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Dallas Farmers Market Cooking Classes 

with Chef Gerard Thompson

This Saturday, August 19th

Doors open at 11:00am

Class is from 11:30-1:00

Much of Rough Creek Lodge’s success is attributed to Executive Chef Gerard Thompson, the first employee hired in 1997. His philosophy is to use the best available products, some of which come from his own garden. He also works closely with local farmers who produce many products, like eggs, cheese, strawberries, microgreens and lettuces. The daily changing menu Gerard serves is created from scratch in The Rough Creek Kitchen. 

The prestigious James Beard Foundation Tapped Thompson as a rising star chef for the 21s Century. In addition, Gerard has cooked at the Beard House twice, as well as being a featured Chef for The James Beard awards dinner.



Tarragon Seared Bay of Fundy Salmon/Summer Cherries/Balsamic Vinegar/Cracked Black Pepper


Charred Certified Angus Beef Tenderloin/Fingerling Potato-Blue Cheese Salad


Peach Melba/Red Wine Raspberry Sauce/Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

Market Resource Center

1010 South Pearl Expressway

Dallas, Texas 75201

Click Here for Directions

$25 per Class in Advance

$30 at the door

Seating is limited, so please make your reservations early.

To Reserve Your Spot and Purchase Tickets Use the Button Below:

Classes coming up soon:

August 19 - Gerard Thompson – Rough Creek Lodge “Rough Creek Summer Favorites”

Fall Session

October 14 - Taylor Kearney of Dish

October 21 - Jason West  Sundown at the Granada

October 28 - Abraham Salum of Salum

November 4 - Michele Brown, Executive Pastry Chef

November 11 - Nico Sanchez, Executive Chef for Meso Maya, Taqueria La Ventana & TorTaco

Purchase a Flamingo via this link!


Flamingo Fandango at the Dallas Farmers Market!

Celebrate the last days of summer with us and check out our visiting flock of flamingos, dressed to the nines!

Labor Day Weekend, Sept 1 - 4, 2017

Crafters, bird enthusiasts, or those just wishing to join in the summer fun are invited to purchase an undecorated bird for $15. All proceeds will help to support the farmers market operations

Undecorated bird pick up will run Aug 8-27

Decorated and/or dressed birds must be returned by August 29. 

Be sure to include your name and contact information in case you win!


We'll be showing them off around The Shed during Labor Day Weekend!  

Pickup and Drop off for the birdies will be inside the Harvest Lofts Leasing Office  

next door to The Market and The Shed at 1011 S Pearl Expressway 

Your lovely Flamingos will be judged in the following categories:  

Best Dressed

Most Creative 

Best Likeness of a Celebrity

Prizes will be awarded for all categories!


Welcome to the Dallas Farmers Market Friends website. We’re glad you’re here, and we hope you will join us in helping make the Dallas Farmers Market an even more vital part of the Dallas community.

Dallas Farmers Market Friends is a membership-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a Board of Directors organized exclusively for charitable., educational., agricultural and social purposes – all to benefit and grow the community that is the Dallas Farmers Market.

Our focus is on expanding community awareness and promotion of the Dallas Farmers Market through events and activities like:

•Support of the farmer community

•Cooking classes and Chef Walk-A-Bouts

•Mama Ida’s Teaching Garden

•Events like our annual Ice Cream Social

Many opportunities for volunteering and networking with the farmers and producers who make the Dallas Farmers Market what it is today.

The Dallas Farmers Market offers something for everyone – fresh produce, artisan foods, unique restaurants and countless gift ideas. To learn more about the offerings and hours of operation, visit dallasfarmersmarket.org

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