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The Dallas Cowboys 2022-2023 season at AT&T Stadium is about to begin, and they've unfurled a slate of new foods to go-with.

These new culinary creations will debut on Sunday, September 11 at the home opening game when the Cowboys play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The menu is from Legends at AT&T Stadium, their on-site food purveyor. In a release, their food & beverage director George Wasai gives props to one particular dish.

"Next-level flavor for fans is what this season is all about, continuing our tradition of delivering an extraordinary culinary experience for local fans and those visiting at AT&T Stadium," Wasai says. "Our famous Cowboys Mac N Cheese has a new option with lobster that we are so excited for fans to enjoy this new addition, with all of the new comfort food sandwiches and more."

That must be some mac & cheese to get its own shout-out.

New dishes include:

  • Steak Sandwich. Beef dipped in au jus on a toasted bun with arugula, provolone cheese, creamy horseradish sauce, and caramelized onions
  • Lobster Mac-N-Cheese. Their "famous" Cowboys Mac-N-Cheese with chunks of garlic-butter-poached lobster
  • Torta. Bolillo bun with refried beans, choice of chicken, barbacoa, or pork, queso fresco, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and guacamole
  • Fried Mozzarella Burger. Angus patty on top of fried mozzarella sticks, with marinara sauce and pepper jack cheese
  • Mozzarella Sticks. With marinara sauce
  • Mango Habanero Chicken Sandwich with Pineapple Slaw. Fried chicken tossed in mango-habanero sauce, topped with pineapple slaw
  • Muffuletta. Focaccia bread topped with olive salad, capicola, mortadella, ham, salami, provolone, and mozzarella cheese
  • Coffee. From Black Rifle Coffee

Wasai also touts the vegetarian (not vegan) menu, stating that "our Plant Based Touchdown program with vegetarian options for fans has been so successful, and we are honored to help have an impact on game day both in Stadium and at home with adding more produce and big flavor vegetables and vegetarian options to their familiar and favorite game day menu options."

Launched in 2021, their plant-based offerings feature vegetarian dishes, some using produce from WE Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College in Dallas. They're available at the Plant-Based/Vegetarian Carts located at sections U411 and U441.

And the menu includes:

  • Awesome Plant-Based Burger. With lettuce, tomato, grilled onion, and chipotle aioli
  • Buffalo Chick’n Nachos. Blue corn tortilla chips topped with jalapeño jack queso, Sweet Earth's plant-based chicken tossed in buffalo sauce, and pickled jalapeños
  • Touchdown Tots. Tator Tots drizzled with jalapeño jack cheese, guacamole, sour cream, Sweet Earth plant-based chicken tossed in Cholula sauce
  • Plant-Based Chicken Avocado Wrap. Crispy plant-based chicken, avocado, lettuce, and ranch, wrapped in a tortilla
  • Plant-Based Chopped Chicken Salad. Lettuce, cucumber, tomato, charred corn, plant-based crispy chicken, and black beans in creamy herb dressing

There's another separate menu for suites that has dishes like hummus, empanadas, and plant-based chicken sliders.

Barbecue lovers will go hog wild for new BBQ festival in Arlington

Texas Knows Barbecue

The world of Texas barbecue will get even bigger when Q BBQ Fest, dubbed "America’s biggest barbecue festival," comes to AT&T Stadium in Arlington, November 4-6.

According to a release, the Q BBQ Fest, a partnership with the Dallas Cowboys and Miller Lite, will gather 10-plus pitmasters from across Texas and throughout the country to dish out smoked meats to barbecue lovers at Miller LiteHouse at AT&T Stadium. The festival will feature 30,000 pounds of brisket, chicken, pulled pork, and ribs.

Cowboys fans needn't worry about the barbecue taking away from their football time, as the festival was strategically scheduled to take place during the Cowboys' bye week.

“Nobody knows barbecue like Texas, and we can’t wait to host the finest cooks from across the country right here in our backyard,” said Stephen Jones, Chief Operating Officer of the Dallas Cowboys, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to bring this event to Arlington and can’t think of a better fit for Miller LiteHouse to give local BBQ fans an immersive experience that they haven’t gotten here yet.”

The family-friendly festival — which has been around since 2015 and also hosts events in Kansas City, St. Louis, Denver, and Jacksonville — is a weekend-long experience, featuring barbecue, local music, BBQ tutorials and demonstrations, and games and activities.

General admission tickets, which include parking, are $15 for guests ages 12 and up. Food is available for purchase at each individual BBQ pit. All-you-can-eat “Pit Passes” are $129. Tickets go on sale at 10 am on August 26 at QBBQDallas.com and seatgeek.com.

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones' net worth kicks into 11-figure territory

Dollar signs

Sure, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is worth billions of dollars. But he also recently joined a more exclusive club: people whose net worth totals at 11 figures.

In April, Forbes pegged Jones’ net worth at $10.6 billion — the first time it has ventured into 11-figure territory. As of June 24, he was worth $83 million more, according to Forbes, bringing his net worth to $11.3 billion.

Put another way, Jones appeared in April at No. 185 on Forbes’ list of the world’s richest people. As of June 24, he had moved up to No. 172 in the world. Jones showed up at No. 264 on the 2021 list and No. 169 on the 2020 list.

Contributing to Jones’ recent climb up the wealth ladder is his majority stake in Frisco-based Comstock Resources, a producer of natural gas. In 2018, Jones invested around $1.1 billion in Comstock. Today, that investment is now valued at roughly $2.6 billion, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Jones tells the Journal that he expects an even greater return on one of the biggest personal investments he’s ever made in gas production.

“I’m not at all thinking it’s payday time,” he says. “I think we’re in the first quarter of this game.”

As Jones’ fortunes in the energy sector have gone up, his standing among the richest owners of NFL teams soon will decline.

Walmart heir Rob Walton (sister of Fort Worth billionaire Alice Walton) has agreed to buy the Denver Broncos for a reported $4.65 billion. The soon-to-be Broncos honcho was worth an estimated $58.5 billion as of June 24, according to Forbes, which will make him the wealthiest owner of an NFL franchise.

That will cause a shift in the rest of the ranks. Behind Walton on the list of richest NFL owners will be Seattle Seahawks owner Jody Allen (around $20 billion), Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper ($16.7 billion), and then Jones. Right behind Jones will be fellow Texan Stan Kroenke ($10.7 billion), owner of the Los Angeles Rams.

Still, at an estimated $6.5 billion, the Cowboys remain the most valuable NFL team and the world’s most valuable sports franchise. The Cowboys raked in revenue of nearly $1 billion in 2020.

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Dallas Cowboys' Emmitt Smith sells his $2.2M mansion with special perk

House For Sale

UPDATE: As of December 6, the home has sold. "Serendipitously, approximately 22 hours after it was listed, Arthur Greenstein with Douglas Elliman received the offer," says a statement from the brokerage. In total, there were 12 offers on the home. As promised, the buyer gets a dinner with Emmitt Smith.

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Have you dreamed of dining with Dallas Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith? You can make that dream come true — to the tune of $2.2 million.

But that dinner comes with a massive dessert: Smith’s mansion in Far North Dallas.

Smith just listed the 10,806-square-foot home for $2.2 million, a price tag that pays tribute to his No. 22 jersey number. And the buyer of the home will get the chance to sit down to dinner with Smith.

The mansion, at 15001 Winnwood Rd., features five bedrooms, five full bathrooms, four half-bathrooms, two offices, two living rooms, and a four-car garage. Built in 1995, the home sits on a nearly one-acre site.

"One of my favorite aspects of the home is that it’s perfect for entertaining. With a large dining room table that fits 22 people, a media room, and a large game room, this home is ready for the new owners to create their own memories with both friends and loved ones," Smith says in a news release.

The master bedroom offers a steam room, jacuzzi, multi-jet shower system, his and hers toilets, and three big closets.

Arthur Greenstein of Douglas Elliman Texas has the listing.

Smith played 15 seasons in the NFL as a running back. He spent 13 seasons with the Cowboys and two seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. The three-time Super Bowl champ entered the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010, six years after his retirement.

Today, he's a real estate, construction, and tech entrepreneur. The 52-year-old Smith and his wife, Pat, have five children.

The home, located in Far North Dallas, is listed at $2.2 million, a nod to Smith's No. 22 jersey number.

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The home, located in Far North Dallas, is listed at $2.2 million, a nod to Smith's No. 22 jersey number.
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Here's what Cowboys fans can expect at AT&T Stadium during 2020 season

Football in the Time of COVID

When — if? — fans go to AT&T Stadium in Arlington for Dallas Cowboys games this season, they can expect to sit in "pods," wear masks, and pay with cashless transactions.

These are just a few of the COVID-19 safety measures outlined in the club's new Safe Stadium Policy, announced August 13.

“These are challenging and unprecedented times for our country, our community, and our Cowboys fans at home in Texas and all around the world,” said Charlotte Jones, Dallas Cowboys chief brand officer, in a statement. “The Dallas Cowboys value health and safety as our first priority, and we will continue to work closely with local public safety and public health professionals, the CDC and the NFL to ensure that our unrivaled fan experience at AT&T Stadium is the safest and best it can possibly be."

Capacity of AT&T Stadium will be limited to start the 2020 season, though the Cowboys did not announce a specific number or percentage. (Gov. Greg Abbott has capped attendance at sporting events at 50 percent.) The Cowboys will continue to work with guidelines from the CDC, the State of Texas, local public safety, and public health authorities to determine any changes, they say. The team also pointed out that the sheer size of the 80,000-seat stadium and unique aspects like the retractable roof and end zone door design aid in safety measures.

Tickets will be distributed in seat blocks known as “pods” to maintain distance between groups who are not known to one another. Fans will be required to maintain pod integrity by only transferring tickets to family or friends within their trusted group. Each ticket holder should have their own mobile ticket on their device; there will no longer be physical tickets.

As with pretty much everywhere else in public, all fans will be required to wear a mask once they leave their car, throughout the game, and while walking back to their car. The only exceptions are for when someone is eating or drinking, or for children under 10 years of age.

To ensure limited contact while buying concessions, merchandise, or parking, all stadium purchases will be cashless transactions. Major credit and debit cards, as well as mobile pay, will be accepted throughout AT&T Stadium.

Fans will still be allowed to tailgate, but there will be designated spaces for tailgating with at least one space between vehicles required in the tailgating spots. In addition, parties will not be allowed to mingle; everyone must stay in their designated space.

While fans will continue to be scanned upon entry to the stadium, they will go through a frictionless security scan using one of 60 socially-distanced metal detectors.

Other measures include enhanced stadium cleaning, training staff on how to safely do their jobs, providing staff with personal protective equipment, and making sure those serving food follow proper handwashing techniques and clean shared surfaces regularly. All food items will be served in to-go containers along with pre-packaged disposable ware and condiments.

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Beloved former Cowboys star rushes Westlake mansion onto market for $4.7 million

Fielding offers

After taking his talents to Las Vegas, former Dallas Cowboys star Jason Witten is trading in his Westlake mansion for nearly $4.7 million.

The future Hall of Famer, who recently signed with the Las Vegas Raiders, is now passing off his 8,841-square-foot estate at 2001 Navasota Cove, in the exclusive Vaquero community.

Positioned at the end of a cul-de-sac, the Mediterranean-style mansion sits on a 1.2-acre site in Vaquero, a gated luxury enclave that is home to myriad sports stars and celebrities. It has six bedrooms, six full bathrooms, and two half-bathrooms.

The property features a 828-square-foot guesthouse, resort-style pool with waterfall and built-in slide, and ample space for outdoor entertaining.

The 17-room mansion, built in 2008, also offers:

  • Four-car garage
  • Wine cellar
  • Vaulted ceilings
  • Five fireplaces
  • Game room
  • Gym
  • Movie theater
  • Access to Tom Fazio-designed golf course

Roxann Taylor and Dan Nicoloff, both of Engel & Völkers, have the $4.685 million listing. The property went on the market in late March, after Witten was traded to the Raiders.

Witten shared the mansion with his wife, Michelle, who’s an ER nurse, and their two sons and two daughters. The Wittens bought the mansion in 2013 and were often seen out and about in neighboring Southlake, shopping with their young kids at Central Market.

Taylor and Nicoloff couldn’t be reached for comment May 5. Taylor tells Barron’s that the Witten mansion “would be an ideal home for a family with children as it has multiple living areas for entertainment and play.”

Jason Witten, who turns 38 years old on May 6, was drafted by the Cowboys in 2003 and quickly became a fan favorite. He is the longest-tenured player in Cowboys history.

He played for Jerry Jones’ squad through the 2017, racking up a string of records and accolades. The tight end, who was beloved for his tenacity on the field and his leadership in the locker room, announced his retirement from the NFL in 2018 and subsequently snagged a gig with ESPN’s Monday Night Football. After sitting in the broadcast booth during the 2018 season, Witten returned to the Cowboys in 2019.

Earlier this year, after publicly stating he wished to remain with his beloved Cowboys, Witten signed a one-year deal worth up to $4.75 million with the Raiders.

Jason Witten's house at 2001 Navasota Cove, Westlake, is on the market for $4.7 million.

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Jason Witten's house at 2001 Navasota Cove, Westlake, is on the market for $4.7 million.
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Luke Bryan trucks to Dallas-Fort Worth for 2 tour stops, including Dickies Arena

Country on

Luke Bryan fans, clear your calendars in late September 2023. The five-time Entertainer of the Year and American Idol judge is making not one but two stops in North Texas on his "Country On Tour."

He'll play Dallas' Dos Equis Pavilion on September 28, then scoot over to Fort Worth for a show at Dickies Arena on September 29. The only other Texas stop on his 36-city tour will be in Lubbock, on July 27. (So sorry, Houston, Austin, and San Antonio.)

Special guests throughout the tour will include up-and-coming country artists Chayce Beckham, Tyler Braden, Ashley Cooke, Jackson Dean, Jon Langston, Conner Smith, Alana Springsteen, Hailey Whitters, and DJ Rock.

According to the tour site, Beckham, Dean, Whitters, and DJ Rock will play the Dallas-Fort Worth shows.

Bryan has a history of investing in new artists by inviting them to join him on tour, a press release reminds.

“Artists get into the business to make music and perform it for the fans,” Bryan says in the release. “Leaving it all out on that stage is what it’s all about for me. I’m excited to support and have so many talented new artists along for the ride this year. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of our job.

The tour is named for Bryan's 30th No. 1 single, “Country On” - a celebration of farmers, truckers, military, first responders, and all of Americana that hit the top of the country singles charts around Christmas 2022. He has amassed a career tally of 56 total weeks at #1.

Bryan launches his 2023 headline dates at Resorts World Theatre in Las Vegas on February 1. He's also returning as a judge on ABC's American Idol this spring.

Bryan's "Country On Tour" kicks off June 15 in Syracuse, New York.

Tickets go on sale on at 10 am Friday, February 3 at Lukebryan.com.

Presale for Bryan's fan club members will run 8 am Tuesday, January 31 through 5 pm Thursday, February 2. For details, go HERE.

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets from 10 am Wednesday, February 1 to 10 pm Thursday, Feb 2 through the Citi Entertainment program. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.

Brooks & Dunn boot-scoot into this week's 5 hottest Fort Worth headlines

This week's hot headlines

Editor's note: A lot happened this week, so here's your chance to get caught up. Read on for the week's most popular headlines. Looking for the best things to do this weekend? Find that list here.

1. Brooks & Dunn kick up 'Reboot Tour' with 2023 stop in Fort Worth. Brooks & Dunn, the best-selling duo of all time, are continuing their "Reboot Tour" in 2023, including a stop at Dickies Arena on Saturday, May 6. Fort Worth is the only Texas city on their list, and tickets went on sale Friday, January 27.

2. Much anticipated Italian restaurant from top Fort Worth team has a date. A new restaurant from one of Fort Worth's top food & beverage teams has an opening date: 61 Osteria, the much-anticipated restaurant from restaurateur Adam Jones and acclaimed chef Blaine Staniford, will open in downtown Fort Worth on January 31. Ta-da.

3. Wealthy Fort Worth neighbor cashes in as the richest city in Texas for 2023. North Texans wanting a glimpse into the lives of the 1 percent won't have to travel far to get a peek. Southlake has been named the richest city in Texas for 2023 in a recent study.

4. Quite the bounty of bites in this roundup of Fort Worth restaurant news. This roundup of restaurant news around Fort Worth includes restaurants newly opened, restaurants coming soon, new menus, new tacos, new pizzas, and more. So much more. Here's the latest batch of Fort Worth restaurant news.

5. The best Fort Worth restaurants to celebrate Valentine's Day 2023. For restaurants, Valentine’s Day is the Super Bowl of dining events, which is ironic this year since the actual Super Bowl takes place just two days prior, on February 12. This is not stopping some restaurateurs from hosting special Valentine’s dinners all weekend long, although some are cautiously opting out of Sunday and Monday. Here are the best options around town.

DFW-based Cinemark theater chain hosts Oscars-themed movie marathon

Awards News

The Cinemark movie chain is giving movie buffs an opportunity to brush up on the Oscars.

Plano-based Cinemark Holdings, Inc. will host its annual Oscar Movie Week festival, this year running from Monday, March 6 through Sunday, March 12, in anticipation of the 95th Oscars ceremony, which airs on March 12 on ABC.

The theater chain will air all of this year’s Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees, at more than 120 participating Cinemark theaters nationwide.

According to a release, passes are now on sale now at Cinemark.com/movieweek.

A full Digital Festival Pass is $40 and includes showings for all Best Picture and Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees. There's a perk! If you purchase a festival pass, you get 50 percent off any size popcorn during Oscar Movie Week.

Individual showtime tickets will be available starting January 27 at standard pricing, with showtimes beginning March 6.

All Best Live Action and Animated Short Film nominees are bundled into one viewing for just $10 from March 10-12.

For other brushing up, take a look back at what CultureMap’s film critic, Alex Bentley, had to say about each of the nominees (listed in alphabetical order) when they were originally released.

Cinemark has been hosting other similar marathon events such its collaboration with ESPN to bring college football games to the big screen.

The event takes place at these theaters across the U.S., including the following locations in Texas:

  • Austin: Cinemark Southpark Meadows
  • Denton: Cinemark 14
  • Fort Worth: Ridgmar Mall
  • Grapevine: Cinemark Tinseltown
  • Houston: Cinemark Memorial City
  • Plano: Cinemark Legacy
  • Plano: Cinemark West Plano
  • San Antonio: Cinemark San Antonio 16
  • The Woodlands: Cinemark 17