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Park & Palate Announces 2016 Lineup featuring Texas’ Top Culinary Talent

DALLAS, TX – Klyde Warren Park is excited to announce the full culinary lineup for its annual fundraiser, Park & Palate, on Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22. While Friday evening’s Down to the Roots fundraiser is a sell-out, tickets are now on sale for Saturday’s Grand Taste. Guests at the Grand Taste will be treated to feature tastings of spirits, craft cocktails, and beers, all against the backdrop of the distinctive Dallas skyline.

“We are thrilled to bring together such extraordinary talent for Klyde Warren Park’s premier fundraiser,” said Tara Green, President of Klyde Warren Park. “Saturday’s Grand Taste will showcase more than 30 of the region’s most popular chefs in a celebration of Texas’ culinary scene.”

Participants in this year’s Grand Taste event include four-time James Beard Award-nominated chef from Dallas Kent Rathbun, John Tesar of Knife, Dean Fearing of Fearing’s, 23-year veteran chef John Coleman of Savor Gastropub, and Jason Dady of the Jason Dady Restaurant Group in San Antonio. The full culinary lineup for this year’s Park & Palate is below:


Friday, October 21 – Down to the Roots

Bruce Auden – Biga on the Banks
Jill Bates – Fearing’s
Tyson Cole – uchi
Jason Dady – Jason Dady Restaurant Group
Robert Del Grande – Café Annie
Dean Fearing – Fearing’s
Michael Fojtasek – Olamaie
Sharon Hage – Sharon Hage Farm to Fork Consulting
Brian Johnson – Central Market
Molly McCook – Ellerbe Fine Foods
Kyle Nelson – Central Market
Hugo Ortega – Backstreet Café, Hugo’s and Caracol
Michael Thomson – Michael’s Cuisine & Ancho Chile Bar
Julie Vorce – Savor Gastropub 

Saturday, October 22 – Grand Taste

Jeff Balfour – Southerleigh
Melody Bishop – Lark on the Park
Richard Blankenship – CBD Provisions
Nilton Borges, Jr. – The Joule Hotel
John Brand – Supper
Jermaine Brown – Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine
John Coleman – Savor Gastropub
Jason Dady – Jason Dady Restaurant Group
Ross Demers – On the Lamb
Brandon Drew – The Pyramid at the Fairmont Hotel
David Fingerman – Madrina
Omar Flores – Casa Rubia
Diego Galicia – Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria
Nick Hurry – Proof + Pantry
Dennis Kelley – Lark on the Park
Brian Johnson – Central Market
Geronimo Lopez – Botika
Brian Luscher – Luscher’s Red Hots and The Grape
Rebecca Masson – Fluff Bake Bar
Andrea Meyer – Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie
Suki Otsuki – Mudhen Meat and Greens
Kent Rathbun
Timothy Rattray – The Granary 'Cue & Brew
Justin Richardson – Brigid
Joe Scigliano – Savor Gastropub
Philip Speer – Bonhomie
Shuji Sugawara – Shinsei
John Tesar – Knife
Rico Torres – Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria
Julie Vorce – Savor Gastropub
Andrew Wiseheart – Contigo and Chicon
Nicholas Yanes – Juniper
and more

Park & Palate will also feature music from Platinum-selling, country music singer-songwriter and EMI Recording artist Eric Paslay, the Barbed Wires, Johnny Reno & the Rockets, and DJ Lucy. Additional talent includes featured bartender and restaurateur Michael Martensen and Flower Chef Carly Cylinder.

“More than one million guests enjoy the park each year,” said Park & Palate co-chair Rob Walters. “Thanks in large part to support from the business, philanthropic, and culinary communities, Klyde Warren Park serves as Dallas’ central gathering place where everyone is welcome.”

The chairs for this year’s event are Carolyn and Rob Walters, along with Lyn and John Muse. Park & Palate is supported by title sponsors Republic National Distributing Corporation and Central Market, a division of H-E-B, along with additional sponsors, J.P. Morgan Chase, CBRE, Lucchese, Ben E. Keith, and Boardwalk Auto Group.

The Grand Taste will take place on Saturday, October 22 at Klyde Warren Park, located at 2012 Woodall Rodgers Freeway in downtown Dallas, Texas. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online at Proceeds will benefit Klyde Warren Park, which is managed by the nonprofit Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation.

Stay tuned as details surrounding additional activities, parking and transportation, and more will be announced in the weeks ahead. For more information, please visit

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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.