Plano Food and Wine Festival returns Saturday

By Brian Bearden

The Plano Food and Wine Festival will be at The District in The Shops at Willow Bend from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

If you order a tasting package online, you will be helping the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Go to

What to know: “The event will feature more than 100 wines, food from 20+ delicious local restaurants, talented musicians, local artists, beer and cocktails, culinary demos from North Texas culinary experts, a play zone for kids and 100+ boutiques and shops.

“The festival is free and family friendly! Food + Wine Tasting passes start at $20. Taste your way through the festival and join us for a magical and delicious event.”

The event is presented by Maggiano’s Little Italy in Plano, west of the north-south tollway.


READY FOR HALLOWEEN? The old Sports Authority location has come back to life.  Spirit Halloween is now haunting the building, situated at 2930 Preston Road between Preston and Ohio Drive in Frisco just south of Gaylord Parkway.

Stop by Rodeo Goat this week to offer congrats on their one-year anniversary. If you have not been yet, get there as fast as you can. Your friends are probably already there at Plano Parkway and Alma.



Granite Park Six will be 18 stories in NW Plano; new restaurant; Cinemark upgrades

By Brian Bearden

Plano will have a new 415,000 square foot, 18-story office building going up with Granite Park Six. If you haven’t checked out the Boardwalk at Granite Park, try one of the restaurants and enjoy drinks around the lake. If you have holiday guests, the Hilton Dallas / Plano Granite Park is right there where the two tollways cross paths between Plano and Frisco.

Did you know? The Cinemark Legacy and XD will be receiving some upgrades. The location off Legacy and U.S. 75 in Plano will see an auditorium upgraded to XD theater. Look for the updates in lighting, speakers, stage and auditorium. will be hosting the “Never Ride Alone” Hope Foundry Men’s Conference Friday, Oct. 18 at 9950 Rolater Road in Frisco.

New York-style pizza: Look for the newly-opened Adriano’s Italian Restaurant  in Allen-Plano area at Alma Drive and Hedgcoxe near Tom Thumb. Go to

Plant-based: Nature’s Plate is serving 100-percent plant-based meals at 8404 Preston Road in Plano in the 75024 near the Sam Rayburn Tollway. You can order grab – and – go meals or even get a weekly meal plan. Check out

Want to learn how to brew beer? Go to Brewing made easy


#PlanoWildcats: ‘Maroon Out For The Military’ #fisherhouse

This Friday, the Plano Wildcats and the Rowlett Eagles will join together for Plano Senior’s 8th Annual “Maroon Out For The Military” game.

This year we are honoring veterans of the Korean War.  Following the kickoff, and during the first quarter, of Friday’s game members of the Plano Senior High School JROTC will be passing through the stands with combat boots.

Their goal is to fill the boots with proceeds going to Fisher House.  Fisher House provides free or low-cost housing near VA hospitals for families of wounded and ill veterans.  Please bring whatever amount you can spare to support this worthy cause.

– Bryan Spiritus, Assistant Principal, Plano Senior High School

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