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How Aaron Barker Turned his Small Kickstarter Campaign into a Frozen Dairy Dynasty

Carnival Barker’s latest graphic tee reads, “Give me ice cream or give me death.” It’s a motto owner Aaron Barker churns by, as it took him only a little over a year to propel his frozen dairy dynasty from a small Kickstarter to award winning retail storefront. Barker truly started from the bottom with no funding and is now set to open his second retail location in early 2015. He uses zero high fructose corn syrup, zero artificial flavors, zero preservatives, and a lifetime’s worth of passion to make his unique scoops.

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A Grocery List of Food Books for Every Reader and Appetite

Pleasure reading is a rare thing in today’s fast-paced society. When you’re not working nine to five, you’re probably reaping the benefits of happy hour or binge watching a marathon of Top Chef with a pint of Bluebell in your lap. That’s why when it comes to sitting down with a read, other than the latest “Best of” list, you want it to grab your interest. Through the years, I’ve stumbled upon authors that share my passion for food by showing me different angles of the culinary world. Below you will find my grocery list of books for almost every reader and appetite:

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Braden and Yasmin Wages Discuss Their Beer Journey and Future Plans for Malai Kitchen

You might conjure up images of the owners growing up on generations of family cooking in the heart of Southeast Asia upon slurping down a bowl of beef Vietnamese noodle soup or licking clean a plate of massaman braised lamb shank at Malai Kitchen. However, Braden Wages will tell you he really didn’t even know what pho was until he traveled to Vietnam after college. Braden and wife Yasmin fell in love with the food, culture, and tradition of this country, which serves as the foundation for their Thai and Vietnamese style of cooking.

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Celebrating Beer With Local Brewers

Whether you take your beer from an ice cold can, by the gallon out of a personalized growler, via red Solo cup after a beer pong loss, or straight from the tap, North Texas Beer Week welcomes you one and all. This week we salute the brewers, the bartenders, the open-patio bars, and the people who make those enormous chalices that take your guzzling experience to the next level.

Now, get to know the faces behind some of your favorite local brews.

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Top Events to Attend During North Texas Beer Week

Beer-lovers unite each year during North Texas Beer Week to raise their commemorative glasses in honor of the ever-growing Texas beer culture. It’s a celebration that begins with a number of events, Untapped Festival being the biggest — which look place this past weekend — and continues through Sunday, November 9. There are over 285 froth-filled parties taking place within the next week. So, whether you like your mug filled up with an IPA, porter, stout, or even pumpkin ale, you will find at least one happening to quench your thirst and give proper thanks to the great beers of North Texas. Here is a roundup of our top events to hit this week. Cheers.

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The Volunteer Center of North Texas Hosts ‘Hearts on the Trinity’ Event

It’s easy to validate stuffing your face and throwing down money for a day of drinking when it’s done in the name of charity. With an appetite for just about everything, and the most restaurants per capita to back that hunger, it’s only natural that every weekend now, Dallas comes together to celebrate food. This Sunday, November 2, The Volunteer Center of North Texas will host its inaugural Hearts on the Trinity in Dallas’ newest culinary incubator Trinity Groves.

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Bits & Bites: Things to Eat in Dallas this Weekend

October can be busy as you scramble to get your costume together and throw up your Halloween decorations, hit up some of the new seasonal menus around town and continue to eat everything pumpkin that you can get your hands on. We know you’re busy, but we still put together this list of weekend foodie events, just in case you’re looking for something extra to throw into your schedule.

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Chef John Tesar Talks Oysters and Chefs for Farmers

The Dallas organization Chefs for Famers thrives off its deep roots within sustainability and eco-consciousness. This collaboration of chefs, farmers, and local artisans looks to showcase the talents of the city, while celebrating the region’s most dedicated farmers, and educating the community on the importance of connection between our stomachs and the faces behind the food we consume.

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Bits & Bites: Things to Eat in Dallas this Weekend

With cooler weather upon us, it’s time to take to stuffing our faces outdoors. Whether you choose to gnaw on a turkey leg at the State Fair of Texas, wander the grounds of a culinary festival, hit a farmers market with your reusable bag, or simply sip your craft beer on a patio, there are plenty of options for you this weekend.

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Meet the Owners of Greenville Avenue Pizza Company

The Greenville Avenue Pizza Company we have come to know and love over the past seven years has changed. Put down that box of tissues and rest easy, though, because with this wave of change comes a refreshing interior, innovative range of toppings, and ease in the late-night flow of foot traffic. Pizza maker Sammy Mandell and “First Pizza Lady” Molly Mandell gave us a glimpse into their journey over the years, and and idea of what exactly makes their pizza so enticing. From a menu full of hashtags — like #MeatCandy — to a communal wooden table stretching through the back, this place still delivers that same crisp, cheesy pie-perfection, but with a polished update.

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Where to Grab a Bite and Catch the Game this TX/OU Weekend

The annual smackdown between Texas and OU kicks off at the Cotton Bowl this weekend. While I may not fall partial to either team, I will gladly partake in any and all food related specials throughout the weekend, as there are many to pick from. Choose your allegiance or simply choose your destination, but if you can’t make up your mind then I highly suggest jumping from one watch party to the next.

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Q&A with Wine Maven and Author, Lisa Mattson

From drinking Boone’s Farm to sipping a glass of rosé in the heart of Sonoma County wine country, Lisa Mattson has seen — and drank — a bottle or two of everything in the wine industry. Born in southeast Kansas, she ventured to Florida to break out from small town life, to that of sunshine and ocean waves. Fast forward forty-three states, twenty countries, countless road bumps and a handful of dating disasters, Mattson now serves as Director of Marketing and Communication for Jordan Vineyard & Winery. Prior to her career in wine marketing and public relations, Mattson was a news editor at Wine News magazine, and after that, she took a stab at winery event planning in California.

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Are You Ready For Some Football Brunch?

Unless you live under a rock or refuse to acknowledge another defeating season for the Cowboys (actually things are looking up this year), you know football season is in full swing. Whether you’re a sucker for Saturday college rivalries or end you’re Sunday church prayer with a few thoughtful mentions of your NFL team, you will devote weekends to drinking beer and celebrating touchdowns like you just won the lottery. Location, food, and beverage are all important decisions in making your team’s victory as sweet as possible.

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A Sneak Peek at Chipotle’s Cultivate Festival

It’s obvious this city has a place in its heart for three things in particular: food, local artisans and celebrating the two together. With at least two festivals a week there’s always a chance to get involved, learn a thing or two, meet the faces behind our favorite products, shuffle our feet to some tunes, party and most importantly, binge eat for three days straight. Well, this year there’s a new festival in town and it’s a Chipotle addict’s heaven. On Saturday, October 18 at Lake Carolyn in Irving from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Chipotle will host its Cultivate Festival. Here are some things you should know before you go.

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Tipsy Tuesday: Dallas Booze News & Events

After the past couple weeks of events, it’s probably time to mellow out with a beer on the couch and give yourself some rest. But then again, the Cowboys just destroyed the Saints on Sunday and there’s a couple of birthdays to celebrate this weekend, so that’s just not going to happen. Did I mention, John Tesar of Knife and the current king of juicy meat between two buns is hosting Burgers & Burgundy on Friday? Feel free to read on and get your liver excited for the days to come.

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Meet the Founders of Hutchins BBQ

Take the men of Duck Dynasty, combine them with the hilarious duo of Stepbrothers, mix in a little flair from BBQ Pitmasters, and you get the faces behind longstanding restaurant Hutchins BBQ. Texas natives Tim Hutchins and Dustin Blackwell may not come from the same bloodline, but sit down with the two together and you can tell their brotherhood runs deep.

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