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THE FIRST ANNUAL Highland Park Village Wine & Food Festival

By D Magazine |

Highland Park Village continues a tradition of excellence and innovation with plans to launch you into the fall season. At the First Annual Highland Park Village Wine & Food Festival, guests are invited to indulge in elegance and glamour while enjoying a magical evening reminiscent of an end-of-the-harvest celebration.

The Festivities Begin

On the afternoon of Saturday, October 5th, more than 25 store merchants will prepare for the shopping center’s spectacular Wine & Food Festival. Attendance is limited to one thousand guests, (500 couples) so register early. Tickets are $35 per individual or $65 a couple and, as always, valet parking will be available. For tickets call 369-0500.

At 5 o’clock, check-in begins (rain or shine). Guests are then invited to
browse through the shops of Highland Park Village and dine under the tent, next to the AMC theatre, with live music from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Representatives from the wine merchants will be available to share the finer points of wine appreciation.

Wine Tastings ana New Fashions

Chanel: This exquisite boutique is receiving a complete makeover to mark its 10th anniversary, and you won’t want to miss it. “We are expanding our leather goods, ready-to-wear and shoe departments,” says director Laura McClung.

Equally exciting is the debut of Chanel’s fall fashions. “Luxury is alive and well,” McClung adds, “expressed in glamorous, sleek and wearable shapes. In many pieces you’ll see a touch of military influence, but without a hard, masculine edge.” Rich textures, vibrant colors, and lightweight fabrics are also evident in Karl Lagerfeld’s designs this season. In colors, brown is making a comeback in hues ranging from oatmeals to deep khaki-greens to rich chocolates. Meanwhile, brilliant emerald greens, royal blues, fuchsias and golds have a prominent place in the fall palette.

This fall, as always, the spirit of Chanel transcends generations. Laura McClung sums it up nicely: “Lagerfeld designs for the young, older, or middle-aged women who would be Coco Chanel if she were alive today.” 85 Highland Park Village, 520-1055.

St. John: The St. John collection sets a lively pace for fall ’96 by reinventing a style that is both classic and contemporary. This fall’s collection embraces the vibrant shades of early Autumn and introduces even more ornament to reveal a mood that is highly dramatic. Although the St. John look remains classic, Gina Montague-Hill, the store’s new manager, recognizes this season’s collection as more forward than in years past. “St. John this season details with leather trim, satin cuffs, and zipper closures,” says Montague-Hill.

One of only 17 boutiques in the world, the Highland Park Village boutique provides a “one-stop shopping experience for St. John customers,” adds Montague-Hill. The exclusive boutique presents the collection in a way that is unique and different from specialty retailers. This season represents the signature St. John style and quality that sets the standard in modern fashion. Visit the boutique and discover the energy of St. John for fall ’96. 54 Highland Park Village, 522-4194.

Mondi: Don’t forget to visit Mondi, where a spectacular fall collection is now on display. “It’s a simple, clean, classic look,” says store manager, Susie Filippone. The philosophy is to create a complete wardrobe out of separates making it easy to assemble and wear Mondi fashions. “Our prices are very competitive, especially when compared with the fashion houses of Europe,”

Watchwords for fall are color and fabric, according to Filippone. “Think of the bright colors of a garden: tomatoes, oranges and so on. Brown is also a very big color for fall.” The same vibrancy is being extended to fabrics through texture. “That might mean different weaves or patterns to give a fabric more nap,” Filippone adds, “or a silk blouse with a crocodile print.”

The boutique, which has been a part of the Highland Park Village for five years, is Dallas’ exclusive source for the Mondi collection. 79 Highland Park Village, 522-1002

John Haynsworth Photography: In 12 years, John Haynsworth has learned how to capture personal glamour in a photographic image. Since 1979, hundreds of Highland Park families have come to Haynsworth’s Highland Park Village studio for children’s graduation, wedding and family portraits. 86 Highland Park Village, 559-3700.

Epicurean Delights

At approximately 7 o’clock, guests continue wine tasting after making their way into a large, 4,500 square-foot tent, located near the AMC movie theater. There they will enjoy a leisurely dinner of hors d’oeuvres and entree samples from premier restaurants in Highland Park and Dallas.

Mi Cocina: If you’re in search of classic Tex-Mex dishes with an upscale accent, there’s one name to know: Mico. Recently nominated for Entrepreneur of the Year by the Dallas Business Journal, Mico has expanded Mi Cocina from its original Preston Forest location into a collection of six restaurants in Dallas. The Highland Park Village location, opened in February 1993, was Mico’s second. The newest Mi Cocina is on Market Street in downtown Dallas’ West End, and a seventh restaurant is scheduled to open this fall.

“At the original location, Mico noticed a large, loyal following from the Park Cities,” says Rafael Chavez, manager of the Highland Park Village Mi Cocina. “When we opened here, people were literally waiting for us.”

Seafood entrees are becoming especially popular, Mico notes. “Our customers are becoming more health-conscious, and they’re eating a lot lighter.” Tex-Mex purists, however, will still find the “Basics” and “Cocina Specials” in a prominent spot on the menu. 77 Highland Park Village, 521-6426.

Wine & Food Festival Participants

Bread Winners Bakery: Two years ago, owners Jim and Cindy Hughes opened Bread Winners Bakery on McKinney Avenue. Since then, they have just kept winning people over. Known for its original sandwiches, brunch specials, homemade breads, and pastries, Breadwinner’s now offers a full dinner menu as well. Chef Zach Kellerman offers pastas, grilled items, vegetarian fare and zesty variations on traditional favorites like meat loaf. And yes, there is a wine list, so you can raise a glass with the toast, “Here’s to the winners!” Located at 3301 McKinney Ave., Dallas, 75204, (214)754-4940.

Sambuca: Immerse yourself in the exotic atmosphere of Sambuca’s Deep Ellum and Addison locations.

Sambuca’s menu is a pleasant journey through the entire Mediterranean region, with accents from Italy, Greece and the Middle East. And for those whose idea of the perfect evening out includes a good cigar or great music, both locations offer “cigar-friendly” seating in the bar and live jazz nightly. Located at: 2681 Elm St., Dallas, (214) 744-0820 and 15207 Addison Rd? Dallas. 75248, (214) 385-8455.

Daddy Jack’s: For steamed clams named Best in Dallas by D Magazine, Daddy Jack’s is the place to go. The restaurant’s popularity results from a cozy, intimate atmosphere where seafood lovers can enjoy delicate Manila clams, crab cakes, live lobster, fresh fish and sea-scented lobster bisque, among other delights. Located at 1916 Greenville at Ross Avenue, Dallas, (214)826-4910 and 2723 Elm St., Dallas, 75226, (214) 653-3949.

Seasons at the Medallion Hotel: The Medallion (formerly Crowne Plaza) Hotel is home to Seasons, which offers a fresh interpretation of New American Cuisine along with a carefully crafted wine list. Specialties include bowtie pasta with grilled chicken, sun-dried tomatoes, pesto, pancetta and romano; herb crust pizzas; Texas Black Angus steaks; and seafood dishes.

Renowned chef Ty Thorny has earned stellar reviews from Dallas food critics with his new restaurant, located at 4099 Valley View Lane (at Midway), Dallas, (214) 385-9000, ext. 1246.

Mi Piaci: This restaurant made D Magazine’s “Best” list for a variety of reasons. Delicious homemade bread serves as a preview to a terrifie dining experience, may include bruschetta, homemade cheese, or grilled vegetable appetizers. Mi Piaci is also known for outstanding entrees such as fusilli loaded with wild mushrooms, salmon and sea scallop risotto, or crabmeat-filled ravioli. Accom-panying the meal is an extensive wine list. It’s no wonder Mi Piaci means “you are pleasing to me.” Located at 14854 Montfort, Addison, 214-934-8424.

Popolos Café: Romance is always in the air at Popolos Cafe. The white tablecloths, candlelight, and fresh roses set the mood for an intimate evening. Chef Mark Gonzales manages to create culinary masterpieces that are often low in fat and cholesterol. House specialties include lasagna with woodfire grilled vegetables, angel hair pasta and unusual pizza combinations. Located at 707 Preston Royal Shopping Center, Dallas, (214) 692-5497.

Other participating Highland Park Village restaurants include: Celebrity Restaurant & Bakery, Cafe Pacific, Mi Cocina, Patrizio and Starbucks. Other participating restaurants include: Blue Mesa Grill, Cap-pellini’s. Chili s, City Care/City Cafe To Go, Deep Ellum Cafe, Eureka!, {Crispin the Restaurant, Mainstream Fish House, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Mattito’s Café Mexicano, Prego Pasta House, Popolos Café, Shells Oyster Bar & Grill, T-Bones Tap Steakhouse, Texas Land & Cattle Company and Yegua Creek Brewing Co. and D&S Coffee.

Musical Entertainment

At 7 o’clock, jazz musicians will take the stage for an intimate evening of music and mingling until 10 p.m. Wine and food will continue to be served.


The spirit of the wine country is one of friendship and community. It’s only fitting, therefore, that the Highland Park Village Wine & Food Festival benefits three organizations that enrich our community in a myriad of ways:

The 500, Inc.: The 500, Inc. has raised over $10 million for arts organizations in its 31 years. Dedicated to Dallas’ cultural richness, the organization thrives on the contributions of over 1,500 volunteers and sponsors. Its fundraising activities include MONTAGE in the fall, the Gala for the Arts dinner/auction in the winter, and ARTFEST on Memorial Day weekend.

Crystal Charity Ball: Since 1952, Dallas County children’s charities have received over $23 million raised by the Crystal Charity Ball. This year’s fundraising activities will benefit a wide range of children’s concerns, including homelessness, child abuse, and terminal illness.

Cattle Baron’s Ball: 1996 marks the 23rd Cattle Baron’s Ball, which benefits research projects in Dallas County for the American Cancer Society. Over its history, Cattle Barons Ball has raised $717,600 for cancer research.

Highland Park Village Wine & Food Festival


Benziger Family Winery

Bell Mountain Vineyards

Cap Rock Winery

Delaney Vineyards

Dry Creek Vineyards

Fall Creek Vineyards

Georges Duboeut

I. Lohr Winery

Louis M. Martini Winery

Messina Hoi Wine Cellars

Pedroncelli Winery



Reserve St. Martin

R. H. Pnillips Vineyard

San Pellegrino USA

Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards

Trefethen Vineyards

Val D’Orbieu Wines/Martin Sinkoff

Participating Highland Park

Village Restaurants

Celebrity Restaurant & Battery,

Cafe Pacific, Mi Cocina,

Patrizio ana Starbucks.

Other participating restaurants

INCLUDE: Blue Mesa Grill,

Bread Winners, Cappellini’s, Chili s,

City Cafe/City Cafe To Go,

Daddy Jack’s, Deep Ellum Care, Eureka!, Krispin the Restaurant,

Mainstream Fish House,

The Mansion on Turtle Creek,

Mattito’s Café Mexicano,

Prego Pasta House,

Popolos Café, Ml Piaci, Sambuca,

Seasons at the Medallion.

Shell’s Oyster Bar & Grill,

T-Bones Tap Steakhouse,

Texas Land & Cattle Company,

Yegua Creek Brewing Co. and D & S Coffee

Special thanks to:

Glazer’s Wholesale Distributors

D Ma^izirE

Henry S. Miller Interests,Inc.

Marketing Division

“Texas Department or Agriculture

Jim Lee & Associates

Lee Logan Events, Inc.

The Making of a Dallas Landma

Highland Park Village is a show-place for names revered throughout the world of fashion. It is a genuine architectural landmark, recognized by the Urban Land Institute as “the prototype for todays planned shopping center.” Yet Highland Park Village is also a place to take the kids to a movie, get an ice cream cone and pick up a gallon of milk before heading home.

“Highland Park Village is commonly referred to by our customers as Downtown Highland Park,” says Henry S. Miller III, who co-manages the property with his father for the family business. “Our merchandising mix offers the necessities as well as the luxuries of life, big and small.”

In the mid-1920s, Hugh Prather, Sr., and Edgar Flippen recognized a need for convenient shopping in Highland Park-the town founded by their father-in-law, John H. Armstrong. They commissioned architect James Cheek to design a shopping center in a town-square motif. Cheek turned all the store fronts to face inside the Village rather than outside, and Prather and Flippen specified a Moorish/Mediterranean decorative theme for the buildings.

None of this seems particularly radical now, but it is important to realize that when Highland Park Village opened in 1931, there was no significant shopping outside of downtown Dallas. While enduring the Great Depression, Prather, Flippen and Cheek envisioned an innovative development then unprecedented throughout the rest of the country.

Nevertheless, the Village was an immediate success. Four years later, when movie exhibitor Karl Hoblitzelle developed Interstate Theatres’ first suburban theater in the Village, it, too, was an immediate success.

Over the next three decades, Highland Park Village continued to expand and refine. In the mall mania of the 1960s and early 70s, however, the Village was sold to a bank and the vision for the future became blurred.

Longtime Highland Park resident Henry S. Miller, Jr. assembled a group of investors and purchased the Village in 1976. Millers team immediately set out to restore the grandeur of the center and made various improvements, including the reconfiguration of the parking areas to accommodate more cars. As a result, upscale retailers were impressed with Miller’s long-term strategy.

Today Highland Park Village is home to more than SO tenants in its 250,000 square feet of available space and is once more a solid success. Refinements continue to occur, a fountain here, a walkway there. An effective combination of attention to detail and service gives Highland Park Village its undeniable charm.

Yet on a very basic level, the Village remains exactly what it was 65 years ago: a collection of stores that satisfy all the wants and needs of families in Highland Park, including the Miller family.