Ladies Afternoon At The Rodeo 2019 Giveaway

Hey everyone we are back with a great giveaway. This will be our first time giving away a set of tickets to the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. No boots and/or cowboy hat, no worry just put on your jeans and get ready to have some fun.

This year we are giving away a pair of tickets so that the lucky winner can join us on our ladies afternoon at the rodeo. We want you and a friend to come out for great fun and entertainment. After the rodeo we plan to visit the wonderful shops that offer any and everything from, toys, jewelry, hats, purses, furniture, tractors, saddles, clothing and more–make sure you stop by our friends at Danette’s Urban Oasis. We might even stroll into one of the restaurants including Reata’s three locations at the stock show, or we might wait until we hit the midway and grab one of the non-diet friendly foods while we explore the rides.

Entering the giveaway is simple! To win two tickets for admission to the rodeo on Friday, February 1 at 2 pm and gain admission to the stock show on the same day please complete the following steps:

  • Share this post (on Facebook or Twitter)
  • Make a comment below about why you want to hang out with a group of all around great ladies at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

We will select the winner at random on Sunday, January 27, 2019. We look forward to spending the afternoon with you at the legendary Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Remember “thisisyourbestyear” and the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo is old school cool just like women of a certain age.

Remember there is construction around the area so you might want to use Uber/Lyft or get there early.

Eat A Great Meal And Give To A Great Cause

by Julie Williams

**If your organization is looking for a volunteer opportunity, please contact The Taste Project.  

Fort Worth’s newest nonprofit restaurant, Taste Community Restaurant, launches its Spring menu today.  Chef Jeff Williams and the team, consisting mostly of volunteers, encourage all Fort Worth residents to come taste and see a new approach to solving the issues of hunger in our community.

Taste’s new menu includes spring items such as croquettes with leek, sundried tomato, and bacon; bruschetta made with ricotta cheese, avocado, and sweet peas.  Honey-soy chicken lettuce wraps.  And a house-cured bacon and green tomato sandwich.  But the menu still has many fan favorites including our Carrot Curry Soup, South American Arepas, and our Traditional Burger with Texas-beef, house-processed cheddar cheese, house-made pickles, and our Tasty Sauce all served on a bun baked on site.

Taste Community Restaurant is the first project of the Taste Project organization designed to help feed, educate, and serve Tarrant County’s food insecure population, a total of 18.1 percent of Tarrant County’s overall community.

Taste’s solution is a fresh and healthy pay-what-you-can restaurant where everyone in the community, regardless of financial means, can enjoy a healthy, high quality meal, made from seasonal ingredients from the surrounding area. The menu has no prices. Patrons are simply asked to:

  1. pay what you can afford;
  2. pay what you would typically pay; or
  3. pay what you would typically pay, plus a little extra to help a neighbor in need.

To-date, Taste Community Restaurant has served over 5,000 meals; some guests are in need, and others want to help.  “This place blew me away.  Great environment, great people, and even better food; all wrapped up and there for an amazing cause,” said Trenton, a guest at Taste Community Restaurant.  Another guest, Bri, left a note that said, “…you’ve showed us that there are still good people in this world.  Thank you for being so nice to us and helping us get through another day without going hungry.”

Fort Worth and surrounding area residents can come show support for the underlying issue of food insecurity in our community.  Enjoy a wonderful meal.  And meet some amazing people.  Lunch is served from 11am – 2pm, Tuesdays thru Sundays.

Take look at our great spring menu.

Indulge Restaurant News assignment at Taste Project

Taste Community Restaurant

1200 South Main Street

Fort Worth, Texas 76104

Open for Lunch: 11:00am – 2:00pm

Tuesdays – Sundays (Closed on Mondays)

Now taking reservations for Easter Brunch.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–enjoy a great meal for a great cause.  How hard is that?

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The Taste Project–Founded On Love of Humanity

I didn’t quite know where to put this post because it is about many different things.  First of all it is about a man and his vision, a vision that is about to become a reality. Chef Jeff Williams is a man with a passion for food, and a heart that believes in the goodness of mankind. So what better place to hold this interview than in a great restaurant over lunch.  So we had a great lunch and a wonderful, informative conversation about a vision to feed a community.

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The future home of the Taste Project

Chef Jeff’s love of his vision–The Taste Project, a not for profit restaurant is evident when he tells someone about it. The vision came to him years ago in 2003, but it was not until 2012 that he began to bring his vision to life.

The Taste Project will be a restaurant where everyone will be able to get a great tasting meal (Chef Jeff will be the head chef when it first opens). The Taste Project restaurant will be one where you pay what you can, pay what you would normally pay for a meal of that quality or if you can pay a little extra that would be great.  This is a restaurant for everyone, but especially for those that have food insecurity which is a term that I was not familiar with.  Food insecurity means that a person/family may not

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have access to adequate food because of a lack of money and other resources at certain times during the year. This could mean that someone you know may be going without adequate healthy food, food that will sustain them.  They may have something to eat, just not what they need to lead a healthy life.  For the most part, the people who have food insecurity do not qualify for other types of supplemental assistance.  They are in essence between a rock and a hard place.

The restaurant belongs to the community.  Chef Jeff is quick to point out that the more people who the restaurant is able to assist, the better the community will be. He has worked at 4 other not for profit restaurants learning by doing so that he can make the Taste Project a success.

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Chef Jeff Williams and construction foreman getting the Taste Project ready to open

The Taste Project will be located in the Near Southside of Fort Worth, Texas on 1200 South Main Street, and is scheduled to have its grand opening on August 22 at 11 am for lunch.

Secondly, since this is the North Texas communities restaurant, it will need to be staffed by volunteers from the community.  There are many volunteer opportunities from servers, painters to paint the building, graphic designers, food tasters, writers and so much more.  If you have a skill, the Taste Project probably has a position for you. In order to help The Taste Project feed one community at a time, they need the assistance of the community.

If you are interested  go to The Taste Project and learn how you can help to feed one community at a time at “our” restaurant–we are all owners.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–The Taste Project is making a difference.

 

 

Cocktails, MUSIC, Dining And Of Course Great ART

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has just announced two great dates for the fantastic “First Friday” series. They’ve always been great, and these two will be even better. Mark your calendar for December 2, 2016 and January 6, 2017. The Modern has joined forces with Shipping & Receiving (the Near Southside music and night-life venue) to showcase great local musicians in the grand lobby from 6 to 11 pm on these dates.

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On these two dates you can explore the outstanding KAWS, WHERE THE END STARTS with extended, late-night hours and also enjoy great music, cocktails and food. You can also enjoy a full menu in Café Modern.

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The price is $10 and does include gallery admission. Modern members and Star-Telegram Press Pass holders will get free admission. These dates will go fast, you can get tickets at Shipping and Receiving.  You can also join the Modern as a member at joining the Modern.

There will also be a 20 minute docent led tour of the galleries at 6:30 pm. The bands playing are:  December 2–The Burning Hotels and January 6–ISHI and Sudie.

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For more about this event and others at the Modern which includes the schedule of the films of the Magnolia at the Modern films, visit The Modern.

Can’t make it to Fort Worth, Texas–check your local area for programs.  They are out there, and remember “thisisyourbestyear” .  There is even room to dance! 

 

“thisisyourbestyear” Is Ready For Some Football And More!!

“thisisyourbestyear” is covering the NFL Kickoff game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers.  Also covering the Denver Food and Wine Festival. We are excited!! 

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Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  We are ready for some football, good food and great wine!

The World In A Box

See, smell and taste the world through food–sounds interesting doesn’t it.  You can do it! Every time I fly I take a look at the airline magazine, and try to do the puzzles.  This time while flying on American Airlines I ran across an article on Try The World and it caught my attention.

One thing that it seems most people can agree on is food.  The world is always interested in trying new and exotic taste.  Home cooks are trying to amp up their standard recipes by using different herbs and spices.  Try The World gives  you that opportunity in a cute box.

The box not only comes with ingredients, it comes with recipes, and a cultural guide to the country that the box features. If you only want snack foods, you can order their snack boxes.  My box is shown below–it came from Thailand.  My sister and I could not wait to taste some of the things that came in it.  Our first try was the Coconut Flower Syrup. She put it in tea and I tried it on toast.  We gave it 2 thumbs up. We’re kind of on a schedule to try the other items.  Each trying it a different way–Soft Dried Jackfruit is next.

You can find out more about this wonderful taste experience by going to Try The World and starting your adventure.  It’s the next best thing to traveling there.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.  Try The World in a box.

Cooking At Pirch And Much More

Written by blog contributor CY Cooper.

There’s a store at NorthPark Center in Dallas, Texas that when you walk in, you will want to tear out everything in your kitchen and bathroom and start from scratch. The name of this store is PIRCH and it’s simply AMAZING. I went to this incredible store to attend an event hosted by the FABULOUS, Quenita Fagan or Que, who writes the blog CURVA-LISH. The purpose of CURVA-LISH is to empower women to live authentically with purpose, grace and style. Que’s event at PIRCH was empowering, stylish and just a whole lot of FUN.

PIRCH on Saturdays has cooking classes called Sourcing Saturday where participants are encouraged to get involved in the cooking process, while learning about fresh, seasonal ingredients and method cooking. For almost two (2) hours my fellow attendees and I chopped, sliced, sautéed and peeled gorgeous fresh vegetables along with seasoning beautiful flank steaks. The end product was an incredible, flavorful meal which consisted of a mixed greens salad with goat cheese and grapefruit, an egg frittata with fresh vegetables, side dish of shiitake mushrooms and parsnips along with flank steak. A PIRCH Chef mixed chocolate ice cream on a salt block for dessert which was out of this world DELICIOUS.

The two (2) hours allotted for this class goes quickly, as you are busy preparing the food and conversing with your fellow attendees. PIRCH chefs are present the entire time demonstrating techniques, answering questions and guiding you along the way. In my opinion, when you attend an event where you participate, learn new techniques, have great conversation, enjoy delicious food and just have a good old-time, that’s a WINNER in my book. This is a great event for a girlfriend’s day out or a date night.

Thanks Que/Curva-Lish and PIRCH.  You can read more of Curva-Lish at: http://curva-lish.blogspot.com/

PIRCH is located at NorthPark Center, Dallas, Texas, and their website is: http://www.pirch.com/location/dallas/ 

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A Taste Of Fort Worth–Chef’s Collaboration Dinners at Central Market

Today’s post is written by guest blogger CY Cooper.  She is a “foodie” who is starting to become a “chef”.  Enjoy her account of a wonderful night of wine, food and fun at Central Market.  CY says these events can be done with friends, family or you can go it alone.  There is always good conversation plus good food and wine.

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Chef Juan Rodriquez of Reata Restaurant in red cap with Central Market Chef in the center and Chef Sabastien Layen of the Fort Worth Omni Hotel.

The 2015 Fort Worth Food+Wine Festival is scheduled for March 26-29 and leading up to this extraordinary event will be a series of Chef’s Collaboration Dinners at Central Market/Fort Worth Cooking School.  The series began last night (2/11/2015) with Chef Sebastien Layen of the Fort Worth Omni Hotel & Chef Juan Rodriquez of Reata Restaurant.  The two TOP Chefs conspired together and presented 5 courses to an appreciative audience.

Chef Sebastien Layen presented the First Course – Sea Bass Carpaccio w/Habanero Corn Salpicon, Dallas Goat Cheese Foam and Baby Arugula.  (Light & Refreshing)

The Second Course, presented by Chef Juan Rodriguez, was a delicious Roast Poblano Bisque w/Duck Confit and Cotija Cheese Crumbles.

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Texas BLT Scallop with Crumbled Chipotle Bacon, Tequila Tomato Confit and Cilantro Queso Fresco Pesto.

In presenting the Third Course of the Dinner, Chef Layen went the seafood route with a Texas BLT Scallop with Crumbled Chipotle Bacon, Tequila Tomato Confit and Cilantro Queso Fresco Pesto.  Chef Rodriguez’s Fourth Course Presentation was Beef Tenderloin with Guajillo Choron Sauce and Jalapeno Sharp Cheddar Grits.   The Third and Fourth Courses were Enjoyable and OUTSTANDING.

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Callebaut Chocolate Bread Pudding Tamale and Spicy Dark Chocolate Pot de Crème with Marshmallow Mousse and Chili Caramelized Hill Country Pecans.

The Fifth and Final Course was DESSERT and both Chefs prepared signature desserts from their restaurants.  The Callebaut Chocolate Bread Pudding Tamale represented Reata (Chef Rodriguez), while the Spicy Dark Chocolate Pot de Creme with Marshmallow Mousse and Chili Caramelized Hill Country Pecans was the Omni Hotel’s standard-bearer (Chef Layen).  The two Desserts were RICH, RICH, RICH and oh so incredibly GOOD.  I believe I can honestly report that everyone who attended this collaboration dinner was not only impressed but enjoyed every delicious bite.

The Chef’s Collaboration Dinners will continue throughout the month of February and March.  Check the schedule at Central Market / Fort Worth Cooking School.  Tickets for the 2015 Fort Worth Food+Wine Festival are currently on sale and can be found at their site:  www.fwfwf.com. This year’s festival is being sponsored by Central Market & Ben E Keith Company.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–do something different this year.

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Supporting (Great) Food, Players And Causes Before The National Football Championship Game

The Northwestern Mutual Taste of the Championship gave fans a chance to sample great food, wine, coffee and conversation.  From 6 pm to 9 pm, you could eat different, delicious ample samples of some of the best food from across the country.  There was everything from steak, to ribs, to grits, to brownies, to fish and all that is in between.  Did I mention grits?  They are my absolute favorite. There were former college/pro football greats in attendance whose conversations was rivaled only by their playing days.  It was an amazing evening on the eve of the first college football National Championship game.  The proceeds from this event will help to support the College Football Playoff Foundation, Extra Yard for Teachers and local food banks in the North Texas region.

Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.  Should be a good game–I do have my pick for the winner of the game, and the team starts with the letter “O”!

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Food For Thought

This post is written by guest blogger Ms. Carol Cooper–Enjoy!

ICentral Market1n case you’ve never been or you aren’t fortunate enough to have one in your city, Central Market is an extraordinary grocery store.  It has just about everything you could possibly desire when grocery shopping INCLUDING a Cooking School.  The Fort Worth Cooking School always has something deliciously going on each and every month.

Cooking Classes are scheduled with chefs from Texas and throughout the country.  If you are a true foodie you can’t help but LOVE these classes.  Not only do you get to eat delicious, fabulous food but you also pick up some helpful tips on improving your own culinary skills.  These classes are perfect for girlfriends get-togethers, date nights or you can go alone and eat something wonderful and learn how to make it.  It’s an enjoyable 2 to 2 1/2 hours with extraordinary food and its preparation as the main focus. Central Market 5

Recently I attended the class that featured Fort Worth Top Chef Blaine Staniford of Little Red Wasp and GRACE Restaurant fame. There was of course, delicious food, good conversation and just an all-around enjoyable evening. Chef Staniford was insightful, entertaining and passionate about his craft.  Oh, did I mention the food.

Trust me when I tell you no one left the Central Market Cooking School hungry.   The cost of the classes vary.  For full class descriptions, registration information and to make reservations, visit www.centralmarket.com.

Bon Appetit, and remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

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Here’s the menu of what we sampled:  Braised Brisket Pot stickers w/Citrus Dipping Sauce; Shrimp & Grits w/Andouille Sausage & Creole Butter; Aged Cheddar Biscuits w/Braised Short Rib, Spinach & Poached Eggs; Hollandaise made in a Blender and for dessert–Butterscotch Pudding w/Salted Caramel Gelato, Dulce de Leche & Almond Crumble.

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