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Great times for a great cause

Fort Worth's finest eateries join together for one delicious evening to showcase their gourmet skills and support Big Brothers Big Sisters.

For a recap of the 2013 event, please go here.

2014 Event Recap

For the past 36 years, The Barrett Havran Memorial Big Taste of Fort Worth benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters has been Tarrant County's premiere food and wine tasting event featuring the gourmet cuisine of Tarrant County's finest restaurants while benefiting the children of our community. Fine food, premium wines, spectacular live entertainment and an incredible auction make this event one of Fort Worth's best. 

The 2014 Barrett Havran Memorial Big Taste of Fort Worth benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters was a night that featured a taste of Tarrant County's premier foods and wines at the beautiful Omni Fort Worth Hotel. The event featured fine wine and culinary delights from Tarrant County's best restaurants, live entertainment and an incredible auction.

The night began with an exclusive VIP wine tasting presented by Novacopy. Over a dozen wineries were represented filling the room with robust aromas of buttery chardonnays, full-bodied cabernets and complex pinot noirs. Partnering the tasting was a selection of cheeses, and fruits with a full color ice sculpture honoring the wine tasting title sponsor Novacopy. Trey & The Tritones got the tasters tapping their toes. The host of the evening, Janee’ Hill and auctioneer Renee’ Jones, led a live auction which included suite tickets to a Texas Rangers game, hunting excursions, a Tuscan getaway and more – all benefiting the cause. And that was just the beginning…

As the main tasting began, guests were welcomed to the main ballroom by a menagerie of choices from the best-of list among Fort Worth eateries. Pasta, Filet Mignon, pastries, and all kinds of gourmet choices designed with only one goal in mind; to win your vote for best décor, best taste, or another of the evening’s honors. And this year, it was a most difficult choice as all of the restaurants and presenters brought their A-list dishes.

The evening included a presentation from Honorary Chair Governor Rick Perry and concluded with award presentations by Chair Greg Kalina. Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to graciously thank all of the restaurants and wineries who participated as well as each patron who supported the children of Tarrant County by attending and sponsoring this annual event.
The best part about the event; of course, is that all of this added up to a gross revenue of over $230,000 to benefit the program and continue to help children right here in our community.

 Without further ado, the list of 2014 Barrett Havran Memorial Big Taste of Fort Worth award winners are:

Best Wine of Big Taste- 2012 Smith & Hook Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Best Wine Finalists- 2009 Craggy Range Le Sol Gimblett Gravels Syrah & JONATA VINEYARD RED BLEND -TODOS- 2010

Best Culinary Presentation- The Capital Grille- Fort Worth

Best Décor- Ridglea Country Club

People’s Choice- The Capital Grille- Fort Worth

Best of Big Taste- The Capital Grille- Fort Worth 

Capital Grille   Ridglea Country Club Smith & Hook 
Joy Ann & Bob Havran  Mark Hahn of Novacopy   2014 Judges


2014 Participating Restaurants & Wineries

AF+B LangeTwins Family Winery and Vineyards
Billy Bob's Texas Honky Tonk Kitchen Little Red Wasp Kitchen + Bar
Blue Mesa Grill Llano Estacado Winery
Bob's Steak & Chop House Let's Eat
Bravo Cucina Italiana Max's Wine Dive Fort Worth
Café Brazil MICHAELSCUISINE Restaurant & Bar
Cast Iron at the Omni Fort Worth Misa Imports
Chadra Mezza & Grill Moonlight Cakes
City Kitchen Catering Nothing Bundt Cakes
Constellation Brands Red Caboose Winery
Craggy Range Winery Ridglea Country Club
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House Ruth's Chris Steak House
Del Frisco's Grille The Capital Grille- Fort Worth
Eddie V's Prime Seafood The Grille at The Harbor on Possum Kingdom Lake
Fireside Pies The Wild Mushroom Steak House & Lounge
Grace The Winetroop
Hacienda San Miguel Vision Cellars
Hear, Hear! Distribution Wrath Wines
Huneeus Vintners Zodiac
La Cigale Wines

2014 Sponsors

(This list is updated continuously, so please check back for the most current listing) 


Paula Blackmon



James and Dorothy Doss Foundation 





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