Last night kicked off the first ever Dallas Observer Iron Fork at the Fashion Industry Gallery (FIG). Presented by Whole Foods, Iron Fork is a grand tasting event that also featured a chef competition moderated by Kent Rathbun. Similar to the guilty pleasure, Iron Chef, Scott Romano of Charlie Palmer and Gilbert Garza of Suze had to create an appetizer, main course and dessert in a limited amount of time. They received a basket of fresh ingredients before being unveiled the night’s secret ingredient – California avocados.
Kent Rathbun and Gilbert Garza
While the competition was broadcast around FIG (Scott Romano ended up winning the coveted Iron Fork!), attendees were able to nosh on yummy bites and sips from local restaurants, sample wines, beers and spirits, listen to live music and spend time at vendor booths signing up for giveaways and taking fun pictures.
Thanks @MarketWaveMG for snapping this pic!

Since this was the first year to have this event in Dallas, I’m sure there will be some changes to next year’s event – assuming they have it again – which they should! The venue was a bit small and the crowds of people were massive. More high top tables scattered around the venue would be great too as many people were trying to do the balancing act with their wine glass, plate of food and any handouts they received from vendors.

All in all it was a great event to break up the week and a way for Dallas foodies to get together and share their passion. Thanks Dallas Observer!