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Editor’s Letter Welcome to the January issue of West FW Lifestyle.
We hope your holiday season brought fulfillment. The start of our new year begins with a renewed focus on health and fitness.
january 2014 publisher & sales director
Christie Thomas | CThomas@lifestylepubs.com
The Good Lord knows some of us could use it. In this issue we examine the newest trend in getting in shape and losing weight: hot yoga. Rather than a casual conversation beginning “how’s the weather,” it might be how’s your yoga coming. It’s catching. Writer Elizabeth Sehon Harris went to class at Sumits Yoga on Camp Bowie. What she found there is inside these pages. Another intriguing story we think you’ll like is that of Adam Smith, a doctor who has lost more than 100 pounds after lap-band surgery. His invigorated doctor on the west side has discovered a life he never knew while battling weight issues for most of his life. His days are now full of activity and recreation, including days at the golf course and water skiing at his favorite spots. He’s increased vigor and perseverance in learning how to modify his diet is an example of what is possible for all of us. To that end, we tried a little vegan fare one night for dinner. Randy McGuire tells us what he liked and didn’t at the Spiral Diner. Pretty good stuff on the whole.
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contributing writers Elizabeth Sehon Harris, Kristin Peaks, Michael Pennington, Randy McGuire
contributing photographers Daniel Mardones, Kat Swift
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Fort Worth Academy renovation Fort Worth Academy announced recently that its Lower School will be renovated in a $1 million project made possible by the Once Upon A Time Foundation. The enhancements will include modifications to increase natural light and increased square footage per classroom, as well as indoor and outdoor collaborative learning spaces. The renovation will begin this winter and will be finished in time for the 2014-15 school year. The academy invites prospective students for tours. Contact the admission office at 817-370-1191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cliburn at the Kimbell Cliburn gold-medal winner Olga Kern will return to Fort Worth to help open the auditorium of the new Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum with two performances on Jan. 23-24. Across the way, Casa Manana presents Bad Boys of Broadway on Jan. 10-12, which will feature some of legendary villainous songs from a number of shows including The Phantom of 10 West FW Lifestyle | January 2014
the Opera, Les Miserables, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar, among many others.. The show boasts talent from Broadway, including John Cudia, Jason Wooten and Josh Tower. Tickets range in price from $36.50 to $57.75.
Ladies on the Lamb … The Ladies on the Lamb are back. Since 2001, under the leadership of founder Rebecca Pearce, the group has become one of the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo’s largest sponsors. Their business is buying the Grand Champion and Reserve lambs. The Ladies purchased their first grand champion in 2002 for $16,500, $10,000 more than the 2001 purchase. They’ve gotten bigger and better ever since. In 2004, the Ladies purchased the Grand Champion for a then-record $20,000, the Reserve for $16,500 and four class champions for more than $4,000. Visit www.ladiesonthelamb.com.
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She sees her future The business community in the last few months welcomed the addition of eye doctor Cindy Zimmerman to the Camp Bowie district. Eyes on Camp Bowie at 6333 opened in June after Zimmerman took over the practice of longtime optometrist Richard K. Ditto. Zimmerman earned a bachelor’s from Fort Hays State University in Kansas and a doctor of optometry from the University of Houston, where she was inducted into the Beta Sigma Kappa International Optometric Honor Society. She began practicing in the Fort Worth area. Zimmerman is a member of the Texas and American Optometric Associations and the Tarrant County Optometric Society and recently marked 10 years as a member of the Texas Optometric Association. In addition, Zimmerman is also a Certified Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. Contact Eyes on Camp Bowie at 817-738-9301.
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Sewing seeds New lives for refugee women taking root with knitting program Article Kristin Peaks
magine picking up and leaving everything you have to escape your home decimated by war for a country where you don’t know the language, have limited education and skills and no job and no home. Catholic Charities of Fort Worth has a solution. In 2011, the nonprofit created WORN, a knitting project that provides a supplemental income for refugee women and an opportunity to rise above the poverty level. Everything in the accessory line is hand-knit by women who have survived the afflictions of their war-torn and impoverished homelands. Additionally, all WORN knitters attend financial literacy classes so they may learn to best use this new income to support their families. Even though Catholic Charities is working with the refugees to help them transition into the American culture, the WORN project has been a blessing to the refugees on a whole other level. It empowers them with a skill and the knowledge that they are making a contribution. One of the refugees who knits for WORN said her job not only helps her provide for her family, but it also keeps her busy during the day.
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It’s a diversion from the memories of the tragedies and trauma of her past. Women who knitted for WORN and received financial literacy education showed a significant reduction in post-traumatic stress, depression and anxiety, according to a study conducted by UT Arlington. WORN not only gives the refugees the ability to help themselves, but it improves their mental health status. Scarves and headbands are available online just in time for winter. All of the net profits – 100 percent – from the clothing line go directly back into the community through Catholic Charities Fort Worth to further equip refugee woman with skills to become self-sufficient. By purchasing one scarf, a woman is able to buy diapers for an entire month. On a larger scale, if a woman is able to knit six scarves each week, at the end of the month she will be able to pay her rent. For more information about the program, visit www.wornforpeace.com.
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Sumits Yoga was created by Sumit Banerjeee (not pictured), who was inspired based on his experience practicing and teaching various styles, including Bikram and Vinyasa.
Some Like it Hot Article Elizabeth Sehon Harris PHOTOGRAPHY Kat Swift
Once a passing trend, hot yoga appears on the way to becoming a healthy mainstay
hen west siders get bent out of shape over being out of shape, many turn to a new practice that has them burning to the core. Hot yoga hit the aerobic red carpet with celebrities of all types and has moved its way calmly to Camp Bowie Boulevard into a warm and welcoming studio called Sumits Yoga. TCU graduate Brittany Todare TCU graduate Brittany Todare, opened Sumits Yoga because 25, has practiced hot yoga for more she couldn’t adequately feed her than six years and couldn’t find her yoga appetite. yoga niche in Fort Worth. So she took matters into her own hands. She built her own studio. “I was always really into yoga and I searched and just couldn’t find anything like I needed,” said the Arizona native. Todare pitched the yoga studio idea to her mother and co-owner Cindy, and in February of 2012 set her vision in motion. 14 West FW Lifestyle | January 2014
Some were intimidated at first, she said, but once they discovered the stress release that heat and yoga combined create, they were hooked. “A lot of people don’t know what it’s all about and come in as beginners and leave with complete dedication to it,” Todare said. Regular yoga provides great health attributes as well, she said, but the heat took Todare’s joint pains away and relieves her tension. Todare said she wants residents to not fear the intense heat and to welcome its health benefits. “The hardest part is just getting here,” she said. “Once you’re inside the doors, then the easy part begins.” A bad sports injury, muscle tension or even that lower back pain that won’t stop can all be resolved by practicing hot yoga sequences, she said. The studio staffs nine instructors and serves about 130 customers daily. The classes start out flowing to music through a sequence of balanced and energized poses in a room heated to 95 – 101 degrees and 50 to 60 percent humidity. It’s not Bikram yoga, she said. It is a mixture of Bikram and Ashtango yoga sequences combined, so whether a customer is a
hard-core “yogi” or starting out fresh, the practices benefit both. She suggests not wearing baggy sweats, but tighter clothes so as Sumits Yoga was created by Sumit Banerjeee based on his ex- not to feel weighed down with the large amount of sweat absorbed perience practicing and teaching various yoga styles, including into the clothing. Bikram and Vinyasa. Todare admits that hot yoga had been hyped up by celebs, but Banerjeee teaches and helps others realize the benefits of yoga, her studio is here to stay long after the hoopla. which include a more flexible body, an improved state of mind, relaxation, self-acceptance and awareness. The Sumits’ staff uses the power of healing with heat while stretching the body’s joints, muscles and ligaments. The body naturally protects itself from physical exertion by generating heat from the inside of the muscles outward and it burns fat more effectively. Customers have been transformed from this alternative yoga style, and Todare feels great at Many have come to realize that hot yoga is their thing to get in shape. “A lot the end of the day to know she helped put those of people don’t know what it’s all about and come in as beginners and leave in need of better health on the right track. with complete dedication to it,” said Sumits Yoga co-owner Brittany Todare. “After working out so hard, you don’t crave junk like sweets but you want to eat what your body needs like fruits and greens,” she said. “We’ve built a strong community and are welcoming everyone And the other big question customers ask: What do I wear? who wants to try this,” she said. “We’re not a gym and don’t have Todare said not to be picky about the clothing aspect and wear that type of environment – we’re more like a family.” what would be comfortable for stretching in a highly heated room.
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Adam Smith rediscovered himself after losing 100 pounds through lap-band surgery and changes to his diet.
Weighed down no more Article Elizabeth Sehon Harris
Adam Smith reinvented himself in every way after losing 100 pounds
dam Smith, like most people, proverbially puts his pants on one leg at a time. Only these days, those pants are now significantly smaller. Smith has lost about 100 pounds since undergoing lap-band surgery in 2002, and now the Fort Worth physician uses his own personal experiences to help others undergo similar transformations. “I’m set apart from other people in the field,” said Smith, a lapband doctor. “Those who have had the surgery are less judgmental. I know you’re struggling because I’ve done it.” For Smith, it had been a lifetime struggle. The Oklahoma native weighed about 225 after his medical residency and “kept growing.” Every attempt at losing the extra 16 West FW Lifestyle | January 2014
weight ultimately failed, including one brief success with the popular Atkins Diet that saw him lose 80 pounds, only to gain 90 pounds back soon after. Finally, in 2002 and weighing 285 pounds, Smith turned to a friend and colleague at the University of North Texas, where he was then part of the faculty, for a surgical option: lap-band surgery. The procedure places an inflatable silicone device around the top part of the stomach to slow the consumption of food. The early results for Smith were eye-opening. “Surgery is easy, but I didn’t know what I got myself into,” he said. One of the most difficult transitions for post-op patients is not only the reduction of food portions but also the types of foods, with soft meals and liquids constantly on the menu. “I was just like everybody else,” Smith said. “I thought it was going to be easy, and it wasn’t.”
For this doctor, it meant learning patience. “It rocked my world for about six months,” Smith said. “I didn’t know squat about what it meant to be a patient. I was a better doctor than a patient.” Smith continued to work with a nutritionist and was faithful with the all-important follow-up visits with his doctor. He also joined a support group to help with the natural grieving process that comes with missing food, and soon, Smith turned a corner on the road to wellness. “After the first 40 pounds, I realized I’d be OK,” he said. The changes didn’t just come around his waistline, either. Smith saw marked improvements to his overall health, including fewer problems with sleep apnea, acid reflux and high cholesterol, all of which improved with his increase in physical activity, something he rarely, if ever, took part in during his heavier days. “I was too big to enjoy sports,” Smith said. Now, though, the self-described “lake rat” has particular interest in water skiing and surfing, as well as bicycling. Smith now uses all that loss for others’ gain. He said his passion for weight loss only began after his own procedure. He brought his lap-band practice to Fort Worth in 2004. Lap bands, sleeves and revisions are the primary procedures at his practice. For Smith, bringing firsthand knowledge is a key factor in treating people who need his help. He can look them in the eye
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about what goes in their mouth and into their stomach. He’s lived the life as an obese man, and he’s seen the scorn from others who judged him. He brings those memories with him when treating each patient. “You have to hold your patients accountable without invoking that shame response,” Smith said. “I think I’m better at that by being in their shoes.”
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ObamaCare doesn’t take all of the financial scare out of illness Article Elizabeth Sehon Harris
he Affordable Care Act, aka, Obamacare, is the top of interest these day. Everywhere you look on TV, national news reporters and pundits have an opinion. The times have changed. Transition is hard. Families and businesses who covered their loved ones and employees with great health insurance has seen it disappear. That subject, as thorny as it is, can be covered another day here. George Hicks wants you to remember another facet of insurance. For Hicks, every time the news on this subject and the threats
of millions of policy’s being cancelled he can’t help but think of his friend, Greg. Everybody has a friend or knows someone like Greg, who is a survivor of Leukemia after being diagnosed 10 years ago. Greg was also fortunate enough to have a good health insurance policy to cover the expenses of his recovery, but Greg went further than most people go. Most believe wrongly that a good health insurance policy is good enough if a catastrophic health event occurs. “I’m hear to tell you, because I have seen it firsthand,” Hicks said, “a good health insurance policy isn’t enough.” What separates Hicks’ friend Greg from most is that he also had a critical illness policy along with his health insurance policy. You can’t forget how, as Hicks calls it, “out of whack” they will be during recovery. And more often than not the family is an emotional wreck as well, of course. Greg is the breadwinner of a family that includes his wife and five kids. After a rigorous regimen of chemo, the last thing he wanted to do was go to the office and get right back to work. He didn’t have to. With the critical illness policy, his financial needs were met so he didn’t have to work through his recovery. Today, Greg and his family are doing great. The critical illness policy was a saving grace. It’s what covered, as Greg calls it, the “Obama Gap.” Greg has since created a website to assist those that want the same kind of protection for their families. If this is something that you think your family needs to be more financially fit, visit www.rezilientdirect.com. There you can shop these great products on your own, and cover the “Obama Gap.”
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Spiral Diner Article Randy McGuire Photos Kat Swift
egan restaurants to me are like wearing neon socks with sandals. Just don’t mix. But … This is an issue on health and fitness, so we decided a restaurant serving vegan fare was fair game. And I’m also not above trying anything. A fair person gives everybody and everything a legitimate hearing. Hello, Spiral Diner and Bakery. In a few words … not bad. Not great, but I’ve encountered much worse. And they like their pesto here. It obviously meets and exceeds the standards of many. Founder Amy McNutt’s restaurant creation on Magnolia on the south side, by all appearances, does a healthy business. Also, it’d be hard to argue that the food is good for you. It just so happens I’m a beef man. We also brought along a couple of youngsters to see how kid friendly. Our kids tasters were Jaden Carrasco and his sister, Kada Carrasco. So, without further ado, let’s take a took.
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Food and wine, oh, my The inaugural Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival is set for next month around town.
rom March 27-30, wine and food lovers have an opportunity to savor the best each industry has to offer. Festival officials boast that the event “will infuse historic venues and homegrown flavor with celebrated local chefs, culinary professionals and wine makers into one taste-filled weekend.” The event is a celebration of the area’s “heritage of cooking, food, beverage and culinary traditions.” Tickets are on sale and can be purchased at www.fortworth foodandwinefestival.com. The event benefits the Fort Worth Food + Wine Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to assist in the development of the Fort Worth and North Texas culinary community through scholarships and grants. Visit www.fortworthfoodandwinefestival.com.
Burgers, Brews and Blues: 6 to 10 p.m. March 29, Edwards Ranch/ Heart of the Ranch. Cost: $60, $75 VIP. Details: 26 craft breweries and 13 restaurants such as will offer beer and sliders, accompanied by live blues bands.
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p.m. March 27, Billy Bob’s Texas Cost: $65. Details: Chefs in attendance include: Jon Bonnell, Terry Chandler, Keith Hicks, Mark Hitri, Lanny Lancarte, Tim Love, Molly McCook, Dena Peterson, Juan Rodriguez, Blaine Staniford, Michael Thomson and Donatella Trotti will prepare tastings paired with three Texas craft beers, three Texas wines and three Texas spirits. Grand tasting: 7 to 11 p.m. March 28, Renaissance Worthington Hotel
$125. 70 wineries, craft breweries and distillers along with chefs, restaurateurs, celebrated vendors and food artisans.
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Tastes of the World: 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. March 29, Bass Performance Hall
$500. Details: Fine arts lovers will experience the performing arts paired with exquisite cuisine. Chef Dean Fearing of Fearing’s at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas will provide an epicurean stroll with a progressive lunch. Each course will be paired with a unique performance by the finest talents in the city. Only 150 seats are available. Cost:
ote Drive-In. $50 Details: Tastes from some of Fort Worth’s famed food trucks will be featured. Live music and chuck wagons will serve as entertainment. This benefits Meals on Wheels Inc. of Greater Tarrant County. Cost:
Sip and Savor: 11 a.m. To 2 p.m. March 29-30, Renaissance Worthington Hotel. Cost: $75 per day Details: Wine connoisseurs can enjoy more than 100 wines and small bites from some of Fort Worth’s most celebrated food artisans each day.
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Parker County Coalition for Healthy Children chairwoman Oleta Parker, left, visits will children at a recent event.
Not Kidding about Health Article John Henry
ook Children’s Medical Center and collaborating partners in five neighboring counties have taken a bold step in making children healthier. The mission of the Center for Children’s Health, led by Cook’s, is to make North Texas one of the healthiest places to raise a child. They’ve started the enterprise with the Community-wide Children’s Health Assessment and Planning Survey, which canvassed parents in Denton, Hood, Johnson, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties. The initial survey was conducted in 2008 and followed up in 2012. Though it, Cook’s community partners identified seven areas of pressing concern in the well-being of children: asthma, obesity, preventing injury and child abuse, mental health and dental care and access to care. Larry Tubb, senior vice president of planning at Cook, took the data gleaned from the initial survey of more than 7,000 families in 2008 and presented it to the board of trustees at the hospital. Many approached him after the presentation. “We want to be clear,” Tubb said, recalling the occasion and the message from the board, “that [the survey] wasn’t a one time thing. We want something that goes forward in the future and is sustainable. “One said, ‘I want you to create a center for children’s health.’” 24 West FW Lifestyle | January 2014
Out of it all is the Healthy Children 2020, a campaign in which the center will have made a significant difference in those seven areas. The effort was boosted by a $100,000 gift from Bank of America that enables the center to really take root. “This was the first truly substantive and amazing rich gift to the center to further what we do,” Tubb said. “It takes a long period of time” to tackle issues such as this. “Much of that is because you don’t have all the resources at any given point and time. The real value for the gift for the center is that it gives us the ability to move a lot faster in the next year than we would have been able to.” The initial impetus for the endeavor, Tubb said, was a decision on the part of the Cook Children’s healthcare system to look beyond providing care and looking to see if officials could get ahead of the curve of keeping children healthy and out of the hospital. Tubb made clear that this isn’t a campaign of Cook alone. The partners in each county are instrumental. He also said you won’t find any endorsement of government bans of sodas and sweets. Ultimately, the goal of the center is to also give children the critical thinking skills to make good, healthy choices on their own.
A new shepherd The next step in Bishop-elect Michael Olson’s vocational journey is as head of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth Article John Henry
sgr. Michael Olson’s appointment as bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth came as much as a surprise to him as anybody. “Not in any level of maturity, no,” said Msgr. Olson, when asked if he ever considered the possibility of becoming a bishop. “I always put myself at God’s disposal. “In that sense, I have accepted every assignment as somehow at the hand of God calling me to give of myself. It is in giving of ourselves that we really receive, that we find what the Lord is looking for.” Ultimately, Olson said, that is a ministry in unison with God and neighbor. The bishop-elect will be formally installed as the fourth shepherd of the diocese during Mass at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Olson’s selection by Pope Francis in November was groundbreaking in a sense. At 47, he’ll become the second youngest bishop in the U.S. His classmate at the St. Mary Seminary in Houston, Bishop Oscar Cantu of the Diocese of Las Cruces, N.M., is the youngest. Olson, currently the rector at Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, will also be the first priest from the diocese to ascend to the position in Fort Worth. He’ll be coming home to lead. Olson’s family moved to Fort Worth in 1985 and he transferred as a seminarian to the diocese in 1988. He was ordained a priest for the diocese on June 3, 1994. Along the way, he served at pastor at St. Peter on the west side while concurrently working as vicar general under his immediate predecessor, Bishop Kevin Vann, who was selected to serve in the same capacity for the Diocese of Orange, Calif. Pope Benedict XVI granted him the Papal Honor of Chaplain to His Holiness with the title of “monsignor” in May of 2010. At what point did you receive your calling to the priest-
hood? I first thought about the possibility that God might be calling me to be a priest, believe it or not, in the second grade. My teacher was a Franciscan sister who introduced the idea to all of us of a vocation, that God invites all of us to share in his plan for your life. I think that was a spiritual encounter. Of course, a vocation like any sort of human endeavor really involves growth, and change as part of that growth. I’d say by the end of senior year of high school I felt firmly called and commit-
ted. I think, a lot of that was the influence of the religious sisters who taught me and the priests in my parish, but also the example and support of my parents were very important means for God calling me. Was there an experience or past assignment that you think has best prepared you for this one? I don’t know if I can intelligently answer that because I haven’t started this one yet. I will say this: Every prior assignment I’ve had has helped prepare me for the next assignment. The best teachers that God uses are the people we serve. In this past one, I’ve learned so much from the seminarians and my fellow faculty members. You learn from your parishioners at St. Peter’s and St. Michael’s in Bedford. Pope Francis has attracted attention with a number of comments, leading pundits in this country to try to tap him with the political labels of the day. How would you instruct the people of the diocese to interpret those remarks? Go to the text itself, for example on
the Vatican web site, and read his homilies and his messages and letters. It seems to be the nature of his ministry that people are always going to take his remarks and interpret them by any sort of political gauge. They’ve done that with every pope in my lifetime. I don’t think we can let the media, whatever their approach, to straitjacket our responsibility to preach the fullness of Gospel. Some of the schools in the diocese have encountered a decrease in enrollment. What is the value of a Catholic education? I do have a great deal of interest in it. The primary means to the end needs to be formation in the life of faith. That includes orthodoxy and furthermore includes developing a healthy prayer life, a life of spirituality anchored in the sacraments directed toward God and also a ministerial character character about them – they’re called to go out and serve the common good. I wish we would look at the examples of our teachers, who lead lives of great sacrifice to teach in Catholic schools because of our inability to pay what they’re really worth. They’re the best examples of a Catholic faith.
Michael Olson will become the fourth bishop of the Diocese of Fort Worth, following John J. Cassata, Joseph P. Delaney and Kevin W. Vann. January 2014 | West FW Lifestyle 25
The Beer Hunter West sider ditched the real world for his real passion Article Elizabeth Sehon Harris | Photos Daniel Mardones
fter trying out the 9-to-5 job scene, one Fort Worth west sider said goodbye to the grindstone and opted for his real passion in life – brewing top-quality beer. Cody Martin combined his degree, professional experience and beer palate and opened the Martin House Brewing Company off Sylvania Avenue near downtown. “I just loved beer, going to bars and loved all of it,” Martin said. “Then I started reading and researching about beer and said ‘hey, why not?’” Before starting his brewery, Martin graduated from the UT Arlington in 2005 with a bachelor’s in civil and environmental engineering. He used that training to work designing and building large-scale environmental remediation systems. Martin began brewing at home in his garage in 2005 after his sister, Anna Martin, founder and president for the brewery, gave him a home brew kit as a birthday gift. The customer growth has been right on target for Martin, and he said the brewery brings in 225 patrons every weekend. “We’ve had significant growth,” he said. “We’re still pretty new so we’re still riding that.” Martin has a passion for outdoor sports and picking a warehouse right by the bike trails was the perfect location for him and his bike crew. The bike trails were not the only perks. “It takes a lot of specific things to start a brewery and this loca26 West FW Lifestyle | January 2014
tion had them all with the right zoning, right type of power and the fact that it’s on the trail with the view just adds the right awesomeness,” Martin said. In addition to freshly brewed stout, the brewery and its staff bring in loyal patrons with live music, fresh food venues and a tranquil view of downtown. Brewery customer and Oregon native Rhonda Moore said she’s been searching for a small friendly brewery in town. “I’ve missed the micro-breweries I went to in Portland,” Moore said. “I love to see this coming on strong in Fort Worth.” Not only does Moore enjoy the barbeque but said she keeps coming back to the brewery because of its great party atmosphere. The small friendly scene set the brewery apart, but so does the beer. Martin said his beers are distinguishably different from other brewed beers in Fort Worth. So far, no one has put a pretzel stout on beer and made it commercially, he said. The brew master is also notably proud of his SeptemberFest. “It’s not called Oktoberfest on purpose – it’s a style that really doesn’t exist,” Martin said. “Rahr doesn’t make a style like any of those beers – not just specific to Rahr but to most breweries.” Above: Cody Martin left his job as a civil and environmental engineer to test the market as a brew master because, simply, “I love beer.”
Beer me SeptemberFest – Hoppy, Oatmeal Brown Ale
This Martin House fall seasonal beer is brewed to 6 percent abv with oats, caramel malts and cherry wood smoked malts. Munich malts are added for the base of this beer giving it defined malty flavor, just for the fall weather. Day Break – 4 Grain Breakfast Beer
An inviting 5 percent abv ale that is called a four-grain breakfast beer. It was modeled after a bowl of cereal. It’s made with barley, wheat, oats and rye, and is finished with local honey and milk sugar. Pretzel Stout
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Above: Live music is brought in from time to time to supplement the hops. Below: Volunteer Ron Bailey pours a pint for an eager tester.
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This is a heavy-duty 9 percent abv red ale with a profusion of hop flavor and aroma. They add almost 2 pounds of American hops per barrel very late in the beer making process. The Imperial Texan is able to retain a piney and resinous hop character that balances its smooth but strong and dry malt backbone. River House – A Texas Saison
The River House is a pale colored and sessionable beer at about 5 percent abv. The beer was created to satisfy the thirst of both aficionados and novices. A special yeast blend created by Martin House gives this beer hints of pepper and earthiness. Plenty of flavor and aroma hops yield a floral and citrusy essence. The brewery doubles as a pleasant place to hang out on a Saturday afternoon.
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Above: Becky Renfro Borbolla, right, and the ladies of Women Steering Business have stepped forward to support young girls in the field of agriculture. Below: Women Steering Business members and Taylor Schertz were all happy with the results of the inaugural sale.
Venture of Women Steering Business is to build leaders through buying steers Article John Henry
ne look no further than the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame to identify the legendary women of the west as doers. The Women Steering Business has developed an enterprise in that spirit. And they did it in no time. On just a little more a whim last year, Becky Renfro Borbolla gathered a group of women to purchase a steer at last year’s Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. In about four weeks, the consortium raised $45,000 to purchase the steer raised by Taylor Schertz of Denton during last year’s sale. This year, they’re actually organized and Borbolla is the president. The mission of the Women Steering Business, like the Ladies on the Lamb and its established history, is to provide young girls a means to continue their educational opportunities, whether it be in agriculture or otherwise. In short, building leaders just like those members in the Women Steering Business. “It blew my mind,” Borbolla said of the commitment the group made in such a short period of time a year ago. “I had no clue there where this many women out there excited about going to a sale and buying a steer.” The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo begins Jan. 17 and runs through Feb. 8 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. 28 West FW Lifestyle | January 2014
Last year, Borbolla asked prospective members to pledge $500 each. Seventy-five embraced the concept. This year, the steering committee developed levels of support: $500, $1,000, $2,500 and $5,000. The fortunate young rancher receives 100 percent of the proceeds, Borbolla said, which they can use for any purpose. Most, like Schertz and her three sisters, will put the money in a college fund.
“These are our future businesswomen and entrepreneurs,” Borbolla said. “The responsibility and what they’re learning … it matures them. With this level of responsibility in raising a calf, it leads them in the right direction.” Legacy Bank and Bank of Texas have jumped on as sponsors. Bank of Texas is sponsoring the group’s wagon in its debut in the Stock Show parade. The group has had other fundraisers, including being the “Celebrity Bartender” at Grace. A last chance to personally join the group will be during a function at the Ashton Depot in downtown, but pledge forms are also available on the group’s web site, www.womensteeringbusiness.com. “We have a phenomenal group of women of every status and career,” including Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Borbolla said. “It’s a fun group of women. We have a blast.” The women were hosted by Julie and Gary Wilson and several young women of the FFA joined them at the Wilson ranch to talk about raising their animals. Schertz is the exemplar of the commitment it takes to win at a show. She along with her three sisters are being raised in rural Denton and wake between 5:30 and 6 every morning to get to work in the field. Schertz accepted an invitation to one function to tell her story in agriculture. “She stood up and spoke to all these people,” with such poise, Borbolla said. “She’s really impressive.”
Above: Taylor Schertz of Denton leads her steer from the arena after last year’s sale. Her work would net her more than $40,000.Below: Board members Barbara Williams, left, and Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.
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We hereby resolve... Words John Henry
new year is a time for resolutions. We’re always trying to reinvent ourselves on Jan. 1 Not that that’s a bad thing. In truth, we’re all probably different people from year to year. Living does that. But whether it’s weight loss, finding a new job, quitting smoking, managing debt and stress there’s always something we want (and, in some cases, desperately need) to improve on. Generally we encounter trouble on Jan. 2, but it’s perhaps the thought that counts. Mark Twain said it best: “New Year’s Day now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.” Nevermind us, though; we’re boring. Here’s a sampling of what some folks in the news should consider for the new year.
Jay Leno: The ousted late-nigh comic is reportedly turning his creative juices to song writing. His first full-length recording: “Whatever Jimmy Fallon can do, I’ve already done better.” Jerry Jones: The high-profile sports owner’s pledge to sell the Dallas Cowboys lasted less than 10 seconds. Back to the draft.
Wouldn’t dare stop confounding the fair denizens with all the earth rattling. But she has promised to stop snickering when the locals look at one another, asking, “What on God’s green earth was that?”
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hopes of improving his prospects in June’s NFL Draft, the Texas A&M quarterback said he’s quitting drinking on days that don’t end in Y.
a disagreeable crowd in Los Angeles that she’s “quitting with all the drama. It’s making me crazy and too rich.”
Gary Patterson: The TCU head football coach is reportedly now a 5 a.m. regular at the boxing gym of former world champion Paulie Ayala, working the bag and jumping rope while waiting Art Briles’ knock on the door.
The mayor of Toronto was overheard saying he would make a new commitment to filling the city’s sidewalk cracks.
Miley Cyrus: The pop sensation says she plans to wear clothes in 2014. The foam finger stays, however.
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