Tish Around Taste of the Cowboys 2018

Hey TAT Family!

So, I had the pleasure of attending Taste of the Cowboys 2018 fundraising event benefiting the North Texas Food Bank (NTFB). The event was held at the impressive Ford Center at The Star in Frisco. It was a great night of delicious food and amazing live entertainment, all in support of raising money to fight hunger in North Texas. It was a perfect event for Cowboys fans, as there were past and present players and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in attendance, and what’s a Cowboys’ event without Rowdy.

Hanging with Dallas Cowboys’ Mascot Rowdy….For the record I’m still an Atlanta Falcons fan ☺

The event was set up like a tailgate on field with 30 gourmet food stations featuring some of the best chefs around North Texas. There was a large variety of food and drinks to enjoy, as we were being entertained by two great bands. Big Joe Walker gave the crowd some bold Texas-style country music, and Jordan Kahn Orchestra kept us dancing to all the top 40 hits.

There was a silent auction with a lot of nice items to bid on during the event. A live auction, and football toss that benefited the NTFB’s Child Programs was also held. The live auction was a fun experience, with some unique items to bid on, and the football toss had people donating money, in return for a football signed by some popular Cowboys.

I had so much fun at the event – supporting a good cause, and of course tasting different food and drinks. I’m, definitely planning to attend next year’s event, and you should too.

Here are some of my favorite bites from the night.

Shinsei/Lovers Seafood & Market – Citrus Soy Braised Brisket Steam Bun with Green Mango Slaw

Legends at AT&T Stadium – Shrimp & Grits

Bulla Gastrobar – Chicken Paella with Mushroom, Artichoke, Carrots & Peas

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Pork Chop Bites

Tish Around Town is now an advocate for local food banks, and I hope you will join me in contributing to the fight to end hunger in the United States. Make sure you stay tuned to Tish Around Town for details on how you can be a part of this movement.

For more information or to make a donation to the North Texas Food Bank, visit their website. If you are outside of Dallas, and would like to find your local food bank, go to Feeding America and search by your zip code.

By the way, Tish Around Town’s newsletter is coming soon! Yaay! I’m so excited for you to see what I have planned. But, for now, make sure you subscribe to the blog to stay in the loop on foodie news and what’s happening around town.

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town

Tish Around Park & Palate Grand Taste 2017

Hey TAT Family!

So, I had the opportunity to attend the event Park & Palate Grand Taste. I had run across the event on Facebook, and it piqued my interest because it was being described as one of the hottest culinary events in Dallas. That’s a pretty bold statement, so I had to go check it out.

Park & Palate is the annual fundraiser for Klyde Warren Park that showcases the region’s most popular chefs, as well as wineries and spirits from around the world. The two-day culinary event had a unique theme – “Pillars and Protégés,” which featured well known pillar chefs and up-and-coming protégés making collaborative dishes to showcase.

The event was held at Klyde Warren Park in downtown Dallas, which is 5.2 acres of urban green space built over the Woodall Rodgers Freeway. It’s a beautiful park with a lot of fun activities and great views of the city skyline, and the perfect backdrop for this event. Attending the event allowed me to kill two birds with one stone because visiting this park was on my Dallas To-Do List.

The event kicked off Friday night with, “Down To The Root,” which featured two chefs, a pillar and protégé, from each major city highlighting the best of Texas cuisine. The night was also filled with live music and dancing. I attended the Saturday afternoon event, “Grand Taste,” which featured more than 60 chefs and 30 wineries, plus spirits, craft cocktails, and beer. My beautiful Mom was my foodie buddy for this event. The Grand Taste was from 2.pm – 6.pm so we arrived a little after 2.pm.

TAT Tip: When attending a food festival, it is better to arrive on the earlier side so that you can get the majority of the tasting done before the crowd shows up.

Park and Palate Grand Taste

Selfie with Mom, my foodie buddy for the day

We first walked around to get the lay of the land, and then we started on our culinary journey. The majority of tastings were delightful and pleasing to our palates. You can tell the chefs took pride in working together to curate the perfect tasting for this event. On top of the great food, there were also countless selections of wines and spirits to pair with the tastings.

Lobster Roll

Empanada & Pork Belly

Some of my favorite wines

The entry process was easy, and there were also no long lines at stations. However, it was an unseasonable 90-degree day in October, so we had to take a few breaks to get out of the sun, and luckily there were plenty of cool seating under the trees and umbrellas.

I, definitely, recommend this event, and it is now on my radar as an annual event I have to attend. My Mom is a newbie to the foodie events but she had a blast, and she will also be back next year too. This festival is well worth the money for the quality of food, the portion sizes and the plentiful pours of wines and spirits. I have been to a lot of food festivals and foodie events, and this one ranks pretty high on the list as a new favorite.

Chefs serving savory bites

Chefs serving delicious desserts

Having a mini photoshoot in front of the We Rosé wall

My new foodie friends

Dallas TAT Family, make sure you add Park & Palate to your social calendar for next year, and for my out of town followers, this would be a great event for a Fall weekend trip to Dallas. The weather in Dallas is usually beautiful in October, and you can also catch a Cowboys game or some other fun events that same weekend

Don’t forget to sign-up for the Klyde Warren Park Newsletter, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to stay in the loop on the next Park & Palate, and all of the other fun events at the park.

What are some of your favorite food festivals to attend in Dallas or other cities?  I will travel for good food so I just might make a road trip!

See you around town!

Photos by Tish Around Town