Black Cat Pizza pops up at night on Magnolia
When Stir Crazy Baked Goods closes, that’s when pizza dough starts flying thanks to Jaime Fernandez and his pop-up pizza concept, Black Cat Pizza. The former 44 Bootlegger chef, who gained praise for his French dishes before parting ways with the now-closed wine bar, plans to open his pizza restaurant at 401 Bryan Ave. early next year. Until then, pizza lovers can get a taste on Monday evenings (5–9 p.m.) and Friday late nights (11 p.m.–1:30 a.m.) at the West Magnolia Avenue bakery.
“Our pizza most resembles New York-style, but even then, that’s not exactly what we aim to be and do,” Fernandez says. “We just want to make good quality pizza with a mix of both the classics and new fun toppings and combinations.”
Fernandez says he worked on his pizza dough for three months before landing on the version he liked most. But his toppings are getting all the attention. Varieties range from Caesar salad pizza with grilled celery to pizza al pastor topped with limes and fresh cilantro.
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“I had always planned on opening my own restaurant and decided a pizza restaurant would be a good place to start,” he says.
Black Cat Pizza will continue to host pop-ups at Stir Crazy Baked Good through at least December.
1251 West Magnolia Avenue, Fort Worth
Four Sisters to open soon, thanks to one brother
The name might be a little misleading. Four Sisters Vietnamese restaurant, set to open sometime next month in the new South Main Village, won’t be run by any sisters at all. Rather, former Shinjuku Station and Tokyo Café chef Tuan Pham is behind the concept. He’s the middle child between two older and two younger sisters.
“Growing up I had to sleep in the same room as them,” Pham says. “In the morning, I was always kicked out to the kitchen to change and brush my teeth. I was finding myself more in the kitchen, helping my mom.”
Being relegated to the kitchen spurred a passion for cooking, Pham says. Now Pham is ready for his close-up, with encouragement from his siblings for which his restaurant is named.
“When people think of Vietnamese food, they think of pho,” he says. “It’s so much more than that. These are dishes we eat at home. I would say my mom is really the chef of this restaurant, because the dishes are inspired by her.”
Think lobster fried rice (a live lobster tank will eventually be installed), skewered beef wraps, pork belly buns, and house-made tofu dishes using family recipes. There’ll be pho noodles made in-house, too. Pham says he thinks he’ll be the only Vietnamese restaurant in DFW doing so.
“The modern setting is in presentation and plating,” Pham adds.
The restaurant, which is still awaiting city inspections, will seat around 50 people and feature two-tops and banquet seating for communal dining.
“Instead of welcoming everyone in our home, this is our commissary kitchen that we invite the city to enjoy how we grew up eating with our parents,” Pham says.
New Riverside taproom offers craft beer seven days a week
Drive by Martin House Brewing Company on a Thursday evening or Saturday afternoon and it’s clear: The Riverside brewery draws big crowds, as evidenced by the vehicles that line the surrounding streets. Opening a taproom with daily operating hours was the logical next step, says owner and co-founder David Wedemeier.
“It’s taken us a while because we haven’t had the space or the time to start this big project,” says Wedemeier, who opened the brewery in 2012 with co-founders Cody Martin and Adam Myers. “We recently leased the rest of our building, which solved the space problem, and we have matured in our core business operations enough to create some time to build and staff what is essentially a bar.”
That bar is officially called the Riverside Lounge, and it’s where patrons can visit seven days a week for Martin House favorites on tap, like Day Break and Salty Lady, as well as weekly new releases thanks to a five-barrel mini brew system. Once the lounge reaches full-scale operation in the coming weeks, patrons can expect to find nearly 50 different beers on tap.
“We take turns meeting with the brewer and coming up with recipes that are then served in the Riverside Lounge,” says Wedemeier. “Everyone in the brewery now gets to make their crazy beer ideas a reality.”
The Riverside Lounge is open 4-10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 2-10 p.m. Saturday, and noon-10 p.m. Sunday from 2 to 10 p.m. and Sunday. On Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays from 2 – 5 p.m., beer lovers can buy a $10 wristband good for four 8-ounce pours and a pint glass.
The British are coming to Central Market
Embark on a culinary journey across the pond when Central Market hosts Passport United Kingdom, Sept. 19 through Oct. 2. The grocer’s popular Passport series has showcased authentic cuisine, wine, coffee and more from regions including Spain, Greece, Brazil, Italy, Argentina, Mexico, France and the Southern U.S. in recent years. This year, customers can expect a virtual voyage through the most proper of British dishes, including Scottish salmon, artisanal meat pies, fish and chips, pasties, Yorkshire pudding, Stilton cheeses, award-winning sparkling wines and Earl Grey galore.
Festival cooking classes include “Fresh ideas for fall from the Gardens at Great Dixter,” with Aaron Bertelsen, vegetable gardener and cook at the home of renowned gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd (Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m., Fort Worth, $65), and “Perceptions: A Modern Scottish Meal,” with Scottish chef and cookbook author Mark Greenaway (Sept. 28, 6:30 p.m., Fort Worth, $75). There’s also a hands-on parent and child class and tea party inspired by Alice in Wonderland (Sept. 30, 1 p.m., Fort Worth, $100 for one adult and one child age 7 to 17).
4651 West Freeway, Fort Worth, 817-989-4700
1425 East Southlake Boulevard, Southlake, 817-310-5600
Become a “locavore” thanks to new shared kitchen
A new shared commercial kitchen that provides food entrepreneurs a home to take their business to the next level is becoming a hot spot for pop-up events in south Fort Worth. Call ed Locavore, the space is essentially an AirBnB for commercial kitchens, says co-owner Carlo Capua.
“For those who dream of being a chef but could never afford to build a commercial kitchen, they finally have a home,” Capua says.
Upcoming events include a “Taste of India” hands-on cooking class (Sept. 19, $59), “Sunday Bloody Funday” bloody mary festival (Sept.r 23, $45) and “Meyer & Sage Harvest Grazing Board Happy Hour” (Sept. 27, $60). Also look for “Bite Club” pop-up dinners featuring local chefs. (The first one in late August sold out quickly.)
“We believe that while small businesses are the backbone of the U.S. economy, they are the heart of our community,” Capua said in a release. “Our vision is a Fort Worth where every food entrepreneur’s dream can be realized.”
715 Hawthorne Ave., Fort Worth, www.locavorefw.com