Better known for flowers, Dallas Arboretum took on the foodie set with its inaugural Food & Wine Festival on March 16, with more than 1,300 people turning out to nibble on bites savory and sweet from 40 local chefs.
Guests strolled the Arboretum's lawn grazing from stands manned by Chad Houser (Cafe Momentum), David Gauthier (Smoky Rose), Rebecca Jolly (Grayson Social), Daniele Puleo (CiboDivino), and Anastacia Quinones (Oddfellows), among others.
On the sips side, options were wide and varied, including wines from Alexander Valley Vineyards, Dalla Terra wines, Gallo, Luna Vineyards, and more, and craft cocktails from Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. And of course, no trip to the Arboretum is complete without a music concert of some sort, and on this spring evening, it was provided by acoustic pop band Hobo Cane.
Special ticket holders were treated to a VIP area offering early admission and signature craft cocktails from Matt Orth, the craft spirits specialist/mixologist for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, as well as special treats from the likes of Junior Borges (Mirador), Matt McCallister (FT33), Jeffrey Hobbs (Slow Bone), and Louis Olvera (Trompo). VIP guests were also treated to reserved seating on the concert lawn with passed desserts and beverages.
"2017 is the year of culinary pursuits for the Dallas Arboretum,” says chef Sharon Van Meter, who chaired the event. “The chefs of Dallas were excited about not only the first Dallas Arboretum Food & Wine Festival that sold out, but beyond ecstatic about A Tasteful Place opening later this year.”
In the works since September 2016, A Tasteful Place will be a 2-acre garden, “inspired by the movement toward garden-to-table dining sustainability and healthier lifestyles,” says Mark Wolf, Dallas Arboretum board chairman. It will overlook White Rock Lake, and, in addition to showcasing and teaching how to cook with fresh, natural foods, the garden will feature an orchard, vineyard, and a garden pavilion with a teaching kitchen.