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Goodness Knows 80 years of baking finds sweet affirmation in a repurposed church

THE GREAT OUTDOORS Soak up nature this Earth Day FUR REAL DEAL Get the scoop on bunnies EASTER OFFERINGS Gather the family for Sunday brunch

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ARTS & CULTURE.............................. 8 Idyllic outdoor spaces invite you to say hello to spring. By Lisa Martin

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ANIMALS CLOSE UP....................... 14 Meet Matthew Matar, Maisy and the bunny with no name. By Mary Rogers

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LOCAL LANDMARK......................... 16 Here’s to 80 years, Blue Bonnet Bakery! By Shannon Canard


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Spring has finally sprung It seemed iffy, but spring weather is upon us now in 76107. It’s nice to see neighbors gardening, hanging out together on restaurant patios and simply enjoying the great outdoors. In this issue, we tell you about a new and notable community garden at UNT Health Science Center, the Crestline farmers market brought to you by BRIT and All Saints’ Episcopal Church, and a new community art gallery on Crockett Street. You’ll also read about a longtime Camp Bowie restaurant that is now serving delicious breakfast tacos Monday through Friday. Earth Day is April 22, and to honor it, we’ve shared our favorite urban spaces with you. Some are well known, but a few are off the beaten path. With Easter right around the corner, you might be thinking about giving someone a cute, cuddly bunny rabbit. Arlington Heights student and FFA member Matthew Matar has firsthand knowledge of what it’s like to care for rabbits. He shares some facts that might surprise you. Westside icon Blue Bonnet Bakery turns 80 this year, and it’s still in the business of baking cakes, petits fours, cupcakes and rolls, not to mention dozens upon dozens of cookies. Read our cover story to learn the tradition behind coconut cake and nickel bags and what it’s like to relocate to an old church. Sunday brunches are a great way to get the family together, and many 76107 eateries, such as the Gardens Restaurant at the Botanic Garden, are offering special menus on Easter. La Piazza owner Vito Ciraci is opening his place just for the occasion. Mary Rogers continues to update us with neighborhood happenings and great reads in her column, “This & That.” And our neighborhood spotlight is on the community-centric Monticello, where folks are tuned in and full of spirit. Hope to see you out and about.

ON THE COVER Coconut cake at Blue Bonnet Bakery is ... oh, so Southern ... and, oh, so good! Photo by Kari Crowe Seher

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Crestline Neighborhood Market The Botanical Research Institute of Texas partners with All Saints’ Episcopal Church to bring a farmers market to ’107. The market will be held at BRIT the first Saturday of each month, April through October, and will move behind All Saints’ on Penticost Street, between Dexter Avenue and Lafayette Avenue, the third Saturday of the month. Look for the same vendors at each location offering produce, cheeses, baked goods, coffee, honey and wine. Food trucks and live music will be on hand at BRIT. All goods sold must be sustainable and must be produced within a 150-mile radius of Tarrant County. Due to Easter celebrations, All Saints’ won’t host the market in April but will begin hosting duties the third weekend in May. 8 a.m.-noon.

Community Garden at UNTHSC UNT Health Science Center has transformed a vacant plot of land on West 7th Street into a blossoming community garden. The space features 16 4-by-12-foot plots. For now, it is gardened by students and employees, with a little support from local nurseries like Archie’s Gardenland and Calloway’s who are donating supplies. A portion of the crop will be given to a food bank. 3621 W. 7th St.; 817-735-2451 or

University Park Village When space becomes vacant in highly sought-after University Park Village, speculations on new tenants aren’t far behind. The center has seen its fair share of turnover within the past few months — longtime retailers Barnes & Noble and Nine West have closed their doors, and Starbucks moves into its new southeastern corner space by the Apple store. We’ve heard retail rumors of everything from Kendra Scott to Sephora; one store that looks to be a definite is Michael by Michael Kors. Construction on all spaces is expected to be completed in the fall. 1616 S. University Drive; 817-332-5700 or

Brewsters West 7th’s new bar and grill features more than 60 beers on tap, a full bar and an extensive menu of freshly made burgers. The restaurant is slated to open in early April. A sneak peek shows a sleek, modern interior with leather booths, a bar backlit by glowing blue lights and multiple televisions. 2837 Crockett St.; 817-887-9233 or Happy Gardens Just in time for spring gardening season, local organic landscape company Happy Gardens is offering free home delivery to 76107 and surrounding areas for orders over $75 from its newly launched online retail store. Simply browse the selection and complete the order, and your purchases will be delivered to your home the following Saturday. 817-921-3639 or

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Breakfast tacos at The Original Westside staple The Original is serving breakfast tacos for your morning commute. At $1 a pop, the deal can’t be beat. Options are plenty — egg and potato, egg and sausage, egg and bacon, and mixed veggies. Top it off with fresh salsa (included with purchase), and you are set till lunch. 6:30-10 a.m. or until they run out. Monday-Friday. For large orders, call ahead. 4713 Camp Bowie Blvd.; 817-738-6226 or Art7 Crockett Community Gallery The West 7th district gets a dose of culture with the addition of Art7 Crockett Community Gallery. The gallery, which opened the last weekend of March, operates as a satellite space for the Fort Worth Community Arts Center. Open 5-8 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. Look for extended hours during West 7th’s “party on Crockett” events, 6-9 p.m. April 17; 6-9 p.m. May 15; and 6-10 p.m. June 21. 2956 Crockett St.; 817-810-9076 or

Local organic landscape company Happy Gardens recently transformed this 76107 walkway. Photo courtesy of Happy Gardens

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Students and employees tend the new UNTHSC community garden on West 7th Street. A portion of the crop will go to a local food bank.

Plain Jane & Co. Taking over the old Chicks on the Bricks space on Camp Bowie Boulevard, women’s boutique Plain Jane & Co. looks to fill the niche for affordable, fast fashion in West Fort Worth. The wares are plenty: lots of casual clothing in bright colors and patterns as well as shoes, accessories and a small selection of home decor. There’s a friendly staff, too. 4919 B Camp Bowie Blvd.; 817-763-5263 or

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The Great Outdoors Say hello to spring at one of these nearby urban retreats.

By Lisa Martin

Photos by Kari Crowe Seher

After enduring what was arguably the wackiest winter weather in a generation, who can blame North Texans for breathing a relieved sigh with the advent of spring? Fortunately for those who live, work and play in 76107, green spaces abound, featuring all manner of alluring water features, hardscaping and public art. So in honor of Earth Day on April 22, we present a few favorite urban oases, idyllic outdoor retreats perfect for beholding the beauty of nature as she reawakens from her long, fitful season of slumber.

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Henry Moore’s Figure in a Shelter is one of four outdoor sculptures scattered throughout the Kimbell Art Museum campus.

Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. The museum’s recent $135 million expansion, which debuted to widespread acclaim in the fall, included refurbishing the 4-acre public green space, much of which lies between the Kahn building and the new Renzo Piano-designed space. As a nod to architect Louis Kahn’s original vision for the museum’s environs, Atlanta-based Michael Morgan Landscape Architecture and Pond & Co. oversaw the planting of some 320 new trees. The focal point of these plantings is 47 towering Allée elms that provide visual continuity between the complementary buildings. Moreover, 52 mature yaupon holly trees, each standing more than a dozen feet high, compose a grove outside the Kahn Building’s west entrance; few can resist the call of the reflecting pools also hugging the west side, particularly on a warm spring day. And art aficionados cannot help but embrace four outdoor sculptures scattered throughout the Kimbell campus: Isamu Noguchi’s Constellation (for Louis Kahn), basalt monoliths; Henry Moore’s bronze Figure in a Shelter; Fernand Leger’s colorful ceramic Running Flower; and Joan Miró’s iconic bronze Woman Addressing the Public: Project for a Monument, poised at the east entrance of the Kahn building. Photo by Meda Kessler

Trinity Park Duck Pond, 2200 Trinity Park Drive, near West 7th Street Armed with binoculars, birders flock to the north end of Trinity Park during the spring migration to spy cranes, kingbirds and martins along with myriad waterfowl that gravitate to the duck pond, such as feral mallards, herons and geese. If your kids long to toss treats to these beaks, consider venturing out early on weekends; the pickings are so good, thanks to generous crowds, that the birds tend to become sated and sleepy later in the day. Local botanist Guy Nesom reminds visitors that in addition to the fascinating feathered fauna, the area’s flora merits a second glance, too. “Trinity Park is an excellent place to see and learn to know many of the common and beautiful native trees of Fort Worth,” he says, mentioning fine examples of soapberry, gum bumelia, Texas oaks, red mulberry, cottonwood, sycamore and native bamboo.

The Trinity Park duck pond is a perfect place for birders to flock to during the spring migration.

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University of North Texas Health Science Center Library Courtyard, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd. With its makeover finished in October, the new UNTHSC Library Courtyard, facing Montgomery Street, stands as a study in eco-friendly design. The porous granite, quarried in Austin, harnesses rainwater to irrigate the more than 100 native trees added. Both aesthetically and in practice, the new fountain serves as a focal point of the project. “The water feature recirculates the water and has sensors that turn it off in several circumstances: if the wind is high enough to blow the water out of range of the splash pad, whence it recirculates; if the temperature is below freezing; or if the temperature is so high that the water will evaporate quickly,” says Jason Hartley, UNTHSC facilities management senior director. LED lighting for the variable-height fountain, meanwhile, has grabbed attention and acclaim, particularly from evening visitors. Says Hartley, “For special occasions, we will use the colored lights in the fountains and runnels to highlight events, such as purple for a TCU home game or red and blue for the Fourth of July.” The park across the courtyard, meanwhile, has become a haven for students and visitors, who treat temperate spring days as an ideal opportunity to toss Frisbees, play touch football and soak up the sun.

The Great Outdoors The variable-height fountain at the new UNTHSC Library Courtyard is a study in eco-friendly design.

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Earth Fountain, 4888 Camp Bowie Blvd., at Byers From a 60-ton block of Texas Sunset Red granite emerged Earth Fountain, a joint project supported by Fort Worth Public Art and Urban Green, perched on the traffic triangle on Camp Bowie Boulevard known as Byers Green. Austin-based artist Philippe Klinefelter spent the better part of two years carving the 9-foot spherical sculpture, which sees water flowing through a trio of circular openings. The Arts Council of Fort Worth’s proposal to add three granite benches to the site — totaling $70,000 — has been approved, and Klinefelter is designing the pieces to complete his original vision for the space.

David Hickman’s kinetic sculpture at Thomas Place Community Center speaks to universal themes of unity and learning.

Byers Green median, an adopt-a-park project supported by Fort Worth Public Art and Urban Green.

Thomas Place Community Center, 4237 Lafayette Ave. Two years ago, Dallas-based artist David Hickman installed a kinetic sculpture consisting of a trio of intersecting red poles, each topped with a steel quill pen, at a historic elementary school that has been turned into Thomas Place Community Center. Flanked by a pair of limestone benches, the 12-foot-tall, wind-activated piece speaks to universal themes of unity and learning. As befitting its youth-centric origins, Thomas Place has become an epicenter for neighborhood children, who play basketball and soccer, rollerblade and create masterpieces using sidewalk chalk.

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The innovative irrigation system and retention pond at BRIT capture and recirculate stored storm water.

BRIT, 1700 University Drive The Botanical Research Institute of Texas beckons springtime visitors to the Fort Worth prairie with its pristine examples culled from North Central Texas’ some 2,200 native plant species. Highlights of the expansive campus include its innovative irrigation system and retention pond, which capture and recirculate stored storm water. Check out the farmers market the first Saturday of every month.

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e didn’t really want a pet rabbit, but then there was this jetblack bunny with a quivering nose and a sleek coat that felt like silk. One curious and trusting eye looked calmly at the world, but the other eye was veiled and blind, and he knew no one in the FFA program at Arlington Heights High School would take her — so he did. Once destined to be put down because of an imperfection, the New Zealand rabbit went to live with Matthew Matar, 16, in the Monticello neighborhood near Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Matthew took a little spotted rabbit for the FFA project. He kept the black rabbit in a cage in his bedroom and called her Maisy. He didn’t name the spotted rabbit, because he didn’t want to get too attached. “If she wins or places, I may keep her until next year and enter her as a breeding rabbit,” he explains. But now the rabbit show is over, and despite the impeccable lineage and the careful hours of grooming and socializing Matthew lavished on the bunny, the rabbit didn’t place. Matthew moved her into the house with Maisy. Rabbits are very social creatures, genetically programmed to live in groups, he says. “You can keep just one rabbit … two is better. These rabbits really play a lot now. They both seem happier.” But Matthew still hasn’t named that spotted bunny, and there’s a reason. “I’d like to find a home for both of them,” he says. “I really don’t have time for them now.” And so Matthew is in the same tight spot in which so many people who have given or received a rabbit as an Easter-season gift find themselves. Soft and warm, a harbinger of spring’s new life, a baby bunny is all heartmelting charm. But the magic of those first moments together often quickly evaporates in the cold reality of commitment. Well-cared-for rabbits can live 10 to

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FUR REAL DEAL Know the facts before giving a live bunny for Easter. By Mary Rogers

Photos by Malinda Julien

Area high school members of the National FFA Organization look on with anticipation as their entries are about to be judged at the Tarrant County Junior Livestock Show held in the Swine Barn at Will Rogers Memorial Center, Feb. 28. Arlington Heights FFA student Matthew Matar took his black-and-white-spotted rabbit to the show, but he also has Maisy, the jet-black bunny shown above.

12 years. Looking down the next dozen years, Matthew sees college, career, apartment life, maybe some travel, but he’s having a hard time picturing his two sweet rabbit friends making the journey with him. Still, he wants a good life for them and won’t surrender them to just anyone. “I wouldn’t want them to go to a family with children, really,” he says. “These rabbits are fun to watch, but they’re not very affectionate.” Houserabbit fans might disagree on that point, but all would agree that there are other considerations. “Rabbits have very sharp claws, and that might hurt a little kid,” says Matthew. But he’s also afraid a rambunctious little one might injure or traumatize the rabbits. Matthew thinks about who might be a good pet-rabbit owner. “Someone who is older, maybe … and patient. It would be OK if they worked. Rabbits sleep a lot during the day.” For the last several decades, rabbits have grown in popularity as house pets, but they do need to be spayed or neutered, or these territorial animals will mark their turf with urine spray. They can be litter-box trained. However, rabbits need lots of exercise. Matthew Matar with Maisy and his FFA rabbit; Matthew was awarded Clean, playful and curious, these social the belt buckle at left for his FFA project last year. creatures may get along with other pets and even enjoy being with people, but as a rabbit to think of the costs first. “Rabbits’ needs are a rule they don’t like to cuddle as much as to just sit a bit more complex than a dog or cat [unlimited hay, beside someone who is calm. They’re also hardwired quality pellets, daily veggies/greens], and vet costs are to dig and chew, and so they do. a bit higher because a rabbit is considered an exotic They gnaw on furniture, drapes and electrical pet,” she writes in an email. cords and scratch at carpets and floors. Claws can be Matthew got his rabbits to try his hand at showing trimmed but not removed. animals as an FFA project, but like so many who have Even so, pet-rabbit fans think bunnies can be a rabbit, he has discovered that this is not a pet for wonderful companions. Erin Ramsey and Megan him. He can’t keep Maisy and the no-name rabbit for a Geller run The Bunny Burrow, a foster-based rabbit decade or more. He worries about what will happen to rescue in Watauga. They never cage the rabbits they them. “I want them to have a good home,” he says. take into their homes, and rabbits adopted from this If you’re interested in adopting Maisy or the no-name rescue are litter-trained before they leave. rabbit, email Erin cautions those who are considering adopting

THE DETAILS For those who want to adopt a rabbit or those who find they must surrender a bunny, here are some organizations that can help: The Bunny Burrow Rabbit Rescue Watauga, Texas 817-308-8139 or 817-676-2530 A completely volunteer nonprofit that rescues abused, neglected and abandoned domestic rabbits; spays or neuters; and finds loving homes. Like them on Facebook. Humane Society of North Texas 1840 E. Lancaster, Fort Worth, Texas 76103 817-332-4768 or With four locations, the HSNT takes any animal that must be surrendered, including rabbits. Considering adopting a rabbit? Call first to see which location has bunnies. North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary 1013 Lesa Lane, Garland, Texas 75042 A no-kill, all-volunteer nonprofit rabbit-rescue organization. Open to the public Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Like them on Facebook.

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Sweet Affirmation By Shannon Canard Photos by Kari Crowe Seher

It’s Easter in Texas. So what do good Southern

Blue Bonnet Bakery celebrates 80 years on the bricks.

traditionalists crave? Why, coconut cake, of course. And which local bakery has been making this holiday staple the longest? Blue Bonnet Bakery on Camp Bowie Boulevard. Since 1934, Blue Bonnet Bakery has been handcrafting Easter treats with coconut, faithfully serving the Westside and creating generations of loyal customers. This year, the bakery is celebrating its 80th birthday. Eighty years of chocolate chip cookies, sweet little raspberry cream-cheese tarts, and thousands upon thousands of sugar cookies. Not much has changed in 80 years. Certainly not the popularity of the baked goods. “Chocolate chip cookies haven’t changed,” says Jennifer Hart, one half of the Hart duo that owns and operates the bakery. “And it’s not something we’re trying to reinvent. The reality is that a lot of the stuff we make, no one else even makes. It’s very different. You can go anywhere and get a peanut butter cookie or a sugar cookie, but ours are made from scratch with recipes that are 80 years old.” Those traditions, sustained over the last century and into this one, have cemented the bakery’s place in Westside life. So much so that when the bakery moved its operations several blocks west in 2010, its clientele followed, never missing a beat. “We help create special traditions for generations of people,” Jennifer says. “Our coconut cake is special, and now the kids of longtime customers get the coconut cake.” Michael, Jennifer’s husband and head cake maker, chimes in with enthusiasm: “Coconut cakes!” Michael is intimately familiar with his customers’ perennial favorites and the long hours involved with such a holiday crush. Since college, he has worked in the Blue Bonnet Bakery kitchen, baking and decorating. Jennifer laughs. “Yeah! Those are so popular and yummy. But that’s not all we do. We make egg-shaped petits fours and these cute little cupcakes that look like an Easter basket with coconut and a little handle.” Michael picks up where Jennifer leaves off: “Everything egg-shaped. Or bunny-shaped. And rolls. We sell a lot of rolls for family

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Jennifer and Michael Hart took over ownership of Blue Bonnet Bakery from the Harper family almost 20 years ago, but the time-tested recipes remain the same. During the spring season you can get petits fours decorated with daisies, bluebonnets, you name it; there are even egg-shaped ones. And there are always sugar cookies on hand for every occasion.

The Gothic Revival-style building, with its gable end facing Camp Bowie, features a large stainedglass window and the bakery’s familiar neon sign. Church pews surround tables, where customers can enjoy breakfast, lunch and the divine baked goods.

get-togethers and Easter dinners.” Jennifer smiles. “People like to use them for sandwiches. They’re so good and buttery.” Creating memories is one of the pleasures of being in the bakery business, according to the Harts. Michael enjoys telling a story about his friends and their out-of-season Christmas cake. “Our former neighbor orders a Santa Claus cake every July. Evidently, it’s a tradition. The mom and dad thought it would be funny, and now every July they get three of them.” The Harts are all about the sanctity of traditions. It’s one of the reasons Michael chose to relocate the bakery to a 90-yearold church on the bricks. After nearly 60 years at the same location, the bakery had outgrown its space in the Zeloski commercial row. The kitchen was not air conditioned, and the space was cramped and lacked efficient flow between stations. “The other place was like a big hodgepodge … a refrigerator here … a mixer over here. Over 50 years of doing business,

stuff got stuck where there was an opening. It had some flow… but not a lot. Trying to decorate [cookies] with an oven nearby is not a good situation. Everything now has its own separate area. It works better,” Michael says. “A lot of people thought we were just crazy,” Jennifer says of the move. Many people, including family, questioned the desire to mess with the success they already had at their original location. “But we could see it. We could see the repurposing [of the church] and what the space could be. Even with the red shag carpeting and the division of space into small offices.” The Arlington Heights Presbyterian Church was built in 1922. The Gothic Revival-style building, with its gable end facing Camp Bowie, features a single large stainedglass window. Over the decades, the building served other purposes, as well, until it eventually fell vacant before the Harts purchased the property.

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Sweet Affirmation Scores of Westside residents were married in the Arlington Heights Presbyterian Church and commissioned their wedding cakes from Harper’s Blue Bonnet Bakery. Jennifer recounts an encounter in the new location, shortly after they reopened. “It was sweet. One couple was celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and came in. I took their picture. Harper’s had done their cake, and they had been married in this church.” An exciting benefit of moving into the repurposed church is the business from an entirely new generation of customers — customers who love the new facility and the addition of a parking lot. “Once we moved, we started getting younger people in. They really appreciated

the uniqueness of [the new location] and the whole local aspect of it,” says Jennifer. “That’s been great to see new faces. The repurposing of the building and the fact we make everything by hand appeals to the younger people.” The Westside is taking notice. In 2011, Historic Fort Worth Inc. gave Blue Bonnet Bakery a preservation award for the creative adaptation of the church. A sweet affirmation to an 80-year tradition. In honor of the bakery’s birthday, the Harts have big plans for the yearlong celebration, including a birthday party with cake and custom T-shirts. But the big treat? The return of the nickel bag. “Basically, the nickel bag was all of the random broken cookie parts thrown in a white paper sack, and you could buy it for a nickel,” says Michael. “For so many people,” Jennifer adds, “that is their memory of us throughout the years.”

One of the big surprises for the bakery’s 80th birthday is the return of the nickel bag. “Basically, the nickel bag was all of the random broken cookie parts thrown in a white paper sack, and you could buy it for a nickel,” says Michael. At right: Some of the bakery’s original cookie cutters mingle with the new.

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Coconut cake The Southern tradition of coconut cakes goes all the way back to the 19th century, when coconuts were landing in the ports of Charleston and New Orleans. By the turn of the century, baking had made great advancements, with the stabilizing force of baking powder and the introduction of cast-iron stoves in the home. But it wasn’t until the 1950s that the holiday cake made its classic debut, when the popularity of color photography in women’s magazines juxtaposed the frothy white cakes against the classic pastels of spring. This information and more can be found in Southern Cakes: Sweet and Irresistible Recipes for Everyday Celebrations by Nancie McDermott.

In 2010, Blue Bonnet Bakery moved to Arlington Heights Presbyterian Church, built in 1922, and in 2011, the bakery received a preservation award for repurposing the space.

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Easter Offerings AF+B, 2869 Crockett St.; 817-916-5300 or A contemporary eatery and tavern in the heart of the development on the south side of 7th Street, AF+B (American Food + Beverage) is still so new that some Sunday brunch fans haven’t yet found it. On Easter, expect interesting offerings from the regular menu, including chorizo Scotch eggs, pancakes, mushroom and leek frittata, and more.

At AF+B, eggs come in the form of chorizo Scotch eggs or a more traditional steak and eggs duo with chimichurri and a side of fries.

Savor the holiday with a delectable Sunday brunch.

By Mary Rogers Photos by Malinda Julien

A family brunch on Easter Sunday is almost a rite of spring. If

Grandmother isn’t cooking, fret not. This year a surprising number of 76107 eateries will be open. Most are sticking to their usual Sunday brunch menus, so expect a combination of sweet and savory fare,

including pancakes, waffles and French toast along with omelets, ham, beef and even fish.

Easter comes on April 20. It’s a little late this year, but you’d better

call early for brunch reservations.

At the Gardens Restaurant in the Botanic Garden, choose from a full menu of salads, entrees and desserts plus adult beverages.

Blue Mesa Grill, 1600 S. University Drive, in University Park Village; 817-332-6372 or On Easter, Blue Mesa will roll out its usual awardwinning Sunday buffet. There’s a staggering number of offerings, including a variety of enchiladas and tacos, adobe pie, ham, brisket, fish, lots of salads, an omelet station and more. It’s a bargain, too, at $18.95 for adults. Kids 6 to 10, $6.95. No charge for little ones. The Buffet Restaurant, Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.; 817-332-8451, ext. 277, or The light-filled dining room in the Kimbell’s original Kahn Building has long been one of the Westside’s favorite Sunday brunch spots. On Easter, expect the usual buffet, including delicious salads, breads, soups, sandwiches and desserts. Plates go for $9.50, $11 and $12. Buttons, 4701 West Freeway, in the Chapel Hill shopping center; 817-735-4900 or Celebrated for soul food with a sophisticated twist, Buttons is also the place for music with your meal. Expect jazz around 1 p.m. The manager says the Easter buffet is so big it will roll your socks down. Select from several new dishes presented just for the holiday, as well as the usual eggs, pancakes, cheese grits, biscuits and gravy, and more. The buffet usually costs $19 for adults, but be ready to add a couple of dollars for this special Easter menu.

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Enjoy the triple chocolate mousse cake and a layered apple-blossom cocktail inside or on the patio at the Gardens Restaurant.

Café Modern, Fort Worth Modern Art Museum, 3200 Darnell St.; 817-840-2157 oré This chic bistro with its view of the museum’s spectacular reflecting pool has oodles of Sunday brunch patrons. Chef Dena Peterson means to surprise them with a completely new menu for Easter. If you like to dine al fresco, ask about outside seating when you call for a reservation. Gardens Restaurant, Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Rock Springs Road; 817-731-2547 or This cafe in the heart of the Botanic Garden is a little off the beaten path, but it’s worth finding. It’s always open for Sunday brunch. This Easter you’ll find a generous buffet with outdoor seating on the shady deck and more tables inside. Expect beef with mushroom sauce, pork loin with pineapple chutney, salmon en croute, smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail, eggs, bacon, sausage, French toast, lots of desserts and more. Adults $29.99; kids $9.99. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Reservations, please.

La Piazza is tucked away off a busy street in the Cultural District and behind the metal-and-glass doors is a cozy environment.

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Easter Offerings La Piazza’s Easter menu includes veal tenders with porcini mushrooms in a brandy demi-glace.

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Easter Offerings La Piazza, 2930 Bledsoe St.; 817-334-0000 or One of Fort Worth’s premier restaurants, La Piazza isn’t a luncheon or Sunday place, but it will be open this Easter offering its regular menu. That includes a variety of salads, soups and entrees, all with the taste of Italy. Reservations are an absolute must, and patrons familiar with this elegant hideaway know that the dress code is strictly enforced. In fact, adhering to the dress code is part of the total dining experience. Men wear jackets. T-shirts, shorts, tennis shoes and tank tops are not permitted. Lucile’s Stateside Bistro, 4700 Camp Bowie Blvd.; 817-738-4761 or One of 76107’s most popular eateries, this place fills up on Sundays with patrons ordering from the breakfast and luncheon menus. Popular items include eggs Benedict, huevos rancheros, breakfast pizza, pork chops, rainbow trout and wood-roasted chicken. There are salads, sandwiches and soups, too. Expect the usual menu and the customary crowd, plus a few more guests for Easter. Pacific Table, 1600 S. University Drive, in University Park Village;  817-887-9995 or This cafe is all casual sophistication. Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Easter (and all Sundays), serving such favorites as its classic lemon ricotta pancakes, eggs Benedict, French toast and more. The full luncheon menu is available after 11 a.m. Prices range from $9 to $20. There’s also a covered patio for those who love to dine outdoors. Reservations are a good idea, especially on Easter, but walk-ins are welcome.

The spicy rock shrimp, part of the lunch and dinner menu, pairs well with a Michelada. 24 April 2014

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5700 Pershing Ave.- $309,000 3BD/3BA, 2,784 sq.ft. corner lot. Living area with center beam accent and fireplace, bonus room used as office. Master with fireplace, walk-ins, dual sinks. Landing has office area. See online at Alexander Chandler 817-201-2539 1009 Round Hill Road - $434,000 4BD/3.1BA, 4,108 sqft. Exquisite home on 2.9 Acres in equestrian community. Kitchen with travertine & granite counters. Downstairs master with jetted tub, walk-ins. Loft with game or media room. See online at Amanda Johnson 817-262-0493 4500 Westlake Dr. - $334,900 761094BD/3BA, 2,486 sq.ft. Westcliff home on fantastic lot. Large kitchen features granite counters and breakfast area. Master with walk-in closets, fantastic bath. 2 living areas. See online at Dana Cassidy 972-948-6307

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Waters, 2901 Crockett St.; 817-984-1110 or A traditional bacon-with-eggs-any-way-youlike-’em breakfast comes with house-cured bacon and dirty shrimp potato hash for $9 at this elegant eatery in the heart of Fort Worth’s thriving West 7th restaurant district. The Easter menu offers lots of selections, including lobster omelet, crabcakes, tortillacrusted Idaho rainbow trout, Texas Gulf redfish and a bananas Fosterstyle waffle. For $21 you can get filet mignon and eggs. Reservations recommended; walk-ins welcome.

Winslow’s offers a buffet-style brunch for Easter, which includes blueberry French toast, omelets-toorder, a carving station and more, plus bottomless mimosas.

Easter Offerings

Winslow’s Wine Cafe, 4101 Camp Bowie Blvd.; 817-546-6843 or On Easter, the front room of this intimate eatery will be filled with a scrumptious buffet featuring an omelet station, blueberry French toast, pizzas, a carving station with a beef rib-eye roast as well as a pork loin roast, impressive cheese offerings and much more. Of course there will be plenty of wine and bottomless mimosas. There are seatings at 10:30 a.m. and again at 12:30 p.m., and, of course, you’ll want to reserve your spot.

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Enjoy the hummus trio with your favorite glass of wine at Winslow’s.

April 2014


real estate

Monticello NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT Year established 1928 Home square footage range 1,500 to more than 5,000 Home price range $200,000 to well over $1,000,000 Neighborhood association contact or MonticelloNeighborhoodNews Neighborhood association dues $30 a year Property taxes Schools North Hi Mount Elementary W.C. Stripling Middle Arlington Heights High Nearby attractions River Crest Country Club Monticello Park Cultural District Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT)

Monticello, between White Settlement Road and West 7th Street, bordered by Rivercrest Drive and Bailey Avenue, was born as the “subdivision with a personality” back in 1928, and that remains true today. An ornate brick-and-stone gate flanks the entrance to the neighborhood off West 7th, welcoming residents and visitors and inviting a leisurely drive through the neighborhood’s gently winding streets, past a pretty little park with two tennis courts, children’s playground and picnic area surrounded by ancient shady oaks. Homes range from quaint ’30s-era bungalows to magnificent manor-style houses. Newer construction is peppered throughout, giving the neighborhood an eclectic

feel of nostalgia living beside modern — truly a subdivision with its own unique personality. Monticello residents honor a long-standing tradition of community involvement through an active, tuned-in neighborhood association. The Monticello Neighborhood Association hosts holiday parades, parties and picnics; neighborhood improvement projects; and crime-watch groups and publishes a monthly newsletter, with a popular running column “by” Lulu the standard poodle. Evolving improvement projects in the area include a community-supported agriculture/food co-op on West 4th Street, residential deliveries of organic meats, and a community garden on West 7th Street.

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around town with mary rogers Those who visit Central Market or any of

the shops and eateries in Chapel Hill may have seen the construction to the southwest of that center at the corner of Donnelly Avenue and Sanguinet Street. Signage makes it clear that Lena Pope Home, that venerable 76107 institution dedicated to improving the lives of children in all sorts of need, is expanding its educational and counseling facilities, but there’s more to the story. Moving into this impressive building will consolidate LPH’s offices that are now in rented facilities. Of course, it will mean more room for all of LPH’s programs, including Chapel Hill Academy, a public charter school; the Early Learning Center; and the counseling programs. “We’ll be able to serve 1,000 more clients each year,” says Marilyn Sammons, director of development and marketing.

Room to celebrate The LPH expansion

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“We started the goal in-house,” says Marty. “We decided we’d have 100 percent of the board first before we asked anyone else. The staff came in, too. We had more than $6 million before we went out to anyone else. We raised 100 percent of the money and got the Mabee Challenge Grant,” she says. “Now we’ve had to push the goal to $13.1 million because we had to put in a storm drain and some other things.” She’s confident those dollars will roll in, too. “We believe in what we’re doing,” she says.

See you in the garden For years Joe T. Garcia’s Mexican Restaurant has been presenting Fiesta de Oro, Lena Pope Home’s annual fundraiser. The money goes not to the new building but to the oh-so-necessary general operating budget. You’re invited, and, yes, you’ll see lots of your 76107 neighbors on the patio, so put it on your calendar for 6:30 p.m. April 22 at Joe T’s. Individual tickets are $100 for Young Professional Advocates members; $200 and up for everyone else. Order at

also means there’s a new room in town. At last the Marty Leonard Chapel, a popular wedding venue, will have a reception area close at hand. Better yet, groups will have another option when planning celebrations. “We wanted to have a large, multipurpose space for the chapel … and for other organizations Lena Pope Home is expanding and will be able to use, too,” to serve 1,000 more clients each year. says Marty

What r u reading?

Nenetta Tatum, one of 76107’s most voracious readers and a devotee of audio books, loves a good mystery. When we talked recently, she’d just started listening to Photo by Malinda Julien Leonard, one of The Cuckoo’s Calling the LPH’s most by Robert Galbraith, a nom de plume for ardent advocates. “There will be plenty of J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame. “So far I parking when the school isn’t in session.” do like it,” she says. Show me the money Good intentions She had already gobbled up a long, long may be admirable, but good works take list of other titles, including Identical, by money. The capital campaign for the new Scott Turow; Just One Evil Act, by British Lena Pope Home building was a whopping author Elizabeth George, one of her faves; $12.5 million, but before anyone tried to and His Ownself: A Semi-Memoir by local raise a cent, this board of directors made an scribe Dan Jenkins. interesting decision. 30 April 2014

Becky Brumley, a literacy champion and mother of the Red Oak Foundation, which has given away thousands of children’s books, is another big reader. When we talked at a recent fundraiser, she’d just finished The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kerns Goodwin. She couldn’t say enough good things about this weighty tome. She sold me. This may be my next read.

What’s on my nightstand I finally

read The Plague of Doves by American Indian writer Louise Erdrich, which was published a few years ago. It’s a sometimes quirky, often laugh-out-loud funny story that turns out to be about truth and lies and how our actions and our words affect the generations. Then I read Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan. This is the unpredictable and very readable story of Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his American wife, Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne, who was 10 years his senior. It made me curious to read his work again, and so I picked up Treasure Island, which was dedicated to his stepson. Then I read Kidnapped. There’s a good reason these are classics. I also read an advance copy of Susan Irvin’s 500-plus-page debut novel, Oil Rush, a spy thriller. She has launched her writing career writing under her maiden name, Susan Howell. It’s a fast read about a Fort Worth-based wildcatter who develops the first oil fields in the Persian Gulf and sets off a deadly race to control the production in a pre-OPEC era. Set in the 1960s, the story zigzags all over the world, but 76107 readers will be interested in the Fort Worth landmarks, including The Old Swiss House; River Crest Country Club; Carlson’s, the old hamburger hangout; and The Cellar, an infamous downtown bar. And the “Big House” where the heroine is coming of age sounds a lot like the sprawling Rivercrest estate where Susan grew up. Available at Mary Rogers is a freelance writer. Reach her at


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At the Museums Kimbell Art Museum • Behind the Curtain: A Conversation With the Stars of the Fort Worth Opera Festival, April 5 Join the cast and crew of Fort Worth Opera’s With Blood, With Ink for a discussion of the production. The work opens April 20 during the Fort Worth Opera Festival. Discussion at 2 p.m. Free. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.; 817-332-8451 or Fort Worth Museum of Science and History • Mad Scientist Ball, April 26 The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History’s largest fundraiser turns 10 this year. The “Air Power” anniversary event will be held at a Meacham International Airport hangar. Enjoy dinner, drinks, entertainment and interactive science experiments. 7 p.m. Tickets, $600. American Aero Hangar at Meacham Field, 201 Aviation Way; 817-255-9300 or Amon Carter Museum of American Art • Storytime: Verbs! Wednesdays, June 11-July 30 The Amon Carter summer Storytime series features verbs, Wednesdays beginning June 11. Enjoy some quality time with the kids while connecting with art and listening to classic stories that explore the themes Walk This Way (June 11), See and Be Seen (June 18), Play All Day (June 25), Sleep Tight (July 2), Sing Me a Song (July 9), Eat Up (July 16), Talk the Talk (July 23) and Create a Stir (July 30). 10:30-11:30 a.m. Free. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.; 817-989-5036 or

Victory Over Violence 5K/1K, April 12 The Women’s Center hosts the annual Victory Over Violence 5K/1K run/walk in Trinity Park benefiting the organization’s initiatives to prevent domestic violence and abuse within the community. 7 a.m. $18. 2401 University Drive; 817-927-4006 or

Photos courtesy of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

Mayfest, May 1-4

Fort Worth Botanic Garden

A springtime fixture since 1973, Mayfest returns the first week of May, featuring entertainment, games, arts and crafts, food and artisan vendors. All proceeds benefit the Fort Worth Parks and Community Services Department, Streams & Valleys and Junior League of Fort Worth. Free parking and shuttles from LaGrave Field. 3:30-10 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Ages 13 and up $8; children 3-12 $5; 2401 University Drive or

• Japanese Garden Spring Festival, April 26-27 Behold the beauty of the Japanese Garden while experiencing traditional Japanese dance, music, martial arts demonstrations, papermaking and tea ceremonies at the 39th annual spring festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Adults $6; seniors $3; children 4-12 $3; under 4 free. Parking is behind Montgomery Street Antique Mall along the I-30 access road. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.; 817-392-5510 or

Photo by Cathy Siems

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Younger children will enjoy Storytime: Verbs! Wednesdays at the Amon Carter Museum beginning June 11.


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The Water Closet 4111 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107 817.332.0607

When Caryn Evans opened The Water Closet seven years ago, she had one thing in mind: to help folks from every stage in life live in homes that reflect who they are, how they live and what they love. And, she’s doing just that. “To be truly happy and fulfilled, you need to focus on the things that make you smile and feel driven,” she explains, “and helping people find their true style does that for me.” The first and only boutique bath showroom in the Fort Worth area, The Water Closet offers an exclusive yet diverse line of quality fixtures, furnishings, tile lines and custom mosaics. Combined with exceptional design services, including drawings and elevations, means you get the home of your dreams. “Whether a full-scale remodel or a customized furniture makeover, our goal is to provide a wellconceived, functional design plan that can be implemented in a time frame, budget and style consistent with your wishes,” Caryn says. “Put simply, customer satisfaction is our top priority.” Caryn has more than 15 years of experience in interior design (10 focused on bath and kitchen remodels), and showroom manager Sharon Ellis is one of the most sought after tile specialists in the area with 22 years of experience in residential construction. “When people do business with us, they can expect an extremely unique and personalized design experience,” Sharon says, “no matter what level of service needed. We love what we do and enjoy getting to know our clients on a more personal level.” Project designer Lea Schwertner, a 2009 UTA graduate in interior design, works closely with Caryn and Sharon to meet and even exceed customer expectations. Not only is Lea well versed in sustainable (green) building, but is an expert when it comes to the latest trends and timeless designs. With plans to expand product offerings and diversify the showroom to appeal to the unique tastes and design styles of North Texans, the future for The Water Closet is promising, “The Water Closet is only going to keep growing from where it is now,” Caryn says.

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Art District Dental 3609 W. 7th St. Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817.737.8731

Art District Dental is a small, friendly dental office that treats patients like family. Owner Dr. Eric Wear wouldn’t have it any other way. Art District Dental moved from the UNTHSC campus to a new state-of-the-art office on West 7th Street in March, with the same commitment to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. Just check out the amenities — coffee bar, wireless Internet, blankets and TVs mounted above patient chairs. For those who may be a little nervous about their dental appointment, sedation options are available. “At Art District Dental, we want to be your partner in improving your oral health,” Dr. Wear explains. “We want you to feel comfortable, and we take time to listen to your concerns. While we’re committed to helping improve your dental health, we don’t lecture or judge. We’re simply here to help and understand that not everyone enjoys going to the dentist.” Dr. Wear — the only dentist you’ll see at Art District Dental — is a former Naval Aircrewman on the USS Kitty Hawk and USS Independence, completing more than 100 carrier-based missions. He is a graduate of Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. Prior to purchasing Art District Dental in 2012, Dr. Wear was dental director at the Texas State Supported Living Center in Denton and worked in private practice. He is a member of The Academy of General Dentistry, The Spears Study Club, American Dental Association and Fort Worth District Dental Society. Dr. Wear continually advances his knowledge of state-of-the-art dentistry through continuing education courses.


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C.C.’s Touch of Nature 3912 W. Vickery Blvd. Fort Worth, TX 76107 817.732.0942

Mary K Griffith has been around landscaping all of her life with C.C.’s Touch of Nature, started by her mother and father 35 years ago. She learned early from her parents that a successful business requires integrity and quality service to customers. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech with an emphasis in art, she joined C.C’s full time in 1996, running the retail shop and the landscape and maintenance operations. Mary K believes it’s important to get the best out of your home surroundings. A thoughtfully designed, well-executed landscape provides natural beauty and adds value to your home. “We specialize in designer landscaping for everything from fine gardens to courtyards to outdoor kitchens that extend our customers’ living space,” Mary K explains. “And we do it with our customers in mind, personally hand selecting the plants and flowers that satisfy their desires as well as hold up to the unpredictable Texas weather.” Mary K says soil preparation and follow-up maintenance are the keys to a long-lasting, healthy landscape. That’s why C.C’s crews take extra time and care to prepare gardens and lawns before setting out the first flower, shrub or tree. They return as needed to feed, weed and water. “C.C’s Touch of Nature is the gold standard when it comes to designer landscape,” Mary K points out. “Crews are honest, loyal and committed to jobs well done. And we offer the most creative landscapes in the area.

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John Zimmerman Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, from our office listed below

With more than 20 years of experience, John Zimmerman is well known for his developments and sales of luxury real estate in desirable Dallas/Fort Worth neighborhoods. An executive vice president at Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, John ranks in the top 1 percent of realtors in the DFW area and is recognized as a Top Producer by D Magazine. Most recently, he received the Briggs Freeman annual Spirit in the Sky Award for agents who inspire others with their enthusiasm and integrity. “John knows more people than anyone in town, and that’s how most real estate transactions get done. No one can match his energy or creativity in putting a deal together,” says Donnie Siratt of WDS Partners.

John turned almost 1,000 acres into custom-home communities in Aledo, Flower Mound, Fort Worth, Highland Village and Southlake. From that development, he says, “I gained a strong understanding of all aspects involved in the building, development and marketing of new homes and home sites. Along the way, I gained hundreds of friendships and business relationships.” John is currently developing 96 custom home sites in the LaCantera area. “John’s knowledge of the real estate market, integrity and limitless energy sets him apart from all others in 112 State his profession. I can’t imagine using anyone else and will continue to refer

him to anyone buying or selling a home,” says Robbie Baker, president and CEO of the RLB Auto Group. John and wife Nicole are proud parents of Sarah and Jack. Sarah is a varsity cheerleader at Arlington Heights, and Jack attends All Saints Episcopal School. John is passionate about giving back to the community through philanthropic work with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cowtown Ball, and Buckets and Boots, which aids rural fire departments.

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Floss Dental 2421 W. 7th St., Suite 103 Fort Worth, TX 76107 817.529.1600

Dr. Spencer Hoyt affectionately calls his approach to dentistry “FLOSSology,” based on his belief that quality dental care can be provided in an upscale environment with the latest technology at an affordable price. “Personal comfort and unmatched professionalism in our state-of-the-art office makes visits to traditional dentists a thing of the past,” Dr. Hoyt says. “We’re confident that after just one visit, you’ll subscribe to our FLOSSology and enjoy the best that modern dentistry has to offer at in-network pricing.” You’ll notice the difference at Floss Dental the moment you walk in the door, from the custom artwork to friendly staff — personally selected and trained by Dr. Hoyt to ensure the best in customer service. Expect satellite radio and flat-screen TVs in patient rooms to provide a variety of entertainment options. Your entire process — from start to finish — is streamlined to make everything simple, quick and effortless, completely different from anything you’ve ever experienced in dental care. And, Dr. Hoyt and his staff are more than willing to work around your schedule. Of course, Dr. Hoyt knows that an inviting and relaxing office means nothing if the dental work is less than perfect. That’s the reasoning behind the latest in technology — everything from panoramic X-rays that can spot sinus or early cancer issues to intra-oral photography, where patients see dental images on a TV screen. Dr. Hoyt taught organic chemistry at the University of the Pacific before volunteering at a free clinic in Stockton, Calif., sparked his desire to help others through dentistry. So he combined his education at Pacific to earn his degree in dentistry. Following dental school, he received additional training through an Advanced Education in Dentistry residency that focused on implants, cosmetics and dental surgery.

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Virginia Cook, Realtors 2900 S. Hulen St., Suite 10 Fort Worth, TX 76109 817.665.1222

What do you do in a white hot market? You COOK! And Cook is exactly what the sales associates of this locally owned firm are doing as they help clients secure their dreams in one of the best cities to own a home in America. “Our agents are on fire with energy as they work in the strongest market we’ve experienced since the recession,” said Brenda Sims, vice president/manager of the Fort Worth office. With a growing force of young up-andcoming talent (pictured from left to right): Luke Syres, Lori Beal, Tom Casey, Cassandra Hughes, Samson McClane, Jeff Anderson, Stacey Griffith, Christa Holbert, Derek Brown, Kristin

Barnett, Rick Reagan and Kellie Bullinger are complemented by seasoned industry experience, the team stays ahead of today’s fast moving market. “Our performance record is off the charts as we work together to ensure our clients achieve their real estate goals,” said Brenda. “This requires not only expertise, but an aggressive work pace because the market is literally changing by the hour.” Equally essential is a connection to the community where most of the agents have lived and worked all of their lives. “From Mayfest and Cooks Children’s Hospital, to the Symphony and PTA, our agents

are there, working side-by-side with other community leaders,” said Brenda. “We have a responsibility to do whatever we can to make the Fort Worth area the best it can be.” While Virginia Cook, Realtor’s focus is local, the firm also offers the benefit of a global presence as a member of the Leading Real Estate Companies of the World®, the largest broker network in the world. “We have the drive, the passion and the skill to facilitate hundreds of transactions every month,” said Brenda. “But we never forget that each one represents one of the single-most important events in our clients’ lives.

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Dr. Shelby Nelson 3833 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth, Texas 76107 817.738.2334

Dr. Shelby Nelson and her team are committed to helping you keep your teeth for life, using the latest periodontal innovations in a compassionate, professional environment. They listen to those they serve and create effective treatment options. Dr. Nelson purchased the practice in December 2012 from the estate of Dr. William Purifoy. The practice first opened its doors in the late 1940s by Dr. John Prichard, a pioneer of periodontics and a world-renowned clinician and researcher. Dr. Purifoy purchased the practice in the early 1990s and preserved the integrity and excellence in clinical care that Dr. Prichard spent his life building. Now, Dr. Nelson is carrying on that legacy of innovative periodontics and implantology, ensuring your visit is educational and comfortable. Many patients remember the kind, professional treatment they received from Dr. Prichard more than 30 years ago, and Dr. Nelson is commitment to continuing that tradition. A visit to the office at 3833 Camp Bowie Blvd. is guaranteed to exceed your expectations for dental care. If you’ve been told you have periodontal (gum) disease or have ever thought about getting dental implants, this is the office to visit. Dr. Nelson will take time to explain all your treatment options and help you make an informed decision about your dental and overall health.

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If you were a fan of our Olive Bar before, get ready to hear angels singing now. We’ve given our Olive Bar an extreme makeover. The new and improved Olive Bar features always-refrigerated, unpasteurized olives, exciting olive blends, new varietals, marinades and salads. Trust us, you’ll appreciate olives all over again. Beldi Olives. These spicy black olives from Morocco are pitted and cured simply in salt and olive oil. Basque Olive Blend. A tangy olive blend from France made with French and Spanish olives as well as Espelette red peppers, mantequilla olives, black coquillo olives and provençal herbs. Castelvetrano Olives. Grown in Castelvetrano, Sicily, these bright green olives are mild and buttery. Ours are pitted, unpasteurized and perfect with cocktails and antipasti. Cerignola Olives. Originally grown in Southern Italy, these can be either green or black. We’ve replaced canned Cerignola olives with fresh-ascan-be, unpasteurized olives. You’ll notice the difference in their giant size and rich color. The mild, buttery flavor will make it a new favorite for your antipasti platters.

TEXAS PARKS & WILDLIFE: QUAIL Saturday, APRIL 22, 6:30-9 p.m. Ages 18 & up Spend an evening learning to cook some of the best Texas has to offer. A representative from Texas Parks and Wildlife will be on hand to discuss game management, fishing and enjoying the great outdoors. Discover the importance of prep work and spend time learning to cook quail in a variety of ways: Grilled Honey Laquered Quail; Pan-roasted Quail with Dried Cherries & Pinot Noir Sauce; and Hunter’s-style Baked Quail in Escabeche. COUPLES COOK: Steaks on the Grill Wednesday, APRIL 12, 6:30-9 p.m.; Ages 18 & up Make a date with your significant other to spend an evening cooking with fire. Your meal will include an Argentine appetizer that traces its origins to Spain; vegetables a la plancha; a steak cooked to perfection; and a traditional Argentine dessert of orange custard from Mendoza. You’ll enjoy Argentine wines with: Crudites with Romesco Dip;

Burnt Tomatoes; Rib-Eye Steak with Chimichurri & Criollo Sauces; and Flan de Naranjas.

Orange and Olive Salad Servings: 4

Prep: 20 Min. • 8 navel oranges, pitted, peeled and sliced

• 1 tsp. cumin, freshly ground

• 1/2 cup imported black olives, pitted and halved

• Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

• 1 red onion, thinly sliced and soaked in water/1 tsp. vinegar

• 6 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, and more as needed

Preparation Line a platter or a wide bowl with the orange slices. Scatter the olives over the oranges. Drain the onion and distribute over the oranges. Whisk together the lemon juice, cumin, salt, pepper and olive oil. Pour over oranges and serve.

Additional Tips Goes well with chicken, shrimp, or pork.



With our more than 100 varieties of saltwater and freshwater fish and shellfish, the world of seafood is your oyster. Shipments are flown to Texas from places all over the world, including Hawaii, Ecuador, and Maine. Each fillet and steak is expertly cut by our fishmongers from whole fish. We’ll even pack them on ice for the drive home so you’re fish remains as fresh as if you had caught it yourself. Minus all the work.


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40 April 2014

• 3 Tbsp. lemon juice, fresh



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