When it comes to the city’s many food festivals and culinary offerings, Savor Dallas 2017’s The Grand Tasting is the most enticing entrée on the menu. On April 8, more than 50 of the most celebrated chefs and restaurants in North Texas will be hosting and roasting at Savor Dallas’ epicurean main event.

Honorary host chef Chad Houser (Café Momentum) along with host chefs Omar Flores (Trinity Groves’ Casa Rubia and Whistle Britches Chicken in North Dallas), Kirstyn Brewer (soon to be opening a new Chinese concept), Brian Luscher (The Grape), and Stephen Rogers (Gemma and Sachet) are all part of the epicurean centerpiece event that is the Grand Tasting. Get ready to be wowed by their delicious dishes along with table after table brimming with the best the city has to offer, not to mention hundreds of wines and spirits from every corner of the world.

Just as with our Opening Night host chefs and the Sourced Craft Cocktails mixology experts, we recently dished out some searing questions to the Grand Tasting’s masterminds. Read on to learn how they got their start in the kitchen, what gets their mouths watering, and where they turn for inspiration.


Omar Flores

What’s the first thing you learned how to cook?

Chile Rellenos.

If you weren’t a chef, what would you be doing?

I’d be doing something in the automotive industry — buying and selling cars, building hot rods… that kind of thing.

Brian Luscher

Tell us three words to describe your cooking style.

Simple, honest, and satisfying.

When you go to a restaurant, what do you look for on the menu? 

I like seeing variety and simplicity. There’s too much smoke and mirrors sometimes. I read the menu intently and completely, often to the dismay of my dining partners.

Chad Houser

What’s the first thing you learned how to cook?

Tuna salad.

If you weren’t a chef, what would you be doing?

Running a non-profit.


Kirstyn Brewer

What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?

I’m not so secretly addicted to The Bachelor, and all of the spin-off shows.

If you could cook for one person, who would it be and why?

I know I’m supposed to say the name of an inspirational chef, but I really just love cooking for my best friends and family. It’s so natural, and it’s best when you love the people you’re cooking for.

Stephen Rogers

What’s the first thing you learned how to cook?

My grandmother was a very good cook, and fond of making all sorts of sweets and candies.  She taught me how to make divinity candy, which she always made every Christmas.

If you weren’t a chef, what would you be doing?

I went to school for music. I have a Master’s in classical piano and opera coaching.


The Grand Tasting will be happening Saturday, April 8, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM at Centennial Hall in Fair Park. Tickets are available now for each of the individual Savor Dallas 2017 events, or you can purchase an all-inclusive weekend pass. First time at Savor Dallas? Click here to prepare your taste buds!

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