The city of Plano has an admirable history with a long list of accolades to it’s name. We’re the happiest, healthiest, and best city according to many different sites and publications. Now, we’re a city that’s home to a business one of the smartest and wealthiest women in the world invests in as Oprah Winfrey is lending her influence — and her money — to True Food Kitchen. The restaurant group announced that Winfrey is now a board member and minority investor in True Food Kitchen.
Winfrey sought out True Food Kitchen’s CEO Christine Barone after dining at the chain with friend and health expert Bob Greene. Winfrey and Barone discussed a possible collaboration and the restaurant’s future over lunch at Winfrey’s house several months ago.
“I love bringing people together over a good meal,” Winfrey said in a statement. “When I first dined at True Food Kitchen, I was so impressed with the team’s passion for healthy eating and, of course, the delicious food, that I knew I wanted to be part of the company’s future.”
The addition of one of the world’s most influential female entrepreneurs to the team of Phoenix-based True Food Kitchen is part of a series of changes focused on expansion. CEO Christine Barone, hired in 2016 and formerly a senior vice president at Starbucks, says the company plans to double the number of True Food Kitchens in three years — from 23 to 40-some stores by the end of 2021.
True Food Kitchen is a restaurant that says it’s focused on “better living,” and its menus mark items that are gluten-free, vegetarian or vegan. The restaurant was co-founded by holistic health guru Dr. Andrew Weil and centered around what he calls his Anti-Inflammatory Diet, which is a pyramid of how people should eat to “avoid and counteract chronic inflammation,” according to his website.
When the first True Food Kitchen opened in the Dallas area, at the tony Preston Road and Northwest Highway area in 2013, it was nicely positioned during a time when healthful eating was getting increasingly popular in Dallas. (Our restaurant critic said in 2014 in her two-star review: “Just 2 1/2 months after it opened, True Food Kitchen is so popular you’d think the chef was giving away free kale.”) A second True Food Kitchen opened in D-FW, at Legacy West in Plano in 2017.
Barone says the three-year expansion plan will include more restaurants in Dallas-Fort Worth, though the focus will be on the East Coast, a company statement says.
“I continue to be really excited by the reception we have in Dallas,” Barone says. “I don’t have anything solid yet, but we are looking at a number of additional restaurants in the greater Dallas area.”
But really: Let’s talk about Oprah. According to Barone, it was Winfrey’s idea to invest in True Food Kitchen.
“She invited me to lunch at her home,” Barone says. They discussed organic gardening and True Food Kitchen’s motto that “we really want to be part of that life well lived,” she explained.
“I think there are many elements of [Winfrey’s] passions that are shared with what our passions are, as a brand,” she says.
Winfrey is quoted in a company statement, saying she was “so impressed with the team’s passion for healthy eating and, of course, the delicious food, that I knew I wanted to be part of the company’s future.”
In 2017, True Food Kitchen separated from Fox Restaurant Concepts, the parent company of restaurants such as Flower Child, North Italia and others. Sam Fox, CEO of Fox Restaurant Concepts and the co-founder of True Food Kitchen, said in late June 2018 that the spinoff was “like our child has graduated from college and is now in the real world.” He still serves on the board, and the headquarters are next-door to Fox Restaurant Concepts.
Now that True Food Kitchen is off on its own, Winfrey’s endorsement is a major moment for the company. Winfrey’s past endorsements include popular consumer plays like Oprah’s Book Club and Oprah’s Favorite Things as well as partnerships with Teavana and investments with Weight Watchers.
Barone called Winfrey’s investment and board seat with True Food Kitchen “thrilling and exciting for us,” later saying, “We believe she’ll be able to accelerate our business.”
References:Quotes, images, links, some verbage from the following:https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/10/oprah-winfrey-makes-investment-in-true-food-kitchen.htmlhttps://money.cnn.com/2018/07/11/news/companies/oprah-true-food-kitchen/index.html, https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/oprah-winfrey-invests-healthy-restaurant-true-food-kitchen-1126342
It’s official, the PGA Headquarters are moving from Palm Beach, Florida and relocating to: Frisco, Texas.
The question is will the championship be coming with it?
Recently cbs.com sported an article about the move but raised the question about a championship coming along with the relocation.
What’s already known is that Frisco will host two PGA Championships — in 2027 and 2034. The question is if that includes a future Ryder Cup.
It’s all in the details
PGA of America is set to invest in the over $500 million project in Frisco that includes a hotel, retail space, and two golf courses.
The author of the post wrote that he believed those to golf courses are what may be the deciding factor as to whether or not a Ryder Cup will happen. He also had his doubts as to Frisco being able to handle a championship:
It’s an interesting move as the PGA of America will be moving from Palm Beach County to the suburb of suburbs in north Texas. Frisco is a fine place to raise a family. I’m not sure if it’s a fine place to host a Ryder Cup. Who knows, though, these might be two absolute gems of courses, and the hype for the 2040 Ryder Cup (or whenever it is) might be overwhelming.
Well, Mr. CBS, as we say in Texas, “Hold my hand-crafted, locally brewed, affordable and served in a safe environment because we are the best place to live and raise a family- beer”.
This is Texas.
One could say though those two golf courses will have a lot “Rydering’ on them. Get it?
Alright, back to the details.
“The decision to relocate their headquarters to Texas because of our business-friendly climate is a welcome one. I thank the PGA of America for the new jobs and investment that they will bring to the City of Frisco, wish them continued success, and welcome them to the Lone Star State, the home of champions.”
References: Thanks to:https://www.cbssports.com/golf/news/pga-of-america-moving-headquarters-to-texas-and-possibly-taking-pga-championships-with-it/ https://www.pga.com/news/pga/pga-of-america-relocating-headquarters-frisco-part-of-innovative-public-private-partnership
Hot off the presses from today’s Plano Profile we hear the news that Legacy West in Plano will have its own podcast in order to keep us all updated and what’s happening in and around the incredible $6 billion mile that will forever change the lives of every resident in Plano.
We don’t often do this at Ritz Reports, but we wanted you to get the news hot off the presses, so we’ve brought you the article in its entirety! Enjoy folks and as usual, let us know what you think about this latest Legacy West development by contacting us here. We love reading what you write and yes, we do respond back, so keep those messages coming!
PLANO, Texas, April 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Legacy West, the largest new mixed-use retail destination in North Texas, is pleased to announce the launch of Legacy West Podcast. This will be the first-ever consumer podcast of its kind in the country. The bi-monthly show, produced in Legacy West’s in-house recording studio, will feature a range of topics including fashion and beauty, food and drink, wellness and nutrition, and home and interior design.
Since its grand opening in June 2017, Legacy West has enjoyed widespread recognition and acclaim as a symbol of quality and a signature of excellence for living, shopping, dining, and working. The retail center serves as the focal point for the fast-growing business and cultural district. Now with Legacy West Podcast, customers will be able to keep up with the latest trends in food and fashion by going behind the scenes with chefs, mixologists, restaurant owners, journalists, writers, stylists, and other food and fashion influencers.
Hosts of Legacy West Podcast are Victoria Snee and Gabriel Roxas, both former Dallas television reporters. Snee—Director of Marketing at Legacy West—is an AP Award-winning entertainment and lifestyle correspondent who spent more than a decade working as an entertainment and lifestyle reporter in top markets across the country. Before joining Legacy West, Snee led marketing at NorthPark, where sales exceeded $1.3 billion under her direction.
Roxas—Director of Consumer Engagement at Legacy West—is an Emmy award-winning storyteller who reported news nationwide, most recently for CBS in Dallas, where he covered the development of Legacy West.
Snee couldn’t be more excited about the launch of the show. “Legacy West Podcast is an incredible platform to help us reach our regular customers and those who are new to our beautiful shopping center on a personal, intimate level. We are thrilled to provide our listeners with informative, fun, and entertaining content.”
“The building of Legacy West was one of the most exciting stories I had the opportunity to cover,” Roxas said, “Now I look forward to sharing with listeners the most interesting stories about what has become the gold standard for mixed-use development.”
Episodes of Legacy West Podcast will be available on demand via Apple Podcasts, RadioPublic and Stitcher, and as a Flash Briefing on Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant on Google Home.
SOURCE Legacy West Related Links https://www.legacywest.com reference:https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/legacy-west-announces-podcast-300636602.html