The Epic Culinary Kitchen – The Kitchen Table

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I have always believed that the kitchen table is the heart of the home. Where everything and everyone comes together, where problems are discussed and hopefully solved, where celebrations occur, where love is shared in happy or sad times, and when you have something exciting to share.  Well, I am excited to share that a community member called and asked if she could use “our” kitchen tables to announce the launching of her new book, Get off the Struggle Bus, by: Jamese Willis. I hope you will come out and meet Jamese and spend time listening to her speak.

Jamese will showcase her book in The Epic Culinary Kitchen on Saturday September 28 from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

You may pre order her book here.

People can pre-order the book at 25% off. After the 28th it will be $20 via lulu.com

To register for this free event click here.

More times than I’d like to remember I’ve been asked the question: “Why are you still single?” My answer was always: “I don’t know.” After going through all the reasons why I shouldn’t be single I’d try to jump into the dating world with no success. Have you ever been there? You’ve done everything you think you could and thought: ‘Why am I being punished?’ Good News: You’re not being punished rather you’re being prepared and refined. I had to realize that singleness is truly a gift and I needed to live without worry. This book is chuck full of crazy dating stories, come to Jesus moments and comedy. If you’re tired of riding the struggle bus of singleness take this journey with me and ride in purpose. Jamese Willis

Enjoy the food you bring into your life

Connie

I believe in the power of food to bring families together, to build communities, to expand conversation, and to strengthen relationships.

New Massage Therapist at The Epic – Meet Patty

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Patty Torrez has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 2008 and enjoys helping people feel better.  Besides most common massage modalities, such as Swedish, Therapeutic, Reflexology, Hot Stone, Bamboo Massage, Body Wraps & Massage Facials, Patty is also a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist vía Liddle Kidz Foundation.  She also holds Certifications in Pediatrics Massage for Autism and Oncology as well as NICU all through the same Foundation.  Patty will customize your sessions as needed and looks forward to meeting you and your family and aiding you in meeting your massage goals.

Patty Torrez

214-502-9383

pattytorrezlmt@gmail.com

Visit our website for services and rates and book your massage today!

Small Changes Make a Big Difference – Fitness Tips with The Epic

By | Epic Extras

How can adding just 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise to your weekly routine change your life?

  • Lower risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, dementia and Alzheimer’s, several types of cancer, and some complications of pregnancy
  • Better sleep, including improvements in insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea
  • Improved cognition, including memory, attention and processing speed
  • Less weight gain, obesity and related chronic health conditions
  • Better bone health and balance, with less risk of injury from falls
  • Fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Better quality of life and sense of overall well-being
Source:  American Heart Association

*Always talk with your healthcare provider before starting a new fitness regimen.

It doesn’t matter where you are on your wellness journey; it matters that you get started. Join The Epic for access to world class amenities, dedicated professionals, and life changing opportunities.

Visit JoinTheEpic.com or stop by the Guest Service desk to learn more.

#starttoday #hearthealth #getmoving #fitfam #neverskipmonday #motivationmonday #hasslefree #gptx #JoinTheEpic

Upcoming at The Epic Culinary Kitchen – It’s So Vegan

By | Epic Extras

There are many creative and interesting people that surround us in our daily lives.  I think that if most of us would slow down to really observe and talk occasionally we would all be amazed at how fascinating the world around us really is.

One of the many benefits of working in the culinary industry through The Epic is the unique individuals that reach out to be a part of our program. I am truly blessed to be in a position that attracts others who have a love of cooking, tasting, and experiencing food in ways beyond just the act of eating.

Amiya is among many chefs who are making food prepared from unique ingredients comfortable for the rest of us.  Making a name for herself as the queen of Vegan Soul food she will make her initial appearance in our culinary kitchen this coming Monday evening.  Her class is filling quickly so I do encourage you to reserve or purchase your tickets soon.

I hope you will come out to be educated, to laugh, to taste, and to really experience her passion which is Vegan Soul Food.

Enjoy the food you bring into your life

Connie
I believe in the power of food to bring families together, to build communities, to expand conversation, and to strengthen relationships.

Artist Spotlight – D and Chi

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Artist Spotlight: D and Chi
You can see D & Chi perform on The Epic Theater stage during The Epic Music Showcase on Saturday, September 28.  Each week, we will highlight one of the artists on this year’s lineup, all composed of local music talent across different genres.  Tickets are available here.
Genre: Indie Pop
Goes great with: Maroon 5, Dashboard Confessional, Imagine Dragons
Hometown: Dallas

Bio
Fresh off American Idol, KAABOO Texas and opening for Chaka Khan, D and Chi are set to climb to even higher heights in 2019. The Dallas Band showcase a fusion of pop, Rock, and Hip Hop music. Combine that with two-part harmonies and honest lyrics and you get genre-bending songs that you’ll be singing for months to come.

Band Members
Darren Eubank: Vocals, Guitar
Chima Ijeh: Vocals
Courtlin “C-note” Murphy: Keys
Austin Jett: Lead Guitar
Markwayne Kennedy: Bass
Mason Grimes: Drums

Videos
“If You Are” music video

“Amazing Grace” music video

Find out more on D and Chi

Website

Facebook

Spotify

Instagram

Twitter

Soundcloud

Apple Music

We hope to see you at The Epic Music Showcase to support D and Chi and all of these local artists!

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New Massage Therapist at The Epic – Meet Keva

By | Epic Extras

Keva Mack is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. She specializes in providing Clinical Massage Therapy for pain, rehabilitation and symptom management. She also uses Reiki Therapy, Mind Body Medicine and Holistic Spa Services to help her clients to manage their stress and improve their overall well-being.  When she’s not helping clients, Keva enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Keva Mack
817-668-5382
Keva@KevaMack.com

Availability : Thursdays: 3pm – 9pm | Most Saturdays:  9am – 12pm

Visit our website for services and rates and book your massage today!

Healthy Habits – Start Today #JoinTheEpic

By | Epic Extras

If you have been thinking about improving your health and well-being, start today by joining The Epic! According to the American Heart Association, only about one in five adults and teens get enough exercise to maintain good health. That statistic may be shocking, but adding just 150 mins of moderate-intensity exercise to your routine per week can drastically improve your long-term health.

The recommendations listed below are from the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd edition, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion:

Recommendations for Adults

  • Get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes per week of vigorous aerobic activity, or a combination of both, preferably spread throughout the week.
  • Add moderate to high-intensity muscle-strengthening activity (such as resistance or weights) on at least 2 days per week.
  • Spend less time sitting. Even light-intensity activity can offset some of the risks of being sedentary.
  • Gain even more benefits by being active at least 300 minutes (5 hours) per week.
  • Increase amount and intensity gradually over time.

Recommendations for Kids

  • Children 3-5 years old should be physically active and have plenty of opportunities to move throughout the day.
  • Kids 6-17 years old should get at least 60 minutes per day of moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity, mostly aerobic.
  • Include vigorous-intensity activity on at least 3 days per week.
  • Include muscle- and bone-strengthening (weight-bearing) activities on at least 3 days per week.
  • Increase amount and intensity gradually over time.

Sources: American Heart Association & U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

The Epic provides access to world class amenities and dedicated professionals to support you on the journey to your best self. Memberships are hassle free and flexible. 1-month, 3-month, annual, and auto draft plans are offered to fit your life and goals. No initiation fees and no annual maintenance fees. Want to make your membership even more epic? Upgrades are available for GroupFit, CrossFit 2960, KidsPlay babysitting, and Gold Medal parking.

Visit JoinTheEpic.com or stop by the Guest Service desk to learn more.

 

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Stories from the Kitchen by The Epic Culinary Chef Connie Graf

By | Epic Extras

As we approach mid-September it is exciting to see all that we have coming to the Culinary Kitchen from now through October. One of the best parts of this position is all the inspiring people I have been meeting. So many passionate cooks and chefs and restaurant owners who are happy, thrilled, to come and share their knowledge and skills with those of us wanting to learn new things.
I am excited about September:

  • 9/17 Comfort Food Series – Meatloaf, Traditional (to die for) & Greek Seasoned. Both will be accompanied by some fantastic simple sides, all to give ideas of what to do for supper. Come to eat, share, and enjoy.
  • 9/23 Is this Vegan? Vegan Cooking with chef/owner of “It’s So Vegan” Amyia Cleveland
    If you have not tried Amyia’s restaurant and this is your first experience with tasting Vegan cooking, then you are in for a very pleasant surprise. Amyia will share her story of her journey to going 100% vegan while she prepares mouthwatering hearty fare. You will want more!
  • 9/24 Comfort Food Series – Simple Panko Chicken with angel hair pasta and a light lemon sauce. So Good. Come to learn and eat.
  • 9/26 Instapot Cooking with Kathy – This is Kathy’s second class here at the Epic. She was such a success that everyone pleaded to have her back. Ribs are on the menu.
  • 9/28 Coffee Brewing Methods with Bruce. – His first class was well received, his knowledge is vast and everyone came away knowing much more than they thought was possible about coffee. You will taste all the different grinds and you will learn some history.

I hope there is something on the calendar that you will enjoy. If not, October is another exciting & full month. Details coming soon.

Enjoy the food you bring into your life.
Connie

I believe in the power of food to bring families together, to build communities, to expand conversation, and to strengthen relationships.

Artist Spotlight: The Royals

By | Epic Extras
You can see The Royals perform on The Epic Theater stage during The Epic Music Showcase on Saturday, September 28.  Each week, we will highlight one of the artists on this year’s lineup, all composed of local music talent across different genres.  Tickets are available here.
Genre: Classic Rock
Goes great with: Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Journey
Hometown: Grand Prairie
 
Bio
The Royals are a band from Grand Prairie, TX. They formed in the year of 2017, and have been performing professionally since 2018. Their influences range from classic rock to alternative rock. Their mission is to merge their Early Rock influences with Modern Rock like Cage The Elephant, The Police, Toadies, Foreigner and take it to the next level.
 
Band Members
Diego Manriquez
Jared Orozco
Arthur Ibarra
Alex Mendoza
 
Videos
View here.
 
Find out more on Mason Adams Project
We hope to see you at The Epic Music Showcase to support The Royals and all of these local artists!

New Podcast Alert!

By | Epic Extras

You’re not going to want to miss the D1-University sports Podcast Brought to you buy All New Epic Radio. Connect with hosts; Erik Gaines, Branden Cooper, Alexander Turk, and Jamal Brown, as they dive into topics such as Sports News and Debates, Interviews, and other exciting in-depth segments. The podcast hosts are Grand Prairie natives and attended school in GPISD. This podcast was created at the all new Epic Radio suite! If you need a home for your podcast and or radio show be sure to reach out to Quinston at 972-339-3704 or QSmith@GPTX.org Click the link below to listen

D1 Sportscast Link Click HERE!

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