So, back when Market Street used to have cooking classes, my daughter and I would go to their Thanksgiving pie class. Since pies were our only Turkey day responsibility (we celebrate at my mother-in-law’s) this was a great way to make traditional pies and keep my kitchen clean.
Oh, and bond with my daughter. Love you, honey!
Anyway, the class was taught by a lovely lady named Ruth Thompson. Ruth shared her family’s pecan pie recipe with the class, and we still use it even though the classes stopped several years back.
Well, Ruth may not be teaching cooking classes at Market Street anymore, but she is busy making a much bigger impact on our community. She is in the process of starting Hugs Cafe, a new restaurant to be located in downtown McKinney. Hugs will serve several of their own recipes, but they also have recipes that have been contributed by celebrity chefs from across the region.
We are lucky that news of a new restaurant downtown is not as surprising as it used to be. But Hugs Cafe brings a little something special to the table.
The Mission of Hugs Cafe is to create an inviting place of training and employment for adults with special needs while providing dignity, self-worth and developing respect in the community.
You see, Ruth didn’t just teach the Thanksgiving pie class at Market Street. She taught classes to adults with special needs twice a week. Before Market Street, she worked with special needs adults in Colorado. This work led to Ruth’s mission, and McKinney is privileged to be selected as the site of the very first Hugs Cafe.
If you are like me and think this is just about the best news in McKinney in a long time, maybe you can help out. Our friends over at Local Yocal are partnering with Hugs Cafe to help raise funds so they can open already! They are offering a special three course Tour de Steak at Local Yocal on May 15 at 7 pm. The cost is $100 and proceeds benefit Hugs Cafe. I’ve eaten Matt’s steak at Local Yocal. You will definitely get your money’s worth.
If you can’t make the event, you can still donate. Let’s see if we can make Hugs Cafe happen here in McKinney!
A lot of us have been waiting for this day to arrive. TUPPs Brewery is celebrating their grand opening on Saturday, May 2! Located at the Historic McKinney Cotton Mill, the new microbrewery will be offering their handcrafted Black Ale, TUPPs IPA, and Texas Shade to visitors this Saturday from 11-6 in their industrial beer garden. (Two new beers are on the horizon, offering a nice tip o’ the hat to McKinney: Northbound 75 and Cotton Mill Gold. Alas they won’t be available this Saturday. Guess you’ll have to go again. Life is hard.)
Several food trucks, including Guava Tree, Red Beard BBQ and Spoons Cafe will be there to add food to the festivities. There will be copious live music and of course lots of cool McKinney folk.
Take a gander at the TUPPs Facebook page for a good idea of all that will be going on Saturday. And be sure to visit the TUPPs website for details about their beer, their people, their building and their history. It’s a great addition to McKinney!
Cinco de Mayo
I realize that the actual Cinco de Mayo isn’t until Tuesday, which is clearly not a weekend day. But who’s to stop you from starting the festivities early?
First a Little History
So, Cinco de Mayo is Spanish for the 5th of May. The holiday commemorates the Mexican Army’s unexpected defeat of French forces on May 5, 1862. The French military was considered the team to beat at the time. They were bigger, stronger and cockier than the Mexican army and hadn’t been defeated in 50 years.
But like the honey badger, our friends to the south didn’t care about that and they kicked some French hiney at the Battle of Puebla. No offense intended to our French friends, it’s just that everybody loves a good underdog story.
Anyhoo, since that time no foreign army has invaded the Americas. There have been attacks but no invasions. Or so says Wikipedia.
The celebration of the holiday has taken various forms since 1862 in Mexico and the states. But today it has turned into a celebration of Mexican heritage and culture (and an opportunity for marketers, especially beer marketers, to pedal their wares).
Cinco de Mayo in McKinney, TX
Bien Salsa is getting started early with drink specials all day Saturday, May 2 and again on Tuesday, May 5.
The Blue Goose Cantina will be serving $2 top shelf margaritas and $2 Lunazul tequila tubes on Tuesday, May 5. While you are there, you should grab a Charity Case-a-Dilla – one dollar from each one purchased goes to The Samaritan Inn to help the homeless in Collin County. You can purchase a Charity Case-a-dilla anytime, not just on Cinco de Mayo.
The Cinco de Mayo Run, Walk and Roll offers 1k, 5k and 10k races on Saturday, May 2. The run benefits Neuro-Assistance, providing aid to spinal cord injured and disabled people in our community. Funds provide mobility equipment, vehicle modifications, home modifications and technology.
And also, I actually don’t drink all that much, as much as I seem to talk about adult beverages on this site. My plans this weekend include soccer, piano lessons, a play and precious little alcohol. Somehow, between all of that, I am going to make it to TUPPs, by golly. Will I see you there?
Hens in Da House
Show up at D&L AgMart at 210 W. University on Saturday, April 25 between 10:30 am and 3 pm. Purchase your tickets ($10 supports the MHNA) and grab a map for the tour. If you are one of the first 100 to arrive, you get a free breakfast. So get there early!
Next start following the map of chicken coops on the tour. You’ll probably get to meet some of the chicken keepers and chat about what keeping chickens is all about. You’ll definitely see some really fancy chicken coops. If I were one of those chickens I’d be laying some astounding eggs to be sure I was worth my keep.
I took this tour last year, and all I can say is do not miss it.
Get Your Vitamin B(eer)
Local favorite, Franconia Brewery, gives tours of their brewery every Saturday at 11 am. Cost is $5 and you’ll learn how they brew the good stuff right here in McKinney and even get to try some samples.
Franconia is located at 495 McKinney Parkway. You can get a little more information on their website.
Old Home Days
We’ve all gotten used to Chestnut Square as the venue for our impressive Farmer’s Market, a setting for special events, or a backdrop for beautiful photography. But of course Chestnut Square used to be a neighborhood that some of McKinney’s original families called home.
Take a tour of Chestnut Square any Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday at 11 am. Learn about the beautiful old homes, who lived in them and a little bit of their colorful history during the hour long tour. When you’re done, stop at Dixie’s Store for a cold drink.
Honey, We Aren’t at Boone’s Farm Anymore
If you like a nice cabernet, you should spend a little time at Wales Manor Vineyard and Winery. Located in Northeast McKinney, the Vineyard offers tours of their winemaking facility and their beautiful vineyard, followed by a stop in their tasting room.
It’s a beautiful venue for weddings and events, but there’s no reason to wait for party to enjoy the scenic location and handcrafted wine. Head on out and take a tour.
That’s all I’ve got for you this weekend. Enjoy this last bit of April!
In McKinney, movies and shopping means something totally different. And better.
Watch in McKinney This Weekend
The Big Lebowski
Darkness warshed over the Dude – darker’n a black steer’s tookus on a moonless prairie night. There was no bottom.
Yup, you can join your friends in downtown McKinney to watch The Big Lebowski Friday night. The MPAC hosts a classic film series called Friday Night Flicks and this week you get to see the Dude.
Concessions and a cash bar are provided by Munzee Marketplace and Mom and Popcorn. (I told you it’s better than the cineplex – which sounds so very 80’s it reminds me to suggest Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure for the line up.)
Keep an eye on the line up for future Friday Night Flicks leading up to McKinney’s First Annual Classic Film Festival September 11-13, 2015!
- May 29: The Goonies (PG)
- June 26: A Fish Called Wanda (R)
- July 31: Forrest Gump (PG-13)
- August 21: A Few Good Men (R)
Show starts at 8 pm on Friday, April 17 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center.
Tickets are $8 and you can buy them here.
Big Hero 6
If an R rated movie isn’t right for your crowd, head over to Randles Park for Big Hero 6 on Friday night at 7:30. Bring lawn chairs or blankets and pack a picnic dinner to enjoy movie under the sky. This movie is FREE to the public.
E. A. Randles Park
5400 Cedar Elm Drive
Shop in McKinney This Weekend
This is the weekend to shop like a maniac in McKinney, TX.
Heard Museum Native Plant Sale
First up you’ve got the annual Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary Plant Sale. The Heard does an amazing job fulfilling their mission of bringing people and nature together, and right smack in the DFW Metroplex no less. This plant sale benefits the Heard’s mission and everything you buy is tax free.
With our drought like conditions in recent years, planting native plants is more important than ever. You will find a wide variety of plants and herbs that do well in our dry conditions. You can also pick up some milkweed to attract monarch butterflies to your yard.
The sale runs 9-5 on Saturday and 1-5 on Sunday and is open to the public. If you are a member, you get to shop early on Friday from 4-7.
And of course, this is the third Saturday, so you’ve got some great spots to hit for vintage, flea market and crafty finds.
Flea Market Madness
Third Monday Trade Days, Fringe The Event, and The Old Red Lumberyard Junk Market are all going on this weekend. Get your shop on!
And don’t forget my favorite – the McKinney Farmer’s Market!
Shred in McKinney This Weekend
As far as I know, there is no snowboarding happening here this weekend, but shredding is happening. The 2015 McKinney Shred Event is your chance to clear out all that unnecessary paperwork once and for all. Head over to McKinney High between 9 and 1 on Saturday, and Data Shredding Services will handle the paperwork for ya!
There are some limits and rules about what you can shred, so be sure to glance through them before you head over there.
Head out on a date and let the kids have fun at Parents’ Night Out at the SPCA.
Help McKinney Community Concerts wrap up their season with David Gaschen, who has performed the lead in Phantom of the Opera over 1300 times!
McKinney Has Talent, and you do not want to miss it!
How about we talk about the good news first? In Collin County, 92.5% of the population lives above the poverty level. That’s much better than the U.S. as a whole. Now for the bad news. Fourteen percent of Collin County residents do not have reliable access to a sufficient quantity of reliable, nutritious food. Twenty-five percent of students in McKinney schools face food insecurity every day.*
Now let’s get back to the good news. Residents of McKinney want to improve those numbers. That’s where McKinney Empty Bowls comes in.
Started in 2012, this generous and fun event pairs local craftspeople with diners to raise money to combat hunger. Funds raised support initiatives through McKinney’s Community Lifeline Center.
When you attend Empty Bowls, you will have the opportunity to purchase a handcrafted bowl from a local artisan and enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread provided by some amazing local vendors.
This year’s event will be held at the MPAC on Thursday, April 16 form 5:30-7:30 pm. More than 30 local artists crafted bowls for the event or contributed to the silent auction or raffle. Bowls have also been contributed by community members and groups. The McKinney High School art students who donated over 100 bowls! Shout out to the MHS Lions for stepping up!
And true to McKinney, the food served will be simple, but fantastic. Participating vendors include Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill, Caudalie Crest Winery, Churchill’s British Restaurant & Pub, Harvest Seasonal Kitchen, McKinney Culinary Incubator, McKinney’s Sweet Spot, Mellow Mushroom, Patina Green, SNUG on the Square, Square Burger and The Pantry Restaurant.
So get your tickets now. And, you can go online and bid for bowls if you can’t wait to get your hands on them! Tickets are $25 for dinner and a keepsake bowl, $15 just for dinner (but why would you want to do that?)
Get your tickets to McKinney Empty Bowls right here.
Bid on beautiful artisan bowls right here.
To learn more details about the event and the craftspeople, visit the Empty Bowls Facebook Page.
Empty Bowls wants to give a big shout out to SPARC Pottery Studio and Gallery, whose artists have worked tirelessly to make the event bowls and many of the auction bowls. Check them out. Maybe take a class.
*Thanks to the Community Garden Kitchen at Holy Family School for the statistics. This is another great organization fighting food insecurity in McKinney. You can meet them at Empty Bowls on Thursday evening. Also, they are looking for volunteers.