Savor Dallas Announces 2017 Event Lineup and Host Chef Talent

Dallas’ leading food, wine, and spirits festival features prominent chef demos and culinary innovations

Cheers to this top Dallas event.

Savor Dallas has announced the full 2017 event lineup and host chefs for its festival from April 6 to 9, featuring five events over four days. The 13th annual food, wine, and spirits celebration’s gourmet adventures include a smokin’ hot opening night kickoff in the Harwood District, a mixology-fueled cocktail party, a supreme grand tasting experience, and a farmer’s market brunch. Each event promises innovative culinary creations from local talent paired with drink tastings from across the world.

This year, Savor Dallas introduces a team of host chefs, who will preside over the events and curate one-of-a-kind tasting experiences for guests. The 2017 host chefs include chef Kirstyn Brewer (formerly of Victor Tangos, now involved with a soon-to-be-named Chinese concept), chef Katherine Clapner (Dude, Sweet Chocolate), Pitmaster Matt Dallman (18th & Vine), chef Graham Dodds (Wayward Sons), chef Omar Flores (Casa Rubia and Whistle Britches), chef Brian Luscher (The Grape), chef Misti Norris, chef Stephen Rogers (Gemma and the soon-to-open Sachet), chef Nathan Tate (Rapscallion and Boulevardier), and chef David Uygur (Lucia).

In addition, Savor Dallas is honored to have chef Chad Houser of Café Momentum as the honorary host chef of the festival, highlighting and supporting the vital work he does in the city and beyond by transforming young people’s lives for the better. “Savor Dallas is doing great things to support the local dining scene — and our community as a whole,” said Houser. “I’m excited to continue Café Momentum’s partnership with the festival, and I look forward to seeing everyone at the events. You won’t want to miss them — we have some really delicious surprises in store.”

“Elevating the rich texture of Dallas’ dining scene while giving back to the community has always been an essential piece of what we’ve set out to do with Savor Dallas,” said Alison Draper, president of CrowdSource, which has produced the festival since 2015. “This year, we’re thrilled to continue that mission even more with Chad Houser and the life-changing work he does at Café Momentum.”


Tickets are available now. Prices range between $55 to $400, with à la carte options and all-inclusive packages available.

Savor Dallas has partnered with returning presenting sponsor Goody Goody, along with signature sponsors Chase Private Client, Nebraska Furniture Mart featuring KitchenAid, Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau, and official spirits provider Republic National Distributing Company.


Festival Snapshot & Event Lineup

April 6–9, 2017

75+ restaurants and chefs

450+ wines & 70+ spirits


Opening Night: ‘Cue It Up!, Thursday, April 6 (5:30–8:30 p.m.) at Marie Gabrielle Gardens

Playing with fire and featuring smoked flavors — both savory and sweet!

The ultimate opening night kickoff to Savor Dallas is a new event that puts a whole different spin on everyone’s favorite — barbecue! Host chefs Katherine Clapner, Matt Dallman, and Nathan Tate, along with other culinary innovators, put a fresh spin on all that smoke and fire.

Shaken + Stirred, Friday, April 7 (7–10 p.m.) at Happiest Hour

The ultimate cocktail party with mixology and chef-paired tastes

Where the cocktail is king and the mixologist reigns supreme… Savor Dallas’ signature spirits- and mixology-driven event, Shaken + Stirred, is at a new home this year — Happiest Hour. In addition to those creative drinks, host chefs Graham Dodds, Misti Norris, and David Uygur curate a charcuterie experience like no other with additional food pairings from additional chefs and restaurants.

Reserve Tasting, Saturday, April 8 (6–8 p.m.) at Centennial Hall at Fair Park

The premier wine and spirits tasting experience for the fine drink aficionado

Savor Dallas’ most exclusive tasting experience, the Reserve Tasting, is hosted in conjunction with the Grand Tasting and features the most premier wines, including reserve and limited edition labels, along with an exclusive spirits tasting lounge.

Grand Tasting, Saturday, April 8 (7–10 p.m.) at Centennial Hall at Fair Park

The culinary centerpiece of Savor Dallas, featuring 50+ chefs, hundreds of wines, and countless spirits

Savor Dallas’s delicious main event, the Grand Tasting continues its reign as the ultimate epicurean destination featuring endless sampling opportunities. Hosted by Chad Houser along with chefs Kirstyn Brewer, Omar Flores, Brian Luscher and Stephen Rogers, it’s a can’t-miss evening with some of Dallas’ favorite culinary talent, along with wines and spirits purveyors from across the world — plus an outdoor grill lounge, live music, and so much more.


Community Brunch: Farmers Market Edition, Sunday, April 9 (10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.) at Dallas Farmers Market

A walk-around tasting of the freshest farm-to-plate fare

This installment of Savor Dallas’s signature Community Brunch wraps up the weekend of indulgences on a fresh note with a delicious walk-around tasting featuring the Dallas Farmers Market’s chefs and the local farmers whose ingredients inspire them. Of course, bubbly, cocktails, and mocktails are all on the menu, too, along with entertainment that’s perfect for an easy Sunday morning.

About Savor Dallas


Savor Dallas, presented by Goody Goody, is the city’s ultimate epicurean experience; both an annual food, wine, and spirits festival in the spring and a year-long series of more intimate gourmet-minded events called the Toast of the Town. With the rich texture of signature, chef-driven flavors, endless wine and spirits tastings, live entertainment, and cultural experiences that define the vibrant Dallas landscape, Savor Dallas celebrates the best of the city and beyond.