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Bits & Bites: A Culinary Experience With a Cause

This year, El Centro College's Food and Hospitality Institute will celebrate 11 years of hosting Bits & Bites, an annual event for food lovers from across the metroplex who want to experience innovative, chef-curated bites and wine pairings. Bits & Bites 2019 will offer more than 30 top chefs and will be hosted at the Arboretum's beautiful food and sustainability-focused event space, A Tasteful Place, April 14 from 5-8 p.m.

The Food and Hospitality Institute has trained and educated the Dallas-Forth Worth food and hospitality workforce for more than 40 years.  Through Bits & Bites and other community efforts, the Institute demonstrates its commitment to the local culinary community and its status as a premier culinary training program.

Be sure to check out our video of last year's Bits and Bites event.


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Support the Culinary Arts in Dallas

Many Dallasites like the idea of eating local. Buying local food keeps local farms healthy and creates jobs.

The same is true of Bits & Bites. Proceeds from the event contribute to a fund established to enhance and expand El Centro College's Food and Hospitality Institute, a culinary program that trains and educates Dallas-Fort Worth’s food and hospitality workforce (and has been for more than 40 years!).

Once again we would like to extend the biggest thank you to our growing Bits & Bites family!

Meet This Year’s Honoree

Doug Brooks

This year the Food and Hospitality Institute is proud to recognize Mr. Doug Brooks, former Chairman and CEO of Brinker International, as the Bits and Bites 2019 Honoree.

From his early days at the University of Houston, to his first job as a manager trainee at the second Chili’s location, to his days leading the Brinker International family of restaurants, Doug’s influence as an innovator of the casual dining industry in the United States speaks for itself. Doug has been on the leading edge of our industry for many years and has touched scores of lives in a meaningful and impactful way. Doug is well respected beyond measure not only in the restaurant industry but across many communities for the work he continues to do with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Doug Brooks has created a legacy for his name and his demeanor and humble spirit make his accomplishments even more inspirational.

We hope you will join us to honor Mr. Doug Brooks at Bits and Bites 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

Celebrating our 2019 partners:

Platinum Level

Executive Level

Hospitality Level

Doug & Holly Brooks

Featured Level

Supporting Level

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

Jim and Vicki Briley-White