Most Influential Female Philanthropists in Texas

 

Women’s role in philanthropy is also increasing in different ways. More self-employed women are rising with their resources to give, reflecting women’s growing economic fortunes, a trend that is expected to increase in future years. In the meantime, more women leaders are at the top of the world of foundations and now run some of the largest charity operations in the United States.

Considering everything that is happening we need to appreciate these women who are giving back to the community in Texas to help humanity cause. This points to a broader warning regarding this list of the Most Influential female philanthropists in/from Texas. This list is not seen as definitive, but as evolutionary, with prominent women steadily crossing our radar.

We aim to offer a glimpse of the many amazing women we are seeing in the high spheres of philanthropy while admitting that the views on these topics are subjective. Many readers will consider women who are supposed to be on this list or wonder why a certain woman is on the list. An important fact to bear in mind is that all women in philanthropy are all important and worthy a mention but we can’t acknowledge all of them in this post.

With that been said, let’s delve into the list:

Melinda Gates

Melinda Ann Gates DBE is a Texan – she is the former Microsoft General manager and philanthropist. She and her husband Bill Gates co-founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private charity in the world. She has expended so much in efforts to meet needs in Texas and places around the world. Melinda Gates has always been rated as one of the most powerful women in the world by Forbes.

Lyda Hill

Lyda Hill is the Founder of the Lydia Hill Foundation. She is a philanthropist and businesswoman from Texas, United States. In 1997, she founded the Lyda Hill Foundation, with a focus on supporting advancements in science and nature, strengthening non-profit organizations, and improving communities in Colorado Springs and North Texas. She has most recently devoted herself to breast cancer research, donating over $25 million to it since 2015.

Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter

Beyoncé, the great musician from Texas has given much to the world. Lemonade is a lifetime’s contribution. However, she has also been philanthropic in some other ways. Beyoncé co-founded Chime for Change in 2013 with Salma Hayek. This charity is all about fundraising and creating awareness for projects that promote health, education, and justice for girls and women. To date, they have supported over 409 projects in Texas, the USA at large and 86 countries respectively.

Lynn Wyatt

She is a member of the Houston high society, philanthropist and third-generation Texan. Her great-uncle and grandfather founded the Sakowitz department store chain. She is married to Oscar Wyatt, an energy executive, who is also the founder of Houston’s Coastal Corporation – which is currently owned by El Paso Corporation – and is now the Chief Executive Officer of NuCoastal LLC. Oscar and Lynn Wyatt have four children.

Judy Jolley Mohraz

She is a philanthropist and a historian of American women’s studies. She was president of Goucher College and was the first executive director and president of the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. She is a crazy giver and has advocated a lot of cause in Texas and Phoenix. She is the second female president of Goucher and the ninth president of the college. She was also named by President Bill Clinton to the Board of Visitors of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1996. She was a longtime professor and an associate provost at Southern Methodist University.

Debbie Montford

She is known as a philanthropist, an effective and energetic community volunteer, and an enthusiastic advocate of the arts. She is currently the President and Chairman of the Board of the Dolph and Janey Briscoe Western Art Museum, Texas Tech University System Chancellor’s Council’s member, and Advisory Director of the Plum Foundation, Sociedad de la Espuela, and the Matador Society.

Pearl C. Anderson

Pearl C. Anderson is a humanitarian and a philanthropist who succeeded long before any political right was stemmed to bring any black women on board. She has always been extraordinary. Pearl C. Anderson likes to swim upriver, pursue an education, a civic stature against all odds and have a high passion for giving. She has managed to turn courage and poise into dignity and grace. That’s the power of permanence, and it’s the most powerful of all.

Ida Green

She is an accomplished philanthropist, espouses small effort coupled with large, realizing that a weekly lecture schedule for Texas Christian University (TCU) journalism students can mean the same as Greek and Roman sculpture at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Ida Green’s approach to donating is quintessentially human, but all she asks in exchange is that we should always do some good. There is a moral authority to the way she works, and what that means is that when she speaks, people listen.

 

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards and Wedding Oak Winery Open New Tasting Room in Fredericksburg, Texas

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards, an award-winning winery in Pittsburg, TX, and Wedding Oak Winery, a premier winery in the Texas Hill Country, have opened new tasting rooms in the heart of the Texas wine country in Fredericksburg, TX. The opening of both tasting rooms will be commemorated by a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce on May 29, 2019. Located at 6009 US Highway 290 East, the new 5,000 square-foot facility with separate tasting rooms for each winery is conveniently located within a few miles of restaurants, lodging, and tourist attractions, making it an excellent wine destination.

Wedding Oak Winery Fredericksburg Tasting Bar

Wedding Oak Winery Fredericksburg Tasting Bar

Housed in the same building, but with separate entrances for each winery tasting room, the new facility offers an exceptional wine experience with bright, spacious interiors where guests can enjoy tastings at the bar or seated tasting service with a selection of flights. Guests are welcome to purchase wines by the glass or by the bottle to enjoy outside on the front and back covered porches. Both Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards and Wedding Oak Winery tasting rooms will offer private lounges for wine club member tastings and seated tastings for 12 to 14 people.

Wine tourism has become incredibly important to the Texas Hill Country, and the wineries along US Highway 290 near Fredericksburg, TX are must-visit destinations. Many national publications have lauded the area as a top destination, including USA Today naming it one of the Top 10 Best Wine Regions and Wine Enthusiast Magazine voted it one of the Top 10 Wine Destinations. Having a tasting room in this area is a priority for both wineries.

“Our presence in the Hill Country wine region is long overdue and we are thrilled that the time has finally come,” says Gerald Jones, Managing Partner-Sales and Distribution for Los Pinos. “After 18 years of making wines at our winery in Pittsburg, Texas, we are fortunate to have created a loyal following of devoted Texas wine lovers. With this expansion into one of the hottest wine regions in the country, we can now join fellow wineries in the effort to promote the Texas wine industry while giving us the opportunity to showcase our wines to enthusiasts visiting this popular destination.”

“We’re excited to open the Wedding Oak Winery tasting room in Fredericksburg to make it easy for visitors to the Texas Wine Country to enjoy our wine made with 100 percent Texas-grown grapes,” says Mike McHenry, managing partner, Wedding Oak Winery. “This is the second retail wine operation for Wedding Oak Winery, with our primary winery in downtown San Saba, and we are soon opening a third location in Burnet, Texas in early summer 2019. We invite people to select a flight of wine tastings, relax with a bottle of wine on our covered patio, or book a private tasting in our members lounge. We’ll have stellar wines to taste, fantastic events, and gracious Texas hospitality.”

About Los Pinos Winery

Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards is a destination winery located just two hours East of Dallas and four miles South of Pittsburg, TX. Established in the year 2000, Los Pinos proudly features Old World artisan wines grown and produced in Texas. It offers a selection of nationally and internationally awarded wines that are produced from its estate vineyards and Texas High Plains vineyards that highlight the experience. Its 40-acre estate nestled in the Piney Woods of East Texas offers tastings, tours, tapas, chef specials, live music and cottages for overnight rental. With a new tasting room now open in Fredericksburg on Wine Road 290, Los Pinos strives to not only make the best wines possible from grapes grown in its vineyards, but to never lose sight of just having fun. It is why Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards is designed to be a place where thoughtful people can connect, relax, decompress and enjoy sharing wines with friends and family. Connect with Los Pinos Winery on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

About Wedding Oak Winery

Wedding Oak Winery was established in June 2012 by viticulturist Mike McHenry and a group of friends with the passion to bring the burgeoning Texas wine industry to the heart of small-town Texas. The historic 1926 tasting room and 10,000 case winery, located at the intersection of U.S. Highway 190 and State Highway 16, is a central part of the renaissance of San Saba. Wedding Oak Winery takes its inspiration and name from the majestic, 400-year-old oak tree, known as the Wedding Oak Tree, which grows about 2.5 miles northwest from the winery. With new facilities now open in Fredericksburg and scheduled to open Burnet, Wedding Oak Winery offers 100% Texas-grown wines of distinction from the top of the Hill Country appellation in San Saba to the heart of Wine Road 290. Wedding Oak Winery embodies the casual beauty, friendly personalities and relaxing hospitality that defines small town Texas, continuing the commitment to making Texas wines that celebrate our Texas terroir and wine-growing conditions. Connect with Wedding Oak Winery on the winery BlogFacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

Big Brothers Big Sisters to Host a 3-Generation Match Reunion

BBBS

January is National Mentoring Month. On Monday, January 14th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas is hosting a very special match reunion at the Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center on Manor Rd. that will bring 3 generations of Big and Little Sisters together.

We are hosting a reunion and presentation where Pat, Lisa and Maryah will be sharing their story and talking about the power of mentoring and the impacts their relationships have had on their lives. 

3-generation match reunion

Big Brothers Big Sisters Bennett-Rathgeber Mentoring Center

4800 Manor Rd., Building K, Austin, TX  78723

Monday, January 14th,, 2019

3:30 p.m. – Facilitated interview and story share

Background:

Pat O’Neil became a Little Sister when she was 14 years old. After several years, her Big Sister, Lisa, moved to California for work.  Because of the impact their mentoring relationship had on her, Pat knew that she wanted to become a Big Sister herself. As an adult, she went into the military. Her career brought her to Bergstrom Airforce Base. When she settled in Austin, she became a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas and she was matched with her own Little Sister, Maryah, in the 1980s.  

Having recently retired, Pat has reconnected with her original Big Sister.  Her Big Sister Lisa has come to visit her for the first time in Austin, and Pat is excited to see her and to introduce her to her very own Little Sister.  This will be the first meeting Lisa and Pat have had in more than 40 years, and it will be the first time that Lisa and Maryah have met.

Pat has been matched with her Big Sister, Lisa, for 52 years, and with her Little Sister, Maryah, for 32 years.  The three are very excited to get to know each other and to spend time together. 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas serves nearly 1,000 children in Central Texas every day. For over 47 years, we’ve matched children, ages 6–16, with caring adult mentors who offer encouragement and support to each child. BBBS depends on donations to recruit, screen and train volunteers, and to provide on-going support for children, families and volunteers as they build and sustain long-lasting relationships. Last year, more than 98 percent of the children served by BBBS remained in school and avoided early parenting.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texaswww.BigMentoring.org • 4800 Manor Road • Austin, Texas 78723 • 512.472.5437

Ryan Companies Announces Two Senior Living Communities in Texas

Sugar Land and Georgetown will be newest locations for Grand Living

Riverstone Rendering -Ryan Companies

Riverstone Rendering -Ryan Companies

Ryan Companies US, Inc. and Grand Living announced today their intent to develop two senior living communities in Texas: Grand Living at Riverstone and Grand Living at Georgetown.   These projects are located in Sugar Land and Georgetown Texas respectively.  The communities will follow the age-in-place model and include all Grand Living amenities available at other locations.

Grand Living and Ryan Companies have eight communities currently under construction and development across the US in Florida, Iowa and now Texas.  The Grand Living experience has been identified as a distinctive lifestyle and healthcare service for seniors. Each Texas project will include 180 units of independent living, assisted living and memory care.  Well known for their amenities and services the Texas Grand Living projects will include: 24 hour on-site staffing, multiple dining venues, a performance theater, the Grand Spa and Salon, an outdoor pool, Club Room, Library, and many other offerings.   Both projects are expected to break ground in early 2019.

“Grand Living has been delivering upscale senior living communities in Florida and Iowa since 2015, now Texas will be the home of their next two,” said Eric Anderson, Vice President of Development, Ryan Companies. “Aside from the one of a kind amenities offered, Grand Living offers the best healthcare and lifestyle service offerings available in the market.”Grand Living at Riverstone will be located in Sugar Land Texas, at 4814 LJ Parkway, Sugar Land TX  77479. Grand Living at Georgetown is located north of Austin at 1330 W. University Avenue, Georgetown TX  78628.  Both Texas communities will be developed and built by Ryan Companies, designed by Ryan Companies A + E and managed by Grand Living.

About Ryan Companies US, Inc.

Founded in 1938, Ryan Companies offers comprehensive commercial real estate services as a national developer, architect, capital investment consultant, builder and real estate manager with a focus on bringing lasting value to its customers and the communities in which it works. Ryan market depth includes retail, industrial, healthcare and senior living. Ryan development and corporate build-to-suit work spans a wide range of product types including office, mixed-use, hospitality, multifamily housing and mission critical facilities. Ryan has nearly 1,300 employees in 15 offices and has completed projects in 38 states. For more information, visit ryancompanies.com.

Cirque Italia is Thrilled to Present Their Newest and Greatest Creation – Aquatic Spectacular. You Don’t Want to Miss Its Debut in Robstown, Texas!

What comes to mind when you hear the phrase “Aquatic Spectacular”? Water, entertainment, excitement……?  You can expect all these things and so much more from the brand new themed Cirque Italia production with its perfectly fitting new title. After six years of enhancements, a rigorous casting selection, and countless performances nationwide, this newest form of Cirque Italia’s innovative and unique “traveling circus” spectacular production is set to be its finest to date.

Aquatic Spectacular came to life all thanks to its imaginative creator Manuel Rebecchi, along with invaluable direction and production management by Chanté DeMoustes. Cirque Italia’s brand-new theme show is an artistic blend of human abilities, technology and the element of water. This one-of-a-kind production combines water fountains, jet-skis, pirates, and more in a fun filled atmosphere all ages are sure to enjoy.

Performers from all over the world have been brought together under the enchanted spiral of the white and blue big top. The merging of their astonishing skills with the poetic element of water has led to the creation of a truly unforgettable experience. Cirque Italia has managed to create a beautifully unique theatrical production by combining the gracefulness of the human body with the calming fluidity of water, along with bursts of power and excitement as well.

Aquatic Spectacular offers two hours of high-end entertainment. Beautiful aerialists dazzle and shimmer on a chandelier high above the ground, but they aren’t the only ones that will draw your eyes toward the sky. You can expect to see contortion in a bubble, a Venetian aerial duo, and even someone hula hooping while in the air. Don’t worry about getting your eyes checked, you aren’t seeing double; there are TWO lasermen. Duo jugglers, duo roller-skaters, the always breathtaking wheel of death………the list goes on and on. It is even possible for a pre-historic dinosaur to make an appearance. Let your imagination wander, because anything is possible in this new whimsical production.

One might be concerned that such a spectacular entertainment opportunity is out of his/her price range, but Cirque Italia is committed to bringing a Las Vegas quality production to your hometown at an affordable price. They also feature many special offers and promotions.

Cirque Italia continues to contribute to the modernization of the performing arts and the circus industry by abiding by a strict animal free policy.

For more information visit www.cirqueitalia.com and make sure to check all our social media accounts.

When: February 22-25

Where: 1213 Terry Shamsie Blvd., Robstown, TX 78380

At: Richard M. Borchard Regional Fairgrounds

Near: Baseball Stadium in parking lot 

Under the grand, swirling White and Blue tent! 

  • February 22 Thursday: 7:30 pm
  • February 23 Friday: 7:30 pm
  • February 24 Saturday: 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm, & 8:30 pm
  • February 25 Sunday: 2:30 pm, 5:30 pm, & 8:30 pm 

Box office hours:

The box office opens on-site on Tuesday, the week of the show.

Non-show days: 10 am – 6 pm

On show days: 10 am – 9 pm

You can purchase tickets through our website (cirqueitalia.com/tickets) or by phone: (941) 704-8572. We also respond to text message.

Non vediamo l’ora di vedervi allo spettacolo! Let Your Imagination Wander…and come DIVE into the Magical world of CIRQUE ITALIA.

Featuring Contributing Writer Kathryn “Celeste” Durham, MD in the May / June Issue of InFluential Magazine

Kathryn Celeste Durham, MD

Kathryn Celeste Durham, MD

Kathryn “Celeste” Durham, MD, enjoys working with patients of all ages from her U.S. Dermatology Partners location in Fort Worth, Texas. Her particular interests include atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne and skin cancer, and she is passionate about helping patients improve their quality of life with good skin care. Dr. Durham graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in biology. She earned her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Durham then completed her dermatology residency training at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. Dr. Durham is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and has been published in a number of journals, including the prestigious Journal of American Academy of Dermatology.

We invite you to read Dr. Durham’s informative health & wellness article titled The Ugly Truth About “Base Tans” published in our May / June Issue of InFluential Magazine.

 

The Briscoe Presents George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio

Exhibition showcases rare, vibrant images of 19th century Native Americans

The Briscoe Western Art Museum is pleased to present its summer exhibition showcasing a very rare deluxe set of George Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio. This edition of 31 hand-painted color plates is one of only three known sets still in existence. Catlin’s Portfolio is among the most famous color plate books relating to North America’s Native populations produced in the 19th century.

Plate 1. North American Indians.

Plate 1. North American Indians.

George Catlinwas one of the first artists to venture along the western reach of the Missouri River to study and document the Native peoples of the region. From 1832 to 1837, Catlin spent the summer months sketching the tribes of the Great Plains and then finished his pictures in oils during the winter. Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio contains the lithographic prints resulting from his years of painting, living with, and traveling amongst tribes such as the Mandan, Sioux (Lakota), Blackfeet, Crow and several others.  Overall, Catlin painted around 600 highly realistic and powerfully projected portraits of Indians, carefully recording their dress, culture, and way of life.

Plate 5:  Buffalo Hunt, Chase.

Plate 5: Buffalo Hunt, Chase.

In addition to publishing the Portfolio, Catlin also spent from 1837 to 1852 touring the United States, England, France, and Holland, exhibiting his collection of paintings with examples of Native American arts and crafts. He was accompanied by representative members of the Indian tribes he painted during this time. Financial problems in 1852 caused Catlin to lose his collection. He spent his later years making trips to South and Central American, sketching the Native peoples there.

Plate 21:  Ball Players.

Plate 21: Ball Players.

The Briscoe’s Catlin’s North American Indian Portfolio exhibition is FREE for members and with paid Museum admission and will be on display from June 23 – September 4, 2017. The exhibition also includes excerpts from the documentary film, Frontier Visionary: George Catlin and the Plains Indians,produced by the Smithsonian American Art Museum1 and a reference reading area. The Briscoe Museum offers extended hours and free admission every Tuesday from 4:00-9:00pm.

1Frontier Visionary: George Catlin and the Plains Indians (Washington, DC: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2002)

About The Briscoe Western Art Museum:

The Briscoe Western Art Museum, named in honor of the late Texas Gov. Dolph Briscoe Jr. and his wife, Janey Slaughter Briscoe, preserves and presents the art, history and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage. Located along the San Antonio River Walk, the museum’s campus includes the restored 1930s former San Antonio Public Library building, which now serves as the museum space with nine galleries on three levels; the three-story Jack Guenther Pavilion, used for event rentals and programs; and the outdoor McNutt Sculpture Garden. For more information about The Briscoe Western Art Museum, visit BriscoeMuseum.org, follow on Twitter @BriscoeMuseum or “Like” on Facebook @TheBriscoe.

Unique Idea House Makes Waves On Texas Coast

Cinnamon Shore and Texas Monthly Unveil First Ever Gulf Coast Show Home

The first ever Texas Monthly Gulf Coast Show Home, a collaboration between Texas Monthly and Cinnamon Shore, a pedestrian-friendly planned community nestled behind 300 feet of protective dunes, opens to the public for home tours beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day. A percentage of tour ticket proceeds will benefit Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) at University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTmsi) and Cinnamon Shore Giving Fund. Located at 200 Round Road in Cinnamon Shore on Mustang Island, the property is minutes away from Port Aransas and Corpus Christi.

“The Texas Monthly Idea House is all about inspiration,” said Jeff Lamkin, Principal and Developer of Cinnamon Shore. “Idea House Tour goers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Mustang Island experience and lifestyle.

Cinnamon Shore and Texas Monthly are shining a light on the warm and welcoming Texas Coast with the development of the Texas Monthly Gulf Coast Show Home that highlights the unique advantages to owning a home in a community-driven, family-friendly beach environment. Cinnamon Shore offers first-class amenities including beautiful groomed beaches, pools, parks, stocked lakes, restaurants, kid’s camps, live music in the Town Center and more. A designated concierge offers homeowners scheduling services to the endless activities available on Mustang Island.

The multi-generational vacation home boasts clean lines, simple massing and understated, yet meticulous architecture, like the two-story wrap around porch that allows social interaction with the community, as well as privacy; thanks to innovative wood screens that open and close. Combining classic building traditions with cutting-edge design and furnishings, the show home features sustainable interior and exterior building products that maximize new technologies. The main living space is on the second floor, with gathering space in the kitchen and family room, where timeless light fixtures in classic designs from Circa Lighting add panache and focal points within the soaring space. A third-floor suite guarantees a little peace-and-quiet, and a stairway and reliable, space-saving unit with custom designed interiors from D&D Elevators, Inc., provides easy access to this getaway retreat. Downstairs, a kid-friendly bunkroom opens to a second living space, and a nearby bedroom allows adults to keep an eye on things. Sliding barn-style doors offer additional privacy and epitomize the home’s hand-hewn character. Helping oversee the home from afar, the Carrier® Côr™ Home Automation System allows remote monitoring through a mobile app—an added level of security for such a well-designed home.

With interiors by celebrated designers from Brewer Designs, the custom-built home will be a private sanctuary with all the modern comforts and conveniences offered. The home is designed by Austin based Architecture firm Davies Collaborative, and built by Legacy DCS. Davies Collaborative is known for creating distinctive, sustainable architecture that fosters community and maximizes energy efficiency. Legacy DCS is renowned for developing green homes and green communities by using sustainable building practices and earth-friendly products. The home design was certified platinum by the Coastal Bend Green Built sustainable building initiative, the highest level of compliance.

Texas Monthly Idea House Tour Information

Hours of Operation: Open Memorial Day through Labor Day; Tuesday – Sunday from 10am – 5pm

Parking: Complimentary parking available on Grand Blvd.

Lodging: For lodging please visit http://reservations.cinnamonshore.com/ or call 361.749.0422

What Else To Do: World class coastal dining at Lisabella’s in Cinnamon Shore, Schlitterbahn Water Park, Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center, Sandcastle building, deep sea fishing, live music and more.

“We have enjoyed our partnership with our friends at Cinnamon Shore to create the first ever Texas Monthly Gulf Coast Home,” said David B. Dunham, publisher of Texas Monthly. “The home reflects the best of Texas’ great coastal traditions and is available for purchase to some lucky family.”

About Cinnamon Shore:

Cinnamon Shore is a pedestrian-friendly planned community nestled behind 300 feet of protective dunes located on Mustang Island. Every detail of Cinnamon Shore was thoughtfully designed to embrace the beauty of Mustang Island and the slow-paced charm of a walking neighborhood with amenities including beautiful beaches, pools, parks, stocked lakes, restaurants, kid’s camps, a bustling town center and more. For more information, please visit http://www.cinnamonshore.com. Follow us: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (@cinnamonshore).

About Texas Monthly:

Texas Monthly is an award-winning general-interest magazine best-known for its longform journalism, political reporting, reader service, design, and photography. Texas Monthly has a circulation of 300,000 and is read by more than 2.7 million people each month—one out of every eight Texas adults. Texas Monthly is published by Emmis Publishing, L.P. Emmis owns and operates radio stations and other magazines.

The Salt Lick Announces Pizza Nights At The Salt Lick Cellars / April Reservations Available Now

The Salt Lick will soon offer patrons a unique dining opportunity with the return of Pizza Nights at The Salt Lick Cellars, the beloved Driftwood restaurant’s tasting room and outdoor seating area. Pizza Nights will take place once a week throughout the month of April.

Pizza Nights at The Salt Lick Cellars will feature a specially curated menu of artisanal Italian pizza offerings that highlight both traditional pizzas as well as several more unique options. Several pizzas were in fact inspired by and created from The Salt Lick’s typical menu offerings, such as the Smoked BBQ Pizza, which is topped off with The Salt Lick’s mouth-watering burnt ends, pulled pork, and sausage.

Those inclined toward meat-free fare need not be excluded from this unique opportunity as the menu also features several vegetarian-friendly options. Veggie-focused pizza offerings include The Mushroom, which is topped with garlic and EVOO, mushrooms, Fontina, Gruyère, and fresh arugula. Additionally, attendees will be able to purchase from a wide selection of delectable wines from The Salt Lick Cellars, including many that are from the surrounding Texas Hill Country region.

Those interested in attending Pizza Nights at The Salt Lick Cellars are encouraged to act quickly, as seats for each tasting event are limited. All reservations must be made by calling Salt Lick Cellars directly at (512) 829-4013.

Thursday, April 13

Wednesday, April 19

Thursday, April 27

Salt Lick Cellars

18300 Farm to Market Rd 1826

Driftwood, TX 78619 

PIZZA NIGHT AT THE SALT LICK CELLARS - MENU: 

PIZZAS:

THE ORIGINAL
Zesty red sauce, garlic, mozzarella, Parmesan – $9

MARGHERITA
Zesty red sauce, house mozzarella, basil – $9

FOUR CHEESE
Driftwood garlic sauce, pork fennel sausage, caramelized onion, ricotta cheese, mozzarella, Pecorino Romano, Parmesan – $12

MUSHROOM
Garlic & EVOO, mushrooms, Fontina, Gruyère, fresh arugula – $11
Add a sunny-side up egg for $2

BUTTERNUT SQUASH
Bacon, mozzarella, sage leaf, walnut, seasonal crème fraiche – $13

SMOKED BBQ
Zesty red sauce, mozzarella, Salt Lick burnt ends, pulled pork, Salt Lick sausage, roasted red peppers, red onions, garlic – $11

APPETIZERS:

BRISKET STUFFED MUSHROOMS
$8

MEATBALLS
With polenta, pesto, mascarpone, zesty red sauce, basil – $9

CHEESE BOARD
With fruit and nuts – $14

Touch Down in Houston for the Big Game

February is fast approaching, and with it the year’s largest football event. Fans will come from across the nation to experience the highly anticipated Sunday football game in Houston, Texas.

With mild weather, amazing city views, a walkable cultural district and delectable food, visitors will have plenty to keep them busy during their visit to the nation’s fourth largest city.

Check out the game (even if you don’t have a seat)

Snagged tickets to the big game? Make sure you check out the “know before you go” transportation details and plan accordingly. Once there, NRG Stadium will be ready, rain or shine. With pro football’s first retractable roof, the stadium is nearly as much of a spectacle as the game itself.

No tickets? No problem. There are some amazing events happening just outside of NRG, such as the Houston Touchdown Tour or LIVE Fan Festival in Discovery Green Park, which will feature concerts from various Texas artists over the course of nine days leading up to the event. Both events offer free admission and feature fun for everyone! Houston is also filled with restaurants, bars and breweries perfect for catching the game! Some local favorites include:

* Saint Arnold Brewing Company: As Texas’ oldest craft brewery, Saint Arnold is home to a passionate fan base of beer aficionados, along with people just looking for a fun place to hang out. You can take an official brewery tour or simply enjoy a pint while watching the game in the Beer Hall.

* 8th Wonder Brewery: Named for Houston’s infamous Astrodome, dubbed the eighth wonder of the world in 1965, 8th Wonder has taken over a “dome-like” warehouse in East downtown. The company explores various styles of beer from around the world, which you can try for yourself at the WonderWorld taproom.

* The Hay Merchant: Located in a remodeled building featuring worn brick from its original 1940′s structure, Hay Merchant offers a relaxed atmosphere complete with 80 types of beer on tap.

* West Alabama Ice House: Open since 1928, West Alabama Ice House means business. The cut and dry bar doesn’t serve food or liquor, only the usual beer standards plus Saint Arnold seasonal brews and a small wine selection.

* Pub Fiction: With a full selection of liquor, beer and wines and a heavy emphasis on sports with every inch of wall space filled by the latest HD screens, Pub Fiction is a great spot to catch the game. With a recently expanded patio, this spot will be an ideal accommodation for Houstonians and visitors alike come Feb. 5.

Explore the city

Paint the town your team colors! As the largest city in Texas, Houston is filled with so many entertaining things to do. Hit up Buffalo Bayou Park and “burp the bayou.” Built as part of a 1998 art project, you’re able to send a massive bubble to the water’s surface with the push of a small, red button. A great place to relax or take the kids and get a breath of fresh air, the park is also great to hike, canoe, bike and see bats under the bridge.

For the perfect photo opp to document your time in Houston, ride to the top of JP Morgan Chase Tower for an incredible view of the Houston skyline, snap a photo in front of the infamous biscuit paint wall or one of Houston’s many wall murals, and definitely make sure to visit Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park, featuring a 64-foot waterfall.

Visit the renowned Space Center Houston, an educational complex and space museum with more than 400 space artifacts. The center serves as a nonprofit gateway to NASA Johnson Space Center and is Houston’s only Smithsonian Affiliate museum.

Midtown Houston is the heart of Houston night life. Grab drinks and dance the night away with friends at the many bars and clubs the city has to offer in celebration or defeat. Houston is also filled with an underground society of secret bars, such as Last Concert Café and 13 Celsius. Beware, as some of these hotspots are password protected.

Stroll through the cultural district. Houston’s Museum District is comprised of 19 museums located within approximately one and a half miles of downtown, making it the country’s fourth largest museum district. Ten of the 19 museums always feature free general admission, including the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston Center for Photography and DiverseWorks.

Eat everything

Save the wings for Sunday, and explore the diverse food scene throughout Houston. As part of the Gulf Coast region, Houston is well known for its Cajun food. Get a taste of Louisiana at Zydeco Louisiana Diner, Brennan’s of Houston and Bernadine’s.

Like any big city, Houston also hosts a variety of global cuisines, including French, Indian and Pakistani, Japanese and Italian. However, when in Texas you can’t miss the barbecue, tacos and Tex-Mex. Local favorites include Goode Company Barbeque, Gatlin’s BBQ, El Tiempo Cantina, Texas founded-Torchy’s Tacos, Cuchara, Hugo’s and The Original Ninfa’s.

Extend your stay

Spending a few extra days in the Lone Star State? There are a number of incredible destinations that are quick drive or flight from Houston. San Antonio, Austin and Dallas are all within a three and a half hour drive or 50 minute flight from Houston. If you’re looking for a shorter drive but want to feel further away from city life, head 45 minutes south to Galveston Island. This beautiful beach town has everything from luxurious resorts to cottage-style beach rentals. Visitors can take advantage of the deep sea fishing, a family-friendly pleasure pier, and of course, all the fresh Gulf seafood you can handle.

Whatever you do for the big game, be sure to make your game plan early! For more information about travel experiences in the Lone Star State, visit www.TravelTexas.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. (BPT)