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Inaugural food and wine fest blooms at Dallas Arboretum

Inaugural food and wine fest blooms at Dallas Arboretum

Janelle Gottlieb, Matt Gottlieb, Alina Walker, Julie Menefee
Janelle Gottlieb, Matt Gottlieb, Alina Walker, Julie Menefee Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Alex Laurenzi, Elizabeth Tripplehorn Laurenzi, David Tripplehorn-Cash
Alex Laurenzi, Elizabeth Tripplehorn Laurenzi, David Tripplehorn-Cash Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Tonya Hill, Pharoh Cooper
Tonya Hill, Pharoh Cooper Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Taylor Collinsworth, Richard Collinsworth
Taylor Collinsworth, Richard Collinsworth  Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Chef Sharon Van Meter
Chef Sharon Van Meter, president of 3015 at Trinity Groves Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Emily Shepherd, Lo Woods, Lauren Lewis, Sarah Cardwell
Emily Shepherd, Lo Woods, Lauren Lewis, Sarah Cardwell  Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
SugarLand Wine Affair
Wine and craft cocktails were also on offer. Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Chef Nikky Phinyawatana of Asian Mint
Chef Nikky Phinyawatana of Asian Mint Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Pache Leary, Michael Scott, Todd Hyde
Pache Leary, Michael Scott, Todd Hyde  Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
David Pastre, Phyllis Pastre
David Pastre, Phyllis Pastre Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Connie Carreker, Denny Carreker
Connie Carreker, Denny Carreker  Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Chef Samantha Rush of Rush Patisserie
Chef Samantha Rush of Rush Patisserie  Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Hobo Cane
The band Hobo Cane was the featured entertainment for the evening. Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Lynn Landis, Trish Diep
Lynn Landis, Trish Diep Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Kelly Platt, Todd Platt
Kelly Platt, Todd Platt Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Jim Carreker, Robin Carreker
Jim Carreker, Robin Carreker Photo courtesy of Dallas Arboretum
Janelle Gottlieb, Matt Gottlieb, Alina Walker, Julie Menefee
Alex Laurenzi, Elizabeth Tripplehorn Laurenzi, David Tripplehorn-Cash
Tonya Hill, Pharoh Cooper
Taylor Collinsworth, Richard Collinsworth
Chef Sharon Van Meter
Emily Shepherd, Lo Woods, Lauren Lewis, Sarah Cardwell
SugarLand Wine Affair
Chef Nikky Phinyawatana of Asian Mint
Pache Leary, Michael Scott, Todd Hyde
David Pastre, Phyllis Pastre
Connie Carreker, Denny Carreker
Chef Samantha Rush of Rush Patisserie
Hobo Cane
Lynn Landis, Trish Diep
Kelly Platt, Todd Platt
Jim Carreker, Robin Carreker

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.