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Live Fire Set to Sizzle at Taste of Dallas

New specialty area dedicated to BBQ, Burgers and Brews among the fun in Fair Park

      They say that where there’s smoke, there is fire. And, this year, new at Taste of Dallas is a special gathering of the best BBQ, burgers and brews in North Texas called Live Fire.  Presented by Napoleon Gourmet Grills and cultivated by Smoke’s own Tim Byres, this is a special gathering of high-profile chefs, BBQ pit masters, 20 restaurants and more than 20 craft breweries sure to make you proud to call yourself a Texan.  

On the Live Fire chef demo stage, attendees will find chefs and pit masters sharing their secrets:

  • Tim Byres (The James Beard Award-winning chef of Smoke, Chicken Scratch and The Theodore) is hosting an extremely fun and interactive grilling class -- each lucky group of two people will be paired with a tailgate grill provided by Napoleon Grills and will prepare, season, grill, and then enjoy a very special dish created by Tim Byres for this event. 
  • Matt Pittman (Meat Church) is famous for his amazing rubs, seasonings, and tailgating parties. Pittman will show how to prepare items like jalapeno poppers, shrimp brochette, and others that will make you the envy of your friends and neighbors.
  • Tiffany Derry (Roots Southern Table) will use both her Southern and Cajun influences to create a smoked redfish dish with shaved squash and crawfish salad.
  • Dustin Blackwell (Hutchins BBQ) will help prepare you for the ultimate barbecue challenge, brisket -- choosing the right brisket, trimming, seasoning, wood selection, smoke time, temperature control and more. 
  • John Tesar (Knife) will demonstrate his modern alternative take on roasting a whole pig.
  • Travis Heim (Heim Barbecue) Heim Barbecue is known for its famous bacon burnt ends. Heim will teach attendees how to make this amazing menu item at home.
  • Danyele McPherson (HG Sply Co.) You’ve heard the buzz around Paleo, Whole30 and gluten free eating. Chef Danyele McPherson will teach you how to take simple, clean, ingredients and prepare them with intent as she demonstrates grilled shrimp with cauliflower “grits,” roasted tomatoes, bacon and jalapenos.
  • Todd David (CattleAck BBQ) BBQ Pit master Todd David will demonstrate how to change up your brisket game by making the perfect Texas-style pastrami.
  • Jesse Griffiths (Dai Due Butcher Shop & Supper Club in Austin, TX) goes “all-in” when it comes to making use of the whole animal. His field-to-table approach to turning Texas wild game into good food will take center stage as he demonstrates how to butcher, prepare and cook a whole feral hog.
  • Nick Pencis (Stanley’s Famous Pit Barbecue in Tyler, TX) Owner and pit master Nick Pencis is making a special visit to instruct on how to smoke the perfect beef ribs at home. From how to prep, season, load, and smoke amazing prime beef ribs.
  • Oliver Sitrin (Blind Butcher) will show his tips and tricks to fermentation as he demonstrates his housemade sauerkraut & sour pickles.  

Attendees at Live Fire at Taste of Dallas will enjoy pairings from craft breweries along with all the fantastic food.  Restaurants in Live Fire selling their signature BBQ or burgers include: Hutchins BBQ, Luck, Ten 50 BBQ, One90 Smoked Meats, 18th & Vine, Bone Daddy’s, Liberty Burger, Jakes, Grub Burger Bar, Oddfellows and more. Tickets to Live Fire chef demonstrations and a full schedule and list of participating chefs, pit masters, restaurants and breweries can be found online at

Taste of Dallas: Saturday and Sunday in Fair Park is Fun for the Whole Family

Live Fire is just one component of a weekend of fun for the whole family in Fair Park June 10-11.

An expanded, over-the-top, indoor Family Fun Zone presented by Direct Energy will leave young ones breathless with excitement over all the activities, entertainment, inflatables and more – can you say “minions”?  In 50,000 sq. ft. of air conditioned space, families will find large inflatables and slides, kid-friendly cooking demos, interactive kids fit activities, an entertainment stage, a toddler area, a Chalk Art Area presented by VersaChalk and even a Springfree Trampoline Fun Spot! And yes, meet two of Gru’s loveable Minions and pose for a memorable photo.  Outside, the Family Fun Zone will have backyard activities including corn hole and bubble machines. 

Restaurants and Food Trucks from across the region offer up tastes of their best dishes for only $2-$5 on Restaurant Island, where over 40 booths will offer food around Fair Park’s beautiful Esplanade.  Don’t miss tasty shopping in the Taste Marketplace, where attendees can sample their way through dozens of local culinary vendors, local artisans, and more. For the tens of thousands of people set to visit Taste of Dallas this year, there is tasting, shopping and playing for everyone with more than 200 sponsors and exhibitors taking part in this family-friendly event.

Because summer is the hungriest season, Taste of Dallas is honored to partner with the North Texas Food Bank to help make a difference for people struggling with hunger in North Texas.  Attendees can help by bringing two cans of tuna or chicken for $5 back off admission – and the great feeling of knowing you are doing something about the issue of hunger.

Foodie Experience: Best Bites of Big D is the Ultimate Tasting

Kicking off Taste of Dallas is a one-night-only tasting experience, Foodie Experience: Best Bites of Big D, at an all-new location with all-inclusive foodie fun.  The Taste of Dallas Foodie Experience will take place Friday evening only, June 9, at Gilley’s Dallas, from 7:30-10:30 p.m.  Attendees will enjoy tastings from more than 40 top restaurants, including Fearing’s, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Uchi, Amberjax Fish Market Grille, Tillman’s Road House, Chino Chinatown, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Parigi, LUCK at Trinity Groves, Top Knot, Kate Weiser Chocolate, Knife, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck and more. Top chefs will spill their secrets at dedicated chef demonstration areas, and attendees will enjoy pairings of food, wine, craft beers, liquor sampling and more -- all included in the ticket price of $55. 21+ only.


Just the Facts:

WHAT:                     31st Annual Taste of Dallas benefiting the North Texas Food Bank

WHERE:                  Dallas’ Fair Park (3809 Grand Avenue, Dallas, TX 75210)

PARKING:              Available at Fair Park, or attendees can ride the DART to Fair Park Station

WHEN:                    Saturday and Sunday, June 10-11, 2017

HOURS:                   11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday

TICKETS:                 $15 at the gate.  Kids 10 and under get in FREE (with accompanying guardian), courtesy of Direct Energy. Discount general admission tickets go on sale in May 16th at area Walgreens, Albertsons and Tom Thumb stores. Attendees can get $5 back off admission by bringing two cans of tuna or chicken to the North Texas Food Bank collection points at the Taste of Dallas ticket booths.  Special discounted online only ticket packages that include general admission plus beer sampling, wine sampling or live fire chef demonstrations can be purchased at

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WHAT:                     Taste of Dallas Foodie Experience: Best Bites of Big D 

WHERE:                  Gilley’s Dallas (1135 S. Lamar St., Dallas, TX 75215)

WHEN:                    Friday, June 9, 7:30-10:30 p.m. (please note: one night only!)

WHO:                       21+ only

TICKETS:                 $55 online at

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017