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GENERAL INFORMATION

WHAT IS CHEFS FOR FARMERS (CFF)?

Chefs For Farmers (CFF) is proud to showcase the talents of Texas’s best chefs and food artisans while celebrating the farmers that make great food possible. In one mouth-watering, libation-filled festival, we pay tribute to each CFF host city (Houston and Dallas) as an emerging culinary destination through incredible events and custom programming that highlight the entire culinary ecosystem in North Texas and beyond. Since its inception in 2010, CFF has grown from an intimate farm-to-table dinner in Dallas to one of the largest food and wine events in Texas. As good food citizens of the world, we balance our dedication to sustainability, eco-consciousness, and charity with our greatest goal: putting on the best food festival Texas has ever seen!

HOW DOES CFF SUPPORT FARMERS?

Since that first dinner back in 2010, CFF’s mission has been to organically connect restaurants and chefs with local, family farmers. Each participating restaurant is partnered with a local farm, using that farm’s ingredients for their featured dish at the festival. We provide each chef with an ingredient stipend to cover costs, which directly supports their partner farm.

At our core, our mission is to bring our local community together in efforts to create a strong, local food ecosystem. We aim to create connections before, during, and after the festival that in turn will strengthen our local food economy.

The festival has provided both chefs and farmers a platform to form cohesive partnerships with each other that can be leveraged well beyond the festival. And it works: many of our participating chefs come back to their partner farms to source locally grown ingredients for their restaurant menus. We hope the relationships fostered each year will continue strengthen our local food economy now and in the future.

WHAT ARE THE DATES OF CFF 2023?

HOUSTON: Saturday, September 30th & Sunday, October 1st, 2023
DALLAS: Thursday, November 2nd & Sunday, November 5th, 2023

WHERE ARE CFF EVENTS LOCATED?

HOUSTON:
CFF Houston will be hosted at Autry Park, 3737 Cogdell St., Houston, TX 77019 

DALLAS:
CFF Dallas events are held in various locations throughout the greater Dallas area. The festival’s signature Main Event on Sunday, November 5 will be returning to place at Old City Park, 1515 S Harwood St, Dallas, TX 75215 

Please defer to event specific pages for venue details on CFF intimate dinners and brunches. 

DOES THE FESTIVAL BENEFIT ANY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS?

Yes! Each CFF event benefits a variety of non-profit organizations to empower our local community.  

HOUSTON:
CFF Houston will be collaborating with Houston Food Bank  and Urban Harvest as our official charity partners.  CFF contributions will support Houston Food Bank’s efforts in combatting hunger in the Houston area and Urban Harvest’s sustainable community gardens and farms. 

DALLAS:
This year, CFF Dallas’s charity beneficiary is the Seed Project Foundation (SPF). SPF funds educational, agricultural, and community initiatives that support sustainability. Sustainability is a social challenge that improves the current quality of life without compromising future generations. The Foundation was established on the premise that funding sustainable ideas today will support ecological and social balance in the future. Providing seed money for causes that enhance the principles of sustainability is our mission.  

ARE ALL CFF EVENTS 21+ ?

Yes, all CFF events are 21 and older.  A Valid ID is required for admission to all events. If event security cannot verify your age, you will not be admitted into the event. Anyone under the age of 21 will be refused entry and tickets will not be refunded. 

CAN I BRING MY CHILD?

All CFF events are 21 and older. No children or infants (even in strollers or carriers) are allowed to attend any festival event. 

ARE PETS ALLOWED AT ANY CFF EVENTS?

While we love your furry friends, no pets are allowed at any CFF event. This does NOT include emotional support animals, therapy animals, or companion animals. Only service animals are permitted. Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. 

All service animals must remain by the handler’s side at all times and must be harnessed, leashed, or tethered, unless these devices interfere with the service animal’s work or the individual’s disability prevents using these devices. In that case, the individual must maintain control of the animal through voice, signal, or other effective controls. 

Anyone bringing a service animal will be responsible for and liable for any damage or injury the animal causes. 

For more information, please refer to the U.S. Department of Justice. 

WHAT IF I HAVE SPECIAL DIETARY NEEDS?

If you are attending an in-restaurant CFF dinner and have food allergies or dietary restrictions, please email info@teama21.com. The chefs at these events will do their best to accommodate special dietary needs, but we emphasize this is only a request. All requests must be received two weeks prior to the festival to ensure there’s enough time to prepare.

While chefs provide a variety of food offerings at our events, all major tasting events are unable to accommodate special dietary needs or food allergies.

TICKETS AND EVENTS

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE TICKET PRICE FOR CFF EVENTS?

Everything you need for a good time! Festival tickets are all-inclusive. Once you have purchased your tickets, there are no additional charges for food, drinks, or gratuity at any CFF event.

HOW DO I RECEIVE MY TICKETS?

Upon purchase of a ticket(s), the purchaser will receive a confirmation email with the receipt for the purchase and the electronic ticket from our ticketing platform, Prekindle, within 15 minutes after the order is placed.

If you do not receive your tickets, please check your spam folder or email Tickets@prekindle.com

WILL EVENTS SELL OUT?

Most likely. There is a set capacity for each event and tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. We cannot expand the capacity of any event to accommodate additional guests.

HOW DO I ACCESS MY MOBILE TICKETS?

You will get a confirmation email upon purchase. From there, you can click the Your Tickets link and access print-at-home or mobile tickets, plus you can add them to your Apple Wallet.

CAN I ENTER WITH ANY CFF EVENT WITH A MOBILE TICKET?

Yes, you can enter any CFF event with a mobile ticket.

ARE TICKETS REFUNDABLE?

All tickets are non-refundable, and ticket sales are final.

CAN I SWITCH TICKETS FOR ANOTHER EVENT?

No. Ticket sales are final and cannot be exchanged.

DOES AN EVENT GET CANCELED WITH BAD WEATHER?

While some of our events are indoors, those that are outdoors will happen rain or shine! All tickets are non-refundable.

CAN I BUY TICKETS AT THE DOOR?

Tickets cannot be purchased at the door at any Chefs for Farmers event. Events do sell out quickly, so we encourage you to purchase your tickets early!

IS THERE A SPECIAL TICKET PRICE FOR PEOPLE WHO DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL?

No, there is not a discount for people who do not drink alcohol. There will be a variety of non-alcoholic beverage offerings available at every official festival event.

IS THERE A DRESS CODE FOR THE EVENT?

There is no enforced dress code; however, we do ask you to dress in keeping with the nature of the event venue. Please check the weather and dress appropriately as some events may be outdoors.

No large bags or backpacks will be permitted at the events.

SAFETY MEASURES

WHAT ITEMS ARE PROHIBITED TO BRING TO AN CFF EVENT?

The following items are  PROHIBITED.

  • Firearms, explosives, and weapons of any kind (including pocket knives, pepper spray, fireworks, etc.)
  • Outside food or beverage (including alcohol) of any kind
  • Illegal and illicit substances of any kind; drugs or drug paraphernalia
  • Chairs, blankets, and lawn umbrellas
  • Noise making devices: air horns, drums, whistles
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, giveaways, samples, etc.

WHAT DO I DO IF I’VE HAD TOO MUCH TO DRINK?

Please be responsible. There are a number of transportation options if your ability to drive is impaired.

Safe Ride America (404) 888‐0887 *Safe Ride America is a nonprofit organization and will provide transportation for free if necessary.

Ride share services such as UBER, LYFT and Ride Alto provide on-demand sedan or SUV service.

GETTING INVOLVED

HOW CAN I HELP SUPPORT LOCAL FARMS & RESTAURANTS YEAR-ROUND?

Our local food industry needs your help. Try to buy and eat local whenever possible, to ensure more of your money goes to the farms and restaurants who need it most. As for incorporating more local food and produce into your home cooking, our Dallas Farmers Market, Good Local Markets, Bonton Farms, and Profound Foods are great places to start.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BECOMING A SPONSOR?

For all sponsorship opportunities, please reach out to Anthony Gordon at Anthony@teama21.com

HOW CAN I LEARN MORE ABOUT BECOMING A PARTICIPATING FARM?

For more details on getting involved as a participating farm, please email Celina Neville at celina@teama21.com.  

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BECOMING A PARTICIPATING CHEF/RESTAURANT?

For more details on getting involved as a participating chef/restaurant, please email Calen Santos at Calen@teama21.com.

HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER?

To learn more and sign up for Chefs For Farmers volunteer opportunities, please click here.

CAN PRESS ATTEND EVENTS?

For all media inquiries for CFF Houston, please email Lisa Gochman at Lisa@lisagochman.com

TRAVEL

WHICH AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO FOR CFF?

HOUSTON: Public transportation to Houston is available to and from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH), William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) and Ellington Airport/Houston Spaceport (EFD).  We suggest picking the airport that is most convenient for you. 

DALLAS: Our Dallas airports include Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Dallas-Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW). Either of those are located about 30 minutes or less from most Chefs For Farmers event. 

STAY IN THE KNOW!

HOW CAN I STAY IN THE KNOW ON ALL THINGS CFF?

Sign up for our newsletter on the website and follow us on Facebook and  Instagram to stay up to date on all things CFF!

FROM OUR FARM, TO YOUR TABLE!

PRAISE THE BISCUIT…PASS THE JAM: A SOULFUL SUNDAY BRUNCH

Event Beverages 

Desert Paloma: Desert Door Texas Sotol, Fresh Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice and Agave Nectar

Bloody Maria: Tomato Juice, Patron, Lemon, Lime, Worcestershire Sauce, Celery Salt, Smoked Paprika, Black Pepper, with garnishes

Mimosa: La Marca Prosecco, and Fresh Juices

Maker's Mark Orange Sangria

First Course:
Andouille Sausage and Dirty Rice Quiche

Second Course:
Crab & Avocado Toast
with Pickled Fresno Peppers, Fresh Tarragon and Roasted Heirloom Tomatoes

Third Course:
Shrimp & Grits
with Cajun Grilled Shrimp, Smoked Chipotle Aioli and Poblano Cheddar Grits

Fourth Course:
Chicken Biscuit
with Creole Fried Chicken, Fresno Peppers, Jalapeno Sausage Gravy and House made Buttermilk Biscuit

Fifth Course:​
Croissant Bread Pudding
with Pecan Toffee Sauce, Whipped Cream and Mint

THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN FEATURING CHEFS JOHN TESAR, ALEX SEIDEL, JUSTIN BRUNSON, AND SAM TALBOT

Event Beverages

Old Fashioned: Basil Hayden, Simple Syrup, Walnut Bitters, Orange Twist

Whiskey Sour: Maker's Mark, Simple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Angostura Bitters, Dehydrated Lemon Wheel

Manhattan: Knob Creek, Bordega Sweet Vermouth, China China Biggalet, Dehydrated Orange

First Course - Joshua Smith
Nantucket Bay Sea Scallops, Truffle Lumache, Cauliflower

Paired with Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte Brut

Second Course- Sam Talbot
Steamed Manila Clams + Sake
Grass Fed Butter Brooth + Mint Oshinko for dipping

Paired with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardonnay

Third Course- Katsuji Tanabe
Suadero Tacos
Pickle Vegetables and Burnt Salsa

Paired with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Karia Chardon

Fourth Course- John Tesar
Dry Aged 44 Farms Ribeye, Soufflé potatoes, Chimichurri

Paired with Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Artemis Cabernet Sauvignon

Dessert- Eric Cobb
Chocolate Pecan Tarts, Seasonal Fruit Cobblers and Cheesecake

THE BOUJEE BREAKFAST DINNER WITH CHEF JONATHON ERDELJAC

Welcome Cocktail

South Texas Sunset: Desert Door Texas Sotol, Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice and Blood Orange, Agave

Beverages 

Bloody Mary Cocktail

Domaine Ste Michelle Sparkling

Erath Pinot Gris

Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon

First Course
Biscuits and Gravy
Local Fungus, Creamy Mushroom Gravy, Country Fried Oyster Mushroom

Second Course
Shrimp and Grits
Shut Yo' Mouth Broth, Gulf Shrimp, Farm Egg

Third Course
Chicken and Waffle
Chef Jon's Peppered Gravy, Braised Greens, Strawberry Bomb

Fourth Course
Pulled Pork and Sweet Potato Hash
Farm Egg, Toast, Cilantro Lime Hollandaise

Fifth Course
Coconut Cream Waffle
Toasted Coconut Waffle, Coconut Cream, Whipped

INTO THE FOREST FOR A MAD TEA PARTY WITH CHEF MISTI MORRIS

Welcome Cocktails

“Down the Rabbit Hole”: Patrón Anejo, Pyrat Rum, Pear White Tea, Oolong Tea Syrup, Fresh Lemon Juice, Pineapple Juice & Allspice Dram

Snack
Preserved Mushroom Muffin, Koji Cultured Butter

First Course
Comeback Creek Hakurei Turnip
Textures, Soured Sunflower Seeds, Green Tomato, Rye

Paired with LangeTwins Sangiovese Rose 2019

Second Course
Tea Braised Rabbit
Pressed, Broccoli Greens, Aged Broccoli, Honey

Paired with LangeTwins Chenin Blanc 2018

Third Course
Smoked Maitake
Ginger Yogurt, Mushroom Caramel, Amino, Gomashio

Paired with LangeTwins Nero d’Avola 2018

Fourth Course:
Pig and Pepper
Family Style Black pepper Smoked Pork Shoulder, Grebiche, Herbed Cakes, Dried Pepper Condiment

Paired with LangeTwins Old Vine Zinfandel 2017

Dessert
Chamomile Tea Cake, White Chocolate, Marigold

Paired with LangeTwins Moscato 2018 and Patrón XO Café 

A TASTE OF NAPOLI WITH CHEF DINO SANTONICOLA

Welcome Cocktail

An Italian twist on the Last Word cocktail, L’Ultima Parola: Desert Door Sotol, Chartreuse, Luxardo, Lemon, Rosemary and Amarena Cherry

Antipasti Duo
Salsicce e Friarelli
Braised Jimmy’s Italian Sausage, Bitter Broccoli Rabe

Parmigiana di Melanzane
Baked Eggplant, Tomato, Smoked Mozzarella

Paired with The Original Venetian Spritz

Insalata
Indivia e Finocchio
Endive, Profound Foods Fennel, Paula’s Goat Cheese, Balsamic Pearls, Champagne Vinaigrette

Paired with Maso Canali Pinot Grigio

Primi
Pizza Napoletana
Mozzarella, Texas Fungus Oyster Mushrooms, Rae Lili Farms Calabrian Chilies, Caramelized Onions, White Trufle Cream, Profound Farms Micro-greens

Sartù di Riso
Arborio Rice, Neapolitan Ragù made with Blackland Prairie Pork & Texas Craft Wagyu Beef, Hard Cooked Egg

Paired with Brancaia TRE

Dolci
Torta al Pistacchio
Ricotta and Pistachio Tort

Paired with Amaro Montenegro


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