According to the Chefs for Farmers tagline, the three-day function is "the down-home, no fuss culinary event of the year." Those are big words. Event organizers proved it was one of the most interesting food weekends in Dallas. Yes, of the year.
The final event on Sunday, the Culinary Village, was full of Dallas star power: Matt McCallister (FT33), John Tesar (Knife and others), Nilton "Junior" Borges (Uchi), Stephan Pyles (Stephan Pyles, Stampede 66) and so many more. But it wasn't only about Dallas' finest dining, because there's more to our culinary scene than spending a few Benjamins on dinner. The event also included samples from Dallas notables Justin and Diane Fourton (Pecan Lodge), Jack Perkins (Maple & Motor, Slow Bone) and Katherine Clapner (Dude, Sweet Chocolate).
On Saturday night, the meat-tastic Butcher Block party brought theatrics into the dining room.
Imagine plucking candied bacon hanging from clothes lines or sampling ham ice cream. At the Butcher Block dinner, meat ruled.
Each event seemed to have an underlying theme: that food is exciting and the people who make it are stars. Chefs for Farmers is basically bottling and selling foodie fun. It's working.
Forking over money for a $55-and-up ticket feels good, too, as some of the proceeds go to local farmers and to Cafe Momentum, the Dallas restaurant that employs at-risk youths.
Meat me inside the Butcher Block party: