A foodie’s feast of coming attractions


PIE A LA MODE | The fruit pie designed Savor Gastropub pastry chef Julie Vorce will be featured at the Park and Palate event at Klyde Warren Park in October. Guests at the launch party voted it their favorite dessert. (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)

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This fall is packed with foodie events to put on your calendar. First up will be the return of The Dallas Chocolate Festival, back for its seventh iteration. That’s all a true chocoholic should need to know, but well add that Bissous Bissous Patisserie, Kate Weiser Chocolates, Dallas Caramel Company, Whole Foods Market and more than a dozen more chocolateries will convene at the Addison Conference Centre on Sept. 10. Tickets are $30 for adults (just $5 for kids!) or $75 for VIP tickets. And who doesn’t wanna be a chocolate VIP? DallasChocolate.org.

Also coming in September is the return of Chefs for Farmers. The three-day event features 60-plus chefs, more than three dozen farmers and artisans plus 50 brewers, distillers and winemakers. It starts Friday, Sept. 23, with a “Crème de la Femme” dinner featuring a meal from six award-winning female chefs; Saturday. Sept. 24 will be the Street Food Night Market in the Design District. And the main event returns to Lee Park on Sunday, Sept. 25, with chefs from Wayward Sons, 18th and Vine, Uchi and more. ChefsForFarmers.com.

In October, the second annual Park & Palate returns to Klyde Warren Park. The fundraiser, benefiting the popular deck park bridging Uptown and Downtown, is a two-day celebration of the Texas culinary scene with chefs, mixologists, brewers and winemakers. Friday, Oct. 21’s evening event, Down to the Roots — chaired by Dean Fearing — is already a sell-out, but Saturday’s Grand Taste — hosted by Kent Rathbun and including Jermaine Brown (Julia Pearl), Omar Flores Casa Rubia), Brian Luscher (The Grape and Luscher’s Red Hots) and others — are still available. Learn more and get tickets at ParkAndPalate.org.

Beyond this fall, though, a lot more is happening. Next year, Istanbul Grill, the Mediterranean restaurant that has been a staple in Arlington, will be opening a second location in Fort Worth in February. The new addition to Sundance Square, which will be on the ground floor of the Cassidy Building at 401 Throckmorton St., will serve lamb, eggplant, hummus, falafel and other Middle Eastern favorites.

John Tesar is expanding his beefy burger empire. Riffing off his Knife steakhouse concept in The Highland hotel, he will open Knife Burger in Plano, opening about a year from now. The plan is a fast-casual version of his signature gourmet burgers will open at the Legacy West development, which is now under construction. Also opening in the development with be the first Dean & Deluca to open in Texas. The staple shop in New York City is a unique cross-section of gourmet groceries and epicurean-centric home goods.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 19, 2016.