ArticlesEnjoyMintNikky PhinyawatanaChef Nikky to Sit on Roots on the Road Panel at Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival

March 22, 2019by EnjoyMint

Hi, Mint Fanatics. Have you got your tickets for the Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival this coming March 21 to 23, 2019? We sure hope you already have. As we’ve mentioned some time ago, EnjoyMint is going to be one of the 40+ restaurants that will be featured in the festival’s Grand Tasting opening event on Thursday, March 21.

But that’s not all the news we’ve got for you. For the very first time, The Chef’s Garden’s annual Roots on the Road conference will be held in Dallas this year. This conference, happening on Saturday, will be one of the festival’s highlights, and our own Chef Nikky Phinyawatana will sit as one of its panelists.

Isn’t that awesome?

But first, what’s The Chef’s Garden’s Roots on the Road conference?

So, what’s Roots on the Road, and why should we be excited about it? Roots on the Road is the Dallas iteration of the Roots conference, an event sponsored by The Chef’s Garden. The conference is usually held in Ohio, where The Chef’s Garden is based.

This event gathers together the movers and shakers in the global culinary industry—from chefs and farmers, to food scientists and academics, to journalists and other people passionate about food. The gathering aims to find solutions to the current issues the food industry faces. Among these issues are improving the safety of our food, protecting essential culinary traditions around the world, preserving endangered food sources, and nurturing the environment through sustainable farming. The main goal is to help guarantee food security for the coming generations.

The Chef’s Garden, under the leadership of Farmer Lee Jones, is the brain behind the Roots conference. A family farm run by Farmer Lee, his father Bob Jones, Sr., and brother Bob Jones, Jr., The Chef’s Garden has been working with chefs from all over the world for more than 30 years. They are dedicated to blending traditional farming with innovative, sustainable technology to produce nutritionally dense and flavorful food without harming the environment.

Join the Roots on the Road conference this Saturday, March 23

As part of the Dallas Arboretum Food and Wine Festival, the Roots on the Road conference will feature four hour-long interactive panels. These panels will discuss:

  • How big and small farms can help each other out
  • Attaining work-life balance for a career in food
  • Better practices for creating sustainability
  • 2019’s food trends

After the panels, there will be cocktails and a dinner themed “Waste Not, Want Not.” The dishes to be served at the dinner will be prepared with fresh and seasonal locally produced ingredients.

So, at the Roots on the Road conference, you get to learn things about the industry, network with the industry’s great minds, and enjoy awesome food. The best thing about it is you don’t have to be a food professional or influencer to be part of this gathering. You just need to be passionate about food.

Tickets to the whole-day conference and dinner are available for $225 each here. If you can’t make it to the panels, no worries. You can still attend the dinner; tickets for the dinner are at $125 each, and you can get them here.

Shall we see y’all at the Dallas Arboretum for the Roots on the Roads conference on Saturday, March 23? We sure hope so!