We had yet another crazy day today!
This morning we had our first brunch in Denton with our Dallasite friends. David and the Howells came up for a delightful brunch at Loco Cafe. Of course we ran into Cameron Gawley and Melissa there, because Denton shrinks the world. Anyway we all had fun and good food, and then it was time for a Denton refresher. Zack and Shawna hadn’t been back in town since college time, so I drove us around to all the new hotspots. We even wandered around inside the new UNT Union! Always good to be thorough, you know. After a tour like that, there’s no doubt in my mind that they’ll be moving back before long.
Emily and I spent most of the afternoon shooting product shots for her portfolio. Emily styled while I lit and shot photos of everything from Rachel Elise bags to Photo Wagon collateral. We got some great stuff, and I was totally prepared to use a photo from that shoot for my picture today. Then I got a text from Ryan Ferguson.
He said he had tickets for some Farm to Table thing at Audacity Brew House, but Justine had gotten sick so they couldn’t go. It seemed like a cool little thing, and we didn’t have dinner plans yet, so I figured why not? We claimed the tickets and left a couple of hours later.
As it turns out, this was (I think) the first of (hopefully) a series of events where local producers join together with local chefs to create an amazing four-course meal, with each course paired with a local beer. Tonight featured Chef Suzanne Johnson of Chestnut Tree, Chef Chad Kelley of Barley and Board, Chef David Rodriguez of 940’s, and Chef Katie Puryear of West Oak Coffee Bar. All of the beer pairings were, naturally, from Audacity. Even if that was the full story, tonight would still rank as one of the best we’ve had since moving back to Denton. But it gets more interesting!
We got there fairly early and sat at a 6-up table, hoping to make some new friends, and that’s exactly what happened. We ended up sitting with a very sweet, self-proclaimed “older couple” who have a son going through the Communication Design program at UNT. That’s a ton of conversation right there, and as we chatted another couple joined us. McKenzie and Felicia managed to talk to us for a good while without revealing the fact that McKenzie drums for Midlake and they’re both part owners of 940’s and Paschall Bar. I’m sure if I was a good Dentonite this would already have been common knowledge, but LOL I don’t know anybody. The reason it was so great though is because I don’t think I’ve ever been able to sustain a conversation with new acquaintances for such a long time. We covered a lot of ground too: graphic design, Tesla, UNT’s jazz program, starting and running businesses, touring comedians...and every bit of it was fun and interesting to talk about with these people.
So I guess I really owe Ryan a HUGE thank you (and probably a fancy drink) for thinking of Emily and me! You made our night, sir!