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Are you hungry for something new? This Film Festival will do the trick! Wait, what?
When someone brings a new flavor to town, Waco Fork takes notice. But this time it’s a film festival that’s looking to spice things up.
My name is Louis Hunter. As one of the festival co-directors, and a fellow foodie, I appreciate this chance to tell Wacoans about the Deep in the Heart Film Festival premiering February 16th - 19th at the Waco Hippodrome.
Of course, the Hippodrome is the perfect venue for this, not only because of its local roots and its historical charm. But also because of its kitchen and bar. If you haven’t had a beer and burger while watching a movie, then this is your chance. It’s a win-win.
Come to the Opening Night reception on Thursday, February 16th, and walk the red carpet! Meet filmmakers, and snack on Bacon Lollipops and other tasty offerings from the Hippodrome chefs. All you need are tickets to the Opening Night film, Blur Circle.
Blur Circle is a film that our whole community can be proud of, and we are delighted to host its Waco premiere. The movie was filmed all over Waco and was written and directed by Wacoans. It is a beautiful story of mourning, forgiveness and hope - a must-see for all the movie-lovers in town.
And what about the rest of the festival? The first thing you should know: these are not boring, artsy-fartsy films. You don’t have to be a film student to enjoy the movies. These films are great stories. Heart-warming, heart-breaking, heart-stopping films: that’s what we we’re going for. Our comedies will make you laugh, our dramas could make you cry, and the horror films will make you scream.
Plus there’s something for everyone! We have a crime drama, a stoner-comedy, and an oddball “chick flick” -- and that’s in just our “Here’s the Plan” film block on Friday. We have themed blocks with stories of: relationships, redemption, and motivation. We’ve brought these films together for you! Think of it as a movie buffet with short stories, dramas, documentaries, comedies... all these films adding their own flavor to the mix.
Of course, if you’re looking for a more traditional movie-going experience, check out our feature film blocks. It’s your standard 90 minute runtime, but these are films you won’t see anywhere else.
So check out the film schedule on our website: www.DeepInTheHeartFF.com
Explore the selections and see if there’s anything to satisfy your hunger for something new. Try just one feature film or a shorts film block, and we think you’ll be back for seconds!
Has Waco found its version of Franklin Barbecue?
Anyone who knows anything about Texas barbecue has heard of Franklin Barbecue in Austin. We've all heard stories of people getting in line at Franklin at 8am (3 hours before they open) just to make sure they get their fill of smoked goodness that day, because everyone knows they sell out fast. There was even an entrepreneurial teenager who made a side business out of waiting in line for people at Franklin so they didn't have to. He made some pretty good money until Franklin shut down his operation for the sake of fairness to those loyal customers who actually stood in line for themselves.
Waco has its fair share of tasty barbecue joints, but none so far that have garnered the kind of rabid loyalty you see with Franklin in Austin. That may be about to change with the debut of Guess Family Barbecue last Saturday at Bare Arms Brewing. In their first day of operation in Waco, they opened at 11am and were completely sold out of food by 2. The sell-out rate is only going to get faster as more and more people get a chance to try this barbecue, and word spreads about how good it is.
The new food truck boasts "Old school Texas barbecue - the kind Jesus ate." The tongue-in-cheek slogan really captures what GFB is going for, old school, back-to-basics Texas barbecue. No gimmicks. Just quality meat with a tasty rub smoked low and slow to perfection.
The owner of Guess Family Barbecue, Reid Guess, may be new to Waco, but he's no newcomer to the world of barbecue. He smoked his first brisket as a 7-year-old growing up in west Texas, helping his father with his barbecue catering business, and he has been learning everything there is to know about barbecue for close to 30 years. He also happens to be a trained chef who is just as comfortable in a 5-star kitchen as he is stoking the fire in the custom smoker he built with his father.
Before moving to Waco, Guess spent the past 7 years in Austin as chef de cuisine at Lambert's Downtown Barbecue, a perernnial member of the Texas Monthly list of top 50 barbecue restaurants in the world. He has a long track record of cooking excellent food, and he is bringing his years of experience and relentless attention to detail to his new venture, Guess Family Barbecue.
Their debut at Bare Arms Brewing went so well, they've decided to make it a regular thing. They will now be open Fridays and Saturdays from 11am until they run out, right in front of Bare Arms Brewing just off the circle at 2515 La Salle. I will be there early on Friday to make sure I get some brisket. I suggest you do the same.
Disclaimer: Reid is my brother-in-law. I am admittedly biased, so I urge you to try it for yourself and make your own conclusions. I will be a frequent customer of Guess Family Barbecue, not because Reid is my brother-in-law, but because his barbecue is just that good.
WacoFork Club Non-Profit Partners - Waco Downtown Farmers Market
The WacoFork Club has been live for a little over a month, and we have been really excited to partner with some fantastic local non-profit organizations so far. We are excited to announce the addition of another organization to the list: The Waco Downtown Farmers Market! We already have several vendors at the Farmers Market, and now the Market can benefit directly from their partnership with the WacoFork Club!
The Waco Downtown Farmers Market is a year-round riverside market, located at 400 South University Parks Drive. Look for the old Fire Tower – and there they are, next door at the old RV park. Since November 2011, the Market has been and will continue to be open every Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm, featuring the best local agricultural producers and artisan vendors within 150-miles of Waco.
Their mission is to bring locally grown and produced goods to downtown Waco in order to support local farmers and artisans as well as to enrich the culture of our community, and we at WacoFork fully support that mission.
If you love the Farmers Market and want to help contribute to its success while saving tons of money, go to www.wacofork.club/ref/wdfm and purchase a membership to the WacoFork Club. The Farmers Market will get $10 for every person who signs up through that link.
Raising Cane's set to open 3rd Waco location on Tuesday
WACO, TX (Sept. 15, 2016) – Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers, the popular Baton Rouge-based restaurant company known for its ONE LOVE® – quality chicken finger meals – will open its third restaurant in Waco on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 801 S. Kultgen Expressway, on the west side of I-35 at 8th Street.
Grand opening festivities begin at 9:30 a.m. with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Waco Chamber of Commerce. First-time visitors will be treated to traditional cheers and other high-energy chants to launch the location in unique Cane’s fashion, compliments of its 60 newly hired crewmembers. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m.
To add to the excitement, the first 20 paying, dine-in customers ages 13 and older will receive Free Cane’s for a Year! In addition, the first 100 paying, dine-in customers ages 13 and older will receive a free limited-edition Cane’s Waco T-shirt, along with a voucher for a free Box Combo – containing four fresh, never ever frozen chicken fingers, Texas toast, secret recipe Cane’s sauce, coleslaw, crinkle-cut fries and a drink – that may be redeemed on a subsequent visit.
Hit radio station 97.5-FM will turn up the grand opening fun from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the Baylor Spirit Squad and mascot Bruiser will be on-hand to pump up the energy during dinner hours.
“We’re really excited to be expanding further here, deep in the heart of Texas, where the Caniac population has been growing by leaps and bounds,” said General Manager Ulises Rosas, a proud Waco native. “The Baylor community has been clamoring for a Cane’s closer to them, so my crew and I can’t wait to open our doors and share our ONE LOVE with folks from all around this vibrant part of town.”
Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 and named for his yellow Labrador, Raising Cane’s recently earned the distinction of being among the Top 10 quick service restaurant chains in the nation for 2015, according to the authoritative Sandelman & Associates Quick-Track study, based on food quality, customer service, cleanliness and other important factors.
Along with its focus on chicken fingers, Raising Cane’s is renowned for its commitment to active involvement in its local communities. On Wed., Sept. 14, Rosas and his fellow crewmembers volunteered their time at Mission Waco, where they helped clean up a house used for families who are transitioning out of the homeless shelter to their own homes. The organization provides Christian-based, holistic, relationship-based programs that empower the poor and marginalized.
“We were happy to pitch in at Mission Waco for our pre-opening service project, because they do so much wonderful work here in Waco,” said Rosas. “And we’re excited about getting even more involved with the local schools and other organizations throughout the area. We’re also proud to support the Baylor Bears and we look forward to serving up lots of Tailgate chicken finger platters to fans for the games.”
Hours of operation at Raising Cane’s newest restaurant are Sunday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. When it opens, it will be the 98th Raising Cane’s in the Lone Star State and the 285th in its nationwide system.
WacoFork Club Restaurants - Cricket's
The WacoFork Club just keeps getting better and better, folks. Our friends at Cricket's have officially joined the club! For those of you keeping score, that brings us up to 26 restaurants! And we're not done yet.
Cricket's is offering WacoFork Club members a FREE order of deep friend dill pickles with an order of an entrée. That's a $7.49 value! If you use this deal just 4 times, you've covered the cost of your WacoFork Club membership. And that's just 1 of the many deals (32 at last count) that are available to club members. Seriously, why haven't you joined yet?
Cricket's is a local drafthouse and grill with over 100 draft beers, pool tables, shuffleboard and a from-scratch menu. It's seriously one of the coolest places in Waco to hang out. Chad and I started going to Cricket's 20 years ago to face off in some epic pool matches. Ok, maybe they weren't so epic, but we always had a great time.
And Cricket's always serves top-notch food. They have a great selection to suit any appetite, from starters to salads to burgers and tacos to desserts. I'm not a huge fan of dill pickles, but the deep friend dill pickles at Cricket's are to die for. Dip them in some ranch dressing, and you have the perfect appetizer for any meal. So good.