Saturday, September 30, 2023

Mayor John Huffman Tastes Where the Caribbean Meets Texas Cuisine

This week on Minute with the Mayor, Mayor John Huffman takes a trip to the Delta Hotel at Sky Creek Kitchen + Bar to taste the creations of award-winning chef, Jose Soto.

When it comes to Southlake eats, Chef Soto knows that everything is bigger in Texas, including the flavors. Each day at Sky Creek Kitchen + Bar, Chef Soto uses his culinary background and Puerto Rican heritage to shape how he sees classic Texan cuisine.

“I grew up in Puerto Rico, cooking around my family and the holidays. It was amazing to see our culture, to be surrounded by food and family, and seeing the joy and the happiness of the family around the table, it really made me do this as my career,” said Chef Soto.

Working at the Ritz-Carlton, San Juan, Chef Soto began his award-winning career at BLT restaurant and continued his path to success by learning from the Grandfather of Texas Cuisine, Chef Dean Fearing. All the training and mentorship led him to Southlake, where he is currently the Executive Chef of Sky Creek Kitchen + Bar.

Chef Soto offered the Mayor one of his signature dishes – the Flan de Coco, which is an island-inspired take on flan. Topped with Texas ruby red grapefruit, fresh mango, caramelized pineapple, Malibu rum, and a passionfruit mango-colada sauce, Chef Soto says this dish is what Sky Creek is all about. “For me, it’s one of my best sellers and also one of my dishes that I really put my heart and my passion into, everything about myself,” said Chef Soto.

Mayor Huffman got a taste and urged viewers to try it out themselves at one of the most unique fine-dining experiences in Southlake. You can also view their full menu on their website.

To watch the full episode of Minute with the Mayor, click below.

MasterWorks presents the Southlake Community Band

The City of Southlake and the Arts Council Northeast are pleased to present The Southlake Community Band as part of the 2016 MasterWorks Concert Series on September 17. Join us for a Saturday night at Southlake Town Square for a night of music with your friends and family.

The Southlake Community Band is comprised of more than 70 talented adult amateur musicians who enjoy playing music just for fun. The band performs regularly in Southlake an dsurrounding cities, and provides a range of music spanning broadway, classic band, sousa marches, and familiar children’s music!

Make sure to bring a chair or blanket and come ready for some great music and good times.
There will also be food trucks at all outdoor performances.

Annual Oktoberfest Celebration returns to Southlake October 2 – 4, 2015


The 14th annual Oktoberfest of Southlake returns to Town Square from October 2 – 4, 2015. Hosted by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce and presented by Millennium Title and Grubbs Infiniti, the family friendly event is one of the largest German-inspired festivals in the area.

Attendance for the weekend is expected to exceed 100,000 this year. With free parking and admission, everyone is encouraged to come and enjoy this community event that offers everything from live entertainment, food and beverages to wiener dog races.

Live entertainment will take place all weekend on two stages. Micah Blalock, Brave Combo and School of Rock return, joining other performers like The German Band of North Texas, the Alpine Dancers and the Carroll Jazz Band, just to name a few.

Food vendors will be stationed throughout the event offering a wide variety of concessions including everything from authentic German cuisine to traditional fair food. Up to 100 area arts and crafts exhibitors will offer hand-crafted products for sale, including jewelry, furniture and artwork. There will also be a special area for children, which will feature bounce houses, rock climbing, an obstacle course and much more.

Annual Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Wiener Dog Race – Photo courtesy of Southake Chamber of Commerce

The wildly popular wiener dog races will take place on Saturday morning of the festival, beginning with the costume parade at 9:30 AM and races at 10:00 AM. Dachshund owners may register their dogs online for a $20.00 entry fee or on site for a $25.00 entry fee.

Hours of operation for Oktoberfest Southlake are Friday 5:00 to 11:00 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM to 11:00 PM, and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 PM. For additional information, contact the Southlake Chamber of Commerce at 817-481-8200 or visit

Three Southlake Restaurants Participating in DFW Restaurant Week

dfw-restaurant-week-640x4801Foodies across the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex rejoiced August 11 as the 17th Annual DFW Restaurant Week officially kicked-off. A unique opportunity for diners to enjoy three or four-course meals at more than 130 restaurants in Tarrant, Dallas and Colin Counties, the event is also a fundraiser with a portion of each fixed price meal purchased going to either the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or the Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. Close to home, three Southlake restaurants are participating in DFW Restaurant Week and have created special menus for the occasion.

An upscale dining staple of Southlake Town Square, Truluck’s offers fresh-catch seafood, juicy steaks and hand-selected wines. The restaurant boasts numerous awards from Zagat, Fort Worth Magazine, and Southlake Style. Truluck’s is offering three course meals for $45 per person through Sunday, August 17. Guests may enjoy their choice of salad, followed by a main course and dessert. Optional enhancements are available for an additional fee, including fresh crab claws, jumbo lump crab cakes, and salt and pepper calamari. Wine suggestions are offered for each course. Let the thought of sipping a citrusy Napa chardonnay while enjoying an almond-crusted trout in a rich lemon-caper butter sauce whet your appetite.

Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse in Southlake is a sister restaurant to the historic Dallas location and offers the same top-quality aged beef, fresh seafood and fabulous desserts. In addition to being rated as the #1 Traditional American Restaurant in DFW by Zagat, the restaurant also offers a trendy atmosphere, boasting a jazz lounge that features live music on the weekends. Diners may enjoy their choice of appetizers, entrées and desserts for $35.00 per person through Kirby’s extended date, August 31. Guests may begin their meal with the optional first course of grilled fresh water prawns, or jump straight into beef tenderloin spring rolls, grilled Angus New York strip, and a dark chocolate orange tart, to name a few delicious choices.

Known for offering customers southern Italian cuisine, il Calabrese Restaurant and Bar (formerly Patrizio’s Osteria) in Southlake is now under new ownership and has a new name,. Restaurant owner, Oscar Renda, purchased all of the interest of the former majority owner and partner, and the restaurant no longer has ties to the four other Patrizio’s locations. Although the name may have changed, guests may still expect to dine in a chic setting and will only notice minor changes to the menu. If there is a dish from the old menu that you would like to order, Chef Luciano Salvadore will do his best to accommodate any requests. A few items on the special four-course DFW Restaurant Week menu include calamari fritti, mozzarella, orecchiette alla calabrese, and limoncello tiramisu.

Make dinner plans tonight to enjoy some of our community’s finest dining while also supporting worthy causes. DFW Restaurant Week only offers the opportunity once a year!

Taste of Northeast- November 14, 2013

On Thursday, November 14, 2013, Arts Council Northeast will  present Taste of Northeast, an annual charity event, with proceeds benefiting Arts Council Northeast and its community arts programs. Taste of Northeast will be held at the Hurst Conference Center, 1601 Campus Drive in Hurst, from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Parking is free.

Bring your appetite and your holiday shopping list!  There will be food from area restaurants, gift vendors, live entertainment, a raffle, wine pull and a silent auction. Taste of Northeast offers a great opportunity to shop for the holidays. Our many vendors will be offering specialty gift items that are sure to delight. We’ll tempt you with beautiful and unique jewelry, art, and clothing, along with gift certificates for pampering your favorite people. Shop while eating, drinking, and enjoying live music by Time Warp and BluPrint!

Tickets can be purchased online and are $25.00 in advance or $30.00 at the door. Arts Council Northeast members and Press Pass holders get a $5.00 discount off advance tickets. For a $5.00 discount at the door, bring three non-perishable food items for donation to the GRACE food pantry (discounts cannot be combined).

For more information, visit or call (817) 283-3406.