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In this week's DFW food news round-up, Fort Worth's West 7th takes another hit, two festivals announce their fall line-ups and a Dallas woman launches a meal kit delivery company catering to parents:
- Steel City Pops is coming to Preston Royal Shopping Center, Guide Live reports, and the new location of the gourmet popsicle spot is set to open this fall.
- A Dallas woman has launched a subscription-based meal kit delivery company (think Blue Apron and Plated) aimed specifically "parents with babies and toddlers, enabling them to make their own baby food and nutritious meals from scratch," according to a press release. Lilly & Bella lets subscribers choose four different stages, depending on their child’s age, and will deliver organic produce with recipes weekly.
- Tickets are on sale now for the 7th annual Dallas Chocolate Festival, Sept. 10 at the Addison Conference Centre. More than a dozen restaurants and dessert-makers like Kate Weiser Chocolates and FT33 will be at the fest, and organizers have added a Friday night documentary screening of “Bean to Bar." Tickets are $30 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and $75 for VIP tickets.
- More bad news for Fort Worth's West 7th district, which has seen multiple restaurant closures this year. Jon Bonnell's Waters: Fine Coastal Cuisine is closing at the end of the month and moving to downtown Fort Worth’s Sundance Square, the Star-Telegram reports. The new Waters will reportedly take over the space currently occupied by Mercury Chop House, which is closing.
- In chef change-up news, Jonathan Rivera, the chef at LAW, has left the Four Seasons Resort restaurant to take a job as chef de cuisine at Knife, Escape Hatch reports. “I just want to cook (again),” Rivera tells Escape Hatch. In June, the hotel restaurant got a particularly rough review from DMN.
- Park & Palate announced the lineup for its Oct. 22 event, a fundraiser for Klyde Warren Park. Chefs participating in this year's fest, which includes two nights of events, include Uchi's Tyson Cole, Dean Fearing, Julia Pearl's Jermaine Brown and John Tesar. Friday's "Down to Roots" event is sold out, but tickets ($75) are still available for Saturday's grand tasting.
- Le Diner en Blanc, the "picnic-style Parisian dinner party" that last year brought nearly 1,600 people to the Continental Avenue Pedestrian Bridge for a pop-up dinner, has announced the date of the next Diner en Blanc: Friday, Sept. 30, though organizers have yet to announce the location. "On the evening of September 30th, guests will make their way to the assigned departure point where they will meet a Diner en Blanc volunteer and board busses to be transported to the secret location somewhere in the Metroplex," according to a press release. "All guests will arrive within minutes of each other and begin setting up their dining space with their table, chairs, linens, flowers and tableware."