DFW Restaurant Week’s Food And Wine Night Celebrated The Kick Off Of the 20th Annual Fundraiser With Cadillacs, Grazing And Sunshine

Heat and sunshine didn’t dissuade folks from attending the DFW Restaurant Week’s Food and Wine Night party on Thursday, August 3. Taking over the entire One Arts Plaza driveway, food stations were set up along the sides with a stage at the far end facing the mega high rise.

Cadillac owners were pleased to find out that they were due free valet parking courtesy of Restaurant Week Co-Sponsor Dallas-area Cadillac dealers. Only problem arose when the valets couldn’t tell a Cadillac from the other makes.

Then there was trying to get into the party. It required IDs’s and tickets to receive the required wristbands. Some guests though the bracelet translated into free grazing only to find out that all was not gratis. One gal had a mini-sticker shock when she discovered that her adult beverage had a price tag. Oops!

One Arts Plaza driveway

Cadillac on display

As the sun set, the crowds sought the shady side of the driveway or headed into the air-conditioned lobby. Luckily, as the sun set, guests found conditions more user friendly. Still those fountains the center sure did look inviting. But so did the food and those spiffy Cadillacs on display.

Marijke Lantz, Bill Durbin and Susan Arledge

Elise and Daren Martin

Anna and Benson Kurian

Looking cool as a margarita were bare-shouldered types like newlywed Elise Martin with husband Daren Martin, Susan Arledge, Bill Durbin, Marijke Lantz, Anna Kurian with husband Benson Kurian wearing his comfortable Toms, Allyson  Hartenstine, Gable Mansfield, Chase Badzik, Pedro Armstrong and Danielle Abril, who had to borrow a blouse from cohort Carly Mann’s closet.

Allyson Hartenstine, Gable Mansfield, Chase Badzik, Carly Mann, Danielle Abril and Pedro Armstrong

The 20th Annual Restaurant Week officially got underway with a preview weekend on Friday, August 4, with more than 100 area restaurants serving up vittles during its run to break up the doldrums of August and with 20% of every meal going to North Texas Food Bank or Lena Pope!

DFW Restaurant Week Organizers Reveal Breakdown of 2015 Funds – $736,826 – And Plans For 2016

Despite the thunder, lightning and basic end-of-the-world features that kicked off the morning, good news broke through all the clouds. The results of last summer’s DFW Restaurant Week fundraising for the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope have just been finalized. The total added up to a whopping $736,826, with NTFB receiving $565,446 and $171,380 going to Lena Pope.

According to NTFB Foodie Empress Jan Pruitt, “We are incredibly grateful to the restaurants, diners and sponsors who ‘dine out and do good’ in support of the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope each August. DFW Restaurant Week is our organization’s largest fundraising event and the money raised goes a long way in support of our work to put food on tables for hungry North Texans.”

With all that good news, credit should be given to the restaurants that provided the greatest donations. In the Dallas area that group included Pappas Bros. Steakhouse, Al Biernat’s, Abacus, The Capital Grille – Plano, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, III Forks Dallas, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House – Dallas, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille, Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House, The Capital Grille – Dallas, The Mansion at Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Jasper’s, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill, Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse, Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille – Uptown, Del Frisco’s Grille – Plano, Table 13 and Café Pacific.

Restaurant Week logo*

Restaurant Week logo*

On the western side of the North Texas hood, the following dining spots should get pats on the back: The Capital Grille – Fort Worth, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse Fort Worth, Clay Pigeon Food & Drink, Del Frisco’s Grille – Fort Worth, Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Del Frisco’s Grille – Southlake, Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine and Silver Fox – Fort Worth.

Looking ahead to the 2016 Restaurant Week, the organizers have just unveiled a brand new logo and revealed the dates for this summer. The 19th Annual DFW Restaurant Week will run from Monday, August 15, thru Sunday, August 21, “with most restaurants offering dining extensions through Sunday, August 28.

But don’t go making your reservations quite yet. They won’t be taking ‘em until sometime in July. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start gathering your posse together for the feasting.

* Graphic provided by DFW Restaurant Week

 

DFW Restaurant Week’s Good Times Deserve Acknowledgments

It’s DFW Restaurant Week benefiting the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth. If you wine and dine as part of the week’s yummy-fest, why not review it for Nancy NicholsSidedish.

Since the Week tends to flood restaurants, the servers will be in overdrive to make your experience up to your expectations. If one goes beyond the call of duty, snap their photo on your swellphone and send it along to Nancy. She loves the pictures and to give a pat on the back to the heroes in the table-turning industry.

Bona appetite, y’all.