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This is your opportunity to be a hero for kids with cancer!

There’s going to be a St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to shave your head, volunteer, or donate,  you have a wonderful chance to be a part of the excitement.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. What began as a challenge between friends has grown into the world’s fastest growing volunteer-driven fundraising opportunity benefiting childhood cancer research. Beginning back in 2000, the foundation has clearly caught-on and is really making a difference.

Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers. Since 2000, more than 147,000 volunteers — including over 12,000 women — have shaved in solidarity with children with cancer at events in dozens of countries and every U.S. state. 

If you choose to support a participant or team at the event, your name will appear on their donor list. To support the event in general and appear on the event donor list, please go to the event’s OFFICIAL WEBSITE and click “Make a Donation” to give online, or you can also donate by phone or through the mail.

Do not miss the event. Be sure to be at Milo Butterfinger’s (5645 Yale Blvd Dallas, TX 75206) on March 30th at 4:00 pm to be apart of the fun with an amazingly good and life-saving cause.

On March 13th, Chefs for Farmers will bring in some of North Texas’ best chefs to personally operate a cafeteria line in order to raise awareness for a couple of worthy causes. Foodie heroes such as John Tesar (formerly of The Mansion), burger king-pins Jack Perkins (Maple & Motor), and Brian Luscher (The Grape) and recent award-winner Tim Byres (Smoke) will be slinging their creative and classic takes on cafeteria classics comprised from farm-fresh ingredients.

Guest judges, including television host Gary Cogill and restaurant luminary Gene Street will help guests decide which dishes are indeed the best as they pile on the culinary goodness atop their trays at the venerable Dallas eatery, the Highland Park Cafeteria. Dishes that will have participants salivating are Duck Meatballs, Wild Boar Sloppy Joes and even Tater Tots with Pork Belly, among many other tantalizing offerings.

If only the elementary school lunch planners of the world would get wind of this menu!

Of course, the dining is a fun cause, but the proceeds and notoriety that the event will generate will help causes that aim to help many others. The relatively new host organization, Chefs for Farmers, was formed in 2010 and exists to help create a greater awareness for North Texas-area farms and farmers. Sadly, such awareness is sorely needed, as so many farmers face uphill battles of many types on a daily basis.

The event’s primary beneficiary, The Family Place, will receive a portion of the proceeds which will go a long way in helping Dallas’ largest provider of family violence services continue to offer help and programs to thousands of victims of family violence each year.

More details are available at Chefs for Farmers website, as well as tickets to this worthy and tasty event. Go to www.chefsforfarmers.com to secure your place in line!

Hopefully, it wasn’t lost on everyone that this week marked another Texas Independance Day. Of course, that also means that another legendary and pride-inducing, albeit somber, point in history is also welcoming another turn of the calendar.

The Battle of The Alamo took place between February 23rd and March 6th of 1836. The shocking losses suffered by the forces that had held its ground so bravely for that fortnight proved to be a galvanizing force, helping propel the rebel squad, led by Sam Houston, to a resounding and revolutionary victory over the Mexican forces of General Santa Anna just over a month later.

These days, the Alamo stands as not only a moving tourist attraction in the middle of a busy downtown collection of modernity, but as a symbol of Texan pride and resilience. It is with both of those attributes that the city of San Antonio asks people from all over the country to come, learn and remember what happened during what was perhaps our state’s most pivotal two weeks.

Concerts, lectures, exhibits and remembrances will be in great supply between March 3rd and March 6th. Go to www.visitsanantonio.com/alamo/events for more information.

BestofTexas.com and BestBuzz are very excited and honored to be sponsoring the ‘Best Party in Texas’ Super Bowl charity event with the Jose Feliciano Foundation, and we’re giving away Two FREE VIP Tickets (value $2,000) for the party to a lucky winner at 5pm on Friday!

To be entered to win, all you have to do is go “LIKE” us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/BestofTexas) or go “FOLLOW” us on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/BestofTexas) and Re-Tweet or Re-Post this link on your page!

This Saturday night, February 5th from 9pm to 3am, we will be partying it up at the Embassy Suites Outdoor World with some of the hottest celebrities and athletes in the world. This will be the BEST party in Texas, and 100% of the proceeds go to support these fabulous charities: Gridiron Greats, CSD, Ronald McDonald House, Friends of Wednesday’s Child, NOVA Center, Habitat for Humanity, Dallas Margarita Society, and Dallas Children’s Charities.

Only a few tickets are left before the party sells out, and you can get tickets while they are still available by contacting Jeannie McLaughlin at info@superbowldallas.org or call 972-983-4258.

Many surprises are in store for the evening and you’ll mix and mingle with such celebrities as Carmen Electra, Aubrey O’Day, Bill and Giuliana Rancic, Randy Jackson from American Idol, cast members from Glee and 90210, Hayden Panettiere, the Ultimate Cheerleaders, the Conan O’Brien Show, Beyonce, and so many more! Athletes attending include Mike Ditka, Jay Novacek, Tony Dorsett, and the list keeps growing so check out this page for an up-to-date list.

The cocktails will be flowing and the night will be full of entertainment from DJ Krave, Emerald City Band and more. Guests will also be able to participate in a silent auction which includes everything from autographed sports memorabilia to “experience” prizes, such as a night of cooking in the kitchen with Iron Chef Winner, Kent Rathbun, then enjoying dinner at Abacus with a guest! There will even be a gorgeous one-of-a-kind diamond “football” ring that was created by Gauthier just for this event, and is worth over $10,000! Specialty cocktails by Texas’s own, Deep Eddy Sweet Tea and warm, fresh chocolate chip cookies by Tiff’s Treats are just a few of the treats to be had at the event.

None of this could happen without our amazing sponsors and we’re so grateful that the community has come together to support this amazing night before the big Super Bowl game in Dallas, TX!

AND, to top off this fabulous night, Best of Texas and BestBuzz will be giving away an exclusive VIP vacation for two to the Cayman Islands! After all this freezing snow, we figured what could be better than a nice tropical vacation to a Caribbean island?

This luxury dream vacation to Grand Cayman includes all of this and MORE:

  • Airfare for two from any Cayman Airways hub with complementary Rum Punch (value $1,200)
  • Six nights hotel stay at the Sunshine Suites Resort Grand Cayman (value $3,000)
  • Private 3 Hour Luxury Yacht Cruise for Two (value $975) – includes snorkeling and snorkel gear, wave-runner, water-skiing, wakeboarding, stop at the famous Stingray City Sandbar, tropical fruit kabobs and more. Watch a video of Cayman Luxury Charters: http://bit.ly/eY5pAe
  • Waterfront Ocean Fine Dining VIP Dinner for Two at The Wharf Restaurant & Bar (value $125)
  • VIP Table with Bottle Service at the new Elements Ultra Lounge in Grand Cayman (value $500)

You can visit www.BestBuzz.bz/superbowl for more information.

BestBuzz is the new mobile-local-social app for BestofTexas.com and it will be launching throughout DFW this February! To be invited to the BestBuzz launch party, please register at www.BestBuzz.bz today. Guests will be able to download the free BestBuzz app for iPhone or Android and ‘buzz-in’ at the party to automatically be entered to win a vacation to Grand Cayman!

To WIN VIP tickets to the ‘Best Party in Texas’, all you need to do is go “LIKE” us on Facebook (www.Facebook.com/BestofTexas) or go “FOLLOW” us on Twitter (www.Twitter.com/BestofTexas) and Re-Tweet or Re-Post this link on your page!

See you at the BEST PARTY IN TEXAS!

For more information about BestBuzz or BestofTexas.com, please contact carrie@bestoftexas.com.

Head out to the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg, Texas and help support the United Service Organization (USO) while ringing in 2011 in style, 1940s style that is.

The Hangar Hotel and Conference Center will be hosting their first ever New Year’s Eve Hangar Dance on Friday, December 31, 2010. A percentage of the event’s proceeds will be donated to USO Ft. Hood, which delivers programs and services to more than 40,000 service members and their families.

The dance will feature big band music by Fredericksburg local Bill Smallwood and The Lonestar Swing Orchestra.

Attendees can participate in swing dance lessons from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the band will play from 9:00 p.m. until 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $40 a person ($10 per person discount for anyone who purchases two nights at the Hangar Hotel) and includes a complimentary champagne toast, party favors, black-eyed peas and cornbread at midnight.

Attendees are encouraged to wear their best 1940s inspired outfit and participate in the costume contest. Those donning a military uniform will receive a coupon for a free drink – just don’t be AD, since you can’t drink in uniform!

The Hangar Hotel, located adjacent to the Gillespie County Airport, was designed to mimic the look of a WWII airplane hangar, providing the perfect setting for a USO style dance. The event will be held in the Pacific Showroom, located next to the hotel, which is decorated in South Pacific/WWII style complete with palm trees and tiki bar.

For more information or to purchase a ticket to the dance contact the Hangar Hotel at (830) 997-9990.

And now…enjoy Glenn Miller and the Army Air Force Band

An all-star team of Dallas’ top chefs celebrate local farms at a benefit dinner March 13 at the famed Highland Park Cafeteria.

Each Chef will take a classic approach to dining with farm-fresh ingredients, preparing two gourmet dishes to be served cafeteria-style. Guests (the event is kid-friendly, too!)  interact with chefs one on one as they grab a tray and walk the queue selecting from a multitude of comfort classics served up by DFW’s finest. Complimentary old school style drinks will be served.

DJs Jennifer Miller and Paul Paredes will be mixing the tracks at this one-of-a-kind event with a special appearance by guest DJ/Chef Matt McCallister.

A portion of the proceeds benefit The Family Place, the largest family violence service provider in the Dallas area serving thousands of victims of family violence each year with award-winning programs that keep women and children safe. For more than 32 years, The Family Place’s mission to end the epidemic of family violence has remained constant through intervention, emergency shelter, and crisis counseling for all victims, saving lives with transitional housing and case management, transforming lives for the better.

Founded in 2010 by Chef Matt McCallister and his wife Iris, Chefs for Farmers was organized to raise awareness for the importance of using local ingredients and supporting the farms and farmers in and around Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas.
The feast begins at 4pm as each guest picks up a tray and walks the line.

Cost is $85 per person excluding tax and service fee. To purchase tickets just visit Prekindle online.

Highland Park Cafeteria is located at 1200 North Buckner Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75218 in Casa Linda.

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium is teaming up with Tarrant Area Food Bank for a Glasses-4-Groceries Food Drive on Wednesday, Dec. 15 beginning at 4 p.m. at its downtown location in Sundance Square.

Flying Saucer and Tarrant Area Food Bank hope to provide at least 500 people with a meal this holiday season through the food drive promotion. In exchange for their food donation, patrons will receive one Brewery Night glass. The Saucer only has 500 glasses to give away, so guests should arrive early with donations.

To see a list of items that are most needed, visit the Tarrant Area Food Bank online. Cash donations are also welcome.

“The Flying Saucer is excited to partner with a great organization like Tarrant Area Food Bank,” said Marc Castaldo, general manager at Flying Saucer. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us as a local business to give back to the community and also offer our patrons a chance to get a collectible glass that they might have missed out on before.”

Flying Saucer Draught Emporium was founded in 1995 in Fort Worth, Texas. Offering a wide variety of imported and domestic quality craft beers, as well as a full pub menu, the Flying Saucer family has now expanded to 14 locations in Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina and Missouri.

For more information about the event, please call (817) 336-7470 or visit the Fort Worth Flying Saucer online.

Celebrating the chefs who source locally and benefiting Meals on Wheels of Tarrant County, this Chefs for Farmers 6-course dining event will be like no other!

Sit down and enjoy some of Fort Worth’s best chefs and most importantly, local farmers from throughout the Metroplex when your evening begins at Times Ten Cellars in Ft Worth, followed by a bonfire after-party at J Bar L Ranch, a real cutting horse ranch.

Honoring Dominion Farms, Scott Farms, Burgundy Pasture Beef & Tassione Farms and benefitting the great folks at Meals on Wheels, your support would be greatly appreciated, and will help to further the important cause of keeping well-deserved attention on our local growers and farmers.

Chefs include: Jon Bonnell of Bonnell’s, Blaine Staniford of Grace, Dena Peterson of Cafe Modern, Michael Morabito of The Colonial Fort Worth Country Club, Dan Landsberg of Tillman’s, Gwin Grimes of Artisan Baking Company and pastry whiz Zach Townsend of Pure Chocolate Desserts. Grace’s Sommelier, Ryan Tedder, will preside over wine.

Tickets are available online at Chefs for Farmers right now!

And while you’re at it, check out these farmers and growers, too!

BURGUNDY PASTURE BEEF:
Producers of the highest-quality grass-fed beef, raised on lush pastures in Grandview, Texas. Their family follows strict guidelines when it comes to their product; raised in the most natural setting with no growth hormones or any other artificial circumstance. Many fine restaurants, such as Bonnell’s, Tillman’s, Celebration Restaurant and Café Modern are among their loyal clientele.

DOMINION FARMS:
Dominion Farms raises grass fed/finished beef, pastured pork, range fed chicken and eggs. On their beautiful farm in Denton, Texas they raise their animals without stress, plenty of room and a lot of sunshine. Growth hormones, antibiotics, commercial fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides are not allowed. All of their products are clean, healthy and delicious.

SCOTT FARMS:
In Cisco, Texas you can find some of the freshest, vibrant and most delicious vegetables in the state. Owner and amazing farmer, Peyton Scott sticks with a method to keeping his vegetables amongst the best, “when it’s ready, pick it!”

TASSIONE FARMS:
Recently profiled in Edible DFW’s Spring 2010 magazine, Rocky and Celeste Tassione’s farm in Stephenville, Texas has been producing food for the local community since 1991. Started in a greenhouse converted from a garage, Tassione Farms now has 150 acres and provides locally-grown produce for well-known Dallas establishments such as Bolsa, Tillman’s Roadhouse, Stephan Pyles and Parigi. Their specialty is greens and salad mixes, and several local chefs have been covered in the Dallas press for their Tassione-based salads.

In my quest to give the gift of Texas this holiday season, I also stumbled across Cordova Studios and their hand spun, hand dyed yarns, shawls and dog sweaters this morning.

Whether you’ve got a posh pet or knitting fan on your list, Cordova’s yarn and creations are simply beautiful. And while I’m eyeballing this gorgeous, colorful shawl for my 94-year-old granny and this snazzy, Wine and Swiss Cheese scarf for a certain hairdresser in my life, you might be interested in Cordova’s bags, felted from hand-dyed churro yarn totes, which make either an adorable tote or even a green, grocery store bag.

Back to the dog sweaters for a moment. Not only are these sweet little sweaters perfect for the petite, pampered pooch in your life, Trinket the King Charles Cavalier and Cordova’s founder donate 20% of  profits from their line of Trinket dog sweaters to Cavalier Rescue, USA.

Chocolate, parade floats and lights galore are what guests will catch sight of upon arriving at this jolly spectacular. Hillsboro, the close-knit and lively Texas town, invites those near and far to come enjoy its annual Holiday on the Square celebration in downtown Hillsboro on Saturday, December 11th, with proceeds benefiting Christmas for Kids and Food for Families.

This year, Holiday on the Square has acquired a ‘Victorian Chocolate’ theme with each participating store opening its doors at 10 a.m. to offer a different type of chocolate treat to customers as they shop. In addition to these sweet giveaways, patrons are invited to vote for their favorite chocolaty delight in a competition among Hillsboro’s vendors.

Those in the competitive spirit themselves can enter this year’s parade float competition by donating $10, toys or canned goods. Interested contestants must submit their float by Thursday, December 9, and can contact Chelsea Davis of the Hillsboro Chamber of Commerce at 254-582-2481 for additional information. The parade will begin at Hillsboro Junior High at 10 a.m. and end in a celebration on Hillsboro’s town square. Money and toys will be donated to underprivileged children at Christmas for Kids sponsored by Hillsboro Optimist Club and 1560 KHBR-AM, a local classic country radio station. Canned goods are to benefit Food for Families, which provides meals to families in need during the holiday season.

If free chocolate, a parade and a way to help those who need it most are not enough reasons to come down to Hillsboro, the entire town will be dressed in lights and decorations to fit the holiday theme for guests to enjoy. This includes Hillsboro’s famous landmark, The Hill County Courthouse.

With so much contributing to the Holiday on the Square jubilee, it would be a shame not to venture out to Hillsboro’s enchanting winter atmosphere December 11 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.