The 2016 Chefs for Farmers pre-main-event event — which features talented sous chefs and mixologists showing off for a panel of judges and attendees — finished up Sunday evening, and no one left hungry or thirsty. Eight judges from the major food-reviewing outlets in Dallas — including yours truly, as well as critics from D Magazine, Dallas Eater, Dallas Observer, Dallas Morning News, Escape Hatch Dallas and Zagat — did our own tastings, and awards were given for popular pick and judges’ choice.
As with last year, the sold-out crowd selected The Blind Butcher’s Brian Bell as fan favorite with his sausage and mashed potato dish, a tribute to summery picnicking. Sarah Green from the Joule won judges’ choice for her empanada-style Frito pie.
The Maker’s Mark cocktail from Henry’s Majestic won best bourbon creation, while Parliment’s Patron cocktail won the best tequila drink and the people’s choice award.
Here are some photos from the event.