Jim White, the passionate co-founder of two Dallas meals events, has died.
White battled a sudden onset of most cancers, his partner Vicki Briley-White informed CultureMap.
White created Savor Dallas, the meals and wine competitors that was created in 2004 and ran yearly since 2005. It was purchased by The Dallas Morning Information in 2014 and operated until 2018.
White moreover co-founded KRLD Restaurant Week, a still-thriving annual event acknowledged at current as DFW Restaurant Week. It raises money for two native charities: the North Texas Meals Financial institution and Lena Pope House.
Earlier than White obtained involved in festivals, he was a radio veteran, working as a morning information anchor on KRLD-AM (1080) and producing “The Restaurant Present with Jim White.” He beforehand labored at KEGL-FM, The Information reported in 1995.
White’s efforts producing a food-and-wine centered radio current, and later, creating Savor Dallas, have been new for Dallas.
“Yearly, legions of foodies and wine lovers trek to locations comparable to Aspen, New Orleans and Banff Springs, Alberta, for big-name, food-and-wine weekends,” The Information’ explicit contributor Kim Pierce wrote in 2004 as Savor Dallas was created. Briley-White well-known that “half of the individuals there are from Dallas, Texas” — so the couple created a several-day soiree that celebrated the cooks, winemakers and foodies correct proper right here in our home metropolis.
In any case, White had already created a listener base of foodies on the radio.
At this time, Dallas boasts a dozen or further meals festivals with the an identical initiative — a fervor that White observed first.
In its earliest days, Savor Dallas moreover featured female wine makers all through seminars significantly for women. “Ladies wish to find out about wine,” Briley-White talked about in 2004.
Over time, the Whites labored with Dallas’ prime cooks, along with Kent Rathbun, Misti Norris, Stephan Pyles, Paula Lambert, Dean Fearing, David Uygur, Tre Wilcox and Tim Byres. The Whites secured meals and wine tastings inside city’s most iconic buildings, along with the Crow Assortment of Asian Artwork, the Nasher Sculpture Middle, the Latino Cultural Middle, the African American Museum, Centennial Corridor and the Dallas Museum of Artwork.
CultureMap aptly calls White “Dallas’ authentic foodie.”
Jim Moroney, who knew White in his perform as former chairman, president and chief authorities of The Dallas Morning Information, says White’s love for meals and wine was contagious.
“The second you met Jim, you knew you had been within the presence of power and fervour — power in regards to the occasion he was working and fervour for meals and wine,” says Moroney, who’s The Information’ author emeritus. “You couldn’t assist get caught up within the second and the enjoyable. He exuded joie de vivre in all that he did.”
We’ll change this story when funeral preparations have been made public.