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Louise Owens Talks Craft Cocktails, Toast Points, and 10 Years Behind the Bar at the Windmill Lounge

I was greeted by a booming “Hey!” as I yanked open the freshly painted red door to the Windmill Lounge on Wednesday afternoon. I couldn’t see the face behind the voice (my eyes were adjusting from the bright glare of the sun to the dimly lit bar) but I knew that it belonged to Louise Owens. “You want a drink?” she asked as I approached the bar. I hesitated, but only briefly. I was, after all, in one of the best cocktail dens in Dallas.

She mixed me her namesake drink, The Louise: vodka, orange juice, strawberry nectar, ginger, and mint syrup topped off with sparkling wine. Seemed fitting at the time. We took a seat at a table in the back corner as Billie Holiday serenaded us from the jukebox.

She and her now ex-husband Charlie Papaceno opened the Windmill Lounge in 2005. Charlie has since parted ways to open a business of his own, but you can find Louise mixing drinks at the Maple Avenue dive on any given day of the week. “There’s nothing in here without a story” she explained as she glanced around “from the toast points to the curtains.”

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A Look at Dinner Lab with Chef Kyle McClelland and Michael Martensen

Dinner Lab is a unique “semi-pop up” concept that allows chefs to receive unabridged feedback from paying customers on a variety of dishes ranging from the experimental to reliable hallmarks. Notably, these experiences do not occur in any brick and mortar facility bearing any chef’s name. The Lab travels to unconventional venues and no one is revisited twice in any municipality.

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Central Market’s Passport Series Kicks Off on April 29

Listen up Earth dwellers and food eaters (hopefully you’re both). Central Market’s 6th annual passport series begins April 29 and runs through May 12. This year they are featuring Greek cuisine. I don’t know much about that Mediterranean flavor, at least I didn’t until Monday’s media preview, so listen up and get your shopping bags ready.

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An Interview With Amy Johnson and Sam Roberts of Field to Meal

Amy Johnson and Sam Roberts are owners of food delivery service, Field to Meal. The goal of Field to Meal is to encourage people to eat healthier by removing traditional obstacles around meal preparation. I sat down with the couple last week to learn more about their business. They discussed their journey from Sydney, Australia to Dallas, their passion for healthy food, and their involvement in the community.

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Chad Houser Chosen As One of United States Junior Chamber’s Outstanding Young Americans

Dallas chef and executive director of Café Momentum, Chad Houser, has been chosen as one of the United States Junior Chamber’s (Jaycees) 2015 Ten Outstanding Young Americans. For 77 years, the United States Junior Chamber has recognized men and women who are between ages 18 to 40 for their community engagement.

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Scenes from The Best New Restaurants of 2014 Dinner

Last night chefs, restaurateurs, and people who just really like to eat gathered at 3015 at Trinity Groves for our Best New Restaurants dinner. The 10-course meal, benefiting Cafe Momentum, sampled bites from each restaurant highlighted in Nancy Nichols’ feature in the December issue of D Magazine. You can view the menu and gallery from the event below.

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Five Must-Have Foodie Gifts in the 2014 Neiman Marcus Christmas Book

For 88 years Neiman Marcus has been tantalizing the imagination with its Christmas book. This year’s 187-page catalog is equipped with more than 600 gifts, ranging from mac ‘n cheese flavored dog treats to his and hers Vilebrequin quadskis for a whopping $50k each. Among the fur-trimmed cashmere cardigans and diamond encrusted bangles are some funky, food and cocktail-centric gifts. Here are five must-haves for exuberant party hosts and bon vivants alike.

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Get to Know Some of the Faces Behind Grapevine’s Culinary Scene

The city of Dallas encompasses an ever-growing culture of food, nightlife, entertainment, and ideas. Yet, it’s become an inescapable bubble as we become locked in weekend routines, new restaurant openings, and favorite dining destinations. Venture a mere 30 minutes outside your metropolis comfort zone and you will arrive in a historic land that brings to life old traditions alongside novel festivities. Through the center of Downtown Grapevine runs Main Street, a walkable, preserved area home to winery tasting rooms, the Grapevine Vintage Railroad, the Palace Arts Center, the Grapevine Glockenspiel Clock Tower, one-of-a-kind shops, live entertainment venues, restaurants and art galleries. Escape for a day to enjoy the holiday offerings or make it a staycation at the Gaylord after drinking your way through the headquarters of Texas’ wine industry.

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