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FWBP Food & Wine: Changing of the guard at the Kimbell

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Buffet Restaurant at the Kimbell

Loveria Caffe – Taste of Italy

Horseshoe Hill Café

Waters – Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine

Changing of the Guard at the Kimbell

After 35 years, and fashioning a transcendent stable of recipes at the Kimbell Art Museum, Shelby Schafer is hanging up her apron. Her official retirement will be February 24.

Chef Peter Kriedler has been tapped to further Schafer’s legacy at The Buffet Restaurant at the Kimbell. Kriedler, who most recently took another hometown institution − Swiss Pastry Shop − to new heights, has the energy and creativity to match the Kimbell’s world-class venue.

A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, Kriedler, became Manager of Food Services at Kimbell Art Museum in November, to make the transition seamless. “The buffet menu will not see much change in the foreseeable future − no need to change what has been so successful,” said Kriedler. “We will be increasing the visibility and offerings at the Café, which is housed in the Piano building. You can expect to see new salads, sandwiches and grab and go items there.”

The chef was influenced by an extended vacation to Japan in 2016. “I was impressed with their ingredient-driven style of cooking, and the perfectionism that constantly strives to improve your craft” he said. You will notice more of Chef Kriedler’s personality in the new in-house catering menu for events at the Kimbell.

Loveria Caffe −Taste of Italy coming to Colleyville this month

The term loveria, means something which you can’t resist, in Italian. Owners Andrea and Stephanie Matteucci, of the soon-to-open Loveria Caffe −Taste of Italy, hope to bring just that to Colleyville – an irresistible Italian Caffe.

The 2,500 square foot space is located in Town Center Colleyville at 5615 Colleyville Blvd., Suite 410. The Matteucci’s are both architects, so the interior design is chic and modern. Pending last permits, they hope to be open around Valentine’s Day.

Loveria Caffe is not Italian-esque or Italian-ish − it is straight-up authentic Italian. When I first spoke to the Matteucci’s last August, they were still in Ravenna, Italy awaiting their Visas. And, if their delightful accents don’t draw you in, their food surely will. On the menu at Loveria, you will find Italian treats called Pasticerria including flaky croissants filled with jams or creams, house made quiches and paninis, along with classically simple pizzas. Other Italian merchandise and Loveria’s own pantry staples will be available for purchase and all are strictly “made in Italy”.

Horseshoe Hill Café opening for breakfast

Chef Grady Spears and new business partner, Chuck Bush (who sold his stake in the growing Fuzzy’s Taco Shop empire), have expanded the hours of Horseshoe Hill Café on Exchange Street. The two are exploring options for either expanding the popular outpost with its chicken fried steak-centric menu, or creating something brand new, both locally and regionally.

In the meantime, Horseshoe Hill launched breakfast service on Saturday January 21 and will begin a Sunday jazz brunch very soon. That should be a welcome addition to North Side, where early morning eats are hard to find, outside of Esperanza’s Bakery and the few restaurants who offer breakfast tacos or burritos. Expect some fun creations like a BLT inspired All American Breakfast Sandwich served with crispy coated fried eggs or a Peanut Butter- Butterscotch Roll with candied bacon.

Waters re-opening March 1 in Sundance

After vacating its lush space in West Seventh, Waters – Bonnell’s Coastal Cuisine, has been redesigning the Sundance Square space that was formerly home to the Mercury Chop House.

Jon Bonnell will remain owner, chef, and operator of Waters Restaurant, but he has tapped Chef Anthony Felli to become executive chef at the new Waters location. Felli is leaving his long-time post at nearby Del Frisco’s to make the switch.

Located at 301 Main St., at the corner of Second and Commerce streets, Waters will add to downtown’s distinction as our primary fine dining district. The interior design nods to the original Waters location with plenty of natural light, oyster shell accouterments, and classic tile patterns. They plan to make the most of their patio dining area as well.

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