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

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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, Forbespegged 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 Journalreports.

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.


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.

Jason Witten house, 2001 Navasota Cove, Westlake
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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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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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Yellowstone fans, get your comfy shoes ready - there'll be a long line for this one. Cole Hauser a.k.a. "Rip Wheeler" on Yellowstone, and Taylor Sheridan, the show's co-creator, executive producer, and director of the series, will meet fans and sign autographs at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

The event will take place from 4:30-6:30 pm only on Friday, February 3. Location is the 6666 Ranch booth near the south end of Aisle 700 in the Amon G. Carter, Jr. Exhibits Hall.

According to a February 2 announcement from FWSSR, "fans will have the opportunity to snag an autograph as well as purchase some distinctive Yellowstone and 6666 Ranch merchandise while also enjoying all the features the Stock Show offers."

The event is free to attend (with paid Stock Show admission) and open to the public.

It's the second year in a row for Hauser to appear at FWSSR; in 2022, he and fellow cast mates drew huge crowds.

Sheridan, a Paschal High School graduate, is no stranger to Fort Worth; he lives in a ranch near Weatherford and filmed 1883, the prequel to Yellowstone, in and around Fort Worth. Currently, another spinoff, 1883: The Bass Reeves Story, is filming in North Texas.

The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is winding up its 2023 run on Saturday, February 4.

That is one Effin Egg breakfast sandwich restaurant opening in Fort Worth

A fresh new breakfast-and-brunch spot with a sassy name is opening near Fort Worth's Medical District: Called Effin Egg, it's a small chain founded in Florida, and will open on a buzzy restaurant strip at 1305 W. Magnolia Ave., in what was previously a location of Great Harvest Bread Co.

Effin was founded by Jeff Martin, who also founded Smallcakes Cupcakery, the hugely successful cupcake chain with more than 200 locations across the U.S.

His idea with Effin Egg was to create a fast-casual concept that specialized in breakfast sandwiches. There are locations in Georgia, New York, and New Jersey; Fort Worth will be the fifth.

"Effin Egg is for the person on the go that needs that morning pick me up and a great cup of coffee," Martin says in a statement. "It’s for the person that partied way too hard and needs an amazing breakfast sandwich or cheeseburger at noon; it’s for the everyday person wanting quality food on the go."

The menu features gourmet breakfast sandwiches, breakfast tacos, burritos, and breakfast bowls. The restaurants are generally on the small side, with the majority of business being take-out.

The signature is the breakfast sandwich with an over-medium egg on a brioche bun, in various combinations:

  • The OG, with bacon, egg, cheddar, and Mexican sauce
  • Sausage, egg, & cheese
  • Turkey bacon, egg, cheddar, and chipotle ketchup

They also do biscuit sandwiches; burgers using Angus beef; a Beyond burger with spicy guacamole; grilled cheese; and a bagel with avocado spread.

Tacos contain scrambled eggs combined with options such as chorizo; bacon & hash browns; and brisket tacos with avocado crema.

There are also pancakes, waffles, and burritos with options such as brisket and vegan chorizo.

Effin is coming to Fort Worth thanks to husband-and-wife Nick and Ana Valdez, who are fulfilling a dream to have their own restaurant. They've been diligently working on the space, and hope to be open within the next two weeks.

Working with a franchise operation has helped them cover the daunting checklist of opening one's first place, but Valdez says they also liked the fact that the food is cooked to order, and everything's prepared fresh daily.

"And the name does catch your attention," he says.

Nick is a former logistics professional, and Ana is a nurse — which helped steer them towards the Medical District.

"We love the idea of being here to make sure our medical professionals are fed and ready to go," Nick says. "I love the hustle and bustle, the energy in the morning, where you can help turn people's day around. If you have a good breakfast, it can pave the way for the rest of the day."

WBAP's Hal Jay shares powerful story of life-saving transplant with Tarrant Heart Ball

The gift of time

What: 2023 Tarrant County Heart Ball

Where: The Worthington Renaissance Hotel

The 411: On January 10, 2023 popular WBAP morning radio host Hal Jay collapsed from an irregular heart rhythm. On February 3, he underwent a heart transplant. By April 4, he was back on the air, and on April 22, he was sharing his story in person as keynote speaker for the American Heart Association's Heart Ball.

In his brief but powerful remarks, Jay thanked his wife, Ann Harbuck, his family, and medical providers, and God for saving his life. In keeping with the gala's theme, "The Gift of Time" Jay said he had a new-found appreciation for "giving your heart and body time," emphasizing, "I will never NOT exercise again."

The 2023 gala - chaired by Stephanie and Michael Klein - brought together hundreds of Heart Association supporters, philanthropists, and medical personnel. They were seated alongside heart disease survivors and their families, who shared their harrowing stories to inspire fellow guests.

The evening's proceedings were led by mistress of ceremonies, CBS News anchor Nicole Baker, under the guidance of AHA executive director Corrie Harris.

After a cocktail reception and multicourse (heart-healthy) meal of mixed greens salad, pan-seared jerk chicken, and berry tart and chocolate mousse, guests had the opportunity to give through an "Open Your Heart" appeal.

Those holding out with bigger bucks bid fast and furiously in a live auction. Up for grabs were trips to Broken Bow and Big Sky; packages for the Charles Schwab Challenge and Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo; Duke basketball tickets; Ginger Walker Art; and a De Boulle necklace.

Those who wanted to continue the celebratory evening took to the dance floor while the Mitchell Ferguson Band entertained.

In all, the night raised $300,000 to further the American Heart Association's work in Tarrant County.

Who: Aimee Plummer, Robin Carson, Melinda Bronstad, Allison and Tug Rix, Becca and Johnny Cheng, Lori and Brad Bruce, Trey and Kristin Carmichael, Angela and Rick Bettinger, Arturo Ruiz, Mercedes Cruz, Ava Beach, Allen Beach, Elaine and Shawn Tubre, Emily Howard, Hatice Dalton, Marcia Jacobs, Eric and Shannon Benink, Anthony and Cynthia Villagran, Nancy Murphy, Sarah Harbuck, Emily Avila, Robert Luera, Shehla Shah, Syed Nayyar Shah, Thomas Williams, Suzy Pratt, Lou Martin, Jennifer and Kenneth Willingham, Tammy and Heath Middleton, Kassy and Jacob Flesher, Chrissy and Jordan Long, Matt and Katie Foust, Treanise Owens, Joel and Lisa Mohrman, Michael Tilley, Denise Castle, Georfe Terrazas, Boozaziel Chavez, Tim Dohse, and hundreds more AHA supporters.

Tarrant Heart Ball 2023, Hal Jay

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Sarah Harbuck, Emily Avila, Robert Luera, Ann Harbuck, Hal Jay, Shehla Shah, Syed Nayyar Shah