McKINNEY, TX -- Chefs For Farmers, the annual wine and food festival that showcases the best chefs, food artisans and farmers in the Dallas area, has been reimagined to bring the culinary community together in a creative and meaningful way this year via its new iteration, Chefs For Farmers Reboot. COVID-19 has had a drastic impact on the hospitality industry, leaving many foodies missing their usual interactions with restaurants and looking for ways to help. 

The Chefs For Farmers Reboot was created to support an industry that has struggled through the pandemic and to provide culinary enthusiasts with a safe and fun way to engage with their favorite restaurants again through a series of in-person and virtual events taking place from November 30 through December 6, 2020. The majority of ticket proceeds for both the live and virtual events will be distributed to participating chefs, restaurants and mixologists to help fund recovery efforts. In keeping with the Chefs For Farmers mission to showcase the farmers who make exceptional, seasonal and sustainable food possible, each participating chef will be cooking with ingredients sourced from local, Texas farms using a provided stipend.

“The pandemic has had a life-altering impact on our local farms and restaurant community that has served as the backbone of this festival over the last 10 years,” said Iris Midler, Founder of Chefs For Farmers. "In our efforts to give back and support our industry friends that need us now more than ever, we are leveraging our platform to drive business and revenue through our newest format.”

Intimate live event options include four dinners and one brunch hosted by Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants, all with socially distanced seating and tables limited to each individual party to offer the safest environment for attendees and participants. Each chef experience is unique to the hosting chef and location and options encompass a range of cuisines and themes, including: ‘A Taste of Napoli’- An Italian feast with master pizzaiolo, Chef Dino Santonicola; ‘Into the Forest for a Mad Tea Party Affair’- A menu of winter inspired delicacies by Chef Misti Norris paired with wine and tantalizing tea; ‘The Boujee Breakfast Dinner’- An indulgent brunch inspired extravaganza with a DIY Bloody Mary bar; ‘The Boys are Back in Town’- A first-ever steak house collaboration with Chefs John Tesar, Alex Seidel, Justin Brunson and Sam Talbot; ‘Praise the Biscuit...Pass The Jam: A Soulful Sunday Brunch’ - A feel good Soulful Southern Brunch with Vestals Catering at Bingham House in McKinney.

Tickets for live chef experiences range from $75 to $150. Full event details and tickets are available at http://chefsforfarmers.com/live-events

The series of virtual mixology classes will provide attendees with historical and educational background on the featured spirits and even some behind-the-scenes experiences with live virtual tours of distilleries and virtual facetime with distillers. In collaboration with Maker’s Mark, Patron and Desert Door, top Dallas bartender Gavin Nguyen has curated custom cocktail kits that can be picked up by attendees prior to their class so they’ll have everything needed to craft the specialty cocktails from their own homes.

Tickets for mixology classes range from $30 to $50 and are available at http://chefsforfarmers.com/virtual-events/.