The French Room: A Shift from Milestones to Moments

    It had been close to ten years since I visited the French Room.  I remember the experience well.  It was a big anniversary, the food was exquisite, we had a great night and everything was incredibly formal.  And then we didn’t go again.  Not because it wasn’t great, but because we were looking […]

Sixmilebridge Vineyard: The Second Chapter of Jim Moroney

Sixmilebridge vineyard

Sixmilebridge Vineyard: The Second Chapter of Jim Moroney   Jim Moroney, Proprietor Sixmilebridge Vineyard For forty years, Jim Moroney was a champion of free press and led Dallas’ only daily paper through a digital transformation. But as he told me, “When you work for a public company like A.H. Belo Corporation, you have a shelf […]

Storytelling Through A Lens and A Bottle: The Story of Jesse and Andy Katz

Jesse Katz, Winemaker Aperture Cellars and Devil Proof Vineyards   A good photographer has an eye for detail that brings all the elements together to convey the right vision.  Little did Andy Katz, world-renown photographer, know that his eye for detail in the vineyards would spark a passion for wine for his son, Jesse Katz, […]

Billy Can Can: A Modern Saloon With A Focus On Texas Traditions

Named after a fictional owner, Billy Can Can is an upscale saloon with a modern twist.  The menu comes from Chef Matt Ford, formerly of the Joule Hotel, with a focus on Texas farm fresh items that have nothing to do with standard bar fare. Options include venison tartare, hot-chicken-style-quail and lots of protein-based entrées including a […]

A Conversation with Tom Gamble: Preserving a Family, Farming and a Legacy


A Conversation with Tom Gamble: Preserving a Family, Farming and a Legacy It’s been about 18 months since I last had the chance to sit down with Tom Gamble, Owner of Gamble Family Cellars, yet constants remained.  Tom Gamble remains a farmer first.  He talked about never remembering a time when “there wasn’t dust in […]

Crudo Italian: Finally Much More Than A Sign, And One Great Restaurant

Crudo Italian

It seems like forever since I drove by the Crudo sign at the corner of Northwest Highway and Preston and wondered what was going on with the restaurant.  The sign was up, but it never seemed like the restaurant was open.  Fast forward to this past February, where I was invited by General Manager Juan […]