Our Authors

Josie Villa Singleton

Ten years ago, Josie created the blog Eat This Fort Worth to bring attention to all of the great local eateries in her hometown of Fort Worth and to encourage readers to support local restaurateurs. Since beginning the blog she has contributed food writing for Fort Worth Foodie Magazine, 76107 Magazine, Fort Worth Weekly and Visit Fort Worth. She has also served on the Chef’s committee of the Fort Worth Food + Wine Festival for the past 2 years. In April 2019, she re-launched Eat This Fort Worth to include food tours of Fort Worth. She created the first Taco and Margarita Tour of Fort Worth and is expanding to include other themed food tours. Find her dining discoveries at @Eat_This_FortWorth and at EatThisFortWorth.com.

Chef Jon Bonnell

Chef Jon Bonnell pairs his native Texas heritage with classic culinary training to create inventive and delicious dishes featuring decidedly Texan ingredients to inspire the palate. Distinguished as one of the foremost experts on fine wild game and Texas Cuisine, his innate understanding of flavor combinations and perfected techniques entices diners to experience new culinary creations. With a passion for sharing knowledge with others, there is never a technique or recipe he won’t share.

Chef Bonnell is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the prestigious New England Culinary Institute. He has authored three cookbooks: Jon Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine, Jon Bonnell’s Texas Favorites, and Jon Bonnell’s Waters Fine Coastal Cuisine. Chef Bonnell has cooked at the famed James Beard House in New York City in 2004, 2005 and 2008. He has been featured on NBC’s The Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, CBS’s This Morning, ABC’s Nightline, ABC’s GMA Now, Better TV, as well as The Food Network’s BBQ with Bobby Flay and The Food Network’s Meat & Potatoes. His namesake restaurant, Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine in Fort Worth, has won the “Award of Excellence” from Wine Spectator each year since 2004 and has been consistently rated among the top restaurants in the state by the Zagat survey. His newest restaurant concept, WATERS, opened to rave reviews in March 2013.

In addition to his two fine dining restaurants (both rated in the top six in the Zagat survey for the DFW Metroplex), Jon also owns and operates BUFFALO BROS, Pizza, Wings & Subs in the heart of the TCU campus and is the Celebrity Chef for TCU’s Amon G. Carter Stadium, where he oversees the menu for all TCU home football games.

Katherine Sasser

Katherine was born in Houston, graduated from TCU in 1999, and has considered Fort Worth her home ever since.

Her first career was as a singer songwriter. She recorded a CD, and then toured and sang full-time after graduation.

She met her husband, Timm, on a Young Life ski trip. He was in charge. She was the talent. At first they weren’t friends, then they were best friends, and then they fell in love. Katherine and Timm were married in August of 2000.

They have four children, Annie, Jake, Norah, and Lillian who are wonderful sources of joy.

Katherine works full time running Hurley House. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking, singing, and listening to NPR.

Crystal Vastine

Crystal’s interest in food started with Saturday episodes of “Yan Can Cook” and Christmas-time tamale making with her family. She decided to take her interest a few steps further by attending The Culinary School of Fort Worth where she graduated in 2009. It was during her time there that she began publishing Fort Worth Foodie magazine in an effort to highlight independent restaurants that make Fort Worth a unique place to live and dine.

Although the last issue was published late 2013, she has kept Foodie followers updated through social media and continues to satisfy her appetite to get involved in Fort Worth’s food scene by serving on the Advisory Board for the Fort Worth Food & Wine Festival where she is the Volunteer Chair.

You can follow Crystal’s culinary adventures through the Fort Worth Foodie Facebook page and @fwfoodie instagram.

Celestina Blok

Celestina Blok has been writing about Fort Worth restaurants since 2005. A third-generation Fort Worth native, Blok writes a restaurant news column for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and a weekly food events column and monthly cocktail column for Culture Map Fort Worth. She’s also written for Fort Worth, Texas magazine, Texas Highways travel magazine and the Fort Worth Business Press. In 2017 she authored her first book, Lost Restaurant of Fort Worth, published by Arcadia Publishing/The History Press. Blok graduated with a degree in journalism from Texas Christian University and is also a graduate of the Culinary School of Fort Worth. She is also a full-time fitness instructor and trainer and finds balance in writing, eating and exercising for a living.

James Creange

James’s passion for food began at a young age through his family. Even during meals in the Creange houshold, the conversation would typically tend to shift to food.

He began working full time at The Culinary School of Fort Worth as a marketing and content manager where his passion for food began to grow. He initially created the Fort Worth Food Stories podcast as a way to highlight local chefs throughout the DFW area. After realizing that there was room for even more stories, he reached out to the other writers on this site to help him create the blog.

He grew up in New Jersey before attending TCU in 2013 and staying in Fort Worth after his graduation in 2017. James graduated from TCU with a Sports Broadcasting degree and would love to one day combine his passion for food with his passion for sports.

In his free time, James loves to read books, watch movies, and attend concerts. He also hosts the baseball podcast Spurtability.

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