Hops For Habitat Brewfest


  • Feb. 16 event to showcase popular local brews and chefs

  • Proceeds benefit conservancy’s conservation efforts

ALLEN — The Connemara Conservancy Foundation’s popular “Hops For Habitat” Brewfest series heads to the Dallas Farmers Market, Feb. 16 from 7 to 10 p.m., and will feature three of the city’s most creative chefs.

Contributing to the fourth in the series of fundraising events benefitting the Conservancy’s land conservation efforts will be Justin Fourton of Pecan Lodge, Chad Houser of Cafe Momentum, and Brian Luscher of The Grape and Luscher’s Post Oak Red Hots.

Tickets are $50 and available at connemaraconservancy.org or 469-200-4085.

Pecan Lodge, which was recently featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives,” has been honored by Texas Monthly, Southern Living Magazine, the Dallas Observer and D Magazine for its BBQ and Southern cuisine. Pecan Lodge also was selected to cater Connemara’s first “Into The Meadow” dinner under the stars in 2010.

Café Momentum is the nonprofit restaurant concept conceived by Houser and Parigi restaurant co-owner Janice Provost to serve as a culinary training facility for disadvantaged youth.

The Grape, a legendary Dallas wine bar and bistro, opened in 1972 and was inspired by New York and European eateries. Brian Luscher purchased the restaurant in 2007 and updated the concept while staying true to its historical roots.

Luscher’s Post Oak Red Hots, meanwhile, features all-natural, handmade hot dogs smoked with oak. They are only available at the White Rock Local Market on the second and fourth Saturday of the month.

Each event in the Hops For Habitat series is designed to also promote local breweries and feature meat and produce from local farmers and ranchers. The Feb. 16 event will highlight products from Lakewood Brewing Company and Franconia Brewing along with meats provided by Local Yocal Farm to Market in McKinney.

The Hops For Habitat series raises funds for the Connemara Conservancy Foundation’s mission of helping farmers, ranchers, cities and developers work together to protect and preserve critical open space and habitats throughout North Texas.

“We’re very excited to be taking this event to Dallas, which is home to so many of our long-time supporters” said Connemara Executive Director Sandra Greenway. “And we are thrilled that we are able to feature these dynamic chefs.”

Additional Hops for Habitat events are being scheduled for 2013 throughout North Texas with dates and locations to be announced later.

Hops for Habitat sponsors include Franconia Brewing, Greenling DFW, Lakewood Brewing Company and Local Yocal Farm to Market.  More information on the Hops For Habitat series is available at connemaraconservancy.org or by calling 469-200-4085.

About The Connemara Conservancy

The Connemara Conservancy Foundation (CCF) was founded in 1981 as one of the state’s first land conservancies. Connemara works closely with farmers, ranchers and other landowners as well as developers and local governments to protect and conserve important tracts of open space. Today, Connemara protects almost 4,000 acres throughout North Texas.

In addition, Connemara provides educational programs on the impact of open space on improving quality of life. Connemara is an active member of the National Land Trust Alliance, the Texas Land Trust Alliance and the Center for Nonprofit Management.

More information on the Connemara Conservancy Foundation is available at connemaraconservancy.org.

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