Hold on to your hats, foodies: The Dallas Observer’s Iron Chef — brought to you in conjunction with local chef Kent Rathbun — is back this April to fill up Fair Park’s Centennial Hall with edible and sippable goodness. The food and drink festival culminates in a head-to-head chef competition, but that’s not even what we’re most excited about … read on!
On April 29, Iron Chef returns, inviting guests to sample food from some of the city’s best restaurants. Among the esteemed sponsors will be Alaskan Brewing Co., whose Amber is one of our favorite such ales. There’ll be cocktails to sip on, too, as well as vino from another event sponsor, Barefoot Wine. To get a sense of the restaurants that’ll be serving up culinary goodness, some of last year’s participants included Abacus, Herrera’s, Empire Baking Co., Shinsei and Chennai Cafe.
Far and away the centerpiece of the shindig is the Rathbun-moderated Chef Challenge, which pits two top-of-their-game chefs in a timed face-off to see who can delight a panel of judges with a meal crafted from a mystery bag of ingredients. FT33‘s Matt McCallister (above right) has won the last two years, so we’re keen on seeing who he’s going up against this year (the competing chef has yet to be announced).
As we wait to see who emerges, we’ll give you a couple excellent ways to get your butt in the door. From now until March 4, those with a promo code can enter a locked ticket-purchasing site to get pre-sale tickets; our code is SWINESWILL, so use that here to buy $35 general-admission entry and/or $65 VIP entry. VIP gets you in the door an hour early and bestows you free valet service. Not bad!
Even better is simply winning two tickets to Iron Fork, and we can make that happen, too! Swing by the giveaway entry module below and rack up the entries via our social media channels. Your chances are better the more ways you enter. As with Iron Fork, you must be 21 or older to enter and win; the winner’s tickets will sent via email. Good luck!