Items you can bring to Chipotle Cultivate

Can I bring my dog to Chipotle Cultivate? I want to take photos of my favorite chef, am I allowed to bring my camera? It’s Texas, can I bring my water bottle to beat the heat? We know you have a lot of questions about what you can bring into the festival grounds at Lake Carolyn and what you should leave at home. With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list for you.

Allowed & prohibited items

Personal belongings are subject to search upon entry or re-entry.


  • Blankets
  • Umbrellas (small hand-held style)
  • Baby Strollers
  • Regular-size/unframed backpacks
  • Factory-sealed water bottle or empty reusable water bottle (ie, Nalgene, Klean Kanteen or Sigg)
  • Binoculars
  • Personal camera equipment, i.e. digital cameras, point-&-click digital cameras or film cameras
  • Dogs. Must be on a leash at all times


  • Weapons of any kind
  • Alcohol (alcohol is sold at the festival)
  • Glass containers
  • Food or beverages, except for factory-sealed water bottles
  • Skateboards, scooters, personal motorized vehicles, or carts
  • Fireworks or explosives
  • Large umbrellas
  • Chairs
  • Coolers
  • Tents
  • Audio recording equipment
  • Professional camera equipment
  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors
  • Pets, other than dogs
  • Bicycles may not be ridden within the festival; bike parking is available outside the gates on a first come, first served basis. Bring your own lock.

Dog guidelines

  • Dogs must remain on a leash at all times.
  • We ask that you do not bring retractable leashes.
  • Make sure you provide your dog with plenty of water.
  • Please help prevent aggressive interactions between our four-legged attendees.

The International Rescue Committee’s New Roots Garden in Dallas Texas


Each year, the IRC helps thousands of refugees, granted sanctuary in the United States to rebuild their lives.


As an essential part of their broader resettlement efforts, the ‪New Roots program enables refugees to reestablish their ties to the land, celebrate their heritage, and nourish themselves and their neighbors by planting strong roots in their new communities.


To help refugees integrate into their communities and meet their neighbors, the New Roots program gives them plots of land within local urban gardens.


Here they can grow fresh produce for themselves and their families to eat and to sell at local farmers’ markets.  


Many crops are native to their home countries, such as okra, pumpkins, pumpkin vine tips, bitter melons, Malabar spinach, and Chinese long beans. 


Many gardening techniques help maximize space, such as using a corn stalk instead of a lattice for beans.


Chipotle also serves as an employment partner to the IRC, aiding refugees in securing employment in our restaurants.


This particular plot in the garden belongs to Buddi. She works in the garden during the day, and many evenings she can be found in a local Chipotle making burritos.


At the Dallas Cultivate Festival, come experience first hand how the International Rescue Committee is helping refugees from around the world establish ties to the land through community gardening, nutrition education, and small-business farming.  -Rusty


As they say, “The food is local. The story is global.”



See Who’s Serving at the Tasting Hall!

Raise your glasses—some of the best brewers and vintners from the Dallas-Ft. Worth area are joining us at Lake Carolyn on October 18th! 


Lakewood Brewing, Co. 

The makers of our exclusive Cultivate Farmhouse Ale, Lakewood Brewing Co. strives to create the highest quality, internationally inspired, local craft beers. They combine the best of classic craft brewing techniques with unique, new ideas. They even took a unique approach to making the Farmhouse Ale for our festival. They opened it up as an internal contest, with the winning brewmaster earning the rights to make the beer for us. Will Paden, Cellarman, earned the victory and you won’t want to miss it!


Bishop Cider, Co.  

Bishop Cider, Co. takes a different approach to hard cider. They use a wide variety of fruits and include some unexpected and interesting ingredients. Some of their signature ciders include Cideways, a citrusy cider infused with Cascade hops and lemon grass; Cat Scratch Fever, which is infused with catnip and jalapeños; and Suicider, like a suicide fountain drink, only better. 


Franconia Brewing Company 

Franconia Brewing Company makes great beer and does great things. One hundred percent of their mash is turned into cattle feed. They recycle and run a state-of-the-art, energy-efficient building. Water used for cooling is collected and re-used. And, since they don’t produce waste or trash that will end up in a landfill, they don’t even have a dumpster! Franconia Brewing Company is the essence of true Bavarian brew, and goes all the way back to Great Grandfather Schaubert, the fine gentlemen on the logo, who started it all in 1800. Today, they provide the community some of the most genuine and freshest Bavarian beer available. 


FireWheel Brewing Co. 

At FireWheel Brewing Co., they feel life’s too short for bad beer. That’s why their goal is to brew high-quality craft and specialty beers, that never compromise on flavor or style, using traditional and innovative brewing methods. And it seems to be working! They brewed their inaugural homebrew in January of 2010 for friends and family. Demand quickly outstripped supply, so they expanded their equipment to over double, then triple. Now they are going commercial—all the while keeping their original goals carefully brewed into every batch. 


Four Corners Brewing Co. 

Four Corners Brewing Co. thinks of things differently—from their name, to their logo, to their beers. Their designer interpreted “Four Corners” as a weather vane with a proud rooster perched above it. It’s not uncommon for them to hear a rooster or two in the neighborhood, so they could identify with it. Plus, roosters are considered yard birds, but can be as beautiful as any other feathered friend. They think of craft brewing in the same manner. Beer is a common beverage, but with some direction, pride, and a little local flavor, it can be a very beautiful product. 


Community Beer Company 

At Community Beer Company, they feel beer is communal. It’s a central part of get-togethers and a way to celebrate old acquaintances or an opportunity to make ones. They are passionate about providing quality craft beer to the community, but their care for the community goes beyond great beer. They want to be stewards of the community by adhering to environmentally sustainable business practices, production and distribution. They also give back through charitable activities and by supporting local artists. As their saying goes, it’s truly beer for the greater good.


Deep Ellum Brewing Company 

Deep Ellum Brewing Company was tired of “bad beer” so they set out to show Dallas what they had been missing. To do this, they follow a strict “Beerfesto”: To never waste your time with gimmicks, to let their beer do the talking, to never live or work in a dry county, to remember their roots, and to never serve a single glass of bad beer. 


Paperboy Wines 

Paperboy Wines break the rules. You can enjoy their wines anywhere—from mountaintops to impromptu pool parties to festivals. They are the first to use an ultralight, ultra-green, 100-percent recyclable bottle, making their wines perfect for any outdoor activity. Paperboy is a quality wine from VML Winery. Cool and responsible all at once, Paperboy is truly the evolved way to wine.  


Grapevine Craft Brewery

At Grapevine Craft Brewery, they seek to be an inclusive community of beer drinkers. They believe beer is never the central figure of any moment. People are the moment makers. And great beer should be part of those moments. Their beers are crafted for good times. And they strive to be the well-crafted local classic that you’ll come back to time and time again. 


Revolver Brewing 

Revolver Brewing is a family-owned business founded by father and son, Ron and Rhett Keisler, along with seasoned Master Brewer and Cicerone, Grant Wood. They don’t take themselves too seriously, but they take extreme pride in their craft. They start with fresh water from their own Trinity Aquifer well and brew their beer with seasonal local ingredients, using custom-made equipment built in the U.S. Then they oversee their beer to the tap to ensure their knowledge of brewing, hard work and attention to each detail is evident in every beer they make.


Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

When Rahr & Sons Brewing Company opened its doors in 2004, the tag line was “The brand new beer with a 150-year history!” The Rahr family started making beer in America in 1847 after William and Natalie Rahr immigrated from Germany to Wisconsin. His Eagle Brewery was the first lager brewery in Wisconsin. They also grew and sold their own barley. The pull to brew was strong in this family and 160 years later, his great-great-grandson and namesake, Frederick William “Fritz” Rahr, Jr., followed in his family’s footsteps and opened Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. The brewery has won over 50 nationally-recognized awards, including a Silver Medal at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival.


Times Ten Cellars 

The Times Ten Cellars name goes back to when they started their first business. They bought the most expensive bottle of wine they could afford as young, struggling entrepreneurs during a celebratory dinner. Seven years later, they celebrated the sale of that business with another bottle of wine. They noticed the bottle of wine was exactly 10 times to the penny the cost of the bottle they bought when they started the company. And thus, the Times Ten name was born! From this love of wine came a passion for knowing everything about it. Today they even grow their own grapes at their vineyard, Cathedral Mountain Vineyard. 

Infinite Monkey Theorem

Infinite Monkey Theorem represents a counter culture in winemaking. No vineyard. No pretense. They buy the best grapes and make ridiculously good wine. The wines are not only expressions of the local fruit, the process, and the personality of the winemaker, but also expressions of the people drinking the wine. It is a product born out of the community and thus representative of the community.


Dallas-Fort Worth Instagram Contest

imageThe photo-ops at Chipotle Cultivate are endless: Your favorite band, delicious food, tasty beverages. You’re already snapping photos to remember the day, why not share them to Instagram for a chance to win a Dinner for 4 at Chipotle?

imageEnter our Instagram contest! Here are the details:

Dates: 10/19/2014-10/22/2014

How to enter: To enter, you must (1) Follow @CultivateFest, and (2) post of a photo of your experience at the Cultivate Festival and include the following hashtag: #ChipotleCultivateSweeps. By completing these tasks, you automatically will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes. 

Dallas-Fort Worth Cultivate Instagram Sweepstakes

Official Rules


1. Eligibility: Dallas-Fort Worth Cultivate Instagram Sweepstakes (the “Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry. Employees of CMG Strategy Co., LLC, HelloWorld, Inc., and their parent and affiliate companies as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings and children) and household members of each such employee are not eligible. The Sweepstakes is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.  Participation constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional agreement to these Official Rules and Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes.  Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.

2. Sponsor: CMG Strategy Co., LLC, 1401 Wynkoop Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80202. 

3. Timing: The Sweepstakes begins on October 19, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on October 22, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Promotion Period”).  Instagram Inc.,’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes.

 4. How to Enter: There are two (2) ways to enter:

Enter through Instagram: You will need to have an Instagram account to participate in this Sweepstakes. Creating the account is free, but requires use of a mobile device and is subject to its Terms of Use (http://instagram.com/legal/terms/). Data and message rates may apply when entering through Instagram.  To enter, you must (1) Follow @CultivateFest, and (2) post of a photo of your experience at the Cultivate Festival and include the following hashtag #ChipotleCultivateSweeps.By completing these tasks,you automatically will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes. 

You must have permission from anyone featured in your photograph. Photos may not be indecent, obscene, hateful, tortious, defamatory, or libelous or contain material that violates or infringes another’s rights, or disparage Sponsor or any other person or party affiliated with the Sweepstakes, or contain material that it finds unlawful, or in violation of these Official Rules. Sponsor will disqualify entrants from the Sweepstakes where the photo posted is in violation of these Official Rules. 

Sponsor’s Use of Photos: Uploading a photo constitutes entrant’s consent to give Sponsor a royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, create derivative works from, and display such photos in whole or in part, on a worldwide basis, and to incorporate it into other works, in any manner, form, media or technology now known or later developed, including for promotional or marketing purposes.  If requested, entrant will sign any documentation required for Sponsor or its designees to make use of the non-exclusive rights entrant is granting to use the photo. 

Enter by Mail-in: To enter without attending the Cultivate Festival or posting a photo, hand print your name, address, day and evening phone numbers, email address, and date of birth on a 3” x 5” piece of paper and mail it in an envelope with proper postage to “Dallas-Fort Worth Cultivate Instagram Sweepstakes,” c/o CMG Strategy Co., LLC, 1401 Wynkoop Street, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80202. You will receive one (1) entry into the Sweepstakes for each envelope received.  All mail-in entries must be handwritten and must be postmarked by October 22, 2014 and received by October 29, 2014.  All entries become the exclusive property of Sponsor and none will be acknowledged or returned. Proof of sending or submission will not be deemed to be proof of receipt by Sponsor. Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, illegible, misdirected or postage-due entries, which will be disqualified.

Limit: You may enter five (5) times during the Promotion Period by any combination of methods.  However, if you enter through Instagram, each entry must be accompanied by a unique photo.  Multiple entrants are not permitted to share the same Instagram account.  Any attempt by any entrant to obtain more than five (5) entries by using multiple/different Instagram accounts, identities, registrations, or any other methods will void that entrant’s entries and that entrant may be disqualified. Use of any automated system to participate is prohibited and will result in disqualification.  In the event of a dispute as to any entry, the authorized account holder of the Instagram account used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant.  The “authorized account holder” is the natural person associated with the Instagram account. Each potential winner may be required to show proof of being an authorized account holder.

5. Grand Prize Drawing: Sponsor’s decisions as to the administration and operation of the Sweepstakes and the selection of the potential winners are final and binding in all matters related to the Sweepstakes.  Sponsor will randomly select the potential Sweepstakes winners from all eligible entries received during the Promotion Period, on or around October 31, 2014. Potential winners who entered by posing on Instagram will be notified by Direct Message from @CultivateFest and will be asked to provide a mailing address for prize fulfillment to claim their prize.  Potential winners must respond to the Direct Message within three (3) days in order to claim the prize. If a potential winner cannot be contacted, fails to provide the requested information within the required time period, or the prize is returned as undeliverable, the potential winner forfeits the prize.  Receiving a prize is contingent upon compliance with these Official Rules.  In the event that a potential winner is disqualified for any reason, Sponsor will award the applicable prize to an alternate winner by random drawing from among all remaining eligible entries.  Only three (3) alternate drawings will be held, after which the prize will remain un-awarded. Prizes will be fulfilled approximately 8-10 weeks after the conclusion of the Sweepstakes.

6. Prizes: FOUR (4) GRAND PRIZES: A Dinner for four (4) at Chipotle Mexican Grill, fulfilled as a coupon. The coupon may be redeemed for four (4) entrees, four (4) fountain beverages and two (2) orders of chips and guacamole.  Other terms and conditions listed on the coupon apply. Approximate Retail Value: $50.  Prizes are non-transferable and no substitution will be made except as provided herein at the Sponsor’s sole discretion. Sponsor reserves the right to substitute the prize for one of equal or greater value if the designated prize should become unavailable for any reason. Winners are responsible for all taxes and fees associated with prize receipt and/or use.  Odds of winning a prize depend on the number of eligible entries received during the Promotion Period.  Limit:  One (1) prize per person/household.

7. Release: By receipt of any prize, winners agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, HelloWorld, Inc., and their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, advertising/promotion agencies, and prize suppliers, and each of their respective parent companies and each such company’s officers, directors, employees and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action, including, but not limited to, personal injury, death, or damage to or loss of property, arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or useor misuse of any prize.

8. Publicity: Except where prohibited, participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes each winner’s consent to Sponsor’s and its agents’ use of winner’s name, likeness, photograph, voice, opinions and/or hometown and state for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration.

9. General Conditions: Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, suspend and/or modify the Sweepstakes, or any part of it, if any fraud, technical failures, human error or any other factor impairs the integrity or proper functioning of the Sweepstakes, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion.  In such event, Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may elect to hold a random drawing from among all eligible entries received up to the date of discontinuance for any or all of the prizes offered herein.  Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Sweepstakes or to be acting in violation of the Official Rules of this or any other promotion or in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner.  Any attempt by any person to deliberately undermine the legitimate operation of the Sweepstakes may be a violation of criminal and civil law, and, should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.  Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

10. Limitations of Liability: The Released Parties are not responsible for: (1) any incorrect or inaccurate information, whether caused by entrants, printing errors or by any of the equipment or programming associated with or utilized in the Sweepstakes; (2) technical failures of any kind, including, but not limited to malfunctions, interruptions, or disconnections in phone lines or network hardware or software; (3) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Sweepstakes; (4) technical or human error which may occur in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; (5) late, lost, undeliverable, damaged or stolen mail; or (6) any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from entrant’s participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or useor misuse of any prize.  If for any reason an entrant’s entry is confirmed to have been erroneously deleted, lost, or otherwise destroyed or corrupted, entrant’s sole remedy is another entry in the Sweepstakes, if it is possible. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.  In the event that production, technical, seeding, programming or any other reasons cause more than the stated number of prizes as set forth in these Official Rules to be available and/or claimed, Sponsor reserves the right to award only the stated number of prizes by a random drawing among all legitimate, un-awarded, eligible prize claims.

11. Disputes: Except where prohibited, entrant agrees that: (1) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan (Southern Division) or the appropriate Michigan State Court located in Oakland County, Michigan; (2) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering this Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (3) under no circumstances will entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased.  All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of the entrant and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of Michigan without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of the State of Michigan or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of Michigan.

12. Entrant’s Personal Information: Information collected from entrants is subject to Sponsor’s Privacy Policy (https://www.chipotle.com/en-us/html/privacy.html).

13.  Winner List: For a winner list, visit http://cultivatefest.tumblr.com/.  The winner list will be posted after winner confirmation is complete.

© 2014 HelloWorld, Inc.  All rights reserved.


Parking at Lake Carolyn

If you’re driving to Lake Carolyn on Saturday for Chipotle Cultivate, we wanted to draw attention to four parking areas for your convenience.


Parking is $5 (cash) in each of these locations and you must vacate the lot by 8pm on Saturday, October 18th.

1. 225 E. John Carpenter Fwy, Irving, TX 75062. Garage entrance on Mandalay.

2. 220 E Las Colinas Blvd, Irving, TX 75039

3. 545 E. John Carpenter Fwy, Las Colinas, TX 75062.

4. 909 Lake Carolyn Pkwy, Irving, TX 75039

The The Las Colinas Areas Personal Transit (APT) will also be running during festival hours and stops very close to the festival gates. There is a stop near the DART station and near two of our parking garages.

For more information on how to get to the festival, check out our website:  http://chipotlecultivate.com/cities/dallas-ft-worth/#getting-there

Safe travels and see you this weekend! -Myra


Cafe Momentum

“When you start with an idea and you say; ‘I want to open up a restaurant with juvenile delinquents and let them play with knives and fire’ people think you are crazy” - Chef Chad Houser

It was a typical day at the annual Mama Ida’s Ice Cream Social. Held at the Dallas Farmers Market , attendees taste delicious hand-made ice creams and sorbets, then vote for their favorites. Except this time, none of the culinary students from local colleges won the contest. It was a young man from then Dallas County Youth Village, a juvenile detention facility, who took home the prize. 

All of this began when Chef Chad Houser signed up to teach a couple of kids in jail to make ice cream - some of his students even thought raspberry was a flavor of gum and not a berry. But after spending time with these kids and getting to know them on a personal level, it changed his life forever.

After seeing this success and the true appreciation these guys had when someone believed in them, Chad expressed his desire to work with local vendors and local chefs to help at-risk youth in general find viable employment opportunities. But many challenges existed. For example, many folks’ preconceived notion of these young men blocked the way. However, with the help of Youth Village’s Executive Director Jerry Silhan, a concept of staffing an entire restaurant with these young men was born. This idea has evolved into Cafe Momentum.

On June 2011, the first Cafe Momentum pop-up dinner was organized. Chef Jeffrey Hobbs drew up a four-course menu and Kenneth Pyron prepared the men on hospitality and service. Kenneth told them, and still says to this day, “You will be excellent, you have no choice.”

Prior to the tickets going on sale for their first event, the organizers hit up everyone from bible study groups to kids at the skate park.  Amazingly, the dinner was oversold by 13 spots, before they could turn the ticketing system off. 

These days, Café Momentum pop-up dinners continue to train and work Dallas County Youth Village residents alongside the best chefs in Dallas., and the events continue to sell out every time (and quickly).

The next step in this amazing program will come into fruition with a full every-day restaurant. Slated to open in December 2014, the restaurant will not just serve food but will also be a learning center.  In 12 months the young men will rotate through every aspect of the restaurant from waiting tables to washing dishes, while working side-by-side with a new established chef each month. In addition to this, the restaurant will have a classroom where other vocational and life skills such as parenting, art, and social media will be taught.

Every single person involved with Café Momentum is passionate, intelligent, and amazing. Each of them shares a common goal, and endlessly pursue it. They also use words like  “privilege” and “an honor” when talking about working with these youth. It’s amazing to see something that not only transforms the lives of these young men but also enhances the Dallas community at large in such a great way. –Rusty

“As Frederick Douglass said, ‘It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.’ And what better way to build strong children than with knives and fire?” - Chef Chad Houser


Lakewood Brewing - Brewers of Cultivate Farmhouse Ale

So what exactly does “Schol” mean? Simply put, “it’s what Belgians exclaim when they give a toast.” - Wim Bens

Born in Belgium, but raised in Texas, Wim has an appreciation for his ancestral roots. Over the years his family took regular trips to visit relatives in Belgium and that’s where he developed a fondness for Belgian style beer. When he graduated college, craft beer was on the rise, but Wim couldn’t find one to suit his palate.Living in a vibrant and imaginative neighborhood in East Dallas called Lakewood, Wim was inspired to turn his passion for beer into a reality with home brewing. He loved the art, science and of course, the beer it yielded. Soon after graduating from the American Brewers Guild, he left the corporate world and started brewing full time.Lakewood Brewing Company started in 2011 with 3 people and currently employs over a dozen. They also now have a strong following of local beer supporters and produce year-round and seasonal beers.They’re very engrained in the community and are constantly giving back to local organizations in Lakewood and East Dallas. In fact, part of the proceeds of Rock Ryder, a brew named after White Rock Lake and the cyclists who loop it, goes to For The Love of a Lake. This institution is run by local community volunteers, giving up their time to keeping White Rock Lake a little oasis in Lakewood.They also have some amazing beers that they rotate as the seasons change. During my visit they were ramped up for fall with their Punkel beer. But, rather than using pumpkin, they went for a brew that compliments it. Punkel is a dark, malty German lager enhanced by cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ginger. Wim says “It’s perfect for weather only Texans would consider ‘fall.’”As a way to honor Wim’s dual heritage, Lakewood also offer beers that are brewed one time only and never brewed again. These are under “The Legendary Series” label, inspired by Belgian and local mythologies. For example, in May of 2013 they released La Dame du Lac. This beer is a tribute to Lakewood’s “dame blanche” (ghostly “white ladies” that roamed the country side of northern France), and one of the most well-known urban legends around east Dallas, the “Lady of White Rock Lake.”

The story goes like this: Many midnight drivers have witnessed a strange woman, dressed in a soaked, long white dress, walking near the lake. She always asks for a ride home, as her car or boat has unfortunately just sunk to the bottom. Obliged to help, the drivers escort her home in the back of their cars, and upon arrival at the house, they turn around, only to find an empty, wet seat. They approach the house, and an elderly man or woman invariably answers the door. They come to find out the girl they just picked up was none other than the person’s daughter, who died in the lake many years before.

So in her honor, we toast this ghost, and hope she one day finds her way back home. But hurry, because like her many sightings, this beer is also known to suddenly disappear.

With so much pride, passion, and creativity, it’s no wonder we asked Lakewood Brewing Company to come up with our Dallas Cultivate Farmhouse Ale. And true to form, they did it a little different than other brewers with whom we’ve worked. They opened it up as an internal contest, and the brewmaster receiving the most votes internally got to make his beer for the Festival! This year Will Paden, Cellarman, took the honors.When you’re at the Festival on October 18th, grab a pint of Will’s creation and enjoy some amazing food, music and time with friends. Schol! -Rusty


Times Ten Cellars

What’s in a name?  Quite a bit, especially if this name is the label for your hard work. So instead of using familiar names commonly found in the wine industry, Rob Wilson and Kert Platner found inspiration in a wine cork.It all goes back to when they started their first business and bought the most expensive bottle of wine they could afford as young struggling entrepreneurs during a celebratory dinner. Seven years later, during another dinner they had after selling this business they noticed the bottle of wine they bought was exactly 10 times to the penny of their bottle they bought when they started the company. That cork is framed and above the bar, and the money made from the sale of the business is what gave Rob and Kert the ability to start their wine venture. In addition to two wineries in Dallas and Fort Worth, they also own Cathedral Mountain Vineyard. They wanted to know where the grapes came from when they made small batches, and decided owning their own vineyard was the way to do this. So they sought out a patch of land that had relentless sun, cool nights and mineral-rich, rocky, volcanic soil. These conditions are well suited for Spanish and Rhone inspired wines. They found this land in the high desert mountains of North Texas, 18 miles south of Alpine.  After acquiring the land in April of 2004, Ron and Kert drove 100 friends and family up to the vineyard and planted 7,000 vines in 10 hours. The first crop was harvested in 2006 and produced the powerful, savory, and rich wines they wanted to make.When they invited friends, family and neighbors to sample their first wines they soon realized they’d created a special place people wanted to hang around and not just run in to buy a bottle of wine. Soon they started moving out the retail bottles of wine in favor of high-top tables and chairs. People kept coming in every day and then starting inquiring if they could rent out the space for weddings, celebrations and other gatherings.Rather than closing down during these parties, they decided to acquire the space next door. And they continued to cater to folks who’d stop in for a glass of wine in the evenings and congregate with other people from the neighborhood. They even expanded into their tank room for small wine tastings and events for a more intimate setting.As we were wrapping up the day, I noticed that the wine bottles had different chairs on the labels. Rob explained that the different chairs visualized what they thought of when they drank the wines. For example, the Cabernet Sauvignon made him feel warm and cozy, like sitting in a leather couch. The Sauvignon Blanc showcases an Adirondack chair since it reminded them of a light, crisp summer.You can see Rob and Kert’s passion in their work, and in their employees too. Every person you encounter is not only accommodating, friendly and warm but also loves what they do. They enjoy helping in any way, and when guests wanted food, they hired a chef to develop a small bites menu. They’ll also call neighboring restaurants to deliver food.  It’s truly an inviting and special place these two gentleman have created, and if you’re in Lakewood Texas one day, stop by and enjoy this experience for yourself. –Rusty


Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters

"Coffee, much like life, is not simply about what you consume, but what you can create." - Shannon NeffendorfimageIt all started when Shannon had a taste of something he couldn’t get back home in Dallas. Shannon often traveled to Milan, Italy in his previous life as an accountant and marveled at the coffeehouses there. People congregated for their morning lattes for 15 minutes, engaged in some great conversation with friends, then went on their way. This would repeat again in the late afternoon over espresso. And unlike coffee houses in Dallas where people grab and go, these seemed to bring people together.imageShannon also noticed it was hard to determine the origins of coffee in the States and the flavor was never quite to his liking. So he set up a gas grill in his garage, and he started sourcing and roasting his own coffee beans. After giving some to friends and family, he knew he was on to something. The next step was buying a small commercial roaster and selling beans to the people around Oak Cliff.image

He realized he didn’t want people knocking on his front door asking for coffee, so he decided to take the coffee to the people, “milkman” style. After roasting the night before, he’d travel around the neighborhood and hang coffee bags on door nobs. Even today, he still does this service to a limited customer base.imageRealizing his community had a thirst, not just for great coffee, but also for the same experience he had in the coffeehouses in Milan, Shannon decide to build a coffeehouse along with an even larger roasting operation in his neighborhood.imageWord began to spread about his amazing coffee, so during construction of the coffeehouse/roaster, Shannon rented a nearby house to roast larger batches for orders coming in from other Dallas coffeehouses. Most people in the neighborhood didn’t mind the roasting, but someone tipped off the state that his house was not zoned for commercial use. Being the entrepreneur he was, he stopped roasting during the day, and then fired up his operation when the state wasn’t working, during the dead of night.imageOne night around 2am, Shannon heard noises outside his house and was greeted with 5 police cars and officers.  They asked him what he was doing and didn’t believe he was just roasting coffee, until they came in and saw for themselves. Defeated that they didn’t take down a drug operation, the police retreated into the night.imageNow he has a beautiful coffee house and two large roasters in the heart of Oak Cliff.imageEverywhere you look are wonderfully decorated and hand picked details Shannon obsessed over. Shannon didn’t want an airstream (“too Austin”), but an old bus seemed to make sense.imageGuitars and good coffee always go together.imageMore small details: Pour over coffee brewers instead of lampshades, the blue and white boarder on the wall, inspired by a tile Shannon and his wife saw in a Chilean hotel on their honeymoon.imageAdjacent to the coffee house is a small room where Shannon teaches the trade to people trying  to get into the coffee business. He shows them different methods and also explains the beans and growers. Rather than continuously expanding, Shannon decided to keep Oak Cliff Coffee in his town alone and help others expand into their own neighborhoods, thus reinforcing the ideas of local and community.imageHis ongoing mission is to responsibly source, roast, and distribute his coffee. But even more importantly, we wants to continue helping others succeed in their dreams.  He believes that none of us live autonomous lives. Everything we do has implications and impacts on others around us. If you do something well, it will expand into something larger. Hang out with Shannon over a cup of espresso on his patio some afternoon, and you’ll see his passion and love for coffee and life.  

And you can also come visit him at our Cultivate Festival in Dallas on October 18th. –Rustyimage


Don’t Miss the Artisans’ Hall!

Imagine if all your local favorites—your must-stop coffee shop, that juice bar you love so much, the bakery with those amazing treats—were all at the same place. Now imagine them as part of a food, thought and music festival, and make plans to join us at Lake Carolyn on October 18th! 

We gathered some of the best local artisans to spend the day with us. Here’s a sneak peek and a tip: bring your appetite!


Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters 

Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters got their start by roasting coffee on a converted gas grill in the back garage. Without the convenience of a retail storefront, they began delivering the coffee “milkman style” to their neighbors. Every other week, their customers would wake up to fresh-roasted coffee hanging in a little burlap sack on the doorknob. Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters have since outgrown the garage and are providing coffee to some of the best coffeehouses, restaurants and retailers in the Dallas area. Their goal is not simply to serve the freshest and highest quality coffee possible, but to also connect and contribute to the community and show concern for the farmers across the globe.image

Pop Stat Handcrafted Popsicles

Pop Star Handcrafted Popsicles is a local start-up company specializing in unique and delicious frozen popsicles. Made with only the best all-natural, organic and local ingredients, Pop Star provides a natural alternative to the mass-produced, chemical-laden and artificially flavored dessert market. All of their pops are handcrafted in small batches using lots of fresh fruit, organic evaporated cane juice and nothing artificial. And their fruit-based pops are gluten free, vegan and have no refined sugars.  


Sweet Nana’s Granola

Sweet Nana loves to make people smile with her cooking. For Christmas in 2005, she made breakfast baskets for her family and friends with homemade granola. The granola was such a hit, everyone kept asking for more! After years of putting just the right touch of love into every small batch of granola, the recipe is perfect—and now you don’t even have to be a member of the family to enjoy it!


The Brownie Cottage 

The Brownie Cottage is the dream child of Lisa Brettman. Lisa started baking all-natural homemade treats for family and friends. Her passion quickly blossomed into a small business and her unique and tasty twists to traditional brownies and cinnamon rolls are now available to everyone. Lisa developed her recipes in an effort to offer healthy treats to individuals who have intolerances and allergies to such things as preservatives, additives and gluten. Her all-natural treats are non-GMO and contain no preservatives or artificial colors or flavors.


Wackym’s Kitchen

Wackym’s Kitchen has a motto: Life is sweet, eat great treats. They’ve been sharing sweetness and cookie love since October 2008, when they first started selling cookies at local farmers markets in the Dallas-Ft Worth area. Over the years, they began selling through retailers and their famed crispy cookies are now available in many stores—they’ll even ship them directly to you. Their delicious crispy cookies are all made from only fresh ingredients. All are made with real butter, cane sugar and unbleached flour, with no artificial flavorings or preservatives. And if you’re looking for a great story, be sure to ask their Chief Cookie Officer about the hats! 


Texas Honeybee Guild

Texas Honeybee Guild promotes the health and well-being of bees in Texas through educational programs and urban micro-apiaries. Texas Honeybee Guild is dedicated to building awareness of bees and how they play a part in the world. Bee inspired. Give bees a chance.


Boom Juice!

Boom Juice! is an artisan cold-pressed juice, superfood-smoothie and gourmet raw-foods retail store. Many people would like raw and natural foods to be an important part of their daily diets, but they do not have the time or ability to prepare these foods in the quantities and varieties necessary. Boom Juice! caters to that need by providing the most nutrient-dense foods possible, in a convenient grab-and-go style. Their mission is to bring a healthier and cleaner lifestyle brand to the mainstream market place.