentum
Dallas Farmers Market will host Cafe Momentum for DFM’s Complimentary Chef Demo with Chef Chad Houser. Houser will be identifying local ingredients and incorporating them into a menu from vendors inside The Shed. Come see how to shop The Shed, view a cooking demonstration, and his final dish. Café Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility, transforms young lives by equipping our community’s most at-risk youth with life skills, education and employment opportunities to help them achieve their full potential. This event is free to attend.
Ferris Wheelers presents Fundraiser for the Dallas Five
This Saturday, Ferris Wheelers Backyard & BBQ is partnering with Brotherhood for the Fallen to host a fundraising event to honor the memory of the fallen officers. During the event, the Dallas Police Choir will sing the national anthem, while the Dallas Police Honor Guard conducts a Presentation of the Colors. Bagpipers from the Fort Worth Police Department will also be present during the memorial program. In addition, Dallas native Ryan Berg and award-winning guitarist Mike “Junior” Clark will perform live throughout the night and Ferris Wheelers will host a silent auction to help BFTF reach their 2018 goal of $100,000. All of the donations, ticket and table sponsorship sales will also benefit BFTF. Ferris Wheelers’ menu features Texas staples such as brisket, ribs, house-made sausage, honey-brined smoked turkey breast and Carolina-style pork shoulder. The southern-influenced sides include smoked BBQ beans, smoked green beans, BBQ mac & cheese, jalapeño bacon cole slaw and southwestern potato salad.
AT&T Performing Arts Center and Dallas Theater Center present Hairspray
You can’t stop the beat in this big and bold musical about one girl’s inspiring dream to dance. The 1950s are out, and change is in the air. Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance and deliriously tuneful songs.It’s 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network … all without denting her ‘do. For showtimes and tickets, click here.
Mason Lively & Remy Reilly in the Box Garden at Legacy Hall
Enjoy blues, rock, and Americana? Be sure to catch Mason Lively at The Box Garden for a free musical performance. Plus, see why everyone is calling Remy Reilly the next big thing. At just age 14, she has written and released a solo EP and performed in various venues across Texas. The show kicks of at 7:00 p.m. tonight. Check out Remy Reilly’s self-titled EP below.
Deep Ellum Distillery Opening
Deep Ellum Distillery opens at 3:00 p.m. today. Swing by their grand opening party and try a wide selection of vodkas infused with seasonal fruits. Plus, try one or all of their five signature cocktails, including the Route 66. Mixed drinks will all be sold at $2.00 off! Deep Ellum Distillery is located at 2817 Canton St.
Donuts + Beer Pairing
This Saturday, Oak Highlands Brewery will be partnering with Hypnotic Donuts for a pairing event. The pairings include Charity German Alt-Style Ale paired with Vanilla Cake donut topped with a Cookie Butter Glaze and Sweet Potato Cheesecake, and more. Tickets can be purchased for $20 here.
African Film Festival
The African Film Festival will feature storytelling, film screenings, acting workshops, symposium, and an Awards Gala night. The festival will showcase one-of-a-kind African independent films that either promote African culture; address issues affecting Africa; or explore African landmarks and historic leaders. Festival attendees will be treated to an exploration of the African continent through the global lens and voices of talented filmmakers, producers and talent artist. The festival will prominently feature African creatives and will also be an opportunity to spotlight other filmmakers’ take on African cultures and experiences. Therefore, providing a rich and varied experience for attendees.Events on June 29-July 1 will be at the African American Museum, events on July 2 will be at SMU, and events on July 3 will be at Moody Performance Hall. Tickets can be purchased here.
Happy Goat Yoga at Lava Cantina
This Sunday, Lava Cantina will be hosting a goat yoga session. Goat yoga is the trendiest activity at the moment, and proceeds from ticket sales will go to Here’s Your Reminder, a charity committed to inspiring kindness and combatting depression. Tickets for Happy Goat Yoga can be purchased here.
To whom much is given, much is expected, as the age-old saying holds. While some people prefer to use their earnings to live a lavish lifestyle, others prefer to use their privilege to help others. Such is the case for Joe Pacetti, owner of J. Pacetti Precious Jewels, one of Dallas’s best-kept secrets. With the earnings he has acquired throughout his decades in the jewelry business, Pacetti has been a long-time supporter of multiple charities across the world.
I speak with Pacetti in his appointment-exclusive store on a Friday afternoon, a day before the annual DIFFA fashion show. Pacetti has been a long-time supporter of Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.
“I was asked about 26 years ago to get involved with DIFFA,” Pacetti says. “I was approached to design a jacket. That was back when Levi Strauss was giving us the blue jean denim jackets. Back then, you could get a denim jacket for 200 or 300 dollars, and that was considered a bargain.”
Although DIFFA is a nationally renowned charity, Dallas’s chapter holds a special place in Pacetti’s heart.
“The Dallas chapter has always been the most prolific, in terms of raising money,” Pacetti says. “I’ve been playing the same role I’ve played all along. I’ve just been a supporter. I’ve sat on the board for many years, but my job doesn’t allow me the opportunity to attend board meetings. It’s easier for me to write a check than it is for me to attend all the board meetings.”
Every year, Pacetti makes a contribution towards DIFFA, one of the many charities he has outspokenly supported over the years.
As someone who built himself from the ground up, Pacetti is a proprietor who truly understands the value of hard work.
“I’ve always loved jewelry,” Pacetti says. “I grew up in a family where we didn’t have jewelry, but I’ve always admired it. My first job was in a barbershop as a shoeshine boy at age 13. When I would get paid, I would spend my earnings on jewelry for myself.”
Pacetti continued to work hard and over the years, purchased more jewelry for himself.
“By the time I was 16, I was a waiter, and I bought myself my first gold and diamond watch from Omega,” Pacetti says.
Pacetti’s affinity to jewelry continued to flourish into his young adulthood.
“I dated a girl whose family was quite privileged,” Pacetti says. “The mother always wore nice jewelry and I would compliment her on it. One time, she told me ‘you’re majoring in marketing, and you should be selling jewelry once you finish college.’”
At the time, Pacetti wasn’t sure if this was the path he wanted to follow. He had always had an admiration for jewelry, however, he didn’t know much in regards to the science behind precious jewels. He took courses in Gemology at the suggestion of his then-girlfriend’s mother. He later went on to receive his associate’s degree from a junior college in Tulsa. He later went on to pursue a career in jewelry sales.
“I went to Dallas from my hometown of Tulsa,” Pacetti says. “I met with a man named Leo Fields, who was the senior VP of Zales. He hired me to run the store in Tulsa. I worked there for two years and I made a record sale. The average sale was $800 and I made a $43,000 sale for them in 1979.”
Despite this record sale, Pacetti did not receive any form of additional compensation, resulting in his frustration.
When I asked for a commision, my superior told me that that wasn’t in their pay structure,” Pacetti says. “I said if I didn’t get something, I was going to leave. He told me he was sorry to hear that. Then I left, with my little green plastic box of contacts, and no money.”
While this may seem like a risky move, Pacetti was confident in the process. He used the contacts he had acquired during his time at Zales and began to develop a sales strategy.
“I called about six vendors that we dealt with and told them ‘I’m the one who sold you your aquamarine ring’ or ‘I’m the one who sold you your emerald earrings,” Pacetti says. I’d ask ‘Would you send me one or two pieces on consignment to work with? If I sell it, I’ll pay you, but if I don’t, I’ll send them back.’”
At 22, Pacetti had launched his own jewelry business, however, his decades in the game have not come without challenge.
“Having an inventory of jewelry is a lot more difficult to have than seeds for plants,” Pacetti says. “I don’t know what to compare it to, but it can add up very quickly. I didn’t have parents who could fund me and I didn’t have an inheritance to fall back on. I had to prove myself in the business. I had to prove that I was reliable, capable, and responsible.”
Pacetti has since proven himself, having served a wide variety of clientele with specific wants and needs.
“I have a different type of clientele,” Pacetti says. “Most of my clientele are people that want jewelry. They don’t necessarily buy it for anniversaries or birthdays.”
While Pacetti has grown a financially privileged customer base, he still believes in the moral obligation of using what he’s earned to help others.
“I’m a big supporter of my church, Cathedral of Hope,” Pacetti says. “I also support The Resource Center of Dallas. Part of our obligation in life is to give to others. I’m really happy to give to various organizations and I am blessed to be able to have the resources to help others.”
Pacetti, understanding that not everyone has the resources he has afforded, reinforces that people don’t have to give money or material things for their contributions to be worthwhile.
“Giving doesn’t have to involve money,” Pacetti says. “You can give your time, and you can give your knowledge. It’s not about what you have, it’s about what you give away.”
Even given his hard-earned possessions, home, and lifestyle, Pacetti never strays away from the values that made him who he is today.
“I probably couldn’t live without a cross,” Pacetti says. “I’ve worn crosses since my early teens. When I see the cross, it reminds me of what life’s all about.”
Hawaiian Falls Waterpark has kicked off its summer movie series across all four of its North Texas locations. Tonight at 8:30, families can catch a screening of “Wonder,” while floating in the wave pool at Hawaiian Falls’s Roanoke location.
Taste of Dallas 2018 at Gas Monkey Live
For the tens of thousands of people set to visit Taste of Dallas this year, there will be something for everyone at Dallas’ largest summertime food festival. Attendees will be able to engage and interact with over 150 sponsors and exhibitors in both indoor and outdoor settings throughout the weekend. Featured attraction areas include Taste’s Restaurant Showcase, Backyard Bites, Taste Curbside, South of the Border, Taste Marketplace, the Family Fun Zone, as well as dozens of fun and interactive sponsor activations. Tickets can be purchased at your local Walgreen’s store for the discounted price of $14, otherwise, they can be purchased here.
Nemo’s Grand Opening
This Saturday, Nemo’s Salads, Soups, and More will be celebrating its grand opening. Guests can choose from a “build-your-own” style menu and have their proteins, toppings, and sauces served in the form of a sub, panini, wrap, or salad. Everyone who comes in on Saturday will be entered in a raffle. 10 winners will win a free t-shirt and one winner will win free entrees for a year. Nemo’s is located in Plano, TX at 1921 W 15th Street.
Dallas Summer Musicals Presents The Lion King
The Lion King is on its second week at Music Hall at Fair Park. There are plenty of tickets available for this spectacular, visually stunning musical. Tickets and showtimes can be found here.
Reunion Lawn Party
This Saturday, Dallasites can gather together for a lawn party celebrating one of Dallas’s most well-known landmarks. At the Reunion Lawn Party, attendees can grab bites from 10 different food trucks, Dallas’s newest dessert bar Baldo’s Ice Cream, and entertainment from Limelight Band. The party kicks off tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free to attend.
Perot Museum presents “Ultimate Dinosaurs”
“Ultimate Dinosaurs” is a showcase revealing a new breed of dinosaurs that evolved in isolation in South America, Africa, and Madagascar. It tells the story of the break-up of supercontinent Pangaea into today’s continents and the ways that continental drift affected the evolution of dinosaurs. “Ultimate Dinosaurs” will be taking place all weekend, and tickets can be purchased here.
Behind every great restaurant is a team of diligent, hard workers. When selecting people to work in Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House or Chamberlain’s Fish Market, owner Richard Chamberlain picks people with track records of providing quality service and showing personability through all stages of their career. Given the criteria Chamberlain uses when building his team, it is no surprise that he chose Jeff Barker to partner with him in the opening of his restaurants.
Jeff Barker is the Director of Operations for both of Chamberlain’s restaurants. He has been working in the industry since before his teenage years.
“My father passed away when I was 11 years old,” Barker says. “I grew up an only child. My mother was struggling to work, so when I wanted to buy myself a pair of sneakers or just anything for myself, I felt it was my responsibility to pitch in.”
After experiencing such a tragic loss, Barker began to search for a job as a means to make money to support himself and his mother.
“Shortly after my dad’s passing, I saw an advertisement in a paper for a restaurant that was hiring a dishwasher and busboy,” Barker says. “I got the job and I fell in love with this industry. I began working when I was 12 and I’ve been in this industry ever since.”
Barker’s first job in the hospitality industry was at a restaurant called Lock, Stock & Barrel. He later went on to work at a restaurant called The Randy Tar.
“I stayed at The Randy Tar for almost nine years,” Barker says. “I worked my way through college there.”
Barker graduated from University of North Texas in 1981 with a General Business degree.
“After I graduated college, I applied for several jobs in the restaurant business, each of which required a degree,” Barker says. “I received offers from all of the jobs I applied for.”
Upon receipt of these offers, Barker felt motivated to launch a company of his own.
“I figured, ‘if I’m good enough to work for all of these places, I should just open up my own business,'” Barker says.
Barker then launched a catering company, which proved to be a success. He worked with his catering company until he received an offer he couldn’t refuse; A management position at Dakota’s Steakhouse, under Lincoln Properties.
“I was a multi-unit supervisor at Dakota’s,” Barker says. “I oversaw both the front and back of the house.”
Barker also had a run as a sous chef at Harvey Hotels when they were first opening in Dallas, until he and Richard Chamberlain eventually teamed up to open Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House. The pair also opened Chamberlain’s Fish Market in 2001, which currently holds the number one spot for seafood restaurants in the metroplex on TripAdvisor.
Having worked in this industry since his pre-teen days, Barker has developed a code that he recommends people follow if they are wanting lifelong careers in the hospitality industry.
“You have to have an outgoing personality,” Barker says. “It’s key to just be friendly to everyone. It’s also helpful to have a good memory and eliminate any gray areas in your work. You’ve got to be a person of your word.”
Apart from handling the operations at both of Chamberlain’s restaurants, Barker has also previously served as President of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association.
“During my time on the restaurant board, we were able to make a change on the way taxes are handled on mixed beverages in restaurants,” Barker says. “This was about 25 years in the making, but ultimately, we were able to help restaurants save a ton of money.”
Barker strongly believes that his decades of working in the hospitality industry aligns with the American dream.
“I started out as a busboy and a dishwasher, and now I operate two restaurants,” Barker says. “The hospitality industry is one where you can come in with no experience, starting from the very bottom, and eventually grow to run your own place.”