March 16: Dallas Arboretum Presents Inaugural Food & Wine Festival During the Largest Floral Festival in the Southwest

For the first time ever, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden is designing and hosting its own Food & Wine Festival on March 16 to celebrate cuisine and libations from many cultures, set against the backdrop of its spring festival Dallas Blooms. Themed Flower Power, Dallas Blooms features more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs and is “the best spot this side of Holland to see beautiful flowers,” according to Southern Living. Entrance for those with VIP tickets is at 6 p.m., and general admission entrance is at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase online.

Mark Wolf, Dallas Arboretum board chairman, said, “This festival has been developed in tandem with the planning and development of A Tasteful Place – the exciting fruit, vegetable and herb garden that is set to open in the fall of 2017- and the relationships we have developed with some of the best chefs in the region. We became excited about creating a festival that demonstrates the connection between nature, gardens and the food we eat.”

This premier, spring social event will feature savory bites made by over 40 award-winning chefs from many fine restaurants around the Metroplex. Guests will be able to sample fine wines and craft beers. End the evening with dessert, coffee, a celebration toast and a special concert featuring Hobo Cane, a blend of pop and acoustic with a Latin flare, at the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage & Lawn.

The cuisine will focus on five regions and types of dishes in areas throughout the Arboretum:
  • American Bistro
  • Mediterranean
  • Pan Asian
  • South American
  • Desserts from around the world
Chef Sharon Van Meter, president of 3015 at Trinity Groves, is the Arboretum’s Food & Wine’s festival chair. “2017 is the year of culinary pursuits for the Dallas Arboretum. The chefs of Dallas are excited about, not only, the first Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival, but beyond ecstatic about A Tasteful Place opening later this year. Now we feel like we have a true partner in our education goal of healthier food choices,” said Van Meter.

 Along with Van Meter, other chefs confirmed to date include the following:*
  • Abacus, Chef Christopher Patrick
  • Asian Mint, Chef Nikky Phinyawatana
  • CADOT, Chef Jean-Marie CADOT
  • Casa Rubia/Whistle Britches, Chef Omar Flores
  • Chino Chinatown, Chef Uno Immanivong
  • Dude Sweet Chocolate, Chef Katherine Clapner
  • Empire Baking Co., Chef Meaders Ozarow
  • Emporium Pies,Chef Mary Sparks
  • Garden Café, Chef Mark Wootton
  • Glazed Donut Works, Chef Joe Baker
  • Harvest Seasonal Kitchen, Chef Andrea Shackelford
  • Henry’s Homemade Ice Cream, Henry Gentry
  • Knife, Chef John Tesar
  • LUCK, Chef Daniel Pittman
  • Miller & Associates, Chef April Barney
  • Oddfellows, Chef Anastacia Quinones
  • Parigi, Chef Janice Provost
  • Patina Green Home and Market, Chef Robert Lyford
  • Salum Restaurant, Chef Abraham Salum
  • Shinsei/Lovers Seafood & Market, Chef Aaron Staudenmaier
  • Smoky Rose, Chef David Gauthier
  • Uchi, Chef Jeramie Robison
*Chefs confirmed as of release.
Additional sponsors include Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits, Rosewood Ranches Wagyu Beef and Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate. Media sponsors include D Magazine and CultureMap.

Tickets are $140 each (general) and $195 each (VIP) and may be purchased online at VIP tickets include entrance at 6 p.m., valet parking, a chance to mix and mingle with the chefs, high-end wine and spirits, special food in the DeGolyer House and at the concert, and special reserved seating at the concert.

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens is located on the southeastern shore of White Rock Lake at 8525 Garland Road, Dallas, Texas 75218.  The Dallas Arboretum is also the home of the internationally acclaimed Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden. The Arboretum is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. General admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for children 3-12 and free for Arboretum members and children two and under. On-site parking is $15 or $8, if purchased in advance online. The Dallas Morning News is the principal partner of the Dallas Arboretum.  The Arboretum is supported, in part, by funds from the Dallas Park and Recreation Department.  WFAA is an official media sponsor for the Dallas Arboretum.



Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly, the award-winning eBuzzNewsletter and Adams Communications Public Relations, a boutique PR firm specializing in media and community relations for small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Sharon is also a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in Dallas Business Journal, Katy Trail Weekly, People Newspapers (Park Cities People and Preston Hollow People/North Dallas People), Preston Hollow Life magazine, The Park Cities News, White Rock Lake Weekly, numerous blogs and websites and more.