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Chefs for Farmers is the Quintessential Cheffy Event in North Texas

mix5by Steven Doyle   photos by Robert Bostick

What a long strange trip its been.  Not many years ago Iris Midler and Matt McCallister started their five-star festival that is centered on the the Dallas dining scene with a long table event held out in a field of a local farm just outside the Dallas city limits. An event they called Chefs for Farmers. From there this grew into a festival of fun of fantastic proportions that will culminate this October 25th at Lee Park where 2,500 revelers will enjoy a plethora of chef stations paired with fine wines and spirits. We hear that this year there will even be a special biscuit station as well as an oyster lounge.  All this to benefit our local farming community. Continue reading

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Chefs For Farmers Mix Off on Aug 16


In celebration of the official launch of ticket sales for the 2015 Chefs For Farmers, event organizers will host the Mix Off on August 16 from 5:00-8:00PM  at DEC 1414 Dragon Street. The Mix Off will feature a bartender and a sous chef competition with the winner of each earning a spot at the Chefs For Farmers Culinary Village at Lee Park on October 25.

The bartender competition pits eight of Dallas’s craftiest bartenders against each other to create the best summer punch with spirits from the Beam Suntory portfolio. All eight bartenders will stir, shake and pour their hearts out for attendees’ votes and for bragging rights of creating the official signature cocktail of Chefs for Farmers 2015.  Continue reading

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Chefs for Farmers Rocked the Oyster Last Night

26_2014_10_CFF_Oyster-369-Editby Steven Doyle   photos by Robert Bostick

The hottest ticket in town last night was definitely the Chefs for Farmers Oyster Bash which took place at the Dallas Farmers Market in Shed One among plenty of farmers, and a smattering of chefs.  A few hot restaurants like Knife, TJ’s Seafood Market, The Grape, Stock and Barrel and Gemma represented as wine flowed and revelers danced and paraded through the big Shed as they enjoyed grilled oysters, oyster stew, a clam bake and even seafood stew loaded with plenty of seafaring critters prepared by host Matt McCallister.

Iris McCallister is definitely one of the city’s most gifted event coordinators, and certainly prepared a wonderful evening. The idea actually sprang from the thoughtful mind of Michael Martensen, co-owner of both Driftwood and Proof and Pantry, each known for the oyster prowess.    Continue reading

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Chefs For Farmers Shucking Good Time Event Oct 26


Dallas’ own down home and dirty CHEFS FOR FARMERS present the 1st annual Oyster Bash on Sunday October 26 from 2pm – 6pm at the newly revamped Dallas Farmer’s Market. Festivities include cooked and live oysters from Texas as well as East and West Coasts shucked on site by the biggest foodie chef hotshots, cocktails, wine, an oyster slurp-off, tarot card reader, spins from DJ Souljah and surprises to come.

Jon Alexis (TJ’s Seafood Market), Matt McCallister (FT 33) Kyle McClelland (Proof and Pantry), Stephen Rogers (Gemma), Jon Stevens (Stock & Barrel), John Tesar (Knife) and special guest Randy Rucker (Briar and Bramble, Houston) serve up oyster-centric dishes and sides during the mix and mingle event.   Continue reading

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Chefs for Farmers Kick Off Event Aug 17, F̶e̶w̶ ̶S̶e̶a̶t̶s̶ ̶R̶e̶m̶a̶i̶n̶ Sold Out


Dallas’s spirited, downhome and soulful food event Chefs For Famers launches its 2014-2015 event season with a kick-off family-style dinner that features three Dallas chefs of the moment, the city’s top BBQ ace, and the most celebrated pastry chef in the state for a family-style meal that could only happen in Dallas.   Continue reading

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Buy Your Tickets Now For Chefs For Farmers 2013

cff2by Steven Doyle

Time to grab your tickets to the latest incarnation of Chefs for Farmers. The press release below gives you all the yummy details:

Chefs for Farmers (CFF)—a grassroots organization that raises awareness for the locavore movement in the South—celebrates its second year as one of the most distinctive celebrations of wine and culinary excellence with an outdoor festival on November 3 at Lee Park in Dallas, Texas. Produced by Chef/Owner Matt McCallister of FT33 and Iris McCallister, CFF brings together over 40 talented Southern chefs, local farmers, purveyors, and premier local wine and spirit producers in an afternoon to support the North Texas Food Bank and local farms, while honoring seven stand-out leaders in Dallas’ culinary industry.  Continue reading

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Chefs For Farmers Mix-Off Sept 15, 2013

standard pourby Steven Doyle

*** Alert *** We hear there are just a few spots left to reserve. This is a free event, so email them now.

Chefs for Farmer’s (CFF) hosts the annual Mix-Off event to kick off the 2013 culinary festival at Standard Pour, sponsored by Beam and Patron using Beam’s Makers Mark and Patron’s Pyrat Rum.

Seven of Dallas’ most talented bartenders take a stand behind the bar at The Standard Pour where each compete to create the signature cocktail for the Chefs For Farmers culinary festival. Continue reading

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