Welcome to another episode of About Mansfield, I’m Steve Cosio with Coleen Daniell broadcasting from Podcast Mansfield Recording Studio. Thank you for being here. Coming up on the show: news, weather and sports, and, I’ll talk in-studio with a local entrepreneur who opens her doors for your to come sit and relax.
Also coming up we have the Mansfield events calendar, and we will conclude with your chance to win a $25 gift card to Branded Burger Company with the trivia question of the week.
Taking a look at this week’s headlines:
• 2020, the year the U.S. government asks you to stand up and be counted
• The school district has a new spelling bee champion
• MISD culinary students advance to the state level
• Seven area National Merit scholarship semi-finalists have been named finalists
And, our unscientific poll question “What’s your favorite Mansfield-based nonprofit organization?” We have the answers along with your weekly weather forecast and local sports. The news starts in 30 seconds. This is About Mansfield.
STEVE: Welcome to another episode of About Mansfield, I’m Steve Cosio with Coleen Daniell broadcasting from Podcast Mansfield Recording Studio. Thank you for being here. Coming up on the show: news, weather and sports, and, I’ll talk in-studio with a local entrepreneur who opens her doors for your to come sit and relax.
COLEEN: Also coming up we have the Mansfield events calendar, and we will conclude with your chance to win a $25 gift card to Branded Burger Company with the trivia question of the week.
STEVE: Taking a look at this week’s headlines:
COLEEN: 2020, the year the U.S. government asks you to stand up and be counted
STEVE: The school district has a new spelling bee champion
C: MISD culinary students advance to the state level
S: Seven area National Merit scholarship semi-finalists have been named finalists
S: And, our unscientific poll question “What’s your favorite Mansfield-based nonprofit organization?” We have the answers along with your weekly weather forecast and local sports. The news starts in 30 seconds. This is About Mansfield.
STEVE: Welcome back to About Mansfield.
COLEEN: In less than 100 days the 2020 Census will survey Americans across the country, attempting to take a snapshot of America through a statistical lens. Participation in the decennial survey is categorized as a “civic duty” along with voting and jury duty.
Every 10 years since 1790, the country takes a national headcount. That first census, required by the U.S. Constitution and instituted by President George Washington, counted fewer than 4 million people. The most recent census, in 2010, recorded 308.7 million men, women and children of all walks of life. The process of taking the census has changed — from house-to-house census takers to online questionnaires — but the mission remains the same, to paint an accurate picture of the ever-changing face of America.
The main purpose of the census is to figure out how many seats each state receives in the U.S. House of Representatives, with the most populous states receiving the most seats. Texas occupies 36 of the 435 seats in the House, while states like Delaware, Alaska and South Dakota only have one.
The census also determines how state and federal dollars are distributed.
Many Latinos and Asians were reportedly concerned about participating in this year’s census due to a proposed question about citizenship, even though, in June 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that the administration could not ask that question.
For more information on this year’s census, you can log on to the official website at Census.gov.
STEVE: The Mansfield ISD hosted the district-wide spelling bee at the Center for the Performing Arts last week and crowned fourth grader Aaron Fung as this year’s champion. Fung spelled the winning word with confidence.
AARON FUNG: Umpirage. U-M-P-I-R-A-G-E.
Fung, who attends the Willie Brown Academy of Young Scholars, beat out 34 other competitors and will now compete in the Scripps Regional Spelling Bee on March 24. The winner will represent the region in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.
COLEEN: Culinary students at Ben Barber Innovation Academy are taking their talents to the state level. At the Texas ProStart® Regional Invitational in Frisco last week, the four-person restaurant management team finished in first place for the fourth year in a row. The team was judged on set up, concept, menu, operations and marketing.
The five-person culinary arts team finished in third place. Those students received scores based on production, cooking, presentation, taste, menu and clean up.
Both Mansfield ISD teams will advance to the state competition, which will take place in San Antonio next month
STEVE: Seven Mansfield ISD students are now finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program, an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. The students were among the less than one percent of high school students to become semifinalists in the program back in September.
Out of more than 1.6 million entrants nationwide, only 16,000 students are selected as semifinalists. In February, 15,000 of those students are named finalists. About half of those finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship worth thousands of dollars each.
STEVE: In this week’s unscientific poll, Podcast Mansfield Recording Studio once again took to the Internet and asked the question, “What’s your favorite Mansfield-based nonprofit?” Coleen has the top three:
2. Harvesting International
1. Mansfield Mission Center
We’ll have to the results of another unscientific poll next week.
STEVE: Let’s check the weather for the upcoming week with Alexa.
ALEXA: For the next seven days. Tuesday. 58 degrees Fahrenheit and intermittent clouds. Wednesday 54 degrees and showers Thursday 46 degrees and showers. Friday 50 degrees and partly sunny weather. Saturday 56 degrees and cloudy skies. Sunday. 67 degrees and lots of clouds Monday 66 degrees and partly sunny weather.
Local high school home games include:
Friday February 14
LHS Varsity Men’s Soccer Game
LHS Varsity Women’s Soccer Game
LRHS Soccer vs South Grand Prairie
LRHS Football Field
Tuesday February 18
LRHS Lady Eagle Soccer vs Summit
Summit High School
For a complete list of upcoming MISD sports, log onto our website and click on SPORTS.
NATIONAL DAY OF… for the upcoming week:
COLEEN: Wednesday February 19 National Chocolate Mint Day
Thursday February 20 Cherry Pie Day
Friday February 21 Card Reading Day
Saturday February 22 National Margarita Day
STEVE: Sunday February 23 International Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day
Monday February 24 World Bartender Day
Tuesday February 25 Mardi Gras
COLEEN: When we come back, Steve will talk with a local food and beverage entrepreneur who serves more than just ambiance. We’re back in 30 seconds. You’re listening to About Mansfield.
ABOUT MANSFIELD: Welcome back to another segment of about Mansfield. I’m Steve Cosio. broadcasting from the studios of Podcast Mansfield here in Mansfield, Texas and in the studio today we have a mother, a wife and entrepreneur, a Mansfield resident all rolled into one and we’ll talk about about each of those we welcome Carroll Burney from Poured to the studio. Carroll, welcome.
CARROLL BURNEY: Thank you. Thanks for having me.
AM: You’re a native Texan, are you not?
CB: I am
AM: Came from?
CB: Stephenville, Texas.
AM: Are you a country girl then?
CB: No, I wouldn’t say that. I have boots…
AM: You became a city girl pretty quickly.
CB: I did, I did.
AM: You have a daughter?
CB: I have two daughters.
AM: And what are their ages?
CB: 13 and nine.
AM: And being an entrepreneur and a mother, is it a scheduling nightmare?
CB: Yes, it is. I have my calendar with me all the time. I still use a paper calendar because, but it is it’s difficult, but we make it work.
AM: Give me an example of some of the roadblocks that you’ve had, “Oh, I have to be at the shop or I have to be at an open house.” What are some of the things that entrepreneur faces as also a parent?
CB: That’s hard. There are evenings when I have parties or events at Poured where I really need to be there and I need to be there early to help set up or prepare food. And no one’s here to pick up my kids because my husband travels so, relying on my village of friends is is great and I’m blessed to have great people around me who are able to help me and pick up the girls and sometimes I’ll run and grab them and bring them with me or take them home or drop them at a friend’s house. And it’s all about just keeping that schedule, writing things down. I have to write everything down or it gets lost in the shuffle because the day is not always planned, or does not always go as I haven’t planned for sure.
AM: It really does take a village.
CB: Yes, it does.
AM: Let’s talk about the wine bar. How old is Poured?
CB: Poured is about almost six will be six years old in February of 2020.
AM: And what made you decide to open a wine bar.
CB: I was in the restaurant business for years and got out of that after my first daughter was born. And after about five and a half years of working in a nonprofit, which I loved, I met my former business partner, and we just came up with this idea and we wanted a place in Mansfield that we where we would want to go — cozy comfortable. We both loved wine we both enjoy food and I do have a culinary background. But I did not really want a full on restaurant. And because I’ve done that and so we just came up with this concept and the rest is history.
AM: You mentioned the cozy atmosphere report describe what Poured is like.
CB: Poured is an extension of the living room. We wanted people to come in and feel comfortable and cozy and warm and welcome and so we have comfortable couches and we do have bar seating as well and some tall tables and things like that, but we just really wanted it to feel comfortable and people just to feel welcome as soon as they walk in the door.
AM: You mentioned a background in restaurants. A mutual friend of ours told me that you were a chef.
CB: I did go to culinary school. I went to A&M and graduated and worked in Marketing and public relations for a year, a few years and then just got the itch. My mom had a catering business for 10 years and my brother’s in the restaurant bar business as well. And I think when it’s in you, it’s just it just kind of stays there. And so I did go to culinary school and got my degree in culinary arts and I worked with a local chef here for about seven years and opened three different restaurants with him
AM: Here in Mansfield?
CB: No, Arlington and Fort Worth, and then I consulted with him on a restaurant in Dallas as well. But when I was pregnant with my first daughter, that was a really hard business to be in and it was a lot of hours and so I got out of that. But I do still love to cook I love to be in the kitchen. I love to make people happy with food. I plan vacations around where I’m going to eat. I think food is a big a big deal.
AM: And you also have an occasional Sunday brunch.
CB: We do, the last Sunday of every month, with the exception of Mother’s Day, we actually do a brunch on Mother’s Day. But yeah, the last Sunday of the month we’ve been doing that for a couple of years now and it’s just really, it’s really taken off. It’s really popular people seem to seem to really like it. We do some fun food or menus, not huge. And that’s on purpose. But what we do we do very well.
AM: Is the menu the same every brunch or do you mix it up?
CB: We change it up. We do have a couple of staples. We always have the shrimp and grits, we always have chicken and waffles. We have added a hash that has we call it Hangover Hash because it really does. That has pulled pork and green chili queso and potatoes and that’s been really popular. So that that’s kind of stuck around, too. We make everything. The biscuits are amazing. We had them off the last couple of times, but we’re going to bring those back for November.
AM: You had chilaquiles the time that I ate there and they were wonderful.
CB: Thank you. Yeah, those are those are popular too. I change that up every few branches but the thing, since we only do it once a month a lot of people come back for specific items so I try not to go real crazy and take a lot of things off but, change it up enough that there’s a like now we have a pumpkin cream cheese french toast that we did for the fall and it’s been really popular, too.
AM: You had your choice of pretty much anywhere in the Metroplex. Why did you choose Mansfield?
CB: I live in Mansfield, I my kids go to school here, I shop here, right? I live here I like to eat here. I like to, support the town and so, for me, it just seemed natural to be in Mansfield. And Poured is the kind of place I like to go to not just because it’s mine, but I just I like the atmosphere and I don’t like the crowds with the 21-22 year olds taking shots and going crazy. So a little more relaxed and that’s why that’s why we chose Mansfield.
AM: And my wife and I have been to Poured half a dozen times. And and yeah, that’s our takeaway it’s very relaxed. You have some couches in there, you’ve got pillows, you’ve got mood lighting, and yeah, it’s it’s it it is a very relaxed atmosphere. Do some of your customers coming in and they’re, they’re about to throw a party and they look for wine suggestions?
CB: Yeah, that happens. I mean, people ask me, often, what’s your favorite wine to pair with this food or that or what’s your favorite wine for, a crowd and, and so we get a lot of that. And the thing about our menu that I really like is that all of our wine is by the glass and so people can taste it before they order a full glass. And we do that on purpose. Our purpose is to let people experience new things and kind of expand their palates a little bit and so when people are trying to find something, I’ll let them taste it and see if it’s something that they want and especially when they do a party at Poured they can pick their menu it’s customized to what they want so they can choose all their own wines and and that helps in that, too, that we can find stuff that’s kind of universal that not just one person is going to want that wine the whole group can enjoy it.
AM: Can I ask you for a recommendation?
AM: I love a good two-inch ribeye, medium rare, spicy lots of pepper and I want a spicy, rich Cabernet to go with that. What do you recommend?
CB: There are so many Cabernets, that’s a really hard question without standing in a store with you and and being able to see what’s available. We have some really good ones on our menu right now. For a steak, like a peppery steak, I would recommend maybe Argentinian or Chilean just because they have a little more earth to them. So I think, you can get something like that if you want. Washington has great, great cabs, we have one on our menu right now. It’s a little more jammy and juicy but it’s still really full bodied and would stand up well with that, too.
AM: I’m going to look that up. Argentinian or Chilean, or from the state of Washington?
CB: Yes, the state of Washington.
AM: Poured is a private club.
CB: It is, which people get confused. They think it’s like a country club but that’s not the case. That’s just a TABC legality.
AM: So what are some of the hurdles that you have that, say, a restaurant that has a bar; what are some of the hurdles that you that you have being a private club,
CB: I cannot buy directly from a distributor for wine. So I have to go through a package store. And that can be difficult just because the store may not have it set up in their system. So we have to go through that process. And it’s lengthy and sometimes it doesn’t happen. They can’t get it for some reason. So that’s a little frustrating. I can buy from beer distributors, because we do have beer, too. But I can’t buy the wine directly from the distributors. So that’s hard. And then one of the other things we have to do is scan the driver’s license when people come in, they used to have a Unicard years ago. It’s the same concept. It’s just all electronic now so they have to basically become members, which is free. We don’t charge for that by any means, but it’s just another step of service that we’ve had to you just add into our our steps.
AM: Are you the only private club in Mansfield?
CB: No, there is one more and it would be No Frills, would be the other one.
AM: And what would be the process to become a public club, not a private club?
CB: Mansfield is considered dry. I usually say it’s “damp” because we do have beer and wine stores, and we do have restaurants that don’t have to be a private club, and that’s because the law changed a few years ago, to where if they serve 51% food, they don’t have to be a private club. But the liquor laws in Mansfield would have to change so Mansfield would have to become wet for me to be able to not have to be a private club, which would be great. Because it would save my business money. But it would also allow me the opportunity to sell off-premise so people could come in and buy a bottle of wine and take it with them and on-premise in the same space, and I have people weekly ask, they come in to buy a bottle of wine for a gift, and I can’t sell it to them.
AM: Do you envision a change happening in Mansfield anytime in the near future?
CB: I hope so. It’s a lot of work. I have looked into it. I’ve worked with some other local people and it’s about educating the public on what that means. It doesn’t mean a liquor store will open on every corner and that is not how it works. Things have to be zoned properly for that to happen. And the TABC process is not an easy one. It is lengthy and it is expensive. So I think it needs to happen. I mean it’s 2020 and but it is It does take it’s a petition driven ballot initiative. You have to have a petition you have to have signatures and it’s over 8,000 signatures of registered voters in the city of Mansfield. So educating people just where they’re registered to vote is is a process to it.
AM: And it’s doable.
CB: It’s doable. Yeah, it’s definitely doable.
AM: Let’s talk about Poured again. Are are you open seven days a week?
CB: I am open Tuesday through Saturday. So we’re closed Sundays and Mondays. We do have private events on Sundays except for brunch that last Sunday of the month we are open, but we’ll host private events is Sundays and Mondays as well. But yeah, just Tuesday through Saturday we open at four o’clock. We have happy hour every day from four to seven which is $5 glasses of house wine and dollar off beers. Pretty good deal. And Tuesdays is discount bottle night so all bottles are discounted 25% off and Wednesdays happy hour all night. So it’s a good way to wind down on that wine down Wednesday.
AM: And if someone was on the internet right now, where would they find Poured?
CB: We we do have a website it’s PouredTX.com. We have a Facebook page and we also are on Instagram.
AM: Excellent. Sandwiched between Jet’s Pizza and Fuzzy’s Tacos is Poured, the wine bar. Now, it’s not just wine.
CB: It’s not wine, we’ve got wine, we’ve got beer, and we have great great appetizers and food, too.
AM: Poured can be found at 1601 East Debbie Lane, Suite 1105. Again sandwiched between Life Time Fitness and Fuzzy’s Tacos, Carroll, thanks for being here today and telling me all about Poured.
Some of the major events taking place around town this coming week include:
COLEEN: Join Vickie Gustafson, author of “His Badge, My Story” and local officers for “Lattes with Law Enforcement” for a meet-and-greet as well as a book singing this Thursday morning from 8-10 at Flying Squirrel Coffee Company in downtown Mansfield. Gustafson will also be on-hand for a book chat and signing Friday evening from 6-8.
STEVE: February’s Third Thursdays event in historic downtown Mansfield promises to be a sweet night of wine and delicious chocolate as you stroll through the very heart of Mansfield. Chocolate Stroll takes place this Thursday evening starting at 5pm.
COLEEN: Roaring into 2020 is the theme of the Mansfield Cares annual charity ball. This year’s theme looks back on over 20 years of supporting charities in Mansfield while they look ahead to the next decade. Come out and eat, drink and dance on Saturday evening starting at 7:00 at Walnut Creek Country Club. Your donations help raise money to support our local Mansfield charities.
STEVE: Enjoy an evening of musical comedy as the Farr Best Theater presents: 3 Redneck Tenors Saturday at 7:30pm. The classically trained trio was a finalist on “America’s Got Talent” and their performance will have you rolling in the aisle with laughter.
STEVE: For the entire list of events taking place during the next week here in Mansfield, log on to our website and click on EVENTS.
A comment from last week’s episode:
Winnie writes: “Just listened to my first About Mansfield. Thoroughly enjoyed it. I have been missing the old Mansfield News-Mirror with actual news about Mansfield not Arlington! I feel this takes the place of the paper and is very informative.”
Peter writes: “I just had the pleasure of listening to your interview with Steve about Max, his therapy dog. First I must say I was impressed that he could “hold it together” and speak so eloquently about Max and their great work over the years. Max certainly was a wonderful dog who brought joy and serenity to many peoples’ lives. Max will be sorely missed by everyone.”
Thank you, Winnie and Peter, for listening and your comments.
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COLEEN: Congratulations to Bob Geisel who was the first person to email the correct answer last week’s trivia question — What date, including the year, was Mansfield incorporated? Bob knew that the answer — August 23, 1890 and receives a $25 gift card to Branded Burger Company.
STEVE: After the break, the trivia question of the week. I’m Steve Cosio with Coleen Daniell and this is About Mansfield.
The first person to email the correct answer to email@example.com will receive a $25 gift card to Branded Burger Company, a funky burger & sandwich joint with signature branded buns, a full bar plus sports on a massive TV. Located in the Ray’s Pharmacy building at 1831 East Broad Street in Mansfield, you can find them on the Internet at BrandedBurgerCompany.com.
This week’s question is: [YOU MUST LISTEN TO THE PODCAST FOR THE QUESTION]
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck and thanks to Lonnie and the great folks at Branded Burger for the gift card.
Coming up next week on About Mansfield, we’ll talk with a local entrepreneur who has a “dirty job” but someone has to brew it. The show will be released on Wednesday February 26. Until then, thanks for listening. For Coleen Daniell, I’m Steve Cosio and this… is About Mansfield.