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Gala Concert and Dinner

by Joy Donovan on March 20, 2011

Date: 2011-04-05

Location: Bass Hall

Start Time: 7:00 pm
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Description: Broadway\’s Patti LuPone headlines the fundraiser for the Fort Worth Symphony. Information at 817-665-6500.

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Wine, Women and a Fun Book

by Joy Donovan on March 19, 2011

Don’t tell my girls because they would never believe it, and my husband not only wouldn’t believe it but would argue the fact ,but some people think I have something interesting to say.

The Arts League, a support group for Northeast Tarrant County’s Arts Council (www.artscouncilnortheast.org), has invited me to speak Tuesday evening at its annual gathering, “Wine, Women and the Arts.” I will speak along with some of the other authors of “Grace & Gumption: The Cookbook,” which TCU Press published last year. The gathering begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hexter-Fair Title Company, 102 Grapevine Highway, in Hurst, and our program will begin at 7 p.m.

So if I don’t have anything interesting to say, I better figure out something very quickly.

One of the things I have to say before the show even starts is I don’t much care for the book’s title, because this book is much more than a cookbook. It is a social history of some of Tarrant County’s leading ladies, and sprinkled among those stories are some recipes that are for everything from squirrel to chocolate truffles.

This program is free and open to the public. TCU Press will have some of the books available to purchase, but that’s not why you should come to the event. Come see if we have anything interesting to tell you.

RSVPs may be given to Connie Nichols at 817-577-0754 or artsleaguenortheast@gmail.com.

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4th Annual Heights Car Show

by Joy Donovan on March 11, 2011

Date: 2011-04-16

Location: Heights Baptist Church, 201 W. Renner Rd., Richardson

Start Time: 12:00 pm
End Time: 4:00 pm

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Description: Car show with 21 classes, live music and food. Entries are $10 per car, with spectators admitted free. Proceeds benefit God\’s Food Pantry.

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Chef, Poet Dish Up Winning Entry

by Joy Donovan on March 9, 2011

Chef Denise Shavandy and Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton create the winning dish. Photo courtesy of Jon Uzzel.

Chef Denise Shavandy of Texas State Tech College, assisted by Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton, took top honors at the Fourteenth Annual Cookin’ for Kids Celebrity Chef Cook-Off.

The benefit for Kids Who Care musical theater troupe was held March 6 at Fort Worth’s River Ranch. Twelve professional chefs, each with a notable Texan as an assistant, competed in a race against the clock to create the evening’s winning plates.

For the cook-off, each team was provided a cooler full of ingredients, two Bunsen burners and 45 minutes to create two plates.  One plate was delivered and divided among the evening’s judges, and the other was auctioned off to the evening’s highest bidders.  Simultaneously, five amateur chef teams competed in the amateur chef category.

Second place in the professional chef division went to chef Blaine Staniford of Grace, assisted by Susan Medina, local columnist and president of SKM Communications Strategies. Third place was awarded to chef Anthony Felli of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, assisted by Rosa Navejar, president/CEO Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.  In the amateur chef category, the winner was Lynn Bostick, sponsored by Randall King and assisted by Joe Drobnich.
 
“Cookin’ for Kids was an amazing success once again, thanks to the generous support from our community,” said Deborah Jung, founder and executive director of Kids Who Care.
 
Cookin’ for Kids is the largest fundraising event for Kids Who Care.  All proceeds benefit scholarships, youth leadership training and other community support programs.
 
Serving on the 2011 judging panel were Laurie Barker James, food writer; Al Micallef, owner of Reata’s; Crystal Willars Vastine, owner of Fort Worth Foodiemagazine; Callie Sallis, personal chef and owner of Linguine and Dirty Martinis; Mathieu Weiss, chef and former Culinary Institute of America teacher; Jon Albright, winner of “You Be the Judge” 2010 Auction; and Joseph Vincelli, jazz saxophonist and co-originator of the first Cookin’ for Kids.
 
As the chefs competed, guests enjoyed food and beverages provided by Boomer Jack’s, Central Market Fort Worth, Coors Distributing Company of Fort Worth, Cuisine for Healing, Four Seasons, Healthy Solutions/Savor Personal Chef Service, Hoffbrau Steaks, Hui Chuan’s NuNu, Margarita Express, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Pulido’s, The Ginger Man, The Pour House, Winslow’s Wine Café and Z’s Café. 
 
Founded in 1989, Kids Who Care offers musical theater classes, leadership training, summer camps, international cultural exchanges and a touring company. For more information, visit www.kidswhocare.org.
 

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Tarrant Heart Ball

by Joy Donovan on March 6, 2011

Date: 2011-04-09

Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Description: American Heart Association charity ball.

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Butterflies and Baseball

by Joy Donovan on March 5, 2011

Date: 2011-04-21

Location: Renaissance Worthington Hotel, Fort Worth

Start Time: 11:00 am
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Description: Benefit luncheon for A Wish With Wings, Inc. Event chairs Ruth and Nolan Ryan. Call 817-469-9474.

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Clean Comedy Night

by Joy Donovan on March 3, 2011

Date: 2011-03-17

Location: Adison Improv Comedy Club, 4980 Belt Line Road, # 250, Dallas

Start Time: 8:00 pm
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Description: Comedian Al Fike will headline. Call 972-404-8501.

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Talking Pictures

by Joy Donovan on March 2, 2011

Start Date: 2011-03-31

Location: Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth

End Date: 2011-04-03
Description: Horton Foote\’s play set in 1929. Call 817-784-9378.

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Talking Pictures

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Start Date: 2011-03-24

Location: Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd.

End Date: 2011-03-27
Description: Horton Foote\’s play set in 1929. Call 817-784-9378.

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Talking Heads

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Start Date: 2011-03-17

Location: Stage West, 821 W. Vickery Blvd., Fort Worth

End Date: 2011-03-20
Description: Horton Foote\’s play set in 1929. Call 817-784-9378.

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