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July means it’s officially ice cream season, and there are several events this week to celebrate the creamy, cool treat. It’s also time for another 12-course steak tasting — an over-the-top dining experience at one of Fort Worth’s most popular steakhouses. July also means the best of summer produce is ripe and ready, including peaches. There’s an annual festival happening this week dedicated to the beloved fruit. Also find produce bursting with flavor at a local farmers market that takes place only once a month.

Tuesday, July 5

Summer Blizzard Treat Release at Dairy Queen
To celebrate Dairy Queen’s 75th anniversary in Texas, the iconic fast food and ice cream shop chain is launching five new Blizzard Treat varieties, many with nostalgic influences. The lineup includes Oreo Cookie Dirt Pie, Girl Scout Thin Mints, Nestlé Drumstick, Very Cherry Chip, and Caramel Fudge Cheesecake. All new flavors are available at all Texas locations while supplies last.

Cajun Fried Fat Tuesdays at Razzoo’s Cajun Café
It’s Mardi Gras all summer long at Razzoo’s during the restaurant’s new Cajun Fried Fat Tuesdays. From July 5 through September 4, the bayou-inspired eatery will serve festive specials, including Cajun fried steak and Cajun fried chicken, each for $10. Wash down the spice with $5 frozen Hurrycanes, $5 Mardi Ritas, and $5 22-ounce select draft domestic beers. The Tuesday specials are good at all Razzoo’s locations.

The Ultimate 12-Course Meat Tasting & Wine Pairing at B&B Butchers & Restaurant
The fine dining steakhouse invites patrons to “Meet Our Meat,” a 12-course steak tasting experience. Indulge in rare and exclusive cellar cuts and learn about the dry-aging process. Taking place on the first Tuesday of each month inside the restaurant’s neighboring butcher shop, the tasting culminates with a final course of the holy grail of steaks — A5 certified Kobe beef. Courses are paired with wine and come with sides and beautiful desserts. The event is $375 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and begins at 6:30 pm.

Saturday, July 9

37th Annual Parker County Peach Festival
The historic downtown Weatherford tradition is back in peachy fashion. Last year, 40,000 attended the one-day event, and this year there’ll be more to explore in an expanded space with at least 200 booths featuring artisan goods, crafts, and tasty treats. Go for all things peach, including peach ice cream, peach cobbler, peach tea, and juicy peaches by the barrel. The event will run from 8 am-4 pm and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 5-12.

Ice Cream Social at Central Market
Beat the heat at Central Market stores with cool ice cream sampling stations. Customers can peruse the store for stations featuring milkshakes, ice cream sandwiches, churro ice cream bowls, root beer floats, Vietnamese coffee with ice cream, and even breakfast ice cream. Shoppers can also take advantage of 25 percent off all ice cream and 20 percent off all cones and toppings, July 6-12. The social will take place at all Central Market stores from 2-4 pm.

Sippin’ Saturday at Whiskey Ranch featuring Melt Ice Creams
Kick off National Ice Cream Month at Whiskey Ranch, where Fort Worth’s own Melt Ice Creams will be on site with their “Happy Cart” to sell frozen treats. The $10 per-person ticket, which must be purchased in advance, includes one cocktail. The event will run from 12-5 pm.

Ice Cream Social at Nash Farm
Grapevine’s 19th-century working homestead invites guests to experience a summertime staple — hand-cranked homemade ice cream. There’ll also be Victorian lawn games and music by the Lone Star String Band. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics. Tickets are $10 per person for everyone three and up and the event will run from 7 pm until dark.

Sunday, July 10

Lola’s Local Farmers Market
In case you missed it, Lola’s Fort Worth — the longtime bar and live music venue previously located near West Seventh Street — has moved to 2000 West Berry St., around the corner from TCU. Every second Sunday of the month, the establishment hosts an all-local farmers market. Visit to shop more than 30 vendors, eat from food trucks, and enjoy live music. The event is pet-friendly, kid-friendly, and free. The market runs from 11 am-4 pm.

Photo by Jane Howze

Tiptoe through the tulips at this annual flowery fest in Waxahachie

Flower News

A flower festival mounts a comeback this spring: Called Tulipalooza, it's an annual charity fundraiser in Waxahachie specializing in tulips, and this year will take place at the Waxachachie Civic Center from March 19-28.

There'll be a quarter million tulips imported from Holland. Although actually, that should say tulip bulbs. They import the bulbs, then grow them in Waxahachie into flowers, which the likes of you and me can buy.

The tulip farm first opened in spring 2019, and describes itself as the biggest tulip farm in the Waxahachie area, not likely a claim anyone would dispute.

Tulipalooza is a venture by Poston Gardens Foundation, to raise money to fund scholarships at Daymark Living, a residential community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The 2020 festival happened right when the world shut down to the COVID-19 quarantine. The tulips were still there, but visitors were not allowed and fundraising efforts shriveled due to the lack of traffic.

Nonetheless, they still raised enough money to fund three, four-year scholarships.

And Tulipalooza also provides volunteer and work opportunities for residents of Daymark Living.

This year, they'll share the venue with 12 other North Texas charities so they can raise awareness and necessary funds for charity; 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket and tulip sales will go to charity.

The charities participating in Tulipalooza will include:
• Act
• Best Buddies
• Catholic Charities of Dallas
• Easter Seals
• Goodwill Industries of Dallas, Inc.
• Minority Entrepreneurship Institute
• Poston Gardens Foundation
• The Rise School of Dallas
• Special Olympics of Texas
• The TouchDown Club of Dallas
• United Way
• YMCA Dallas

"It’s really inspiring to be part of this group of North Texas charities banding together to create a one-of-a-kind fundraiser that supports multiple missions to improve the lives of many underserved populations,” says John Poston, Founder of Poston Gardens and Daymark Living, in a statement. "After having to end the season early due to COVID in 2020, we are really looking forward to welcoming guests to enjoy our tulips in full bloom this year."

Tulipalooza will be open rain or shine from 10 am-7 pm. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $5 for children two and up on weekends; on weekdays, it's $15 for adults.

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Dallas-Fort Worth has exclusive dibs on designer pineapple that's petite and pink

Fruit News

A new pineapple that's tiny and pink is on the market, and it's available only for Dallas-Fort Worth: Called the Petit Pinkglow Pineapple, it's a new product from Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., and it's being launched exclusively in the DFW market.

This is a mini version of the company's Petit Pinkglow, a novel pineapple with a pink interior that Fresh Del Monte introduced nationally in mid-October. That one's a regular size.

This mini pineapple will be available for purchase and same-day delivery throughout the DFW area at myfreshdelmonte.com.

A release says that the pineapple has been 16 years in the making. It's grown in Costa Rica and can take up to 24 months to mature. It's produced in ultra-limited harvests and is supposedly juicier and sweeter than a traditional pineapple, with a unique taste that boasts notes of candy aromatics. How much you wanna bet cotton candy aromatics.

The harvesting is also unique: They do it by hand and replant the crowns before shipping. You get it without the crown but this increases the volume of crops and reduce waste. Who needs the crown. Nobody.

The release describes the color as "over-the-top and perfectly pink" — ideal for you-know-where: Instagram.

In a statement, Fresh Del Monte Marketing VP Pablo Rivero shares some of its other useful purposes, beyond selfies.

"After receiving such a great response with the launch of the Pinkglow Pineapple earlier this month, we know that our consumers are going to love this smaller version, which is perfect for small gatherings, special date nights, or even as a fun gift for the person who has everything!" he says.

Fresh Del Monte launched their myfreshdelmonte.com website in 2020 as a place where consumers can order fresh produce and have it delivered to their door. It has more than 200 options of both Fresh Del Monte produce and Mann Packing products.

The areas covered by the website incorporate pretty much all of Dallas-Fort Worth: Addison, Allen, Carrollton, Coppell, Flower Mound, Richardson, Plano, Rockwall, Rowlett, Irving, Garland, Sachse, Grand Prairie, Fort Worth, the mid-cities, Denton, McKinney, Forney, Duncanville, Wylie, Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Mesquite, and even extend as far as Terrell and Waxahachie.

The Petite Pinkglow is listed as "coming soon," and saving the best for last, the price is $19.99.

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Celebrity chef's new venture tops 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.

1. Fort Worth chef Tim Love debuts trendy new Tex-Mex 'ghost kitchen.' Always on trend, Fort Worth's favorite celebrity chef Tim Love has launched a new "ghost restaurant" concept dedicated to Mexican food. Called Burritos, Fajitas and 'Ritas, it'll be in step with the hot ghost kitchen trend right now in which restaurants are doing takeout and delivery only, with no dining rooms.

2. New farmers market blooms at hip Euless shopping center at peak of season. A new farmers market has sprouted up in the sizzling hot town of Euless. The market will set up on Saturdays at Glade Parks in Euless beginning July 25, and will be an "open air" style, perfect for social distancing during these coronavirus times.

3. The 10 best chefs in Fort Worth make this city a tasty place to live. The Tastemaker Awards is CultureMap's annual event celebrating the best in local food and drink. The category of Chef of the Year honors those who run the kitchen or own their own restaurants. Our panel of judges narrowed down the list to these 10 finalists. The winners will be announced at our Virtual Awards, taking place on July 30.

4. Tex-Mex restaurant and Yelp top favorite unwraps warm tamales for Keller. A small Tex-Mex chain that's adored for its tamales is bringing some much-appreciated positive news to the Fort Worth dining scene: Tommy Tamale Market & Cafe, which currently has two locations in Grapevine and Coppell, will open a third location in the city of Keller.

5. Fort Worth's only food hall undergoes reboot to make it less food hall-ish. Fort Worth's food hall, which first debuted in December 2018, has undergone a major reboot that includes a new name, new eateries, new operators, new management, and a redesign of the space. Once called Food Hall at Crockett Row, it's now named Crockett Hall, and has reopened with 15 food and beverage options, 11 of which are new.

Some burritos, some tacos, some 'ritas is all you need.

Burritas Fajitas & Tacos Tim Love
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Some burritos, some tacos, some 'ritas is all you need.
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New farmers market blooms at hip Euless shopping center at peak of season

Farmers Market News

A new farmers market has sprouted up in the sizzling hot town of Euless. The market will set up on Saturdays at Glade Parks in Euless beginning July 25, and will be an "open air" style, perfect for social distancing during these coronavirus times.

The Farmers Market on the Plaza at Glade Parks will feature essential groceries, locally grown produce, and artisan culinary creations, in what a release calls a European-style market setting in the Plaza at Glade Parks.

The market is an initiative between the City of Euless, Glade Parks, and Four Seasons, and has been in the works for months, a spokesperson says.

"We had planned to do this in the spring pre-pandemic, and have been working on it since 2019," the spokesperson says.

Four Seasons Market is the "European-style" market concept organized by Vincent Hirth, a native of France who has worked with suburban cities such as Colleyville, Sachse, Richardson, and Garland to launch markets.

His definition of a European-style market incorporates more than veggies and fruit: grass-fed beef, pasta, olive oil, pastries, chips and salsa, smoked meat, tamales, soaps, lotions, hair accessories, garden decor, jewelry, and fine arts.

At the new Euless market, vendors already signed on include Misty Moon Farms of Argyle, DBar Farms of Ponder, and Cedar Ridge Egg Farms.

Glade Parks is the mixed-use center on the west side of SH 121 between Cheek Sparger and Glade roads that has welcomed shops such as Old Navy and Michael's, and restaurants such as Lazy Dog.

There's free parking on lots surrounding Glade Parks Town Plaza and across Glade Parks.

The market will be set up at 1310 Chisholm Trail, next to Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill and MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company, from 9 am-1 pm, and is currently scheduled to run at least into mid-August.

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Brand new farmers market opens north of Fort Worth on 4th of July

Farmer Diaries

A farmers market has opened in the north Fort Worth suburb of Saginaw with a 2020 twist: It's been designed with social distancing in mind.

Called the Saginaw Farmers Market, it'll be open on July 4 with a number of safety measures, says spokesperson Hannah Eustace:

  • Masks will be required for customers and vendors.
  • Vendors are required to supply hand sanitizer and thoroughly clean their spaces throughout the day.
  • Extra tables will be set up in front of each vendor, allowing more space between customers and vendors.

"The goal is to limit person-to-person contact as much as possible," Eustace says. "The extra tables will also keep people from touching items that they may not purchase."

Vendors will be housed, and spaced out in, two pavilion areas.

"Plenty of space for social distancing," she says. "And hopefully the pavilions will help keep people cool."

There are other farmers markets in the area including markets in Keller, Watauga, and Roanoke, but this is the first for Saginaw, Eustace says. It's a joint venture between the City of Saginaw and Community Link, a Saginaw nonprofit food pantry that provides food and other necessities free to those in need.

"We were originally supposed to open in April, when COVID hit, and we decided to postpone until we felt like we could open safely," she says.

Among the 19 local and regional vendors scheduled for Saturday's market are three farms: J&L Family Farm from Bowie; L’Cajn Farm from Rhome; and Winona Orchards, based in the east Texas town of the same name.

Fort Worth will be repped by a number of vendors, such as Fort Worth Jams & Jellies, Honey Bunch Bake Shop, Starry Ice Cream, and Black-owned catering company Bre's Sweet Treats.

Other vendors include Saginaw-based Cafe Volcan Coffee Roasters, Great Harvest Bread Co., and Fort Worth dog treats company Organic Barky Bites. There will be jewelry and craft vendors as well.

It's located at 752 South Knowles Dr., and will be open from 9 am-1 pm on July 4. The next event will be July 18. Starting in August, it'll take place on the second and fourth Saturday of every month.

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'Yellowstone' stars to greet fans at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

Yellowstone news

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.

Cafe with made-to-order mini-doughnuts to open near TCU in south Fort Worth

Doughnut News

Little doughnuts are rolling into south Fort Worth via a new doughnut cafe. Called Batter & Beans, it'll serve doughnuts, coffee, and more, and it's opening at 3548 South Hills Ave., south of TCU in Westcliff Center.

They'll be right around the corner from Cafe Bella [which it should be noted recently won Best Neighborhood Restauant in CultureMap's 2023 Tastemaker Awards].

Batter & Beans will be a family-owned collaboration between Matthew Whip, a partner at Ernst & Young, and his brother-in-law, who worked for a restaurant group in Michigan and brings the food knowhow.

They'll be doing miniature doughnuts, similar to the Pittsburgh-based Peace, Love, and Little Donuts chain (which has one location in Texas, in Southlake).

They're aiming to be open by early fall.

"We'll be doing fresh, made-to-order mini cake doughnuts plus premium coffee we're sourcing out of Chicago, from Metropolis, a small-batch artisan roaster," Whip says. "We're originally from the Chicago area, and that's always been my favorite roaster, and they also roast coffee for Yolk, which has a location in Sundance Square."

The cafe will also offer fresh lemonade, iced tea, and ice cream, for neighbors who want to stop in for a treat at night.

Whip and his family first relocated from the Chicago area to North Texas in 2018, then moved down the street from the shop last year. It's a small storefront, about 920 square feet, and they're currently in the final stages of design and permitting.

"There's lots of kids in this neighborhood, and I think a place with mini doughnuts would do well," Whip says.

It was only after they signed on to do the shop that they learned from a neighbor that the space they're taking had good doughnut karma, with a longtime history as a doughnut shop, most recently a place called Donut Palace. Sadly, it closed during the pandemic. Now the doughnuts will return.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus navigates marriage pitfalls in You Hurt My Feelings

Movie Review

Anybody who’s been married or in a long-term relationship knows that it’s almost impossible to be completely honest with his or her partner. There are always going to be moments – whether for the sake of expediency, in a show of support, or other reasons – when one person withholds their true opinion so as not to hurt the other person’s feelings.

That idea is the central tension point of You Hurt My Feelings, which follows Beth (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), a writer/teacher, and her husband, Don (Tobias Menzies), a therapist. Beth is in the middle of trying to get her first fiction book published, a process that is causing her unceasing anxiety. Don sees a series of patients, including a constantly-bickering couple (played by real-life husband and wife David Cross and Amber Tamblyn), and a few lapses cause him to question his commitment to the profession.

When Beth and her sister, Sarah (Michaela Watkins), accidentally overhear Don telling his brother-in-law, Mark (Arian Moayed), that he doesn’t like Sarah’s new book and is exhausted having to tell her otherwise, it sends Beth into an emotional spiral. The aftermath winds up pulling in not just the two couples, but also Beth and Don’s son, Eliot (Owen Teague), dredging up feelings that all of them normally try to keep hidden.

Written and directed by Nicole Holofcener, the film is a funny and genuine look at how even the best couples can run into pitfalls. By most measures, Beth and Don get along fantastically well, supporting each other unwaveringly and showing their love in a variety of ways. When the story puts them at odds with each other, there’s never a question that they belong together, as even their arguments are tinged with exasperation instead of anger.

Holofcener complements the story of Beth and Don with a nice variety of side plots, including Eliot trying to start his own writing career while working at a weed store; Beth and Sarah’s mom, Georgia (Jeannie Berlin), offering up support and criticism in equal measures; and more. Don’s patients and Beth’s students offer an opportunity to expand the two characters’ personalities outside of their marriage while also adding a few other funny roles.

While perhaps not the most insightful film about marriage that’s ever been made, it is still highly enjoyable thanks to Holofcener’s writing and the strong performances. Filmed in New York City, the particular feel of that urban landscape and the way it affects the lives of the characters also plays a big part in the success of the film.

Louis-Dreyfus, as always, is a delight to watch. A kind of spiritual sequel to her previous collaboration with Holofcener, 2013’s Enough Said, the film gives her plenty of room to show off both her comedic and dramatic skills. Menzies makes for a steady presence, showing good chemistry with Louis-Dreyfus and a preternatural calm in therapy sessions. Watkins, Moayed, Teague, and Berlin all fit in seamlessly.

You Hurt My Feelings is not a world-changing kind of movie, but rather a solidly-told story about how relationships can be complicated. With actors who are easy to like and Holofcener’s reliably great filmmaking, it’s a movie for adults that’s nice counter-programming to the glut of summer blockbusters.


You Hurt My Feelings is now playing in theaters.

Tobias Menzies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in You Hurt My Feelings

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Tobias Menzies and Julia Louis-Dreyfus in You Hurt My Feelings.