Eat Delicious Food in Honor of Human Rights Day
Plano’s Secret Recipe chef-owner Alex Ong has partnered with Human Rights Day DFW for a fundraiser that will serve Malaysian street food in honor of the internationally recognized Human Rights Day on Dec. 10. The dinner will take place Dec. 7 at Secret Recipe and will feature eight different Malaysian dishes for attendees, including roti telor, char kuey teow, and curry laksa.
All the proceeds will go to support the Human Rights Initiative of North Texas, an organization that aids those who come to Dallas-Fort Worth seeking asylum. Human Rights Day organizer Sanjeeb Samanta says the meal-driven event is the first of its kind for the organization, and he decided to partner with Secret Recipe because of Ong’s previous work with HRI of North Texas.
Attendees will be able to try all eight dishes being served at the dinner, which will be offered “street style” as if they are in the streets of Malaysia, Samanta says. He also says that while food will be a large part of the fundraiser, the goal of the event is to raise awareness for Human Rights Day.
“Human Rights Day DFW is something I started six years ago with the intent of raising awareness and also raising some money for nonprofits that are playing in this space of human rights in Dallas,” he says. “HRI was the beneficiary of everything we raised, and that’s continued for the last six years.”
Bill Holston, the executive director of HRI of North Texas, says there are many myths as to why people would seek asylum, like that refugees do so for “frivolous reasons.”
“It often gets described as if they just going to pick up and move,” Holston says. “It’s a very, very difficult decision to leave behind your home and go to another country.” (Holston sometimes contributes an outdoors column to D Magazine called “Law Man Walking.”)
HRI of North Texas works about 1,000 cases a year and serves 600 clients. The lawyers work pro bono, and the money from Wednesday’s fundraiser will help pay for legal assistance and attorneys’ salaries.
Costs for the event are being underwritten by TABC On The Fly and Certified On The Fly. Tickets are $75 each, with only 50 seats available. Secret Recipe, 2304 Coit Rd. Ste. 620, Plano. Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.
Asian Barbecue Fusion Heads North
Loro, the hit Asian fusion restaurant from Austin, will open in Addison on Dec. 14, according to a press release. Pitmaster Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue and chef Tyson Cole of Uchi—both James Beard Award-winners—first opened Loro in 2021 through Hai Hospitality (the group behind Uchi, Uchiko, and Uchibā), bringing smoked meats and boozy drinks up north.
The new location will be at 14999 Montfort Dr. and will include an indoor seating area, bar, and sprawling outdoor patio. Chef Arturo Hernandez will lead the kitchen at Loro Addison, which will feature many of the same menu items as its East Dallas location (fish sandwich, anyone?). But during happy hour—2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday—Loro Addison will serve exclusive menu items like brisket tostadas and Thai sausage fried pies. Loro Addison, 14999 Montfort Dr.
The Salty Debuts at Klyde Warren Park…
Miami-based The Salty opened Friday in downtown Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park, its second Dallas location. The doughnut shop will sell decadent pastries, like the s’mores doughnut (brioche with a layer of dark chocolate and toast marshmallow) and the churro and dulce de leche star (a star-shaped brioche doughnut filled with dulce de leche and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar). The shop will be open every day from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for walk-ups and pre-orders. The Salty, 2049 North Pearl St.
…And So Does Andy’s Frozen Custard
Popular frozen custard shop Andy’s now has a truck serving its cold treats at Klyde Warren Park. The truck will offer classics like sundaes, cones, and shakes, as well as Andy’s specials like the concretes (frozen custard with a blend of your choice of toppings), and the jackhammer (a concrete of your choice with a topping filled in the center). Klyde Warren Park, 2012 Woodall Rodgers Fwy.
New Whiskey and Wine Lounge Opens in Trophy Club
Try whiskeys and wines at your leisure at Trophy Club’s Social Oak Wine & Whiskey Lounge, a lounge with self-serve machines with dozens of whiskey and wine options. Guests can help themselves to 56 wines and 28 whiskeys. If you can’t make a choice, there’s an in-house sommelier who can help you out. Social Oak Wine & Whiskey Lounge, 2230 TX-114, Ste. 550, Trophy Club.
Fork and Fire Scratch Kitchen Opens Second Location
Fork and Fire has expanded from its Plano location to a new one in McKinney, bringing more of its flatbreads, meats, and craft bar to Collin County. The new location will be at Hub 121, located at the intersection of Alma Drive and State Highway 121, and will serve Japanese beef and housemade pastrami—brined brisket and smoked and steamed with herbs and spices. HUB 121, 7570 TX-121 S, McKinney.