Top Culinary Talents Get Ready for Park and Palate’s, Grand Taste

On October 21 and 22, 2016, Klyde Warren Park will host its signature fundraiser Park & Palate, one of the hottest culinary events in Dallas. An authentic celebration of Texas’ rich food culture, it will highlight more than 30 of the region’s most popular chefs as well as wineries, breweries and spirits from around the world.

This year’s Park and Palate, chaired by Carolyn and Rob Walters, along with Lyn and John Muse is title sponsored by Republic National Distributing Corporation and Central Market as well as additional support from sponsors J.P. Morgan Chase, CBRELuccheseBen E. Keith, and Boardwalk Auto Group. All of the proceeds from the exclusive two-day event will go towards providing funds for Klyde Warren Park.

“More than one million guests enjoy the park each year,” said Park & Palate co-chair Rob Walters. “Thanks in large part to support from the business, philanthropic, and culinary communities, Klyde Warren Park serves as Dallas’ central gathering place where everyone is welcome.”

While Friday evening’s Down to the Roots fundraiser is a sell-out, tickets are still available for the Grand Taste on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Set against the distinctive backdrop of the city skyline, the tasting event invites guests to enjoy an evening featuring cutting-edge cuisine from Dallas’ restaurant scene along with other impressive tastemakers throughout the region. Complete with an exclusive VIP area, the night will also feature an evening concert with music from  the Barbed Wires and DJ Lucy.

This exceptional event provides a truly unique way to give back to one of the most beloved spaces in the city, while also enjoying a taste of what Dallas has to offer!


Friday, October 21 – “Down to the Roots” Fundraiser

Bruce Auden – Biga on the Banks

Jill Bates – Fearing’s

Tyson Cole – uchi

Jason Dady – Jason Dady Restaurant Group

Robert Del Grande – Café Annie

Dean Fearing – Fearing’s

Michael Fojtasek – Olamaie

Sharon Hage – Sharon Hage Farm to Fork Consulting

Brian Johnson – Central Market

Molly McCook – Ellerbe Fine Foods

Kyle Nelson – Central Market

Hugo Ortega – Backstreet Café, Hugo’s and Caracol

Michael Thomson – Michael’s Cuisine & Ancho Chile Bar

Julie Vorce – Savor Gastropub

Saturday, October 22 – Grand Taste

Jeff Balfour – Southerleigh

Melody Bishop – Lark on the Park

Richard Blankenship – CBD Provisions

Nilton Borges, Jr. – The Joule Hotel

John Brand – Supper

Jermaine Brown – Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine

John Coleman – Savor Gastropub

Jason Dady – Jason Dady Restaurant Group

Ross Demers – On the Lamb

Brandon Drew – The Pyramid at the Fairmont Hotel

David Fingerman – Madrina

Omar Flores – Casa Rubia

Diego Galicia – Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria

Nick Hurry – Proof + Pantry

Dennis Kelley – Lark on the Park

Brian Johnson – Central Market

Geronimo Lopez – Botika

Brian Luscher – Luscher’s Red Hots and The Grape

Rebecca Masson – Fluff Bake Bar

Andrea Meyer – Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie

Suki Otsuki – Mudhen Meat and Greens

Timothy Rattray – The Granary ‘Cue & Brew

Justin Richardson – Brigid

Joe Scigliano – Savor Gastropub

Philip Speer – Bonhomie

Shuji Sugawara – Shinsei

John Tesar – Knife

Rico Torres – Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria

Julie Vorce – Savor Gastropub

Andrew Wiseheart – Contigo and Chicon

Nicholas Yanes – Juniper

Michael Martensen

Carly Cylinder

Kent Rathbun


………and more

Bridging Uptown with Downtown Dallas, Klyde Warren Park is a privately funded 5.2-acre deck park operated by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation and acts as the perfect segue between communities while enriching the lives of city’s residents through free active programming and educational opportunities. The park not only makes the perfect venue for events, but is centrally located in a safe and pristine space perfect for family outings. For more information, please visit