The inaugural Park and Palate food and beverage festival featuring some of the biggest names from the Texas culinary landscape will take place September 25 and 26 at Dallas’ Klyde Warren Park. The urban deck park, a 5.2-acre green expanse that stretches for several blocks over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway, will host two major events on the two days.
The Austin contingency at Park and Palate will include Andrew Wisehart (Contigo, Gardner), Michael Fojtasek and Grae Nonas of Olamaie, Jodi Elliott of Bribery Bakery, and Lenoir’s Todd Duplechan.
The September 25 event, Down to Roots, will see 12 Texas chefs compete head-to-head in a comfort food showdown judged by a panel including Amanda Freitag, a frequent Food Network guest and judge on “Chopped.” Austin chefs participating in Down to Roots include
Down to the Roots participants include Austin chefs Alma Alcocer of El Alma, Tyson Cole of Uchi, Wisehart, Fojtasek and Nonas, who will compete against Texas chefs like San Antonio’s Jason Dady, Dallas’ John Tesar, and Tre Wilcox of Dallas.
The second day features a Grand Tasting with food, wine, cocktails and spirits from a group that includes Anastacia Quinones of Kitchen LTO, Andrea Shackelford of Harvest, Brian Luscher of Luscher’s Red Hots, Dennis Kelley and Melody Bishop of Lark on the Park, Diego Galicia and Rico Torres of Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria, Joel Harrington of Bolsa, Richard Blankenship of CBD Provisions, and many more.
Tickets go on sale online Tuesday at 9 a.m. and start at $150. The two-day event will raise money for the Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation, the non-profit organization that operates Klyde Warren Park, which offers a variety of free programming and events year-round.
“Klyde Warren Park is more than a beautiful green space in our urban core. It’s a mission to bring friends, family, and community together to create real and lasting memories,” Klyde Warren Park chairman Jody Grant said. “Few things bring people together like great food and wine, so we feel like Park & Palate is both on-mission and a great way to raise awareness and funds for the park.”