Sunday, August 16, 2015

Chefs For Farmers Hosts Mix Off Competition

Chefs For Farmers hosted Mix Off tonight at DEC on Dragon (1414 Dragon Street) to create awareness and build buzz for the upcoming Chefs For Farmers Culinary Village at Lee Park on October 25.  The Mix Off featured a bartender and a sous chef competition with the winner of each earning a spot at the October 25 event. The bartender competition pitted eight of Dallas’s craftiest bartenders against each other to create the best summer punch with spirits from the Beam Suntory portfolio. The lucky eight included: Alex Fletcher of Henry’s Majestic, Colin Phillips of FT33, Julie Naida of Remedy, Kiyoko Kinoshita of Midnight Rambler, Lauren Festa of the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Phillip Smith of The Standard Pour, Spencer Shelton of Bolsa and Trevor Landry of Dish. They stirred, shook and poured their hearts out for attendees’ votes and for bragging rights of creating the official signature cocktail of Chefs for Farmers 2015. The Celebrity Cruises Challenge/sous chef competition, featured four of Dallas’s most talked about sous chefs each preparing a traditional street food but taking a farm-to-table approach. Participating sous chefs included: Brian Bell of Blind Butcher, Brooks Cameron of FT33, Dina Butterfield of Uchi Dallas, and Joel Orsini of CBD Provisions.
Photo c/o Chefs For Farmers

Congrats to Standard Pour who won Judges Choice cocktail and FT 33 who won People's Choice cocktail. Blind Butcher won both the Judges and People's Choice in the sous chef competition. 

The mission of Chefs for Farmers is to show off the talents of Dallas’s best chefs and food artisans while celebrating the farmers that make great food possible. In one calorie-filled weekend, October 23-25, they will pay tribute to Dallas as an emerging food city through incredible events that highlight the entire culinary ecosystem in North Texas and beyond. As good food citizens of the world, they balance their dedication to sustainability, eco-consciousness and charity with their greatest goal: putting on the best food festival Dallas has ever seen. Chefs for Farmers is committed to supporting local charitable causes and a portion of the proceeds go directly to participating farmers where each farmer receives a check so funds can be put right into their farms immediately following the event. Additionally, proceeds from their events go to CafĂ© Momentum, a Dallas-based restaurant and culinary training facility that equips our community's most at-risk youth with life skills, education, and employment opportunities. This concept of transforming young lives to achieve their full potential was developed by Chad Houser and Janice Provost of Parigi to complement the ongoing programs of the Youth Village Resources of Dallas. Get your tickets for this CAN'T MISS EVENT by visiting

Josh Uecker and Alex Fletcher from Henry's Majestic |  LeeAnne Locken and Cynthia Smoot