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Dallas-Fort Worth CBD fans have a novel new way to get their gummies: out of a vending machine.

Such a vending machine can be found at Grapevine Mills, one of 30 malls across the U.S. that are part of the Simon Malls collection and being outfitted with these machines.

In 2019, Simon partnered with Green Roads, a Florida-based producer of wellness products with hemp-derived CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids to get these kiosks rolling.

CBD products are used to help various ailments such as muscle and joint pain, stress, sleep, relaxation, and focus.

Green Roads makes their own products in their own cGMP and FDA-registered facility; their products are already sold in more than 7,000 retail locations as well as online at GreenRoads.com.

Now they're available in what a release calls "intelligent" vending machines at Simon Premium Malls in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Florida, California, Colorado, and hooray, Grapevine, Texas.

The release doesn't say what makes the kiosks intelligent, other than the fact that they have digital screens, and then some wordy words about real-time demographic and sales data. That sounds like intelligence for Green Roads.

Supposedly, a sense of humor is a sign of intelligence, it'd be cool if the kiosks told jokes?

Green Roads products available in the kiosks include:

  • CBD Chocolate Bars
  • CBD Oils
  • CBD Relax Bears
  • Sleepy Zs CBD, CBN Gummies and CBD Sweet Sleep Capsules
  • Rise N’ Shines Immune Support Gummies
  • CBD Softgels
  • Muscle, Skin and Joint Relief Cream
  • Heat Relief, Cool Relief and OTC Arthritis Relief Roll-Ons

If you've bought CBD products, you know the stuff is not cheap, but kiosk prices are about the same as what you can find online, with a 5-pack of gummies for $7, pain relief cream for $40, and a 30-ML bottle of full-spectrum CBD oil for $70, which you can pay via credit card.

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Celebrate 4/20 with the state's first Texas-owned medical marijuana dispensary

4/20 Vibes

There’s a budding medical marijuana industry in the Lone Star State, and Texas Original — the first Texas-owned medical marijuana dispensary in the state — has witnessed the power of this medicine firsthand.

Since opening its doors in 2018, Texas Original has seen the life-changing results that cannabis medicine has had on patients across the state. Medical marijuana has allowed patients to achieve a life without seizures, enabled patients to walk again, and has even helped many patients discontinue heavy doses of pharmaceuticals and opioid medications.

In 2021, the Texas Compassionate Use Program expanded once again, allowing for more Texans than ever to access medical marijuana to alleviate their symptoms.

In celebration of 4/20, here’s what you need to know about medical marijuana in Texas and how to get a prescription.

Medical marijuana is legal in Texas
Over 100 conditions are currently eligible to receive medical marijuana under the Compassionate Use Program in Texas. Thousands of Texans are now finding relief with medical marijuana for symptoms such as:

  • Pain
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Night terrors
  • Seizures

In 2023, Texas will enter the 88th legislative session and Texas Original is advocating for increased accessibility for Texans. Texas Original is proud to have their roots in the Lone Star State and has made it their mission to transform Texas through the power and truth of medical cannabis.

How to get a medical marijuana prescription
Receiving a medical marijuana prescription in Texas is easier than you think. Celebrate 4/20 by beginning your journey to relief with these three simple steps:

  • First, fill out the Get a Prescription form on the Texas Original website. Texas Original will send you a text and email confirming your submission.
  • You will then be contacted within 24 hours by a partnering cannabis clinic. Each cannabis clinic offers telemedicine visits so that you can meet with a physician from the comfort of your home, no matter where you live in Texas. During your visit, the physician will go over what symptoms you are experiencing and discuss treatment options.
  • Once you receive your medical marijuana prescription, you’re ready to place an order for pick up or delivery. Simply call the Texas Original dispensary, start a chat on their website, or sign up on the Patient Portal. Texas Original offers several prescription pick-up locations throughout Texas and statewide delivery so Texans in all four corners of the state can access relief.

The knowledgeable team at Texas Original is equipped to help you along the way and answer any questions you may have. Visit the website at texasoriginal.com for more information.

Texas Original offers a variety of products and doses for patients, including a 20 mg THC-only gummy with fast-acting nanoemulsion technology to give patients quicker onset times.

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Texas Original offers a variety of products and doses for patients, including a 20 mg THC-only gummy with fast-acting nanoemulsion technology to give patients quicker onset times.
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Texas is expanding access to medical marijuana. Do you qualify?

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On September 1, 2021, patients suffering from any stage of cancer and battling post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be able to access physician-prescribed medical cannabis in Texas.

What’s happening?
The much-anticipated House Bill 1535 is going into effect on that date, expanding access to medical cannabis to even more patients under the Compassionate Use Program (CUP). Likewise, the bill will increase the THC limit in medical cannabis products from 0.5 percent to 1 percent by weight.

Cancer and PTSD join other conditions eligible for medical cannabis including peripheral neuropathy, epilepsy, seizure disorders, autism, multiple sclerosis, spasticity, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), as well as other neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s disease, chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), and more.

How did we achieve expansion?
Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation (TOCC), the leading medical cannabis provider in Texas, advocated for House Bill 1535 alongside its author, House Public Health Committee Chairwoman Stephanie Klick. Patients, caregivers and advocates from across Texas contributed their efforts to ensure the bill would become a reality.

What’s next?
TOCC is introducing the first fast-acting gummies in the state of Texas on September 1, and has a full line of products available to existing and new patients.

Additionally, TOCC has made the process of obtaining a medical cannabis prescription easy, with free online consultations, fast statewide delivery, prescription pick-up locations throughout Texas, and convenient online refills.

Millions of Texans are currently eligible to benefit from medical cannabis. Schedule a free consultation to find out if you or a loved one qualify for a prescription.

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Fort Worth will now ticket for low-level marijuana, instead of arrest

Weed News

Law enforcement agencies in Fort Worth and Tarrant County will begin issuing tickets to those found with small amounts of marijuana, instead of arresting them and taking them into custody.

In a joint release from The Tarrant County Law Enforcement Executives Association and the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney's Office, the agencies highlighted their new policy in which people detained for certain low-level, misdemeanor crimes may now be issued a citation.

Tarrant County law enforcement agencies coming on board with this progressive new policy include Azle, Arlington, Fort Worth, Haltom City, Dalworthington Gardens, Everman, and Sansom Park.

The change is part of a law called Cite and Release that was passed by the Texas Legislature in 2007. Under that law, a defendant charged with some Class A and B misdemeanor offenses is eligible for a citation, rather than an immediate arrest.

It follows a policy change by the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney made in 2020 in which people charged with possession of less than two ounces of marijuana can get that charge dismissed.

Other Texas counties such as Harris, Dallas, Bexar and Travis already have begun to use Cite and Release.

"The search for improvement in the criminal justice system is a continual process," says Azle Police Chief Rick Pippins. "Police, prosecutors, and courts always seek to improve the fairness, accuracy and speed of the system which benefits all stakeholders, including the accused."

The release says that Tarrant County Law Enforcement Executives, Tarrant County magistrates, and the Criminal District Attorney's Office worked together in recent months to determine how it will be implemented.

Officers will issue a citation to appear before Tarrant County magistrates on a certain date, instead of making an immediate arrest. When the offender appears, the magistrate notifies the law enforcement agency that wrote the citation. The law enforcement agency then files the case with the DA’s Office for prosecution.

"Offenders who receive a citation will still have their cases filed with the DA’s office," says Chief Cody Phillips, City of Haltom City Police Department and president of the Tarrant County Law Enforcement Executives Association. "Tarrant County has 41 municipal law enforcement agencies. Not every agency may choose to use Cite and Release."

Dalworthington Gardens Police Chief Greg Petty says that Cite and Release gives the officer another tool to address situations where a crime has been committed but making an arrest is not "in the best interest of justice."

"A custodial arrest is not always the best course of action when trying to balance the best way to handle criminal behavior," Petty says.

Eligible charges include:

  • possession of marijuana less than two ounces
  • possession of marijuana between two and four ounces
  • possession of controlled substance in penalty group 2A less than two ounces
  • possession of controlled substance in penalty group 2A between two and four ounces
  • criminal mischief if the amount of loss is between $100 and $750
  • graffiti if the amount of loss is between $100 and $2,500
  • theft if the value stolen is between $100 and $750.

"We are not dismissing theft or drug cases," says Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney Sharen Wilson. "This is just another way to prosecute these cases efficiently."

To be eligible for a citation instead of an immediate arrest, the offender must:

  • be an adult who lives in Tarrant County and committed the offense in Tarrant County.
  • have ID sufficient to prove his or her identity.
  • not have an outstanding warrant for a Class B or higher offense.

"Cite and Release may provide an avenue for officers to focus on more critical calls for service," says Sansom Park Police Chief Carolyn Gilmore.

"The benefits of Cite and Release are that it can save officers time, jail costs and taxpayer dollars, while using the existing magistrate and prosecution systems. It is a win-win for all involved," says Everman Police Chief Craig Spencer.

Fort Worth Assistant Police Chief Joseph Sparrow says, "We believe it will be a great opportunity to lessen the burdens on both the citizen and officer."

Arlington is also on board, and it won't necessarily be a free ride for everyone.

"We will support this program by giving officers an additional option to cite and release a person who meets the criteria," says Arlington Police Chief Alexander Jones. "Officers will also still have discretion on whether to arrest the person and bring them to jail or field release them through this new program for certain qualifying misdemeanors."

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UPDATE 6-30-2021: The Fort Worth Police Department sent out a release to address questions and general freaking-out as follows:

The safety and well-being of the citizens of Fort Worth is of the utmost importance to the Fort Worth Police Department. We are serious about taking violent offenders off the streets and keeping our communities safe. This message is to address questions we’ve received about Tarrant County’s new Cite and Release program.

The Fort Worth Police Department is participating in Tarrant County’s new Cite and Release program, which provides officers with the option of issuing a citation for certain Class A and Class B offenses in lieu of making a custodial arrest. The Cite and Release program in no way takes away an officer’s ability to arrest an offender. The decision to make a custodial arrest or utilize the Cite and Release program remains at the discretion of the investigating officer. Additionally, it does not prevent prosecution of offenses, it only provides another method through which a crime can be prosecuted.

The Cite and Release program only applies under certain criteria that includes specific non-violent, low-level offenses. This program does not apply to violent offenses.

What the Cite and Release program does is lessen the burdens on our officers by reducing the time spent on minor/non-violent offenses. This allows them to get back into service more quickly, better serve our citizens, and spend more time addressing violent crime.

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3 things you need to know about medical marijuana in Texas

Get the Facts

That’s right, medical marijuana is legal in Texas. Although the state’s program pales in comparison to the full medical programs of its neighbors, qualified Texans can access low-THC medical marijuana if they have a qualifying condition.

Here’s what you need to know about what is legal, who qualifies, and how to get a prescription for medical marijuana in Texas.

What is legal in Texas?
While recreational marijuana is still illegal in the state, medical marijuana with up to 0.5 percent THC by weight is legal for Texans who qualify under the Compassionate Use Program. This year, the program could see some expansions as Texas lawmakers meet for the 2021 legislative session.

Legislation such as Texas House Bill 1535, if passed, could allow more Texans to find relief with medical marijuana and increase the allowable percentage of THC to 5 percent by weight.

Who qualifies for medical marijuana in Texas?
The Compassionate Use Program allows Texans who have qualifying conditions to access medical marijuana. Approved conditions include:

How do I become a patient?
Texans who qualify for medical marijuana can get a prescription in just a few simple steps. To be eligible, you must:

  • be a Texas resident
  • have a qualifying condition
  • receive a prescription from a doctor who is registered to prescribe medical marijuana in the state

Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation, the leading medical marijuana company in Texas, makes the process easy for new patients.

Just fill out the form to find a doctor who can prescribe in your area. The TOCC team will send you an email with local and telemedicine options. Please be sure to check your spam or promotions folder.

After your appointment, contact TOCC’s friendly dispensary team and they will schedule you for a pick-up at one of their four locations across Texas, or arrange a delivery right to your home. Plus, take advantage of their first-time patient discount and get 20 percent off your first order and buy one, get one 50 percent off your second order.

No matter what you choose, you can rest easy knowing that their medicine is made by Texans, for Texans, with a commitment to quality, consistency, and purity.

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How Texans with MS can find natural relief with medical marijuana

TOCC FTW

More Texans are turning to medical marijuana to treat their multiple sclerosis symptoms, and here's why. In 2019, the Texas legislature expanded the Compassionate Use Program, approving more conditions — like multiple sclerosis — for medical marijuana in the Lone Star State.

Since then, success stories from MS patients and their doctors have emerged across the state as more Texans try medical marijuana to treat their symptoms.

Tracy was one of these stories. After several unsuccessful treatments, her doctor told her she was a "no option" patient. Her pain and inflammation limited her daily activities and she still hadn't found a solution to effectively relieve her symptoms.

When she discovered Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation, the only Texas-owned and -operated medical marijuana company in the state, she finally regained her quality of life.

"It's a big deal just to be able to go outside and do some yard work," says Tracy. "It's the things you take for granted. This medical cannabis brought back my hope and quality of life."

The research behind medical marijuana for MS
In addition to these success stories, recent studies have shown medical marijuana as an effective treatment for many MS symptoms. Both THC and CBD, the active chemicals in medical marijuana, may help relieve common symptoms such as pain, stiffness, mobility problems, spasticity, depression, and anxiety.

A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 160 patients found that medical marijuana improved several MS symptoms with no significant adverse effects on cognition or mood. Another study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry found that medical cannabis helped ease muscle stiffness caused by MS.

With more research supporting its benefits, there is increasing acceptance of medical marijuana in the MS community in Texas and across the U.S. Texans who are interested in trying medical marijuana for their symptoms can get a prescription in a few simple steps.

Getting a medical marijuana prescription for MS
Do you or a loved one have MS? Getting a medical marijuana prescription isn't as difficult as you might think. Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation can help you find a doctor who is registered to prescribe medical marijuana.

To start, simply fill out their Find a Doctor form. Within 24 hours, you will receive a list of doctors in your area. After your appointment, call 512-614-0343 to fill your prescription. You can pick up your prescription from one of TOCC's four locations throughout Texas or get it delivered right to your home.

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Need more info? Visit the Texas Original Compassionate Cultivation website to learn more about TCUP, the benefits of medical marijuana, and which conditions might qualify for treatment.

Thanks to the Compassionate Use Program, Texans with MS can find relief.

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Thanks to the Compassionate Use Program, Texans with MS can find relief.
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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.

Meet the 9 rising star chefs heating up Fort Worth's food scene

Tastemaker Awards

It's almost time to celebrate the top restaurant and bar talent in Tarrant County at the 2023 Tastemaker Awards, returning to Fort Worth for a second year.

The awards ceremony will take place April 27 at The 4 Eleven at 411 S. Main St. The signature tasting event will feature bites and beverages from the nominees and will be hosted by Fort Worth chef Jon Bonnell. Get your tickets here. (Note that early bird ticket sales end April 2.)

While we count down to the big party, we are getting to know the nominees in an editorial series leading up to the event.

Up next, the category of Rising Star Chef of the Year. While most of these talented chefs are not new to the industry, many are newer to the local culinary scene or have new ventures. All are making a name for themselves by showcasing their expertise and influence in their scratch-made dishes that are generating buzz around town. Our panel of judges think these chefs will be leading Fort Worth's culinary scene in the years to come.

Here are the nine nominees for Rising Star Chef of the Year, in alphabetical order:

Chad Burnett - Koe Wetzel's Riot Room
Chad Burnett’s lengthy, wide-ranging resume includes stints at Scottsdale’s Biltmore resort, Nana Grill at the Hilton Anatole, and Soho in Addison. He’s spent time as a culinary school instructor at two colleges, and has experience as a pastry chef, making him very well-rounded in the kitchen. Today he oversees the culinary program for Funky Lime Hospitality, the group that owns Whiskey Garden, Your Mom’s House, and Koe Wetzel’s Riot Room, newly opened in the West 7th nightlife district. The bar also operates as a full-service restaurant, and Burnett's Texas-inspired must-haves include beer-can chicken, Texas hot chicken fried steak, and brisket queso.

Austin Carlson - Wicked Butcher
Austin Carlson leads the kitchen alongside chef Richard Triptow at this high-end underground downtown steakhouse, where the hefty butcher cuts are dry-aged in-house. Carlson previously directed the culinary program for other DRG Concepts, including Dallas Chop House, Wild Salsa, and Chop House Burger. He joined DRG after cooking at Nonna Restaurant in Dallas and has cooked in restaurants in Italy and across Europe. His culinary talent is evident not only in his recipe execution, but the artistic and visually appealing presentation found in all Wicked Butcher dishes.

Jonathan Esparza - Toro Toro
Originally from California and raised outside Guadalajara, Mexico, Jonathan Esparza dreamed of becoming a doctor as a child but missed getting into medical school, narrowly failing the entrance exam. He moved to Puerto Vallarta and worked one summer in a Mexican restaurant – it was the gateway to an extensive restaurant and hospitality career. He attended culinary school and worked in several high-end restaurants, in banquet events, and at multiple Four Seasons properties including Santa Fe, Palm Beach, and Los Cabos. He met Toro Toro founding chef Richard Sandoval while in Santa Fe and was hired as Toro Toro’s executive chef last year. He uses his culinary experience and time growing up on a cattle ranch to influence the Latin steakhouse menu.

Angel Fuentes - Guapo Taco
The Monterrey, Mexico native left his computer programming gig at an early age to embark on a restaurant career, eventually partnering to open Mariachi’s Dine-In in a Riverside gas station. Word spread via social media, and the taqueria quickly gained a loyal following for its discreet location and picture-perfect tacos. That was 2018, but by 2021 the restaurant moved to bigger digs on the west side of town. Fuentes stayed put in that space where he opened Guapo Taco, using his creativity to expand on the menu, which features birria tacos, burritos, tortas, beef cheek barbacoa, and the popular chile chicken posole soup that comes in red or green.

Naveesh Laul - Omni Fort Worth
The New Delhi native intended to practice medicine before following his culinary dream and joining the kitchen management training program at The Taj Group of Hotels, Resorts and Palaces. Laul's extensive career led him to serve bureaucrats, diplomats, and Bollywood celebrities for more than a decade, working in multiple Five Diamond fine dining restaurants. He left Taj Hotels in 2016 to take an executive sous chef position at the Omni Fort Wort Hotel, and was promoted executive chef in 2019. Laul also spends time teaching yoga as a Sahaja yoga meditation instructor.

Dustin Lee – The Beast & Co.
A newcomer to the culinary world, Dustin Lee left his corporate engineering sales gig in 2020 to embark on a restaurant career. His previous job exposed him to fine dining around the world, and Lee uses his experiences to influence his menu at The Beast & Co., which he opened on West Magnolia Avenue in 2022. Over the past year, he’s gained a following for an evolving menu of scratch dishes with worldly flair, like soba noodles with coconut curry, burrata with gremolata and grilled bread, and masala spice cake with curry ice cream. Lee also prides himself on The Beast's extensive wine selection.

Greg Pawlowski - il Modo
This native of Michigan took the reins at il Modo last year, bringing with him a love of the culinary arts that began as a child. Pawlowski studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York before working for Wolfgang Puck for eight years, helping to open four concepts. On this ground-floor restaurant at The Kimpton Harper hotel downtown, Pawlowski utilizes the in-house pasta-making room to produce Italian favorites like rigatoni with beef Bolognese and linguini with clams, and has introduced wood-fired pizzas, a braised lamb shank, and a 42-ounce Florentine porterhouse steak served with roasted garlic and bone marrow butter.

Rene Ramirez - 225 BBQ
Native of Pleasant Grove is not a newcomer to the local barbecue scene but is earning attention with his 225 BBQ concept where he's serving barbue with Mexican-American influences inside Maverick's, a longtime Arlington watering hole. He made the move to Maverick's last fall after serving his brisket tacos, brisket ramen, and fan-favorite brisket-stuffed “Cherry Bombs” (bacon-wrapped habanero peppers also filled with cream cheese) from a trailer outside Division Brewing. Customers can now sit down to eat his brisket elote, birria tacos, and honey-glazed pork belly – and even order a cold beer to wash it down if they wish.

Dayne Weaver - Dayne's Craft Barbecue
Local enthusiasts already know Weaver is legendary in the Fort Worth barbecue scene. He’s received a slew of accolades and awards and has been recognized state-wide for his Central Texas-inspired ‘cue. Weaver’s trailer was previously situated outside the former Lola’s Trailer Park location near West 7th Street. When they moved, Weaver was presented the opportunity to open his own permanent home on Camp Bowie West, in the up-and-coming Westland area near J.D.’s Hamburgers. While he waits for the brick-and-mortar, his trailer is parked there now, serving brisket bacon and the fan-favorite smash burger made with ground beef and coarsely chopped brisket.

These are the 6 best food and drink events in Fort Worth this week

This week in gluttony

Spring has officially arrived and events this week reflect the flavors of the season. There’s a brisket 101 class just in time for backyard barbecuing, a whiskey bottle release party with a baseball theme (and major league special guest), and a wine class featuring an Italian region well-suited for a spring vacation. Also experience a taste of Nigeria during a special pop-up dinner, and celebrate a beloved brewery’s 10th birthday by the weekend. Also, we're just over a week away from this year's Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival, and tickets are going fast; find out more here.

Wednesday, March 22

Wine Dinner and Communal Gathering at FnG Eats
Chefs Carlos Arevalo and Bob Stephenson of FnG Eats in Keller will gather together with customers during this four-course wine pairing dinner. Comfort food favorites on the menu include iron skillet cornbread, Wagyu meatloaf, and bourbon cherry chocolate bread pudding. Wines will be served with courses one through three, and a specialty sparkling cocktail will come with dessert. Dinner is $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity, and will begin at 7 pm.

Thursday, March 23

Italian Wine Education Series at WineHaus
The neighborhood wine bar will kick off an education series focusing on Italian wines, and the first region to be covered will be Piedmont. A guest speaker will guide participants through a tasting of six wines during the informative event. Wines to be sipped include millesimato brut, barbera d’asti, barbera d’alba, dolcetto, barbaresco, and barolo. Tickets are $40, including gratuity, and the class will run from 6-7:30 pm.

Nigerian Pop-Up Dinner with Chef Franson at Chef Point
Chef Point Café owner and chef Franson Nwaeze will share the bold flavors of West Africa during this five-course dinner. Menu highlights include suya skewers, pepper soup, goat stew with jollof rice, and fluffy fried dough balls dusted with cinnamon sugar. The dinner is $71 per person and includes tax and gratuity. Drinks are extra and suggested pairings are the Nigerian Chapman cocktail, a bold South African cab, or simply a cold beer. Dinner will start at 6:30 pm.

Friday, March 24

TX Whiskey’s Limited-Edition Baseball Bottle Release Party
Spring means baseball season is on the horizon, and Whiskey Ranch will celebrate with a special bottle release party. Visit to buy a bottle of TX Whiskey sealed with a specialized cap made from a baseball, with complimentary bottle engraving. The distillery will also screen the baseball classic A League of Their Own and welcome former Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland as a special guest. The $10 admission includes your first cocktail. The event will run from 6-9 pm.

Saturday, March 25

Martin House Brewing Company 10-Year Anniversary
The Riverside brewery will celebrate a decade in business with a party. There’ll be two new taproom-exclusive beer drops, more than 30 kegs from the cellar, live music, food vendors, hula dancers, and more. New beer launches are Rum Ham, an imperial sour infused with cherries, pineapple and honey ham, and Triple Texan, a triple red tripled IPA. The $25 ticket will cover one souvenir pint glass and four pours. The family-friendly event will run from 12-6 pm.

Sunday, March 26

Brisket 101 at Panther Island Brewing
Pitmaster Dayne Weaver of Dayne’s Craft Barbecue will walk participants step-by-step through his process of smoking tender, flavorful brisket. Attendees will be treated to a feast of barbecue along with three Panther Island brews and a souvenir glass. The class is $175 per person, plus tax and a service fee, and will run from 11 am-3 pm.