Fort Worth Convention and visitors Bureau Blog

Unexpected Stories: Derrick and Kesha Walker

Derrick and Kesha Walker Pitmaster and Pâtissier, Smoke-A-Holics BBQ Derrick Walker blends soul food and BBQ, two cuisines that have shaped the Fort Worth culinary scene. At Smoke-A-Holics, pitmaster Derrick sources the best quality meats and sides for a truly delicious experience. Kesha Walker is…

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Unexpected Stories: Erica Silverman

Erica Silverman Director, Red Productions Filmmaker: Red Productions The hyphen takes on new meaning with Erica Silverman. She is a writer-director-editor-mom-partner-friend-Fort Worth resident. She’s worked with the likes of Avril Lavigne and Leon Bridges, and now flexes her creative muscles…

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Unexpected Stories: Amy McNutt

Amy McNutt Owner & Executive Chef Spiral Diner, Maiden, Dreamboat Donuts & Scoops Filmmaker: James M. Johnston Does life imitate art? According to Amy McNutt, it does. She took her appreciation for Fort Worth’s museums in the Cultural District and turned it into a concept for her restaurant…

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Unexpected Stories: Jana Renee

Jana Renee Artist Filmmaker: Panther City Films Jana Renee was not born in Fort Worth, but the city is now marked with her creativity. When she moved to Fort Worth from Boston, she quickly fell in with a set of local artists who saw her talent and encouraged her growth. Though she’d never…

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Unexpected Stories: TaKiyah Wallace-McMillian

TaKiyah Wallace-McMillian Founder & Executive Director, Brown Girls Do Ballet Filmmaker: Lowtown Studios The movement that TaKiyah Wallace-McMillian ignited began with a humble desire: to open a door for her daughter. Now, Brown Girls Do Ballet is a non-profit organization that promotes…

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Unexpected Stories: Dr. Lisa Langston

Dr. Lisa Langston FWISD Director of Athletics Filmmaker: Beastman Productions Lisa Langston began her career long before she worked for Fort Worth Independent School District. As a basketball player and track runner at Texas A&M, Lisa understood first-hand the impact of sports on a student…

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Unexpected Stories: Felipe Armenta

Felipe Armenta Restaurateur Filmmaker: Nick Utter Felipe Armenta is in the family trade. He grew up in the industry where both his parents were chefs and restaurant owners, so he’s had a lifetime of learning what makes a great experience for guests. FAR Out Hospitality, the restaurant group he…

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Unexpected Stories: Bobby Ahdieh

Bobby Ahdieh Dean - Texas A&M School of Law Filmmaker: Meredith Manning Productions The dean of a law school is not usually recognized for his urban planning abilities. But when Bobby Ahdieh became the Dean of the Texas A&M Law School in 2018, he had to learn some new skills. He’s led the…

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Unexpected Stories: Ramon Niño

Ramon Niño Mariachi Director, North Side High School Filmmaker: Ocular Pop Ramon Niño knows what it means to keep a tradition alive. As the mariachi director at North Side High School, he spends his days teaching students the tradition of mariachi. It instills in his students, and himself, a…

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Unexpected Stories: Marc Istook

Marc Istook Local News Anchor Filmmaker: Jared Christopher, Rock and Fire Studios Marc Istook has a history with Fort Worth. His family goes back six generations, and those roots run deep. He spent 18 years in Los Angeles hosting and anchoring, including several stints on red carpets…

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