Shops at Highland Village

Jay Around Town: May Happenings

If you can believe it, Summer is almost here! To celebrate, check out any of these events happening in Flower Mound, Highland Village, or Lewisville this month!

Flower Mound

Every Friday in May @ 7:00-9:00pm: Concerts in the Park at Heritage Park

Every Friday in May @ 7:00-9:00pm: Lakeside Music Series at Lakeside DFW

Tuesday, May 2 @ 7:00pm: Five Money Questions for Women at Flower Mound Public Library

Friday, May 5 @ 8:00am-3:30pm: Leadercast Simulcast at Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church

Saturday, May 6 @ 9:00am-12:00pm: Kid Fish at Rheudasil Park Pond

Sunday, May 7 @ 6:00pm: 2017 Annual Flower Mound Symphony Fundraiser at Bistecca

Tuesday, May 16 @ 7:00pm: Unforgettable Women in Asia at Flower Mound Public Library

Monday, May 29 @ 9:00am: Memorial Day Observance – “A Day to Remember” at Flower Mound Senior Center

Monday, May 29 @ 1:00-5:00pm: Outdoor WaterPark Splashtacular at CAC Outdoor Waterpark

Highland Village

Saturday, May 6 @ 10:00am-6:00pm: Highland Village Art Festival at The Shops at Highland Village

Saturday, May 13: Doubletree Ranch Park Opening Celebration at Doubletree Ranch Park

Friday, May 19 @ Sundown: Movies in the Park at Unity Park


Thursday, May 4 @ 6:00pm: KLB Garden Secrets Class – “Shade Gardening” at MCL Grand

Friday, May 5 @ 6:00-10:00pm: Keeping Tradition Alive at Wayne Ferguson Plaza

Sunday, May 7 @ 1:00-5:00pm: LulaRoe Shopping Event at MCL Grand

Friday, May 12 @ 7:45-9:45pm: Family Campfire at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

Saturday, May 13 @ 9:00am-Noon: Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day at Residential Convenience Center

Saturday, May 13 @ 8:00pm: Texas Tunes Series – Joe Ely at MCL Grand

Thursday, May 18 @ 6:00pm: KLB Garden Secrets Class – “Gardening with Herbs” at MCL Grand

Sunday, May 21 @ 3:00pm: Lewisville Civic Chorale & Huffines MS Choir – Musica Sacra et Profana at The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation

FOODIE DRIDAY: Tavern Style Dining at Shoal Creek

We’ve been blessed here at Foodie Friday with a whole slew of new restaurants to visit over the past few weeks – and we haven’t even visited them all, and there are more new restaurants opening all the time!

We’ve been highly anticipating the Grand Opening of Jim Verfurth’s latest restaurant, Shoal Creek Tavern, in the Shops at Highland Village for months (along with many of you). So, we’re excited to finally share about our incredible lunch we enjoyed there with you!

I LOVE the look and feel of Jim’s new restaurant. It truly feels like an old tavern with the beautifully crafted bar, the tables and chairs which are all hand-carved, and Jim’s unique beer tap fountain out on the patio.

We were able to sit at the Chef’s Table during our lunch and were treated to quite the range of menu items. While Chef Florencio and his staff worked in the kitchen to cook up our delicious meal, Shoal Creek’s Bar Manager, Cory, mixed up some his favorite cocktails from their menu.

We were so amazed by Cory’s creativity in each of the drinks he’s crafted for Shoal Creek’s menu. He showed us what goes into the Lavendar and Lace (a gin-based drink), his Smoked Black Walnut Manhattan (his twist on a traditional Manhattan made by smoking wood in the glass to give it a unique flavor), and the Pretty in Pink (made with raspberry-infused Tito’s, fresh lime juice and ginger beer). Our resident cocktail-testers said each of the drinks had an incredibly unique flavor unlike any other cocktail they’ve had before – definitely two thumbs up for Cory and his well-crafted drink menu!

After witnessing Cory’s skills firsthand, it only seemed appropriate that we head back to the kitchen to see Chef Flor work his magic as well. He showed us how he makes one of their most popular (and one of his personal favorite) dishes – the Rack of Lamb served with a rosemary demi glaze, garlic cheddar mashed potatoes and buttered carrots.


Click here to see the video.

Then we headed back out to our table so Chef could serve us that delicious-looking Rack of Lamb along with a bunch of their other menu items including:

Their Shoal Creek Bread (a twist on “The Bread” served at Verf’s made with sourdough bread baked with smoked bacon, parmesan and creamy garlic mozzarella served with a side of marinara);

Their Crab Cake Stuffed Shrimp with cayenne scampi cream;

The Smoked Salmon Cakes served with a roasted jalapeno avocado sauce;

The Peppercorn Chicken Portobello tossed and served on top of some of their house made pasta in a green peppercorn brandy cream;

Their Manhattan Sirloin which comes wrapped in pork belly and served with crab cake stuffed shrimp, garlic cheddar mashed potatoes, and green beans;

And then, of course, the Rack of Lamb which Chef prepared.

Everything Chef prepared was well-crafted, but our personal favorites were probably the lamb and the crab cake stuffed shrimp.

We finally had to tell Chef, “We’re full,” but knew we couldn’t leave without giving a couple of their desserts a try. So, we sampled a couple of Chef’s favorites – Salted Butterscotch Creme Brulee and the Shoal Creek Bread Pudding served with fried bananas foster. You all know how passionate I am about creme brulee’s and Chef Flor’s was delicious! And even more impressive – his Bread Pudding might have even been even more delicious than the creme brulee! The perfect end to a perfect meal.

Shoal Creek Tavern has an incredible range of options on their menu – so whether you want to come in for a salad, a sandwich, or something heartier like their rack of lamb, you can’t go wrong!

The goal of Jim, Chef Flor, and their entire staff is for you to receive a warm welcome, a memorable meal with great food and drinks, and a fond farewell. And that’s exactly what we felt while we were there!

*Shoal Creek Tavern is located at 1701 Shoal Creek Dr, Highland Village TX 75077.

Foodie Friday: “Coming Soon” to a Foodie Friday Review Near You!

Just like with our “Coming Soon” listings, we like to also make you aware of any “Coming Soon” restaurants in our area. And there are several new restaurants opening in our area over the next few months, which means we are going to be kept very busy trying them all out. And we are just fine with that!

Here are all the restaurants you should keep an eye out for in the coming months.

Lakeside DFW

Mio Nonno

Mio Nonno is located across from Paradise Bistro in Lakeside DFW and will serve authentic, traditional Italian dishes made from fresh local ingredients.

Their original location is in Allen where Chef Ati Mala has wowed customers with their wood fired smokey-crusted pizza, their antipasti, and their desserts of the day.

Mio Nonno is expected to open within the next month.

Hanaya Hibachi & Sushi

This Asian-fusion restaurant is located at the front of Lakeside DFW along FM 2499. Hanaya Hibachi & Sushi is owned by the same person who owns Kobeya Japanese Steak & Sushi in Southlake Town Square. So, prepare yourself for some delicious Asian-fusion cuisine!

Milwaukee Joe’s Gourmet Ice Cream

Known for their classic flavors and cakes and pies, Milwaukee Joe’s is a family-owned and operated Fort Worth creamery which has been serving DFW residents since 1995. Every ice cream is made in their Colleyville Creamery and they currently have a store in Colleyville and Southlake Towne Square.

They are looking forward to bringing their incredible flavors and family-friendly atmosphere to Lakeside DFW.

Mena’s Tex-Mex Cantina

Mena’s will bring with it to Lakeside DFW their reputation for top-notch food, drinks and bar service. Their bar is designed to face the open patio that faces the intersection of Northwood and Lakeside.

They currently have two other locations in Richardson and Carrollton where they serve their variety of traditional Tex-Mex dishes.


Riverwalk at Central Park

Mi Dia from Scratch

Mi Dia currently has two DFW locations (in Grapevine and Plano) and are looking forward to opening their third here in Flower Mound across from Flower Mound Presbyterian on FM 2499.

Mi Dia is well-known for their menu which fuses flavors from traditional Mexico City dishes with modern Santa Fe and Tex Mex flavors.

Parker Square

Edison Coffee Co.

Edison Coffee Co. will be opening their new location in Flower Mound’s Parker Square where they will continue to serve their delicious beverages and pastries.

Owners J and Melanie McWhorter are appreciative of those who pushed them to expand into a second location and are looking forward to bringing patrons of Parker Square their unique coffee creations.

The new location is expected to open in May.

Crossroads Centre

Sonora Grill – Cocina de Brasa

Back in the Fall, we announced that Mexico City-based restaurant Sonora Grill – Cocina de Brasa would be opening their first location in the US right here in Flower Mound!

The restaurant will offer quality cuts of meat with rich, unique flavors, as well as a large selection of Mexican wines.

Shops at Highland Village

Shoal Creek Tavern

Shoal Creek Tavern has been offering glimpses of their interior décor to Facebook-ers over the past few weeks and the anticipation is killing us!

Created by local restaurateur, Jim Verfurth (of Verf’s Grill & Tavern), Shoal Creek Tavern will offer American cuisine as well as a healthy selection of beers and liquors.

Their Grand Opening is set for Thursday, March 9th.

Old Town Lewisville

Cavalli Pizza

This will serve as Cavalli Pizza’s third location in DFW and will offer their incredible menu of Neopolitan-style pizzas, tapas-style dishes, wood-fired sandwiches and dessert pizzas.

Cavalli Pizza is expected to open within the next month.

Twisted Root Burger Co.

This DFW favorite first started serving their unique “twisted” burgers, Root Beer and shakes out of their Deep Ellum location and have expanded throughout the Metroplex over the last 10 years.

Their location in Old Town Lewisville will be their 19th and will offer the same great food and the same unique atmosphere as all of their other locations and will be a great option for residents of Northern Denton County.

Their Grand Opening is on Monday, March 6 from 11:00am-10:00pm. And the first 50 people to arrive when the doors open will receive a FREE Burger-Of-The-Month/Shake-Of-The-Month Card valid for the next 12 months!

Prohibition Chicken

Prohibition Chicken is expected to open in March and is an original concept created by the JBKJ restaurant group.

It will be a prohibition-themed bar and restaurant serving three styles of chicken with a wide variety of sauces and sides, as well as a live biscuit station. The restaurant will include two bars – one of which can be accessed through a phone booth (like in an old speakeasy).


Jay Around Town: February Happenings

2017 is flying by already! Happy February 1st, everyone! Here’s a list of activities happening in Flower Mound, Highland Village and Lewisville during the month of February.

Flower Mound

Saturday, February 4 – 8:30-11:30am: Women’s Health Screening at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital – Flower Mound

Monday, February 6 – 7:00pm: Spring Gardening Series – Edible Landscape at Flower Mound Public Library

Monday, February 13 – 7:00pm: Spring Gardening Series – Great Garden Apps at Flower Mound Public Library

Friday, February 17 – 5:00-8:00pm: FANDOMiCON Teen Lock-In at Flower Mound Public Library

Friday, February 17 – 7:30pm: Lewisville Lake Symphony’s “Farewell” at MCL Grand Theater

Monday, February 20 – 7:00pm: Spring Garden Series – Native Plants for Your Landscape at Flower Mound Public Library

Friday, February 24 – 7:00-8:00pm: Denton County Friends of Family Cyclegiving Event at Cyclebar – Flower Mound

Saturday, February 25 – 9:00am-1:00pm: Child ID Kit & Child Safety Seat Event at Community Activity Center

Monday, February 27 – 7:00pm: Spring Garden Series – Creating a Pollinator Garden at Flower Mound Public Library

*For a collective look at all the classes and events hosted at the Community Activity Center and the Flower Mound Public Library, click here.

*The Shops at Lakeside Music Series takes place every Friday night from 7:00-9:00pm on the Plaza at Lakeside Parkway.

*The Flower Mound Farmers Market is every Saturday from 10:00am-3:00pm at Parker Square.

Highland Village

Friday, February 3 – 6:30-9:30pm: Father & Daughter Dance at Hilton Garden Inn – Lewisville

February 10-12 & 17-19 – 2:30pm (Sunday) & 7:30pm (Friday & Saturday): Peter Pan Jr. at Studio B Performing Arts Center

Sunday, February 12 – 1:30pm-2:15pm: Tinker Bell Tea & Pirate Punch Event at Studio B Performing Arts Center

*Whole Foods Market in the Shops at Highland Village hosts a Kid Story & Craft Time for children ages 2-6 each Wednesday from 10:30-11:30am.

*Barnes & Noble in the Shops at Highland Village hosts a children’s story time each Saturday from 11:00am-1:00pm.


Friday, February 3 – 6:00pm: First Friday Dance at Senior Activity Center

Saturday, February 4 – 1:00pm: Our Hearts Day Habilitation Center’s “Very Special Fashion Show”at MCL Grand Theater

February 10-12 & 17-18 – 2:00pm (Saturday & Sunday) & 7:00pm (Friday & Saturday): Christian Youth Theater’s “Into the Woods Jr.” at MCL Grand Theater 

Saturday, February 11 – 8:00pm: Texas Tunes – The Jones Family Singers at MCL Grand Theater

Tuesday, February 14 – 11:30am: Valentine’s Day Luncheon at Senior Activity Center

Tuesday, February 14 – 6:30pm: Teen Point’s Anti-Valentine’s Day Party at Lewisville Public Library

Thursday, February 16 – 5:30-7:00pm: Coffee with Cops at Westside – The Greater Works Church

Thursday, February 16 – 6:00-8:00pm: KLB Garden Secrets Class “Spring Vegetable Gardening” at MCL Grand Theater

Friday, February 17 – 6:30-8:30pm: Special Needs Dance at Memorial Park Recreation Center

Friday, February 17 – 7:30pm: Lewisville Lake Symphony’s “Farewell” at MCL Grand Theater

Saturday, February 18 – 12:00-3:00pm: Saturday at the Cabin at the Minor-Porter Log House at Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area

Saturday, February 18 – 6:00-8:00pm: Owl Prowl in the City at Central Park

Sunday, February 19 – 12:00-4:00pm: LuLaRoe Shopping Event at MCL Grand Theater

Thursday, February 23 – 6:30pm: College Prep Series: How to Find the Right College for You at Lewisville Public Library

Friday, February 24 – 9:00pm: Erika De La Vega (Venezuelan comedian) at MCL Grand Theater (Show will be performed in Spanish.)

Saturday, February 25 – 10:00am-12:00pm: Texas Coalition for Animal Protection’s Low Cost Vaccine Clinic at Lewisville Animal Shelter and Adoption Center

Jay Around Town: December Happenings

Tomorrow is the first day of December! Which means the busy, festive time of year is officially upon us. In addition to all of your work, school, and church parties and activities, here’s a comprehensive list of what’s going on in the month of December in our area!

Flower Mound Events

Friday, December 2 – 1:00pm: Music Fest Concert @ Flower Mound Senior Center

Saturday, December 3 – 8:00-9:00am & 9:30-10:30am: Breakfast with Santa @ Community Activity Center

Sunday, December 4 – 2:00-4:00pm: Gingerbread House Decorating @ Community Activity Center

Saturday, December 10 – 6:00-9:00pm: Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting Ceremony

Friday, December 16 – 1:00pm: Music Fest Concert @ Flower Mound Senior Center

Highland Village Events

December 1-December 24: Visits with Santa! @ Santa’s Treehouse at the Shops at Highland Village

December 1-December 23 (Weekends): Strolling Holiday Entertainment & Carriage Rides @ Shops at Highland Village

December 3rd, 10th, & 17th – 11:00am: Story Time with Mrs. Claus @ Barnes & Noble in Shops at Highland Village

December 7th, 14th, & 21st – 6:00-8:00pm: Santa Paws! @ Santa’s Treehouse at the Shops at Highland Village

Monday, December 12 – 10:00-11:30am: Brunch with Santa @ Blue Goose Cantina in Shops at Highland Village

Lewisville Events

Saturday, December 3 – 8:00am-8:00pm: Old Town Holiday Stroll @ Main Street Lewisville

Saturday, December 3 – 6:30pm: Lewisville Civic Chorale’s Christmas Concert @ MCL Grand Theatre

Sunday, December 4 – 5:30-8:00pm: Arriba Antonio!!! Antonio Carnota Concert @ MCL Grand Theatre

Saturday, December 10-Sunday, December 11 – 7:30pm: Impulse Dance’s “Snow” @ MCL Grand Theatre

Sunday, December 11 – 6:30pm: Bill Ward & Tom Prasada-Rao @ MCL Grand Theatre

Friday, December 16-Saturday, December 17: 3 Redneck Tenors Christmas Spec-Tac-YULE-Ar @ MCL Grand Theatre

Thursday, December 22 – 3:00-4:00pm: Reindeer Games @ Lewisville Public Library

Friday, December 30-Saturday, December 31: Teddy Bear Sleepover @ Lewisville Public Library

Saturday, December 31 – 11:30am-12:30pm: Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party @ Lewisville Public Library