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DALLAS CULINARY TASTEMAKERS…

… from every angle, come together, sample the food of potential chefs and narrow the applicants for public voting. Why? To help local innovators rise up for a chance at the spotlight.

CHEF SHARON VAN METER


Specialty – Classic French Technique

Currently: Chef & Owner, 3015 at Trinity Groves

Background: Executive Chef at Ritz Carlton International and Neiman Marcus. Professor at Le Cordon Blue, Paris, Director of New Projects Development for FOOD Network TV, and top level brass for American Culinary Federation.

Notable: Highly active in the culinary community, especially fundraising. It’s a Santa sized list of good works.

CHEF CHAD HOUSER


Specialty – PopUps for Charity

Currently: Executive Director at Café Momentum

Background: Chef/Owner at Parigi in Dallas

Notable: Chad’s twitter page says it best “Just trying to make the world a better place… One meal at a time.” Chad walks this talk.

CHRIS ZIELKE


Specialty – Oak Cliff & using fresh locally grown ingredients

Currently: Co-Owner Bolsa, Bolsa Mercado, Smoke, Chicken Scratch / The Foundry

Background: Started as a bartender and hails from Madrid.

Notable: Opening three ultra popular restaurants in the Cliff plus a local market, all offering craft cocktails and chef inspired food made with as many local ingredients as possible in renovated existing spaces.

REBECCA WRIGHT


Specialty – Special Events

Currently: Director of Special Events at Trulucks Seafood Steak & Crab House.

Background:Plans, coordinates and executes upscale private events for Trulucks and has for over 13 years.  Notable public speaker.

Notable: Understands the business of catering and hosting memorable events. Leads industry specific local organizations.

MICHAEL MILLER


Specialty – Restaurant Real Estate

Currently: Restaurant/Retail Broker | Sr. VP at UCR Urban

Background: Having started his real estate career in 1997, Michael has a focus on working with retail developments, restaurants and hospitality.

Notable: Helps find location, location, location for many of our favorite restaurants and chefs — from Dallas and beyond.

CASIE CALDWELL


Specialty – Concept and Planning

Currently: Founder / Owner at Greenz Salads and Kitchen LTO

Background: First career spent as an account supervisor at Digital Advertising agencies. Launched Greenz Salads Franchise in 2004.

Notable: Pitched the entire Permanent Pop Up concept to Phil Romano for Trinity Groves specifically. See Full Bio.

JASON KOSMAS


Specialty – Mixology

Currently: Co-Founder / Spirit Concoctor of The 86 company

Background: Co-Founder of New York’s Employee’s Only, Cocktail Menu developer in Dallas at Neighborhood Services, Bolsa and Marquee Grill and influencer of the entire Dallas craft cocktail scene.

Notable: Also used to be a chef in earlier days. Passionate about the pairing of cocktails with food.