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Texas’ Most Unique Park Draws a Horde of Celebrity Chefs for Its Signature Weekend

Lineup Reveal Shows the Stars are Coming

BY // 08.04.17

Top chefs from throughout the state and country will head to Dallas this fall for the third annual Park & Palate, Klyde Warren Park’s signature fundraiser. The two-day long event includes a unique tasting inspired by Texas’ culinary scene, wine, beer and spirits from around the globe, and a live concert.

Park & Palate kicks off with an exclusive VIP evening dubbed “Down to the Roots” on Friday, October 13, and continues with the Grand Tasting on Saturday, October 14.

This year, the event has been given the theme “Pillars and Protégés.” Well-known pillar chefs will work with innovative up-and-comers to create collaborative dishes for the tasting.

“We are thankful to have the support of so many talented, culinary icons for this year’s event,” Klyde Warren Park president Tara Green said in a statement. “The Pillars and Protégés theme certainly brings a unique twist, which is what Klyde Warren Park is all about.”

Chefs participating in the foodie event include culinary giants Dean Fearing, Kent Rathbun, Tyson Cole, Jason Dady and Richard Ruskell. The lineup will get even more interesting over the next few weeks, as participating chefs choose a partner to collaborate with at the event.

“Having the opportunity to select a partner chef at the event will be such a great way to have a one-of-a-kind lineup. We will be able to really showcase our passion through our collaborative dishes. It will truly be a rare and exclusive experience unlike any other Dallas event,” Rathbun said in a statement.


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The Grand Tasting on Saturday is open to the public. Tickets are available online; general admission is $75, and VIP tickets are $125.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Klyde Warren Park, and help support the thousands of free programs and events the unique park built over a freeway provides each year.

Here’s the full list of chefs slated to appear at Park & Palate 2017:

Friday, October 13 – Down to the Roots

Jon Bonnell, Bonnell’s Restaurant

Tyson Cole, Uchi

Jason Dady, Jason Dady Restaurant Group

Dean Fearing, Fearing’s

Becky Masson, Fluff Bake Bar

Monica Pope

Kent Rathbun

Saturday, October 14 – Grand Taste

Alex Astranti, Top Knot

Jeff Balfour, Southerleigh

Ryan Barnett, Lark on the Park

Nilton “Junior” Borges, The Joule Hotel

Richard Chamberlain, Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House

Katherine Clapner, Dude, Sweet Chocolate

John Coleman, Savor Gastropub

Jason Dady, The Jason Dady Restaurant Group

Kevin Fink & Page Pressley, Emmer & Rye

Omar Flores, Whistle Britches Chicken

Diego Galicia, Mixtli

Lisa Garza-Selcer, Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar

Jared Harms, The Pyramid

Ethan Holmes, Snap Kitchen

Nick Hurry, Proof & Pantry

Brian Luscher, The Grape

Becky Masson, Fluff Bake Bar

Andrea Meyer, Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie

Kent Rathbun

Amanda Rockman, South Congress Hotel

Richard Ruskell, Cake Wars, Food Network

Joe Scigliano, Savor Gastropub

Jim “Sevy” Severson, Sevy’s

Callie Speer, Holy Roller

Philip Speer, Bonhomie

Aaron Staudenmaier, Lovers Seafood

Shuji Sugawara, Shinsei

Josh Sutcliff, Mirador

Rico Torres, Mixtli

David Uygur, Lucia

Julie Vorce, Savor Gastropub

Nick Walker, The Front Room

Nicholas Yanes, Juniper

Cocktails by Michael Martensen, Shoals


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