Bits and Bites 2020

1​2th Annual Bits & Bites: Support Dallas Culinary Culture

Join us at the beautiful Dallas Arboretum on Sunday, April 19, 2020, from 5-8pm, for the 12th annual event featuring chefs, delicious beverages and a mindful purpose to support the students and chefs who serve our community through professional careers in the exciting hospitality industry!

Hosted at A Tasteful Place, the Arboretum’s beautiful food and sustainability focused event space, Bits & Bites 2020 offers more than 30 chefs who will prepare and serve innovative, chef-curated bites along with delicious wines and creative beverages! See the list of both prominent as well as rising star chefs below and check out the photo album from last year’s event.


This year Bits & Bites will be held at the Dallas Arboretum. Click here for directions

Your $70 ticket purchase price helps support our students! Other comparable events usually cost up to $120 per person. This is a great value to support our incredible students and chefs!

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A Workforce Development Machine

For over 50 years El Centro​ has trained an expert and passionate workforce serving the North Texas culinary and hospitality industry. Through Bits & Bites and other community efforts, the Culinary, Pastry and Hospitality (CPH) program demonstrates its commitment to the local culinary community and its status as a national recognized culinary arts training program.

Massive Program Expansion

Thanks to the overwhelming support of the YOU, the local industry and the greater Dallas community, the primary purpose of Bits & Bites has been a tremendous success! This year the CPH program expanded into the world class culinary training facilities that previously housed the Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. This facility acquisition by Dallas College is a model for public utilization of existing infrastructure directed towards workforce development to impact the critical shortage for trained professionals in our industry! Come celebrate with us and purchase your tickets today!

Bits and Bites 2020 Logo

Hosted by:

Dallas Arboretum logo

Dallas College

Entertainment provided by Sierra Leone and Charles Ledbetter


Thank You to our Presenting Chefs for 2019:

Presenting Chefs

  • Chef Abraham Salum, Salum Restaurant
  • Chef Jim Knifong, El Centro College
  • Chef Jimmy Contreras & Chef Sharon Van Meter, Taco y Vino
  • Chef Whitey Hershorn CEC, Sysco Foods
  • Chef Paula Lambert, Mozzarella Company
  • Chef Rosa Jimenez, Grand Hyatt DFW
  • Chef Sandra Sepulveda, Mesquite High School
  • Chef Sebastien Archambault, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
  • Chef Richard Triptow, Dallas Fish Market
  • Chef John Maas, Cafe 43
  • Chef Jessica Alshebli, Maggiano's Little Italy
  • Chef Nikky Phinyawatana, EnjoyMint Fresh Thai Kitchen
  • Chef Marie Taccino, Chili's Grill & Bar
  • Chefs John Mercer and Aaron Collins, Café Momentum
  • Chef Patrick Smith, Tejano Brothers New Texas Cuisine

Presenting Chefs

  • Chef Josh Sutcliff, Sutcliff and Brammer Hospitality Group
  • Chef Nick Walker, CBD Provisions
  • Chef Wade Burch CEC, Perle on Maple
  • Chef Dunia Borga, La Duni
  • Chef Nico Sanchez, Tulum
  • Chef Meaders Ozarow, Empire Bakery
  • Chef Thomas Archer, 3015 at Trinity Groves
  • Chef Casey Nicole, Casey Nicole
  • Chef Adam West, Local Yocal BBQ & Grill
  • Chef Fernando Lezama, 3F Premier Catering
  • Chef Hermann Hiemeyer, Hyatt Regency Hotel
  • Chef Jose Maher, Byron Nelson High School
  • Team Parigi, Parigi Restaurant
  • Chef Eric Patterson, Zest Catering
  • Chef Brian Luscher, The Grape

Delicious Beverages

  • Southern Glazer’s Domaines & Estates Wines
  • Southern Glazer’s Premier Wines
  • Texas Ale Project
  • Duckworth Vodka
  • 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery
  • High Brew Coffee
  • Full City Rooster
  • Constellation Brands
  • Republic National Distributing Company
  • Keurig Dr Pepper
  • Austin Eastciders
  • Tahwahkaro Distilling Company
  • Alexander Valley Vineyards
  • Bernardus Winery
  • Parmeson Wines

Thank You to our 2019 Partners:

Platinum Level
Firebird Restaurant Group logo  

Executive Level
Brinker International logo  

Hospitality Level

Doug & Holly Brooks

Featured Level
Visit Dallas logo Rise logo iFratelli Pizza logo Maple Leaf Farms logo

Supporting Level
Infinity Contractors logo FestEvents logo Texas Restaurant Association | Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation logo Hotel Association logo Turn logo Brendan Bass Showroom logo

Philip J. Ritter

Jenay & Mark Paul

Tom and Sylvia Courtney

Patron Level

David Bower

Auto Chlor System

Steve DeShazo

Nikki DeShazo

Greg Morris

Joni Doolin

Seafood Supply Company

Sysco Foods

Stephen King

Nikky Feeding Souls

3015 at Trinity Groves

Bob Rycroft

Robert D. Hinton

Sherry Jones

Randy Roberts

Fresh Point

Klyde Warren Park

Lucian LaBarba

Dr. José Adames

In-Kind Sponsor
Southern Glazers logo Texas Ale Project logo Duckworth Vodka logo 4R Ranch Vineyards and Winery logo Full City Rooster logo Republic National Distributing Company logo Constellation Brands logo High Brew Coffee logo Keurig Dr Pepper logo Austin Eastciders logo Tahwahkaro Distilling Company logo Alexander Valley Vineyards logo Bernardus Winery logo Parmeson Wines logo

Jim and Vicki Briley-White

Dallas Arboretum gardens with plants and flowers
Dallas Arboretum garden with plants and waterfall