Texas chefs rule at the second annual Park & Palate, the food festival fundraiser for Klyde Warren Park, taking place October 21-22. Topping the list are Dallas celebrity chefs Kent Rathbun, John Tesar, and Dean Fearing, plus Jason Dady of the Jason Dady Restaurant Group in San Antonio.
Friday night's event, called Down to the Roots, has already sold out. But tickets are now on sale for the Saturday Grand Taste, featuring spirits, craft cocktails, beers, and more than 30 of the region's most popular chefs.
Participating chefs at Friday night's event, which runs 7:30-10, include Bruce Auden (Biga on the Banks in San Antonio); Jill Bates (Fearing's); Tyson Cole (Uchi); Dady; Robert Del Grande (Cafe Annie); Fearing; Michael Fojtasek (Olamaie in Austin); Sharon Hage; Brian Johnson (Central Market); Molly McCook (Ellerbe Fine Foods); Kyle Nelson (Central Market); Hugo Ortega (Backstreet Cafe, Hugo's, Caracol in Houston); Michael Thomson (Michael's Cuisine & Ancho Chile Bar); and Julie Vorce (Savor Gastropub).
Saturday is the big day, so look forward to samples from these chefs from 2-6 pm: Jeff Balfour (Southerleigh in San Antonio); Melody Bishop (Lark on the Park); Richard Blankenship (CBD Provisions); Nilton Borges Jr. (The Joule); John Brand (Supper in San Antonio); Jermaine Brown (Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine); John Coleman (Savor Gastropub); Dady; Ross Demers (On the Lamb); Brandon Drew (The Pyramid Restaurant & Bar); David Fingerman (Madrina); Omar Flores (Whistle Britches); Diego Galicia (Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria in San Antonio); Nick Hurry (Proof + Pantry); Dennis Kelley (Lark on the Park); Brian Johnson (Central Market); Geronimo Lopez (Botika in San Antonio); Brian Luscher (Luscher's Red Hots, The Grape); Rebecca Masson (Fluff Bake Bar in Houston); Andrea Meyer (Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie); Suki Otsuki (Mudhen Meat and Greens); Rathbun, Timothy Rattray (The Granary 'Cue & Brew in San Antonio); Justin Richardson (Brigid in San Antonio); Joe Scigliano (Savor Gastropub); Philip Speer (Bonhomie); Shuji Sugawara (Shinsei); Tesar; Rico Torres (Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria in San Antonio); Vorce; Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo, Chicon); and Nicholas Yanes (Juniper in Austin).
Oh, and there will be music. Acts include Eric Paslay, Barbed Wires, Johnny Reno & the Rockets, and DJ Lucy Wrubel. Additional "talent" includes bartender/restaurateur Michael Martensen and Flower Chef Carly Cylinder.
Chaired by Carolyn and Rob Walters and Lyn and John Muse, Park & Palate also has many sponsors, including Republic National Distributing Corporation, Central Market, JP Morgan Chase, CBRE, Lucchese, Ben E. Keith, and Boardwalk Auto Group.