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Popular Bubble Tea Spot Comes to Richardson

Boba tea and mochi donut lovers, get ready!

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Owners Jennifer and Terry Pham. Photos courtesy of Fat Straws Bubble Co./Kathy Tran

Locally owned and operated bubble tea concept, Fat Straws Bubble Tea Co., is opening a fourth location on Saturday, June 1 in Richardson.

In addition to a new location, Fat Straws will become the first business in Texas to offer house-made Mochi Donuts, alongside their well-known milk teas, infusions, brews and blends.

These unique donuts originated in Japan. They are made with mochi flour (a Japanese rice flour) and are known for their crisp exterior and chewy interior.

Each hand-dipped mochi donut will be made using the freshest ingredients including organic strawberries, organic blueberries, and ceremonial grade matcha.

“Over the last 16 years we’ve really tried to stay focused on what we do: make great bubble tea,” says co-owner Terry Pham. “We’ve been searching for something to complement our product, but nothing has stood out. That all changed last year when I had my first Mochi Donut. And like all of the amazing experiences in my life, we had to share it.”

The Richardson store will serve as the commercial kitchen to produce the donuts daily and prepare them for delivered to the three other locations – the original store in Plano, the store on Alpha near the Galleria and the store on Preston at Forest.

The Richardson grand opening event will be held on June 1 from noon to 10pm.

The first 100 guests will receive a prize envelope with a items ranging from a free t-shirt to a $50 gift card.

The first 200 guests will be entered into a raffle to win Fat Straws for a year (1 drink for 52 weeks).

There will also be a Plinko Board with prizes like re-useable straws, t-shirts, free drink cards, free donut cards and much more.

Fat Straws in Richardson is located at 1251 West Campbell Road, Suite 230.

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The Ultimate Cocktail Experience Returns

Some of the best bartenders in the metroplex will come together for a cause.

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The Ultimate Cocktail Experience – one of the world’s largest charity cocktail events – is back for its eighth year.

The festivities will take place October 13 at Harlowe MXM, the Deep Ellum spot with one of the city’s best rooftops.

Each year, the event carries a unique theme. This year, the theme is ALL STARS, where winners from the past 5 years will be battling it out for the championship. Each returning winner will captain one of the bars and will be responsible for creating an original concept and menu of drinks.

The bar captains are:

· Kyle Hilla, The Statler

· Zach Smigiel, Billy Can Can

· Andrew Stofko, Te Deseo

· Ravinder Singh, Beverley’s

· Megan McClinton, The Usual

All proceeds from the Ultimate Cocktail Experience will benefit Trigger’s Toys and go toward reducing the financial and emotional stress on chronically-ill children and their families. Through the event, the organization is able to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to assist those in need.

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Wahlburgers is Coming to Frisco

The celebrity-owned burger joint will open the first Texas outpost this fall at The Star in Frisco.

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Jason Witten and Mark Wahlberg (Photo courtesy of Wahlburgers)

At Dallas Cowboys training camp this past Saturday, Mark Wahlberg attended as part of an announcement that Wahlburgers will open its first restaurant in Texas this fall at The Star in Frisco – the Dallas Cowboys World Corporate Headquarters and Training Facility.

The popular casual dining burger and bar concept founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Chef Paul Wahlberg will bring its diverse lineup of burgers, sandwiches, sides and specialty drinks to one of most popular entertainment districts in North Texas.

“We are all huge sports fans and to be able to open our first Texas location in tandem with a legendary organization like the Dallas Cowboys is icing on the cake,” said Mark Wahlberg.

Wahlberg attended the practice as a special guest of the Cowboys to watch them take the field and also spend time speaking with players, coaches and ownership.

“On behalf of the Jones family, we are excited to team up with the Wahlbergs and bring their successful Wahlburgers restaurant to The Star in Frisco,” said Dallas Cowboys Chief Operating Officer Stephen Jones. “Working together with family to create a solid business with strong values is something both the Joneses and Wahlbergs have in common, and we’re thrilled that our fans and visitors alike will be able to enjoy everything Wahlburgers brings to our campus.”

Created by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, the chef-inspired menu features an emphasis on made-to-order, high-quality, delicious food that represents a selection of his family’s favorite dishes they shared together.

The brothers’ favorite burgers include:

  • Donnie’s choice: BBQ Bacon Burger, described as a “spiced-up weekend barbecue on a bun,” topped with white cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, fresh jalapeños and barbecue sauce
  • Mark’s choice: Thanksgiving Day, “like Thanksgiving leftovers on a bun,” made with fresh ground seasoned turkey, stuffing, Paul’s house made orange-cranberry sauce, roasted butternut squash and mayo
  • Paul’s choice: Wahlburger’s signature Our Burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, government cheese, Paul’s signature Wahl sauce and pickles “just like Dad used to grill in the backyard”

In addition to its line-up of burgers, sandwiches and Wahlbowls, Wahlburgers also provides a full-service bar that makes for a perfect gathering spot for guests, offering a wide selection of cocktails, wine and beer, including its signature Wahlbrewski, a custom brewed unfiltered Pale Ale from Boston-based Harpoon Brewery.

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Stampede 66 by Stephan Pyles to Host Five-Course Sangria Dinner

Summertime sangrias and a delicious menu await you.

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Stampede 66 by Stephan Pyles at Delta Hotels Dallas Allen continues their monthly pairing dinners with a five-course sangira dinner featuring Messina Hof Winery.

On Monday, August 12 at 6:30pm, Tiffany Hand of Republic National Distributing Company will guide guests through the summertime sangria pairing choices as Chef Pyles and Executive Chef Race describe each course.

Here’s what’s on the menu:

First Course – Shared Appetizers: Ash Baked Brie with Chipotle-Raspberry Jam and Local Goat Cheese Dip with Crudité
Wine: White Apple Peach Sangria

Second Course – Tapas Style: Steamed Mussels, Fried Olives, Pan Con Tomate, Pickled Carrots, Blistered Padron Peppers
Wine: Classic Red Sangria

Third Course: Fried Calamari Taco with Lemon-Garlic Aioli
Wine: White Orange, Lemon & White Grape Sangria

Fourth Course: Grilled Flank Steak, Cilantro Chimichurri, Spicy Chorizo Risotto, Roasted Summer Heirloom Vegetables
Wine: Cherry Blood Orange Red Sangria

Fifth Course: Grilled Summer Fruits, Fruity Pebbles Macaron, Chocolate Salami
Wine: Pink Strawberry Raspberry Sangria

Space is limited. Spots can be reserved for $65 plus tax and gratuity. Please reserve your spot by calling Stampede 66 directly at 469.675.0800.

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