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Dallas’ Top Food Festival Brings Chefs and Farmers Together for Good

Now in its 10th Year, Chef for Farmers Creates Standout Events — and Lasting Connections

BY // 08.25.19

One of Dallas’ biggest foodie and wine festivals, Chefs for Farmers, brings a powerhouse lineup for its 10th annual event — and plenty of new twists. The three-day festival began as a farm-to-table dinner in 2010 and has expanded into a weekend featuring more than 50 chefs.

Uchi chef Alex Astranti has attended the main event for the past three years, but this will be his first time to host a dinner: The Uchiba Classic with Misti Norris and Justin Carlisle.

“I love the fact that Chefs for Farmers is the No. 1 food festival in Dallas,” Astranti tells PaperCity. “It’s so good because it connects chefs with farmers.

“It gives exposure to farmers that might not usually get exposure. And helps establish their businesses. It’s good for the local economy.”

Although the menu hasn’t yet been set for the Uchiba chef’s dinner, Astrani says he’ll be looking to feature as many local farmers as possible. He currently uses Profound Microfarms the most at his restaurants.

This year, Chef for Farmers takes place November 1 through November 3 at Dallas Heritage Village.

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Acclaimed Dallas chefs including John Tesar of Knife Steakhouse, Joel Orsini of Izkina, Dean Fearing of Fearing’s, Donny Sirisavath of Khao Noodle Shop, Robert Lyford of Patina Green, Matt Pitman of Meat Church and Alex Seidel of Fruition Restaurant and Mercantile Dining & Provision will be in the lineup.

As for how the culinary scene has changed in Dallas over the past few years, Astranti says that farmers are getting more involved than ever. Which is a great thing.

“There’s more casual fare, but it’s still executed at a high level,” the chef says.

The goal of the fest is to showcase the talents of Dallas chefs, artisans and farmers who make seasonal and sustainable food possible. Tickets are on sale now.

These are some of Chef of Farmers’ top events:

The Uchiba Classic

An Experience with Alex Astranti, Misti Norris and Justin Carlisle
Where: Uchiba – 2817 Maple Avenue, Floor Two
When: Friday, November 1, 7 to 10 pm
Tickets: $225 Capacity: 60
About: For one night only, join Chef de Cuisine of Uchi Dallas, Alex Astranti, F&W’s Best New Chef of 2019, Misti Norris, and James Beard Awards nominee, Justin Carlisle, for a pairings dinner at Uchiba. Diners get to enjoy bites and engage in banter with these high-profile, farm-to-table chefs with a dinner that includes elements of education as well as handcrafted Sake-induced fun.

Southern Bourbon Supper

With Chefs Scott Gottlich, John Tesar and Gerald Sombright
Where: 18th & Vine, 4100 Maple Avenue
When: Friday, November 1, 7 to 10 p.m.
Tickets: $150 Capacity: 72
About: This is a swanky bourbon supper from top chefs Scott Gottlich, John Tesar and Gerald Sombright. The Southern-style dinner will be nothing short of festive and flavorful including a bourbon cocktail reception, live music, a cigar roller and classic comfort foods. The chefs will each prepare their signature southern dishes paired with various wine, beer and spirits.

Street Food Night Market

Where: Entrance at Victory Park Lane & High Market Street
When: Saturday, November 2, VIP 6:30 to 7 p.m., General admission 6:30 to 10 pm
Tickets: VIP $95, GA $75 Capacity: 800
About: Take your taste buds on a journey around the world at the Street Food Night Market presented by Audi. As the sun goes down, Victory Park will transform into an international food scene where diners can sample bites from across the globe, sip on delicious cocktails, and enjoy DJ Yuna spinning the night away. From sushi to tacos, and crêpes to corn dogs, Dallas is going global during this vibrant, international night affair.

The Main Event

Where: Dallas Heritage Village
When: Sunday, November 3, VIP 2 to 2:30 pm, General admission: 2 to 6 pm.
Tickets: VIP $165, GA $99 Capacity: 2,500
About: Come feast November 3rd to celebrate the 7th annual Chefs For Farmers main event at Dallas’ first city park, Dallas Heritage Village. This historic site will be a backdrop for 50 of Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants, more than 40 wineries and distilleries, and more than eight breweries for tastings. Things get even more interesting this year with several new experiences including the History of the Margarita with Dallas Historical Society, a “grown-up” tailgate party presented by Ben E. Keith, a decadent rosé soiree hosted by Celebrity Cruises, an Audi Beirgarten, and much more.

To see the full Chef for Farmers lineup go here.

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