by Steven Doyle
Now in its seventh year, Chefs for Farmers has blossomed into one of the best food and wine events in the state of Texas, and the expansion for the main event was overwhelmingly evident. Started by chef Matt McCallister of FT33 and Iris Midler along with a handful of chef friends and farmers, the first year was a long-table event at Eden’s Garden Organic Garden Center and CSA Farm in Balch Springs that paired eight chefs from five Dallas restaurants for one evening of dining and music to benefit and celebrate our local farms. Continue reading
Chefs For Farmers (CFF) 2017, the down-home, no-fuss festival celebrating top chefs and local food, will be bigger than ever before with more than 150 combined chefs, food artisans, bartenders, breweries, wineries, and distillers.
This year is to be the best and brightest yet in what we have described as the pinnacle of food festivals in Texas.
The fifth annual festival will again feature exciting pop up dinners, delectable tastings, and parties that celebrate the vibrant Dallas culinary scene with talented chefs from across Texas and beyond. And, as the festival name implies, each CFF chef has one thing in common – they support local farmers. Continue reading
The organizers of the pride of Dallas’ best food and wine event announced today the date to save for the 2017 events. With a mission to bring chefs, artisans, and culinary influencers together to celebrate supporting local and regional farmers at a three-day culinary blowout, 2017 promises to be bigger and better than years past. Continue reading
photos by Robert Bostick
Chefs For Farmers is an annual food and wine festival held in Dallas that brings chefs, artisans and culinary influencers together to celebrate supporting local and regional farmers at a three-day culinary blowout. Now in its 5th year, the festival will be held Friday, Saturday 23 – Sunday, September 25, 2016 with the mission to celebrate supporting the local and regional farming industry.
In addition to some of the hottest chefs in Dallas, national chefs are also participating. This year, 60+ chefs along with 35+ farmers/artisans and 50+ wineries, breweries and distilleries are all gathered for this “down home no mess, no fuss” weekend. Please note that the Sunday event has been moved to Gilley’s due to rain concerns. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle photos Robert Bostick
One of the best and certainly the largest culinary events in North Texas is the annual Chefs for Farmers which pairs up chefs and. well, farmers together with their community. The event has swelled from its original roots of a long table event at a local farm to this incredible, and quite beautiful happening we now have today. Chefs for Farmers is an ever evolving task that one ups itself each year to our community’s betterment. This year there were several events culminating to the main show this past Sunday.
The Mix Off sets the standard for cocktails and gives local sous chefs a stage to battle it out head-to-head with their contemporaries in a more casual setting. There are also several guest chef dinners, this year hosted by Matt McCallister and another by John Tesar at their respective restaurants FT33 and Knife here in Dallas. Continue reading
by Steven Doyle
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 on the farm of Marie Tedei, Eden’s Organic Farm. This is the event that 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 1000’s of 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, raising an expected $25,000 for charity. Continue reading
Some of the country’s most celebrated “meat loving” chefs will come together for one night at The Eye at The Joule Hotel for a new Saturday night party during this year’s Chefs For Farmers. The Butcher Block Party on October 24 from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. will feature over a dozen chefs in stations around the park showcasing incredible butchered-inspired dishes to enjoy. Along with the meat offerings, patrons can sip local beer, carefully paired wines, and crafted cocktails by area bartenders including Michael Martensen from Proof + Pantry & the new Madrina, plus special guest bartender Alba Huerta from Julep Bar in Houston. Continue reading