2024 Annual Bits & Bites


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Dallas College’s annual Bits & Bites event celebrates Dallas Culinary Culture! This year's Bits & Bites is set for Sunday, April 21, 2024, from 6-8 p.m. at the beautiful Dallas Arboretum’s A Tasteful Place.

* VIP experience begins at 5:15 p.m.

Featuring some of Dallas’ best chefs working together with our students, Bits & Bites exemplifies the work Dallas College does to connect our students to their careers in the exciting culinary and hospitality industry. Bits & Bites also celebrates the strength and resiliency of our valued hospitality industry workforce!

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2024 Annual Bits & Bites Tickets

When you purchase your tickets today, or if you decide to enjoy our famous VIP experience by becoming a Friend, Patron, or Partner of the Culinary Arts in Dallas, you are SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS and the entire hospitality community as we all work together to make Dallas the BEST city in the U.S. to build a hospitality industry career!

Every year the Bits & Bites committee selects an Honoree who has made an indelible mark on Dallas culinary culture. This year’s committee is proud to announce the Bits & Bites 2024 Honoree, Dr. Emily Williams Knight, President & CEO of the Texas Restaurant Association. Dr. Knight was at the forefront of leading the Texas restaurant industry through the COVID 19 pandemic by working closely with Governor Abbott and other Texas legislators while also lobbying and securing federal support to help the restaurant and foodservice industry survive. She has formed a strong and efficient team at the Texas Restaurant Association who tirelessly work to protect, promote and advance restaurants. And Dr. Knight has been recognized as one of the most effective CEOs in Texas across the business and industry landscape. Please join us to honor Dr. Emily Williams Knight and express our gratitude for her hard work building an already strong Texas Restaurant Association into the powerhouse advocacy and workforce development machine that it is today.

Please join us for this afternoon of fun at the beautiful Dallas Arboretum’s A Tasteful Place!


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The line-up for Bits & Bites 2024 includes some of the top alumni and employer partner chefs in the city who work with and employ our students!

  • Fernando Lezama
    3F Premier Catering
  • Nikky Phinyawatana
    Asian Mint
  • Chris Patrick 
    Curio Kitchen & Market Foods
  • Meaders Ozarow
    Empire Baking Co
  • Paula Lambert
    Dallas Mozzarella Company
  • Diana Zamora
    Nena Postreria
  • Ramsey
    Profound Farms
  • Franchesca Nor
    Dive Coastal Cuisine
  • Rosilind Renee
    The Left-Handed Baker & Beyond
  • Aaron Collins
    Café Momentum
  • Jacob Williamson
    The Saint
  • Maricsa Trejo
    La Casita Bakeshop
  • Sean Jett
    Humble: Simply Good Pies
  • Dunia Terselich-Borga 
    La Duni Baking Studio
  • Adam West
    Local Yocal BBQ & Grill
  • Abraham Salum 
    Salum Restaurant
  • Justin Box
    Justin Box
  • Mike Matis
    Fearing's Restaurant
  • Nick Walker
    The Sandy Pickle at The Village
  • Laura Lesire
    Hyatt Regency
  • Amie Najarro
    Mesquite High School
  • Jeff Bekavac
  • Jill Bates
    Sugar and Sage
  • Robert Hale 
    Texas Beef Council
  • Zolis/Cane Rosso/Thunderbird Pies
  • Jim Knifong
    Dallas College
  • Aubrey Murphy
    SER Steak + Spirits
  • Jason McCauley
    Dallas Culinary Company
  • Jimmy Contreras
    Taco y Vino
  • Toby Archibald
    Quarter Acre
  • John Tesar
  • Rodman Shields
  • Jordan Swim
    Vestals Catering
  • Andrea Saldana
    SW Private Dining
  • Preston Nguyen
    Chef Preston Nguyen
Les Dames d’Escoffier International logo
World Food Championships logo

Lira and Steve DeShazo

Valerie and Jay Freeman

David Bower

J. Scott Sires and Pamela Kresh

Waymon Hyde and Timothy Hyde

Bull Loving Chefs logo
Duckworth Distillery logo
Fresh Point logo
Full City Rooster logo
Keurig DrPepper logo
Maple Leaf Farms logo
Southern Glazers Wine & Spirits logo
Spec's logo
Texas Ale Project logo
The Staffing logo
Turn logo
Verlasso logo
Mercer Culinary logo
Pollo Campero logo

A Workforce Development Machine

For more than 50 years, Dallas College 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 nationally recognized culinary arts and pastry training program.

Student Success – A Partnership That Works

Thanks to the overwhelming support of the local industry and the greater Dallas community, over 10,000 Dallas College CPH program alumni are among the most successful operators and leaders in town!

We can look to examples like Maricsa Trejo, whose La Casita Bakeshop is nominated as a James Beard semifinalist for Outstanding Bakery. Or Terance Jenkins, executive chef at Restaurant Beatrice, also nominated this year for Best New Restaurant in those vaunted awards! Michelle Tribble now serves as executive R&D chef for Gordon Ramsay North America, after appearing on and winning "Hell’s Kitchen All-Stars." Our digital economy stand-out alumni include World Food Championship winner Preston Nguyen and social media influencer Tye Sule, from our dual-credit partner Dubiski Career High School in Grand Prairie.

These examples are representative of our hardworking students and alumni who are among the most well-trained and dependable professionals in town. They exemplify the fine work of the Dallas College faculty and staff in creating student success!