Dallas welcomed its first Slideluck with open arms, Saturday November 3rd 2012. The evening showcased and honored the amazing culinary, musical and photographic talent we have in our city. And of course, since this is SLIDELUCK Dallas we’re talking about, the debut was BIG!
Held at the beautifully-restored Power Station, the event attracted well over 100 guests and featured 20 local artists. The day began with a portfolio review, offering local photographers time with leading industry professionals such as Stacey Clarkson, the art director at Harper’s magazine in NYC, Jason Dibley from the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and Guy Reynolds from the Dallas Morning News.
At 6pm, guests began trickling into The Power Station… and they brought their potluck A-game! The executive chefs at Charlie Palmer treated guests to a slow-cooked cassoulet, Chef Andre Natera created savory works of art out of summer squash, and Dallas’ local foodie magazine, Edible, whipped up a delicious southwestern salad. The dessert table was no slouch either. Slices of Emporium Pie’s caramel flan adorned the table, alongside home-made chocolate chip cookie-muffins and Central Track’s hand-frosted cupcakes. All of the good food was washed down with ice cold brews lovingly provided by Brooklyn Brewery, and the Dallas Family Band wandered through the crowd playing music to add a touch of ambience.
Following the potluck, guests were led up The Power Station’s outside staircase to the third floor screening room. Wide-eyed scintillation was followed by enthusiastic applause as each slideshow filled the packed room with powerful images. The wealth of local talent was on full display and left no doubt there is a bright future for more photography-based endeavors in our city.
The amount of love and support that went into creating this evening was highlighted by the awesomeness of the raffle table, which included:
- T-shirts from House of Plates, Central Track and Brooklyn Brewery
- A hot-off-the-press cookbook from Edible Magazine
- Three one-year membership cards to the Texas Theater
- A beautiful poster from The Fox & The Bird and a copy of their new album
- Two one-year subscriptions to Viewbook in generous support of some very lucky photographers in need of a website
- Awesome free swag from Yelp Dallas, including fingerless gloves that read “yelp life” across the knuckles and tins filled with Yelp mints (perfect for after the potluck).
For those still craving more, the party moved to The Amsterdam Bar for drinks, mingling and a special after party screening of even more local talent. The extra hour of daylight savings time went to good use, allowing DJ Trigger Mortis and DJ Fat Kerouac to spin fresh soundtracks to the looping slideshows long into the night.
Slideluck Dallas would like to give a shout out and huge thanks to all the people and organizations who made this such a special evening. We would also like to thank the following media outlets for covering the event: Dallas Observer, DMagazine, KERA’s Art&Seek, Central Track, FD Luxe, and Culture Map Dallas.
Here’s to SLIDELUCK Dallas II!