Jim White, Co-Founder of Savor Dallas, Writes Why This March 5-6 Wine & Food Event Matters
Over the years, so many people have asked me to describe Savor Dallas. It’s a thrill that people care enough to ask. Vicki Briley-White (my lovely wife and co-founder of Savor Dallas) and I have discussed it ad nauseum over many glasses of fine, decanted wine. For us, it’s an homage to the great, and hard working, chefs and restaurateurs of the Dallas-Fort Worth area. We put it together to help showcase them. We know, too, that we want it to be a collection of the top wines and spirits in the world. That’s why Vicki works fastidiously to keep the entry point for wines poured at Savor Dallas over $15 retail. You’d be surprised how many wine events around the country don’t control this. We prefer quality over quantity.
Our friends tell us Savor Dallas is the best wine and food event they’ve ever been to. But you know friends. Thankfully, we’ve heard that from media types and from a number of the “new friends” we’ve made through the years who keep coming back, and bringing their friends to our event. Mostly, it’s a great way to get together, have some fun and introduce people to the beautiful cultural facilities in the Arts District, and to raise the bar on wine and food appreciation. We work hard to make the event smooth and enjoyable for all who attend. We love Savor Dallas, because it gives us a chance to do a little bit of good in the community and be around so many like-minded lovers of wine and food.
Maybe the best thing for me to do is take you on a quick tour of Savor Dallas 2010, invite you to come join us, and ask you to give us some feedback on your experience. That way, I can add your viewpoint to the mix, in case anybody asks me next year to describe Savor Dallas. Since the big party is cranking up in New Orleans, if I may, I would like to introduce our tour with the legendary phrase (and our wish for you at Savor Dallas): Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez (Let the good times roll!)
Big fun and big flavor return to Big D with the Sixth Annual Savor Dallas weekend, March 5th and 6th. The “International Experience of Wine, Food, Spirits and the Arts” features star chefs and great wines in beautiful locations throughout the Dallas Arts District (the largest contiguous urban arts district in America). Overall, more than 65 top chefs and artisanal food producers, and over 400 premium wines, spirits and imported beers from around the world are featured throughout the weekend.
Savor Dallas kicks off on Friday March 5th, with the popular “Arts District Wine Stroll”, which allows people to “drink-in” the arts, while enjoying great wines inside the cultural jewels of Dallas, including the Dallas Museum of Art, The Nasher Sculpture Center, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, the Winspear Opera House and the Wyly Theatre from 5 until 7 p.m.
An exciting array of premium wine tasting seminars start the Savor Dallas activities at the beautifully renovated Sheraton Dallas Hotel on Saturday March 6th, beginning at 11 a.m. You’ll have a chance to meet winemakers attending Savor Dallas, become a “winemaker” yourself (for a day) with the “Puzzle blending seminar”, or take home beautiful hand-blown Riedel Crystal stemware from the “Riedel and Noka Chocolate Seminar”.
Beginning at 5, the limited attendance “Reserve Tasting” features über premium wines, Champagnes and spirits for discriminating tastes only! The celebrated “International Grand Tasting” from 7 until 10 p.m. is a tasters’ paradise. Many of the top Dallas-Fort Worth restaurants and chefs serve samples of their signature cuisine. Each guest is provided a commemorative Savor Dallas Riedel stem for tasting and to take home. It’s the perfect way to enjoy and appreciate the exciting array of wines and spirits offered.
“The Savor Dallas Shuttle” will be running again to the “International Grand Tasting” from restaurant locations in Plano, Allen, North Dallas, Grapevine and Arlington. This FREE service from Savor Dallas (with purchase of ticket to “International Grand Tasting”) provides a luxury ride downtown and back, and helps promote responsible consumption and eco-alternatives. Something that’s important to us and our Shuttle sponsor Centennial Fine Wine and Spirits. Get all the details on the “Savor Dallas Shuttle” here. (http://www.savordallas.com/shuttle.htm).
The “International Grand Tasting” also features a silent auction offering a 3 liter bottle of Chateau Latour worth over $2500, and a six liter of bottle of Cakebread Cabernet Sauvignon just to name a few of the exciting rare wine items up for grabs. In addition, great wine escapes to Sonoma and exciting trips to the Caribbean are offered. All proceeds from the auction benefit the North Texas Food Bank.
Be on the lookout for the Travelocity.com Gnome who will be making an appearance at Savor Dallas both days. You’ll have a chance to have your picture made with the handsome star. Say fromage!
Tickets are available for individual events or an “All Access Weekend Pass” is offered. Get details and tickets at www.SavorDallas.com. A special “Savor Dallas room rate” is available for the weekend at the Sheraton Dallas. This is a great deal, just $89 per night, and it’s offered for both Friday and Saturday night of Savor Dallas. The Sheraton Dallas has just completed a ninety-one million dollar renovation, including all the guest rooms. It’s a beautiful showcase. Get details on the room specials and book your rooms for Savor Dallas here. (http://www.savordallas.com/hotelinfo.htm).
Come see us! à votre santé! Cheers!
Jim White hosted the “KRLD Restaurant Show” for nearly a decade. He was nominated for a James Beard Award in the category of “Best Radio Show on Food”. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.