Food and Wine for a Cause: Park & Palate 2015

Gelato. Wine. Chicken Wings. Sausage. Cooking demonstrations. And the downtown Dallas skyline. It was the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon. And that is what Park & Palate was counting on.

Park & Palate, Klyde Warren Park’s inaugural food and wine celebration, boasted around 40 chefs and over 30 wineries over the course of the weekend. On Friday evening, there was an outdoor concert and on Saturday was their ‘Grand Tasting’ with cooking demonstrations, book signings and live music on a hot September day.

But the event isn’t just for great food and delicious drinks. Per Park & Palate: ‘The event not only offers the chance to mingle with the premier chefs, winemakers, and sommeliers in the region and beyond, but also give attendees the opportunity to support Klyde Warren Park and all of its free activities. Because all proceeds from the event go directly back into the park, Park & Palate offers Dallas’ new and established philanthropists a unique opportunity to enjoy an exceptional event while giving back to one of the city’s most beloved spaces.’

Here were some of my faves (noting that there were so many stands I didn’t have the time to hit):

Central Market


The chefs of Central Market were serving up delicious chicken wings with gourmet sauces. One had bacon and one had honey. They were tender and juicy and hit the spot. The bacon sauce was absolute heaven with just he perfect amount of saltiness.


Luscher’s Red Hots


This restaurant was serving up Chicago-inspired sausages with dry mustard, so you know I had to try it. The meat was well seasoned and perfectly paired with the dry mustard. I can admit that I had a few of these mini-sausages.


Svedka Vodka

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The folks at Svedka make some tasty cocktails. The Strawberry Lemonade vodka mixed with lemonade, sweet tea, and infused fruit. It was heavenly. Not to mention that Svedka was serving shots of an apple-cider whiskey. It was a wonderful time had by all.




A bread and steak salad? Not a combination I would have contemplated but it worked. The flavors soaked into the bread pieces that were paired with huge steak chunks. It was tangy and flavorful and quite filling.


Talenti Gelato


I was already a fan of Talenti gelato but I got to experience some flavors I had previously missed. The highlight of the day was the raspberry sorbet flavor. The fruitiness of the chilled treat was perfect for a 90 degree day. Super refreshing and light.


There were so many places (and wineries) I didn’t get to try, but Park & Palate was an event that benefited the community, all while benefiting my tummy. When it comes back around, it is not to be missed.


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11 comments on “Food and Wine for a Cause: Park & Palate 2015”

  1. I love food events that provide an opportunity to sample lots of great food while supporting a worthy cause. Park and Palate looks like it was a lot of fun and had a great variety of savory foods, desserts and beverages. Plus, I’m always a sucker for chicken wings.

  2. I love foodie events like this! You get to try so many different things and discover new favorites. Apple cider whiskey sounds like a really tasty drink. And, Talenti gelato is one of my favorite things – the flavors are so crisp – especially the raspberry!

  3. what a fun day this looks like. I don’t live near Dallas but if I did, I’d be there in a flash. I really love cooking demonstrations and of course the tastings would be the highlight of the day. Thanks for sharing your experience with us.

  4. I love things like this because you get to experience all types of foods and drinks. Ommm I am mad at that tiny gelato I need more of that in a bigger cup

  5. I have never been to a food event quite like this one. It looks like a good time for fun and good food. I would love to have been there, all of the food looks delicious!

  6. OMG. A wine and food festival sounds amazing! We have one here but I have never been because we have never been able to find a sitter for the kids. A couple friends and I spend a day and visit local wineries once a year. We have a blast, but I would love it if they all came to me!

  7. All of the food looks delicious and how fun that you get to eat yummy food all while supporting a great cause! It reminds me of the fun summer time farmers markets here in San Diego!

  8. What a great way to get to know a new city and all it has to offer! They offer one in our city just on a smaller scale! It looks like a really fun night full of yummy food.

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