Some say the best way to get to know a city is to eat your way through it. For those looking to acquaint themselves with North Texas, there's a fest for that.
Savor Dallas festival takes over takes 18 local venues and restaurants for five days of intimate fine dining experiences, cooking demonstrations, and libation samplings. The 11-year foodie event is one of the biggest of its kind in North Texas and certainly one of the tastiest - and we don't say that just because it's owned by The Dallas Morning News.
With so many events and local celebrity chefs that will be part of the festival, we thought you could use some guidance. Here are five delectable events where you can "savor" the flavor.
Food from the fire: A wood-fire hearth cooking seminar and dinner
- The drinks: Expect a family-style dinner featuring meats and veggies smoked, grilled and roasted on a hearth, plus a front row view of the action. Meal comes with cocktails, beer and wine.
- The chef: Chef Tim Byres, founder of Smoke
- The place: Smoke Plano
- The price: $115
- When: Wednesday, March 18 from 6:30-9 p.m.
- What else? Attendees receive a copy of Byres' new book, Smoke: New Firewood Cooking, to take home. More details here.
Arts District Wine Stroll
- The eats: Get ready to sip, sample and stroll the lively Arts District in downtown Dallas. More than 40 wine and eight spirit options will be available to pair with bites from a handful of local establishments.
- The vendors: Participants include Hypnotic Donuts, Jami's Handmade Pies, Kate Weiser Chocolate, and Dallas Farmers Market, among others.
- The place: Dallas Arts District
- The price: $40
- When: Thursday, March 19 from 5-7:30 p.m.
- What else? Gain free access to Crow Collection of Asian Art, Meyerson Symphony Center and Nasher Sculpture Center with price of ticket. Must be 21 years or older to attend this event. See more details here.
The Grand Tasting
- The eats: Come hungry to this event that features nibbles from 50 restaurants and retailers in Dallas-Fort Worth. Don't forget to grab a sample of wine, craft beer or spirits to wash it down.
- The restaurants: Participating restaurants include Asador, Cook Hall, Eddie V's Prime Seafood, Five-Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Glazed Donut Works, Meddlesome Moth, Meso Maya and more. See the full list here.
- The place: Centennial Hall at Fair Park, Dallas
- The price: $125 or $150 for early access
- When: Saturday, March 21 from 7-10 p.m. (Early access pass holders get in at 6:30 p.m.)
- What else? There will also be live music. Must be 21 years or older to attend this event. See more details here.
- The eats: Ready for Sunday Funday? This brunch features liquid favorites like mimosas and Bloody Marys alongside a set menu of eats from downtown businesses Café Momentum, Wild Salsa and The Joule Hotel.
- The chef: Chef Chad Houser, founder of Cafe Momentum who recently won an award for his work
- The place: Main Street Garden, Dallas
- The price: $100
- When: Sunday, March 22 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- What else? There will be live music from local funk band Larry g(EE). Proceeds benefit Café Momentum, which employs juvenile offenders and teaches them self betterment. See more details here.
Proof + Pork
- The eats: Patrons will try a variety of pork dishes after learning how to properly butcher a pig via live demonstration. To clarify: This is a butchering demonstration, not a slaughtering demonstration. The meat will be handled and cut in person. Dishes will be paired with cocktails, wine and beer.
- The chef: Chef Kyle McClelland, executive chef of Proof + Pantry
- The place: Proof + Pantry, Dallas
- The price: $60
- When: Sunday, March 22 from 3-5 p.m.
- What else? See more details here.