This past weekend, we had the pleasure of attending Park and Palate in Klyde Warren Park, and it’s safe to say we wish this was a weekly occurrence. The two-day event, the first of its kind, welcomed chefs, wineries and distilleries from near and far. Ticket-holders enjoyed unlimited food and booze, and those with VIP tickets enjoyed additional bites and drinks (and A/C) inside Savor.
The event kicked off Friday night with a competition, aptly named “Down to the Roots,” where 12 chefs put their spin on comfort food. Celebrity judges included Amanda Freitag of the Food Network and Tyler Seguin from the Dallas Stars, and Tyson Cole’s (Uchi, Uchiko) ceviche was declared the winner. Our favorites included Jason Dady’s grilled cheese with heirloom tomato soup, Kent Rathbun’s chicken-fried antelope (!), and Andrew Wiseheart’s vegetarian (mushroom) burnt ends. Inside Savor, VIPs enjoyed bites from Barbuto, refreshing rosemary-vodka smashes, and all the Perrier-Jouet one could drink.
The following day, the event, which ran from noon-5:00 p.m., was full of even more delicious food and drinks (and sunshine). Chefs included Brian Luscher (Luscher’s), Omar Flores (Casa Rubia), Sarah Snow (The Grape), and a new personal favorite, Julio Peraza (Proof + Pantry, Madrina). Hendrick’s Gin was serving up refreshing cucumber cocktails, and the wine was flowing from a wide variety of vineyards. Inside Savor, VIPs dined on bites from Gemma and sipped more delicious cocktails. I mean, seriously, what more could you ask for? Maybe cooler temps, but between the Talenti gelato, Pop Star madagascar vanilla-bourbon popsicles, and well, the wine, guests were not letting the sun stop them from having a good time.
The ambiance was right on par with the food, too. With almost a Hamptons vibe, the gorgeous views of downtown, and beautiful floral arrangements, it was a truly exceptional weekend.
We did have several people mention the price tag to us – a two-day pass cost $275, and for VIP access, $450. One-day passes were available, for around $150 each. Although we totally understand people’s reservations about paying that much for an event, after having attended, we think it’s worth the money, especially for foodies. Given that there is no Dallas Food + Wine Festival, Park and Palate fills that void, and pretty well, too.
We thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and are looking forward to next year’s event. If you attended, what was your favorite dish? We’re still dreaming of Julio Peraza’s wagyu beef steak tartare with liquid nitrogen, and Omar Flores’ beef belly with a spicy harissa.
Needless to say, our desk lunch just got a lot more depressing.
xo – kels