The city of Frisco, just 20 minutes north of downtown Dallas, is a modern-day boomtown. Its population has tripled since 2004, a feat outshined only by the number of new developments underway, including The $5 Billion Mile with Dallas Cowboys’ world corporate headquarters and three large developments with two boutique hotels. There’s also the growth at Dr Pepper Arena, Dr Pepper Ballpark, Toyota Stadium and Embassy Suites Dallas- Frisco/Hotel, Convention Center & Spa.
While an upscale chain hotel or splashy new convention center can set the stage for a perfectly lovely event, sometimes clients desire a truly unique backdrop for their celebration. Standing out from the crowd involves more than just fabulous décor and a well-played theme—the setting anchors the entire event. And when an ordinary venue just won’t do, consider an out-of- the-box space to set the stage for a truly extraor- dinary event.
On a seasonal spring afternoon, historic downtown Brenham is brimming with shoppers strolling along stone-lined storefronts and making their way into the city’s antique and specialty shops. Even strangers are greeted like old friends, especially when they stop at Must Be Heaven to order a mile-high slice of pie. Behind all this charm and pleasantry, however, Brenham is at the center of some serious business.
AS TEMPERATURES WARM, where else would anyone want to be other than a garden party? However, in Texas, we have weather that may prevent a stop to smell the roses because a thunderstorm hits the area. To make your clients happy by providing a lovely outdoor setting while still accommodating potential weather, here are three public gardens with indoor spaces.
Clark Gardens, Weatherford
Named after the three deep zones in football zone pass defense, Cover 3 focuses on keeping the “zones” of dining, spirits and sports covered for guests. Continuing on the triad motif, Cover 3 has three locations: North Austin, San Antonio and downtown Austin. While sports are a distinct theme, overall the venues try to create a welcoming environment for all.
Over the years, the shape and silhouette of a city’s downtown often become its brand. The historic structures and their iconic shapes tell a story about its people and culture. One Texan city’s silhouette is recognized around the world. Some folks call it Big D. Others call it the home of the Dallas Cowboys.
Brenner’s, an upscale steakhouse hideaway in downtown Houston’s Buffalo Bayou Park, has long attracted special events. This summer it will be joined by The Dunlavy, a new multipurpose event space currently under construction at the 160-acre park’s western end.
“The Dunlavy will be a space that defines our city: bold, innovative and unique,” says Grant Cooper, principal of Clark Cooper Concepts. “It will be a really cool, functional space where people can get creative.”
—1.5 oz. vodka
—.5 oz. St. Germain elderflower liqueur
—.5 oz. velvet falernum liqueur
—2 dashes rhubarb bitters
—1.5 oz. rose water
—3-5 rose petals
1. Muddle rose petals with rose water.
2. Add all ingredients to a shaker.
3. Shake and pour over ice.
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The term “professional forager” probably won’t be making its way into many career guides in the near future, but it is how Valerie Broussard makes her living. She’s a farming matchmaker of sorts, bringing together local farmers and food artisans with the catering companies and restaurants that serve organic and locally grown ingredients. “I help my clients increase their sourcing of local, sustainable and artisanal foods,” Broussard says.
Midnight Rambler is a new craft cocktail bar in the heart of downtown Dallas. Upon entering the bar through a sexy tiled staircase highlighted by a neon “cocktails” sign, guests are greeted by a mix of local business people, cocktail lovers, hotel guests and art lovers alike.