Whet your appetite: October is chock full of foodie fundraisers and functions

IMG_7535ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor

Fall is sort of synonymous with eating: Thanksgiving, Halloween candy, pumpkin spiced lattes, German Oktoberfests. And Dallas hits it full force starting this week.

It begins, as it has the past seven years, with Burgers & Burgundy, the annual benefit for DIFFA that includes sliders and munchies crafted by some of the top chefs in North Texas (pictured). Only this year, it’s not just Texas representin’ — lead chef/organizer John Tesar (Knife, Oak, El Bolero) has invited nationally-known chefs like Justin Brunson (Old Major) and Kris Morningstar (Terrine) to join local notables like Tre Wilcox, Blaine Staniford (Grace), Sharon Van Meter (3015 Trinity Groves) and Brian Luscher (The Grape, Luscher’s Red Hots) in crafting bites to pair with wines. It returns to the beautiful gardens of the Seanor Estate (4627 Meadowood Road) on Oct. 2, from 6:30–9:30 p.m. tickets run from $85 (online) to $150 (VIP). Learn more at DIFFADallas.org.

This weekend also welcomes a newcomer to the food stage: The inaugural Taste of the Anatole. This three-day food fest, taking place at the Hilton Anatole in the Design District, begins with  Food and Wine Around the World on Oct. 2 ($85), followed on Saturday, Oct. 3 with intimate workshops and an evening Grand Tasting ($99) and finishing up with Sunday brunch ($59). The evening events will be accompanied by live music, as well as wines and spirits from the likes of Cakebread, Robert Mondavi Napa, Maker’s Mark and more. And you can even get ticket packages that include a two-night stay at the hotel, and each night includes an after-party at SER. For more information, visit TasteOfTheAnatole.com.

The next big event is the annual Chefs for Farmers, which is bigger than ever. This three-day culinary event, which runs from Oct. 23–25,  includes a Guest Chef Dinner Oct. 23 at host-chef Matt McCallister’s FT33 in the Design District, The Butcher Block Party outside the Joule Hotel on Oct. 24 (featuring 15 local chefs and bartenders) and on Oct. 25, the main event Culinary Village at Lee Park. For tickets and a full list of participants, visit ChefsForFarmers.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 2, 2015.