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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

DFW Restaurant Week Returns This August. Reservations Open July 8.

Clear your calendar! DFW Restaurant Week – the Metroplex’s largest annual culinary event – is returning this August with nearly 150 local restaurants serving up delicious prix fixe meals benefiting the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB) and Lena Pope

Diners can explore Dallas-Fort Worth one bite at a time during the 28th annual DFW Restaurant Week, with a full month of dining Aug. 5 through Sept. 1. The culinary excitement begins on Reservation Day, Monday, July 8, when the list of participating restaurants is unveiled and reservations open for August dining. 

Although DFW Restaurant Week officially kicks off Aug. 5-11, diners can get a head start with Preview Weekend at select restaurants Aug. 1-4, and extend dining at most eateries through Sept. 1. Dine out and give back at more than 100 restaurants across Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, and Denton counties offering exclusive prix-fixe menus for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Approximately 20 percent of the cost of each meal will be donated to NTFB in the Dallas area or Lena Pope in the Tarrant area. 

Dining options include: 
Dinner –Three-courses for either $49 ($10 donated) or $59 ($12 donated)
Signature Experience Dinner –- $99 ($20 donated) – Exclusive VIP experience created by select restaurants. Features may include signature cocktails, chef’s table or additional courses crafted for an especially memorable meal. Timing varies
Lunch - Two-courses for $29 ($6 donated) at many restaurants
Weekend Brunch –– Two-courses for $29 ($6 donated) at many restaurants 


DFW Restaurant Week 2024 features a variety of special offerings to elevate your diner experience. Don’t miss: 

Reservation Day Happy Hour at Moxies Uptown Dallas – July 8–2pm to 7pm – Join us at Moxies Uptown Dallas to celebrate the opening of DFW Restaurant Week reservations with Stella Artois, the official beer of DFW Restaurant Week. Enjoy special prices on drinks and bites along with Stella samples. 

DFW Restaurant Week Fourth Course by FedEx Office – Enjoy a FREE DFW Restaurant Week Fourth Course. Beginning in mid-July, spend $10 at a local FedEx Office location and receive a certificate for an additional dinner course at participating restaurants!

Market Street’s DFW Restaurant Week Recipes with Matt – Extend the festivities to your own kitchen by cooking up delicious recipes created by Market Street Corporate Chef Matt Crowson, capturing the Market Street mission of making Every day Extraordinary. For every recipe book purchased at local stores, Market Street will donate $10 to NTFB and Lena Pope. 

2024 Reservations Open - July 8

Preview Weekend - Aug. 1–4

Main Week:  Week 1 | Aug. 5 – 11

Week 2 | Aug. 12 –18
Week 3 | Aug. 19 – 25
Week 4 | Aug. 26 – Sept. 1 

Starting July 8, diners can visit the website to view participating restaurants and menus through a variety of interactive features. Quickly find restaurants by location with a new dynamic map. Reservations can be made directly with a few simple clicks on the website via OpenTable or by contacting restaurants directly. 

Find all the delicious details at

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Champions for Literacy - Football Camp with SMU QB Preston Stone & Teammates


Champions for Literacy, a leading non-profit leveraging the power of sports to impact childhood literacy, announced today it is teaming up with SMU quarterback and Dallas-native Preston Stone to host two free football camps for Dallas youth on July 9 and 10 at the Cedar Crest Community Center in South Oak Cliff. In partnership with local non-profits Behind Every Door and Mercy Street, the United For Dallas camps will create unique leadership opportunities for middle and high school athletes from across Dallas to inspire reading in their communities.

"I am excited to bring together young athletes of all different backgrounds from across Dallas and share my passion for both football and literacy to help equip and inspire these students," said Preston Stone, a 2020 Texas High School State Champion and current SMU quarterback. 

The July 9 camp will feature a small group of Behind Every Door and Mercy Street program participants and public registration for the camp on Wednesday, July 10 is open to boys and girls ages 11-18. The camp will run from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the newly renovated Behind Every Door Cedar Crest Community Center.

To register a participant for the July 10 camp, click here.

Monday, June 17, 2024

Announcement: Honorary Chairs of Journey of Hope LEAP Global Missions Gala 2024

Linsey and Ryan Nixon, Leigh and Russ Johnson, Adair and Clark Webb, chairs of the Journey of Hope LEAP Global Missions Gala 2024, are delighted to announce community and business leaders Denise and Ray Nixon and Meredith and Scottie Scheffler as honorary chairs.

Gala Chairs: Adair Webb, Linsey Nixon, Leigh Johnson

 The community is invited to attend the gala on Thursday, October 3, 2024 at the Dallas Country Club and learn more about the nonprofit as they share news of past and ongoing missions, awards, recognitions and updates on future plans.

Honorary Chairs: Ray and Denise Nixon

Honorary Chairs: Scottie and Meredith Scheffler

 The evening will feature cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by a three-course seated dinner. LEAP is dedicated to enhancing and enriching the lives of people around the world by providing free specialized medical and surgical services inspired by the love of Christ. 

Founded over 30 years ago by Dr. Craig Hobar, LEAP Global Missions volunteers have performed over 10,000 surgeries on patients (mostly children) from 24 countries. LEAP is committed to developing long-term relationships with its patients, their communities, and other partners involved in its missions. By returning to the same countries, LEAP builds trust, offers ongoing education, and continues caring for those who need long-term medical services. 

Host committee includes Kamela and Kenneth Aboussie, Amy and Dr. Evan Beale, Julie and Craig Beale, Ashley and Jeff Begert, Lauren and Chase Clement, Kathy and Bob Craine, Lucile Crouch, Haylie and Bert Crouch, Alexis and Dr. Rich Derksen, Megan and Jonathan Filgo, Leigh and Ryan Friend, Mimi and Dr. Grant Gilliland, Amy and Justin Grissen, Taylor and Carter Hickok, Julia and Carson Hooks, Dr. Michael Lee, Maggie and Jeremiah Mayfield, Katy and Kyle Miller, Caroline and Brian Mitchell, Janey and Walker Steward, Bunny and Mike Tibbals. Individual tickets are $500. Sponsorships and underwriting are also available starting at $5,000.

For more information:

Friday, June 14, 2024

Thrift Studio Preview Party


Get tickets here!

Honorary Chair
Javier Burkle, Burkle Creative

Art Chair
Mary Danz, Mary Danz Hitzges Photography

Thrift Studio 2024 Designers
A Well Dressed Home - Emily Hewett & Associates
Alexis Pearl Design
Amy Switzer - Amy Switzer Design
Jen Stevens - Fonde Interiors
Mary Ella Gabler for Peacock Alley
Sara Johnson Interiors
Shayne Morrissey - Morrissey Home

Saturday, May 11, 2024

Conference on Crimes Against Women May 20-23, 2024

New Friends New Life is proud to partner with the Conference on Crimes Against Women by leading the human trafficking sessions of this international convening of more than 3,000 advocates, law enforcement agents, and attorneys from around the world. Presenters include NFNL staff, as well as other nationally recognized speakers.

CCAW offers more than 200 workshops, case studies and hands-on computer labs taught by local and national experts who explore the various facets of these heinous crimes and provide the most cutting-edge, relevant and creative tools that attendees can implement in their professions.

Drawing 3,000 annually, CCAW is the only conference that addresses ALL crimes against women with a multidisciplinary focus that encourages a coordinated community response.

Registered attendees also have the opportunity to attend a special NFNL Breakfast and Tour on Wednesday, May 22nd. This event is popular among out-of-town guests and fills up quickly.

May 20-23, 2024
Sheraton Dallas Hotel

Thursday, May 9, 2024

ManKINDness Breakfast


Registration is now open for the ManKINDness Breakfast. Hosted by the Men’s Advocacy Group of New Friends New Life, this year’s event will include the unveiling of the Human Trafficking Dashboard, a new data tool developed in partnership with the City of Dallas, the Dallas Police Department, NFNL and other agencies; along with keynote remarks from Ret. Corporal Alan Wilkett, and an inspiring update from Nikki Lockett, a graduate of NFNL’s Women’s Program who is serving as a survivor leader and advocate.

Attendees will leave feeling inspired, informed, and equipped with next steps on how to engage in the fight against sex trafficking right here in our own backyard.

Register here!

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Summer at the Arboretum

Summer at the Arboretum: Endless Summer is set for June 1st to August 4th featuring 150 freestanding hammocks, a Floral Fashion exhibit, live music and performances, cooking and floral demonstrations and Family Fun Fridays. 

Summer plantings highlight the tropical plants in the garden as it blooms with vibrant colorful flora in many areas. The horticulture staff have planted more than 65,000 new plantings including monsteras, papayas, elephant ears, bird of paradise and many other varieties creating the Arboretum’s signature summer look.

For young explorers, there are dozens of free daily programs in the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden, where there are opportunities to learn about plants, insects, ecosystems and more in an engaging and interactive way. Plus, 8,000 feet of overhead misters, shaded gazebos and the learning rich, air-conditioned Exploration Center provides the perfect relief from the summer sun.

Family Fun Fridays, presented by Kimberly-Clark, also return in the Main Garden with crowd favorite Country Critters petting zoo, story time and bubble picnics in the Pecan Grove.

Meanwhile, adults can indulge in daily food and garden programs in A Tasteful Place, combining culinary delights with the beauty of botanical surroundings. On weekends, try out homemade sweet items including ice creams and sorbets, chock full of peak seasonal produce.

Please visit the Dallas Arboretum website for a full list of summer festival concert dates.

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

New Friends New Life Spring Wine Tasting Event


Join New Friends New Life Circle of Friends at their Spring Wine Tasting Event at Liberty Street Garden. This event will be filled with wonderful wine, conversation, and great eats!

Guests will enjoy delicious wines and chef-prepared bites in the Liberty Street Garden, which provides survivors of human trafficking a means to earn a living wage as they build a new life.

Monday, April 29, 2024