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Top Chefs Come Out To Support Klyde Warren Park

DALLAS (August 1, 2017)– Culinary talent is in no short order for this year’s Park & Palate, Klyde Warren Park’s annual fundraising event. This year, the two-day culinary celebration is taking a unique theme of “Pillars and Protégés,” featuring well-known pillar chefs and up-and-coming protégés who will be creating a special collaborative dish for the weekend’s tasting. Today, Klyde Warren Park announces the lineup of pillar chefs for the VIP Down to the Roots event as well as the initial lineup for the Grand Taste presented by Republic National Distributing Company on October 13-14.

“We are thankful to have the support of so many talented, culinary icons for this year’s event,” said Klyde Warren Park President Tara Green. “The Pillars and Protégés theme certainly brings a unique twist, which is what Klyde Warren Park is all about. We supply the fun; all you have to bring is yourself!”

The lineup includes notable chefs from throughout Texas and the country such as Jason Dady, Kent Rathbun, Richard Ruskell, Tyson Cole, and Dean Fearing. Over the course of the next few weeks, participating chefs will select a partner who will collaborate with them at the event to create a truly diverse lineup.  

“I am so thrilled to participate in the third year of Park & Palate,” says Chef Kent Rathbun, Grand Taste chef host. “Having the opportunity to select a partner chef at the event will be such a great way to have a one of a kind lineup. We will be able to really showcase our passion through our collaborative dishes. It will truly be a rare and exclusive experience unlike any other Dallas event.”

Park & Palate 2017 Chef Lineup:
Friday, October 13 – Down to the Roots

Jon Bonnell, Bonnell’s Restaurant
Tyson Cole, Uchi
Jason Dady, Jason Dady Restaurant Group
Dean Fearing, Fearing’s
Becky Masson, Fluff Bake Bar
Monica Pope
Kent Rathbun

Saturday, October 14 – Grand Taste

Alex Astranti, Top Knot
Jeff Balfour, Southerleigh
Ryan Barnett, Lark on the Park
Nilton “Junior” Borges, The Joule Hotel
Richard Chamberlain, Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House
Katherine Clapner, Dude, Sweet Chocolate
John Coleman, Savor Gastropub
Jason Dady, The Jason Dady Restaurant Group
Kevin Fink & Page Pressley, Emmer & Rye
Omar Flores, Whistle Britches Chicken
Diego Galicia, Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria
Lisa Garza-Selcer, Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar
Jared Harms, The Pyramid
Ethan Holmes, Snap Kitchen
Nick Hurry, Proof & Pantry
Brian Luscher, The Grape
Becky Masson, Fluff Bake Bar
Andrea Meyer, Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie
Kent Rathbun
Amanda Rockman, Café No Sé
Richard Ruskell, Cake Wars, Food Network
Joe Scigliano, Savor Gastropub
Jim “Sevy” Severson, Sevy’s
Callie Speer, Holy Roller
Philip Speer, Bonhomie
Aaron Staudenmaier, Lovers Seafood
Shuji Sugawara, Shinsei
Josh Sutcliff, Mirador
Rico Torres, Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria
David Uygur, Lucia
Julie Vorce, Savor Gastropub
Nick Walker, The Front Room
Nicholas Yanes, Juniper
Cocktails by Michael Martensen, Shoals

Now in its third year, Park & Palate will feature two fundraising events for Klyde Warren Park. Down to the Roots, an exclusive evening event for park VIPs, including sponsors, underwriters, and donors kicks off the weekend on Friday, October 13. The Grand Taste, on Saturday, October 14, is the public’s way of supporting the park and its more than 1,300 free programs and events each year. The Grand Taste will feature top chefs, breweries, wineries and spirits, as well as food and wine seminars.

“We’re so excited to host the third edition of Park & Palate and shake things up with this unique theme of Pillars & Protégés,” says Erika White, Vice President of Events & Programs at Klyde Warren Park. “We wanted to make it an extraordinary experience not only for guests, but for participating chefs as well. Our featured chefs are helping curate the lineup by selecting the people they want to cook with, whether it’s someone they admire, a rising chef who they’d like to recognize, or a partner they want to collaborating with. This year, guests can expect a lineup of unparalleled talent, inspired dishes, and an overall fresh experience!”

Park & Palate will take place at Klyde Warren Park, located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway in Dallas. Tickets for the Grand Taste are $75 for general admission and $125 for VIP and can be bought online at parkandpalate.org. Proceeds will benefit Klyde Warren Park, which is managed by the nonprofit Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation. 

Returning as co-chairs for Park & Palate are Lyn and John Muse and Carolyn and Rob Walters. Republic National Distributing Company is returning as the event’s presenting sponsor and D Magazine is returning as media partner. Klyde Warren Park is still seeking additional sponsors and individual underwriters. To inquire about becoming a sponsor or underwriter for Park & Palate, contact Tara Green at tara@klydewarrenpark.org.

Stay tuned as details on the full lineup, additional activities, parking, transportation and more will be announced in the weeks ahead. For more information, visit parkandpalate.org and follow Klyde Warren Park on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest Park & Palate updates.



Klyde Warren Park is a 5.2-acre deck park bridging uptown Dallas to downtown Dallas. The park is privately funded and operated by the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation to connect the community and enrich lives through free active programming and educational opportunities in a pristine and safe, centrally located, entertainment-rich green space where everyone is welcome. Corporate partnerships and donations ensure that this mission will continue today and into the future. For more information, visit klydewarrenpark.org.



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