Dallas – Park and Palate

So my mom is a food writer, who happens to be making quite a name for herself. Over the summer she hired me to be her “assistant”. I take care of some of her social media work and since I am a photographer, I get to do events like the Park and Palate fundraiser for Klyde Warren Park in Dallas. Klyde Warren Park hosts a slew of free events every year.  It’s only natural to do fundraisers so they can continue doing this amazing work!  We got to go! It was the most amazing event I have ever been to!

Here’s the deal.  A lot of well known chefs in Texas gathered in this park. Each had a booth where they passed out amazing food that they/their staff made. So if you buy a ticket you get to go into this event and mingle with some of Texas’ best, eat their food and have a really good time! I bet your curious as to what I ate? Well let me tell you. I am a little finicky with what I eat and I VERY rarely eat fish, shrimp or seafood of any kind.  I went into this shindig with my mind set on trying everything that I possibly could. This isn’t an opportunity that comes knockin’ every day ya’ know. I was not disappointed!

 

Kent Rathbun was there with an amazing Chicken Fried Antelope. The meat was so tender and sweet. I wanted to go back for seconds, but his line was so long every time we passed the booth!

 

Jeff Balfour had a phenomenal Saltwater Catfish. Let me tell you, I would happily overindulge myself a thousand times over on his catfish!

Saltwater catfish, omg so good! #jeffbalfour #plateandpalate

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Savor Gastropub had this fantastically delicious Blackened Red Snapper!

 

Rebecca Masson from Fluff Bake Bar had a booth and was passing out Peanut Butter and Jelly Ice Cream Sandwiches That were partially coated in beer roasted peanuts and sprinkled with edible Glitter!

 

bisous bisous patisserie

Bisous Bisous Patisserie – Strawberry Basil Parfait

I am not going to lie, we did go back for seconds and maaaybe we went back for thirds on this one. That Basil Macaron on top was soooo good too!

Pop Star

Pop Star

Pop Star had these amazing Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Popsicle. I wish I could have gone back for more, but there was so much food and drink and so little time.

pidgy

I even made a new friend. I named him Pidgey. He (I assume he’s a he) came right up and boldly ate out of my fingers.

I cannot express how much fun this was. I really enjoyed getting out there, taking photos and spending time with my mom.
By the time we were done eating, drinking and watching demonstrations from chefs like Tiffany Derry, and breathing the same are as people like Amanda Freitag or Tyler Seguin (Yes the Dallas Stars player!!) who were judging the event,  I was ready to go home and fall into a food coma for the rest of the night.  Can we say worst run on sentence ever? I am going to try and pretend that I don’t even care.

 

See?!  I wish I could have gotten autographs, but I was not about to push into anyone’s personal space.  I DO have some measure of dignity.  Most of the time. Kinda. Sorta?  Ok! Fine, I don’t! However, anyone who knows me knows that I am super sensitive to peoples feelings and I don’t want to butt in where I may or may not be wanted. It wasn’t the right time anyway. But we did breathe the same air and there was a point  where we were less than 3 feet away from all of them. /end fangirl rant.  Mom was worse. Just saying.

Thanks for reading!

If you would like to see more of my pictures, some of them are on my photography page : Park and Palate – Dallas
There are even more on the article that Marye Audet wrote on Haute Living