Letters: Wednesday, May 16, 2002
Chump, Baby

To the editor: I am writing regarding the attached shoddy journalism that appeared in your Chow, Baby column in the May 9 issue of Fort Worth Weekly (“Prepare for Take-Out”). First let me begin by saying that I am in no way affiliated with The Moon except for the fact that I had the pleasure of eating there, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was amazed that you could write such negative comments about the appetizers at this establishment, and it turns out you did not even try them. I work for a food service distributor called US Food service, I service many of the finest restaurants in Fort Worth, many of which have been written about in your paper. As a consultant to many of my customers, I suggest that they use the appetizer lines mentioned in your article. Brew City and Moore’s offer the highest quality appetizers available; the ingredients in these products are equal to, if not better than what most local chefs use. By using these products, my customers are able to offer a consistent, high-quality product, and they are able to free up their kitchen staff to focus their attention on the main entrees.

I am not writing this letter to defend the products I sell, I am writing to ask that you take a little more responsibility for what you write. The fact that your article is printed in a local paper might give your readers the misconception that you know what you are talking about. That would be a shame. During my visit to The Moon, the bartender never once prepared my food nor do I recall anybody claiming they were going to serve me a banquet. While not all of my customers advertise that they use these brands of appetizers on their menu, the ones that do, do so to show their customers that they are offering high-quality products, in much the same way they’ll use Heinz ketchup on the tables, or Coca-Cola glasses for their drinks. I think you would be very hard pressed to find a restaurant in the Metroplex that did not use these products. I have also seen positive reviews written in your paper about these products, I will not mention specifics but I use a positive comment taken from one of your articles as a selling point to my customers.

I understand that in order to fill up the whole page with your prolific writings, you may need to add a little fantasy to your article, but is it really necessary to say you would prefer death over eating something you have not even tried? What a joke. For future reference your readers would like you to write about experiences you have actually had, please save the fantasy for the escorts on the back pages.

Otto Arslanovski


Chow, Baby replies:

Dear Mr. Arslanovski,

You make some excellent points, and I will keep them in mind. (The “death” part was over the top, yes.) Like many people, I subscribe to the idea that fresh-made is always better than frozen. But your arguments about staffing and consistency are compelling, and I appreciate your taking the time to explain them to me. I like the comparison to ketchup — even the best restaurants don’t make their own, right?

Thank you for your thought-provoking letter.

6-Point, Missed Point

To the editor: Unfortunately folks like Anne Marion, the FPA and Kelly, Hart & Hallman have missed the point all together concerning Fort Worth landmarks (“Theater of the Absurd,” April 18). The treasured 7th Street Theatre is not an architectural treasure by any means; it is in fact, a treasure chest of memories. Now, it’s a fading memory.

So many of our memories are being erased by our beloved hyper-rich “philanthropists” pushing the bulldozers. Does anyone remember the Bowie Theatre? One of my most vivid childhood moments was sitting in the Bowie Theatre on Christmas Eve watching a double feature of Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter and Battle Beneath the Earth. My sister and I watched both films twice until Dad came and got us to open Christmas presents. That building is now a bank. Yes, a bank. The sign is still there, barely, but at least it’s not being used as a bargaining chip like the 7th St. sign.

I have lived in this town my entire life, and most of the buildings I have fond memories of have been destroyed by the well meaning, but incredibly self-centered “developers” of Fort Worth. I suppose the New Isis Theatre in the Stockyards is next, then Casa Mañana, then Farrington Field, then Will Rogers Coliseum. Fort Worth is slowly but surely losing its soul.

So next time you see or hear the word “eyesore” attached to one of our treasured buildings, pay close attention, because once it’s gone, it’s gone forever.

Dwight Greene

Artistic director,Fort Worth Film Festival, Inc.


In the April 18 story “News Flesh,” due to an editing error, the Marketplace radio program was associated with National Public Radio. In reality, it is produced by Minnesota Public Radio in conjunction with the University of Southern California and distributed by Public Radio International. Fort Worth Weekly regrets the error.

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