The mission of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Association (FWSOA) is to provide symphonic performances at the highest level of artistic excellence; to promote music and attract and retain the widest possible audience; and to serve and enrich our community.
Walk into La Bella CupCakes on any given day and you’re bound to find a surprise. That’s because each day the bakery makes available three to five different specialty flavors such as salted caramel, peanut-butter cup, and pears and champagne. There are also the mainstays—eight traditional flavors that are available every day, including strawberry frosting on vanilla cake and cream-cheese frosting on chocolate. Unlike any nickname you try to give yourself, the treats seem to be catching on; they keep popping up in colorful arrangements at local events, and since La Bella’s founding in September 2010, owner Elisha Lance has gone from employing a single person to overseeing a staff of more than eight at two locations.
Nestled among the wooden corrals and brick fa?ades of the historic Fort Worth Stockyards district, Cowtown Winery pairs meats and cheeses with red, white, semisweet, and dessert wines handcrafted by an in-house vintner. Amid shelves stocked with emerald rows of bottles, the winery?s tasting bar hosts daily samplings of premium wines such as the tart Silver Spur red and a pinot grigio with subtle aromas of apple, pear, and aged stetson hat. Live acoustic music on the weekends helps to inspire first-time winemakers as they consult with vintners to design custom labels and concoct up to 29 bottles of their own signature wine.
Since 1919, Luskey's/Ryon’s has outfitted untold numbers of cowboys and girls with its awe-inspiring array of all things Western. From boots and hats to denim, custom saddles, and fancy-time gilt belt buckles, the packed racks and stacked shelves of Luskey's/Ryon's threaten to secede from under the weight of so much rugged gear. Keep the sun off with a genuine Atwood palmleaf hat ($45), or strut stylishly in Wrangler men's pro-rodeo cowboy-cut jeans ($26.99). A leather-covered stainless-steel flask ($100) imparts a dashing gift unto adults, whereas Buckaroo kids boots ($49.99) outfit youngsters in rich imported leather that will impress all kinds of people who aren't Grandma.
More than 325 bottles of international wine fill Zambrano Wine Cellar’s shelves and its climate-controlled wine cellar, arranged by chef, wine enthusiast, and owner Cef Zambrano. When not hobnobbing with celebrities such as Harrison Ford, Nolan Ryan, and Katie Couric, Zambrano coordinates a menu of bistro fare to harmonize with his library of wine selections, which received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2009. Zambrano presents updated takes on Mediterranean favorites, crafting small plates of escargot broiled in garlic butter and shallots, as well as four types of bruschetta topped with tomato, chicken, duck, or fillet tips. Diners can dive into shared nibbles with custom plates of international meats and cheeses or pizzas topped margherita-style or with signature spanish ham.
Zambrano’s prized glass wine cellar sits behind a smooth stone bar, inlaid with variegated amethyst that glows as it catches the light better than an outfielder with a magnifying glass. While perched at its high-backed leather banquettes, diners can sip from the 50-plus list of wines by the glass while gazing at a flat-screen TV in the corner or admiring the custom art on the dining room’s exposed-brick walls. In the front of the dining room, gauzy orange curtains frame sheets of sunlight that illuminate simple wooden tables, each adorned with a single flower that provides color and an amuse-bouche for hungrier guests. A sidewalk patio offers al fresco dining and bustling sights of Sundance Square.