Dallas Arboretum Held Food and Wine Festival: A Gatsby Garden Soirée

(Featured Photo: Alicia Voltmer, Event Chair. Steve DeShazo, Chef Sharon Van Meter, Chef Chair.)* 

Chef Sharon Van Meter was the chef chair, and Alicia Voltmer was the event chair.

On June 10th, many guests dressed in roaring ’20s attire for the Dallas Arboretum’s Food and Wine Festival themed A Gatsby Garden Soirée. They strolled the garden while enjoying music, fine wines, craft beer and delectable small plates prepared by top local area chefs.

John Dzminiski, Kenneth Braddock, Michael Lane, Lynn Fisher
(Rosewood Ranches Waygu Beef)

Special thanks to Food & Wine sponsors Rosewood Ranches Waygu Beef and Amegy Bank. Fine wines were provided by Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits. Also, special thanks to VIP Experience chefs John Tesar with Knife Dallas and Casey La Rue with Carte Blanche.

Chef John Tesar (left) prepares food for VIP guests in A Tasteful Place. *

A special thanks to the following chefs and restaurants/businesses:

  • Beyond the Box – Chef Douglas Brown
  • Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie – Chef Andrea Meyer
  • Bright Box Foods – Chef Christopher Patrick
  • Cane Rosso – Chef Josh Healy
  • Carte Blanche – Chef Casey La Rue
  • Ellie’s Restaurant & Lounge (Hall Arts) – Chef Dan Landsberg
  • Empire Baking Company/Mozzarella Company – Chef Meaders Ozarow and Chef Paula Lambert
  • Encina – Chef Matt Balke
  • Fearing’s Restaurant – Chef Mike Matis
  • Garden Café – Chef Mark Wootton
  • Home Grown Market – Chef Lucy Braddock
  • Homewood – Chef Matt McCallister
  • Humble: Simply Good Pies – Chef Sean Jett
  • Jonathon’s Diner – Chef Jonathon Erdeljac
  • José – Chef Anastacia Quiñones-Pittman
  • Knife Dallas – Chef John Tesar
  • La Duni Baking Studio– Chef Dunia Borga
  • The Meat Shop – Chef Keith Browning
  • Meddlesome Moth – Chef Josh Boneé
  • Monarch – Chef Eric Dreyer
  • Oak’d BBQ – Chef Michael Lane
  • Petra & The Beast – Chef Misti Norris
  • Profound Foods – Chef Joel Orsini
  • Taco y Vino – Jimmy Contreras
  • 3015 at Trinity Groves – Chef Sharon Van Meter
  • Trompo – Chef Luis Olivera
  • Two Sisters Catering – Chef Brock Boyd
  • Wolfgang Puck Catering – Chef Andrew Swanson

About the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden:

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden 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 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. For more information, call 214.515.6500 or visit www.dallasarboretum.org.

*Photos:  Dallas Arboretum/Steve Foxall


Principal of Philanthropy Lifestyles (formerly SocialWhirl.com), 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.