Wolfgang Puck Catering and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth announce their partnership, with the former now joining as operator of all the Museum’s catering and events, as well as Café Modern, beginning this spring. With its unique restaurant-style approach to catering, Wolfgang Puck Catering is nationally recognized for its warm hospitality, creative cuisine, and customized experiences.
“We have been fortunate to be a part of the Texas culinary landscape for the past 13 years, and we are excited to expand our footprint in the state with our new partnership with the Modern,” said Drew Swanson, Texas Regional Executive Chef, Wolfgang Puck Catering.
“Wolfgang Puck Catering brings an international reputation for excellence to Café Modern, and we look forward to working with their team,” said Marla Price, Director, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
Leading the culinary team will be Chef Jett Mora, a seasoned Wolfgang Puck Catering veteran for the past decade. A staunch believer in local immersion, Mora has already spent time in the region with Regional Executive Chef Drew Swanson forging relationships with farmers and purveyors. As a result, Mora will create seasonal menus rooted in Texas ingredients combined with Wolfgang’s signature touch.
At Café Modern, Mora will team with General Manager Roxanne Mclarry, who has been with the Museum for the past 17 years. Slated to open this spring, the restaurant will offer weekday lunch, Friday happy hour, Friday dinner, and weekend brunch with seating available both indoors and on the expansive outdoor patio. The menus will feature comfort food with global influences and a beverage program showcasing local spirits.
The Modern occupies a world-renowned building designed by Tadao Ando, with a picturesque reflecting-pond backdrop, making it an impressive venue for corporate or social events. Mora and his team of chefs will customize each event menu to tell the client’s story through food. As the exclusive caterer for many of the country’s premier cultural, corporate, and entertainment centers, Wolfgang’s expert team of experienced planners and chefs handle all the details from start to finish, creating a truly personalized event.
About Executive Chef Jett Mora
A graduate of the Academy of Culinary Education in California, the Los Angeles-born and bred chef Jett Mora began his cooking career with the highly acclaimed Wolfgang Puck Catering (WPC) in 2011. Working in WPC’s flagship Hollywood & Highland kitchen, Mora spent years working alongside Wolfgang and his team of chefs to create menus for weddings, special events, corporate galas, and some of the country’s premier events including the Oscars® Governors Ball.
Throughout his ten years with Wolfgang Puck Catering, Mora’s creativity, leadership, and support enabled him to advance quickly through the ranks, leading corporate dining at a top technology and entertainment client before joining Puck’s West Hollywood restaurant Red Seven as Executive Chef.
Mora then received the coveted opportunity to cook inside Wolfgang’s Test Kitchen, the master chef’s culinary incubator where Mora created his own multi-course tasting menus. This “experimental” restaurant allowed Mora to explore new dishes, ingredients, and cuisines and to design menus without limitations.
In 2021, Mora relocated to Fort Worth, Texas to lead the culinary team at the Modern, overseeing food and beverage operations, menu creation and catering and events, including running the museum’s signature restaurant, Café Modern.
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Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Museum Gallery Hours
Tue-Sun 10 am-5 pm
Fri 10 am-8 pm
General Admission Prices (includes special exhibition)
$16: General (age 18 and above)
$12: Seniors (age 60+), Active/Retired Military Personnel and First Responders with ID
$10: Students with ID
Free: Under 18 years old
The Museum offers half-price tickets on Sundays and free admission on Fridays.
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Texas Health Resources is committed to providing communities with education and resources regarding COVID-19. Free downloads are available to leaders and organizations of influence to engage communities with COVID-19 information and vaccine education.
Community groups are encouraged to download, share or print any of the collateral pieces and social media posts.
The handouts, available in both English and Spanish, are especially important for groups that are disproportionately affected by the pandemic or who may be hesitant regarding vaccines.
View and download the handouts.
The materials complement other resources available to the community from UNTHSC, Tarrant County Public Health and the City of Fort Worth.
Spring bird migration will be underway soon and organizations across Texas will turn their lights out at night as we welcome hundreds of millions of birds migrating through our state on their way north from their southern wintering grounds.
The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History would like to partner with our Cultural District Alliance Members to support this initiative.
We hope you will join us in supporting this important effort to protect migrating birds by turning off all non-essential lights during the critical peak spring migration period from April 19 – May 7. Each night and each light turned out helps save migrating birds by reducing collisions with brightly lit buildings.
It’s easy to participate and it’s a win-win for business:
Bird collisions can occur at any point during the full spring migration of March 1 – June 15. This spring, we at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History along with all who choose to join us will be prioritizing the window of April 19 – May 7, when half of the total spring bird migration traffic passes through Texas. As an added bonus, turning off non-essential lights also saves energy for cities, local businesses, and homeowners!
If you would like to join us in this effort and be listed in the Press Release that the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will be developing, please let us know at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce and the Star-Telegram will host a moderated forum with Fort Worth mayoral candidates from 11 a.m. to noon April 14.
The forum, held virtually on Zoom, will touch on issues facing the business community, including economic development, education and workforce. The panel is open to the public and free to attend. Registration is limited to 500.
“We’re excited to host and hear from our mayoral candidates on policy and plans for the future of our city,” said Brandom Gengelbach, president and CEO of the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce. “Our new mayor will inherit a hefty agenda that includes assisting the business community get back on its feet after this pandemic. Our goal is to provide a platform that allows them to hear from candidates directly and make informed decisions at the polls.”
Confirmed candidates include City Councilmembers Brian Byrd and Ann Zadeh; Deborah Peoples, chair of the Tarrant County Democratic Party; Mattie Parker, Mayor Betsy Price’s former chief of staff; and Daniel Caldwell, educator. Additional candidates will be added as confirmed.
Ryan Rusak, opinion editor at the Star-Telegram, will moderate the forum and ask questions relevant to the business community.
The Fort Worth Botanic Garden-Botanical Research Institute of Texas invites visitors to celebrate spring in the Japanese Garden while exploring the arts and culture of Japan during the March 27-28 Spring Japanese Festival. Tickets are now on sale.
Hosted in cooperation with the Fort Worth Japanese Society, the festival includes cultural demonstrations, performances, unique shopping opportunities and traditional foods.
Japanese Society member Harvey Yamagata said this year’s zodiac symbol represents a new perspective from last year’s Year of the Rat. “We look to 2021 and the Year of the Ox as a sign of new hope, new prosperity and new wellness,” Yamagata said. “With emerging foliage, warmer weather and the chance to be in beautiful outdoor surroundings, the spring festival corresponds nicely with those attributes.”
Festival admission this spring offers a triple benefit, said Vice President for Horticulture and Assistant Director Bob Byers. “The thousands of tulips we planted in the fall will be on impressive display that weekend,” Byers said. “As well, the large outdoor Stickwork exhibit is complete, waiting for in-and-out discovery and exploration.”
As with the Fall Japanese Festival, the same safety requirements will be in place. “Being outdoors, wearing masks, safe distanced and timed entry seemed to provide the assurance guests needed based on the encouraging feedback we received,” Byers said.
Japanese culture highlights from the Spring Festival will include:
Performances by two Taiko drumming groups, karate experts and Master Swordsman G.K. Sugai.
Displays of the miniature worlds of bonsai trees from the Fort Worth Bonsai Society, and demonstrations in origami, calligraphy and Japanese games.
Vendors selling treasures from origami jewelry to anime plush figures, star charts to crafts made with vintage kimonos.
Food from Asian food trucks preparing delicious meals and snacks, as well as authentic Japanese cuisine prepared by the Fort Worth Japanese Society.
Safety protocols and other event details include:
Tickets are included with the price of Botanic Garden admission ($12) and must be bought online to adhere to admission limits for the Festival. Purchase tickets online.
Members receive free entry, but still must register in advance. Become a member.
Guests entering the Garden must wear masks, which are required for this event.
Performances have been moved outside of the Japanese Garden to ensure plenty of space between performers and the public.
Hand sanitizing stations will be positioned around the Garden, and vendors will provide sanitizer at their booths.
Fort Worth has proposed several dozen projects to be considered as part of a $400 million transportation bond program being developed by the Tarrant County Commissioners Court. The bond program will go before voters countywide in November.
In 2006, Tarrant County voters approved a $200 million transportation bond program that funded improvements to many roadways in the county.
“Since 2006, Tarrant County has become one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, resulting in an increased demand on our transportation system,” County Administrator G.K. Maenius said when announcing the 2021 transportation bond program.
Fort Worth’s Transportation & Public Works staff has reviewed the county’s bond policy, criteria and three main funding categories to identify eligible projects with the best opportunity for county bond funding.
The city would be required to provide at least a 50% local match of the total cost of each project. The proposed 2022 city bond program funds are expected to provide the bulk of the local match, along with available transportation impact fee funds and other sources as available.
Tarrant County will establish a project evaluation committee to develop a priority list of projects that will be sent to the Commissioners Court for approval.
These projects have been identified for city funding and Tarrant County bond funding:
The city’s identified projects total $404,100,000, with $204,500,000 of that amount coming from the city’s 2022 bond and other funding sources.
“City staff is constantly looking at projects that are candidates for a bond election and have been working on the proposed 2022 Bond program since the summer of 2019,” said City Manager David Cooke. “The selected projects are an excellent opportunity to partner with Tarrant County to make some roadway improvements throughout the city.”
On Jan. 28, city staff was officially informed of the $400 million 2021 Tarrant County Transportation Bond Program. City staff have reviewed the criteria and three main funding categories as outlined in the county’s bond policy to put forward projects with the highest opportunity for selection.
Two public meetings are scheduled to allow Fort Worth residents to learn about the bond program and the identified city projects:
Tuesday, March 23, 6 p.m. Meeting conducted via Webex. The meeting number is 182 003 1908; the meeting password is transportation. The call-in number is 469-210-7159.
Saturday, March 27, 10 a.m. Meeting conducted via Webex. The meeting number is 182 033 1979; the meeting password is transportation. The call-in number is 469-210-7159.
Fort Worth plans its own city bond election in May 2022. Public meetings for the city’s 2022 bond election will begin this summer.
On April 6, the City Council is scheduled to vote on a resolution of support for the county bond program. Commissioners Court approval is expected to come in the August-September timeframe.
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Fort Worth’s Hotel Dryce hasn’t even opened its doors yet, but it’s already generating some serious buzz.
In a January 23 Forbes article, travel journalist Roger Sands lists Hotel Dryce as one of "the world's most exciting hotel openings" in 2021.
“The modern 21-room hotel will include a trendy lobby bar-café hybrid meant to be a gathering place for residents and visitors alike," Sands writes. "The hotel has an art grant with Fort Worth art gallery Art Tooth to exhibit local BIPOC artists’ work throughout the hotel."
Along with business partner Allen Mederos, Fort Worth entrepreneur Jonathan Morris is building his first boutique hotel in an old dry-ice factory across from the new Dickies Arena in the Cultural District. Morris also owns the Fort Worth Barber Shop and is hosting a new show about entrepreneurs set to debut on Chip and Joanna Gaines’ forthcoming Magnolia Network.
In December, Travel + Leisure gave a nod to Hotel Dryce in a piece ranking Fort Worth among the 50 best places in the U.S. to visit this year. Also in December, Fodor’s Travel named Hotel Dryce one of its 15 most eagerly awaited new hotels in 2021.
The hotel broke ground in March 2020. In a recent Instagram post, Morris wrote that construction on the three-story, 10,645-square-foot hotel is a couple of months away from being finished. “Can’t wait to share this dream with y’all,” he wrote.
That dream, he has said, is to create a gathering place that welcomes travelers from around the world and reflects the culture of Fort Worth.
“I feel so bullish about Fort Worth and the way the city is growing,” he said last August in an interview about his new show.
Fort Worth-based architecture firm Bennett Benner Partners designed Hotel Dryce, and Fort Construction is the general contractor.
Hotel Dryce is the only Texas hotel to appear on the Forbes list of nine anticipated openings. It keeps company with hotels in Republic of Seychelles; Providenciales, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Cancun, Mexico; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Birmingham, Alabama; and San Diego, Los Angeles, California.
A remarkable sight greeted drivers rolling down University Drive on Jan. 13: fire on the prairie behind the Fort Worth Botanic Garden-Botanical Research Institute headquarters.
But this was no uncontrolled blaze, and no one was in any danger. In fact, the fire was carefully planned to renew the grassland.
“Fire is a natural part of the prairie ecosystem,” said BRIT Vice President for Education Tracy Friday. “For thousands of years, fires regularly swept the prairies of North America.”
Flames warm the soil, reduce accumulated leaf litter, release nutrients and increase microbial activity.
“After a fire, blackened fields quickly revive with new, green grass and bright, colorful wildflowers,” Friday said. “It’s a remarkable transformation.”
The Fort Worth Fire Department was on scene to ensure the safety of participants. The FWFD wildland team has traveled nationally to respond to wildfires on the West Coast. The highly trained team used January’s prescribed burn as a way to educate the attending organizations on the role they play in wildland management and the importance of regulating and managing wildlife refuge locally.
FWBG-BRIT scientists will use plant and soil data to improve their understanding of prairie ecosystems. At the same time, the organization’s education experts will use photos and videos of the fire to create new teaching materials and programs.
“The burn creates a unique opportunity for students and teachers to view this incredible natural phenomenon through an environmental STEM lens,” Friday said. STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Families can learn more by reading books about prairies. One recommended book for preschool and young elementary-age students is The Prairie That Nature Built by Marybeth Lorbiecki. Available from the Fort Worth Public Library, the book includes detailed drawings of the prairie ecosystem along with activities and resources for families.
“We think of fire as destructive. But fire can also renew the natural landscape,” Friday said. “The prescribed burn can help both children and adults understand that sometimes fire is part of a larger process that leads, ultimately, to new growth.”
The FWBG-BRIT prairie is at the corner of Trail Drive and University Drive.
A City Council-appointed, 11-member Redistricting Task Force presented its proposed redistricting criteria as part of its final report this week.
In 2016, Fort Worth voters approved an amendment to the City Charter to increase the number of City Council members from nine to 11 following the completion of the 2020 Census. The Task Force on Race and Culture in December 2018 recommended the goal of ensuring that the City Council reflects the diverse communities that it represents.
On Tuesday, Redistricting Task Force Chair Lorraine Miller and other members presented 10 criteria for redistricting.
High-priority criteria (not in any particular order):
The task force also suggested that software training be provided to residents who are interested in the redistricting process, and that proposed redistricting plans submitted by residents be analyzed and presented to the City Council.
The group is urging for transparency in the redistricting process by requiring all map drawing to occur at public meetings, with computer screens visible to all parties.
Upcoming activities for the Redistricting Task Force:
March 9, 7 p.m. The City Council will consider authorizing a contract with outside counsel to review and comment on the proposed criteria.
April 6, 7 p.m. The Council will vote on a resolution accepting the final report and establishing the criteria and procedures.
April through September 2021. City staff will provide software training for interested residents, using unofficial population estimates pending the release of official population counts. During this period, residents may register communities of interest for redistricting purposes, and the city will hire an independent contractor to propose an initial map in compliance with the approved criteria.
In addition, the task force has requested a joint work session with the City Council, to be held sometime in the fall after the U.S. Census Bureau releases block-level population data from the 2020 census. The Census Bureau is expected to release these population counts by Sept. 30, 2021.
Published on March 03, 2021 by the City of Fort Worth
The City Council on Tuesday evening approved several agreements that lead to construction of a major mixed-use development in Fort Worth's Cultural District.
Fort Worth-based Crescent Real Estate LLC said the project will include a premier boutique hotel with a chef-driven restaurant, luxury residential and a Class A office building at the corner of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Van Cliburn Way, adjacent to the city’s museums, Dickies Arena and Will Rogers Coliseum.
The Council approved a lease agreement, with an option to purchase, for two parking garages; sublease agreements for the garages; a hotel room block agreement; and a loan of up to $900,000 through the city’s EPA Revolving Brownfields Loan Program.
“We are excited to bring a first-class mixed-use project to the Cultural District,” said John Goff, chairman of Crescent. “The Crescent brand is known around the country for our luxury hotel, office and residential properties. Now, for the first time, we are coming home. I've lived in Fort Worth since 1981. We are going to build the finest hotel in the city that we hope will become the living room of Fort Worth. We can't wait to bring the Crescent brand to Fort Worth in a major way.”
Groundbreaking is scheduled to take place in summer 2021, and the project will open in mid-2023.
“Between the city's nationally renowned museums, Dickie's Arena and the stock show at Will Rogers, Fort Worth's Cultural District is a major destination for residents and tourists alike,” said Fort Worth Director of Economic Development Robert Sturns. “Crescent’s hotel and associated development project fills a real need that's been a priority in this fast-growing part of the city.”
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