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Meet the Interior Designers of Bleu Ciel's Model Homes

Since day one, Harwood International collaborated with the best in their industry in the design and execution of the dazzling tower and the designers selected to outfit our model units are no exception. Bleu Ciel will be collaborating with B&B Italia, Mitchel Gold + Bob Williams, Cantoni, Amy Berry, California Closets, and Boudreaux Associates. Each partner has a unique vision for their unit and together these model units will showcase an array of interior design preferences to help visitors feel at home. 

To learn more about the design inspiration and process for these partners, Bleu Ciel has initiated a “Thought Bubbles” lunch series at Dolce Riviera that combines two of our favorite things – sparkling wine and interior design. Both Cantoni and Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams presented their plans and design process to a private group of brokers and clients in the exclusive event space on the Dolce Riviera patio. Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams bring a transitional style to their home, mixing traditional with modern. This collection is ideal for going from a traditional home into a high-rise. Cantoni’s collection is more modern and in Bleu Ciel they will be bringing some warm, earthy tones to bring some of the outdoors inside. 

Danilo Di Nardo, general manager of the restaurant and HARWOOD’s sommelier, gave our guests a sampling of his favorites from our sparkling wine list including Ferghettina Francicorta Rosé, Canella Prosecco Superiore di Conegliano, and Moët & Chandon Imperial Brut. Each glass was expertly paired with a bite from the Dolce Riviera kitchen.

The Bleu Ciel model units will be opening up later this year for visits for prospective home owners. Stay tuned to the Bleu Ciel newsletter to keep up to date on when these homes are ready for preview. 
 

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Win a Completely Catered Thanksgiving Feast

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Hosting an office party or home gathering this November? Let Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens impress your guests! 

Enter to win a Completely Catered Thanksgiving Feast compliments of Marie Gabrielle. The gift to a lucky winner includes a Thanksgiving feast for six guests, catering professionals, and everything necessary to prepare and present this delicious holiday meal. Entries close on Monday, November 13.

Click here to view the menu.

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"Samurai" Opens at Bellagio

There's a brand new attraction at the luxurious Bellagio Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection is on view now at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art. More than 50 pieces of armor are showcased in this family-friendly exhibition, including full suits of armor and even life-size samurai riding their armored horses. Samurai runs through April 29, 2018. 

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Marie Gabrielle Makes Thanksgiving Easy

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Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens makes your Thanksgiving feast easy as ever. Online orders are now open through Friday, November 17 for the restaurant's delicious and customizable Carry-Out Thanksgiving Feast. Serving up to six, this hearty dinner includes an all-natural roasted turkey, salads, sides, and dessert. 

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Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art Honors One of Japan’s Most Notable Art Forms - Samurai Debuts November 3

Nuinobedō tōsei gusoku armor and military equipment, late Momoyama period, c. 1600 (chest armor, helmet bowl, shoulder guards); remounted mid Edo period, mid-18th century. © The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. Photograph: Brad Flowers

Nuinobedō tōsei gusoku armor and military equipment, late Momoyama period, c. 1600 (chest armor, helmet bowl, shoulder guards); remounted mid Edo period, mid-18th century. © The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum, Dallas. Photograph: Brad Flowers

Honoring the culture, lifestyle and art of the samurai warrior through centuries of Japanese history, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art (BGFA) will unveil its new exhibit, Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection, on November 3.

The exhibit includes more than 50 pieces of samurai armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller collection, and will feature full suits of armor, helmets, weapons, horse armor, masks and more. The exquisitely crafted pieces represent the evolution of the samurai warrior’s appearance and equipment spanning 600 years from the 14th-19th centuries. During this time period, Japanese society recognized the advancement of the samurai as a great honor: from archers and swordsmen to an elite class of warriors respected for their military skills, refinement and intellect.

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection will feature objects that were used both for combat and ceremonial purposes. The pieces convey the complete story of the samurai, a part of the intellectual Japanese elite who not only fought in battle, but also practiced poetry and calligraphy.

“With each of our exhibits, we look to curate compelling collections that combine elements of history and culture, allowing guests to not only view stunning art pieces, but also learn about the context and significance,” said Tarissa Tiberti, executive director of art and culture for MGM Resorts International. “The upcoming exhibit of Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection will embrace a vibrant Japanese art form so rich in tradition, history and creativity, unlike anything we’ve debuted before at Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art."

This exhibit encompasses the entirety of samurai history to allow the visitor to see the evolution of armor as warfare progresses from bows and arrows to swords and guns. Intricate pieces such as lacquered metal helmets adorned with crests, and delicate, detailed armor capable of protecting the samurai in brutal combat, will be on display. Inside the gallery, visitors will experience the masterful craftsmanship of each object and the historical context of the samurai as they walk through this historical epoch in Japanese culture.  

“It is the combination of art and armor, the boundless creativity of the objects’ forms, and the aesthetics used by these fierce and cultivated warriors that drew us in to assemble our collection," said Gabriel Barbier-Mueller.

Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection will be on view November 3, 2017 through April 29, 2018.

Tickets to BGFA are $18 for adults; $16 for Nevada residents, seniors 65 and older, and students, teachers and military with valid ID. Children 12 and younger are free. For groups of 10 or more, the gallery offers special pricing of $12 per person. For additional information, call (702) 693-7871 or (877) 957-9777, or visit bellagio.com/bgfa.

BGFA is open daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Last admissions are sold 30 minutes prior to closing. Guests may enjoy complimentary daily docent tours at 2 p.m., and private docent tours are available at an additional cost.

About Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art
Located at the heart of the elegant Bellagio Resort & Casino, Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art is Las Vegas’ premier exhibition space – where great art goes on vacation. Since opening in 1998, the gallery has presented exhibitions of artworks and objects drawn from internationally acclaimed museums and private collections, including I Am The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, Town and Country: From Degas to Picasso, Yousuf Karsh: Icons of the 20th Century, Picasso: Creatures and Creativity, Fabergé Revealed, Warhol Out West and Figuratively Speaking: A Survey of the Human Form.

About The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection
The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller collection is the most complete and largest of its type in the world, selectively amassed by Ann and Gabriel and their children over the past twenty-five years. Centuries of craftsmanship are represented in the collection with objects dating from the seventh to nineteenth centuries.

The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection in Dallas, Texas was created in 2012 to permanently house their ever-expanding collection of samurai masterpieces. The Museum is in the district of HARWOOD at the historic St. Ann’s School where it is free and open to the public. Beyond the Museum, the dynamic and beautiful compilation of suits of armor, helmets, masks, horse armor, and weaponry are on display in a traveling exhibition as well as the lobbies of Harwood International developments around the world.

Select pieces from the collection have been displayed at the Musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac in Paris; the Musée de la civilisation in Québec City; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore.; the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles; Centro Cultural La Moneda, Santiago, Chile; the Denver Art Museum, Denver; the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix; and La Biennale Paris in Paris. For more information, please visit www.samuraicollection.org.  
 

This release was published with permission from the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts. 

 

 

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The First annual Hope Fest A Great Success

On Saturday, September 30, 2017,  Harwood International hosted the first annual Hope Fest: Live from HARWOOD at Happiest Hour to support three nonprofit organizations: Cornerstone Achievement Center, Love Like You Mean It, and Connecting Point of Park Cities. Through the generosity of 30 sponsors along with more than 500 guests and donors, Hope Fest raised over $230,000 in its inaugural year. Proceeds will be used to support the unique initiatives of each organization, which includes funding education, advocacy, and support initiatives for individuals with special needs in addition to efforts to eradicate the trafficking of young girls and women in India.
 
When Happiest Hour opened doors at 3 p.m., guests made donations to win one of the many impressive raffle items including diamond jewelry and autographed sports memorabilia from top athletes like Roger Federer and Emmitt Smith. Enjoying special bites and new menu features from Happiest Hour, guests continued to mingle until event chairs Katelyn and Oliver Barbier-Mueller took the stage for welcoming remarks and an introduction of the first act, Michael Lee & The Wartime Limousines. The Barbier-Mueller family founded the global real estate firm Harwood International and is developing the HARWOOD District, a growing 18-city block neighborhood featuring residential and commercial property as well as seven restaurant concepts and a museum. 

As the night progressed, Cas Haley, the 2007 runner-up on “America’s Got Talent,” took the stage to perform hit songs for the Hope Fest crowd. Next up was the headlining act Josh Weathers, a local Fort Worth artist and founder of the charity Love Like You Mean It. Weathers captivated the audience with his bluesy, soulful voice and plenty of skillful musical showmanship. 

Among those supporting Hope Fest were host committee members including: Katherine Helms; Katlin and Zach James; Laura Reeder; Skyler and Robbie Baty; Meghan Looney; Stefanie and Michael Prentiss; and more. As members of the executive host committee, Barbier-Mueller family members were in attendance: Gabriel Barbier-Mueller; Niña and Trevor Tollett; and, Alexis and Bridget Barbier-Mueller. 

About Cornerstone Achievement Center:
Cornerstone Achievement Center was created to provide individualized and group educational services in a nurturing, supportive, and faith-based environment. With a team-oriented focus, Cornerstone gathers input from parents, teachers, previous testing, and assessment tools to help design the best possible curriculum.

About Love Like You Mean It:
Love Like You Mean It was created by Josh and Kady Weathers after a family trip to India where they witnessed children in extreme depravity. The organization seeks to change the treatment of young girls and women in India who are cast into trafficking. 

About Connecting Point of Park Cities
Connecting Point of Park Cities is an organization that provides impactful day programs for adults with special needs while integrating individuals with disabilities into the Texas communities.
 

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The End of Summer Soirée with the HARWOOD Tenants

HARWOOD District Tenants mixed and mingled at the "End of Summer Soirée". Guests were able to sample bites from Harwood District restaurants, listen to amazing music from Kirk Thurmond & The Millennials and try out Social Ice and The Cottonsmith under the beautiful decor and tree canopy.

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A Swiss Evening at Marie Gabrielle

The Swiss Concert at Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens was an evening that brought a fusion of Swiss culture, music, and culinary experience to the HARWOOD District and Dallas all in one night! With The Swiss Club of Dallas and North Texas, HARWOOD was proud to welcome a pair of renowned touring acts all the way from Switzerland. Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed the beautiful works by Accordion Orchestra from Aesch and the Yodel Club Choir from Schlossbrünneli Möriken Wildegg. The Swiss Longhorns and Frohsinn Singing Society from the Dallas and North Texas also performed. Guests had the chance to enjoy some of the best and most traditional Swiss sips and eats. It truly was a one-night getaway to Switzerland!

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Hope Fest Giveaway

Get ready to party for a cause. The first-annual Hope Fest: Live from HARWOOD concert and party is September 30th and you could win a pair of tickets! With a jam packed entertainment schedule and plenty of fun to be had at Happiest Hour, you won’t want to miss this. Enter your email below for a chance to win!

Winners will be selected Wednesday, September 27th. 

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September Drinks + Eats in HARWOOD

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September marks the start of a new season, which means a lot of excitement in the HARWOOD District and HARWOOD restaurants. Check out these tasty new menu debuts, amazing events, and how we're helping our Houston friends. 

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Harwood Helps for #DTX4HTX
When Harvey struck Houston, Harwood International and the HARWOOD District rallied together to launch a series of initiatives to show support for victims and volunteers. On Wednesday, September 6, the HARWOOD District restaurant collection participates in a one-day, city-wide fundraiser with a portion of proceeds benefitting Trusted World, a Dallas-based certified nonprofit dedicated to organizing donation distributions and relief efforts. 

Item donations are being accepted in the lobbies of Harwood international's commercial developments. 

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Dolce Riviera
A winner in the 2017 Wine Spectator Awards, Dolce Riviera continues to build its repertoire as Dallas' finest wine and dine destination. This month is all about a champagne campaign. Reservations are going fast for the upcoming Colcombet Champagne Dinner on Tuesday, September 12. Click here to make your's today! This month, Dolce will also announce an all-new Tuesday experience featuring a curated champagne menu of Dom Perignon, Ruinart, and Veuve Clicquot. 

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Magnolias: Sous Le Pont
Sip on drinks like the Wedding Cake Latte, Blackberry Chocolate Cold Brew, and the Earth, Wind and Fire Latte this month only at your favorite HARWOOD coffeeshop. Plus, save the date for Friday, September 29 for National Coffee Day! It will be a full day of celebration with coffee specials, free demonstrations from Avoca Coffee Roasters and more. 

Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens
On Wednesday, September 27, Marie Gabrielle will host a one-night getaway to Switzerland for a Swiss Concert in the Gardens. Tickets are on sale now. If you haven't seen Marie Gabrielle's new interior expansion, this is a perfect opportunity to see the beautiful space! 

Happiest Hour
It's a big month for Dallas' largest patio bar and lounge! With football season in full swing, the Game Daze series is well underway. Look forward to special team cocktails rolling out for all of the big games. Also on deck, an all-new menu rollout and a double header of must-attend events - Oktoberfest on Sunday, September 24 and Hope Fest: Live from HARWOOD rounding out the month on September 30. 

 

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New this August in HARWOOD Restaurants

Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar debuts an all-new happy hour menu beginning August 1. 

Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar debuts an all-new happy hour menu beginning August 1. 

A new month brings new menus, specials, and more around the HARWOOD District! Here's what to expect this August: 

Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar Debuts New Happy Hour Menu
Your new favorite spot for happy hour is here! Saint Ann rolls out a brand new menu of specials available Monday through Friday beginning August 1 from 4 - 6:30 PM. Six specialty signature cocktails, house wines, and a menu of eight appetizing favorites are just $6 each! For beer lovers, enjoy a domestic for $3 or indulge in an import for $4.

Featured Drinks at Magnolias: Sous Le Pont
Whether you're going for a java jolt or a refreshing non-coffee beverage, the innovative baristas at Magnolias: Sous Le Pont have the perfect concoction for you! There are seven featured drinks this month like Rose-Infused Pour Overs and the Grapefruit Fizz made with cold brew, grapefruit juice, and sparkling water with a hint of mint. Ask about the shop's new patron loyalty program to learn how you can get a free drink! 

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Summer Wine Features at Dolce Riviera
Indulge in an endless summer with Dolce Riviera's summer wine features. Crisp and refreshing, these curated selections are the perfect way to wind down on the gorgeous patio.

Stay tuned for more additions! 

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Swexan Day in HARWOOD

Did you know HARWOOD has its own Swiss roots? CEO and Founder of Harwood International, the developer of the neighborhood, Gabriel Barbier-Mueller was born and raised in Geneva, Switzerland and moved to Dallas in 1979. Swiss influence can be found in designs for the buildings and restaurants, and also in the Swiss cows that line the border of HARWOOD.

Merging the Texan and Swiss hospitable way of thinking, we call this union our “Swexan” connection. In honor of Swiss National Day on Tuesday, August 1, you’ll notice our Swexan pride displayed around the district with custom flags and specialty offerings at select restaurants. 

Swiss cuisine is a harmony of many regional influences, especially French, German and Italian cuisines. Chefs from the HARWOOD eateries crafted specials with their own unique interpretations of traditional and contemporary Swiss dishes. 

Dolce Riviera
Dolce Riviera joins the district in honoring Swiss National Day with an exclusive one-day special featuring four dishes. Start with the Swiss Cheese Board, which includes Tete de Moines, Raclette, and Emmental Cheese served with Homemade Marmellate. Then, end on a sweet note with the Malakoff Cake or Classic Meringue served with double cream sauce. 

 

 

 

 

Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens
While undergoing exciting renovations until early September, Marie Gabrielle offers a menu of breakfast and lunch selections in the lobby of HARWOOD No. 2 - 2728 N. Harwood St. The restaurant will continue its weekly hot entree specials showcasing Saffron Risotto with Prawns on August 1. 

 

 

 

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Mercat Bistro
Sit back, relax, and go back in time with Mercat's absinthe cocktail. The anise-flavored spirit dates back to the 18th century and originates from the Jura region of Switzerland. Many notable figures like Pablo Picasso, Ernest Hemingway, and Oscar Wilde were all known absinthe drinkers of their day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Magnolias: Sous Le Pont
Order up the Swexan Latte, a chocolate latte served with Toblerone Chocolate and decorated with red, white, and blue sprinkles. 

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Exciting Changes Coming to Marie Gabrielle

HARWOOD's first restaurant and venue, Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens, is getting a makeover! The exciting renovations begin Tuesday, August 1 and will be unveiled in early September. 

Even though Marie Gabrielle will be closed to the public during this time, the restaurant will offer select breakfast and lunch offerings in the lobby of HARWOOD No. 2 - 2728 N. Harwood St. 

Three Harwood International divisions were tapped to complete this project: Harwood Design Factory (HDF), Harwood Construction Management Services (HCMS), and Sphinx Construction.

To learn more, visit marie-gabrielle.com.

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Wine Down Wednesday with Frost Bank

For one HARWOOD District tenant and partner, building long-term relationships is at the core of their mission. This fall, Frost Bank continues their community program of sharing kindness at a new location in HARWOOD - Dolce Riviera.

"Our partnership with HARWOOD has been the key to our success in building these relationships," said Pilar Johnson, relationship administrative specialist at Frost Bank

As part of the Wine Down Wednesday intiative, all guests 21+ will receive a glass of wine compliments of Frost Bank. Make plans to join Frost Bank, network, and enjoy the Italian ambiance August 9 and September 13 from 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM!

 

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