Park and Palate

Wei Wong and Marisa Terpkosh sample Blacken Red Snapper at the Park & Palate 2015 event at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas.

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Maybe you think actors are the ultimate celebrities. How about chefs? These creative folks inspire us to try new cuisines. They encourage us to cook at home, even when we don't know what we're doing. They even set trends for what we'll be eating in the years to come. If you're obsessed with food and inspired by the people who make it, the Grand Taste at Park & Palate is worth your money. You'll get to chat with chefs such as Kent Rathbun, who was formerly the frontman at Abacus for years, and David Uygur, the exceptional exec at Italian restaurant Lucia. Stop for a taste of chocolate from Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate or a French dessert from Andrea Meyer of Bisous Bisous Patisserie. Rather than watching your favorite chef-lebrities on TV, get out and meet some of Dallas' most vibrant culinary masters.

Top chefs from around the country will come together for the third annual Park & Palate, Klyde Warren Park’s signature fundraising event. A celebration of notable chefs, master sommeliers, wineries, breweries and spirits, this year’s event theme is “Pillars and Protégés” and will highlight well-known and up-and-coming chefs from not only Texas but all over the nation.

Kicking off the weekend Friday, Oct. 13, is Down to the Roots, which will feature culinary pillars Dean Fearing, who will serve as the Chef Host for the evening; Kent Rathbun; Hugo Ortega; Jason Dady; Tyson Cole; Jon Bonnell and Becky Masson. Each pillar will be paired with a rising chef of their choosing whom they have mentored at one time or another, with each team’s collaborative dish competing to be named the favorite by guest judges. Down to the Roots is an exclusive fundraising event for park VIPs including sponsors, underwriters and donors.

The Grand Taste will be Saturday, Oct. 14, with Kent Rathbun serving as the Chef Host. Park & Palate’s Grand Taste offers a Texas-sized showcase of more than 60 chefs and 30 wineries, plus spirits, craft cocktails and beer. Wine & Spirit tastings will be held throughout the day hosted by special guests. Get up-close and personal with chefs, sommeliers, mixologists and brewers as you sip and savor the day away while DJ Jen Miller spins tunes from the Muse Family Performance Pavilion.

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