Fort Worth’s celebrity chef Tim Love will be on the fairway of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.Tournament officials this week said that Love’s company, Tim Love Catering, will become the exclusive on-course concessionaire and private hospitality caterer for the PGA Tour’s stop in Fort Worth in 2014 at Colonial Country Club.“We were looking to add a distinctive Fort Worth and Texan flair to our food offerings, and we think Tim Love will help us accomplish that in a big way,” said Bobby Patton, the tournament’s chairman.Love will operate about 20 on-course public concession stands and 50 on-course private hospitality venues for corporate sponsors.Love is the chef/owner of the Lonesome Dove Western Bistro, Woodshed Smokehouse, Love Shack and Queenie’s Steakhouse, as well as the White Elephant Saloon in the Fort Worth Stockyards.In 2012, Love partnered with national foodservice company Sodexo to become the sole food service provider, Chef Tim Love by Sodexo, in hospitality suites at Texas Christian University’s Amon Carter Stadium.In addition to popular golf tournament fare, details about Chef Love’s concession and catering menu items will be announced in the weeks leading up to the golf tournament. The Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial will celebrate its 68th championship May 19-25 with a $6.4 million dollar purse.Former Chesapeake exec wins national awardJulie Wilson, who for seven years was Chesapeake Energy’s principal executive in the Barnett Shale, was recognized by a national public relations group for her work on public policy and government relations.The Public Relations Society of America gave Wilson its Lloyd B. Dennis Distinguished Service Award at its annual meeting in Philadelphia. The group cited Wilson’s “expertise in public policy and political issues.”She left Chesapeake in June and resumed her Reasons Group, a consulting firm that she started in 2001.Wilson told us that she’s proud the honor highlights the variety of her work, from gaining acceptance of urban drilling to her earlier years in advertising. But, she said, “the award is also in part for personal contributions to my community over a lifetime.” She’s the chair of United Way of Tarrant County and a founding member of Leadership North Texas.Wilson is a New Mexico native who moved to the area in 1986 when her husband took a position at Texas Christian University. She eventually became a principal in the Fort Worth advertising agency that became Regian & Wilson.Gander Mountain to open Tarrant storeGander Mountain, the St. Paul, Minn.-based outdoor specialty store, plans to open a store in Arlington’s Highlands development in the spring.The company confirmed its plans for the store Wednesday. It will be the fifth new Gander Mountain store to open in Texas in the past year, the retailer said. Gander Mountain specializes in firearms, hunting, fishing, camping and marine products and services. The 52,000-square-foot store will be in the Highlands East Shopping Center, on the north side of Interstate 20 and near Matlock Road. Permits issued to Gander Mountain in September show the store’s address as 3901 S. Center St., just east of Costco. The store will feature one of the largest selections of new and used firearms in Texas, together with a selection of gear and accessories for hunting, fishing, camping, boating and archery, Gander Mountain said. It will also sell men’s and women’s active performance outdoor and casual apparel and a variety of men’s and women’s active footwear.Arlington will be the 16th Gander Mountain location in Texas and its first Tarrant County store. Gander Mountain was founded in 1960.Local startup inks deal with USA TriathlonUSA Triathlon has partnered with RPM2, a Fort Worth manufacturer of computerized shoe insoles designed to monitor the training elements of running and biking.“Our revolutionary technology is aimed at making athletes better, stronger and faster,” said CEO and inventor Johnny Ross, a client of the Tech FW technology incubator, in a statement. The partnership runs through September 2017. USA Triathlon members can receive a 10 percent discount as part of the agreement. USA Triathlon is the governing body for the triathlon sport, serving more than 550,000 members annually.
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