Sometimes, gems identify other gems. For people, maybe it’s the proverbial brightness they see in one another; perhaps it’s fate. It was two gems who mainly influenced Jimmy Contreras to find and plant roots in Oak Cliff: Jennifer Uygur (of Lucia and Macellaio) and Jessica Jeffers (of Bolsa).
What you might not know about Mariana is that she really likes bugs. It all started one day when she was watching a show on National Geographic that featured an Entomologist in Hawaii studying, well, bugs. As he methodically worked on identifying the bugs found on a corpse, she had a moment of clarity.
If you’ve spent anytime in Oak Cliff and around the Bishop Arts District, you’ve likely heard the name, “Shane Spillers.” Shane is a champion of this area–a kind of neighborhood patriarch and protector, if you will. He’s helped create and preserve the culture that we love.
His love for great food led him on wild adventure as a young adult. Along the way, he met nearly all of the famous nascar drivers and golf and tennis professionals. He also met three U.S. Presidents–face-to-face–and handled catering for four total. While at Ceasar’s Palace, he regularly prepared meals for people like Celine Dion, Elton John, Cher, and Jerry Seinfeld. At age twenty five, when he landed his first ‘Head Chef’ position in Nashville, the Rascal Flatts were his weekly customers.
When you enter into a store of any kind, it’s fairly easy to identify how much soul—or what kind of soul—is woven into the selection. This acknowledgment is not made as a way of passing judgment, but simply to regard the silent greeting that comes from an owner, as you browse a store’s wares. When everything fits together, despite different origins, makers, and types; that’s when you know a proprietor is especially pouring heart and soul into a place.
When he was growing up, Ryan Frahm used to peer out the window of his mom’s car as it weaved through Colorado Boulevard on the way to Methodist Dallas Medical Center. Frahm would scan the streets and pick out the houses he wanted to live in when he grew up. This was a familiar drive to him, as someone who was born in Methodist and whose mother worked in the hospital for nearly 20 years. You could often find the Frahm family eating meals nearby at El Fenix or Bishop’s Grille.
Methodist Dallas Medical Center is proud to announce the arrival of John Phillips as its new President. John is taking over for Martin Koonsman, MD, who has moved to become the Chief Medical Officer for the entire Methodist Health System. John is already well-known within the system, having served as the President of Methodist Mansfield for the past seven years. For me, someone who started at Methodist Dallas only seven weeks ago, seeing that the organization is able to retain talented leaders like Dr. Koonsman and John makes me think that I picked the right place to work.
Oak Cliff Brewing Co. is proud to announce the grand opening of its tap room and brewery in the heart of Oak Cliff, TX.
Founded by Joel Denton, the location is directly off of the Tyler/Vernon DART stop at Tyler Station–a historic manufacturing building that now serves as a ‘coworking village.’ The tap room contains 10 tap handles which will have 4 of Oak Cliff Brewing Co.’s core beers, plus 6 seasonal and specialty beers, all of which are produced on premises right next door.