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CHEFS BEST DISH CONTEST, Chefs for Farmers Event, Dallas, March 13, 2011
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Prizes from Artizone and Hotel ZaZa awarded for crowd pleasing dishes

Dallas, TX --- Notable food enthusiasts Gary Cogill, Hayley Hamilton, Gene Street and June Naylor along with guests at the Chefs for Farmers ‘Walk the Line’ event at Highland Park Cafeteria will vote on two outstanding dishes, mastered by DFW’s top chefs.  Prizes include $1000 from Artizone, the online specialty food and delivery purveyor and a 2 night stay at the popular Hotel ZaZa with dinner for 2 at Dragonfly.

Keeping in tune with the infamous Chefs for Farmers’ After Party, the festivities continue at Whirly Ball.  ‘Walk the Line’ dinner guests are invited to join DJ Bryan Coonrod and Chefs for Farmers’ chefs at Whirly Ball Dallas from 8-10pm.  The popular game, which combines basketball, jai-alai and hockey, is played while strapped into bumper cars.

An all-star team of Dallas’ top chefs including Janice Provost and Chad Houser (Parigi), John Tesar, Matt McCallister, Dan Landsberg (Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa), Tim Byres (Smoke), Randall Copeland and Nathan Tate (Ava), Scott Romano (Charlie Palmer) Brian Luscher (The Grape), J. Chastain (The Second Floor), Jack Perkins (Maple and Motor), Justin Fourton and Diane Fourton (Pecan Lodge), Rick Griggs (former pastry chef of Abacus) celebrate local farms at the benefit dinner March 13 at the famed Highland Park Cafeteria.

Each Chef takes a classic approach to dining with farm-fresh ingredients, preparing two gourmet dishes to be served cafeteria-style.  Guests interact with chefs one on one as they grab a tray and walk the queue selecting from a multitude of comfort classics Salisbury Steak, Wild Boar Sloppy Joes, Tater Tots with Pork Belly, Cabbage Rolls, Fresh Pasta with Duck Meatballs, Fried Chicken, Chicken Fries Steak, Broccoli Rice Casserole, Ambrosia Salad etc. served up by DFW’s finest.

DJs Jennifer Miller and Paul Paredes will be mixing the tracks at this one-of-a-kind event with a special appearance by guest DJ/Chef Matt McCallister.

A portion of the proceeds benefit The Family Place, the largest family violence service provider in the Dallas area serving thousands of victims of family violence each year with award-winning programs that keep women and children safe. For more than 32 years, The Family Place’s mission to end the epidemic of family violence has remained constant through intervention, emergency shelter, and crisis counseling for all victims, saving lives with transitional housing and case management, transforming lives for the better.

Founded in 2010 by Chef Matt McCallister, Chefs for Farmers was organized to raise awareness for the importance of using local ingredients and supporting the farms and farmers in and around Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas.

Featured “Farm and Folks” include JuHa Ranch, Mozzarella Company, Texas Heritage Bee and Texas Honey Bee Guild, Inwood Estates, Hall Vineyards, Duchman Family Winery, Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka.  Sponsors to date are Central Market, Fresh Point, Artizone, Hotel ZaZa and Range.

The feast begins at 4pm as each guest picks up a tray and walks the line.  Cost is $85 per person excluding tax and service fee.  To purchase tickets go to or call Highland Park Cafeteria is located at 1200 North Buckner Boulevard, Dallas, TX 75218 in Casa Linda.


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