A new foodie event is coming to Fair Park this summer, and Dallas’ top toques are on the bill. Taking place June 12-14, Taste the Difference, presented by CultureMap, is a series of intimate dining experiences, and every seat sold helps fill the coffers at the American Heart Association.
Organizers assure us this is no ordinary dinearound; it’s designed to be a culinary adventure. “We are elevating the art of the meal and offering guests a true adventure for the palate,” says organizer and local restaurateur Scott Jones, who has expanded on what was previously known as Taste of the Town and tapped some of his high-profile friends to do the cooking:
- Dean Fearing, Fearing’s
- Bob Stephenson, FnG Eats
- Brian Zenner, The Mitchell and On Premise
- Jeff Harris, American Food + Beverage
- Nico Sanchez, Meso Maya
- Abraham Salum, Salum and Komali
- Blythe Beck, exiting chef from Kitchen LTO
- Kirstyn Brewer, Victor Tangos
- Omar Flores, Casa Rubia
- Uno Immanivong, Chino Chinatown
- Anthony Van Camp, Ser Steaks + Spirits
- Randall Warder, Clark Food & Wine and C’Viche
- Scott Gottlich, Second Floor
The above chefs will prepare signature recipes in one of four open kitchens. They will also converse with guests, offering culinary secrets only their sous chefs know.
Attendees can also sample dishes from other participating restaurants, such as Urban Crust, Resto Gastro Bistro, Lavendou, Bridge Bistro, Loca Luna, Cru, Princi Italia, Amberjax, Fireside Pies, Max’s Wine Dive and The Palm. And no tasting event is complete with an assortment of libations. In addition to proposed beer and wine pairings for menu items, there will be a mixology bar to procure a cocktail or two.
There are four sessions available for Taste the Difference:
Friday, June 12, 7-10:30 pm
Saturday, June 13, 1-4:30 pm
Saturday, June 13, 7-10:30 pm
Sunday, June 14, 2-5:30 pm
Tickets are $125 per session and can be purchased online starting May 12. Hosted inside Centennial Hall, Taste the Difference runs concurrently with Taste of Dallas, and a separate ticket is required. However, a ticket to Taste the Difference also includes complimentary admission to Taste of Dallas.