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
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
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
by 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
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