Dallas Farmers Market Friends will host the 20th Annual Hoedown on Oct. 14. The annual fundraiser returns to the newly restored space, The Shed, at the Dallas Farmers Market for the first time in 12 years, and will feature offerings from top Dallas chefs, artisans, wineries, breweries and more.
This year’s event celebrates a variety of locally crafted specialty food and products. Samples of culinary delights will be featured from Dallas chefs like Chad Houser of Cafe Momentum, Janice Provost of Parigi, Mark Wootton of Garden Cafe and more. Attendees also can enjoy local craft beers, cocktails and wines from Texas makers and resellers such as Fall Creek Vineyards and Times Ten Cellars. Continue reading
by 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
by Steven Doyle
We have partnered with a local film company that is making new videos for craveDFW. Joey Stewart is a noted Indie Film Maker who also owns Big D’Licious which has created our first round of shorts that feature an unusual variety of bartenders from the Dallas area as they show us their favorite cocktails. We will be filming some chef videos very soon, and place them up on our new YouTube channel each week. Continue reading
Klyde Warren Park just announced the newest addition to its signature events, Park & Palate, a celebration of wine and food showcasing the region’s most popular chefs, wineries, breweries, and spirits on September 25 and 26, 2015. This event will celebrate the best of Texas’ culinary scene while raising funds for the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, the 501(c)(3) that operates Klyde Warren Park. Klyde Warren Park offers a wide variety of programming and events year-round that are free and open to the public. More than two million Dallas residents and visitors have enjoyed programs ranging from fitness classes and kids activities to cultural experiences, which include opera simulcasts and symphony concerts.
“Klyde Warren Park is more than a beautiful green space in our urban core. It’s a mission to bring friends, family, and community together to create real and lasting memories,” said Jody Grant, chairman of Klyde Warren Park. “Few things bring people together like great food and wine, so we feel like Park & Palate is both on-mission and a great way to raise awareness and funds for the park.” Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
This year’s A Community Cooks takes place 6PM on Thursday, April 23rd at the WE Over Me Farm at Paul Quinn College. Enjoy the culinary delights of DFW’s top chefs, prepared right on the football field-turned-farm, while sipping on beer, wine, and other farm-inspired libations. Come for the food. Stay for the company, live music and dancing.
All proceeds from this event go directly toward the WE Over Me Farm and community education programs designed to increase healthy eating and food access in the Highland Hills section of South Dallas – a federally-recognized food desert. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
We see plenty of big benefit dinners flow through for the offering at craveDFW and we are always pleased to keep everyone in the loop for these fun evenings. They are often a release for a chef to do something creative and outside their wheelhouse, and it gives an intimate look at what many of our talented chefs are thinking.
That said, the good people at Fluent (the uber cool personal concierge service in Dallas) and Dude, Sweet’s Katherine Clapner announced today a superb event they call Big Night, Big Table. This event will be served family style and is hosted by many of your favorite restaurants in Bishop Arts. It also benefits Cafe Momentum and Reagan Elementary School. The date is October 27th and costs an even $100. Check out this big line up, and purchase your tickets online. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
Okrapalooza was a tasty hit this past Sunday as many chefs and home cooks gathered to create the most interesting use of okra ever thought possible. From the sweet to the savory, these kitchen masters made their favorite okra dishes to benefit the Promise of Peace Garden. Promise of Peace offers neighborhood children classes in horticulture, summer camp and education in nutrition through their community garden. They also provide opportunities for families to access a better life through participating in our cooking and gardening classes and other events.
This year’s event was by far the most successful than in past years with serious chefs rallying for the cause. Chef Thomas Archer from 3015 and his sous chefs team “Okra Winfrey” took first place this year. It was a difficult event to challenge with so many imaginative entries. Here are some scenes from Okrapalooza 2014 which took place at The Lot in East Dallas: Continue reading