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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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Cafe Momentum on The Rachael Ray Show

A couple Sundays ago, I attended Cafe Momentum’s pop up brunch at Knife. When I walked in the door, I saw cameras everywhere. I gave Chad Houser, Executive Director at Cafe Momentum a quizzical look, and he explained it was for a taping of The Rachael Ray Show. At the beginning of the meal, we were informed of the taping and we all gave consent for us to be on television.

Last week, the day after Houser turned 39, the crew taped the show in New York. Houser talked about the restaurant and classroom space Cafe Momentum is opening in December. The segment is titled “Meet a Chef Who Is Using Food to Change Lives.” It will air at 10 a.m. on October 30.

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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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12 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Dallas

The luckiest day of the year is right around the corner, thanks to the Irish, of course. Bagpipers, red heads, beer, corned beef, and cabbage may be stereotypical of St. Patrick’s Day, but never under-appreciated in Dallas. Check out these 12 beautiful ways to celebrate St. Patty’s with some food and drink.

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Chef Stefano Secchi and Shilo: An Italian Immigrant’s Debt to America

Chef Stefano Secchi—a Southern Methodist University and Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park graduate, youngest chef ever invited to cook at The James Beard House, and current consulting chef for America Airlines—has talent that thrives beyond the kitchen. Two plus years ago, he traveled to the Sardinia homeland of his father to make a movie inspired by stories told by his dad and uncle. He wanted to tell a story of their lives in Italy and the process of immigrating to America.

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Feast on This: Amon Carter Museum’s New ‘Art and Appetite’ Exhibit

The ‘Art and Appetite’ exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, organized by the Art Institute of Chicago, takes you on an appetite adventure through 63 paintings and one sculpture of American culture and cuisine. This exhibit is a celebration and critique of the American diet from the 18th to 20th centuries. Many renowned artists (such as Edward Hopper, Norman Rockwell, and Andy Warhol) are on display, featuring some of their most iconic works. I can tell you, first-hand: viewing the exhibit on an empty stomach is not a good idea, and it will only leave you wanting more. More art, more food.

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