Jim White is Smiling: Savor Dallas “Strong And Healthy”

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Savor Dallas co-founder Jim White frown. See him to the left with his wife and Savor Dallas co-founder Vicki Briley-White (left) and Dee and Charles Wyly? They are all so happy. Why? Because:

Nearly 4,000 guests attended events at the Fifth Annual Savor Dallas March 6 and 7, with increases in guests at Friday night events in the Arts District and in Victory Park.
Savor Dallas’ preliminary estimates show that attendance at Friday night’s Arts District Wine Stroll and Victory Park Wine & Food Celebration exceeded 2008 attendance by 200 plus guests, with a total of 1,230 guests. Guest numbers for Saturday night’s International Grand Tasting are estimated to be slightly lower than 2008’s figures, with attendance at 2,150. The Reserve Tasting, featuring the year’s finest wines from top vintners, enjoyed an increase in attendance. Wine seminars enjoyed healthy attendance this year, with a new location at the Westin City Center. Total weekend attendance is estimated at around 4,000, nearly matching last year’s numbers.


  • Great, and can we have a follow up on how much of this non-profit’s profits go to the entities that are supposed to benefit?

  • Amy, Savor Dallas is not a non-profit. No one involved with Savor Dallas has ever suggested that it is. Savor Dallas donates a portion of net profits from the sale of tickets to the North Texas Food Bank and The Arts Magnet Building Campaign for Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In addition, Savor Dallas organizes a high-end, silent wine auction, with all profits (85% of gross revenue) going to the North Texas Food Bank. We also created a commemorative t-shirt this year and all profits from sales will be donated to the Art Department at Booker T. We also fund an annual scholarship for the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association to help a deserving young chef go on to culinary school. We hope to do something in memory of Matt Martinez this year. And,by the way, since we are not operating as a 501 (c) 3, we also pay State of Texas sales taxes, and Federal income tax (I don’t recall the percentage, but very little of the charitable donation is deductible from a corporate tax return; so, I’m not doing it for the write-off). I hope this answers your question. Thanks. Kindest regards, Jim White, Founder, Savor Dallas.