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OK, this may be a month or so away, but as you’ll see, it’s worth planning ahead for and making advanced arrangements. A while back, we alerted you to an event where fine chefs prepared inventive takes on cafeteria food, and here we have an0ther seemingly casual affair where some of the areas finest chefs let their hair down for a bit (but not without a hair net, of course!)

Chef’s Picnic at the Lake in Dallas on June 26th from 12pm – 3pm is going to be quite the celebration, indeed. There are other notable causes that tie-in to this event, above and beyond the food, of course. Two Dallas-area institutions are celebrating 100 year Anniversary: White Rock Lake and The Dallas Chapter of the Red Cross.

Check out the Press release for the full information:

Featuring a picnic lunch prepared by Dallas’ top chefs, served from the original Bath House concession stand, along with beer, wine and refreshments from Ben E. Keith, music, and exhibition of old-school photographs and memorabilia from White Rock Lake and the American Red Cross – Dallas Area Chapter and more, Chefs’ Picnic at the Lake will transport guests to a time when White Rock Lake was the staple of summertime in Dallas. 

Deep Eddy Sweet Tea vodka will be serving up signature cocktails including the Minty Deep Daily, The Skinny Dip and The Deep Eddy Splash.

Leading a team of DFW’s finest Chefs, The Grape’s Brian C. Luscher along with Janice Provost, Parigi; Marc Cassel, Peavy Road (coming soon); Graham Dodds, Bolsa; Jeff Harris, RedFork; Nathan Tate and Randall Copeland, Restaurant Ava; Diane and Justin Fourton, Pecan Lodge; and Hollie Dorethy, Personal Chef, prepare an extraordinary seated picnic luncheon with their unique spin on the traditional al fresco-fare.

Proceeds from Chefs’ Picnic at the Lakebenefit the American Red Cross – Dallas Area Chapter and the Comerica White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration which will help fund ten capital projects to include enhancing hike and bike trails, improving parking lots, renovating White Rock Dog Park, restoring the park forests and more.

Sponsors to date include Comerica White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration, Ben E. Keith, The Grape, Highland Park Cafeteria and the American Red Cross – Dallas Chapter.

Tickets are $55 per person in advance and include complimentary valet parking at The Bath House Cultural Center, located at 521 East Lawther Drive in Dallas.  For more information and to purchase tickets go to www.highlandparkcafeteria.com or call 214-632-0784.

Chefs’ Picnic at the Lake is held in conjunction with The Beach Party of the Century hosted by For the Love of the Lake with support from White Rock Lake Foundation and the Friends of the Bath House.  For a full list of events June 25-26 and to purchase tickets go to www.whiterocklake.org or call 214-660-1100.

Ah, Bolsa. If you haven’t heard of this lauded indie restaurant and market, across the street from the Bishop Arts enclave, than perhaps you have not picked up a local publication or logged on to a Dallas-y blog recently.

bolsa_nightGranted, the place is rare in that it actually merits the fawning coverage and accolades. I’ve been there. Tasted the food (bruschetta sampler, Twig & Branch flatbread pizza, white chocolate rum tart). Tasted the signature drinks. Chatted with bearded baby-faced chef Graham Dodds, who also keeps the bees whose honey products appear in his desserts, such as the lemon honey cake, and his wife Amy’s candles.

Today you can experience the charms of Bolsa for yourself today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a farmers market held outside the restaurant. Try out goodies from local purveyors such as Dude! Sweet! Chocolates, Kessler Cookies, Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters, Micaelita’s Salsas, Crumbs Homemade Pies, The Tamale Company, Dallas Mozzarella Company, Becker Winery, Lucky Layla Farms and more. But it’s not just a free sample free for all. The beauty of the neighborhood farmers market is that you can actually meet the people behind the products.

In this case you get a beekeeper, chocolatier, roaster, winemaker, salsero, baker, cheese maker, flower girl, milkman, and tamale dude. There’ll also be live music by the lovely Floramay  Holliday beginning at noon. If you can’t make it down to the OC today, you should take a long lunch soon and check out the $10 midday specials: any sandwich (except for the burger), cup of soup or mixed greens and iced tea or fountain drink from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. I’m thinking the pulled pork, Carolina BBQ with horsey pickles might fit the bill. Or vine-ripened tomatoes, goat cheese and pickled onions.  Point is, you have lots of good stuff to choose from, whatever your tastes are.