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Good Graces, nestled in the vibrant heart of Uptown Dallas, proudly announces the debut of its inventive new dinner menu. Curated by Executive Chef Johney Han, the menu represents a bold reimagining of American brasserie dining, marrying traditional elements with modern culinary trends. With a focus on high-quality, generously portioned protein dishes complemented by various shareable plates, the new offerings underscore Good Graces' commitment to an enjoyable, social dining experience. 

Central to the menu are the Chef's Cut selections, featuring locally sourced meats such as an 8 oz center cut filet mignon, 10 oz strip loin, 14 oz bone-in ribeye, and rotisserie chicken, available in whole or half servings. These selections highlight the collaboration with local purveyors in the North Texas region to bring the freshest seasonal produce and ingredients to the table.

Accompanying the Chef's Cuts are meticulously curated shareable and side dishes designed to round out the meal, including roasted Brussels sprouts with blue cheese espuma, mojo baby carrots, creamy mashed potatoes, shishito peppers, beet salad, and bison meatballs. 

"We aim to offer a dining experience that is both customizable and memorable," Chef Han explains. "We're excited for our Chef's Cuts, along with their accompanying sides and sauces, to become new local favorites, offering a fresh palette of flavors."

Good Graces enhances the dining experience with a new fromage section featuring a selection of cheese and charcuterie plates showcasing the best local and seasonal offerings. For those who prefer a traditional entrée, options like sweet potato gnocchi with braised duck breast, bone-in short rib with whipped polenta, salmon with leek puree and ratatouille, Bolognese with veal and pork gravy, and a market seafood special promise to satisfy with their innovative flavors and high-quality ingredients.

Chef Han emphasizes the goal of making high-quality flavors approachable, saying, "We've blended the beauty of French cooking techniques with a range of fresh flavors, served in a way that our guests look forward to."

Desserts, too, see an infusion of creativity with additions like Paris Brest composed of pecan whip, praline and candied pecans; and the Earl grey crème br?lée, where the infusion of earl grey tea adds a unique twist to the classic custard adorned with caramelized sugar crust. Both draw on Chef Han's extensive experience in French cuisine. The menu retains community favorites such as the signature Uptown cheesecake and fig pavlova. 

The bar features the Tanqueray Gin Champion Shaker, offering unique cocktails like the Goodness & Grace Fizz and How Sweet the Sour, expertly mixed tableside.

Good Graces is more than a restaurant; it's an integral part of the Uptown community, providing an upscale, intimate setting that reflects the dining environment of an intimate Parisian brasserie. Guests enjoy complimentary valet parking courtesy of Marriott Dallas Uptown at 3033 Fairmount Street, ensuring a seamless dining experience from start to finish.

Reservations are available through OpenTable. For a closer look at the new menu and to explore Good Graces further, visit goodgracesdallas.com.  

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Mixology Mondays The Parlor at Sheraton Dallas

Is there a better way to start the week than learning how to make a cocktail with friends, or coworkers, and then drinking it? The Parlor, inside Sheraton Dallas, hosts weekly interactive mixology classes, called Mixology Mondays, every Monday from 5-6pm led by the hotel’s talented Mixologist, Adam. The Parlor is an upscale lounge bar that replicates aspects of historical speakeasies and serves curated cocktails, draft beers and ciders, and tasty appetizers.

Adam will have all of the ingredients and tools ready to demonstrate how to make that week’s featured classic cocktail, such as a Cosmopolitan, Old Fashioned, Manhattan, Mojito and so on, and share fun tricks of the trade during the Mixology Mondays classes. Guests can have fun mixing a cocktail and then enjoy the delicious creation afterwards. 

Classes vary weekly and reservations are required. Reservations can be made here. The cost is $30/per person which does not include tax and gratuity. 

The Mixologist, Adam, grew up on the east coast and has always had a passion for the fast-paced lifestyle which led him to working at one of the largest nightclubs in New York City. Adam has explored more than 43 countries and worked at luxury properties such as The Ritz-Carlton Dubai, The Ritz-Carlton Aspen and the Grand Cayman Marriott. He uses ingredients from around the world to create unique cocktails not found anywhere else. 

Sheraton Dallas is the largest hotel in Texas and the second largest Sheraton in the world, with 1,840 guest rooms, 230,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention spaces, pool, fitness center with state-of-the-art fitness equipment and Peloton bikes, and four dining outlets including The Parlor, Open Palette, Draft Sports Bar & Lounge and Open Mkt. Sheraton Dallas Hotel is located at 400 North Olive Street, Dallas, Texas 75201. 

 

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Fairmont Dallas invites guests to elevate their game day experience at Pyramid Lobby Bar as the go-to spot for sports fans and foodies alike with a new game day menu that will be available on Sunday, February 11 beginning at 5:30pm

The Lineup

Indulge in a winning combination of flavors with specially crafted game day bites and drinks featuring:

  • Beast Sliders with queso menonita, balsamic glazed cipollini onions, and frisee for $9

  • Confit Buffalo Wings with carrots, celery, and buttermilk ranch for $15

  • Short Rib Tostada with white cheddar, escabeche, avocado, and cotija for $6

  • Loaded Battered Fries with smoked cheddar, bacon, malt vinegar, horseradish crema, and green onion for $12

  • Signature cocktails including Jalapeño Tailgate and Red Zone Punch

  • $22 beer buckets with a choice of four imported or local brews and a free beer roulette spin with the chance to win specials

  • $7 draft beer

Keep the celebrations rolling with National Margarita Day on Thursday, February 22. Pyramid Lobby Bar will serve a margarita flight featuring a classic margarita, spicy margarita, and a Paloma. Each margarita flight is served with complimentary chips and salsa.

 

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Kitchen Design Concepts

The question of how to make a small kitchen look bigger is common among homeowners planning for a kitchen remodel. Small kitchens, while functional, might feel cramped, especially once guests arrive. 

If expanding your kitchen square footage isn’t in the cards, you may need to adopt a different strategy. Kitchen Design Concepts, a Dallas-based home remodeling and design company, has shared expert advice on how to make your kitchen appear larger without physical expansion, saving both time and money in a homeowner's remodel. 

Clever Storage Solutions

To make a small kitchen look bigger, the use of clever storage solutions is great for both functionality and appearance. Consider installing cabinets and shelves that reach to the ceiling. This maximizes the storage and draws the eye upward, creating the illusion of height. 

You can also opt for shallower lower cabinets in some areas, as this can open up more floor space, making the kitchen feel less cramped. These cabinets are often more accessible, making them ideal for everyday items. 

Incorporating storage solutions, like a kitchen island with built-in storage, can provide additional workspace while keeping essentials neatly organized. By optimizing cabinet and drawer organization and choosing versatile storage options, you can efficiently use every inch of space, contributing to a more open and airy kitchen ambiance.

Strategic Lighting

Natural light is particularly effective in making a small kitchen appear bigger, as it brightens the space and creates a more spacious feel. If your kitchen has windows, choose window coverings that maximize access to natural lighting. In kitchens without windows, consider adding a window to bring in natural light. This approach not only brightens the space but also visually expands it. 

The right choice of lighting fixtures is equally important. Opt for light fixtures that illuminate the entire kitchen evenly, eliminating dark corners and making the space feel more open and inviting. Using natural and artificial lighting together can effectively enhance the sense of space in a small kitchen.

Thoughtful Color Selection

Using a light and neutral color palette, such as whites or soft pastels, can create an airy, open atmosphere. These colors reflect light better, making the space feel more expansive. Incorporate low-contrast accent colors, as high-contrast options can make spaces feel smaller. 

Colors that are close to each other on the color wheel, with similar undertones, create a cohesive look, allowing the eye to move smoothly around the room without getting caught in contrasting details. This seamless flow gives the illusion of a larger space. By carefully choosing your kitchen’s color scheme, you can significantly impact its perceived size and dimensions.

Open Shelving and Minimalistic Design

Open shelving in a small kitchen significantly contributes to a sense of openness. This approach eliminates the visual bulk of cabinet doors, instantly creating an illusion of more space. However, this strategy is most effective when shelves are not cluttered. Neatly organized and minimally stocked shelves, possibly in trendy materials like copper, enhance this spacious effect. 

Embracing minimalism is crucial; decluttering and keeping only essential and aesthetically pleasing items on display can make your kitchen appear larger. A minimalist design, with its clean lines and unobstructed sightlines, promotes a roomier feel, making the kitchen feel less cramped.

Mirrors and Reflective Surfaces

Mirrors and reflective surfaces can dramatically enhance the perception of space in a small kitchen. Incorporating a large mirror on one wall, for instance, can create a striking visual impact, reflecting other elements of the kitchen and giving the illusion of an extended area. 

Using glass in furniture items, like glass pendant lights, helps maintain an unobstructed visual path, making the space appear larger. Opting for materials with reflective qualities, such as glass tiles, glossy cabinets, high-gloss paint, shiny floors, or stainless steel appliances, also contributes to this effect, as they bounce light around the room.

Smart Furniture Choices

Smart furniture choices are key in making a small kitchen look bigger. Opting for space-saving and multi-functional furniture that fits the kitchen’s dimensions is crucial. Furniture with slender profiles, such as thin chair legs or sleek table designs, can significantly enhance the perception of space. 

Bulky, oversized furniture should be avoided as it can make the surrounding area feel cramped. Proper furniture placement is also important for maintaining a fluid and open feel in the kitchen. Customizing furniture to suit the specific dimensions of the space can ensure both functionality and a sense of openness.

Creating the Illusion

Creating the illusion of a larger kitchen can be achieved through the strategic use of geometric patterns and lines. Geometric designs on tablecloths, rugs, or runners can visually expand the space. These patterns draw the eye in specific directions, such as vertically or lengthways, giving the impression of a taller or longer kitchen. 

Including horizontal lines in a kitchen’s design can effectively create an illusion of it being wider. By strategically placing elements like backsplash tiles, shelving, or even the pattern on the floor in a horizontal orientation, the kitchen can appear more spacious. This optical illusion is a simple yet impactful way to create the perception of a larger area without needing structural changes. It’s a design trick that combines functionality with aesthetics, catering to both practical needs and visual appeal.

For years, Kitchen Design Concepts has been a trusted name in crafting both eye-catching and functional spaces in the Dallas metroplex. The team of certified remodeling professionals is well-equipped to deliver quality craftsmanship while working within a homeowner's budget. Visit kitchendesignconcepts.com or visit the Kitchen Design Concepts design studio at 150 Payne St. Dallas, TX to learn more. 

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With love in the air and celebrations underway, Fairmont Dallas invites true romantics to celebrate their affections in the heart of the Dallas Arts District.  

Pyramid at Fairmont Dallas will offer a martini bar featuring a Raspberry Martini, Chocolate Martini and Espresso Martini and limited edition plates including Texas Wagyu Tartare, Alaskan Halibut, Mille-Feuille, and more on February 9th, 10th, and 14th from 5-11pm. Menu prices range from $16-$52. Reservations can be made on OpenTable.  

More information on the menu options are below.

  • Young Lettuces and Herbs with honeycrisp apple, Marcona almonds, manchego, and Banyuls vinaigrette 

  • Texas Wagyu Tartare with chimichurri, pecorino, and brioche

  • Agnolotti with ricotta, crawfish, and lobster nage 

  • Mafaldine with caper gremolata, San Marzano tomato, and Grana Padano

  • Alaskan Halibut with savoy cabbage, celeriac, and champagne emulsion

  • 8oz Prime Filet with foie gras, pommes puree, and bordelaise 

  • Mille-Feuille with Caribe chocolate and vanilla custard crème

Located in the Dallas Arts District at 1717 N Akard St, Fairmont Dallas provides an ideal venue for your romantic evening. Following your memorable meal, indulge in a leisurely stroll through the Dallas Arts District, soaking in the vibrant sights and sounds of the city.

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Kitchen Design Concepts

A North Dallas home located on Stonehollow Way has recently undergone a remarkable kitchen transformation that seamlessly blends sophistication, eco-friendliness, and functionality, designed by Kitchen Design Concepts

This culinary haven not only addresses the client's unique challenges but also stands as a testament to sustainable design. With backgrounds in management consulting, the Kitchen Design Concepts team has defined and refined a process that shapes their partnership with each client. The process reflects how the team is synced with clients every step of the way. Using the Lifestyle Assessment Tool, expert designers create a plan with the client’s unique specifications.

Design:

Guided by the expertise of Kitchen Design Concepts, a distinguished Dallas-based home design and remodeling company, the kitchen remodel was executed to refresh the home for its family of five. The result is a space that has turned the cooking process from a dreaded task into a focal point of joy and creativity that will maintain sustainability for years to come.

The redesigned kitchen artfully blends traditional design with a modern twist, showcasing Cambria countertops in Inverness Frost. Warm white veins on a cool white canvas create a visually striking and organic design that adds vibrant intensity to the heart of the home.

Sustainability:

As sustainability remained an important priority for the homeowners, the choice to incorporate recycled materials aligns with the client's commitment to environmental consciousness. The incorporation of recycled materials, exemplified by Cambria countertops and Fireclay Tile—a certified B Corporation offering recycled products—aligns seamlessly with the client's commitment to environmental consciousness. Opting for an electric stove, in contrast to gas, underscores the kitchen's eco-friendly efforts.

Adding a touch of modernity, Sherwin-Williams’ Niebla Azul, the accent color in cabinetry and the dry bar, provides a contemporary twist on traditional design. 

The result is a kitchen that not only champions sustainability but is also aesthetically pleasing, with light and airy textures creating an inviting and timeless atmosphere.

Overcoming a Project Challenge:

Facing a unique structural challenge with a pole in the kitchen, the design team crafted an island around it, maintaining the structure's integrity while delivering a beautiful and functional solution within the client's budget.

For years, Kitchen Design Concepts has been a trusted name in crafting both eye-catching and functional spaces in the Dallas metroplex. The team of certified remodeling professionals is well-equipped to deliver quality craftsmanship while working within a homeowner's budget. Visit kitchendesignconcepts.com Kitchen Design Concepts to learn more. 

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The Parlor Sheraton Dallas

Sheraton Dallas is proud to welcome guests and the local community to a gallery exhibition launch of artwork by artists of The Stewpot Art Program that will be on display at Sheraton Dallas. The event, Art Night at The Parlor, is on Friday, February 2, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the hotel’s upscale lounge bar, The Parlor, located inside Sheraton Dallas Hotel at 400 North Olive Street, Dallas, Texas 75201. At the event, attendees can sip on refreshments that will be served, view the artwork on display, speak to a few of the artists in attendance, and select pieces to purchase for their home, office, or as a gift for a friend. Guests of the gallery opening will have the option to purchase original works of art, which start at $50, first. Attendance is complimentary and does not require a reservation. 

The Stewpot Art Program, one of the most beloved art programs in the city, serves those experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in Dallas. It provides a safe environment and outlet for individuals to express themselves through art. With access to a studio space and art supplies at The Stewpot, artists can come in on their own time and produce artwork throughout the year. The program is also an outlet for individuals to connect with others that have the same passion. There are currently 17 artists in The Stewpot Art Program. 

Artists receive 90% of art sales with 10% of sales benefitting the art program for supplies and field trips for artists. 

"I believe in the transformative power of art to bridge gaps and amplify voices. Showcasing the talented artwork from artists in the local Stewpot Art Program not only brings beauty to our spaces but also sheds light on the resilience and talent within our community," says Chandana Weerasekara, Hotel Manager of Sheraton Dallas. “We hope the gallery exhibit assists the artists in being able to continue to pursue their passion.”

The Stewpot is a community ministry of First Presbyterian Church of Dallas, offering a safe haven for homeless and at-risk individuals of Dallas and providing resources for basic survival needs, as well as opportunities to start a new life. 

The art gallery exhibit at Sheraton Dallas will continue to be on display within The Parlor and Open Mkt. Grab ‘n Go, where guests of the hotel or locals stopping in can view and purchase artwork after the Art Night at The Parlor. 

The Parlor replicates aspects of historical speakeasies and offers curated cocktails, local cider and beer, signature old fashioneds and margaritas, tasty appetizers, shuffleboard, wall scrabble, and classic video games. Open Mkt. Grab ‘n Go is a convenient dining outlet with a wide selection of healthy foods, delicious treats, and local delights to take on-the-go. Other events offered throughout the year at The Parlor include a popular Mixology Mondays class and is available for private parties.  

Boasting a recent multi-million dollar renovation throughout and located down the street from the Arts District in Dallas, Sheraton Dallas is the largest hotel in Texas with 1,840 guest rooms; 230,000 square feet of flexible meeting and convention spaces; large fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment; pool with stunning views of downtown; a signature restaurant and bar called Open Palette; the 4,000 square-foot sports bar, DRAFT Sports Bar & Lounge; Open Mkt. Grab ‘n Go; and The Parlor.

For more information about the Sheraton Dallas or to book a stay, visit 

www.SheratonDallas.com. For more information about events, contact the sales team at Sales.03207@sheraton.comor call 214-303-4200. 

 

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Reese's Book Club Gathering at Sheraton Dallas

Book lovers mark your calendars! The Sheraton Dallas will now be a venue for Reese’s Book Club gathering every month starting Saturday, January 27, 2023 in the hotel’s Club Lounge. The first book is First Lie Wins, A Novel by Ashley Elston, which will be discussed at the first gathering on January 27 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. A host will lead the monthly gathering meet-ups, and light sips and bites will be served. Reserve a spot here.

Complimentary on-site hotel parking is available for up to four hours. Please bring your parking ticket and present it to the host for validation.

The Sheraton Dallas’ Club Lounge is centrally located with the Downtown Dallas hotel on the 2nd floor and embraces modern design in a flowing and open floor plan. 

For hotel guests, Access is complimentary for Marriott Bonvoy™ members with Platinum Elite, Titanium Elite and Ambassador Elite status, plus one accompanying guest. Access is also complimentary for guests who have reserved a Club room (entry for up to two people per guest room). Additional guest passes to the lounge are available for purchase at the front desk. The experience includes continental breakfast, evening hors d’oeuvres, happy hour, sweet temptations, snacks and non-alcoholic beverages, dedicated staff, hydration stations, coffee and tea stations, premium Wi-Fi, and business services.

 

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Kitchen Design Concepts

For homeowners, the concept of kitchen remodeling is more than just an aesthetic upgrade. It’s a practical investment that promises long-term benefits beyond the initial allure of a stylish and modern kitchen. The design experts at Kitchen Design Concepts, a Dallas-based home design and remodeling firm, share the differences between remodeling and reviving and the long-term benefits of a kitchen remodel. 

Reviving vs. Remodeling

While these terms are often used interchangeably, they entail distinct approaches to improving your kitchen space. Reviving typically involves making minor changes to restore or repair the existing kitchen components. It may include tasks like repainting walls, replacing appliances, or refinishing cabinets. Revived renovations are generally less extensive and are primarily focused on cosmetic improvements. 

On the other hand, remodeling takes a more comprehensive approach. It entails altering the layout, structure, and design of your kitchen to create a completely new and improved space. Remodeling often involves a bit of demolition, installing new cabinetry, countertops, and appliances, and even reconfiguring the kitchen’s layout to better suit your needs.

Long-Term Benefits of Kitchen Remodeling

  1. Improved Functionality: One of the primary benefits of kitchen remodeling is enhanced functionality. By redesigning the layout and flow of your kitchen, you can optimize the use of available space. This allows for more efficient meal preparation, cooking, and cleaning, making your kitchen a joy to work in. Kitchen Design Concepts designers can help you create a layout that suits your specific needs and preferences.
  2. Storage Updates: Outdated and insufficient storage can be a common issue in older kitchens. A kitchen remodel can address this problem by installing modern, space-saving cabinets and storage solutions. This not only increases the overall storage capacity but also helps you stay organized and clutter-free.
  3. Up-to-date Looks: Aesthetics play a significant role in kitchen remodeling, and updating the look of your kitchen can have a lasting impact. By incorporating contemporary design trends, you can achieve a timeless and stylish appearance that will remain attractive for years to come. The choice of kitchen cabinets, countertops, and finishes can dramatically transform the look of your kitchen space.
  4. Energy Efficiency: With rising energy costs and a growing concern for the environment, energy-efficient kitchen appliances and lighting have become a priority for homeowners. During a kitchen remodel, you can replace old, energy-guzzling appliances with modern, energy-efficient models. This not only reduces your monthly utility bills but also contributes to a greener planet.
  5. Increased Safety: Safety is paramount in any kitchen. Older kitchens may have outdated wiring, inadequate lighting, or other safety hazards. A kitchen remodel allows you to address these concerns. By installing proper lighting, updating electrical systems, and ensuring slip-resistant flooring, you can create a safer environment for your family.

For years, Kitchen Design Concepts has been a trusted name in crafting both eye-catching and functional spaces in the Dallas metroplex. The team of certified remodeling professionals is well-equipped to deliver quality craftsmanship while working within a homeowner's budget. Visit kitchendesignconcepts.com Kitchen Design Concepts to learn more. 

 

 

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Kitchen Design Concepts

The heart of every home, the kitchen, is more than just a space for preparing meals. It’s a place where memories are cooked up, conversations flow, and creativity finds its culinary canvas. For homeowners looking to embark on a journey of kitchen remodeling, the prospect of crafting an elegant yet functional design can be both exciting and daunting. Kitchen Design Concepts, a Dallas-based home design and remodeling firm, has a team of experts to guide you through the key dream kitchen design concepts that will transform your space into a haven of style and efficiency.

Layout: Maximizing Space and Flow

The foundation of any kitchen design lies in its layout. Whether you’re working with a small kitchen or a spacious one, the layout can significantly impact the functionality and aesthetics of the space. When considering a kitchen remodeling project, focus on creating an efficient work triangle between the sink, stove, and refrigerator. This triangular arrangement minimizes unnecessary movement and maximizes convenience during meal preparation.

Appliances & Fixtures: Blending Utility and Elegance

Selecting the right appliances and fixtures can enhance the overall functionality of your kitchen. When choosing appliances, opt for energy-efficient models that align with your budget. Integrating stainless steel appliances can provide a modern and sleek touch to the design while maintaining durability and ease of maintenance.

Storage: The Key to Clutter-Free Countertops

Ample storage is essential for a well-organized kitchen. To avoid cluttered countertops, invest in quality kitchen cabinets that offer both style and functionality. Consider open shelving for displaying decorative items or frequently used cookware. Customizable solutions, such as pull-out pantry shelves or deep drawers, can optimize storage space and make accessing items a breeze.

Style: Infusing Personalized Elegance

Kitchen Design Concepts designers understand the importance of infusing personal style into kitchen designs. Whether your taste leans toward contemporary, traditional, or transitional aesthetics, the key is to create a cohesive design that reflects your personality. Incorporate elements such as decorative backsplashes, pendant lighting, and elegant cabinet hardware to add character to your kitchen space.

Colors & Countertops: Harmonious Palettes

Choosing the right color palette and countertops can significantly impact the ambiance of your kitchen. Opt for neutral tones like whites, grays, or soft pastels for a timeless and elegant look. Consider durable countertop materials like quartz or granite that offer both aesthetics and functionality. These materials are not only resistant to scratches and heat but also available in a variety of colors and patterns.

Special Elements: Adding a Distinctive Touch

To truly make your kitchen design stand out, consider incorporating special elements that cater to your needs and preferences. For instance, a kitchen island can serve as a versatile workspace, a casual dining area, or additional storage. Adding a wine rack, built-in bookshelves, or a cozy breakfast nook can elevate the charm and functionality of your kitchen.

 

For years, Kitchen Design Concepts has been a trusted name in crafting both eye-catching and functional spaces in the Dallas metroplex. The team of certified remodeling professionals is well-equipped to deliver quality craftsmanship while working within a homeowner's budget. Visit kitchendesignconcepts.com Kitchen Design Concepts to learn more.