Savor Dallas is back again this year with several showcase events, including an opening night barbecue party, grand and reserve tastings, and a community brunch.
The food, wine and spirits festival is celebrating its 13th year and is run by CrowdSource, the event marketing company owned and operated by The Dallas Morning News. It runs from April 6 to April 9 and features five signature events that include more than 75 restaurants and chefs. The host chefs are: Kirstyn Brewer of a soon-to-be named Chinese concept; Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate; Matt Dallman of 18th & Vine; Graham Dodds; Omar Flores of Casa Rubia and Whistle Britches; Brian Luscher of The Grape; Misti Norris; Stephen Rogers of Gemma; Nathan Tate of Rapscallion and Boulevardier; and David Uygur of Lucia. Cafe Momentum executive chef Chad Houser is the honorary host chef this year.
Guests at the festival will receive a complimentary copy of the spring 2017 edition of Palate, The News' annual food, wine and travel magazine, otherwise only available to Sunday print subscribers (who are offered the opportunity to receive the magazine with their March 26 paper for $1.99). Subscribe here.
Here's a rundown of Savor Dallas events:
'Cue It Up!
This casual opening night celebration kicks off the festival in a fiery way, featuring smoky flavors both savory and sweet from pitmaster Dallman of 18th and Vine, and chefs Tate of Rapscallion, and Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate. Sweet Heat — a dessert-centric party featuring spicy sweets paired with spirits — will be combined with this event this year.
Thursday April 6, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Marie Gabrielle Gardens, 2728 N. Harwood St. $55.
Shaken + Stirred
Wine is a big part of the festival, and so are spirits. This cocktail-focused event features bartenders and chefs Norris (formerly of Small Brewpub), Dodds of recently closed Wayward Sons and Uygur of Lucia. They'll come together to pair interesting spirit flavors with a "charcuterie experience."
Friday, April 7, 7 to 10 p.m., Happiest Hour, 2616 Olive St. $65.
Hosted by chefs Houser, Brewer, Rogers, Flores and Luscher, this is the centerpiece event, featuring more than 50 chefs and hundreds of wines. There will also be a spirits alley and an outdoor grill lounge, along with live music and entertainment.
Saturday April 8, 7 to 10 p.m., Centennial Hall at Fair Park, 1001 Washington St. $125.
This event features reserve and limited edition labels and an exclusive spirits lounge.
Saturday, April 8, 6 to 8 p.m., Centennial Hall at Fair Park, 1001 Washington St. $225.
Community Brunch: Farmer's Market Edition
The Sunday morning "recovery brunch" this year (and the final event) will be a walk-around tasting at Dallas Farmers Market that features chefs with restaurants in the market's food hall using ingredients inspired by local farmers. Have a glass of bubbly or a mocktail featuring fresh-pressed juices.
Sunday, April 9, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Dallas Farmers Market, 1010 S. Pearl Expressway. $55.
SAVOR DALLAS 2017
April 6-9, savordallas.com, $55 to $400. Attendees must be 21 years of age or older.