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Fort Worth’s reinvented museum restaurant brings modern touches – Inside Jetta Mora’s modern cafe transformation

When Wolfgang Puck Catering took over the operations of the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art, it turned the North Texas restaurant world upside down by PaperCity first reported in March. Now we have it for the first time at the museum’s recently reopened restaurant of the same name, Cafe Modern.

It is now under the direction of Chef Jett Mora and open for lunch, brunch and bar service after a one-year COVID shutdown. Mora is a seasoned Wolfgang Puck Catering veteran and Roxanne Mclarry returns to Cafe Modern as General Manager.

A new modern cafe?

The restaurant’s famous setting, overlooking a spectacular reflective pool and modern landscape, would be intimidating to any newcomer. Tadao Ando’s spectacular architecture is as much a masterpiece as any of the works of art on display inside the museum. But after a recent weekend brunch at the reinvented restaurant, I can tell you that Jett Mora feels right at home.

The new executive chef of Cafe Modern is Jett Mora.

Cafe Modern has made a name for itself with seasonal menus rooted in ingredients from Texas. So how does Mora marry his own Filipino heritage and his education and career in the Los Angeles restaurant world melting pot with Texas?

Mora tells PaperCity Fort Worth that learning about the land and building a network of suppliers, producers and manufacturers lend themselves to the production of local flavors. He has forged all of these relationships over the past few months since being appointed by Wolfgang Puck Catering to lead this prestigious position.

“I came here for the chance to work with our regional manager, Andrew Swanson,” says Mora. “We have worked hard on R&D.

Migas is served in layers with a folded omelet. (Photo by Courtney Dabney).

Here are the new birria beef migas. I couldn’t resist tasting the Mora take. Ever since the chef grew up in LA, I knew this would be the real deal. Served on a toasted corn tortilla rather than having the typical crisps mixed in and already soggy by the time they’re served, Mora’s birria beef migas retain a slightly crispy texture.

Rather than the standard egg scramble, Mora features a delicately folded omelet. The guajillo chili braised beef crumbles in its rich tomato salsa. The dish is garnished with cilantro, onion, avocado cream and queso fresco with pinto beans.

But this chef is just getting started.

Mora’s unique take on Eggs Benedict adds some truly southern notes. The base is fresh ciabatta bread, with its texture and collars absorbing soy caramel-glazed Berkshire pork belly protein. The whole thing is topped with a mixture of wilted collard greens and spinach, which gives an unexpected touch of bitterness. Then two pretty Timberview Farmstead Vacuum Eggs and a rich Hollandaise sauce with just a little lemon finish it off.

Mora’s unique take on Eggs Benedict speaks with a Southern accent and Berkshire pork belly. (Photo by Courtney Dabney).

Want more? Mora’s Five Ingredient Cookies are served as part of a Southern Fried Chicken Cookie Sandwich or as a side. These square-cut doughy cookies, with an almost cornbread-like texture, will defy the one-bite rule.

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Five-ingredient pasty angel cookies. (Photo by Courtney Dabney).

“I’m surprised at how health conscious people are here,” says Mora. “I want to make a Keto plate and add more plant-based blue zone friendly menus to the mix.”

Mora was not aware of the Blue areas healthy lifestyle before coming to Fort Worth. But now he understands that many local diners are well trained to look for this designation next to menu items and he is very supportive.

Overnight oatmeal takes center stage. (Photo by Courtney Dabney).

A great veggie brunch dish at this new modern cafe is the Overnight Oat Bowl. It’s almost too pretty to dive into, edged with fresh berries and bringing all the appeal of a magnificent charcuterie board. You have to sit down for a minute to figure it all out. You’ll find a spoonful of spring berry jam, coconut chia pudding, and Turkish yogurt drizzled with Kelly Farms honey. A little coconut milk and crunchy cherry and nut granola complete the dish to divide.

“When I have dinner with my chef friends, we order 20 or more items and share them,” says Mora. “This is the mood I want to create.”

Modern coffee is getting there quickly. And now, dinner service will be back in the coming weeks. With a chef who cooks like at home.

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Sarasota Café Amici owner learns that being a dad is a gift

Massimiliano Nigri took the rare Saturday night February 27th.

It was nearing the peak of the winter tourist season in Sarasota, and the city was teeming with locals desperate to escape COVID lockdowns and enjoy a restaurant meal.

As the owner of Café Amici in downtown Sarasota, Nigri had to be there. But he had a date that night.

Instead of making sure tourists were happy with their squid or osso Bucco, Nigri danced the night away with her 6-year-old daughter Viviana in a father-daughter dance hosted by her school, The Classical Academy of Sarasota.

“My phone was ringing constantly with phone calls and texts with people saying we needed a table,” Nigri said. “I realized I better turn off my phone or else I’ll go crazy.

“These are the days you will never forget for the rest of your life.”

Massimiliano Nigri's 6-year-old daughter, Viviana, spends a lot of time at Nigri's restaurant, Café Amici.

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It’s a lesson Nigri is constantly learning, ever since he became a dad with the birth of Viviana in 2014, and he tries to balance running a business with raising a young girl. Nigri shares custody of Viviana with her mother, Lyndsay.

He had a lot of advisers – he started bringing Viviana to Café Amici when she was just a baby, and customers were quick to give advice to the new dad.

As these clients shared their wisdom, many of whom were retirees who had their own fathering experiences to ponder, they found a common theme: time is a gift.

Growing up in southern Italy, Nigri learned from his father that providing for the family is most important. Leave something for your children to hold on to, it is a sign of fatherly love.

But when Nigri became a father, he took on a different mindset. Yes, if Viviana wants to take over the business one day, he would like her to make it her own and have her legacy to build on.

But he’s not going to trade that for hours spent playing soccer on the beach, picking her up from school, or teaching her how to make homemade pasta. As she learns to tie her shoes, he learns to be a dad, and he said it simply, “You grow up together.”

“Sometimes when you are very involved in your business, sometimes you forget to spend quality time with your child and then you realize ‘Oh my God, where have all those years gone,’ said Nigri. “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication – it means you just have to do the basics, like spending time with it, being there, not ignoring it.”

Massimiliano Nigri has been bringing his daughter Viviana to his restaurant since he was a child.  But recently, he took a rare Saturday night off to attend a father-daughter dance at his school.

For Nigri, who runs a restaurant in the evenings and weekends when her daughter is at home, that means bringing her to restaurants as much as possible. She’s an integral part of Cafe Amici, and regulars got to see her growing from a baby learning to make homemade pasta in the kitchen, though Nigri said he hadn’t served it to any of his customers yet. .

These hours spent together are what Nigri cherishes most in fatherhood. And that’s an attitude he didn’t have before he became a father, when running a restaurant was his all-consuming passion.

Now, he sees evenings like father-daughter dancing as sweet moments that he wouldn’t trade for nothing, and he talks about them in the same way one might spend an unforgettable evening in the city.

“The music, the food, so many fathers there. It was different, a different feeling. I said I’m glad I took off today, ”he said.

“You make her dance, you spin her around and she just wants to do more spin and spin,” he said with a laugh. “It was very, very pleasant. “

Ryan McKinnon covers schools for the Herald-Tribune. Connect with him at [email protected] or on Twitter: @JRMcKinnon. Support the Sarasota Herald-Tribune by subscribing today.

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Cafe in Illawarra joins growing list of COVID-19 exposure sites across NSW

An Illawarra cafe is on a growing list of COVID-19 exposure sites across NSW as the suburban cluster now has six cases.

The addition of the Broken Drum Cafe to Fairy Meadow comes after a man who tested positive for the virus visited the scene.

The Sydney man in his 30s had also visited Bondi, Surry Hills and Westfield Bondi Junction. His infection was reported last night but missed the 8:00 p.m. reporting period and will be counted in tomorrow’s figures.

Transmission of COVID-19 has occurred in and around Westfield Bondi Junction.(

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The other new case today was a woman in her 40s who lives in the Bondi Junction area. How and when she became infected was still unknown, but she regularly walked through the Westfield Mall, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said.

These latter two cases join the 60-year-old limo driver who experienced the onset of symptoms around June 13 and was the first reported case in the eastern suburbs cluster. It was discovered that he had contracted the highly infectious Delta strain.

His wife was then diagnosed with the coronavirus. Her case was quickly followed up by a woman in her sixties who was sitting in front of the Belle Café de Vaucluse at the same time as the limousine driver was inside the room.

Health officials believe there must have been a cross-event between the two people at some point because the woman also contracted the Delta strain.

It was reported yesterday that a man in his 50s had been infected after standing near the limo driver for a few seconds.

Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian said it was frightening how a “fleeting passage” is all it takes in some cases for the virus to spread.

Due to the epidemic, wearing a mask on public transport is mandatory in Greater Sydney until next Thursday.

Further restrictions have been ruled out at this point, but authorities have urged residents of the eastern suburbs to minimize their exposure to others.

As the number of sites visited by infectious cases increases, residents of NSW have also been urged to check regularly NSW Health website for exhibition site updates.

As of 5:00 p.m. Saturday, the following were identified by NSW Health as areas of concern.

Anyone who visited Bondi Junction, including the parking lot, at the following times was asked to take a COVID-19 test, even if they had no symptoms.

  • Westfield Bondi Junction, 500 Oxford Street, June 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Westfield Bondi Junction, 500 Oxford Street, June 13 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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Anyone who has frequented the Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet is considered an occasional contact.(

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Anyone who has visited the following locations is considered close contact and urged to immediately test and self-isolate for 14 days.

  • David Jones Bondi, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 12 from 10:55 am to 11:15 am
  • Harry’s Coffee Kitchen, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 15 from 3:10 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.
  • Myer Bondi, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 12 from 11:15 am to 11:50 am
  • Tea Gardens Hotel, 2-4 Bronte Road, Bondi Junction, June 13 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.
  • Levain Bakery, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 11, 12:35 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
  • David Jones Bondi Level 1, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 15 from 3:55 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.
  • Event Cinema, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 13 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • The Broken Drum Cafe, 6/78 Princes Highway, Daisy Street, Fairy Meadow, June 18 from 10:20 a.m. to 10:40 a.m.
  • Harris Farms, Shop B1, 51-57 Norton Street, Leichhardt, June 15 from 9:50 a.m. to 10:05 a.m.
  • Amaroo Tavern, Amaroo Drive, Moree, June 4, 4:50 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Adora Handmade Chocolates, 2/325 King Street, June 13 from 2 to 3 p.m.
  • Café Macquarie Park Cemetery, Macquarie Park Cemetery, Corner Delhi Road and Plassey Road, June 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Northmead Bowling Club, 166 Windsor Rd, Northmead, June 13, 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The Twisted Olive, 684 Bourke Street, Redfern, June 13 from 12:50 p.m. to 1:20 p.m.
  • Wax Car Wash Cafe, 375 Cleveland Street, Redfern, June 14 from 12:25 p.m. to 1:10 p.m.
  • Rocco’s, 103B Laguna Street, June 14 from 10:55 am to 11:30 am
  • Belle Café, 103 New South Head Road, Vaucluse, June 11 from 9:15 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. June 12 from 10:20 am to 10:45 am. June 12 from 1:20 p.m. to 1:50 p.m. June 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. June 15 from 9:50 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.
  • Washoku, 52 New South Head Road, Vaucluse, June 12 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
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Anyone who visited IKEA in Tempe on June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. should get tested and self-isolate.(

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Anyone who has frequented the following places is considered casual contact and is encouraged to get tested and self-isolate until a negative result.

  • The Health Emporium, 263-265 Bondi Road, Bondi, June 15 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Fruitologist, 151 Bondi Road, Bondi, June 15 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Aldi, Eastgate Bondi Junction, 71-91 Spring Street, June 14 from 11:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
  • Bondi Junction Interchange Food Court, 422 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 15 from 3:05 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
  • Bondi Junction Westfield Level 5 Food court, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 13 from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • Daiso, 430 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Eastgate Bondi Junction – Ground Floor Food Court, 71-91 Spring Street, June 14 from 11:15 am to 11:25 am
  • Ichiban Boshi, 1 / 171-173 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 16 from 11:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
  • Miter10, 452 Oxford Street, June 16 from 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Myer Bondi Junction Level 2, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • NAB at Westfield, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 15 from 2:45 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.
  • Woolworths, Westfield Bondi Junction, 500 Oxford Street, Bondi Junction, June 14 from 2:15 p.m. to 2:40 p.m. June 13 from 4 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.
  • The Alkalizer, Campbelltown Council Building, 91 Queen Street, June 15, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • Spotlight on Castle Hill, 12 Victoria Avenue, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
  • Content International Design and Luxury Store, 19 / 20C Hills Super Center North 18 Victoria Ave, June 15 from 11:20 am to 11:45 am
  • Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet, 19 Roseby Street, June 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Flower Power Garden Center, 609 Old Northern Road, Glenhaven, June 12 from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Eden Gardens, 307 Lane Cove Road, Macquarie Park, June 13 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Stocklands Merrylands Shopping Center, Merrylands, 1 Pitt Street June 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Café Omega, 145 Balo Street, Moree, June 4 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and from 1:50 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Greenwood Grocer, Greenwood Plaza. lower level, 71/36 Blue Street, North Sydney, June 15 from 5:00 p.m. to 5:20 p.m.
  • IKEA, Tempe, 634-726 Princes Highway, Tempe June 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Decathlon, 634-726 Princes Highway, Tempe, June 16 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Field to Fork, 101 New South Head Road, Vaucluse, June 11 from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Plants Plus, 95 Castle Hill Road, West Pennant Hills, June 12, 12:30 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • Coles, East Village Shopping Center, O’Dea Avenue, Zetland, June 14 from 12:05 p.m. and 12:10 p.m.
  • East Village Shopping Center, O’Dea Avenue, Zetland, East Village 4 Defries Avenue, June 14 from 11:45 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.
  • Lorna Jane, Zetland, East Village Shopping Center, T12A East Village, 4 Defries Avenue, June 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 12:05 p.m.
  • Taste Growers East Village Shopping Center, Shop 39/2 Defries Avenue, Zetland, June 14 from 11:50 am to 12:05 pm
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Two accused of mischief in alleged racist incident at cafe in Richmond, BC

A man and woman face mischief charges after an alleged racist incident at a Richmond cafe in March.

Part of the incident, which occurred on March 29 at Rocanini Coffee Roasters in Richmond, was captured on security video.

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According to the cafe manager, the couple were seated at a table and chairs in an area where they were not allowed.

When she asked them to move, the situation worsened – with the man pouring coffee on the floor and the woman pouring coffee on the manager, she said.


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The couple then reportedly hurled anti-Asian slurs at the manager as they left.

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A video shared with Global News appears to show a man pouring a drink on the cafe floor and a woman tossing a partially empty mug at an employee.

A cell phone video recorded by the manager outside the cafe shows a man saying “F—– Chinese” as he gets into his car to leave.

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Richmond RCMP said Astrid Maria Secreve and Michel Jean-Jacque Berthaume now each face one charge of mischief.

The RCMP are asking anyone who has experienced or witnessed a hate incident to call 911 if the incident is still ongoing, or their local non-emergency police line if it is not.

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