Cream of the Crops

Chefs for Farmers

Terri Taylor
October 21, 2013

What began as a long-table dinner in farmer Marie Tedei’s pasture in Balch Springs, Texas, is now the season’s hottest ticket for those who love farmers’ markets and high-profile chefs. Chefs for Farmers was founded by culinary power couple Matt McCallister (chef of FT33) and his wife Iris (creator of Oh*Brownie) three years ago to help forge relationships between local food growers and chefs. Based on last year’s sold-out status, the event appears to be taking root. Sunday, November 3, from 1 to 5 pm in Lee Park, foodies can spread their picnic blankets across the sprawling lawn and peruse food booths from more than 100 chefs, farmers, ranchers and purveyors of small-batch food and drink, plus sample fare from local faves Kent Rathbun (Abacus, Jasper’s) and Janice Provost (Parigi), as well as regional chefs such as Austin’s Andrew Wiseheart (Contigo) and Charleston’s Jeremiah Langhorne (McCrady’s). CFF will recognize seven community leaders for their efforts to promote locally sourced foods. Honorees include chef Sharon Hage (formerly with York Street), chef Graham Dodds (Central 214), Brandon and Susan Pollard (Texas Honeybee Guild), Nanci Taylor (Edible Dallas & Fort Worth magazine), chefs Robert and Kaci Lyford (Patina Green Home & Market), Lucian LaBarba (FreshPoint) and the late chef Randall Copeland (Restaurant Ava and Boulevardier). Tickets $65 each or $120 per couple, with proceeds benefitting North Texas Food Bank and local farmers, at