October 2015 Around Town 1


First Annual Aventino’s Italian Meatball Competition

We’re pleased to announce the First Annual Aventino’s Italian Meatball Competition, sponsored by West FW Lifestyle magazine, where home cooks get a chance to show off their culinary skills. Send us your favorite homemade Italian meatball recipe with a photo for a chance to have your recipe featured in the magazine and served on the Aventino’s dinner menu for one night. Each month November through January, one winning recipe will be selected and promoted via social media, and one Grand Prize Winner will be featured in the February Food Issue of the magazine and have their delicious winning meatballs served for one weekend at Aventino’s Italian Restaurant.

Send your recipe and photo by email only to meatballs@aventinos.com no later than November 30, 2015 to enter.

Aventino’s Italian Restaurant

5800 Lovell Ave.

Fort Worth, TX 76107


Rules: Home cooks only. Participants can not be currently employed, or have been employed as a cook or chef. Italian meatball recipes only. One photo must accompany all entries. One entry per person per month. Winner must be willing to have name and recipe shared in print and social media, and have their meatballs served at Aventino’s Italian Restaurant.

Backyard Grilling

Come see us at Backyard Grilling Company for all of your outdoor living needs. We carry a large variety of grills, components, gas logs, HomeCrest Outdoor furniture, Smokers, Big Green Egg, outdoor kitchen design and so much more. Follow us on Facebook or our website to get updates on some of the many grilling demonstrations we do at our store. We are a family owned and operated company, and our main focus is to provide an easy, pressure free selling environment, with top notch customer service.  Come see us at the store, or at our booth at the 1st Annual Fort Worth Weekly Backyard BBQ Competition, Saturday Oct 10th, held at the Historic Stockyards.

Backyard Grilling Co

6125 SW Loop 820 #140, Fort Worth, Tx 76132



Expressions Home Gallery

Expressions Home Gallery is the premier showroom brand for Morrison Supply Company.  Established in 1917, we’ve built a distinguished legacy on providing the optimal experience for our customers, offering dedicated service from the very start and long after a sale is finished.

Expressions Home Gallery is designed for homeowners, builders, contractors and interior designers and offers kitchen & bath fixtures, appliances and more. Each sales consultant is a highly trained industry expert who can assist in guiding customers down the right path to achieve the home of their dreams.

We understand that a new kitchen and bath design is a form of self-expression, driven by passion and creativity, and we set out to create a hands-on environment where ideas can spark and thrive.

We’re here to turn your vision into a reality. Contact Greg Haczynski at 817.259.0920, or visit our showroom at 5001 Bryant Irvin Road North (at West Vickery). ExpressionsHomeGallery.com

Lena Pope CEO Todd Landry Travels to Cuba with a Diverse Child Welfare Research Delegation

Lena Pope CEO Todd Landry will travel to Cuba as part of a delegation focused on sharing, learning and networking to ensure all children grow up safely in loving families and supportive communities. To meet with some of the country’s leading childcare, healthcare and education providers, Landry will travel with a diverse child welfare delegation. All 11 members were chosen by CWLA (The Child Welfare League of America) and The Coalition for Research to Practice through a cross-system application process. This year’s chairman of the board of the CWLA, Landry joins community leaders, educators, researchers and officers from children and family service programs. The goal is to learn how best to support our nation’s most vulnerable citizens through maximizing the strengths of Cuba’s community-based child welfare practices and to share the best practices of the United States systems with Cuban leaders. The group will tour the country from September 27 through October 3.

“The recent work toward normalization of relations with Cuba after more than 50 years presented an opportunity for a delegation to travel with a focus on child welfare, childhood development, childhood learning, and children’s overall wellbeing,” Landry says. “Our goal is to both share information on our best child welfare practices and to see how Cuba’s practices have developed during the decades since the embargo went into effect. We look forward to sharing information as well as learning.”

Though Cuba does not have a formal child welfare system, the country has long practiced raising children communally, to provide them with what they need to be happy and healthy and go on to reach their full potential. The delegation is interested to see how this extended-family and community-based model has transformed throughout the last 50 years.

“We are excited to learn about the resilience of families and how they manage without a child welfare system in place,” says Christine James-Brown, president and CEO of the CWLA. “We know there is a good daycare system in Cuba and a good healthcare system as well. This is going to be a good shared learning experience where we can learn from Cuba and then return to the U.S. to share that knowledge with the entire child welfare field.”

Landry will blog about his experiences on LenaPope.org, and the entire delegation is committed to sharing what they have learned through webinars, reporting, and other post-trip requirements of their partnership.