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From the Bottom of My Heart: Thank You

Well, Kentucky Derby Party 2012 is in the books.  All in all it was a great time.  The turnout was good, we raised some great money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and the food & drink was exceptional!

I want to take this time to thank some folks.  Without you, this event just wouldn’t have been possible.

Atlantic Drift: You guys are great.  The bidding was incredibly tense over the tour visor.  Grant Hewit at Hudson Sutler:  That was a close one wasn’t it?  Thanks a million for being there for us.  William and Margaret at Wm Lamb & Son: I lost out on the bidding for the painting, but that’s what it’s all about.  I tip my hat to you two!  Pheasants Forever:  Thank you for everything.  You are a world-class organization that I’m proud to know.  Eric Corbyn at Corbyn’s: I thank you for everything.  Hope to see you soon!  Andrew at Luxley & Bernard: What an awesome package you put together for us!  I can’t thank you enough!  April at True Texas Designs:  Thank you so much for everything…the planter was a huge hit!  Casey Renner at Palo Duro Creek Golf Course:  Thank you for everything bud.  You’re one of a kind sir.  Tim at Canyon Country Club:  I want to apologize in advance for who won the bidding on the rounds of golf…in fact, I should probably give Casey a heads up as well! 

If you are reading this, please check out these companies.  They are truly wonderful people.

A special thanks to those who helped us bring all of this together:  Keith Brown.  Mr. Brown, you’ll never know how much I appreciate everything you do.  Dirk Swope.  We did it bud!  Now we just have to start planning for it all over again!  Jason Avent.  You sir are a true gentleman.  I am proud to call you my good friend and part-time financier.  The men of Sigma Nu, Eta Delta Chapter.  You boys are fine young gentlemen.  Thank you for all of your hard work.

To everyone that attended, I appreciate you spending your time and hard-earned money to help us raise money for a good cause.  I look forward to seeing all of you next year.  I’ll leave you with a few snapshots of the event.

Keith Brown on the left (my right).

Ms. Kaitlin Tucker

My sister and my sweet baby girl Scout

Jake enjoying the day

Bonnie with the spoils of “Best Derby Attire”


The Friday Faction: 04-13-12

We hope that all of you have a great weekend!  Please make sure to take a look at our Kentucky Derby Party Event on our facebook page, and let us know if you’ll be close enough to make a trip on over!


Let’s Try This Again Shall We?


Almost immediately after we started to advertise the 2012 Panhandle Prep Kentucky Derby Party, we ran into a huge problem.  Sometimes communication isn’t always the best at government ran entities, and that was the huge problem.  Needless to say, the venue that we had been given permission to use was suddenly no longer available.

Well, after weeks of some serious scrambling, I’m proud to say that the party is back on!  Above is the new flyer, that lists the new beneficiary of our fundraising efforts here in a few weeks.  I encourage you to consider attending if you will be anywhere close to Canyon, TX on the first Saturday in May, but also ask that you consider a donation to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital even if you won’t be attending our event.

For more information, you can visit our Facebook page (just click the cool picture above), or you can email me with any questions you might have.  We are so happy that we are going to be able to keep this party going, and thank all of you for your efforts in helping us find a new location (you know who you are)!

Texas Panhandle Wine Country

In 1976, what had been an experiment in grape growing and wine making in West Texas started to become something phenomenal.  Back then, grapes just weren’t grown around here much.  The consensus supposed that this was not a proper climate and the soil necessities just weren’t there.  Down in Lubbock, TX, Dr. Clinton McPherson and Robert Reed changed all that though.  Many years later, West Texas and the Texas Panhandle produce some of the best wines in the US, if not the world.

I know, I know…most people would scoff at that idea, but a person doesn’t need to look further than the list of awards that some of McPherson Cellars’ wines have claimed in the past several years.  Their ’09 Rose of Syrah?  Gold at the  Los Angeles International Wine & Spirits Competition.  Gold at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition.  Best in Class at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition.  Other wines like McPherson’s ’09 Viognier and ’09 Tre Colore have pulled in numerous awards themselves.  My personal favorite, McPherson Cellars’ ’08 Sangiovese is truly a thing of beauty, and although it only took Silver at the Pacific Rim Wine Competition, is pure gold in my heart.

But that seems to be the case with a number of wineries in our neck of the woods.  From my front porch, I can drive a radius of 90 miles and hit 8 very respectable wineries.  The closest, Bar Z Winery started closer to my home town, and recently relocated to the Canyon, TX area.

With a little research, visitors to our area of Texas can create their own wine tour.  Here is a list of some of the wineries on the High Plains and Caprock.

1. McPherson Cellars – 1615 Texas Ave. – Lubbock, TX

2. Caprock Winery –  408 East Woodrow Road – Lubbock, TX

3. Pheasant Ridge Winery – 3507 East County Road – Lubbock, TX

4. Llano Estacado Winery –  3426 East FM 1585 – Lubbock, TX

5.  Bar Z Winery –  19290 FM 1541 – Canyon, TX

For a little larger scope, you can also visit this website and expand your tour.  Feel free to travel our great area by yourself, but if you ever get down our way, give us a buzz…we’ll  do our best to show you around.

Kentucky Derby Parties: A Survival Guide

With our upcoming Kentucky Derby Party, I thought that it might be a good idea to dive into just what to expect at an event such as this.  As Derby parties are not the norm in the Texas Panhandle, we hope to change that and show everyone a great time while we raise money for a good cause.  By learning what might make your party experience more enjoyable, everyone can then relax and have a leisurely day at the races.  To make the learning curve easier, we have compiled a survival guide of sorts to help you prep for the first Saturday in May.  So sit back, and take a look at some of the tips that we think can make you an old pro at Derby Day in no time flat.

1.  Derby Hats – Ladies, they can be crazy, they can be flashy…they can also be reserved.  Here’s great place to start the hunt for yours.

2. Daily Racing Forms – People, this is of utmost importance.  Get to know how to read a Racing Form. 

3. Derby Fare – The cucumber sandwiches are not the main fare at a Derby Party.  They’re almost exclusively for looks…almost.  Wait it out until the good stuff arrives. 

4. Racing Knowledge – Want to get a leg up on the other guy?  You need to be checking out the other races leading up to the first leg of the Triple Crown.

5. The Attire – Guys, it should be light and classy.  Ladies, it should be way better than that girl next to you.  After all there is a lot at stake here (see #6).

6. The Crown – To win the coveted trophy and prove that you have the best Derby Hat, you better bring your A-game.

7. The Beverage –  Mint Juleps are the drink of the day.  They may sound dainty, but you’d better try it before you knock it.

Be sure to check out all of the information on our Derby Party here.  We hope to see you there!

Destination: Eske’s Brew Pub – Taos, NM

Recently my wife, I, and several friends went to Taos, New Mexico for a short break.  While we were there we had a great time eating, drinking, and in general just relaxing. One place that we thoroughly enjoyed was a restaurant/micro-brewery called Eske’s Brew Pub.  Located in the historic district, Eske’s is a small casual restaurant that provides you with a cozy atmosphere, impeccable service, wonderful food, and copious amounts of beer.


After we were seated in the old flat-top adobe building, we decided to grab something to eat before the drinking would begin in earnest.  My wife had the turkey club, I had the bratwurst sandwich with sauerkraut, and our friends had everything from green chili stew (a staple of New Mexican cuisine),  a burrito called “The Fatty”, and other common pub food.


After we had our fill of food, it was time to get down to business!  Eske’s sells a variety of beers ranging from blondes, dark stouts, and even a green chili beer, although no one in our party was adventurous enough to give it a go.  

The “10,000 foot” stout is by far my favorite dark stout on tap at Eske’s.   It almost has the taste of cold coffee, but not bitter to the point of making a questionable face. I would recommend buying a sampler and trying a little of everything.  After your sampler, you can choose your favorite, and order a “Growler” (or several) full of that chosen flavor.  

So the next time you’re in Taos and looking for great food and beer with fantastic service at a fair price, stop by 106 Des Georges Lane and tell them that Panhandle Prep sent you!


A Bit of the Hard Stuff

Some of my favorite hobbies include wood working, cigar and pipe smoking, and pretty much anything else I can do outside or in my garage.  Generally, when I’m partaking in one of these activities I like to have a drink of some kind…enter Sailor Jerry rum.  The famous Spiced Navy Rum is my go to drink beginning in fall and lasting until about mid spring.

I like to have mine on the rocks, but for some that is a bit too strong (the stuff is 92 proof).  To remedy this, I thought that I should mention one of the many other ways to have this drink.  By doing a little cruising around, I found this recipe on the Sailor Jerry’s website and tried it recently.  Without a doubt, I have found it to be a perfect drink for this time of year.

       “The Man”

  • 1 part Amaretto liqueur
  • 2 parts Sailor Jerry Rum
  • Over ice

This is the perfect concoction to change it up a bit without getting, dare I say froo-froo.  So if you’re looking for a drink that you can make for your buddies to have while you chew the fat, this is the one for you.  It is simple, tastes great, and would make any guy feel a bit of class having this drink while relaxing.  Bottoms Up!

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