Savor Dallas is a destination for local Foodies! It was a symphony of flavors with hints of greatness that started out a little flat and ended on a robust and delicious note. This was the first year I’ve attended this home grown soiree that showcases the talented chefs in Dallas. In a recent blog, I wrote about delicious food festivals across the country, I Heart Food Festivals, Savor Dallas was #2 on the list and that can be checked off the foodie bucket list. I was fortunate enough to have attended three of the Savor Dallas offerings… The Art District Wine Stroll, The Friday Night Cocktail Party and of course… The International Grand Tasting.
Can you imagine a fair where every ride is a roller coaster of taste sensations?
First stop was the “Art District Wine Stroll”, there was almost a 100 rides “vendors”, each one offered a refreshing beverage or satisfying bite. The wine stroll took us through the DMA, Meyerson, Nasher and Winspear Opera House. It was the perfect backdrop to discovering the newly renovated spaces. The Savor Dallas team did a tremendous job attracting the wineries and securing locations that are quintessentially Dallas! There was a sea of hundreds of foodies and drinkies in tight spaces celebrating our love of food and wine. There was an unspoken appreciation when each of us was willing to wait 5-10 minutes for a little taste bud lovin’. (It was like the anticipation of going on a really cool ride that last 20 seconds, well worth it because the exhilaration last all day.) I was a little hungry after the stroll so my friends and I went to Charlie Palmer‘s to grab a couple of bar bites that would hold us over before heading to the next Savor Dallas event.
Second stop was “The Friday Night Cocktail Party” hosted at the chic Gables 17 community. Premium cocktails and a immaculate view of downtown… How can we go wrong?
The cost was $50 a person which included live music, premium drinks, passed hors d’oeuvres and sweets. The appetizers was not what I expected at a foodie event and they were far and few in between. The best part was the gooey brownie and a mouth watering chocolate martini! After about an hour we headed out… Still hungry, our next destination was Sfuzzi‘s for a juicy burger and double fried, fries.
Third and last stop was on Saturday night, The International Grand Tasting! The Sheraton Hotel played host to the grandioso event. The ballroom was filled with live music, Cirque Du Soleil-like performers suspended from the ceilings, thousands of Foodies and sweet and savory bites in every nook and cranny. The Grand Tasting featured some of Dallas’ elite culinary artist and their best dishes. The Mint, Bolsa, Parigi and Del Frisco‘s just to name a few, as well as, spirits from wineries and distilleries across the country. My favorites was a perfectly cooked duck breast paired with a spicy Thai curry from The Mint… It was the perfect bite chased by a passion fruit sake from Nobu. It was impossible to leave here hungry.
Once the last lingering bite dissipated… I had a chance to reflect on the Savor Dallas event. It was certainly a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. After attending such events as Vegas Uncork’d and South Beach’s Food and Wine Festival, I thought Savor Dallas would be just as grand. We certainly have the potential in a metropolitan city with spectacular views and renowned talent. (Top Chef All-Stars series on Bravo, three of the chefs were local – Casey Thompson, Tre Wilcox and Tiffany Derry- and celebrity chefs like Stephen Pyles, Tim Love and Kent Rathburn AND we have culinary icons like Wolfgang Puck and Charlie Palmer who have restaurants in Dallas… none of which participated.) I expected celebrity chefs in every corner and to be sprinkled by magical food dust that would make it necessary to skip instead of walk. Maybe next year?
Overall, Savor Dallas was a journey of taste sensations. For the price of admission, it was a tremendous value and I will always be a supporter of our local food festivals. I appreciate and admire Vicki and Jim White for pathing the way that spotlights local chefs and delivering a well orchestrated food celebration. It wasn’t necessarily a Foodie “A”fair… Definitely a B+!
Cheers to living, loving and cooking with passion.