Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival VIP Party Kicked Off a Delicious Fundraiser

Thanks to daylight saving time, the sun made a slow but perfect set in the west as the Dallas Arboretumit is Food and wine festival presented by Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians began Thursday, March 24. The scene was perfect with the downtown Dallas skyline in the background and the fairly pristine White Rock Lake on the shore of the Arboretum.

While VIP guests discovered that their upgraded status not only earned them an early arrival at the A Tasteful Garden celebration with valet parking, they were also greeted with maps of the layout and hosts/hostesses presenting them with VIP wine goblets which have been very well used.

Inside the Charlotte and Donald Test pavilion was the tiered arrangement of champagne-filled flutes that constantly needed replacing. Across the road, a line of guests waited for the Balcones Distillery to fill their goblets for toasting by the likes of Elaine and Will Tate and Elke and Mark Jenison.

Will Tate, Elke Jenison, Elaine Tate and Mark Jenison

On the patio just outside the pavilion, Ocean Fresh Fish had an impressive display with sushi and a shoal of fish including Ocean Striped Bass, Kimme Dai, Opah and a huge bluefin tuna that spilled onto the tray ice.

Fresh fish from the ocean

Overlooking White Rock guests who lined up at Jose’s Beef Taco Food Station and the nearly by Frankly Organic Vodka and Nitro Press Infusions at the Three Sisters Lagoon Overlook terrace.

Located in a different location this year was the Vet Chef of Wine and Food/Knife Dallas John Tesarwho said it was a more shady spot as the line of VIPs lined up in front.

Lined up for John Tesar
Junior Borges

Command one of the primo high tables just beyond Junior Borges at Meriden stations, Dorthea and Allan Meltzer and Pier and Glenn Burgess settled in for the evening to drink, eat and enjoy the beautiful surroundings with Dallas Blooms Birds of Paradise.

Allan and Dorothea Meltzer and Glenn and Pier Burgess
Lynlee and Dave Forehand

Unlike other event hosts/hostesses who stand at the front door to greet guests, the President/CEO of Dallas Arboretum Mary Brinegar checked the grounds to make sure the tulips were doing their best. But, seriously, who could blame the flowerbeds for being a little shy after the last few weeks of highs and lows in temperature. But Arboretum Gardens and Visitor Services VP Dave Forehand literally had all the buds prepared for the big night.

Guests checking out the Food And Wine Festival

As the official food and wine festival began an hour later with the arrival of hundreds of guests, the co-chairs Natalie Dosset and Caroline Gehan and the head of Beckley 1115 Sharon Van Meter Chair had landscaped the land to boast of edible and drinkable products in Nicky Phinyawatana Asian mint, Andrea Meyer of Kisses Kisses, Christopher Patrick from Bright Box Foods, Cane Rosso, Jeremiah Robinson by Catbird, Mollie Guerra by chef Mollie G: bespoke Dan Lansberg catering at Ellie’s restaurant and lounge, Meaders Ozarow of Empire Baking Company, Mike Matis from Fearing Restaurant, Jordan Swimming of the front burner, Marc Wootton the Garden Cafe, Rodman Shields harpists, Dunia Borga of La Duni, Directory of La Stella Cucina Verace, Luke Rogers with the Italian Bistro of the Cathedral, Lucy Braddock from the local market, Sean Jet from Humble Pies, Josh Healy by Loro Dallas Eric Dreyer of the monarch, Paula Lambert from the Mozzarella company, Rose Broussard from Off the Bone, Richard Blankenship ounce, Misti Norris of Petra and the Beast, Joel Orsini and Jeff Bednar deep foods, Jeffrey Hobbs Slow Bone barbecue, Jay Valley of Saint Rocco, Mark Tungcmittrong of Sushi Rock VIP, Jimmy Contreras of Taco and Wine, Luis Olvera of Trumpo, Salvatore Gisello urban seafood and Sandra Bussey with BBBBQ in and around the Jonsson Color Garden and Palm Fern Dell.

But this gathering of food and wine lovers was just the beginning. The following Saturday and Sunday, the Arboretum hosted its Food And Wine Festival Garden Market presented by Gopuff.

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