Frolicking in the Park

Palate-pleasing benefit cooks up $500K for Dallas' Klyde Warren Park

Palate-pleasing benefit cooks up $500K for Dallas' Klyde Warren Park

Allan McBee, Lynn McBee, and Senator Royce West, Park & Palate
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee, Sen. Royce West Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Jody Grant, Sheila Grant, Ross Perot, and Margot Perot, Park & Palate
Jody Grant, Sheila Grant, Ross Perot, Margot Perot Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Mayor Mike Rawlings, Rebecca Fletcher, and Barron Fletcher, Park & Palate
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Rebecca Fletcher, Barron Fletcher Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Kent Rathbun and Tracy Rathbun, Park & Palate
Chef Kent Rathbun, Tracy Rathbun Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Kemp Sawers, Kit Sawers, Nancy Perot, and Rod Jones, Park & Palate
Kemp Sawers, Kit Sawers, Nancy Perot, Rod Jones Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Stephen and Angela Wright
Stephen Wright, Angela Wright Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Chef Jon Bonnell, Park & Palate
Chef Jon Bonnell Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Chef Tiffany Derry of Roots Chicken Shak and staff, Park & Palate
Chef Tiffany Derry and the team from Roots Chicken Shak Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Park & Palate, Klyde Warren Park
It was a beautiful fall night in Klyde Warren Park. Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Jordan Kahn Orchestra, Park & Palate
The Jordan Kahn Orchestra kept patrons dancing under the stars. Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Randy Best, Nancy Best, Brint Ryan, and Amanda Ryan
Randy Best, Nancy Best, Brint Ryan, Amanda Ryan Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Chef John Coleman of Savor Gastropub, Julie Vorce of Pink Apron Pastry, and staff, Park & Palate
Chef John Coleman of Savor Gastropub, Julie Vorce of Pink Apron Pastry, and their team. Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Gail Turner, SMU president Gerald Turner, Park & Palate
Gail Turner, Gerald Turner Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Jody Grant, Babe Laufenberg, Sheila Grant, Diane Brierley, and Hal Brierley
Jody Grant, Babe Laufenberg, Sheila Grant, Diane Brierley, and Hal Brierley Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Paul Cooke III, Janie Cooke, and Jason Valdivia
Paul Cooke III, Janie Cooke, Jason Valdivia Photo courtesy of Park & Palate
Allan McBee, Lynn McBee, and Senator Royce West, Park & Palate
Jody Grant, Sheila Grant, Ross Perot, and Margot Perot, Park & Palate
Mayor Mike Rawlings, Rebecca Fletcher, and Barron Fletcher, Park & Palate
Kent Rathbun and Tracy Rathbun, Park & Palate
Kemp Sawers, Kit Sawers, Nancy Perot, and Rod Jones, Park & Palate
Stephen and Angela Wright
Chef Jon Bonnell, Park & Palate
Chef Tiffany Derry of Roots Chicken Shak and staff, Park & Palate
Park & Palate, Klyde Warren Park
Jordan Kahn Orchestra, Park & Palate
Randy Best, Nancy Best, Brint Ryan, and Amanda Ryan
Chef John Coleman of Savor Gastropub, Julie Vorce of Pink Apron Pastry, and staff, Park & Palate
Gail Turner, SMU president Gerald Turner, Park & Palate
Jody Grant, Babe Laufenberg, Sheila Grant, Diane Brierley, and Hal Brierley
Paul Cooke III, Janie Cooke, and Jason Valdivia

What: Park & Palate

Where: Klyde Warren Park

The 411: Klyde Warren Park’s fourth annual Park & Palate fundraiser kicked off with a VIP party for 750 donors and sponsors on a beautiful fall Friday night in the park. The exclusive gathering featured dishes from host chef Kent Rathbun and other Dallas-area culinary stars — among them, chefs Jon Bonnell, Tiffany Derry, John Coleman, and Julie Vorceas — as well as dancing under the stars to the Jordan Kahn Orchestra.

Saturday’s Grand Taste — Dallas’ largest one-day food and wine festival — included noshes from dozens of restaurants and top-shelf beverages, lawn games, a silent disco, a braid bar, caricature artists, specialty gifts, and more.

This year's Park & Palate raised more than $500,000 in net proceeds for programs that keep Klyde Warren Park clean, safe, and active year-round. The weekend event was chaired by Lyn and John Muse, Carolyn and Rob Walters, and John Zogg. Honorary chairs were Nancy Perot and Rod Jones

Who: Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings, Sen. Royce West, SMU president Gerald Turner, Gail Turner, Ross Perot, Margot PerotAllan McBeeLynn McBeeTracy RathbunRebecca Fletcher, Barron Fletcher, Jody Grant, Sheila GrantKemp Sawers, Kit SawersStephen Wright, Angela WrightRandy Best, Nancy Best, Brint Ryan, Amanda Ryan, Babe Laufenberg, Diane Brierley, Hal BrierleyPaul Cooke III, Janie Cooke, and Jason Valdivia.