Saturday, February 4, 2023

The First Taste of Southlake was a Savory Success

Leadership Southlake Class of 2022 wrapped up their leadership project Taste of Southlake earlier this month on March 3rd! The event was a huge success raising funds and awareness to support local restaurants still impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and current staffing shortages.

Hosted by the Cambria Hotel, Taste of Southlake brought together stakeholders of the Southlake Restaurant Community including Armend’s Pizza & Pasta, Cake Pops & More, Calabrese, Fajita Pete’s, Feedstore BBQ, Jane., Jellicos, Kirby’s Steakhouse, Pokeworks, Scratch Kitchen, Shuck Me, Sky Creek, Thailicious, Wildwood and more!

With the purchase of a ticket, attendees were invited to the Cambria Hotel to eat, drink, enjoy live music and learn about the local restaurants serving and supporting the Southlake Community. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales of tickets to attend the event as well as the funds raised from gift card sales went back to the restaurants. In total, the Leadership Southlake class of 2022 raised more than $10,000 for our local restaurants.

“From its inception we wanted Taste of Southlake to be planned in a way that it could easily be continued after the conclusion of our leadership program,” said Daniel Paschke, a Leadership Southlake 2022 participant. “Our hope is that the Southlake Young Professionals Group within the Southlake Chamber of Commerce will take on the event, give it a new flavor, and continue to support our local restaurants in the coming years.”

If you missed out on Taste of Southlake, another opportunity to celebrate Southlake’s community and culture is right around the corner! Celebrate Southlake is scheduled for Friday & Saturday, March 25 & 26. Join in on the celebration with family and friends to enjoy food, cultural performances, and fun! Or sign up to volunteer and help make a memorable event for the whole city! Find more information on the city webpage.

Leadership Southlake is hosted by the Southlake Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the City of Southlake. To learn more, please visit the Southlake Chamber of Commerce’s webpage.

Southlake Chamber Celebrates Graduates of the 2015-2016 Leadership Program

The Southlake Chamber of Commerce recognized the fourteen graduates of Leadership Southlake at its luncheon May 26 at Evans Hall, White’s Chapel UMC. The program, launched in 1989, has graduated over two hundred men and women by providing classes in local and state government, education, business management, team building, professional/personal development and project and personnel management.

The Graduates for this year are: LaDondra Wilson, Dean Speers , Toya Walker, Janice Horak, Jenni Hubby, Matt Woolsey, John Loyd, Brent McIIvain, Julie Walter, Jessica Smith, Deborah Brown, Lyndsay Lord, MaryLee Alford and Billy Braxdale. Cheryl Fairbanks was the facilitator of the once-monthly classes.

This year’s class of area business men and women presented a review of their year with a video presentation and the announcement of their advocacy project. The class project, “Band Aide” raised $20,000 to supply instruments for the Carroll ISD Middle School Band Program. They achieved their goal through various community fundraisers with the School Bands performing at the functions.

SCOC Chamber President and CEO Mark Guilbert said at the event, “We must remember to always actively and intentionally help develop the next generation of leaders – it can’t be left to chance.”

If you would like more information about Leadership Southlake, please contact Maurine Grant at 817-481-8200 or email at

Sponsorship Opportunity Supports Dragon Observatory

Dragon Observatory Sponsorship FlyerThe 2015 Leadership Southlake Class is leading the effort to recruit financial support for the Dragon Observatory at Johnson Elementary School.

JR Pix (23)Sponsorship dollars are being raised to offset future maintenance costs associated with the observatory.  Last October, Carroll ISD opened the Dragon Observatory. Made possible through a grant from Hudson Foundation, the observatory will offer students an opportunity to view planets, star clusters, galaxies and nebulae. The grant also covers the purchase of a portable star lab to be used by both students and members of the Southlake community.

Click here for more information and sponsorship pricing.