The Wondrous Grandscape Wheel

From left to right: Jeff Lind, President of Grandscape, Joe McCourry, Mayor of The Colony and Jim Riggs, Managing Partner of Southwest Wheel Partners

A special grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony was held October 27, 2021, outside the immense and wonderous Grandscape Wheel in The Colony. Following the brief ceremony, excited guests were invited to line up and enjoy a ride on the newest Grandscape attraction. Soaring 180 feet above The Colony, the observation wheel offers spectacular, never-before-seen views of Grandscape, The Colony and Frisco. Since its opening September 10, 2021, nearly 35,000 passengers have enjoyed this 360-degree bird’s eye view of North Texas.

The Grandscape Wheel displays a beautiful spectrum of colors.

Designed by Netherlands-based Dutch Wheels, The Grandscape Wheel is the tallest structure in The Colony, and it can be seen from far and wide. The Colony is one of only 13 cities in the U.S. that has an observation wheel of this magnitude. The Colony Major, Joe McCourry said “Grandscape has a fantastic attraction here – making this the destination to be. What a unique place this is.”

Approaching The Grandscape Wheel from the nearby walking path

The impressive wheel features 42 climate-controlled music-playing gondolas, including a 4-person silver VIP car that includes Ferrari-style leather seating and a glass floor. The standard gondolas seat up to 8 guests and the VIP gondola seats up to 5 guests.

Jim Riggs, Managing Partner of Southwest Wheel Partners said “We’re off to a really great start, and we’re extremely happy to be here. The Colony is on the map in a big way. This is just the start of what’s happening at Grandscape.”

Breathtaking view of North Texas Sunset

Grandscape promises that the wheel is nothing short of spectacular! The experience lasts approximately 15 minutes (3x revolution), and every passenger can witness astounding views, regardless of where they are seated in the gondola. Several staff members are at the base of the wheel to assist guests aboard – and the transition between guests is seamless.

The Grandscape Wheel sits adjacent to Jurassic World: The Exhibition and is located at 5470 Grandscape Boulevard, Suite 300. The hours of operation are Wednesday – Friday, 4pm – 10pm and Saturday – Sunday, 12pm – 10pm and closed Monday – Tuesday. General admission is $15.94 (12+), juniors (4-11) $12.01, seniors and military $14.31. The VIP Experience is $49.88 per person and includes front of the line access, the VIP gondola (max 5 passengers) and an upgraded stereo and a souvenir photo (per person). Tickets can be purchased online or at the onsite ticket counter. Also available for purchase are drinks (prior to boarding) and souvenir photos.

To follow COVID-19 guidelines, the Grandscape Wheel only allows families in the same household to ride together. Hand sanitizer is provided, and each gondola is sanitized between guests.

Grandscape is an outdoor retail and entertainment destination that offers world-class amenities. The mixed-use development has rolled out the welcome mat for millions of visitors a year, making this a very appealing destination for families and business travelers alike. Grandscape was recently named the most innovative retail and entertainment project in the world by Retail and Leisure International, the world’s only global magazine for the retail and leisure industry.

by Gina Wiklund

Hutchins BBQ Reopens McKinney Restaurant

The long-awaited reopening of Hutchins BBQ in McKinney is projected to reopen at the end of August. McKinney area residents have been feverishly awaiting this event – and with all this enthusiasm stirring – fans and foodies better get crackin’ to be the first in line.

This year-round phenomenon is simply a way of life here in Texas… and no one knows BBQ better than the Hutchins Family. For years, they have been serving top-notch smoked meats and made-from-scratch sides and desserts. People have come to know and love Hutchins BBQ as “The King” of BBQ – and patrons’ line up outside to prove it. So, when you find yourself craving authentic Texas-style barbeque, make your way to one of the greatest BBQ joints around — visit Hutchins BBQ in Frisco or McKinney.

Over the years, family-owned Hutchins BBQ has received a slew of accolades from various publications, patrons, and establishments. Their excellence in the BBQ culinary circuit is well-founded and renowned. They have been recognized as one of the 50 best BBQ joints in the world and they were invited to cook dinner for the James Beard House — twice! This honor is bestowed upon only a select few, and Hutchins BBQ is proud to be among them.

Trey Hutchins, one of the four partners, said he has been a part of the business since he was a young boy, and he was – quite frankly – born into barbeque world. “We promote authentic Texas barbeque year-round, by attending a variety of events,” Hutchins said. He continued, that his barbeque contenders are undoubtedly his friends, and that the competitions are more like sibling rivalries. You’ll find Trey to be a family man, kind and very modest when it comes to his craft.

The Frisco restaurant sits back a bit from the road, and the custom-made barbeque smokers are lined up a mile long, or so it seems. From the expansive parking lot, the sweet smell of smoked meat permeates the air, and even the slightest hankering for barbeque is immediately elevated to an all-new high.

The rustic charm of Hutchins is warm and inviting. Behind the weathered exterior, you’ll find a cozy interior with complete nicks and the scratches that are clear sign the tables have been frequently occupied. The wood paneled walls are adorned with black and white photos, each telling a story of fond memories of days gone by. These permanent markers simply add to the overall character and appeal of the restaurant.

At first glance, the choice of meats may seem like typical fare of any barbeque establishment — but Hutchins BBQ is far from typical or ordinary! They undeniably rise above the competition by serving only hormone-free, never frozen meats which are slowly smoked over 100% wood-burning pits. They start with post oak and finish with pecan woods. The meats are then sliced to order on a butcher block countertop near the entrance of the restaurant.

There are so many meat choices, no one could ever walk away hungry. Some of the selections include tender sliced or chopped brisket, pulled pork, ribs, succulent turkey, juicy chicken and even made-from-scratch sausage that is produced in-house — to mention just a few.

The freshly prepared side dishes are made in-house and are plentiful, satisfying and scrumptious too. A few distinctive options include broccoli salad, potato casserole, corn, and the most lip-smacking side of all – their version of the world-famous Texas Twinkies. These enormous jalapeños are stuffed with cheese and brisket and wrapped in thick-cut bacon. What’s not to love?

While dining in, staff members flitter around the restaurant ensuring that all guests are well attended to. The employees are happy, helpful and they are committed to providing each patron with a favorable dining experience. Many of the staff members have spent their entire career with Hutchins BBQ. Hutchins said that “you cannot pay passion,” and his employees are just like family.

No meal at Hutchins would be complete without topping it off with one of their exemplary free desserts for dine-in customers. The dessert counter offers a rich banana pudding that is generously topped with vanilla wafer cookies. The warm, deep-dish peach cobbler is an all-time favorite, and it is often topped with vanilla ice cream that’s close by and always readily available.

Hutchins BBQ relies almost entirely on word-of-mouth advertising. While they have seen a great deal of success in the four decades they have been in business, Hutchins said that the prosperity is merely an added bonus. His motivation is waking up to attending to his craft daily. “Our mission has always been about serving the highest quality smoked meats and sides while providing exceptional customer service,” he said.

Hutchins BBQ is open year-round, from 11am – 9pm with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas. You can dine-in, order call ahead take-out or delivery from the Frisco location at 9225 Preston Road. The McKinney location is 1301 N. Tennessee St., McKinney.

Smoked brisket, Hutchins merchandise, gift certificates, sauces, seasonings and other tasty treats are available online at Nationwide shipping makes online ordering easy and convenient.

The prices are reasonable and competitive. You can easily feed a family of four with their family pack for around $65, plus tax. For a larger crowd, the party pack feeds 6-8 and is another great choice for just $105. Hutchins also offers catering, and they have served crowds are large as 5,000 at these events.

As they say, everything is larger in Texas — and the partners’ plans for the future are definitely vast. They have been fabricating custom barbeque pits for some time, and they are targeted and on track to launch their own line – Hutchins Fabrication – in January 2022. Plans to break ground on an all-new facility are also in the works. The land is adjacent to the Frisco restaurant, and they have their sights set on breaking ground in approximately 18 months.

by Gina Wiklund

Finalists Announced for 2021 Big Tex Choice Awards

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Ten lip-smacking and delectable deep fried dishes have been chosen as this year’s finalists for the 17th annual Big Tex Choice Awards. The contestants will each present their creations to a distinguished panel of celebrity judges at the event on Sunday, August 29. Entries are divided into three distinct categories: best sweet, best savory and most creative. Judges may select from either the sweet or savory category for the most creative entry.

Each crazy, creative, concoction will be evaluated on four distinct components: uniqueness, creativity, presentation, and taste. From brisket brittle to Pork Shots to the Lucky Duck Dumplin’, judges will taste-test and cast votes on their favorite deep-fried dishes..

The ten finalists hoping to secure a win are:

Savory Finalists

Crispy Crazy Corn, Ruth Hauntz

Individually battered sweet whole kernel corn fried and dusted with a secret seasoning, and topped with slowed-smoked pulled pork, tangy pineapple slaw and dribbled with freshly made jalapeño crema and fresh cilantro.

Deep Fried I-35, Clint and Gretchen Probst

A fried brisket kolache drizzled with a peach and Dr. Pepper infused BBQ glaze served with a dusting of powdered sugar and sliced peaches.

Deep Fried Seafood Gumbo Balls, Gourmet Royale

Seafood gumbo balls packed with Gulf Coast shrimp, blue crab meat, stewed chicken, and andouille sausage, that are rolled in saltine cracker and breadcrumb mixture. Served with a dark roux, chicken fried okra spears, saltine crackers and a small bottle of hot sauce.

Lucky Duck Dumplin’, Bert Concessions

A pastry dumpling filled with duck bacon that is blended with with cream cheese, sweet corn and herbs and spices. Served with a mild, and slightly sweet Thai chili glaze.

Pork Shots, Glen and Sherri Kusak at Hans Mueller

Pork sausage wrapped in hickory smoked bacon and stuffed with creamy mac and cheese. The outside is sprinkled with a secret spicy BBQ rub.


The Armadillo, James Barrera

A cookie butter ice cream sandwich that includes two deep fried Armadillo-shaped cookies filled with cookie butter semifreddo, drizzled with cookie butter and dusted with sugar.

Brisket Brittle, Ruth Hauntz

Similar to old-fashioned peanut brittle, but the peanuts are replaced with smokey Texas brisket. Just a hint of heat.

Deep-Fried Halloween, Isaac Rousso

A deep-fried pretzel soaked in candy corn syrup and topped with colorful sprinkles, powdered sugar, and orange and white buttercream icing before being stacked with Halloween favorite candies, then drizzled with both a chocolate and caramel sauce.

Fernie’s Fried Toffee Coffee Crunch Cake, Winter Family Concessions

Lightly glazed cake doughnut chuncks, English toffee bits, and almonds mixed with custard, then dipped in an egg product and rolled in panko and vanilla cookie crumbs. Once fried, it is sprinkled with powdered sugar, toffee tidbits and a mocha coffee whipped cream. Topped off with a miniature chocolate covered toffee bar.

Texas Pumpkin Poke Cake, Michelle Edwards

A Texas-shaped pumpkin cake with vanilla glaze and caramel, topped with whipped cream, and dusted with a secret spice.

This year’s Big Tex Choice Awards event will be closed to the public. However, the event will be broadcast during a Facebook Live event:

Be sure to sample these tempting treats at the fair this year. You’ll be glad you did! The 2021 State Fair of Texas begins Sept. 24 and runs through Oct. 17 at Fair Park, in Dallas, Texas.

by Gina Wiklund

Pushing RESET – The Rx for Burnout Recovery

Sponsored Post by Inspired Leadership Group


If you are feeling drained and depleted after an arduous and emotional departure from your former life and all you want to do is run away to a warm beach and lounge about . . . for the rest of your life, you’re not alone. The truth is, a global pandemic shutdown, or any significant life event, takes a toll on your emotions and your state of mental health and a myriad of symptoms in your physical body.

Adulting can be hard work, especially when you’re experiencing burnout.  These days, too many are in that boat and finding it difficult to hold it all together, even while the world is beginning to open back and we are hopeful the pandemic will quickly become a distant memory. 

Whether you’re experiencing anxiety and stress from life- disruption caused by COVID -19,  the end of a marriage, the loss of a parent you’ve been caring for, or mounting financial concerns, the truth is – any major life event produces trauma. Plain and simple.  Trauma impacts every fiber of your being.  It manifests itself not only physically, but it seeps deep into your very soul. The stress from such trauma often strips the body of every ounce of energy. In turn, your will to do anything at all often vanishes.

Burnout actually became a medical diagnosis code from the World Health Organization   in May of 2019, well before the pandemic ushered in a new ‘strain’ of burnout.  Often brought about by chronic stress at work, the WHO defines burnout as a syndrome that includes depleted energy, exhaustion, negativity, cynicism and reduced productivity. Does this sound like anyone you know?

Daily Habits for Burnout Recovery, Remedies to Employ Now

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If you are so burnt out that you just want to ‘check out’, but your obligations are preventing you,  you can still take action right now.  Do yourself a favor and take a mental health afternoon or full day, spend some time in nature, or with a friend that makes you laugh. These suggestions are not trivial or trite, any of them can be a step in the direction of a little mental and physical renewal.  Though the root cause of  burnout may be exhaustion or cynicism or a number of other things,  according to a recent article from Harvard Business Review, a common theme among the remedies for those suffering with the condition is compassion; compassion for self and for others.

Let’s start with self-compassion, it must  begin  with getting some sleep! To put it bluntly,  our mental capacity goes down the tubes without quality sleep!  The dramatic impact of sleep deprivation includes; decreased brain function, memory loss, depression and even psychiatric disorders. Let alone all of the physical impacts we will look at later. Sleep is truly one of the most important factors affecting your mental health. I mean, how many of you are a completely different person when you haven’t slept for a night or two?  So, whatever measures you must take to ensure a couple of days in a row of solid sleep, I urge you to do them.  I’m not suggesting prescription meds.  In fact, just the opposite, there are many high quality, natural remedies to calm your brain and body for a night of rest (one of them is physical activity in your day).  You can consult with a Naturopath, Nutritionist or  Lifestyle Medicine Doctor for specific herbal remedies and hear more about a four-pronged approach to mitigating burnout in this video 








Prayer Really Is The Answer

 Talking with God each morning and throughout the day brings peace and sets the tone for how we will show up that day.  For years I diminished the power of a deep relationship with my Creator.  Now I understand how critical it is  to put time with Him first.  In fact, instead of rattling off the words; mind, body, spirit,  I’m flipping my approach and practice of holistic health to; Holy Spirit, then mind, then body.  I believe this is the proper order that will drive divine health and wellbeing from the inside out.  Whether you are a first responder on the front lines in military, healthcare, business or at home, the old adage prayer works is true. Give it a try, you have nothing to lose but stress & peace and joy to gain.

Restorative yoga or Yin yoga a couple of times a week specifically for the physical aspects of  helping to unwind all of the muscles you have ‘wound up’ during the week. It lengthens muscles, reduces tension and you will leave the class truly restored and ready for another intense workout or another hectic day.

Breathwork is also a game-changer; with as little as 10 minutes of breathwork, meditation or prayer, you can literally change your mental state. While these suggestions may sound a bit ‘soft’ to some people, they are simple and practical ways you can start immediately to  replenish your mental energy and improve your overall well being. 

If you engage in any of these activities; prayer, meditation, yoga or breathwork, the physical and mental effects are the same; more peace, calm, lower heart rate and a brighter outlook.  Any can be a first step to honoring yourself and your mental state in short time frames throughout the day.  You can learn more in a recent article on Thrive Global about cultivating a lifestyle of well-being in those areas.

Along with some practical day-to-day actions,  let’s face it, many of us may be in need of an even stronger, rehabilitation type remedy. With the skyrocketing numbers of both adults and youth living with the effects of burnout, mental health practitioners and online mental health apps are bursting at the seams with hurting people.  Still, there is a gap in the industry and an overwhelming need for a more comprehensive, in-person, and more effective solution to fully recover and sustain a healthy lifestyle once out of the woods

If  you are like most of us and need more than a day, a vacation or spa retreat will certainly help a bit.  But if you are seeking lasting change, you may want to consider an immersive, life-affirming, holistic program that is specifically designed for burnout recovery.  These rare, exclusive offerings are highly specialized at discreet locations with concierge wellness practitioners trained to get you energized and back to your purpose, that created the vision, that built a passion to do what is needed to reach your goals.

 Whatever you decide, take the first step, your mental and physical health are of the utmost importance. You can choose to break free from the state of burnout. If you need more tips, additional resources or just to talk, please reach out.

Linda Mullins is Founder of Inspired Leadership Group Retreats and Luxury Executive Wellness.  She and her team are fueled by a passion to help others become their best selves.  Inspired Leadership Group is certified by The John Maxwell Team and includes holistic concierge health practitioners offering proven methods to increase your balance and effectiveness by addressing each critical piece of the whole person; Spirit mind, and body.

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Find Out Why Dallas was Named the #1 Restaurant City in the U.S.

As a longtime resident of Dallas, I was thrilled to hear that our city had finally been recognized by a national food magazine as the top restaurant city in the U.S. Since editors at Bon Appetit named Dallas the #1 Restaurant City of the Year in a recent issue, everyone seems to be standing a little taller. That’s especially true of those in the hospitality industry.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Bon Appetit as its 2019 Restaurant City of the Year, and we look forward to welcoming the many visitors this distinction will bring,” said Sam Coats, Interim President and CEO of VisitDallas. “Dallas’ dining scene is as vibrant as ever, and the city’s many talented chefs create a diverse range of cuisines that continue to elevate and bring recognition to a wide range of establishments.”

Find Out Why Dallas was Named the #1 Restaurant City in the U.S.

Photo: Tammany Stern-Best of Guide

The magazine article also singled out Chef Donny Sirisavath and his Laotian food restaurant, Khao Noodle Shop, for high praise. The restaurant was named the #2 Top-rated Restaurant in the Country. Chef Sirisavath was applauded for his made-from-scratch boat noodles and other delicious recipes. Since the Laotian dishes are served on small plates, the food writer recommended their readers should take a group and order everything on the menu. High praise indeed!

Petra and the Beast (brainchild of Chef Misti Norris, pictured with Eric Federlain, Executive Chef of Sevy’s Grill) is another Dallas restaurant that received special recognition in the magazine’s top 50. The small restaurant, located in a former gas station in East Dallas, is decorated with animal skulls. Chef Norris uses a variety of animal parts in her recipes, and oversees a charcuterie board called “Meatums.” The board changes daily, and it’s one of their most popular items.

Grasshoppers Anyone?

Find Out Why Dallas was Named the #1 Restaurant City in the U.S.

Karel Anne Tieszen, a Dallas-based Chef for KXII TV, also teaches a variety of culinary classes in the area. Chef Tieszen said the Dallas restaurant scene is extremely diverse now. She noted that the most difficult question she’s ever asked would have to be “What’s your favorite restaurant?” The only proper response is to fire back with some important questions, like what type of cuisine? What area of the city? A newly-opened place or long-time favorite?

Deep Ellum and Bishop Arts Historic Districts are mentioned in the article as areas known for their diversity. I recently attended a Mezcal pairing at Coco’s Fire & Ice in Bishop Arts, a Mexican restaurant specializing in authentic Mexican food (not your mama’s Tex-Mex) found in Oaxaca. I recoiled when our starter course, chili-grilled grasshoppers, arrived. Some of us may not be ready to explore all the diverse cuisines found in our newly famous #1 Restaurant City in the U.S. Thankfully, they also brought a side of guacamole!

By Jo Ann Holt | October 14, 2019

City Cafe Your Neighborhood Bistro

We have long been a fan of the beloved City Cafe of Dallas. Located in University Park, this gem of an exceptional white-tablecloth neighborhood bistro offers a seasonal menu and impeccable service.

City Cafe is a sophisticated boutique restaurant offering lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, Sunday brunch, and gourmet to-go.  At the helm of an impressive Chef Mario Flores, the food is impressive. The menu changes seasonally, and you’ll find regional American cuisine featuring rotations of seafood, veal, game, pasta, fowl, beef, pork and lamb. Chef uses highest-quality ingredients to prepare every item on their creative world-class menu and you can taste (and see) the well-thought planning of each dish.

They offer a wonderful selection of wine varied in selection and at pleasing prices. Their talented pastry chefs create decadent desserts. City Cafe has invested a lot of time and effort into having the right people on staff and it shows.

While the fare is truly delightful, equally so is the gracious service. One of the things most restaurants lack in this day and age is courteous, refined service. Certainly not missing that genteel service at City Cafe. Here you’ll find sophisticated and attentive service from the waitstaff to the Maître d’, Karim Alaoui.

Hours of operation:
Lunch  | Monday – Friday: 11:30am – 2pm
Dinner | Monday – Saturday: 5:30pm – 9pm
Brunch | Sunday: 11am – 2pm

To Go Bistro Hours

Monday – Friday: 10:30am – 8pm
Saturday: 10:30am – 3pm
Sunday: 10:30am – 2pm

5757 W. Lovers Ln., Dallas, TX 75209
Northwest corner of Lovers Lane at the North Dallas Toll Road

(214) 351-223

5 Romantic Dates In Dallas

Looking for a romantic getaway or a special date night in Dallas? The third largest city in the state of Texas is filled with incredible arts, world-class museums, and the most spectacular foods. Wow your lover with our list of 5 Romantic Dates In Dallas.

Picnic With Skyline View at Klyde Warren Park

Pack a romantic picnic and enjoy the beautiful skyline at Kyle Warren Park. Be sure to check the klyde calendar for any concerts, dance lessons, or events for some more fun. For more information click here.

Late Date Night at The Dallas Museum Of Art

At the third Friday of every month the Dallas Museum of the Arts hosts a variety of events that include tours, concerts, performances, and film screening. This makes for a beautiful and interesting date for the two of you.

Dallas Arboretum

The Dallas Arboretum is packed with romantic gardens perfect for a proposal or perhaps grab a blanket and enjoy a romantic picnic. Take a relaxing stroll through the gardens and take amazing photos. If you plan accordingly during the summer you can catch a few of the events they have including shows, and concerts.

Gondola Adevnture

Nothing says romance more than a gondola ride. Never-mind spending a fortune on a ticket to Venice to cruise the canals on gondola. Just head over to the canals of Las Colinas.

Swoon you’re date as you enjoy a romantic first class experience cruising the Mandalay Canals and Lake Carolyn. Be sure to reserve in advance, you even get the option to include music or a singing gondolier to go along with your delicious dinner and wine.

Dinner & Flight

Try something new and exciting at Delta Charlie’s Bar & Grill. They offer a romanic 3 course dinner for two with an aerial tour of the Dallas skyline. Whats more romantic than a dinner while observing Dallas’s star filled sky and moon.

‘A Fine Line’ Celebrates Women in the Kitchen

This past Saturday, Palace Arts Center held a limited screening of A Fine Line, a documentary celebrating women chefs and restauranteurs. A Fine Line features appearances from notable female chefs, including Lidia Bastianich, Dominique Crenn, and Cat Cora, who was in attendance at the screening.

A Fine Line was directed and produced by Joanna James, who had been working for five years to put the film together. While production of A Fine Line didn’t come without its roadblocks, James credits resurgence of the #MeToo social media movement and sexual assault allegations against high-profile chefs like Mario Batali as motivation to finish work on the film.

The film is centered mostly around restauranteur Valerie James, a single mom who struggles to secure a loan to build her restaurant. A Fine Line also brings to light sexism and misogyny female chefs and restauranteurs face while working in the hospitality industry. Currently, less than seven percent of head chefs and restauranteurs are women, despite many chefs of all genders citing women as their inspirations. James, Cora, and all of the chefs involved in A Fine Line hope the film helps create a more equal system in kitchens around the world.

Prior to the screening, Cat Cora and a group of children from the Come and Eat It program, a division of Independence Gardens, held a cooking demonstration, in which the children prepared a special dish for Cora.

Founded by Chonnie Richey, Independence Gardens aims to help the community build a relationship with the environment, both natural and man-made. The Come and Eat It program provides resources to children and teaches them how to select healthy ingredients and cook healthy meals.

A Fine Line is currently showing on select dates in select theaters across the country. For more information on how to attend a screening, visit


Adrienne Hernandez talks Fresh Art Foodie, eating clean, and coping with illness

From the carnivore to the vegan, the athlete to the couch surfer, Fresh Art Foodie has a menu sure to please the eye, palate, and soul. Fresh Art Foodie is a company dedicated to helping people eat clean and maintain health while consuming healthy food designed in artistic shapes. It was founded by Chef Adrienne Hernandez, who was inspired by her work in the medical field.

“When I graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, I went into healthcare,” Hernandez says. “I was working 80-90 hours in a nursing facility.”

Hernandez’s responsibilities included preparing meals for patients. While she enjoyed doing this, she felt that her creativity was limited, and eventually moved on to a catering position at Centennial Hospital. She worked as a Chef, moving up the ladder to Sous Chef and eventually to Executive Chef. She is also as a fitness coach and a wellness coach for Texas A&M University and Prairie View A&M University.

Hernandez was diagnosed with Lupus in her young adulthood and has used her experience to help others alleviate pain by eating healthy.

“Some of the food we eat mutates our bodies, so I try to help people get clean from the inside,” Hernandez said. “It’s hard, because I’m learning with my clients, but if you have Lupus or any other inflammatory disease, I try to help you fix that with food.”

Hernandez adds that her experience working in an Oncology department have helped her learn to create dishes to help subside the side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

“If you have cancer or are going through radiation therapy, let’s sit down and talk about it,” Hernandez says. “There are certain vitamins that inhibit the chemotherapy’s ability to do what it’s supposed to do.”

Some of Chef Hernandez’s signature creations | Image courtesy of Adrienne Hernandez

With Fresh Art Foodie, Hernandez’s mobility allows her to work directly with clients, offering catering services, meal prep services, and even food challenges for team building activities in corporate or church environments. Hernandez caters to people of all diets and works with each client to meet their dietary needs. Some of her signature items include watermelon cakes, radish flowers, and healthy sushi rolls.

To book Chef Hernandez for your next event, visit


Howard Wang’s opens in Frisco

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After much delay, Howard Wang’s China Grill is finally open in The Star in Frisco.

Every Howard Wang’s restaurant embodies over 30 years of family recipes, tradition, and experience. Howard Wang’s is a family-owned business that has been passed down across generations. The new Frisco location will be run by Jowin Wang, son of founder Howard Wang. Jowin has also served as the Director of Operations in Howard Wang’s Uptown and Southlake locations.

“We heard a lot of good things about The Star,” Jowin says. “[Dallas Cowboys Owner] Jerry Jones has been to our other locations and wanted us to open in The Star. We had a good opportunity and we couldn’t pass it up.”

Howard Wang’s specializes mainly in Chinese cuisine, offering traditional Chinese dishes like broccoli stir fry and orange chicken, as well as signature dishes, like Wang’s Bulgogi and Ginger Beef Tenderloin. The new Frisco location will also be offering Dim Sum.

Howard Wang’s will offer both traditional and signature Chinese dishes | Photo credit: Tammany Stern

“All of our food is fresh and made to order,” Jowin says, “We use fresh vegetables, a lot of which are sourced from various parts of Asia.”

Howard Wang’s is open for lunch and dinner in The Star. This holiday season, the will be open on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

Howard Wang’s, 6740 Winning Dr #1000, Frisco | (469) 213-2002