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Not all of the nearly 100 attendees to the Chamber's Business After Hours last Thursday were photo-bombers. Some were golfers. Most were eaters, as Chef Leon had delicacies for everyone's tastes, including those who liked to inject their fried donuts with delicious creams. Having a great time,
L to R  at TopGolf, are Cheryl Callahan and Steve Lackey, SporTherapy; John Porhamer, Cowtown Insurance Service; and Laura Clymore, SporTherapy.

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Welcome GM Gemma: Mr. B was doing dishes as part of his food trade with Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse and things got eerily quiet. Gemma Brady was in the kitchen and the new-ish General Manager was charmingly praising the chefs and servers. She did, however, have a Brady Bunch of suggestions for Mr. B about spots left on wine glasses and utensils. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia, not a good first impression. Mr. B has learned the inside scoop of Del diners favorites' by what plates come back lickety clean -- mostly the jumbo lump crab cake, lobster bisque, seared Chilean sea bass, jalapeno bacon macaroni & cheese and the bone-in prime rib eye, though the bone comes back to the kitchen. But hey, choose yourownself's favorites with this dinner for two, courtesy of Gemma. 

Hot stove league: In another kitchen, at River Ranch Stockyards Sept. 6, chef Jon Bonnell will host Fort Worth Magazine's Top Chef Challenge. The best of the best slice, dice, sizzle, fry and bake to take the coveted Golden Knife as top chef in Fort Worth. When it's over, Publisher Hal Brown sends Mr. B a plate of leftovers. Two of you, however, will be prime-time players and eaters with a pair of tickets, courtesy of the mag's Natasha Freimark. It includes cocktails and bites. 

Home suite home: Kelly Case hasn't forgotten. The sales manager of the Homewood Suites Fort Worth Medical Center is as timely as an AARP welcome letter and has a steel trap mind to remember Mr. B is coming to live there in retirement. Each summer, she sends a welcome note from the Suites asking Mr. B if he's ready for the sweet life. Who wouldn't want to live there? Every room is a suite, with HDTV, refrigerators, kitchen appliances and utensils. There are couches for lazy days of reading and room to run and swim when the energy level is above tepid. Free light food offerings Sunday through Thursday evenings and complimentary breakfast buffets daily. Happy hour wines and beer. No electric bill. No water bill. No home insurance. No yard work. Want to live the life? You can Case the place with this one night's stay in a King Studio with complimentary buffet breakfast and complimentary parking. 

You, too, can shine: Mr. B's inhabited-but-parked 2001 Rio got tapped by an F-350 doing three miles an hour. Total front-end demolition. Excellent body work, thankfully, and the old-timer's outer body is looking as good as possible after its Phytomer skin treatment. Body shop, however, didn't clean up so well and instead sent Mr. B and Kia with certificate to Jerry's Express Car Wash. Holy Preen City! Now, this baby doesn't look a day over 10. Doug Cookston's wet, wash and dry crew has Mr. B falling in love again. And Doug has a certificate better for you than the body shop's. Get your baby showered and shined every day for 30 days at Jerry's.

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Recruiting humor: Ambra Cole, a direct hire specialist for Express Employment Professionals, is a quote machine. A candidate recently told her "I feel like I've known you forever." Ambra replied, "Nah, we've just been doing online dating." She also says, "If I'm not filling (jobs) for you, I'm stealing from you." On the side, Ambra placed herownself as a co-owner franchisee of that world-famous spicy fried chicken restaurant on Magnolia Ave. She says they're opening another soon in Deep Ellum.

Real news about Real Santas: The Chamber Cowboy Santas kickoff is Sept. 11 at the T&P Building. It's free to go, free to get involved. Click here for info. Santa hisownself will be here to add some electricity to the Nov. 18 Downtown Fort Worth Initiatives' GM Financial Parade of Lights Celebrating 100 Years of Cook Children's.

He dreams big: Fort Worth probably would not have a film commission if not for Red Sanders of Red Productions, a Fort Worth-based film and video production company. He is working with a developer to create MAIN+BROAD at 305 S. Main St., officially designated by the city as a Media Production Development Zone. There will be a film studio - Backlot Studios - for TV, film and commercial projects. A second construction phase will have Red Productions' offices and co-working space for other media-related companies and creatives. All this by the first of the year.

The man to know: If/when the $800-million Tarrant County bond proposal passes November 6 and you want a part of that package, the men to get an intro to are County Administrator G.K. Maenius and Scott Rule.

Combo sale: When companies sign up for EasyRide discounts with Trinity Metro, their eligible employees also receive a discount for TEXRail. That means you could travel round-trip on a day pass for as low as $3.75 between the airport and downtown. TEXRail service begins Jan. 5

"Five-to-seven decisions a season are the difference between four wins and double-digit wins."   

--  TCU football coach Gary Patterson

Life of its own: The open house that non-profit Project 4031 is having Sept. 10 celebrates its very cool, 100-year-old historic home at 708 May Street. Project 4031 offers no-cost services to terminally ill children and adults to strengthen their end-of-life stories.

Rock, paper, scissors: Tom Myrick of Datamax, an imaging technology company, preceded his talk to a Chamber group about how you shouldn't distribute handouts before you speak. Which he then preceded to do; what the heck, paper doesn't cost him anything. He and Reagan Ferguson of Pressman Printing got into a discussion about the "memory" copiers have, which could be bad for financial summaries and contracts if the copier memories aren't erased. "And don't sit on a copier," Tom said. "Or you'll be the butt of jokes," Reagan said.

Advice, you get what you pay for: The Fort Worth Opera Festival never really has been a "festival." But new development guy Kerry Hunsaker envisions more social activities within the April 29-May 31, 2019 festival. May Mr. B suggest a southern Buttons Restaurant catered brunch to play off Porgy and Bess? There's also a "Mariachi opera" scheduled; how about a sing-a-long at Artes de la Rosa? Opera folks are singing new community tunes. In July, it had an ice cream social at the Kimbell Art Museum. Thankfully, no one dripped on the masterpieces.

Healthy respect: Medical City Fort Worth CEO Jyric Sims is the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council's 2018 Young Healthcare Executive of the Year. The award goes to a leader at a DFWHC-member hospital who is 40-or-under.
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