Café Modern announced that Denise Shavandy will replace the dearly departed Dena Peterson as Executive Chef beginning this week. Chef Peterson’s post-Modern activities include her new catering company. Chef Shavandy helmed the kitchens at Eatzi’s Market & Bakery, Central Market, and Fort Worth restaurants The Pegasus and Spice International Café. She also taught at the Texas State Technical College’s Culinary Institute, where she helped budding chefs learn the ins and outs of the restaurant biz.

Travis and Emma Heim of Heim Barbecue and Catering announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund additional smokers for their barbecue trailer. The joint sells out of everything usually within a couple of hours of opening because the Heims can only cook so much on their one smoker. Those pledging upwards of $30 can win a pound of brisket (no waiting in line!) and t-shirts. Although the Heims raised enough for one smoker in the time it takes you to say barbecue sauce, they are keeping the campaign going in the hopes of raising enough for an additional smoker.

Finally Jon Bonnell, our favorite chef with a heart of gold, is fundraising. Bonnell is an experienced triathlete, and will run the Kona (HI) Ironman as a benefit for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Bonnell’s restaurants have hosted benefits for hundreds of charities in Fort Worth and North Texas. The chef aims to raise $75,000 to fund diagnoses and treatment of blood cancers. You can visit his Team in Training page here.