Many restaurants advocate using fresh and wholesome ingredients, or "local when possible." But once a year, a group of Texas chefs prefers to put their money where their mouth is, and put food in the mouths of hungry Dallasites in the process.
Chefs for Farmers is an annual event that gives local farmers a seat at the table alongside some of the ripest culinary talent Dallas-Fort Worth has to offer. Now in its fifth year, the three-day celebration of all things food and booze aims to "raise awareness of the North Texas farming industry," so diners can gain insight to exactly where their food comes from. (Think Portlandia in the best way possible.)
This year's Chefs for Farmers runs Sept. 23-25 and features a variety of classy events guaranteed to fill you up. Tickets are pricey, but proceeds benefit several charities.
Here's the rundown:
Creme de La Femme Dinner (Sept. 23)
Let's hear it for the girls! This dinner features strictly female chefs under the direction James Beard Award-winning chefs Virginia Willis and Celina Tio, including three from Dallas. They'll put together a six-course dinner in collaboration with several farmers to be served at Arlington Hall at Lee Park in Dallas.
Street Food Night Market (Sept. 24)
The Main Event (Sept. 25)
Join more than 100 industry players, from chefs and farmers to wineries and breweries, at Lee Park in Dallas for a day of indulgence. Billed as a "down-home, no-fuss" party, the Main Event is an all-you-can-eat affair featuring sweet and savory eats with plenty of beer and wine to wash it down. (See the full chef lineup here.)
Tickets cost $100 and proceeds benefit the North Texas Food Bank. More info.