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“Savor Dallas 2014 Wine Stroll Celebrates 10 Years of Good Eats”
By Gustavus Betts

Savor Dallas returns to downtown to celebrate 10 years of ubiquitous food, spirits, and of course wine, Friday March 21 and Saturday March 22. The festivities promise plenty of surprises that take place in a variety of exciting spaces in the Dallas Arts District. Featuring unique flavors from some of the best chefs, along with over 400 premium wines, spirits, champagnes, as well as craft beer, Savor Dallas offers a fun-filled weekend of wonder.

Early birds can get a sneak peek Thursday, March 20 at “Savor the Arboretum” located at savor dallas 2the Dallas Arboretum. Guest can enjoy  beautiful flowers while indulging in wine, beer, spirits and food samplings from some of the best kitchens in Dallas such as: Barters Restaurant, Chef Pete’s Catering and Ice Shaving, Chino Chinatown and many others.

The official wine stroll kick off begins at the Nasher Sculpture Center (5pm to 7pm) which includes food samples from Campuzano’s Chef Jorge Vasquez, Chef Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly, and HANK Dessert Bar. Also, the Meyerson Symphony Center offers fruits, cheese, and crackers provided by Culinaire International. Wines by  Decoy, Duckhorn, and Edna Valley Vineyards and over 50 others will be on hand, as well as spirits by Infuse Vodka, Stolichnaya and Knob. Stella Artois supplies the beer. Food  trucks will also be on location on Flora between Olive and and Pearl. At 7:30pm, the Omni Hotel host “A Notch on the Silverrado Trail” reception with a six-course meal featuring Chef Jason Weaver paired with wine from William Hill Estate Winery.

Saturday’s events start at 11am with an International Winemaker Panel at Bob’s Steak and Chop House (also at the Omni) with Sergio Cuadra (Chile) of Fall Creek Vineyards, Rolf Holdenried (Germany) owner of William Hill Estate Winery, and Dr. Richard Becker (USA/Texas) of Becker Vineyard – hosted by moderators wine consultant with Gourmet Magazine Michael Green and wine columnist Jeff Siegel. From 2pm to 3pm, a mixology seminar, “Stirring Up Innovation,”  showcases a diverse group of mixologists demonstrating what is trending in craft spirits. Panelist include: Sly Cosmopoulos, Corey Laney, Kendra Gonzalez, and Greg Doxakis. From 5:00pm to 6:30pm, “Reserve Tasting” will be held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center that features high-end wines and champagnes in Ballroom D on the third level. The scenic view of the Dallas skyline seems like the perfect accompaniment.

Closing out the celebration is the International Grand Tasting from 7pm to 10pm with food provided by chefs Nikki Phinyawatana – Asian Mint, Rodman Shields – Cool River, George Brown – Experimental Table, and 43 other of the finest chefs in and around Dallas. Savor Dallas 10 year anniversary appears to be well on its way of becoming one of Dallas more popular events for those who love art, food, and wine. Visit their website for a complete listings of times, chefs, winemakers and events.

For ticket information:  http://www.savordallas.com/

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