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):
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.
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.
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.