White Rock Centennial Celebration: Chefs’ Picnic at White Rock Lake in Dallas

The Bath House at White Rock Lake will become The Veranda this weekend. Much partying expected.

White Rock Lake’s Art Deco Bath House will bustle this weekend with two days of parties designed to celebrate 100 years of White Rock Lake and Dallas’ chapter of the American Red Cross. The schedule for all of the White Rock Centennial Celebration events is here. The historic Bath House balcony overlooking White Rock Lake will be transformed into The Veranda Lounge on Saturday, June25. Chefs Colleen O’ Hare and Jeana Johnson (Good 2 Go Tacos) kick-off a full day of special dining events with  brunch and cocktails on the Bath House Veranda from 10-11:30am. (Tickets)

Private chef Hollie Dorethy (Good Morning America, Master Chef with Gordon Ramsay) will serve a 4-course lunch with wine from 12-1:30pm. An afternoon tea showcasing Lone Star Teas with Clarissa Almaraz features custom blended teas such as Classic Black Iced Tea, Texas Tango, Texas Sunset, Pink Jasmine-Green Tea, and Enchanted Rose tea as well as champagne and wine, Sweets and Savories (2-4pm).  Premium wines and gourmet beers from Ben E. Keith will be showcased at a late afternoon cocktail party with specialty cheeses from the Mozzarella Company and more (4:30-6pm).

Popular Chef Marc Cassel (Peavy Road), Garreth Dickey (RIP. Park), and Keith Cedotal (Malai Kitchen) will host a VIP Celebrity Chef Dinner and wine pairing at 7pm followed  by a fireworks display over White Rock Lake at 9pm.  Live music! Birthday cake! Champagne toast! All included! Tickets!

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The big Chefs’ Picnic at the Lake will take place Sunday afternoon from Noon until 3PM and will feature: The Grape’s Brian C. Luscher, chef Janice Provost, Parigi; Marc Cassel, Peavy Road (coming soon); Graham Dodds, Bolsa; Jeff Harris, RedFork; Nathan Tate and Randall Copeland, Restaurant Ava; Diane and Justin Fourton, Pecan Lodge; and Hollie Dorethy, personal chef, and Paul Wackym, Wackym’s Kitchen prepare an extraordinary seated picnic luncheon with their unique spin on the traditional al fresco-fare.”

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While you’re there, check out the music, old-school photographs, and memorabilia. “Chefs’ Picnic at the Lake will transport guests to a time when White Rock Lake was the staple of summertime in Dallas,” organizers say. That is, if they had Deep Eddy Sweet Tea vodka cocktails (like the Minty Deep Daily, The Skinny Dip and The Deep Eddy Splash) 100 years ago.

Proceeds will help fund 10 capital projects such as enhancing hike and bike trails, improving parking lots, renovating White Rock Dog Park, restoring the park forests, and more.

Tickets are $55 per person in advance and include complimentary valet parking at The Bath House Cultural Center, located at 521 East Lawther Drive in Dallas. For more information and to purchase tickets go to www.highlandparkcafeteria.com or call 214-632-0784.

Chefs’ Picnic at the Lake is held in conjunction with The Beach Party of the Century hosted by For the Love of the Lake with support from White Rock Lake Foundation and the Friends of the Bath House. For a full list of events June 25-26 and to purchase tickets go to www.whiterocklake.org or call 214-660-1100.