Calling all foodies: If you haven't purchased tickets to Park and Palate, Klyde Warren Park's upcoming foodie festival and fundraiser, the following list of participating chefs may encourage you to do so.
The second annual fundraiser is a two-day soiree, featuring some of Texas' top culinary talent.
The popular event brings more than 3,000 wine and food lovers to an already popular park. Although tickets to the kickoff party, Down to the Roots on Oct. 21, are already sold out, you can purchase general admission and VIP tickets for the Saturday event, Grand Taste (Oct. 22), beginning Aug. 1. They cost $75 for entry and are available online to guests 21 years or older. Proceeds benefit Klyde Warren Park.
Among this year's 30 featured chefs are Nilton Borges Jr. of the Joule Hotel (previously chef of Uchi, named by The Dallas Morning News' Leslie Brenner as 2015 Restaurant of the Year), John Tesar of Knife (check out some pretty ridiculous quotes from his interview with Playboy) and four-time James Beard Award-nominated Dallas chef Kent Rathbun (who has an outdoor kitchen in his home).
While the focus of the event is the food and drink, there's other entertainment as well, including featured bartender and restaurateur Michael Martensen and Flower Chef Carly Cylinder. There's also plenty of music, featuring Eric Paslay, the Barbed Wires, Johnny Reno & the Rockets and DJ Lucy.
"More than one million guests enjoy the park each year," Park & Palate co-chair Rob Walters said in a statement. "Thanks in large part to support from the business, philanthropic, and culinary communities, Klyde Warren Park serves as Dallas' central gathering place where everyone is welcome."
See the full chef list below.
Saturday chefs include:
Jeff Balfour (Southerleigh), Melody Bishop (Lark on the Park), Richard Blakenship (CBD Provisions) Nilton Borges, Jr. (The Joule Hotel), John Brand (Supper), Jermaine Brown (Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine), John Coleman (Savor Gastropub), Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurant Group), Ross Demers (On the Lamb), Brandon Drew (The Pyramid at the Fairmont Hotel), David Fingerman (Madrina), Omar Flores (Casa Rubia), Diego Galicia (Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria), Nick Hurry (Proof + Pantry), Dennis Kelley (Lark on the Park), Brian Johnson (Central Market), Geronimo Lopez (Botika), Brian Luscher (Luscher's Red Hots and The Grape) Rebecca Masson (Fluff Bake Bar), Andrea Meyer (Bisous Bisous Patisserie), Suki Otsuki (Mudhen Meat and Greens), Kent Rathbun, Timothy Rattray (The Granary 'Cue & Brew), Justin Richardson (Brigid), Joe Scigliano (Savor Gastropub), Philip Speer (Bonhomie), Shuji Sugawara (Shinsei), John Tesar (Knife), Rico Torres (Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria), Julia Vorce (Savor Gastropub), Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo and Chicon), Nicholas Yanes (Juniper) and more.
Friday evening chefs include:
Bruce Auden (Biga on the Banks), Jill Bates (Fearing's), Tyson Cole (Uchi), Jason Dady (Jason Dady Restaurant Group), Robel Del Grande (Cafe Annie), Dean Fearing (Fearing's), Michael Fojtasek (Olmaie), Sharon Hage (Sharon Hage Farm to Fork Consulting), Brian Johnson (Central Market), Molly McCook (Ellerbe Fine Foods), Kyle Nelson (Central Market), Hugo Ortega (Backstreet Cafe, Hugo's and Caracol), Michael Thompson *Michael's Cuisine & Ancho Chile Bar) and Julie Vorce (Savor Gastropub).