TODD JOHNSON IS D MAGAZINE’S NEWEST DINING CRITIC. A born-and-bred Dallasite and (proud to say) product of the BISE he went to college in Oklahoma, graduated with a degree in journalism, and came running back to his long-lost cosmopolitan life in Dallas. Since his return, Todd has been the art director for Texas Lawyer, Texas Business, Dallas/Fort Worth LifeStyle, and he was one of the founding members of the now-defunct (but much lamented) Met. Currently, he is the creative director of Texas Technology magazine.
Though graphic design pays the bills, Todd’s heart is in writing. He spent more than a year as the Met’s dining critic and loved every fat-packed moment. Food Editor Nancy Nichols chose Todd not only because he was a gifted, award-winning writer, but also because “Todd will eat anything at anytime, and we like that.” His reviews start on p. 113.
LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER DANNY HOL-lenbeck believes that the unique combination of Hispanic and Dutch-German ancestry from his mother, Gloria, and his father, Phil, gave him the wild spirit and passion that found an outlet in his earlier years in the form of skate boarding. Fortunately, Danny’s been around photography all his life, so today that energy is channeled through his lens.
His dad, who is also one of D’s favorite photographers, lovingly, and somewhat forcefully (German decent, remember), nurtured Danny toward becoming a photo assistant. A push, a shove, an open door. Whatever you want to call it-it worked. And it got him shooting. This month, Danny captured The Rabbit Man on film, beginning on p. 59.
NEAL FARRIS IS A DALLAS COMMERCIAL PHOtographer whose unique style combines painting, drawing, etching, and photography. He attended Mountain View College in 1976 and continued to study photography at East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) until 1980, when he left to pursue his career in commercial photography.
Neal’s experimentation with vibrant multicolred gels brought him national acclaim and numerous awards from the Dallas Society of Visual Communiestions and Photo District News, among others. Since 1990, Neal has been actively involved in the Dallas Society of Visual Communications, first as a board member and now as its president. He is also an adjunct professor at his alma mater, Texas A&M University-Commerce.
This month. Neal ’s photography complements the words of Mary Brown Malouf on p. 82.
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FORMER D MAGAZINE EXECUTIVE EDITOR MARY Brown Malouf has been dishing out opinions on the Dallas food scene for more than 15 years. Her insightful essays have filled the pages of the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Observer, and D. Currently her prose is really out there-in cyberspace-at wine.com, where Mary is busily redesigning the editorial content of the site. Now living in Sonoma, Calif., Mary spends her spare time reading physics books, birdwatching, hiking, and traveling with her 14-year-old daughter, Anna. But she can’t stay away. This month she humorously remembers three of Dallas’ most powerful dining patrons on p. 82.