Park and Palate's Debut

09.30.2015 by: Becca Kouser
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This past weekend, Klyde Warren Park hosted a fabulous culinary event, Park and Palate. The park's inaugural festival celebrated everything that's great about Dallas: delicious food, good wine, craft cocktails and more, all with the beautiful Dallas skyline as a back drop. Klyde Warren Park was transformed into a breathtaking venue featuring grass walls and sofas, white tents, and colorful floral arrangements. The atmosphere was fun and upbeat as we roamed the park and listened to DJ Lucy Wrubel.

Park and Palate's entrance at Klyde Warren Park

The greenery-based sofas were a pretty touch.

DJ Lucy Wrubel provided a fun atmosphere all afternooon.

Park and Palate was a two day event. On Friday, they kicked off the weekend with a Down to the Roots party featuring a competition between 12 chefs, judged by Food Network Star Amanda Freitag. Chefs included Kent Rathbun, Tyson Cole, John Tesar, and many more. Guests mingled, drank, and ate all night!

On Saturday, we enjoyed the Grand Tasting Event. Similar to Austin Food and Wine, guests enjoyed wine samples, craft beer, cocktails and tastes from some of the best restaurants here in Dallas. In addition to the incredible selection of food and drinks on Saturday, live cooking demonstrations went on throughout the day. 

Several chefs put on live cooking demostrations throughout the day.

Tickets were pricey! Down to the Roots was $175, the Grand Tasting Event was $150, and a weekend pass to attend both was $275. Each ticket included access to tastings from over 30 chefs, drinks from over 30 wineries, and beer, spirits, and cocktails. A VIP option costing around $100 dollars more granted access to a VIP lounge in Savor that had champagne, custom cocktails, and special bites from select chefs. All proceeds benefited Klyde Warren Park, so the steep ticket was for a good cause!

Freshly Baked Bread and Artisan Cheese from Empire Baking Company

Peekytoe Crab from Shinsei

Rabbit Chorizo over decadent grits from Harvest

Tender Panzanella from Hibiscus

With over 30 chefs, the food was endless, and we certainly left very full and happy. Making our way through the tents, we stopped at places like Proof and Pantry's newest endeavor, Madrina for a delicious tartare. A favorite of ours was the combination of Empire Baking Company with the Mozzarella Company; they featured freshly baked bread sliced and topped with melt-in-your-mouth cheeses. Shinsei's bite was an incredible peekytoe crab that had the perfect spicy kick. Other favorites included the Rabbit Chorizo over creamy grits from Harvest, Short Rib Panzanella from Hibiscus, and of course the creative BLT Macaron from Bolsa. There wasn't a sample we didn't love, and the selection of chefs was truly incredible. We hope the talent only grows next year!

The craft cocktail selections did not disappoint on this hot day.

There was a drink for everyone in the Grand Tasting Event. The wine selection was endless. We sipped roses, chardonnays, every red wine you could think of, and even wine that had been tapped! Most pours were smaller samples, but if you enjoyed a certain selection they'd pour a full glass, or you could just return to your favorite sample once your glass was empty! Spirits such as Svedka and Hendrick's Gin served craft cocktails as well. 

Park and Palate was a wonderful addition to Dallas' food and wine festivals. With an amazing location, outstanding chefs and satisfying spirit options, the day was phenomenal. We hope to see it grow in size and talent, and we can't wait till next year!

{Park and Palate's Official Website}

TAGS : Downtown/Arts District , Bolsa , Hibiscus , Shinsei , Empire Baking Company , Savor Gastropub , Harvest - McKinney