Fort Worth culinary scene: fusing the casual and the contemporary

first_imgRussell Hodges Russell Kirkpatrick is the co-founder of the festival and the general manager of Fort Worth’s Reata Restaurant. He’s been working professionally in the culinary industry for nearly 20 years, and since he and his wife moved to Fort Worth in 2004, he said he’s seen the tremendous change in the city’s cuisine.“Years ago, Fort Worth was really thought of as a meat and potatoes kind of town,” he said. “Over the last 3-5 years, we’ve seen so much more cuisines blossom. It’s been really cool to see the evolution of our city’s palette.”When asked specifically about the city’s rising fine dining scene, Kirkpatrick said a big reason for its increasing popularity is something it has lacked for several years.“I think that restaurateurs are figuring out that you have to interject a little bit of personality with your professionalism and your service standards,” he said. “Ten to fifteen years ago, if you walked into a white tablecloth restaurant, you might not get too much personality… Now, especially in Fort Worth, you’re seeing that diners enjoy having a little conversation here and there with their meal, and they don’t want it to feel as robotic as a stuffy restaurant might have felt years ago.”This personality and excitement Kirkpatrick alludes to is one of the reasons he and co-founder Mike Micallef created the festival two years ago. It’s also why he said about 5,000 people are attending the festival each year since its inception.“I think [the festival] creates a lot of opportunities for a small restaurant to get out there in front of a large audience and really showcase what they do,” Kirkpatrick said. “Obviously, we have enough talented individuals here in town that we should be not only showcasing the chefs here in town, but also showcasing Fort Worth.” Pouring Glory: Self-made restaurateur revitalizing Fort Worth’s south side one craft beer at a time Russell Hodges printJon Bonnell knows great cuisine when he sees it.Since graduating from the New England Culinary Institute in 1997, the renowned chef, restaurant owner and Fort Worth native has been a mainstay in the food industry for more than two decades.Bonnell opened his first establishment, Bonnell’s Restaurant, in 2001. He’s also published two cookbooks and has appeared as a special guest on “The Today Show,” “Good Morning America” and Food Network’s “BBQ with Bobby Flay,” according to the restaurant’s website.Changing culinary scene on the horizonBonnell said he has seen a series of changes in the Fort Worth culinary scene that are pulling the city away from its casual dining roots and bringing it toward a more contemporary image.“Back in the 1980’s, the Fort Worth food scene — when you talk about fine dining — was either something at the country clubs or European restaurants,” Bonnell said. “Over time, Fort Worth [has] really started to develop its own cuisine, by elevating southwestern cuisine to the fine dining level.”Bonnell said he’s also seen restaurants in the city embrace more cultural and stylistic cuisines.“It’s pretty neat to see how the food scene in this city has really developed over the years,” he said. “Now we have every cuisine imaginable here in our own city.”City event uniting area chefsThe changes Bonnell has seen will become more vivid later this month when hundreds of chefs, restaurants, breweries, wineries and dessert shops participate in the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival. The event spans from March 31 to April 3.The event is designed to showcase the variety of cuisines the city has to offer.The festival began two years ago and has continued to draw the city’s best culinary experts, and other talents around Dallas-Fort Worth. Chef’s prepare dishes that preserve the city’s traditional brand of comfort food and southwestern cuisine. They also introduce new cuisines that enable both chefs and visitors to expand their culinary horizons.“I think people will be impressed with how much diversity and elevation of the cuisine the city has reached,” Bonnell said.What to expectThe festival begins on Thursday, March 31 with a Barbecue Showdown at W.R. Watt Arena in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. Chef Committee Chair Sarah Hooton said approximately 15 pitmasters from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and beyond, will fire up their grills and prepare their specialty dishes for a panel of celebrity judges.More events include the higher-end Main Event located at Pier 1 Imports, “#latenight Desserts After Dark,” “Rise + Dine: A Brunch Inspired Tasting,” “Burgers, Brews & Blues” and the “Family Sunday Funday” picnic, the festival’s final event held on Monday, April 3 at Panther Island.Hooten said the Burgers, Brews & Blues event is the festival’s most popular event. She said she believes the event is so popular because of its laid-back format and style of cooking.“People in Fort Worth like their casual cuisine,” Hooten said. “They like their burgers and beer.”Hooton said the types of ingredients the competing chefs use to prepare their dishes are always changing. She said each of the events brings something unique to the table.“The chefs tend to change what they do almost every year [based on] of whatever they’re into that year,” she said. “Last year, pork belly was a very popular ingredient. This year, vegetables actually might be more of a popular ingredient. You can tell [the chefs] are focusing a lot more on putting vegetables and different flavors with their [dishes].”Hooton has worked with the festival since its inception in 2014. She’s also been working professionally in the culinary industry for more than six years at Fort Worth’s Central Market.Like Bonnell, she’s also taken heed of the city’s evolving food and drink scene.“There’s more awareness given to the chef in particular and their creative styles,” Hooten said. “People are more willing to try food based on a chef’s reputation. They’re excited to try some of these new restaurants because they know the chef. There’s just more room for them to be a little bit more creative here.”This creativity, Hooton said, is beneficial not only to the chefs of Fort Worth but to their customers as well.“Fewer chain places, more chef-driven, more fresh ingredients,” she said. “They’re more willing to try things like that. I think they’re opening up their palettes a little bit and they’re not so afraid to go try it.”While the events help stir the pot with fresh concepts and ingredients, they also maintain a sense of Fort Worth’s traditional culinary identity, which Bonnell believes is important for chefs to remember as they experiment with new ingredients and cuisines.“This is still Cowtown,” he said. “Everybody still loves our Tex-Mex, our barbecue and chicken fried steak, but it’s nice that our culinary scene now has so much diversity from top to bottom. The customers are so much more educated than they used to be. Everybody considers themselves a ‘foodie’ these days.” Facebook Facebook Local school auction fills the gap for improved learning environment Twitter Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Previous article15-40 Connection teaches students about young adult cancer risksNext articleNew website commemorating Fort Worth Latinos launches on César Chavez day. Russell Hodges RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddItcenter_img ReddIt Rising participation in Cowtown ultramarathon leads more runners to challenge themselves Twitter Russell Hodges Linkedin Russell Hodges Linkedin Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature + posts last_img read more

Young Offenders’ Demi Isaac Oviawe hosts Virtual Ireland’s Young Filmmaker Awards

first_imgNewsCommunityEntertainmentFilmLifestyleYoung Offenders’ Demi Isaac Oviawe hosts Virtual Ireland’s Young Filmmaker AwardsBy Staff Reporter – May 6, 2020 93 Print Further details are available from Linkedin Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2020 are giving young filmmakers a platform to shine as this year’s awards move online due to the current Covid-19 restrictions with Demi Isaac Oviawe star of RTEs ‘The Young Offenders’ hosting this year’s online awards. Picture: Matt SullivanIRELAND’S Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2020 are giving young filmmakers a platform to shine as this year’s awards move online due to the current Covid-19 restrictions with Demi Isaac Oviawe star of RTEs ‘The Young Offenders’ hosting this year’s online awards.Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards 2020 were due to take place at Fresh International Film Festival in Limerick this past March but now because of the Covid-19 outbreak the awards are now taking place online with the Senior Finals taking place on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 pm LIVE on Fresh Film Festival’s YouTube channel and the Junior Finals to follow one week later on at 4 pm on Wednesday, May 20.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Picture: Dermot Culhane.19-year-old Demi is the perfect choice to host this year’s awards as she is very popular and well known by young people all over the country. In 2017, the Irish Examiner named Demi as one of their annual ‘Ones to Watch’ for 2018. Demi is best known for her role as Linda Walsh in the RTÉ/BBC-produced comedy series and also appeared on 2019 series of the Irish edition of Dancing with the Stars.Demi said, “I am honoured to be hosting this year’s awards. Fresh International Film Festival encourages young people to tell their stories through film and the record number of submissions this year shows we have a nation of young storytellers with something to say and the creative means to say it. The future of filmmaking in Ireland is bright.”With the cancellation of events and festivals nationwide due to Covid-19, Jayne Foley, Fresh Film and Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards founder said, “The Fresh team at HQ have devised a virtual solution for this year’s awards as we have an amazing community of young filmmakers and while we can’t bring them together in one room for now, we can bring them together online. In the spirit of Fresh we want our online activities to connect, inspire and support young filmmakers.”Now in its 24th year, Fresh International Film Festival invites young people from Ireland and overseas, aged 7 to 18 years, to create, exhibit and share films. The festival provides an opportunity for these young filmmakers to have their work seen on a cinema screen for the first time and to compete for the title of Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year. All films submitted are also considered for a range of Specialist Awards including the Radharc Trust Award (documentary), the Cartoon Saloon Animation Award, the RTE 60 Second Short Film Award and the RTE Factual Award, in addition to the International and Audience awards.Fresh International Film Festival encourages young people to make films by hosting an annual international film festival for young people, presenting Ireland’s Young Filmmaker of the Year Awards, acting as an advocate for young filmmakers and promoting their work worldwide. Fresh Film runs a number of initiatives throughout the year, including a Hothouse programme designed to bring young people of different ages and diverse backgrounds together to share their film experiences and create new collaborative work, as well as distributing Irish films made by young people to festivals all over the world. WhatsApp Advertisement Facebook Previous articleLimerick’s Live at Docklands 2020 rescheduled for 2021Next articleLimerick retailers showcased with ‘SHOP LIMERICK’ online platform Staff Reporter Twitter Emaillast_img read more

East Patchogue Man Charged With Fatal Hit-and-run

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An East Patchogue man has been arrested for allegedly killing a 37-year-old Medford man in a hit-and-run crash in Coram last week, Suffolk County police said.Abdelgheni Dakyouk was charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting involving a fatality.Vehicular Crime Unit detectives said the 48-year-old suspect was driving northbound on Route 112 when he struck the victim shortly before 6 a.m. Saturday, March 14.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He has been tentatively identified, but has not yet been positively identified, police said.Dakyouk will be arraigned Thursday at First District Court in Central Islip.last_img read more

Indonesian stocks reverse losses in volatile trade as coronavirus fears haunt

first_imgIndonesia’s stock index extended losses before reversing to gains on Monday morning trade, after a market rout sent the gauge to its worst month in six years as coronavirus cases outside China grow rapidly, potentially dampening the global economy.The benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) opened Monday trade falling to the lowest level of 5,410 at 9:10 a.m., a 0.77 percent drop from Friday’s close at 5,452. It then quickly reversed losses to gain 0.57 percent from Friday’s close at 9:30 a.m. to 5,483. At the time of publishing the story at 10:15 a.m., the stock plummeted again but bounced back to 5,460, a 0.15 percent increase from Friday’s close.Asian markets fell on Monday following China’s factory activity data release, which show the steepest contraction in factory activity ever recorded in history. Factories have closed down or are operating with very limited activity in China following the coronavirus outbreak, which has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide with over 88,000 cases. E-minis for the US’ S&P500 declined more than 1 percent. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan fell 0.3 percent. Japan opened 1.3 percent lower. Australia fell 3 percent and New Zealand slid 3 percent into correction territory.Factory activity in China, measured with the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), nosedived to 35.7 in February from 50.0 in January, well below the 50-point mark that separates monthly growth from contraction, Reuters reported. “Possibilities for further weakness remain although in the short-run there can be temporary increases. The short-term positive sentiment would be a manageable inflation rate and low interest rate,” CSA Institute equity analyst Aria Santoso said over the weekend.Aria expected the JCI fall to not exceed the 5,000-mark, but would consolidate at between 5,400 and 5,800 upon recovery.Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BBRI) and Bank Central Asia (BBCA) were among the top traded blue chip stocks, respectively dropping 0.48 percent to Rp 4,170 per share and 0.79 percent to Rp 31,200 apiece as of 9:30 a.m. State construction firm Pembangunan Perumahan (PTPP) also lost 0.41 percent to Rp 1,200. Topics :last_img read more

Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand criticise Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after Chelsea draw

first_imgMartin Keown and Rio Ferdinand criticise Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after Chelsea draw Gunners record signing Pepe in action against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)Blues captain Cesar Azpilicueta restored Chelsea’s lead with six minutes remaining but Arsenal earned a point through skipper Hector Bellerin, who was making his first appearance in over a month.AdvertisementAdvertisementKeown and Ferdinand heaped praise on Martinelli after the eventful draw and said there was a clear contrast between the teenager and £72million signing Pepe.Discussing Martinelli’s performance, Arsenal hero Keown told BT Sport: ‘He’s a shining light. He’s been outstanding. The composure is brilliant.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He’s happy to do the work. So many players don’t want to run. I know it’s not a night for contrasts but Nicolas Pepe is on the other side not quite working in the same way.‘I think that [Pepe] is a work in progress and can be much better. If we were to compare the distances they’ve compared and high intensity runs…‘Martinelli is willing to get back and help out.’ Advertisement Martin Keown criticised Nicolas Pepe after Arsenal’s draw with Chelsea (Picture: BT Sport)Martin Keown and Rio Ferdinand criticised the work rate of Arsenal record signing Nicolas Pepe after the Gunners’ impressive draw against London rivals Chelsea.Arsenal overcame David Luiz’s red card against his former club to twice come from behind against Frank Lampard’s side in a dramatic derby on Tuesday evening.The Gunners were fearing the worst when Jorginho slotted home from the penalty spot after Luiz was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Tammy Abraham.But Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli took advantage of N’Golo Kante’s slip to race through on goal and equalise for Arsenal after half-time.ADVERTISEMENT Gabriel Martinelli has been hailed for his performance against Chelsea (Picture: Getty)On the contrast between Martinelli and Pepe, Ferdinand said: ‘Night and day…’The Manchester United legend added: ‘To run that far and to have the composure to finish [for his goal] is brilliant.‘He’s a centre-forward at heart. There’s too many players who sulk after being moved into a different position.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘The appetite and willingness was great. He’s showing the desire.’Former Premier League star Joe Cole also hailed Martinelli, saying: ‘This lad is a very, very good player. He’s the future of Arsenal.’Following Tuesday’s 1-1 draw in west London, Arsenal remain tenth in the Premier League – ten points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea.MORE: Martin Keown sends transfer message to Mikel Arteta after Shkodran Mustafi howlerMORE: Joe Cole reveals how Frank Lampard will react to Arsenal drawcenter_img Comment Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 21 Jan 2020 11:04 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

Syracuse falls in 2nd round of ACC Tournament to North Carolina

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 19, 2019 at 7:58 pm Contact Eric: [email protected]center_img After defeating No. 8-seed Georgia Tech to advance to the second round of the ACC tournament, Syracuse’s run was halted. On Friday, the No. 9-seed Orange (13-12, 5-9 Atlantic Coast) were dominated by No. 1-seed North Carolina (27-1, 14-0) in a 4-0 rout.The match was moved indoors to the Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center in Durham, North Carolina due to weather. No. 56 Gabriela Knutson and Miranda Ramirez were quickly dispatched by No. 7 Jessie Aney and Alexa Graham, 6-1, after going down a break to start. Shortly after, a tornado warning suspended play for about 45 minutes.Once play resumed, the UNC pairing of Sara Daavettila and Alle Sanford finished off Sonya Treshcheva and Guzal Yusupova 6-2, with head coach Younes Limam once again opting to split up Treshcheva and Golubovskaya (who was paired with Dina Hegab). The Orange’s losing streak in doubles now extends to 10 games with the last coming on March 15. Masha Tritou, playing at fifth singles, was the first to fall. After starting tied 1-all, Tritou would not win another game against No. 118 Aney, losing 6-1, 6-0. No. 97 Ramirez went down two breaks early to No. 14 Daavettila and lost the first set 6-3. Ramirez struggled in the second set as Daavettila won 6-0.North Carolina clinched the match at first singles. No. 13 Knutson jumped out to a 4-2 lead up a break, but fell in the first set 6-4. As with Ramirez and Tritou, the second set did not feature a winning game for the Orange as Knutson also fell 6-0. The remainder of the matches went unfinished.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe No. 30 Orange now have to wait until April 29 to see if they will receive an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament.last_img read more