Collin Co. Home and Garden Show

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10th Anniversary Collin County Home & Garden Show!

Great couples event! Perfect family activity. Spend the weekend looking at what new in decks, pools, spas, entertainment systems, storage solutions under one roof. 

For all of you gardening enthusiasts, you’ll have the opportunity to question a Master Gardener about creating your perfect Spring Garden in Plano.

Ask the Master Gardeners all your toughest questions because they are experts on our local soil, climate and native plants! Master Gardeners will be giving seminars on the Celebrity Stage throughout the weekend AND available to you at their “Ask The Expert” booth all weekend! They will also be providing soil sample bags and hosting a plant-a-seed activity for the kids.

The Master Gardener program in Collin County is an educational and volunteer program affiliated with the Texas A&M  AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University system.

Find out what’s hot in home remodeling for 2019 and how your garden grows in our hot Summer sun.

One of the hottest remodeling trends for 2019 is creative and decorative storage. When it comes to storing your wine bottles, Nancy Higgins at Wine Cellar Specialists says, “Why not utilize the space under a staircase or an unused pantry to carve out a refrigerated wine room? We find that these bold, unexpected glass showcase cellars delight your guests and beautifully show off your wine collection. Combining glass walls with metal racking and LED lighting with clear, frosted or etched glass comes off as the height of sophistication.”

While you’re day dreaming about your home and garden, you can also do a little shopping and tasting at the yummy treats are or from one of the many food trucks onsite!

Allen Event Center | 200 East Stacy Road | Allen, TX 75002

Show hours:

Friday, Feb. 08  2:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday, Feb. 09  10:00am-6:00pm
Sunday, Feb. 10  11:00am-5:00pm

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Wine Cellar Specialists Design and Construction can be reached at 972.454.0480

Master Chef’s Food & Wine Festival

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The Epicurean World Master Chef’s Society will be hosting their annual Food & Wine Festival benefiting Feeding Kids Right and the EWMCS Scholarship Fund at Rooftop Event Spot located in Historic Downtown Plano.

Thursday, Nov 08 2018 at 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm   Add to calendar 
Rooftop Event Spot, 1000 14th Street, Plano, Texas

Presale Tickets $65  Purchased at the Door $75



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Lights at Legacy – Nov 18

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Don’t miss the annual Lights at Legacy celebration!

The holiday season hits full illumination when The Shops at Legacy flips the official switch Sunday, November 18th, with Lights at Legacy, Plano’s premier event heralding holiday magic.


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The Lights at Legacy begins at 2:00 pm, but get there early.  You can enjoy holiday crafts with Mrs. Claus, magic with Mr. Scrooge, rides on the Atmos Energy Christmas train, live entertainment, caricatures, face painting and photos with Santa.

The holiday season in Plano officially starts with the lighting of the new Legacy Texas Christmas Tree at 6:30 pm on November 18, 2018.

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Neath The Wreath 2018


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DNeath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market – Plano, Texas!

The Junior League of Collin County is excited to kick off their 23rd Annual ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Market. Our four-day holiday gift market at Plano Event Center is visited by over thirteen thousand shoppers throughout Texas. Our market features the best in unique holiday and home décor, ladies clothing, accessories, gifts, jewelry, children’s items and gourmet food from over 100 carefully selected merchants.

The Junior League of Collin County is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.



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Rhum Clement Cocktail Dinner


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The Keeper Hosts R(h)um Cocktail and Seafood Dinner!

Don't miss The Keeper's Cocktail Pairing Dinner featuring Clement R(h)um and a menu from Chef Gil Vasquez. Salmon Crudo. Coconut Lobster. Jerk Pork Loin. Beachcombing Dessert. Five courses, five Cocktails and of course a lot of fun for $65, October 23rd @ 7:00 pm.


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Taste Buds Kitchen Oct 26 in Plano

Taste Buds Kitchen Plano Grand Opening


Taste Bids Kitchen is a custom-designed Kitchen Event Studio specializing in fresh and unique cooking events. Kitchen owner, Eden Bullock says, “Our mission is to be the top culinary entertainment experience in Plano for kids, families and adults by engaging and delighting our budding chefs in the kitchen.”

Plano’s Taste  Buds Kitchen will celebrate it’s Grand Opening on October 26th, with fun and exciting culinary classes throughout that weekend. 

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Plano Bridal Show


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If anyone in your life is Dreaming of the Perfect Wedding, this weekend is the time to grab her and go enjoy the Plano Bridal Show together!

Talk about a fun afternoon of ooooohs and ahhhhs. SUNDAY, SEPT 16th at the Plano Bridal Show at the Plano Event Center from 12pm to 5pm is the perfect girls afternoon out!

What can you expect? heart Fashion Shows  heart Door Prizes and Giveaways   heart New Wedding Trends  heart  Lots of Pretty things!

AND if you just can’t make it to the Plano show, scoot on over to the Allen Bridal Show at the Allen Event Center on Sunday, September 30th from noon to 5pm.

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Chocolate Festival

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The Chocolate Festival, presented by Dallas, is coming to North Texas September 7th through the 9th!

This year’s festival not only celebrates chocolate, it explores the “Future of Chocolate.”  The three-day festival brings in over 70 chocolate makers and chocolatiers from around the world and locally.

It’s probably not coincidence that local artist, Emily Mantooth is the director of the festival. She says modestly, “I don’t so much make anything but bring together a world-renowned group of chocolate artisans for three days of fun. My business partner, Sander Wolf, and I spend the year looking for the most interesting and delicious chocolate makers and chocolatiers from all over the world. We bring them to Dallas to share their talents to help to educate local chocolate lovers about the complexity that is artisan chocolate.”


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Event spoiler: Part of the Future of Chocolate is Craft Chocolate. Collin County chocolate maker, Troy Easton of Sublime Chocolate describes craft chocolate as creating chocolate from the cacao, or cocoa beans that grow on trees are grown within 20 degrees of the earth’s Equator.

Troy explains the process, “The cocoa beans are harvested from pods then fermented for up to seven days, then dried. The beans are then shipped to us and we sort them to make sure we use the best of the shipment and that there are no foreign objects that make it into our process. We then roast the beans at very low temperatures, anywhere between 225 degrees to 350 degrees. These temperatures are dependent upon the bean being roasted and their flavor profile. After a cooling period, we crack and winnow the beans in order to separate them from their outer shell or husk. Once the beans are winnowed, they break down into nibs.  We grind these nibs into cocoa liquor.

Troy continues, “At Sublime Chocolate, we refine and conch the nibs during the same process.  This can take up to 72 hours depending upon the flavor development we are looking for. Refining is basically crushing the bean down to a certain particle size…usually around 20-30 microns.  Essentially, the mouth feel you should get, at this point, is very smooth. Conching is a process which helps to develop taste, smell and texture. Then, we let the untempered chocolate cool and harden before storing it for a few weeks to keep developing flavor. Finally, we temper the chocolate, then poor it into molds.”


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At the Chocolate Festival, you’ll learn why the finished product is worth all this time and effort! You’ll learn about, taste, and experience the artistry and craftsmanship of quality chocolate!

The Chocolate Festival includes a Friday night VIP Party and Saturday’s family-friendly expo offering samples, chocolate shopping ops, demonstrations, and classes at Fashion Institute Gallery in Dallas.

Sunday’s hands-on workshops, including a Chocolate Tasting class and a Chocolate Making workshop, will be at held at Whole Foods Market on Preston Forest Shopping Center.


Visit Dallas Chocolate Organization for details:

Fashion Industry Gallery 
1807 Ross Avenue, Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75201 

and Whole Foods Market at Preston Forest Shopping Center

$35 for adults. $5 for children 10 and under


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Plano Balloon Festival 2018

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If you’re a hot air balloon enthusiast, then 3 days of balloons, balloons, balloons in Plano’s Oak Point Park is a “must go, must see, must do” event!

InTouch Credit Union’s 2018 Plano Balloon Festival runs from Friday, evening at 4:pm on September 21st through Sunday night, September 23rd  at 7:pm and the event is packed full of exciting things for the entire family to enjoy

The festival kicks off with a concert on the KLUV Main Stage with a performance by Downtown Fever, then at 5:30pm the RE/MAX of Texas Parachute Team will amaze you with a jawdropping skydiving exhibition. Downtown Fever comes back on stage to perform at 7:pm before the first Balloon Glow of the festival at 8:pm! 

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Plano Balloon Festival executive director, Jo Via says of the Balloon Glow, “Balloons inflate and light themselves from within. The sight of hot air balloons lit up like giant light bulbs is breathtaking. Pilots will coordinate ‘all burns’ where they fire up their burners illuminating their balloons all at once and also perform ‘count downs’ which are very crowd participatory events. A Glow is a MUST SEE at our festival!”
Plano Festival Balloon Launch: More than 45 beautifully, colorful hot air balloons will launch Friday at 6:00 pm, Saturday at 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, and Sunday at 7:00 am and 6:00 pm. Then at 8:am Saturday and Sunday mornings, another group of balloons launched from remote locations will fly over the festival grounds, aiming for a target on the launch field to see which balloon will win the Fly In Contest! And as if that wasn’t enough, there will be fireworks, food vendors, a Kids Fun Zone, and a half marathon, relay, 5K run/walk and 1-mile Fun Run. 


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Plano Festival Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides by Rohr Balloons

If you’re looking up into the sky and wishing that you could float through the sky yourself, you are in luck! Rohr Balloons is providing the Tethered Balloon Rides for the Plano Balloon Festival again this year! Owner and balloon pilot himself, Brian Rohr reminds us of the Balloonist’s Prayer, “May the winds welcome you with softness. May the sun bless you with its warm hands. May you fly so high and so well that God joins you in laughter and sets you gently back into the loving arms of Mother Earth.”


See the Plano Balloon Festival website for more details.

Friday:  4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Saturday:  6:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sunday:  6:00 am – 7:00 pm

General Admission:
$10 – One Day Ticket
$20 – Weekend Ticket
$5 – One Day Tickets for Kids 3-12 years old and Seniors 65

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Labor Day Shrimp Boil

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Labor Day Shrimp Boil at The Keeper!

When is it Good Not To Be Home? Well for one, when you are eating peal and eat shrimp, drinking beer and wine on Labor Day!

Set sail for The Keeper this Monday @ 4pm for a mutinous price of $18 a pound starting with Happy Hour.

$6 appetizers, cocktails, wines and beers!


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Staglin Wine Dinner Aug 23rd


Yao Fuzi Cuisine Presents Staglin Wine Dinner August 23, 2018

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Yao Fuzi Cuisine presents the Staglin Wine Dinner on Thursday, August 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm featuring Amber Mihna of the Staglin Family Vineyard.

This is definitely one of those "not to be missed" events! Fabulous five-course meal with wine perfectly-paired wine $185 per person. Call Chris Yao for details  (214) 473-9267.


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Mi Dia DFW Restaurant Week Menu


Mi Dia From Scratch Celebrates DFW Restaurant Week 2018
August 10th through September 3rd.

Mi Dia From Scratch is offering a three-course, prix fixed dinner for just $39 per person. $8 of each Restaurant Week Special will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank. The food bank can serve 24 meals to those in need for every Restaurant Week Special you buy from Mi Dia From Scratch.

Restaurant week 2018 Special Menu:

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Sautéed Mexican truffle, queso asadero & roasted veggies
between house made blue corn tortillas.
Served with crema & New Mexico red & green chile sauces

House made corn masa boats topped with Oaxacan black beans,
roasted pork carnitas, queso fresco,
pickled onions, roasted tomatillo salsa & micro cilantro

Chicken, veggies, tortilla strips, cheese, avocado & crema
served in chicken broth

Arcadian greens with licama, roasted corn, tomatoes,
pickled red onions, queso fresco, candied pepitas & avocado





Pork shank rubbed with achiote,
wrapped in banana leaf & roasted.
Served with roasted habanero salsa,
street corn & Oaxacan black beans

Chicken breast breaded & flambeed
with Sauza Hornitos Reposado tequila,
topped with shitake mushroom cream reduction
Served with morita whipped potatoes & chayote

Jumbo shrimp sautéed with onions & cheese,
topped with Sauza Hornitos Reposado tequila pepita pesto sauce.
Served with crema, Oaxacan black beans and poblano rice

Grilled skirt steak, blue corn tortillas,
cheese & onion stacked enchiladas, New Mexico red & green chile sauces, guacamole.
Served with guaiillo rice and refried beans

Grilled Chilean sea bass, chile guaiillo rub,
pickled cabbage, avocado, chile morita remoulade,
micro cilantro on flour tortillas





Deep fried caieta pasrty, mexican chocolate syrup, hibiscus, Negra Modelo milk chocolate ice cream

light pastries dusted with sugar and cinnamon



(margaritas, beverages, tax and gratuity not included)


$8 will be donated to the North Texas Food Bank
which will serve 24 meals.

Call 972.403.7474 for reservations and additional details of DFW Restaurant Week at Mi Dia From Scratch.

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5 Best Restaurants in Plano

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Can you name the 5 Best Restaurants in Plano?


When the meal has got to be just perfect, why take chances.

You can play Russian Roulette with hundreds of restaurant choices or select from just five absolutely extraordinary culinary teams.

Over the next few weeks, you can get to know the inside scoop on what makes Knife, Mi Dia From Scratch, The Keeper, Urban Crust and Yao Fuzi Cuisine the 5 best restaurants in Plano, Texas.

We’ll introduce you to the guys who pull the strings and take a peek over the chef’s shoulder. Then, in great detail, we’ll tempt you with fabulous culinary creations complete with delectable photography.

Stop back often. You wouldn’t want to miss anything, now would you?


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Duckhorn Vineyards Pairing Dinner

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We Know a Guy and This Guy knows fish!

For the Duckhorn wine dinner, we are featuring wild caught salmon from the pacific northwest. Our Salmon is fished in the Umatilla tribes' traditional fashion, that dates back nearly 9,000 years.

The Keeper will present an extravagant five-course dinner expertly paired with premier Duckhorn wines. Founded in 1976, Duckhorn Vineyards has been crafting classic Napa Valley wines for over 40 years. Duckhorn sets the standard for American fine wines and is one of the few “call brands” in the wine industry.

The special $125 prix fixe menu features:

  • Market Oysters – Fresh shucked white stone oysters and rosé granita paired with Decoy Rosé
  • Crab & Citrus Salad – Watercress and frisée salad, lump crab, citrus and avocado paired with Migration Chardonnay
  • Grilled Texas Gulf Shrimp – Toasted orzo, shrimp, exotic mushrooms and lemon butter paired with Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc
  • Wild Caught Salmon – Wild caught salmon, roasted potato, peas and red wine butter paired with Goldeneye Pinot Noir
  • Chocolate Truffle & Cherries – Chocolate ganache truffle, butter cookie, poached cherries, brandy syrup and fennel seed paired with Canvasback Cabernet

Our Duckhorn Vineyards Pairing Dinner is fast approaching!

Don't miss your chance to enjoy five creative courses expertly paired with elegant selections from @duckhornwine

Call 469-210-5337 to join us for this experience, at 7 pm, Wednesday July 18th! We look forward to hearing from you.


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