Savor Dallas announces delicious chef lineup for food and wine events in May


Annual eating-and-drinking event Savor Dallas Food + Drink Festival announced some top talent for its May 14-20 events. If you go, you’ll taste smoked meats from Cattleack Barbeque at an event called Cue It Up! and rub shoulders with well-known Dallas chefs Nilton “Junior” Borges (Mirador and other Joule properties) and Kent Rathbun (Imoto, the coming-soon Victory Park restaurant) at the Grand Tasting.

Food lovers can attend as many as 10 events that put chefs, sommeliers, bartenders and Dallas diners at the same table — sometimes literally.

“We are excited to extend the festival to seven days of programming — from intimate dinners to our Grand Tasting and so much more — offering something for everyone,” says Jessica Baldwin, assistant general manager of CrowdSource. “The festival attracts attendees from all over Texas and other surrounding states, with a mission to shine a spotlight on the innovative chefs and restaurants that make Dallas a dining destination.”

Savor Dallas is produced by CrowdSource, the experiential division of Belo Media Group and a subsidiary of A.H. Belo Corporation, which also owns The Dallas Morning News.

This year, the honorary co-chairs are Chad Houser, the man behind feel-good Dallas restaurant Cafe Momentum, and Paige Chenault, founder of a group called The Birthday Party Project that celebrates homeless kids’ birthdays.

Part of Savor Dallas’ mission is to support charitable causes, and last year it gave $20,000 to Cafe Momentum. This year, a percentage of ticket sales will go toward Cafe Momentum and The Birthday Party Project.

Let’s get into the events — and the people serving the food. You’re going to recognize some of these names.

The first few nights of Savor Dallas May 14-16 are Toast of the Town, or intimate dinners with an average of 20 to 40 people. Diners get to hang out with chefs, sometimes one-on-one and often at their restaurants. Ticket prices vary.

The fest’s official kickoff event is May 17 at the Dallas Farmers Market. Called ‘Cue It Up!, it’s hosted by Tim Byres of Smoke and Todd David of Cattleack Barbeque. Chefs will use smoke as a main ingredient, whether that’s savory or sweet. Tickets cost $50 to $65.

Then on May 18, attendees can pick between two events, Shaken + Stirred at the Fashion Industry Gallery in downtown Dallas or an exclusive wine tasting called The Reserve at Sixty Five Hundred, an event space near Dallas Love Field.

First, Shaken + Stirred: This is the party of Savor Dallas, its organizers say. It’s “a mega mixology party” that will spotlight the Official Cocktail of Dallas, a whiskey drink made with shaken chickpea water and topped stylishly with floating red wine. (If it sounds complicated, it is; read more about it via bartender Keisha Cooper of Deep Ellum bar Shoals Sound and Service.) Michael Martensen, one of the founders of the craft cocktail movement in Dallas, will host Shaken + Stirred. Tickets cost $60 to $75.

Those who love wine might prefer The Reserve, which is considered the festival’s “most exclusive” tasting of hard-to-find wine and spirits. It’s also the smallest among the five flagship events. Tickets go for $125 to $150.

Savor Dallas' Grand Tasting is a big event with chefs handing out bites.
Savor Dallas’ Grand Tasting is a big event with chefs handing out bites.

The Grand Tasting on May 19 brings more than 50 chefs to Centennial Hall at Fair Park, where patrons can sample hundreds of wines. The hosts are Alex Astranti (Uchi and Uchiba); Jill Bates (Fearing’s); Nilton “Junior” Borges (Mirador and more); Anastacia Quinones (The Cedars Social); and Kent Rathbun (Imoto, and formerly, Abacus). For the first time, the Grand Tasting’s food and drink will be divided up by neighborhood. So, you can visit areas within the venue labeled as Uptown, the Design District or East Dallas, to name a few, and find food and drink from chefs in those neighborhoods. Tickets cost $75 to $95; early-access tickets are also available for those who love to get the first bite.

Savor Dallas ends appropriately, with a Detox/Retox Brunch on May 20 at the Grove at Harwood. Join a workout class, like yoga or cardio, and then nosh on brunch, where you can find healthy fare if that’s your thing — and bacon and bloody Marys if it isn’t. Chefs Tiffany Derry, of Roots Chicken Shak, and Graham Dodds, at the Statler, are the hosts.

Notably, Detox/Retox is the only kid-friendly Savor Dallas event. Tickets cost $35 to $45.

In addition to purchasing tickets a la carte, Savor Dallas offers a “master pass” for $250, which includes access to four events: the opening night party ‘Cue It Up!, the Shaken + Stirred cocktail event, The Grand Tasting and Detox/Retox Brunch. Find details at

Source: GuideLive


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