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Plano Brunch Festival

The first-ever Plano Brunch Festival features a 5k, brunch snacks from seven local restaurants and lots of boozy goodness.



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The first-ever Plano Brunch Festival, presented by O’Neil Wysocki Family Law and hosted at The District at The Shops at Willow Bend, will feature food, fun and so much more on Saturday, April 27.

The day kicks off at 8am with a Race to Brunch 5k starting at The District at The Shops at Willow Bend.The course will take participants through the perimeters at The Shops and end at the finish line with a mimosa toast and brunch treats.

The brunch festival officially begins at 9am and will bring together seven popular local restaurants, brunch cocktails, more than 50 artisans and boutiques to shop, culinary demonstrations lead by Plano chefs and culinary experts, live music, a brunch photo-booth and lots more.

“Plano was recently named one of the top food cities in America, and the inaugural Plano Brunch Fest is definitely a reflection of that,” said Lauren Stephan, event organizer and president of SBG Hospitality. “Residents of all ages are invited to brunch their hearts out and enjoy an added layer of shopping and entertainment options, all in The District’s energizing atmosphere. Plus, the first 100 attendees will receive a free mini bottle of champagne to kick off the party!”

The District at The Shops at Willow Bend celebrated its grand opening last fall and has since been a focal point for chef-driven dining options in Plano.

“Willow Bend is passionate about engaging our community, and hosting the first-ever Plano Brunch Festival is the perfect way to do that,” said Amy Medford, marketing director at The Shops at Willow Bend. “From the 5K to the mixology classes, this festival is the ultimate community brunch experience, and we’re thrilled to be a part of the fun.”

General admission to the festival is free and open to all ages, but registration is required to enjoy food and beverage.

Registration for the Race to Brunch 5K is $30 and includes a chip timed course, a Race to Brunch T-shirt, a sweet finishers medal, a Race to Brunch swag bag and an Upside Down Pineapple Mimosa from Breadwinners Cafe.

Brunch passes are $40 and include bites from seven participating restaurants, three drink tickets and a commemorative champagne or beer glass.

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Chinese New Year Dinner

The Chinese New Year is filled with lots tradition. Come celebrate at The Chinese Neighbor.



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The Chinese Neighbor will host an 8-course feast of special dishes by Chef Bob Tam on Sunday, January 26 from 5pm to 7pm at the Prosper, TX location.

The Chinese New Year is filled with lots tradition. The Year of the rat celebrates wealth, surplus and the beginning of a new day.

The menu has been set, but may change due to availability of ingredients & Chef Bob Tam’s whimsey.

First Course – Malted Shrimp Chips, Chinese Onion Dip
Second Course – Century Deviled Eggs
Third Course – Smoked Salmon “Everything” Eggroll
Fourth Course – Mustard Green Egg Drop Soup
Fifth Course – Grilled Cheese Dumpling, H.K. Borscht
Sixth Course – Golden Boy Pizza’s Clams Clams & Garlic, Lo Bak Go (Daikon Crepe)
Seventh Course – Mala (Sichaun Peppercorn), Carbonara Lo Mien
Eight Course – Truffle & Crispy Egg Custard Fried Rice

Visit the Eventbrite page for more details and to purchase tickets.

This information was provided as a press release.

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Mallow Box S’Mores Bar Cafe Opens

Gourmet marshmallows arrive at the Shops at Willow Bend, just in time for the holiday season.



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Mallow Box, the company know for their gourmet marshmallow food and beverage items, has opened a store just in time for the holidays.

The brands first retail location in the Shops at Willow Bend food court is open, serving a variety of s’mores, hot and cold drinks, shakes, bowls, skewers and more.

“We’re so excited to be launching our first retail location,” said Mallow Box Founder Martha Ware. “We began with small local events, trade shows and pop-ups at places like Nordstrom’s eventually having a kiosk at the mall. Now we’ve taken the next step and looking forward to serving our great mallows and mallow-based drinks and shakes.”

All Mallow Box marshmallows are hand-made from scratch without preservatives. Each delicious item and drink come in a variety of flavors such as chocolate and cream, maple bourbon with bacon bits, lemon and banana rum, among many others, with a choice of toppings such as M&Ms, peanuts, coconut and more.

All items are also available to go. The s’mores bar is a new concept and customers will get to customize their s’mores to their delight –– choosing from cookies, marshmallow flavors, chocolate types and toppings! All s’mores are made on site and in front of the customer.

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Text to 9-1-1 is now Available in Plano

When it isn’t safe to call, texting is now an option.



The Public Safety Communications Department (Plano 9-1-1) has announced that  text to 9-1-1 has been implemented in Plano.

The ability to text messages will assist citizens who are hearing impaired, providing equal access to 9-1-1. It can also be used in circumstances where it is unsafe for the caller to physically make a voice call to 9-1-1. (Note: text to 9-1-1 is not available in every city.)

Here are a few important tips to remember when texting to 9-1-1:

  • SMS does not provide accurate location data. You must provide your location as soon as you text.
  • No photos or videos, only text.
  • No emoji’s.
  • No abbreviations, spell things out. Be clear.
  • Only text to 9-1-1 if you are unable to make a voice call.

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