Friday, September 19, 2014

Dallas Dweller: Jill Tananbaum

Dallas is full of colorful characters. There are those you see monthly in the society pages, whose stories are legendary in this town. But, this feature is inspired by the people that I think you should know more about because of their fabulous style, interesting back-story or amazing accomplishments. Dallas Dweller seeks to introduce you to these fabulous faces. There are many in this town that devote themselves to charitable causes to help them climb the social ladder. And then there are those like Jill Tananbaum, who just roll up there sleeves and do the dirty work with a smile on her face and a song in her heart. Today, OSC Contributor Alison Weinstein introduces you to philanthropy's golden girl.

2014 CBB Co-Chairs Cindy Stager and Jill Tananbaum
Dallas Dweller: Jill Tananbaum
by Alison Weinstein

This year will mark the 41st anniversary for one of Dallas' most iconic fĂȘtes, Cattle Baron's Ball.  Co-Chair Jill Tananbaum is as cool as cucumber despite the fact that she is in charge of the world's largest single-night fundraiser for cancer research and looking to raise a record-goal of $3.5 million dollars.

Cattle Barons has long been a beneficiary of her time, but it is only in recent years that her work to help find a cure for cancer turned personal. In 2005, Jill, herself, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Today, cancer free, Jill says she is grateful to be alive to raise her children and is intent on giving back to everyone who helped and supported her through her journey. You can aid Jill in her goal to eradicate cancer by attending this annual boot scootin' gala at Gilley's on October 18 featuring Kenny Chesney.

Making plaster handprint molds for the Town of Highland Park's Centennial Celebration coming up October 17-19

Born in New York and raised in California, Jill landed in Dallas in 1994 by accident. A lawyer, Jill’s New York City firm asked her to work in Hong Kong for a few years. While getting situated for her move, an opportunity suddenly emerged in Dallas and the rest is history. Jill has been a judicial intern for US Supreme Court Chief Justice, William Rehnquist, held positions with two highly prestigious firms and is now CEO of her own litigation consulting firm. With her razor-sharp intellect and drive to contribute to her community, Jill's passion for giving back is relentless. “Jill’s commitment to her causes is purposeful and sincere,” says long-time friend and Chairman of The JCC Board, Angela Horowitz. “She listens carefully to the needs of the organization and offers only the most thoughtful and well-researched solutions. In this world where everyone is in perpetual motion, Jill's service is truly unique." It's traits like these that make Jill one of the most sought-after volunteers in our great city. Other organizations that have benefited from Jill's efforts include The Aaron Family JCC, The Vogel Alcove, Turtle Creek Recovery Center, The Sandler-Kenner Foundation, and TACA (The Arts Community Alliance).

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fashion X Reveals Designer Lineup

Fashion X Dallas will take place November 6 – 8 at the Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) in downtown’s Arts District. Fashion X Dallas has just released the full lineup of designers showing this November. Design talent on the runway ranges from edgy womenswear designer Emily Daccarett to free spirited swimwear line Curlee Bikini to fresh men's suiting label League of Rebels. In The Gallery, you'll see stunning fine jewelry designs by Laura Pierson and Mitchel Primrose, sumptuous leather handbags by Consuela, global chic footwear by Teysha, and feathered bow ties by Brackish. They've also rounded up the best of local Dallas designers including Ese Azenabor, Nine Muses, Beaus + Ribbons, and Blaine Bowen.

Prominent Swedish menswear designer Edo Popken will close the Thursday night Runway shows and Isabella Rose Taylor, 13 year old teen sensation who has just launched a juniors line with Nordstrom, will serve as the finale on Friday night. Fans of Lifetime's hit television show Project Runway have a rare opportunity to watch runway shows presented by fan favorite designers at Designer All Stars Presented By Bernina. With the VIP experience, you can even meet and take photos with the All Star designers: Anthony Ryan Auld, Daniel Esquivel, Jeffrey Sebelia, Korto Momolu, Laura Kathleen, Melissa Fleis, Michelle Lesniak, and Mychael Knight.

To read more about Matt Swinney's plans for this inaugural event, click over to the interview he gave DFW Style Daily back in July. Explore all of the FXD designers on the fresh new Fashion X Dallas website at and snag tickets to see your favorites. Tickets range from $20 for standing room to $195 for front row. Reserve the best seats in the house before they are gone.

New Dating Service Wants You To Play It Safe

Play It Safe CEO, Cheryl Rios
She's single and looking to (safely) mingle.
Over 20 million people a month visit online dating sites looking for their soul mate but instead of love, many are met with criminal offenders, fraud and sexual predators. I know from many of my divorced friends how frustrating and scary these sites can be.

"After 17 years of marriage I found myself single and several people mentioned using online dating services, but the first thing I thought of was, How do I know I can trust who is on there?" After speaking to hundreds of online daters, Cheryl Rios says there was a clear direction of common complaints, ”Men complained that women were older and heavier in person than what their photos portrayed and women have found that a lot of the men they meet online are married.”

It's one thing to fudge about your weight by 5-10 pounds or say you are an inch taller than you are, but did you know that a study shows that 33% of men who create profiles on dating websites are married!? WTF!

Cheryl Rios is a woman who is all about problem-solving so she decided to build a better mousetrap. She's calling it Play It Safe Dating™ and this one-of-­a­-kind dating service will provide verification that the person with whom you are corresponding and/or meeting does not have a criminal history, is not married and is who they say they are.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Dallas Chocolate Festival is One Sweet Event

Kids of all ages clamor to learn (and taste) about chocolate
at the 2014 Dallas Chocolate Festival
Dallas Chocolate Festival 2014
by Alison Weinstein

If you have chocolate lovers in your house, the annual Dallas Chocolate Festival is a must. This weekend, I took my 12-year-old “chocolate aficionado,” to The Addison Conference center where the genius of some of the nation’s sweetest chocolatiers and confectionary chefs was on display. Let’s just say he held back with the “What do you think of the new Hershey’s formula?” question during a Q&A with the pro’s.

Learning about the artisan chocolate craft was not only humbling but also ridiculously delicious and fascinating. This was the 5th annual festival presented by whose mission is to “educate Dallas about chocolate one bar at a time.”

The event (totally sold out btw) has become popular not only with local chefs including The Mansion’s Nicolas Blouin, Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate and former Nobu Executive Pastry Chef Kate Weiser (who just opened her own shop in Trinity Groves) but chocolatiers from all over. Pacari Chocolate from Ecuador, Potomac Chocolate from Virginia and Cacao Atlanta Chocolate Company were just a few that made the trek to Big D for the event.

INVITE: Neiman Marcus CUSP Event on September 20

My favorite weekend activity is shopping. Yours too!? If you plan to peruse the sales floors this weekend for the new fall fashions, then I'd like to invite you to come to Willow Bend in Plano this Saturday, September 20. LeeAnne Locken and I will be at Neiman Marcus to talk about the latest trends and how to style them. Join us in the CUSP department at 12:15pm for some sips, bites and fun fashion talk. DJ Bobby Bradley will be spinning and sales associates will be on hand to assist you when we are done if you have questions about any of the trends we discuss. It's free to attend, but they do request that you RSVP at 972-244-2813.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Casting Call: Reality Show Seeks Highland Park Millennials

VPEtalent and an award-winning production company are currently looking to cast a young group of friends who live in Highland Park, TX. “We’re not sure what exactly the show is yet, but we know it’s about a group of millennials. I would rather meet the right people and develop a show around their strengths than try to cast people into a preconceived notion,” says Casting Director Vinnie Potestivo who’s resume includes pop culture hits such as MTV’s 8th & Ocean, Laguna Beach, and TRL: Total Request Live to name a few. If you are between the ages of 18-24 and live, work, or play in Highland Park, TX and have a great group of friends with big personalities.. they want to hear from you!

To submit yourself for consideration, visit

What's Old Is New Again at Vintage Martini

Ken Weber Looks to the Past for Fashion Inspiration
by Dawn Mellon

Ken Weber and Dawn Mellon
If you're intrigued by things of the past, or, as I look at it, things with a past, you'll be delighted and amazed at Vintage Martini, which recently moved from Carrollton to Henderson Ave. in Dallas. Ken Weber, owner of the store that carries vintage jewelry, shoes, handbags, and accessories as well as apparel for both men and women, kicked off last Saturday's Grand Opening with a toast as he unveiled the store's fall and winter clothing collections, including a beautiful assortment of coats and fur.

The fun continued throughout the day begining with a trunk show featuring Joseff of Hollywood jewelry, including some pieces that were accompanied by photographs of acting legends wearing their treasures. A vintage Hermes trunk show followed, and, later, Clay Kennedy of Stag Designs, showcased his incredible buffalo and leather weekenders, duffels and accessories.

Media personalities, fashion bloggers and influencers in attendance included Clarice Tinsley, Annie Potasznik, Lisa Petty, Jhonatan Arreola, Edwardo Flores, Small4Style's Alex Small, Ekaterina Kouznetsova were busy gathering details for their respective news outlets. Meanwhile, designer Andre Yabin of Binzario Couture, Susan Posnik of Susan Posnik Cosmetics, Mindy Loll of SavoirLuxe, Daniel Perez of Caviar Club Menswear and Cynthia Salzman Mondell, award-winning documentarian of Sole Sisters, were eagerly welcomed by Weber and his staff to their new location. As the evening progressed, Fashion Photographer Evelyn Murphy, whose work has been featured in the likes of fashion magazines such as Vogue Italia, also made a personal appearance just before the Matt Tolentino Trio turned the vintage store into a jazz club as the crooners had guests swinging to their '20s and '30s tunes. Even if you missed the grand opening festivities, you're still in for a treat.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Oh So Tasty: Wagyu Oxtail at Hibiscus

Recently, I received an email that read, "When was the last time you dined at Hibiscus? Seems Graham Dodds took over as Executive Chef a few months ago and has created a menu that (according to his PR team) is both approachable and forward-thinking.

This is where they got me. The next sentence read, "A few of the menu highlights include Bobwhite Quail with creamy grits, crispy pig ear slaw, and chow chow; Wagyu Oxtail with crispy gnocchi, basil, and pesto; and Bison Flank with bison sausage, carrot puree, and shaved carrot salad. He also has an extensive charcuterie program that he is handling all in-house together with his Chef de Cuisine."

Okay, that sounded pretty awesome and since it had been several years since I had visited Hibiscus and I had never met Dodds, I accepted their invitation to check out what was happening.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Win Tickets to Oktoberfest in Addison

I love events that provide a cultural experience for the entire family and one of my favorite's is Addison's annual Oktoberfest festival. Billed as "the most authentic Oktoberfest outside of Munich" this year's festival will take place September 18-21 in Addison's spectacular Addison Circle Park.

Join more than 70,000 fans of polka, German food, and Paulaner Bier for four days fun contests such as dachshund races, bier barrel bowling, a German Idol yodeling contest, a German spelling bee and more! Tickets range from $10-$60.

For the VIP experience, purchase CHAMBERLAIN'S BRAU HAUS package to get an authentic Bavarian dining experience featuring a 3-course tasting menu prepared by one of America’s leading chefs, Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain's Restaurants. Your ticket will include admission, souvenir stein and a memorable dining experience for a client gathering, a night out with family and friends or a date night with someone special! For tickets and a complete schedule of events, visit

Monday, September 8, 2014

Oh So Tasty: Sarsaparilla Old Fashioned Cocktail

Recently, Knob Creek Bourbon partnered with top mixologists from across the country to create unique twists on the Old Fashioned cocktail. They were challenged to flex their mixology muscles and create their own unique interpretation utilizing the four core ingredients of the cocktail - bourbon, ice, bitters and citrus.

Boulevardier's Eddie Eakin used Knob Creek Rye to create an Old Fashioned with Sarsaparilla, a traditional flavor originally used in Texas and the American West during the 1950s and is now found in root beer. The Sarsaparilla Old Fashioned blends the unique flavors of vanilla, honey and sarsaparilla that highlight the spicy undertones of Knob Creek Rye.

Here's his recipe for you to enjoy at home. Cheers!

Sarsaparilla Old Fashioned
Recipe by Eddie Eakin

2 parts Knob Creek® Rye
1/4 part Honey Syrup (1:1 honey and water)
1/2 part Root Beer Liqueur - 2 dashes Sarsaparilla Dry Bitters
1 dash Vanilla Bitters

Combine Knob Creek® Rye, Honey Syrup, Root Beer Liqueur, Sarsaparilla Dry Bitters and Vanilla Bitters in a mixing glass. Next, add cracked ice and stir for 40 revolutions. Then strain over ice in a rocks glass. Garnish with 1 whole star anise pod and a brandied cherry.