Eataly Dallas Storewide Opening Party

Did You All You Can Eataly? Eataly Dallas Hosted Storewide Opening Party on November 12

(Featured photo: Ramiro Garcia, Meredith Hays, Paula Acosta, Sarah Haemisegger)*

The Italian marketplace at NorthPark Center hosted its first all-access event to celebrate high-quality food and drink

On Friday, November 12, Eataly Dallas hosted its Opening Party: All You Can Eataly. The storewide all-access event welcomed partygoers to get an authentic taste of Eataly’s immersive Italian experience through endless food and drink. The event took place at Eataly Dallas at NorthPark Center, offering beloved Italian foods, wine, cocktails, music, art, and more. Although its doors opened to Dallasites in December 2020, the evening officially introduced Eataly Dallas to members of the community.

The Italian marketplace was closed to the public for one night only and welcomed ticket holders for an evening of food, drink, and entertainment! Eataly greeted VIP ticket holders with a curated selection of premium Italian Vini and chef tastings, including Italian truffle dishes, lobster salad, and caviar. Open prior to the general public, VIP ticket holders could enjoy the tasting stations, open bars, and live entertainment before anyone else.

The doors officially opened to General Admission ticketholders at 7:00 pm, with Iron Vine, DJ Steffi Burns, and Rich Girls Dallas playing upbeat music to set the tone. Inside the venue, guests enjoyed complete access to explore the marketplace, three restaurants, and first-floor caffè filled with over 100 regional wines, more than 30 tasting stations, multiple chef demonstrations, expert-led workshops, and a wide variety of housemade desserts. Guests even got to enjoy an outdoor party tent outside the Boedeker Street entrance where they were treated to wood-fired dishes over the open flame of an Italian grill, enjoyed live music, and had access to an Aperol Spritz bar.

Caitlin Clark, Brooke Dowdy, Billy Fong

At the event, local watercolorist Volta Smith was on-site, offering guests the opportunity to take home custom-painted watercolor arts or create their own custom paintings. The addition of providing paintings among the plethora of food and drink was inspired by Eataly Dallas’ store theme, the dedication to the Patronage of the Arts. Contributing to the community as part of their storewide celebration, Eataly Dallas invited Slow Food DFW to sell raffle tickets as donations to the organization, offering items like an Eataly Wine Club membership, gift boxes, and more. The Eataly Dallas team mingled with more than 1,000 Dallasites, including D’Andra Simmons, Vodi Cook, Samantha Davies, Brooke Dowdy, Sarah Haemisegger, Kristen Gibbons, Billy Fong, Jaynie Schultz, Gay Willis, Mike Hiller, and Kersten Rettig.

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About Eataly

Eataly Dallas opened its doors in NorthPark Center on December 9, 2020.  Following the company’s philosophy, the vibrant Italian marketplace is interspersed with restaurants, counters, and a cooking school. Significant focus is devoted to local producers, who provide fresh ingredients daily to complement Italian products harmoniously. The unique environment invites guests to “Shop, Eat, Learn” while learning about high-quality Italian food and drink as they taste dishes, find ingredients, and take classes. Since Oscar Farinetti first opened Eataly Torino in 2007, this philosophy has spread with more than 40 stores across the world, including our flagship NYC Flatiron (2010), Chicago (2013), NYC Downtown (2016), Boston (2016), Los Angeles (2017), Las Vegas (2018), Toronto (2019) and Dallas (2020).

About NorthPark Center

NorthPark Center is the preeminent shopping center in the Southwest and one of the finest shopping experiences in the world, with more than 200 stores and restaurants, including more than 70 market exclusives. Anchored by Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, and Eataly Dallas, NorthPark offers an unparalleled collection of luxury boutiques set amid internationally acclaimed 20th and 21st-century art, award-winning architecture, and extraordinary landscaping—as well as a 1.4-acre garden, CenterPark, and a state-of-the-art movie theatre, AMC NorthPark 15. NorthPark consistently ranks as one of the top-performing shopping centers in the United States and is North Texas’ number one visitor destination.

*Photos courtesy Eataly.

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