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f you’ve been working out regularly and sticking to your 2019 resolution to eat right, we apologize for our cover. If the image of flourless chocolate cake with ganache makes your sweet tooth ache in a good way, we sympathize. But don’t look away. Piola packs a lot of taste in that tantalizing wedge of chocolate, and you deserve every bite. Maybe you’re training for February’s Cowtown Marathon and need a little break from that rigid diet. Maybe you’re celebrating cupid’s day with your besties. Maybe it’s that kind of day when you need to eat dessert first. We say go for it. Or maybe you want to dive into the caramel custard at SaintEmilion or enjoy the finger food that is the churros and dipping chocolate at Righteous Foods or savor every bite of tiramisu at Piattello Italian Kitchen. These classic desserts are worth breaking Sweet nothings? Heck no. We want dessert. your resolve for, And that includes this flourless chocolate if only for one day. ganache cake from Piola. Check them out Photo by Ron Jenkins on Page 18. Pearl Snap Kolaches co-founder Wade Chappell knows a thing or two about classic pastries as well. Kolaches are a staple in parts of Texas, and Chappell works hard to make sure PSK turns out worthy ones every day. Chappell also is a familiar face in the 107 thanks to his involvement in the Camp Bowie District, whether it’s picking up a runaway garbage bag from the median to promoting local businesses. Learn more about this Fort Worth native on Page 14. Our Neighborhood section is lengthy this month; there’s a lot going on, from hotel news to more restaurant and retail happenings. Keep up, starting on Page 6. As always, Mary Rogers brings you some of her current reads, and our Happenings section offers a roundup of things to do in the coming months. The new year is shaping up to be a good one; see you around the neighborhood.
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MINDBODYSPIRIT PowerFit a first for Fort Worth
While working out on stationary surfboards didn’t catch on, a 27-minute workout might. Shelby Beckman offers a fitness regimen that’s both efficient and effective at PowerFit in The Foundry District. Beckman’s business replaces the former City Surf studio located near M&O Station Grill. The Fort Worth native was living in Los Angeles when she fell hard for a workout program employing Power Plate machines. Utilizing vibrating plates on which you exercise, the machines are thought to help boost metabolism while encouraging the body’s muscles to respond at a more rapid rate. “The technology isn’t new, but this concept is an advanced application of the science,” says Beckman, who recently moved back to her hometown after working in business development for an LA design firm for almost three years. “If you just stand on the plate, your metabolism is raised by the plate’s vibration. And we incorporate various exercises on the plate for a 27-minute workout.” Beckman believes hers is the first exercise studio in Texas focusing exclusively on this workout (some elite gyms have a few of the machines). Hiring eight certified personal trainers experienced in group exercise, she had
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her instructors train on the Power Plate method before quietly opening in December. Morning and evening classes include workouts dedicated to cardio, strength training, toning, boot camp work and yoga. As Beckman adds instructors, she may offer as many as 90 classes per week. While she ramps up, she brings her rescue Aussie-sheltie mix named Jagger — “he’s my soulmate” — to work during downtime. In addition to the workouts, he’s a good stress reducer. PowerFit The Foundry District, 200 Carroll St., Suite 160, 817-243-0500, powerfitftw.com
Indigo grows Indigo Yoga adds a new studio and rebrands itself simply as Indigo. Owner/founder Brooke Hamblet has taken over the former Soul Space Yoga studio in Chicotsky’s Center for the new Indigo Academy, now home of her eponymous teacher training school. It also is a dedicated space for daily classes, workshops and special events, youth programs and guest teachers. Check out the space at 3425 W. 7th St. Hamblet started her yoga practice in 2006 in the garage apartment of her then Arlington Heights home. She has remained a part of the 107 with Indigo Westside, the popular studio at 5111 Pershing Ave. Indigo Sundance Square, 203 Commerce St., is aimed at downtowners. Learn more at indigoyoga.net.
The Mindful Mule expands
In an office building behind the Ridglea Theater, Jenny Jones of Mindful Mule guides clients through an array of exercises to reach their fitness goals. What began as a 700-square-foot studio now includes a 1,000-square-foot space just down the hallway. There, Jones brightened up the already sunny spot with fresh paint and new flooring before moving some of her small-group training sessions in; she continues to work with individual clients in the original studio, too. Jones’ positive, encouraging demeanor — she struggled with diet and exercise herself before becoming a success story — has helped others gain strength and confidence. “We focus on body positive training,” Jones says, adding that the majority of her clients are women from ages 30 to 60. “I’ve been blessed by people who have supported me and trainers who focus on well-being, not just weight loss. I want to help people live as healthy a life as possible.” In addition to the yoga teacher who stops in regularly to lead classes, Jones has brought three more trainers on board. One-on-one, buddy and small group training are available. Mindful Mule 3309 Winthrop Ave., Suites 91 and 255, 817-439-9233, mindfulmule.com
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Jenny Jones, second from left, and her new crew at the expanded Mindful Mule. Photo courtesy of Mindful Mule
doob Fort Worth 4818 Camp Bowie Blvd. (next to Wright At Home), 817-489-5313, doob3d.com. Doob offers a personal, highly customizable experience in creating a 3D likeness. Book online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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How long does the photography take? Sessions last about 30 minutes, although the owner will accommodate clients who may need more time if given advance notice. And you get to approve the photo. How many people fit inside the imaging machine? Up to three. Pricing, however, is per individual, as each doob is done individually. Are pets welcome? Yes. They need to be able to sit still for a few seconds for each frame. Strike a pose You can sit, do a handstand, hug it out or just smile for the cameras. You have to keep it PG (consult with the owner if you have questions). What to wear That’s your choice, whether it’s a team uniform or a wedding ensemble. Just remember that the imaging captures front and back. Are props allowed? Yes, within reason and they will add to the final cost as more material is needed to create the doob. Men have been photographed holding an engagement ring while on bended knee. Athletes have been doobified with their soccer balls or hockey sticks. How quickly will you get your doob? It takes two to three weeks, and the doob will be shipped directly to you.
Get ready to doob yourself Rhonda Felton, a longtime 107 resident, was determined to make Fort Worth the first Texas location for doob, a New York-based 3D tech company founded in Germany. It started with a chance stop inside the New York store during a family vacation. Intrigued, she persuaded them that they had to doobify themselves. After all, what better souvenir than a miniature likeness of oneself? The process is called photogrammetry. Doob sets up 66 cameras inside a large enclosure to capture a high-resolution image of the subject from every angle. That photo is used to print a 3D sculpture made of resin that looks hand-painted (colors are applied layer-by-layer as it prints). The details are uncanny: your dimples, pant wrinkles, cowlick are all immortalized in the doob, which can range in height from 4 to 14 inches. The bigger the image, the more detail. After receiving the mini versions of her
family in the mail about three weeks later, Felton reached out to doob headquarters and started the ball rolling on the Fort Worth store. Currently, studios can be found in Berlin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami and Tokyo, among other locations. The closest one to Texas, until now, is in Kansas City, Kansas. In early January, Felton returned to New York for some on-site training and a closer look at how the magic happens. “After touring the production center in Brooklyn, I was blown away by the 3D printing and the personalization put into each figurine,” says Felton. “I am so excited to bring this advanced technology to Fort Worth.” Prices start at $99 for a 4-inch-tall figurine and run up to $699 for 14 inches. The shop’s grand opening is Jan. 31. Online booking is open for appointments, which begin Feb. 1.
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EATS DRINKS Some of these are closer to opening than others but all hope to be open this spring. Ascension Coffee The WestBend development welcomes Dallasbased Ascension, a specialty coffee cafe and cocktail bar that is in the works. Look for a full menu for breakfast (smoked salmon hash), lunch (soup, pasta, sandwiches, salads) and dinner (steak and fries, lamb meatballs). WestBend, 1751 River Run, Suite 151, ascensiondallas.com. Austin City Taco Co. University Drive north of Fort Worth’s Cultural District is getting a new look and new tenants, including Austin City Taco Co. Local owners have tapped chef Juan Rodriguez of Magdalena’s as culinary director for the new concept. Look for brisket tacos with the meat cooked in the in-house smoker, Gulf shrimp, achiote rotisserie chicken, plus breakfast tacos. Fresh-cut fries and
handmade tortillas will be served with queso. Libations include margaritas, beer, Mexican Coke and nitro cold-brew coffee. For dessert? Soft-serve ice cream. Look for indoor and outdoor dining at a contemporary but rustic space. 517 University Drive, austincitytaco.com. Deep Ellum Brewing/Funky Town Fermatorium Next door to Austin City Taco, Deep Ellum Brewing owner John Reardon and partners have renovated a building long occupied by a printing shop. Reardon calls the new brewery a fermatorium: “We’ll make things here we’re not making elsewhere; it’s our experimental brewing site. Dallas people will have to come over here to enjoy these beers.” The five-barrel facility can sell brews only to guests enjoying it on the premises, but you’ll also be able to dine there. Thanks to a wood-fired pizza oven and the considerable talent of Cane Rosso
alum Dino Santonicola, the Fort Worth Deep Ellum’s food program will be a step up from that of the Dallas original. “We’ll be doing a lot of shared plates that pair well with beer,” Reardon promises. Plans also call for windows opening onto the street in good weather, local artwork for the interior and a possible adjacent dog park with seating for patrons. 611 University Drive, deepellumbrewing.com. Heim Barbecue The former VFW hall in the River District along the Trinity River has undergone a total makeover, for now visible only from the exterior, with a fresh paint job, new windows and patio. A bonus is the huge parking lot, perfect for fans of the popular restaurant packing in crowds at its Magnolia Avenue location. 5333 White Settlement Road, heimbbq.com. Zoli’s NY Pizza Part of the Cane Rosso restaurant family, Zoli’s is a much anticipated arrival. The pizza is so flat-out good that we used to drive to Oak Cliff to dine there before it moved to Addison. The rest of the menu shines, too. Owner Jay Jerrier had been sleuthing out a location off and on before settling on the former bare patch of dirt on South Hulen Street just south of Central Market. Now under construction, Zoli’s Fort Worth will include a big covered patio and green space, plus a pick-up window to order soft serve from Cow Tipping Creamery. 3501 Hulen St., zolispizza.com.
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If you haunt Feastivities like some of us, you know about the scones made and sold there by Lisa Estes. If not, here’s an insider’s tip: Place an order so you don’t have to worry whether you’ll arrive before they’re sold out. Estes, who operates under the business name Sweet Savour Bakery, began utilizing kitchen space at the Vickery Boulevard food shop about seven years ago. She makes cookies, too, but it’s her scones that set her apart. The signature varieties are cinnamon-walnut (also called Father’s Favorite) and lemon-blueberry, nicknamed Lady Jane for a long-ago friend in Louisiana. “She was a lovely Southern lady and she loved these scones. I was so honored because she was an amazing cook herself,” says Estes. We’ve sampled those along with the coconut cream; though they crumble easily, they’re anything but dry — as too many scones are. The flavors beg for a good cup of tea alongside. A full menu of varieties, priced at $12 per half-dozen or $24 per dozen, is found on her website, sweetsavourbakery.com, and you can order directly from Estes at 817-600-8552 or at Feastivities, 3637 W. Vickery Blvd., 817-377-3011, feastivitiesinc.com.
From chicken-fried steak with eggs and hash browns to the Big Hungry (three eggs, two pancakes, two slices of ham, two sausage patties, two slices of bacon and hash browns), breakfast is now served at Billy’s Oak Acres barbecue emporium on the far west side. You’ll also get a biscuit and gravy with those specials, by the way. Or you can opt for tacos or burritos or a triple stack of pancakes, The pork chop breakfast comes with eggs your way, hash all starting at 6 a.m. Watch browns and a biscuit with gravy. the Facebook page, BillysOakAcresBbq, for specials such as “burgers & brews” and taco Tuesdays. 7709 Camp Bowie West, 817-731-2278, billysrealtexasbbq.com.
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Chef Keith Hicks wrapped up 2018 celebrating 10 years in business and welcoming new ownership. Curtis Luper, co-offensive coordinator for TCU football, is now the primary owner, along with a silent partner/devoted patron, also a new restaurateur. Hicks, who’s staying on as executive chef, promises new menu items as well as twists on favorites like his Old School Pot Roast. Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4701 West Freeway, buttonsrestaurants.com.
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Food Hall at Crockett Row: A primer
The long-awaited foodie haven opened early December, and we’ve made numerous trips to test out the options. Fort Worth’s first food hall has been compared to a mall food court, but we beg to differ. The only similarity is that there is something for everyone and that it skews more to adults than kids. There are televisions throughout the hall but they aren’t obtrusive. Parking is free in the garages with validation; the closest garage also offers a covered walkway to the back entrance of the food hall and outdoor (covered) seating for nice weather. Haven’t been yet? Walk around and check out the goods. You can sit anywhere and eat, including at the bar. A few tips: You pay at each station. Beverages are available at each vendor and there are adult libations at the freestanding bar, but complimentary water is available at separate stations in the hall. Please clean up after yourself; slide your trash into the receptacles set up around the edge of the food hall and leave your serving tray on top.
Abe Froman of Fort Worth From pizzas to calzones, savor the fillings — from pepperoni to pear-mincemeat-ricotta — along with the wonderfully soft but chewy crust from Fort Worth chef Victor Villarreal. Aina Poke Co. Feel virtuous with a meal of marinated sushigrade salmon or tuna customized with everything from sliced Aina Poke’s marinated tuna watermelon radishes and pickled Photo courtesy of Aina Poke Co. ginger to crispy rice pearls and avocado. Get a wrapped chunk of Spam musubi to go, and you’ll feel like you’re in Hawaii. Butler’s Cabinet This deli and market (from Dallas chef Joshua Harmon) will appeal to the foodies with its interesting sandwich combos with locally made bread, scratchmade condiments and side dishes. There’s also a coffee bar, plus pastries and cheeses for sale. The Dock Splurge on a lobster or crab roll and warm up with a bowl of chowder. Don’t miss the house “crab” chips. EB2 Get your Mexican fix with tacos, customized elotes, maybe a tamale special at this kiosk run by Dallas chef Justin Box. Knife Burger Dallas chef John The muffaletta at Butler’s Cabinet Tesar is one of the investors in the Photo by Meda Kessler 16,000-square-foot communal seating hall, having had success with the Legacy Food Hall in Plano. Tesar’s simple burgers, including a veggie version, are spot-on, as are the fries.
Not Just Q Get your A stuffed-crust sausage pizza from Abe Froman fill of brisket, ribs, Photo by Meda Kessler pulled pork and other smoked meats along with some quality sides. We’re sad, however, that they don’t have homemade ice tea. Press Waffle Co. Go for sweet (peanut butter, bananas, honey and bacon crumbles) or savory (Black Forest ham, smoked turkey, cheese and blackberry jam), all made to order. Rollin’ n Bowlin’ Eat healthy with acai and pitaya bowls, smoothies and loaded toasts. (It also opens early for breakfast.) Shawarma Bar Choose from wraps or bowls filled with tender chicken, lamb or falafel. Or go for broke for the gyro-loaded fries.
Desserts and Libations
Gigi’s Cupcakes Choose from brownies, cheesecake, cookies or cupcakes along with Plano-made Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream. Val’s Cheesecakes A late addition to the food hall, these individually packaged desserts are a labor of love in memory of the owner’s mother, who died from breast cancer. They’re also really good. The bar Adult beverages include beer, wine and cocktails (including an old-fashioned and frozen Moscow Mule). Details Open daily for breakfast (select vendors) lunch and dinner (hours are subject to change) at 3000 Crockett St., foodhallatcrockettrow.com.
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The menu boxes at Val’s Cheesecakes Photo by Meda Kessler
Knife Burger’s Ozersky with fries Photo by Kevin Marple
Cinnaholic: Allergy-free sweet treats The California-based bakery opens its second Tarrant County shop on Crockett Row in the 107 (there’s also a Southlake location). The cinnamon rolls look decadent with their creamy toppings, but they are dairy- and gluten-free. Customize yours by selecting from multiple frostings (maple and coffee are our favorites) and toppings such as cookie dough and pie crumble, plus fresh fruit. Opt for the bite-size buns if you’re craving something smaller. You also can get cookie dough by the scoop, brownies and cookies. Crockett Row at West 7th, 817 Crockett St. (next door to West Elm), 817-203-2421, cinnaholic.com.
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Cinnaholic’s cinnamon rolls are dairy- and gluten-free. Build your own with lots of options for frostings and toppings. Photo courtesy of Cinnaholic
The Water Closet: New location, new offerings
Backwoods is back
Backwoods has bounced around a few locations in the 107, but they’ve settled in nicely at their new home in Montgomery Plaza next to Pier 1 Imports. The outdoors outfitter has regrouped after bankruptcy proceedings with pared-down inventory and a focus on more local products: Grizzly coolers, Solo portable fire pits and paddleboards made in San Marcos. There’s plenty of parking, and once inside, you’ll see a couple of familiar faces, including Stephen Woodcock, the king of fly-fishing at Backwoods. Check out the free fly-tying classes on Wednesday nights that have been popular with young and old, male and female. Woodcock and general manager Tim Martin also lead some of the Backwoods Adventures, including trips to Big Bend. Visit the shop for more information or go online. Montgomery Plaza, 441 Carroll St., 817-332-2423, backwoods.com.
More showroom space and better parking are just two of the reasons to visit The Water Closet’s new location. Caryn Evans’ turnkey design and construction company is known for everything from powder room remodels in older homes to project management of new construction. The brick “home” off Montgomery Street gives Evans and her team a dedicated design consultation meeting room as well as space to showcase their tile inventory and select lighting pieces. 3600 Crestline Road, 817-332-0607, twcinteriors.com.
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Inside The PARC
The PARC, a 25,000-square-foot building open 24/7 for emergencies, is a dream come true for Dr. Steve Hotchkiss, owner and visionary veterinarian. The big blue building combines Hulen Hills Animal Hospital and Metro West Emergency Veterinary Center under one roof with added services, a bigger staff and, of course, that new facility. The name? It stands for a belief that People and their Animals deserve Revolutionary Care. After meeting Hotchkiss and Lucy, his faithful border collie, we took a tour of everything from the glass-walled exam rooms to the animal ICU. We were pleasantly surprised that all that transparency made sense as dogs and people seemed at ease with the fact that they could see what was going on around them. While medical equipment is state of the art, The PARC also takes the human element into consideration. There are rooms in which to decompress, both for staff and clients. Hotchkiss believes empathy is an important part of what they offer. There are quiet areas for staff who are having a tough day; the lunch room is bright and airy. For clients, the spaciousness of the building is apparent upon walking into the lobby. A second-floor covered patio will be home to “yappy” hours and other events. Boarding is available at The PARC (dogs only) and at The PARC Grand Resort, which remains on Donnelly Avenue across from Central Market. The new facility offers more flexible hours due to the fact that it’s open 24 hours. There’s also a learning center complete with high-tech audio-visual equipment for small meetings. Want to learn more about The PARC? Check out the website, theparcvet.com, or schedule a personal tour. 4801 West Freeway, 817-731-3733.
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PARC founder Steve Hotchkiss and Lucy; left, a detail of the lobby. Photos by Ralph Lauer
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Hospitality rumors continue to drift around Fort Worth including a 21c Museum Hotel getting built in the Cultural District. The 21c group specializes in properties that are compatible with their neighbors, especially when those neighbors are world-class museums. The one in Bentonville, Arkansas, (near the Crystal Bridges museum) boasts a chef who was a James Beard nominee, custom-designed furniture and thought-provoking art in and outside of the rooms. Zoning is a must-leap hurdle for Jonathan and Katherine Morris and fellow investor Allen Mederos when it comes to their plans for a boutique hotel in Arlington Heights. The three are friends who live in the neighborhood, not far away from the site of the proposed 19-room hotel. They’ve already purchased the property on Byers Avenue, formerly the home of a dry ice supplier, and are working with Bennett Benner Partners to dot their i’s, cross their t’s and make their vision work for them as well as the neighborhood. Plans are to keep a bit of the concrete building, which is on a sloped lot. The under-construction Dickies Arena sits a few blocks to the north. And construction continues on what is said to be an all-suites hotel on the corner lot (formerly a Goodwill dropoff center) at Lancaster and University.
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ade Chappell doesn’t miss a chance to greet every customer walking through the door of Pearl Snap Kolaches, the 5-year-old bakery-cafe on White Settlement Road. “I realized early on, we weren’t a bakery — we were a customer-service business,” says the Fort Worth native. Over an excellent cup of coffee (Pearl Snap uses beans from Big Bend Coffee Roasters in Marfa) and amid the sweet aroma coming from his kitchen, it’s hard to argue with him — even if his pastries take three days to proof and, way before that, two years to perfect. Chappell is a smart, er, cookie, but he’s an even savvier businessman. He launched Pearl Snap with his business partner Greg Saltsman because
Wade Chappell might be known for his kolaches, but his other mission is to make Camp Bowie Boulevard an inviting place for neighbors, businesses and visitors. For 2019, he and the Camp Bowie District are seeking grant money to continue median improvements in Ridglea. CBD also plans to xeriscape the 7th Street entry to the Monticello neighborhood and finish landscaping along the bricks.
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they saw a need in Fort Worth for the cult-favorite Czech breakfast item, which, as any informed Texan knows, does not actually derive from an exit off of Interstate 35 en route to Austin. Chappell went to school at the University of Texas at Austin, so he was well acquainted with Exit 353 in the town of West. Saltsman grew up in Houston, where “there was a kolache bakery on every corner.” Seven years ago, Fort Worth’s dining
On any given day at the White Settlement Road store, you’ll catch Jenn Orahood, below, and Wade serving kolaches, coffee and more to customers.
From sharing his love of locally made kolaches to supporting fellow businesses in the Camp Bowie District, Wade Chappell likes a challenge. By Anna Caplan Photos by Ralph Lauer
scene may have been on the rise, but there were hardly any kolache-specific bakeries, as the two soon discovered. They did their market research and, along the way, consumed more than their fair share of calories. The duo started Pearl Snap by baking in the kitchen of The Lunch Box during off hours, but soon moved the business to the White Settlement Road storefront, which sits on the edges of the Rivercrest and Crestwood neighborhoods. It’s ironically wedged between a dental practice and a yoga studio. “Our product is not Grandma’s recipe,” Chappell says. “And you’re not going to get it in a doughnut shop.” No, these creations are painstaking in both process and presentation. Employees make the dough and place it in a cooler one day; the following day they’ll portion it out into balls and earmark each for savory or sweet ingredients. Day three finds the pastries, finally, in the oven. Yet it takes the average customer approximately one-one-zillionth the time to consume them, whether they are filled with fruit such as blueberry or apricot or, a personal favorite, cream cheese. Chappell estimates his crew makes hundreds of kolaches a day — sometimes more, depending on the time of year. But he always wants to offer more to his customers. “Lanny Lancarte [Righteous Foods, Lanny’s Alta Cocina] told me early on, you have to give people
In the kitchen, kolache dough is rolled out and stuffed with sausage, a heartier option to the fruit kolache.
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something to come back for,” he recalls. So about 2½ years ago, the bakery that’s not solely a bakery wisely began offering burgers. Ben Merritt, chef at Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge, was looking to collaborate on a burger for an event at the Fort Worth The casual bakery/cafe on White Settlement Road is cozy and filled with an eclectic mix of decor and customers. Food + Wine Festival, according to Chappell, and had approached him about making a Camp Bowie District. (In November kolache bun. 2017, he also opened a second Pearl The dough’s sweet, pliable nature added Snap that serves only kolaches on deceptive depth to the sandwich, originally Hulen Street.) Chappell lives along a classic flat-patty burger of locally sourced the westernmost part of the corridor Angus beef topped with American cheese. with his wife, Blair, and children Yet Chappell’s burger won the people’s Caroline, 9, and Sutherland, 5. choice award at the food and wine festival’s With a mission to re-establish the Burgers, Brews iconic boulevard’s + Blues event PID (public in 2017, beating improvement out a bevy of district) status, local burger Chappell worked heavyweights with city leaders including Fred’s to improve a and Swiss Pastry 6-mile stretch of Shop. Camp Bowie, These days, from University the restaurant Drive west to offers single and Irene Street. double iterations With a four-part topped with mission — clean, colby jack cheese, green, safe and plus a burger advocacy — A more traditional breakfast is new to the menu. of the month Chappell’s work — recently, a chimichurri-topped version, is resulting in everything from the inspired by Merritt, that included pepper jack beautification of medians to dealing and avocado. Other options in the pastry case Juggling businesses and responsibilities is all in a day’s work. with panhandlers. The CBD also include cinnamon rolls; sausage and brisket hosted an inaugural outdoor market IN THE KNOW rolls; and Lil’ Beckys, a kolache “slider” made for local artisans last November that drew Pearl Snap Kolaches 4006 White Settlement Road with sliced poppy-seed rolls filled with ham, neighborhood folks and other locals. Chappell and 2743 S. Hulen St., 817-233-8899, pskolaches.com. cheese and butter-mustard. In mid-January, made the rounds greeting guests and checking Dine in or take out, and be sure and sign up for PSK’s Pearl Snap began offering breakfast options in with vendors. rewards program (lots of freebies with purchase). You such as pancakes, eggs, breakfast meats, hash His work with the organization has been a also can purchase bags of beans or ground beans browns and tacos. welcome challenge, but it’s nothing he can’t from Big Bend Coffee Roasters. In addition to the new Learning to adapt to please patrons’ palates handle. breakfast menu, look for more lunch options later this year. is nothing new for Chappell, but two years “It’s all about relationships,” he says, and Camp Bowie District Keep up with CBD activities ago, he stepped outside the comfort of Pearl with that, Chappell greets yet another hungry via its Facebook page, or sign up for notifications at Snap’s kitchen to take a part-time position with campbowiedistrict.com. customer.
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community Western Hills High School alumni form a very special support group for current students.
TeamSpirit By Meda Kessler
n planning her 35th high school reunion a couple of years ago, Patty Pressley immersed herself in tracking down classmates from the class of 1982 of Western Hills High School. In doing so, she discovered an ugly side to life for present-day students. They spruced up the building, “I saw a mention on the Nextdoor app that dubbed Cougar Corner, with a Western Hills student was in need of clothes, donated materials and turned it into hygiene products and other basic necessities,” a supply room with neatly filled says Pressley, who lives in Arlington Heights. boxes of personal hygiene items, She notified her fellow alums about collecting racks of donated clothes, stacked donations. Little did she realize how great shelves of nonperishables and a large the need was for almost all students or how glass-front refrigerator accessible involved she would become in her former by students in need. It also easily school. transitions into a small dining hall. Pressley and other classmates attended a Within a month, the Western public meeting that focused on Las Vegas Trail. Hills High School Cougar Pride The street on Fort Worth’s far west side, home Foundation was given 501(c)(3) status, to multiple low-income apartments, had gained making it a bonafide nonprofit. It’s notoriety in the media around the same time totally run and staffed by she was planning the volunteers, with less than reunion. High crime and 1 percent of monetary poverty are a way of life donations going toward for many who live in bookkeeping and insurance, says the area. Pressley, who spends a lot of time At the meeting, shopping at Sam’s to keep the pantry Western Hills coaches stocked. spoke passionately In addition to staffing Cougar Corner about student-athletes several days a week, volunteers cook who often went without or bring in hot meals for the athletic meals, living mainly teams, girls and boys, before home on subsidized lunches games (sack lunches are prepared provided by the Fort for away trips). Food also is collected Worth school district. A signed poster is among thank-you for any student to take home during Pressley, a cheerleader notes from staff and students. holidays such as winter and spring and a soccer player in break; 500 food bags were distributed this past high school, spoke with the coaches after the Christmas. The foundation has made sure meeting and learned that often it was their prom and homecoming are special occasions wives who made a pregame meal. by ensuring that kids have dresses and suits. Her mission became clear, and she rallied Pressley also encourages alumni to attend former classmates who live in the area to pitch games when possible and to wear school colors. in and help. Through donations, they obtained And, when tragedies such as a house fire or commercial freezers, food, clothing and even death of a parent happen, they quickly mobilize a portable building at the high school, which support, emotional and otherwise. is in the heart of a Benbrook neighborhood.
Patty Pressley, Western Hills class of 1982, makes sure current students get not only meals and clothes, but encouragement, too.
“We have a lot of support,” says Pressley. “We get food from the Tarrant Area Food Bank via the Western Hills Church of Christ, plus the church lets us use their kitchen. We haven’t had to fundraise that much thanks to donors including Rainwater Charitable Foundation and the Benbrook Police Officers Association.” Pressley also tips her cap to her classmates, friends, and former and current teachers and coaches who support the foundation. Her “pay” is many thank-you notes from grateful students. “We try and take care of some basic needs, but they also need someone to cheer for them and to care about them. Everything we do is for the students.” IN THE KNOW Western Hills High School Cougar Pride Foundation Learn more at whhscougarpridefoundation.org. Donate via PayPal at firstname.lastname@example.org. Checks can be mailed to WHHS Cougar Pride Foundation, 4455 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 114, PMB 109, Fort Worth, TX 76107.
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dining out In 2003, when Lanny Lancarte II opened his intimate Alta Cocina Mexicana concept in a tiny dining room at his great-grandfather’s Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant, the signature dessert was an easy decision. Long a fan of the food of Spain, where the pastry became famous, Lancarte fashioned churros similar to
churros warm soft
those in Barcelona rather than the more cookielike versions found in Mexico’s street stalls. When he switched concepts at Alta Cocina’s Cultural District location to more healthy eating, the churros remained on the menu. “Ours is a little more like a beignet in texture, fluffier inside, a little more leavened,” he says, referring to the wildly popular sweet at the renamed Righteous Foods. Starting with a recipe similar to that for pâte à choux (cream puff pastry), Lancarte adds a little Kahlua and vanilla to the batter, made daily in the Righteous kitchen. Piping the dough out of a pastry bag with a star tip, the cooks fry the churros to order in a coconut oil blend till just barely crisp and burnished gold on the exterior. Served three to an order, they’re presented with a dipping chocolate that’s made with milk and dark Callebaut chocolate. You can stop in for an order with a cup of Stumptown coffee, but they’re a big to-go seller, too. Reheated briefly in a hot oven, they’re a delicious at-home treat. Righteous Foods 3405 W. 7th St., 817-850-9996, eatrighteously.com
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By the time February arrives, we’re due for a break from all that clean eating that follows the holidays. Promises to eschew sugar fade into the realization we should never say never. Plus, everyone deserves sweet moments in life. Perfect for Valentine’s Day — or just celebrating our love affair with dessert — we offer four timeless dishes. Rave on about molecular ice cream or dragon fruit crepes or what have you, but nothing satisfies like the classics. — June Naylor
EAT DESSERT FIRST
tiramisu delicate creamy
The dessert may not be as eternal as Rome itself, but it has
certainly been a mainstay in Italian cooking as long as anyone can remember. There are many versions with all manner of variation, but how do you know what’s authentic? Here’s a hint: True tiramisu doesn’t involve whipped cream. Yes, there must be ethereal lightness in a real tiramisu, but that should come from the airy layers of whipped mascarpone. And that’s what you find at Piattello Italian Kitchen in the Waterside development. Owner-chef Marcus Paslay appointed Scott Lewis executive chef for his vast work in refined Italian cuisine, namely at noted Dallas restaurants like Nonna and Sprezza. Lewis fashioned the Piattello tiramisu to begin with and now entrusts the work to his team’s Karina Esparza, the person he calls “a magician” with both pasta and desserts. Making their tiramisu requires scratch-made brown butter cakes rather than prefab lady fingers. The delicate little pastries enjoy a soaking in dark, rich coffee and cognac, and then they’re layered with the cloudlike mascarpone and dusted with chocolate. Lewis and Piattello general manager Kellen Hamrah (the latter is a wine guru) agree there’s a perfect pairing for this dessert: “The Sicilian winery called Donnafugata makes a wine called Ben Ryé. And it’s the best dessert wine on the planet,” says Lewis. Piattello Waterside, 5924 Convair Drive, Suite 412, 817-349-0484, piattelloitaliankitchen.com
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dining out Every card-carrying chocoholic can attest to the magic of that first bite of a flourless chocolate cake. The flavor of the dark, creamy chocolate is unmatched by that of any breadlike cake. (In fact, its classification as a cake is rather a mistake, because it’s closer to a truffle or other soft candy.) Piola, one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants, takes its version to a special level. A small wedge of flourless cake is topped by a layer of dark ganache and garnished with raspberry sauce and a strawberry, with the fruit providing a tart balance to the rich flavor. The house-made dessert, available at lunch and dinner, calls for Vermeer Dutch chocolate cream liqueur and pure cocoa with 64 percent cacao content for both the cake and the ganache. Donna Albanese, who owns the restaurant with husband Bobby, says, “It’s sinful. You can only eat one piece at a time.” We’re OK with one slice; we suggest savoring it very slowly. Piola 3700 Mattison Ave., 817-989-0007, fwpiola.com Photo by Ron Jenkins
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EAT DESSERT FIRST When planning the reboot that
would become Saint-Emilion V.2, owner Bernard Tronche put careful consideration into every dish on the new menu. Focused on details, he was determined to avoid clichés. “I’m always conscious of something that becomes too widely sold, so we don’t do Caesar salad, for instance,” Tronche explains. “For the new SaintEmilion, it was important to create an authentic bistro, from the plates and glassware to all the food.” To that end, salade niçoise, mussels steamed with Alsatian wine, Basque chicken and country patés populate the list of savory selections. For desserts, the easiest choice was crème caramel, which is often also called flan. “When we opened in 1985, we offered this, and I thought we should reintroduce it.” With milk replacing cream in the recipe, the dish is a little lighter than some, though Tronche acknowledges that counting calories is silly here. The trick lies in cooking the milk to just shy of the boiling point to create a silken texture and just the right pale coppery
crème caramel silky light
shade of caramel. Served with seasonal fruit and a crispy pirouline, this custardlike dessert makes you want to lick the plate. Saint-Emilion 3617 W. 7th St., 817-737-2781, saint-emilionrestaurant.com Photo by Ralph Lauer
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dining guide This is a partial list of restaurants in the 107 area. All listings are published on a space-available basis. Some fast-food and chain restaurants have been omitted. $ ($0-$10), $$ ($10-$20), $$$ ($20-$30), $$$$ ($30-$40), $$$$$ ($50-$60)
AMERICAN/SOUTHERN ••••••••••••••••••••• America Gardens There’s a 10,000-square-foot patio, and the scratch kitchen turns out everything from lobster rolls to burgers. The beverage menu includes everything from craft cocktails to draft beer to canned wine. ($$) 2833 Morton St., 817-439-9660, americagardensusa.com The Buffet Restaurant Choose from a rotating menu of soups, salads, quiches, sandwiches and desserts inside the Kimbell Art Museum. Open daily for lunch and on Friday nights for dinner. ($$) 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-332-8451, kimbellart.org Buttons Southern comfort-food favorites including Sunday brunch. Enjoy the live music as well as the food. ($$) Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4701 West Freeway, Suite 100, 817-735-4900, buttonsrestaurant.com Café Modern This sophisticated restaurant — open weekdays for lunch, Fridays for dinner and brunch on Sundays — inside the Modern Art Museum overlooks the museum’s serene reflecting pool. The menu focuses on local and seasonal fare. ($$$) 3200 Darnell St., 817-840-2157, themodern.org/cafe Clay Pigeon Food & Drink The small menu features dishes using the best-quality seasonal ingredients, be it a specialty flatbread or a house-made pasta. And the desserts are not to be missed. ($$$) 2731 White Settlement Road, 817-882-8065, claypigeonfd.com Cork & Pig Tavern This concept from chef Felipe Armenta Jr. (The Tavern, Pacific Table and Press Cafe) offers a mix of everything from wood-fired pizzas to substantial salads. Lively cocktails keep the mixologists busy. Saturday and Sunday brunch from 9 a.m. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 2869 Crockett St., 817-759-9280, corkandpig.com Daybreak Cafe & Grill This cozy diner is known for its affordable breakfasts, including huge breakfast burritos big enough to share. Enjoy burgers and sandwiches at lunch. Dine in or drive through if you’re in a rush. ($) 2720 White Settlement Road, 817-335-0805
East Hampton Sandwich Co. Filling sandwiches (all can be served as a salad, too) plus burgers. Don’t miss the fried chicken sandwich or the seasonal lobster roll. Wine and beer also available. ($$) WestBend, 1605 S. University Drive, 817-887-9928, ehsandwich.com First Watch They had us with the pot of coffee left on the table during breakfast. Look for a varied menu of pancakes, egg dishes, sandwiches, soups and salads plus lots of healthy options. Don’t miss the fresh-squeezed juices. ($) Village at Camp Bowie, 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 280, 817-731-3447, firstwatch.com Fred’s Texas Cafe The menu is streamlined, but you still can get a signature Fredburger and a schooner of cold beer inside or on the covered patio. The chicken-fried steak is a winner, too, and be sure and check out the blackboard specials. ($) 915 Currie St., 817-332-0083, fredstexascafe.com Gardens Restaurant Located on the grounds of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, it’s a worthy stop for nicely priced salads, sandwiches and entrees. Wine and cocktails also available, as is Sunday brunch. ($) 3220 Rock Springs Road, 817-731-2547, gardensrestaurantandcatering.com HG Sply Co. There’s something for everyone all set in a light-filled location near the Trinity River with one of the most inviting patios in town. Don’t miss the bar menu with its cold-pressed juices and infused liquors for specialty cocktails, local craft beers, wines and more. ($$) 1621 River Run, Suite 176, 682-730-6070, hgsplyco.com Jazz Cafe This eclectic, cozy eatery serves up sandwiches and Greek specialties such as hummus and tabouli for lunch and breakfast on weekends. ($) 2504 Montgomery St., 817-737-0043 Lucile’s Stateside Bistro From blackboard specials to the catch of the day, dine in a familyfriendly atmosphere, although the bar is a good place to dine solo and meet new friends. Brunch is served on weekends. ($$) 4700 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-4761, lucilesstatesidebistro.com
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Mash’d The cocktail menu is built around moonshine and there’s a wide-ranging menu of shareable appetizers, burgers and complete entrees for lunch, dinner and brunch. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 2948 Crockett St., 817-882-6723, mashd.com Michaels Cuisine A Fort Worth favorite offers its contemporary ranch cuisine at lunch and dinner with the addition of a Saturday brunch. A bar menu emphasizes more casual fare. ($$$) 3413 W. 7th St., 817-877-3413, michaelscuisine.com Montgomery Street Cafe Go for a hearty breakfast or a chicken-fried steak lunch. Food and friendly service keep folks coming back. ($) 2000 Montgomery St., 817-731-8033 Ol’ South Pancake House Open 24 hours a day, choose from German pancakes for breakfast to heartier fare for lunch and dinner. The people-watching is free. ($) 1509 S. University Drive, 817-336-0311, olsouthpancakehouse.com Righteous Foods This natural-foods cafe and bar focuses on healthy eating — with an emphasis on greens and grains — for breakfast, Sunday brunch, lunch and dinner. The bar offers a lively blend of concoctions, alcohol or not. ($$$) 3405 W. 7th St., 817-850-9996, eatrighteously.com The Secret Garden Restaurant Located inside Montgomery Street Antique Mall, this lunch spot offers salads, including a chicken Waldorf, plus soups, sandwiches and desserts. “High Tea” is by reservation only. ($) 2601 Montgomery St., 817-763-9787, montgomerystreetantiques.com Vickery Cafe This breakfast-lunch spot is hopping thanks to stellar early-morning fare and rotating lunch specials such as blackened catfish and smothered pork chops. ($) 4120 W. Vickery Blvd., 817-731-9933, vickerycafe.com
ASIAN/SUSHI ••••••••••••••••••••• Blue Sushi Sake Grill Enjoy classic sushi, specialty rolls and a selection of hot plates in a sleek interior. Drink and food specials, including Crunchy Thursday, make it a popular happy hour gathering spot. ($$) 3131 W. 7th St., 817-332-2583, bluesushisakegrill.com Hanabi Ramen & Izakaya Choose from the ramen menu or enjoy lighter bites of grilled meats and veggies, dumplings, tempura and salads. More options are available at dinner. ($) 3204 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 106, 817-420-6703 Hatsuyuki Hand rolls are the star, but don’t miss the chalkboard specials. Service is polite, and the space is spare but comfortable. ($$) 907 Foch St., 817-720-5330 Oni Ramen Enjoy classic tonkotsu ramen with its rich pork broth along with specialty items such as the Oni Reaper. Full-service available at the bar only. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 2801 W. 7th St., 817-882-6554, oniramen.com Pan Asia Cuisine With a menu that offers simple and affordable Japanese, Thai and Chinese dishes, you’ll need several trips to find your favorites. ($) 5913 Donnelly Ave., 817-615-9188, panasiacuisinefortworth.com Pho District Chef Kenzo Tran offers his take on Vietnamese “street food,” including pho, rice pancakes and banh mi. Full bar including sake. ($$) So7, 2401 W. 7th St., Suite 117, 817-862-9988, phodistrict.com Pho Noodle & Grill Steaming bowls of the Vietnamese noodle soup are the specialty at this family-friendly spot. ($) Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4601 West Freeway, Suite 214, 817-737-3111, phonoodleandgrill.com Sushi Axiom Signature rolls plus other Asian specialties are served in a sleek environment. ($$) Montgomery Plaza, 2600 W. 7th St., 817-877-3331; 4625 Donnelly Ave., 817-735-9100
Szechuan Expect filling portions of American-Chinese food at this popular spot, in business for more than 30 years. ($) 5712 Locke Ave., 817-738-7300 Thailicious Choose from curries, noodles and classic Thai dishes (lots of vegetarian options, too) at lunch and dinner in a serene atmosphere. Don’t miss the desserts. ($$) Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4601 West Freeway, Suite 206, 817-737-8111, lovethailicious.com Thai Terrace Enjoy well-prepared Thai specialties — curries, noodles, soups, salads — at lunch and dinner in a simple setting. ($$) 4220 W. Vickery Ave., 817-377-2652 Tokyo Cafe The food and service match its cool interiors. Opt for the standby beef bowl or try chef Kevin Martinez’s brisket-stuffed bao buns, fish and chips or bento boxes. ($$) 5121 Pershing Ave., 817-737-8568 Tuk Tuk Thai Lunch and dinner with everything from curries and Thai fried rice to soups. BYOB, free delivery in limited area. ($) 3431 W. 7th St., 817-332-3339 Zenna Thai & Japanese This minichain in the busy entertainment district off Lancaster Avenue offers everything from bento boxes to sushi with latenighters their target crowd. ($$) 3001 Bledsoe St., 682-250-7230, zennarestaurant.com BAKERIES/DELIS/ DESSERTS ••••••••••••••••••••• Blue Bonnet Bakery Along with baked goods and specialty cakes, visit the updated ’20s-era church for breakfast or lunch, which includes sandwiches, soups and salads. ($) 4705 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-731-4233, bluebonnetbakery.com Feastivities Choose ready-to-heat meals, add a slice of cake or cookies, and dinner’s ready (sign up for the weekly email to see what’s cooking). Dine in at lunch as the newly arranged shop offers window seating. ($) 3637 W. Vickery Blvd., 817-377-3011, feastivitiesinc.com
J.Rae’s Bakery This cheerful bakery offers cupcakes, artfully decorated cookies and cheesecakes. Don’t miss the house-made toffee. ($) 935 Foch St., 817-332-0090, jraes.com McKinley’s Fine Bakery A convenient stop for shoppers to grab a bite or get a sweet treat, this bakery also offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. ($) University Park Village, 1616 S. University Drive, Suite 301, 817-332-3242, mckinleysbakery.com Nothing Bundt Cakes Bundt cakes are available in several flavors and sizes, ranging from bite-size “Bundtinis” to cake tiers. Special orders welcome. ($$) 4603 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-989-2253, nothingbundtcakes.com Panera Bread Panera’s fast-casual concept — with breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings along with free Wi-Fi — makes it a busy spot. ($) 1700 S. University Drive, 817-870-1959, panerabread.com Pearl Snap Kolaches Choose from cinnamon rolls, sausage/sharp cheddar/jalapeno rolls, or classic cream cheese or fruit-filled kolaches, and don’t miss Big Bend Roasters coffee. Classic thin-patty burgers on kolache buns available at lunch. A second location (pastries and coffee only) is open off Hulen. ($) 4006 White Settlement Road, 817-233-8899; 2743 S. Hulen St., 817-400-0095; pskolaches.com Roy Pope Grocery Independently owned and family run, this grocer serves prepared foods to go along with hot lunches that include meatloaf, fried chicken and burgers made to order. Look for St. Louis-style smoked ribs and sausage (Cajun-style, German) specials on the weekend. ($) 2300 Merrick St., 817-732-2863, roypopegrocery.com Sweet Sammie’s Fresh-baked cookies — from peanut butter to oatmeal toffee — sandwich your choice of Blue Bell ice cream at this popular dessert stop; brownie bowls, milkshakes and malts also available. ($) Crockett Row at West 7th, 825 Currie St., 817-332-0022, sweetsammies.com
Swiss Pastry Shop SPS offers cooked-to-order breakfasts and Avoca coffee; lunch includes specialty burgers along with soups, salads and deli sandwiches. Get something to go — pie, cake, pastries — from the dairy case before you leave. ($) 3936 W. Vickery Blvd., 817-732-5661, swisspastryonline.com Unrefined Bakery Unrefined offers gluten-free baked goods and is 100 percent soy-free, 99 percent corn- and dairy-free, and 80 percent egg-free. Options here also appeal to those who have nut allergies, are looking for grain- and sugar-free products or are eating paleo. That said, the cakes, cupcakes, breads and cookies are quite tasty. Find the shop behind the Starbucks and Chik-fil-A. ($) 3250 Hulen St., Suite 130, 972-467-2494, unrefinedbakery.com 85°C Bakery Cafe Serve yourself Asian- or Europeanstyle pastries, both sweet and savory, or take home bags of milk toast or mini loaves of brioche. Enjoy the specialty coffee and look for seasonal specials. Limited seating inside. ($) Left Bank, 628 Harrold St., 817-882-8585, 85cbakerycafe.com BARBECUE •••••••••••••••••••• Angelo’s Traditional barbecue is available to go or for in-house dining. Popular items include dinners, which now include corn on the cob, green beans, and mac and cheese. ($$) 2533 White Settlement Road, 817-332-0357, angelosbbq.com Barrel & Bones Craft Bar and Smokehouse You’ll find all the meats, from brisket to pulled pork to smoked chicken along with bbq-friendly sides. Appetizers are just as filling. Full bar includes multiple whiskey selections. ($$) Montgomery Plaza, 2600 W. 7th St., 817-720-3443, barrelandbones.com Railhead Smokehouse BBQ Barbecue and ice-cold schooners of beer are the specialties here, both popular with the legions of regulars. Dine inside or get barbecue to go. ($) 2900 Montgomery St., 817-738-9808, railheadsmokehouse.com
Woodshed Smokehouse Smoked and slow-cooked meats take center stage, although veggie lovers will find a lot to like. Go early for a leisurely breakfast. The people- and pup-friendly patio also is a big draw. ($$) 3201 Riverfront Drive, 817-877-4545, woodshedsmokehouse.com BURGERS •••••••••••••••••••• Kincaid’s Hamburgers This former corner grocer is best known for its half-pound burgers, crispy onion rings and oldfashioned appeal. Still hungry? Try one of their shakes for dessert. ($) 4901 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-732-2881, kincaidshamburgers.com M&O Station Grill Signature burgers — from classic styles to hefty numbers stuffed with blue cheese — are the go-to items at this family-owned cafe, although salads and sandwiches also are an option. ($) The Foundry District, 200 Carroll St., 817-882-8020, bestburgersfortworth.com Rodeo Goat Ice House Freshly ground beef patties topped with imaginative ingredients keep this popular restaurant packed at lunch and dinner. Long tables are meant for sharing, and the outdoor patio is shaded. ($) 2836 Bledsoe St., 817-877-4628, rodeogoat.com Tommy’s Hamburger Grill This family-friendly spot is known for its classic burgers, served since 1983. Don’t miss the catfish dinner or the club sandwich for a change of pace. ($) 5228 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-569-1111, tommyshamburgergrill.net COFFEE, ETC. •••••••••••••••••••• Ampersand This hybrid coffeeshop/cocktail bar serves a varied menu of java and tea during the day. Starting at 8 p.m., enjoy coffee-based cocktails. ($) 3009 Bledsoe St., 682-240-6831, ampersandfw.com Avoca Coffee Sip on everything from cold brews to one of the best espressos in town. Add a bagel or locally made pastry. Buy beans to take home. ($) 835 Foch St., 817-878-4249, avocacoffee.com
Craftwork Coffee Co. Part coworking office, part coffee shop, this intimate space offers fresh brews — Americanos, lattes, cortados, etc. — using a rotating mix of carefully selected beans. A second location in the 107, which also includes coworking offices, is located in The Foundry District. Small bites are available at both. ($) 4731 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-737-4169; The Foundry District, 2700 Weisenberger St., 817-717-3725; craftcoffeeco.com FRENCH •••••••••••••••••••• Paris 7th This cozy bistro from the owners of Saint-Emilion manages to maintain its intimate feel but gains a tres chic atmosphere and sleek interior design. Enjoy the same classic menu and a prix-fixe deal for two. Call for reservations. ($$$$) 3324 W. 7th St., 817-489-5300, paris7th.com Saint-Emilion A Westside favorite makes over its menu and the interior. More casual in feel and taste, it’s a cozy place to enjoy dinner or a simple meal of cheese and wine. ($$$) 3617 W. 7th St., 817-737-2781, saint-emilionrestaurant.com GERMAN ••••••••••••••••••••• Little Germany Enjoy traditional dishes in a cozy, family-friendly atmosphere. ($$) 703 N. Henderson St., 682-224-2601, littlegermanyfortworth.com GLOBAL •••••••••••••••••••• Kona Grill There’s something for everyone at Kona: Choose from sushi to a Caesar salad to soft-shell crab sliders as well as an extensive vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free menu. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 3028 Crockett St., 817-210-4216, konagrill.com INDIAN/ETHIOPIAN •••••••••••••••••••• Bombay Grill Traditional Indian dishes are the specialty here, with numerous vegetarian selections. A popular lunch buffet offers classics such as chicken tikka masala. ($) 4625 Donnelly Ave., 817-377-9395, bombaygrillindiantx.com
Samson’s Enjoy Ethiopian food at lunch and dinner in a small but inviting space. Try a sampler plate to get started and don’t miss the special coffee service. BYOB. ($) 4307 Camp Bowie Blvd., 214-966-4847 ITALIAN/PIZZA ••••••••••••••••••••• Aventino’s Italian Restaurant Cozy with friendly service, enjoy Italian favorites including baked ziti, eggplant Parmigiana (off menu), veal Florentine, salmon fettuccine and manicotti. ($$) 5800 Lovell Ave., 817-570-7940, aventinos.com Bella Italia Along with Italian specialties, enjoy exotic fare such as antelope and buffalo. Sit at the bar for a more intimate experience. ($$$) 5139 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-1700 Campisi’s We go for the pizza, although there are a lot of options worth exploring: Parmigianas, crab claws, lasagna, scampis. Or get their “take and bake” pie, and cook it at home. ($$) 6150 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-916-4561, campisis.us Fireside Pies Substantial salads plus pastas, wood-fired pizzas and specialty drinks are hits at this lively restaurant with a loyal following. Gluten-free crusts available upon request. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 2949 Crockett St., 817-769-3590, firesidepies.com Fortuna This casual Italian spot on Camp Bowie serves traditional baked pastas along with chicken, fish, veal and pasta. ($$) 5837 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-737-4469 Mama’s Pizza Enjoy the thin-crust, East Coaststyle pizza made to order as well as a daily lunch buffet. ($$) 5800 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-731-6262, mamaspizzas.net Milano’s Ristorante Choose among hearty entrees such as chicken Florentine or opt for calzones, pizza or pasta. ($$) 3416 W. 7th St., 817-332-5226, milanosristorante.com Olivella’s Look for Neapolitan pizza, house-made cheese, Italian specialties and more. The patio features a retractable roof, making it useable year-round. ($$) 6333 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-439-7676, olivellas.com
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Piola Located in a quaint house in the Cultural District, Piola offers classic Italian and Italian-influenced fare. Covered patio dining also is available. ($$) 3700 Mattison Ave., 817-989-0007, fwpiola.com Ristorante La Piazza Italian cuisine is prepared with finesse and served in a fine-dining setting. La Piazza offers dinner only and enforces a dress code. ($$$$) 2930 Bledsoe St., 817-334-0000, lapiazzafw.com Rocco’s Wood Fired Pizza Pick your own toppings or select from one of the signature wood-fired pies. Takeout, delivery and in-house dining with bar. ($$) 5716 Locke Ave., 817-731-4466, roccosfortworth.com Slice City Pizza Tucked between Nékter Juice Bar and Lawrence’s, Slice City serves up generous wedges of hand-tossed pizza along with calzones, spinach rolls, pepperoni rolls, salads and other finger food. ($) Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4601 West Freeway, 817-562-7581 MEDITERRANEAN/ MIDDLE EASTERN ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Opa! Mediterranean Café Opt for a lamb-beef gyro or a souvlaki platter, featuring grilled round steak. ($) 2708 W. 7th St., 817-334-0888 Terra Mediterranean Grill The lunch buffet more than satisfies (and draws a big crowd). Dinner offers a la carte items and more leisurely dining. Brunch offered Saturday and Sunday. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 2973 Crockett St., 817-744-7485, terramedgrill.com
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MEXICAN/LATIN ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Blue Mesa Grill Sample Southwestern-inspired dishes like blue corn enchiladas along with grilled specialties. Sunday brunch includes not only Tex-Mex favorites but Belgian waﬄes and a dessert bar. ($$) 612 Carroll St., 817-332-6372, bluemesagrill.com Bartaco With locations from Connecticut to Texas, this fast-casual chain serves up corn tortillas topped with roasted duck to tempura-battered cod. Nontaco options include a tasty gazpacho and tuna poke; the popular bowls use steamed brown rice instead of white. The patio hops when the weather’s good. ($) WestBend, 1701 River Run, Suite 183, 817-663-8226, bartaco.com Chimy’s This casual Tex-Mex spot is famous for the “Gut Rocket,” a chimichanga served with a side of queso, and potent margaritas. ($) 1053 Foch St., 817-348-8888, chimys.com
Chuy’s This Austin export brings its Tex-Mex dishes along with kitschy, fun decor. ($$) So7, 2401 W. 7th St., 817-332-2489, chuys.com Gloria’s Drawing from Salvadoran and Tex-Mex flavors, dishes range from pupusas and plantains to seafood and enchiladas. ($$) Montgomery Plaza, 2600 W. 7th St., Suite 175, 817-332-8800, gloriasrestaurants.com La Familia The Tex-Mex menu features bountiful dishes such as fajitas, nachos, tacos, chile relleno and enchiladas. ($$) 841 Foch St., 817-870-2002, lafamilia-fw.com Mexican Inn Cafe Tex-Mex combos include stone-ground corn tortillas, chips and salsa. ($) 5716 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-731-1126, mexicaninncafe.com Mi Cocina Mexican Grill Enjoy Tex-Mex dishes with flair in the busy two-story dining room or enclosed outdoor patio. Lighter options include spinach enchiladas and substantial salads. ($$) Chapel Hill Shopping Center, 4601 West Freeway, Suite 100, 817-569-1444, micocinarestaurants.com Mi Cocula This restaurant draws heavily from surrounding neighborhoods for good reason: the ceviche, the brisket tacos, the pork shank and more traditional Mexican dishes are top-notch. ($$) 6550 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-708-2895 Original Mexican Eats Cafe Homestyle, traditional Tex-Mex specialties and a full bar attract a loyal crowd. Patio dining also available. ($$) 4713 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-738-6226, originalmexicaneatscafe.com R Taco Get street-style tacos, breakfast tacos all day and taco bowls at this fast-casual chain. Margaritas, tequila, beer and sangria are on the menu, too. ($) 3206 Winthrop Ave., 817-349-0850, rtacos.com Taco Heads This lively spot is small but has a spacious outdoor patio that’s covered when necessary. Get your taco fix morning, noon and night but check out the elotes, quesadillas and guacamole with chips. ($) 1812 Montgomery St., 817-615-9899, tacoheads.com Uncle Julio’s Popular dishes include fajitas, bacon-wrapped shrimp and enchiladas. Eat in the spacious dining room or on the patio. ($$) 5301 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-377-2777, unclejulios.com
SALADS ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Snappy Salads The menu is big: salads, wraps, soups, baked potatoes. We suggest looking at the selections online before you go. Two locations available in the 107. ($) 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 120, 817-616-6016; 1664 S. University Drive, 817-618-7627; snappysalads.com SEAFOOD ••••••••••••••••••••••••• The Blu Crab Seafood House & Bar From the raw bar to seasonal boils to grilled entrees, enjoy a varied menu at this casual spot. ($$) 6115 Camp Bowie Blvd., Suite 104, 817-763-8585, theblucrab.com Bourbon Street Oyster Bar & Grill This seafood concept took over part of the space now home to Barrel & Bones, and offers all your New Orleans favorites, from crawfish po’boys to chargrilled oysters. Casual atmosphere, occasional live music. ($$) Montgomery Plaza, 2600 W. 7th St., 817-720-3444, bourbonstreetoysters.com Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Seafood and premium steaks plus a lively bar scene keep this a go-to spot in the Cultural District. ($$$$) 3100 W. 7th St., 817-336-8000, eddiev.com Flying Fish If it swims in water, it’s on the menu. Choose from grilled or fried along with seafood boils and raw oysters. The salads are substantial and the sides varied. The atmosphere is casual seafood shack. ($$) 2913 Montgomery St., 817-989-2277, flyingfishinthe.net J&J Oyster Bar Enjoy fresh oysters, gumbo, fried seafood, peel-and-eat shrimp and po’boys at this Fort Worth icon. ($$) 612 University Drive, 817-335-2756, jandjoysterbar.com Pacific Table The menu is sophisticated but approachable with everything from fish to a hearty cheeseburger to a quinoa salad. The Key lime pie is one of the best in town. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday. ($$$) University Park Village, 1600 S. University Drive, Suite 601, 817-887-9995, pacifictableftworth.com
Zeke’s Fish & Chips This no-frills spot has been serving baskets of fried seafood for 45-plus years. For dessert, don’t miss the brownies. ($$) 5920 Curzon Ave., 817-731-3321, zekesfishandchips.net STEAKS ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Buffalo West Enjoy a solid menu of steaks with veggies and your choice of starch on the side. There are plenty of filling favorites, too, including a Blue Zone menu. ($$) 7101 Camp Bowie Blvd. West, 817-732-2371, buffalowestfw.com Hoffbrau Steaks Best known for its steaks, the menu also includes the popular fried pickles, burgers, soups and salads. ($$) 1712 S. University Drive, 817-870-1952, hoffbrausteaks.com Silver Fox Steakhouse Choose from steaks in addition to well-prepared seafood, chicken and lamb dishes. The bar is a popular option for drinks and dinner. ($$$$) 1651 S. University Drive, 817-332-9060, silverfoxcafe.com WINE BARS/PUBS ••••••••••••••••••••••••• Bar Louie Small plates and entrees accompany cocktails, beers and wine at this popular late-night spot. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 2973 W. 7th St., 817-566-9933, barlouieamerica.com Social House Fort Worth This gastropub goes beyond brew-friendly fare, with happy hour specials and Sunday brunch served until 4 p.m. ($$) Crockett Row at West 7th, 840 Currie St., 817-820-1510, socialhousefortworth.com Winslow’s Wine Cafe Enjoy small bites, entrees and desserts along with a solid selection of wine and beer. Brunch served on Sundays. Dine inside or on the popular patio. Parking is limited so use the valet. ($$) 4101 Camp Bowie Blvd., 817-546-6843, winslowswinecafe.com World of Beer Simple but filling tavern fare — with a rotating menu of craft beer, wine and specialty spirits — draws drinkers and diners inside and to a spacious patio. ($$) Museum Place, 3252 W. 7th St., 682-708-7021, worldofbeer.com
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360 West Magazine
TOP DOCTORS 2019
Presenting our annual list of the region’s best physicians – in 58 specialties – as chosen by their peers
op Doctors is a nomination-based project in which we ask physicians in the area to vote for other physicians in various specialties. We ask doctors to vote for doctors who exemplify excellence in their specialties. This list is a service to readers, giving them a doctor’s perspective regarding the top doctors in 58 specialty areas. The list is intended to allow readers to see and celebrate their physicians who make the list. It gives those seeking medical information a place to see doctors highlighted for achievement and reputation, and it can be a great tool for finding the right doctor for their needs. It can also be a means for doctors to make the community aware of their specific specialties and areas of expertise. To complete this nomination project, 360 West magazine contracted DataJoe
Research to conduct nominations using an online ballot for collecting, vetting, and tallying the votes. DataJoe Research is a survey/research company specializing in data collection and verification. It conducts various nominations across the United States on behalf of publishers. We recognize that there are many good doctors who are not shown in this representative list. This is only a sampling of talented professionals within the region. Inclusion in the list is based on the opinions of responding doctors in the region. We take time and energy to ensure fair voting, although we understand that the results of this survey nomination are not an objective metric. We certainly do not discount the fact that for various reasons many excellent doctors may not appear on the list.
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How was the list created?
To create the list, DataJoe Research facilitated a peer voting process during the fourth quarter of 2018. DataJoe and the magazine reached out to both individuals and practices by various means, including postal mail and email, encouraging entities to vote and circulate the online ballot. Each doctor could vote for up to three doctors in each category. DataJoe reviewed and processed each ballot individually, checking for patterns or signs indicative of cheating. After tallying the votes, DataJoe then checked and confirmed that each potential finalist existed in the state medical board license database. If we were not able to find evidence of the doctor’s being registered with the state medical board, that doctor was excluded from the list. In addition, any doctor who has been disciplined for an infraction by the state was excluded from the list. Finally, DataJoe presented the tallied result to 360 West magazine for final review and adjustments.
How are nominations obtained? The magazine and DataJoe Research reach out to both practices and individuals in the region via various methods, encouraging them to vote and distribute the ballot to other doctors. We encourage doctors who want to ensure they are in our system to send an email to email@example.com, so that we can conduct a lookup and add their information if needed.
What information is required to make a nomination? Doctors are required to provide a valid, active license number and basic contact information identifying themselves. This helps us ensure fairness in the voting process by ensuring that each of the doctors completes only one ballot. The final results are aggregated, so doctors’ ballot choices remain confidential.
What happens once nominations are received? DataJoe reviews each individual ballot to ensure fair nomination, isolating and potentially eliminating invalid ballots, ballots suspected of block voting (i.e. identical
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voting patterns across multiple ballots), duplicate voting, or other issues. After vetting, DataJoe provides a tallied list of most-frequently nominated doctors to the magazine.
How are the practice areas determined?
Although the categories are very broad, they are intended to reflect relevant practice areas in the region. We recognize that there are many specialty areas but cannot accommodate them all. If there is a strong and consistent request for additional practice areas, they will be considered for possible inclusion in next year’s nomination.
Do doctors pay to be on the Top Doctors list? Doctors can’t pay to be on the list. After the list is finalized by DataJoe, it is given to the magazine’s advertising department, which invites doctors to buy profiles. These profiles appear elsewhere in the magazine, labeled as paid advertising, in a section titled Doctors Worth Knowing. But whether the doctors advertise has no bearing on the list.
What if I don’t see my doctor on the list? This list is by no means inclusive. If you don’t see your doctor on the list, and if he or she is someone you like and trust, you should stick with your doctor. DataJoe uses best practices and exercises great care in assembling content for this list. DataJoe does not warrant that the data contained within the list are complete or accurate. DataJoe does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All rights reserved. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without written permission from DataJoe. For research/methodology questions, contact Michelle Pearson, Researcher, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other questions, contact Jerry Scott at email@example.com. If you did not receive a survey ballot this year, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to ensure we have your correct, updated information on file. Please include name, practice, address, phone, fax, and email in your message.
Cardiology Farhan Ali R. Dale Anderson Neeraj Badhey Gurpreet Baweja Paul Bhella Sukesh Burjonroppa Vassilis Dimas Denzil D’Souza Timothy Hadden Susan Hess Sandeep Kamath George Khammar Yuvaraj Kumar
L. Frank Liao Justin Martin Samuel Nussbaumer Joseph Ortenberg Arun Padala Mohanakrishnan Sathyamoorthy David Scherer David Slife Theodore Takata Balaji Veerappan Rajesh Vrushab
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Cardiothoracic Surgery James Anderson Seyed Khalafi Jeffrey Lin Carlos Macias Vincent Tam Richard Vigness Colon and Rectal Surgery Jason Allen Eduardo Castillo Clifton Cox Lori Gordon Glen Hooker Augustine Lee Paul Senter Cosmetic Surgery Robert Anderson Jonathan Heistein Emily Kirby Kelly Kunkel Jon Kurkjian Danielle LeBlanc Dermatology Stacy Beaty Thomas Busick Holly DeBuys Catherine Harrell Boris Ioffe Patrick Keehan Stephen Maberry D. Scott Miller Matthew Mittelbronn Laura Morris Betty Rajan Allison Readinger Robin Roberts Victoria Serralta Danny Thomas Heather Volkman Diagnostic Radiology Stuart Aronson Jill Chilcoat Scott Kayser Harry Parvey William Reese Joseph Schniederjan
Emergency Medicine Gerald Chase Richard Dixon Robert Genzel Amy Ho Charles Huggins Karim Jamal Adam Jennings Curtis Johnson Jessica Kirby Ryan Kirby Richard Linsky Terence McCarthy Alexis Nguyen Andrew Rubin Chet Schrader Angela Straface Ketan Trivedi Elliott Trotter Nestor Zenarosa Endocrinology (Diabetes and Metabolism) Chris Bajaj Stacie Bingaman Stella Hecker Christopher Hudak Darren Lackan Kenneth Mair Anjanette Tan Family Medicine Nadia Alawi-Kakomanolis Anjani Amin Kent Brantly John Bui Daniel Casey Patrick Conway Al Faigin Grant Fowler Melanie Gray Daria Greer John Haynes Jennifer Hinkle Alfred Hulse Craig Kneten Mark Koch Ellisa Krumm Song Lee Whitney Lefevre Amber Lesley Victoria Luevano Clark Meador James Murphy
Mark Nelson Bethany Norberg Robert Richard Brady Simonak Ryan Simonak Matthew Stine Richard Stuntz Levi Sundermeyer Mary Van Hal Swapna Vattikuti Hujefa Vora Jocelyn Zee Gastroenterology Olufemi Abiodun Rohan Clarke Virat Dave Thomas Dewar Josh George Chase Herdman Jody Houston Shilpa Madadi Carol Mallette Mark Murray James Nackley Bryan Ong Ayodele Osowo Sangameshwar Reddy Joseph Shelton Monte Troutman Kenneth Yang Jay Yepuri General Surgery John Bayouth John Birbari Scott Bloemendal Chad Carlton Christian Carr Antonio Castaneda Travis Crudup M. Joseph Elieson Rajesh Gandhi Fernando Garcia Douglas Lorimer Sina Matin Nabeel Shabout Gerald Stephenson Domingo Tan Joshua Trussell Daniel Ziegler
Geriatric Medicine Jennifer Arnouville Lesca Hadley Robert Kelly Janice Knebl William Pate Sarah Ross Gynecologic Oncology Noelle Cloven Kenneth Hancock Gennady Miroshnichenko Reagan Street Deette Vasques Hand Surgery Nathan Lesley Timothy Niacaris William Pientka Stephen Troum William Van Wyk Bobby Wroten Eric Wroten Hematology Cristi Aitelli Kathleen Crowley Bassam Ghabach Muhammad Isa Anuradha Lingam H. Lance Mandell Latha Neerukonda Mary Skiba Hospice and Palliative Phillip Cohen Mohammed Iqbal Alvin Mathe Matthew Rios Anthony Zepeda Infectious Disease Daniel Barbaro Nikhil Bhayani Anupama Chennupati Catherine Colquitt Vitaly Golub Mandeep Matta Marc Mazade Cheryl McDonald Steven Sotman Cedric Spak Mary Whitworth Bryan Youree
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Maternal and Fetal Medicine Amaryllis Arraut April Bleich Joseph Fitzwater Bannie Tabor Nephrology Oladapo Afolabi Sridhar Allam Samatha Chandupatla Ira Epstein Prasad Kannaeganti Shane Kennedy Rubina Khan Patrick Nef Geethanjali Ramamurthy Peter Ramirez Daniel Richey Balamurugan Sankarapandian Dar Shah Raghuveer Vanguru Neurological Surgery Anthony Alcazar Lee Brent Alford George Cravens David Donahue Thomas Ellis Daniel Hansen Johnnie Honeycutt Samir Lapsiwala Richard Roberts Ab Siadati Neurology Susan Blue Yamini Chennu Lincoln Chin Charlece Hughes Cynthia Keator Thomas Leavens Ambika Nair Ratna Reddy
Obstetrics and Gynecology Laura Bradford Stephanie Carson-Henderson Shanna Combs Adrianne Deem Jamie Erwin Kellie Flood-Shaffer Julia Flowers Jacqueline Garda Pattyann Hardt Kollier Hinkle Christine Hoang Robert Howell Donna Kolar Timothy Kremer Beatrice Kutzler Alicia Larsen Heather Neville Joseph Pallone Manisha Parikh Drew Rainer Cynthia Robbins Ruth Wiley Robert Zwernemann Oncology Cristi Aitelli David Barrera Asad Dean Prasanthi Ganesa Bassam Ghabach Patrick Griffin Anuradha Lingam Latha Neerukonda Sanjay Oommen Chi Pham Bibas Reddy Stephen Richey Henry Xiong Robyn Young Ophthalmology Richard Chu Kamel Itani Alan Norman Eric Packwood Hiren Parekh Ann Ranelle Brian Ranelle Dwayne Roberts
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Yadro Ducic Herman Kao Fayette Williams Orthopedic Surgery John Badylak Gurpreet Bajaj Eric Barcak Michael Boothby James Bothwell John Conway Thad Dean Scott Hrnack Amir Khan Zubin Khubchandani Bryan Ming Arvind Nana Hugo Sanchez Steven Singleton Russell Wagner Torrance Walker Brian Webb Scott Wenger Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat) Sean Callahan Ricardo Cristobal Yadro Ducic John Fewins John McIntyre Jesse Smith Andrew Vories Jeremy Watkins Pain Management Akber Ashraf Meredith Brooks Artee Gandhi Manu Mathews Robert Menzies Christopher Pratt Timothy Ratino Eric Ray Pathology Bryan Bartlett John McDonald Janet Miles Milan Vuitch Diana Wagner Lori Wasson
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Pediatric Allergy / Immunology Susan Bailey Robert Rogers Millard Tierce Pediatric Cardiology Matthew Dzurik Steve Muyskens Lisa Roten Deborah Schutte Pediatric Dermatology Fred Ghali Heather Volkman Pediatric Endocrinology Joel Steelman Paul Thornton Michael Willcutts Don Wilson Pediatric Gastroenterology Nicholas Ogunmola Pediatric Orthopedics / Orthopedic Surgery David Gray Matthew Mayfield Pamela Sherman Pediatric Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat) Michelle Marcincuk Natalie Roberge Pediatric Surgery Marty Knott Patrick Thomas John Uffman Pediatrics General Diane Arnaout Arthur Benzick Priya Bui Vanessa Charette Julie Crawford Babatunde Dosu Toyya Goodrich Walter Halpenny Eriel Hayes Mark Jones Ramon Kinloch Cherryll Libed
Kathryn Mandal Devona Martin Bradley Mercer Joyce Rafati Jeanine Ratliff Robert Readinger Jenica Rose-Stine Paulette See Jason Terk Amani Terrell J. Ben Worsley Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Khalilah Clarke Ryan Reeves Omar Selod Austen Watkins Michael Wimmer Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Eric Hubli Emily Kirby Kelly Kunkel Jon Kurkjian Danielle LeBlanc Steven Mapula Maxim Pekarev Larry Reaves Podiatry Alan Garrett Lena Levine Travis Motley Brady Rhodes Psychiatry Dustin DeMoss Brian Dixon James Haliburton Cheryl Hurd Lili Meisamy Carol Nati Alan Podawiltz Roger Robinson Leslie Smith
Pulmonology Adesubomi Agoro Razaq Badamosi John Burk Kevin Connelly Steven Davis Huy Duong Sami Hadeed John Hollingsworth Salam Jarrah Stuart McDonald Jagadeshwar Reddy Radiation Oncology Jerry Barker Marta Dahiya Clinton Park Kathleen Shide Radiology Stuart Aronson Jeffry Brace Jill Chilcoat Kristen Ethridge Scott Kayser Robert Reeb William Reese Joseph Schniederjan Zi Yin Reproductive Endocrinology Frank DeLeon Robert Kaufmann Rheumatology Sonia Bajaj Ricardo Guirola Emily Isaacs Raza Jafry Himabindu Reddy Asha Thomas Sleep Medicine Sherif Al-Farra
Spine Surgery Michael Briseno Douglas Dickson David Gray Christopher Happ Jeffrey Ratusznik David Rothbart Ab Siadati Jason Tinley Mark Wylie Sports Medicine Alex Autry Elizabeth Batterton Daniel Clearfield K Michele Kirk Steven Meyers Jason Mogonye Brian Webb Surgical Oncology Anita Chow Joseph Heyne Vaishali Kent Suhail Sharif Gerald Stephenson Urology Jeffrey Applewhite David Gould John Johnson Gonzalo Lievano F.H. (Trey) Moore, III Blake Palmer Kirk Pinto Jeff Pugach John Pumphrey David Shepherd Robert Stroud Scott Thurman Thomas Truelson James Vestal Vascular Surgery James Anderson Harshal Broker Michael Nazarian Ramesh Paladugu Jon Senkowsky David Stroman Richard Vigness
DOCTORS WORTH KNOWING
Matthew H. Steele, M.D.
COSMETIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE PLASTIC SURGERY
Double board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew H. Steele specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the face, breast and body. At his new Clearfork office, Dr. Steele helps patients restore balance between their image within and their outer appearance. Choosing a plastic surgeon is a very personal decision, and finding someone who makes you feel welcomed, informed and respected is extremely important. Dr. Steele insists on an individualized, patientfocused philosophy that ensures your privacy, safety, comfort and complete satisfaction. With Dr. Steele, you will find the right combination of technology and technique to achieve effortless, natural results. Call for an appointment and see what a difference a more youthful appearance can make.
EDUCATION B.S./M.D. Junior Honors Medical Program, University of Florida College of Medicine. Residency, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. Fellowship, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine. Board Certified, American Board of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and American Board of Plastic Surgery.
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DOCTORS WORTH KNOWING
Robert G. Anderson, M.D. Tony Daniels, M.D. PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY Robert G. Anderson, M.D., leads the team at Anderson Plastic Surgery & MedSpa, which specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery and medical spa services. He is double board certified in plastic surgery and otolaryngology (head and neck surgery). Dr. Anderson and his staff, including board certified plastic surgeon Tony Daniels, M.D., provide patients with confidence and assurance through innovative, advanced and proven aesthetic solutions for every need. He is best known for his breast augmentations, facelifts and facial reconstruction after skin cancer. For Dr. Anderson, there’s nothing more rewarding than erasing all signs of skin cancer from a reconstruction patient. “Think how devastating it is to find out you have skin cancer. Then you need surgery to have the cancer removed, followed by a reconstruction surgery. You want them to leave feeling good about themselves and proud of their reflection in the mirror. I feel blessed that I get to do this every day,” says Dr. Anderson. “Their confident smile at the end of a long journey through reconstruction makes it all worthwhile.” His passion for helping others has taken him to the Fiji Islands, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Lebanon and Jordan. He plans trips twice per year to travel and serve other countries’ medical needs. Dr. Anderson’s passion for skin care and aesthetic medicine stems from a strong belief in proper prevention and maintenance. He developed an award-winning medspa to educate patients on overall skin health and the best methods to fight aging and skin cancer. His experienced team of licensed medical aestheticians are personally trained to create customized treatment plans to enhance the beauty within. Let Dr. Anderson and his team reveal the new, confident YOU!
EDUCATION Dr. Anderson B.S., University of Texas at El Paso. M.D., University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas. Internship, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas. Residency, Otolaryngology, Parkland. Fellowship, Otology/Neurotology/Skull Base Surgery, University of Southern California, Otologic Medical Group, Inc., House Far Institute, Los Angeles. Residency, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Parkland, and University of Florida, Gainesville, Plastic Surgery. Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Dr. Daniels B.S., University of Texas, Austin. M.D., University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Fellowship, Hunstad Kortesis Aesthetic Surgery, Charlotte, N.C. Albany Medical College chief resident, plastic surgery, and integrated plastic surgery residency, Albany, N.Y. Inaugural recipient, James A. Edmond, M.D., award in recognition of academic and clinical excellence. Member, American Medical Association. Fellow, The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Left to right: Tony Daniels, M.D. and Robert G. Anderson, M.D.
Anderson Plastic Surgery & MedSpa 800 12th Ave., Suite 100 Fort Worth, Texas 76104 817-810-0770 andersonplastic.com
DOCTORS WORTH KNOWING
Dr. Lane Blankenship, M.D. EMERGENCY CARE
As the new Medical Director of the Complete Care medical team, Dr. Lane Blankenship looks forward to getting to spend more time with patients. Five years in fast-paced hospital emergency rooms didn’t afford him all the time he would have liked to talk with patients about his passion, their overall health. “I like to treat patients like I would treat family,” Dr. Blankenship says. Putting the patients first is his priority. Dr. Blankenship earned his B.S. in Neuroscience from Brigham Young University and his medical degree from the University of Texas at Houston Medical School. He completed his residency at UT Southwestern, Parkland Health & Hospital System and is board certified in emergency medicine. Dr. Blankenship has been Medical Director for Complete Care since April. A native Texan, he enjoys staying healthy by being active outdoors with his family. Complete Care Camp Bowie is a 24/7 emergency room that provides care for minor ailments and major emergencies. With all the services found in a hospital-based ER, Complete Care gives premier treatment to people of all ages without the long wait.
Complete Care Camp Bowie 6006 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, Texas 76116 817-439-4912 visitcompletecare.com
DOCTORS WORTH KNOWING
Dr. Christopher M. Happ and Dr. Jason C. Tinley SPINE SURGERY
The physicians at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders are spine specialists first and spine surgeons second. They take a multidisciplinary approach to back pain, providing the highest quality spine care possible. The doctors provide compassionate treatment for back and neck pain, bulging discs, compressed nerves, scoliosis, sciatica and degenerative disc disease. The doctors manage spine problems by pinpointing the source of the pain and prepare treatment plans that address patientsâ€™ specific issues. Treatment options include exercise, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, pain management, disc replacement, minimally-invasive fusion and decompressive spinal procedures such as laminectomy, discectomy and foraminotomy. Most back pain issues can be resolved by nonsurgical means, but when those treatments are not effective for pain management, the expert doctors at DFW Center for Spinal Disorders will provide compassionate, patient-centered surgical care. Approximately 10 percent of their patients require surgery. The physicians also strive to integrate prevention plans for immediate or chronic problems to help alleviate possible future difficulties. DFW Center for Spinal Disorders has offices conveniently located in Fort Worth, Euless, Arlington, Southlake, Alliance, Flower Mound, Plano, Irving, Weatherford, Burleson and Las Colinas. Call today to learn about treatment options for lower back pain.
EDUCATION Dr. Happ B.S., Loyola University, Chicago. D.O., Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. Internship and residency, Midwestern University, Chicago. Fellowship, orthopedic spine surgery, The Texas Back Institute, Plano, Texas. Member, North American Spine Society. Dr. Tinley B.S., B.B.A., Presbyterian College. M.D., Medical College of Georgia. Orthopedic residency, John Peter Smith Hospital, Fort Worth, Texas. H.H. Bohlman Spinal Surgery fellowship, Cleveland, Ohio. Teaching staff, Case Western Reserve University, The Cleveland Clinic. Member, North American Spine Society.
DFW Center for Spinal Disorders Fort Worth Clinic 6900 Harris Parkway, Suite 310 Fort Worth, Texas 76132 817-916-4685 dfwspinecenter.com
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Cliburn at the Kimbell: Masters
Leonidas Kavakos He is considered a Yo-Yo Ma of the violin and performs often with the cello master. Hear the talented violinist play Beethoven, Bartok and more in a pair of recitals with pianist Enrico Pace. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. 817-212-4280, cliburn.org. Kimbell Art Museum, Piano Pavilion, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, 817-665-6000, fwsymphony.org • Brahms and Bruch Conductor Andrew Grams returns to the FWSO to conduct Brahms, Bruch and Schumann. Simone Porter performs Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1. 7:30 p.m. Feb 1-2; 2 p.m. Feb. 3. • Vivaldi Rocks FWSO’s gala concert rocks out with Grammy-nominated violinist Robert McDuffie performing a concerto for violin, rock band and string orchestra written by Mike Mills of R.E.M. fame. Mills also performs on bass guitar. 7 p.m. Feb. 9. • Sibelius 5 With Ruth Reinhardt conducting, the FWSO performs the composer’s Fifth Symphony (inspired by the beauty of 16 swans) and Stravinsky’s Danses Concertantes. Guest pianist Stephen Hough performs Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1. 7:30 p.m. Feb 22-23; 2 p.m. Feb. 24.
Cliburn Festival: Iconic Paris
Travel musically to the Golden Age in the City of Lights, one of the most inspired times for creatives, with the Cliburn’s artists-in-residence Dasol Kim, Louis Schwizgebel and Joyce Yang plus special guests, the Rolston String Quartet. • City of Love, Feb. 14 Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a little night music featuring Kim, the Rolston quartet plus soprano Twyla Robinson and violinist Michael Shih. 7:30 p.m. • Modernism, Feb. 15 The Rolston String Joyce Yang, Louis Schwizgebel, above, and Quartet, Kim and Schwizgebel along with Stanislav Chernyshev on clarinet perform pieces Dasol Kim join the Rolston String Quartet at this year’s Cliburn Festival. that reflect the innovative era. 7:30 p.m. Photo courtesy of Joyce Yang • World Fair, Feb. 16 It’s a culture clash, but in a good way for globally inspired visitors and French-inspired locals. Kim, Schwizgebel, Yang and the Rolston quartet perform. 2 p.m. • Café Parisien, Feb. 16 The festival showcase celebrates the city’s joie de vivre with winds and brass plus soprano Corrie Donovan joining the pianists and quartet. 7:30 p.m. • Icons, Feb. 17 The festival closes with the three pianists and the quartet performing favorites from Chopin, Ravel and Franck. 2 p.m. All concerts take place in the Modern Art Museum’s auditorium. Single tickets, $20-$50; festival passes, $80-$315 (includes drink vouchers and invite to Sunday’s closing reception). 817-212-4280, cliburn.org. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St.
Stephen Hough is guest pianist at the Sibelius 5 concert. Photo courtesy of Stephen Hough
• Mariachi Los Camperos, Viva Mexico, Viva America! The Grammy-winning ensemble joins the FWSO in voice and song to perform music rich in tradition. Miguel Harth-Bedoya conducts. 7:30 p.m. March 8-9; 2 p.m. March 10. 36 January-February 2019 76107magazine.com
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Photo by Marco Borggreve
Photo courtesy of Dasol Kim
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
Amphibian Stage Productions
1300 Gendy St., 817-738-1938, fwcac.com Cultura de Vaquero The FWCAC‘s nine galleries are filled with artwork that’s a nod to next door’s stock show and rodeo. Check out detailed work from 107 resident Marshall Harris, exhibited in conjunction with his regular gallery, Fort Works Art. It includes Harris’ prints from his “Psychedelic Saddle” series, which start as meticulous graphite drawings before they get colorized. You’ll also see works by many other artists who are inspired by Western themes. Free; through Feb. 20.
120 S. Main St., 817-923-3012, amphibianstage.com Lonely Planet When times get tough, two friends handle loss in different ways. A tiny map store is the setting for playwright Steven Dietz’s story of fear and the weight of grief that will make you think, laugh and maybe cry. Feb. 1-24.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
The Emperor’s New Clothes Expect song, dance and a magical castle full of unusual characters in this musical version of the Hans Christian Andersen fable. Emperor Marcus the Third is 14 years old and needs a new wardrobe before he takes the throne. The Royal Clothesmaker is tasked with the chore, but the young and naive Marcus is about to get a surprise with “magic” invisible clothes. A simple-hearted mop boy is the only one who sees the folly and can help Marcus. Feb. 1-17; Jamal Sterling and Denise Lee star as mismatched friends in Lonely Planet, tickets available via Ticketmaster, the new production at Amphibian Stage Productions. 800-745-3000, at the theater Photo by Evan Michael Woods box office or at casamanana.org. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., 817-321-5012. Stage West
230 W. 4th St., 817-877-3040, circletheatre.com Our Town The underground theater in Sundance Square is better known for world premieres and second or third productions of new plays. When it strays from that heroic mission of supporting contemporary writing to dip into something as classic as Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, it’s going to be something special. After the death of longtime director Rose Pearson and the retirement last year of her husband, Bill Newberry, the theater they founded together in 1981 is beginning to show us what its future is made of. New artistic director Matthew Gray has been on the job about one year, but this season is the first he’s really putting his stamp on. Jan. 31-March 9.
821/823 W. Vickery Blvd., 817-784-9378, stagewest.org Everybody Stage West scores the regional premiere of a 2017 off-Broadway work by a fast-rising young playwright who gets lots of press in New York. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Everybody is billed as a modern, comedic version of the medieval morality play Everyman (from 15th-century England). The character Everybody (read: all of us) confronts the end of life and the question of what lies beyond. Through Jan. 27.
Works by Marshall Harris are on view at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Marshall Harris
TRADITIONS Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo
506 Main St., 817-338-4411, jubileetheatre.org Obama-ology In Aurin Squire’s play, when a new graduate takes a job on the Obama campaign and gets sent to a troubled neighborhood, he learns that achieving real change will be harder than he expected. Recommended for ages 14 and up only. Jan. 25-Feb. 24.
3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org Dirk Braeckman This “FOCUS” show is the first American solo exhibition for this photographer, who represented Belgium in the last Venice Biennale. Braeckman’s moody, gray photographs are of things he sees out in the world, but they’re not documentary. They’re engagingly opaque and mysterious, made with analog processes we’ll be scrutinizing the wall text to learn about. Jan. 26-March 17.
From left, Jon Garrard, Chris Sanders, Lee George, Dayna Spring Fries and Octavia Y. Thomas star in Obama-ology at Jubilee Theatre. Photo by Simao
The under-construction Dickies Arena looms off of Montgomery Street, and trucks and trailers have filled up the lots around the Will Rogers complex next door. Scattered hay along the roads and the midway’s bright lights are yearly signals that the iconic event is underway. A few things have changed including updating of The Stockman’s Cafe (don’t miss the biscuits and gravy), now in a renovated Cattle Barn 1. Otherwise, count on tradition: More folks in cowboy hats and Carhartt jackets, a good meal at Reata at the Rodeo and a preponderance of pickup trucks. Find out everything you need to know about the rodeo, nightly music, the exhibits, the shopping and more at fwssr.com. Through Feb. 9.
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EVENTS Cowtown Marathon
Race weekend is a big one in the 107 whether you’re running, spectating or just trying to avoid the blocked-off routes. The multiple events, from a 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon and ultra marathon, all begin and end at Will Rogers Memorial Center on Gendy Street. Runners and walkers of all ages, shapes and sizes will be out in force. (Kudos to those of you taking part in multiple events; you deserve those special medals and swag.) Races begin at 7 a.m. both days; course routes are posted on the Cowtown website, so check it out if you aren’t running but have travel plans in the area. It’s also useful for picking out the perfect spot to cheer on the runners. A concurrent Cowtown Health and Fitness Expo takes place inside the Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits Hall and is free and open to the public. See the website for more details. Feb. 23-24, cowtownmarathon.org.
Montopolis, The Legend of Big Bend
This Big Bend National Park-sponsored multimedia event weaves music, poetry, science and Cowtown competitors who run in a nature into a concert by classical Saturday and Sunday race get group Montopolis. Inspired by far a special bit of swag. West Texas and its people, a video Photo courtesy of Cowtown Marathon of the high desert accompanies Austin-based musicians from the Austin Symphony, The Polyphonic Spree, the Tosca String Quartet and Okkervil River led by composer and pianist Justin Sherburn. Expect a blend of country and folk in the modern classical arrangements that celebrate Texas’ natural beauty. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215, themodern.org.
Django Reinhardt Festival
Not many cities can boast a three-day festival devoted to the Romani-French guitarist who became Europe’s first jazz star. Reinhardt died early, in 1953 at age 43, but has a robust cult following, and Arts Fifth Avenue in the Fairmount neighborhood celebrates him every year. Each evening session starts with a documentary film (7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday) and a taste of French country cuisine, followed by music in the spirit of the Gypsy guitar genius. For you musicians out there, Saturday and Sunday afternoons feature guitar clinics and Gypsy jazz jams. Jan. 25-27. 1628 5th Ave., 817-923-9500, artsfifthavenue.org.
John C. Reilly, left, and Steve Coogan star in a different sort of buddy film, a biopic about Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Photo courtesy of Sony Picture Classics
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St., 817-738-9215
Magnolia at the Modern
• Stan & Ollie Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, comedic giants in the time of slapstick, are desperate to revive their lagging careers and set out on what becomes a bittersweet swan song, a theater tour of postwar Britain. Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly (wearing a transformative suit to play the overweight Hardy) star. Jan. 25-27. • Free Solo It’s an action film of a different sort as this National Geographic documentary covers American rock climber Alex Honnold’s stunning free solo (no ropes used) climb of the granite monolith known as El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. The visuals are stunning and the anxiety of his friends and family palpable. Feb. 1-3. • 2019 Oscar-Nominated Short Films They typically don’t get the buzz of the full-length films but often are as charming or thought-provoking. Best of all? They don’t require a two-hour commitment. See the animated and live-action works up for a golden statue before the Feb. 24 awards show. Feb. 22-Feb 24, times vary. Advance ticket sales begin two hours before each show; Sunday noon shows are half price, themodern.org/films.
Swipe Right Comedy Show
Local improv comedy troupe Curtis Needs a Ride wants to make you laugh for a good cause at a Valentine’s Day benefit performance. The Swipe Right Comedy Show — expect lots of jokes about Tinder and other dating stories — aims to raise money for Justin’s Place. The Fort Worth nonprofit supports single-mother families in the Stop Six neighborhood. Tickets, $15. The South of the Line food truck will be parked outside the venue; snacks are allowed in the Ridglea Room (next to the Ridglea Theater), 6025 Camp Bowie Blvd. 8 p.m. Feb. 14; curtisneedsaride.com.
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Both the scenery and Alex Honnold’s talents are jaw dropping in Free Solo. Photo courtesy of National Geographic
book talk with mary rogers
From a Swan setting to heisted bird skins and feathers, a pair of mysteries take wing
he work of British author Diane Setterfield always seems warmed by ancient bits of art and magic. Her stories aren’t “ripped from newspaper headlines” but explore more fundamental ground. Setterfield’s latest book, Once Upon a River, is a storyteller’s tale, an English fable that investigates the human heart’s capacity to hope and the power of story to bind communities together. Set sometime in the 19th century, this tale opens at The Swan, one of many inns along the Thames. In those years, each riverside inn had its own specialty. One was full of music; another was famous for its brawling patrons. But storytellers gathered at The Swan. They worked on their stories much as a river polishes a stone, turning the facts and the phrases over and over through the years until some ordinary thing was transformed into a precious bit of wisdom concerning their shared history. Among the favorite stories at The Swan were the many tales of a phantom ferryman said to patrol the Thames rescuing travelers in danger of drowning and guiding into the next world those whose time had come. On the night of one winter solstice, a ferocious storm drove the river out of its banks and patrons hungry for a story into The Swan. Suddenly, the door burst open and a stranger carrying a small child collapsed before the gathering. The badly injured man was laid out on a table to better examine his wounds. But the child was declared dead and taken to a storeroom outside the inn until the storm could pass. A nurse was called. She was well-known in the district as a sober, pragmatic woman, a student of science more than art. She treated the man and then asked to see the child. She’d seen death many times, but she wasn’t familiar with wonders. And there hangs a tale of hope and magic and the power of the story to keep both alive. Setterfield is a lyrical writer with a storyteller’s heart. A large cast of characters is painted with a fine point on the brush. Her debut novel, The Thirteenth Tale, was made into a movie starring Vanessa Redgrave. Now, according to her website, a deal has been struck to turn Once Upon a River into a television series.
I enjoyed this mysterious tale and find Setterfield a unique and gifted writer. On a scale of 1 to 5, I give it 4 stars.
Your Neighbor’s Nightstand
I always want to know what people are reading. Sometimes I ask; sometimes friends simply volunteer this information. Recently Bill Benge, a denizen of 76107 who made his mark as a business owner and leader in the marketing and public relations industry before retiring, stopped me. He’d just read The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century and couldn’t wait to tell me about it. Benge was so persuasive, I downloaded a sample of journalist Kirk Wallace Johnson’s book as soon as I got home. The first half page was enough. I was hooked. This is a fantastic story about the underground feather trade. In 2009, American flutist Edwin Rist was studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. While there, he broke into the British Natural History Museum at Tring and stole hundreds of rare bird skins. Why? Because he was obsessed with tying salmon flies using Victorian guidelines that called for feathers almost impossible to obtain. I thought the feather trade died when women stopped wearing glamorous hats decorated with exotic plumes, but I was wrong. There is a “feather underground,” a black market, alive and well and peopled with fiction-worthy characters operating right this minute. This true crime tale is next on my reading list. Thanks, Bill, for the heads-up.
Something for the Kids
Louisiana Elefante has not had an easy life. Abandoned by her parents, by 1977 she is living with her crazy granny, who is always on the run and essentially homeless. In Louisiana’s Way Home, the sequel to Raymie Nightingale, author Kate DiCamillo has crafted a tender story about the courage of a 12-year-old girl to accept the generosity of others while making a new home for herself. She is also brave enough to lift the curse she always believed was her legacy. Filled with humor, this tightly plotted story set in Georgia is suitable for ages 10 plus. On a scale of 1 to 5, this one gets 5 stars. Mary Rogers is a Fort Worth-based freelance writer. Contact her at email@example.com.
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Always we are in awe at the way the Texas seasons overlap, making raking leaves a never-ending task. At some point, we wave the gardener’s white flag and allow them to pile up in our garden beds, a natural blanket for the sleeping perennials and bulbs. Call us lazy or call us thrifty; we’re OK with both. The leaves warm and protect the roots and ultimately make the soil healthy and happy. Meanwhile, we anticipate and dread the year’s first ice storm — both beautiful and treacherous. But first, winter teases us with barely sub-32-degree mornings, and the leaves become art in their silvery ice crystal coats. Here’s to frosty days instead of freezing ones.
Photo by Ralph Lauer
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