Savor Dallas, Jen Hatmaker and Me!

Savor Dallas, Jen Hatmaker and me. How could life get any better?

Several weeks ago I was invited to Savor Dallas, which, if you don’t know is a huge food festival held each year in Fair Park. But this is not your average Taste of “Fill in big city name here”. Savor Dallas is legit. Only Dallas’ hottest chefs and restaurants are there. And there are samples of wine and beer and cocktails. It’s a food and drink dream!

There are several events over 4 days – Opening Night, a cocktail party and a community brunch. But the big event is the Grand Tasting on Saturday night. I was already excited about going and was looking forward to a night out with my girls and then everything changed. I found out Jen Hatmaker was also going to be at Savor. Life.made!

If you don’t know who Jen Hatmaker is, start with her Facebook page … and then get your life. She’s a wife, mom and Jesus-loving author and she is amazing. She is also one of the funniest, most down-to-earth people I’ve ever met. I don’t know what else to tell you. Love her.

I immediately decided I needed to meet her but I didn’t really have a plan other than to stalk her (in a non-stalkerish way) while eating and drinking my way through Savor Dallas. I spent the next week trying to find the perfect opening line so she’d know we practically shared a brain and should become besties.

Now, let me just tell you. Savor Dallas is not messing around. When you walk in the door, the first thing they do is hand you a plastic plate and a wine glass and then point you to aisles of nothing but food and cocktails! Let’s get this party started!

There were a TON of tables and common sense would say to just go up and down every aisle, but there were a few places my girlfriends and I didn’t want to miss, so we hit a few of our faves first. We started at Luck at Trinity Groves and while the food was tasty, we were out of luck on a Jen sighting. We headed over to Dolce for a little Pork Loin Milanese and then found Café Momentum. This should have been the jackpot because Jen was supposed to be at the Café Momentum table with Chad Houser but by the time we made it there, we’d missed her. Sad face.

We were making our way through the aisles when all of a sudden I spotted her!

I could tell she was on her way somewhere and she was too far for me to speak without screaming like a crazy person. If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you know that I’ve been trying to find the perfect thing to say to Jen, but I panicked because I still didn’t know what to say. She disappeared into a private room and there I was standing, opportunity lost. Then the angels smiled upon me because I saw someone I knew from the Savor Dallas team.

Now, you’re probably asking why I didn’t go straight to the Savor team to begin with. Well, Jen was really there to meet with her BELONG Tour Group Leaders and I didn’t want to infringe on their time. Plus, I really thought I’d be able to find her somewhere in the crows. But I didn’t count on there being SO many people at Savor Dallas and I didn’t think I’d go all fan girl and freeze when I saw her!

I grabbed my Savor friend and pretty much begged her for a quick introduction. I knew Jen was with the Group Leaders but if I could just say a quick, “OMG, I’m obsessed with you …”

The next few minutes were a blur because all of a sudden, I was being ushered behind a curtain into a private room and before I knew it, I was hugging Jen Hatmaker! As it turns out, she sort of knew who I was because she knows the morning show and Kidd’s Kids.

Y’all. She could not have been more lovely. She is beautiful and she had on the most amazing dress! I was totally prepared to ask her ALL the things but all she wanted to do was talk about was me! “Tell me about you, Kidd’s Kids, the Teen Trip …”

She was as fantastic as I thought she would be and it was non-stop conversation! We talked me about her family, Whole 30 (which she’s currently on) and her being a mom. We talked so much I never got around to tell her how we’re basically twins but it didn’t matter because I’m pretty sure we’re besties now. Her new book “Of Mess and Moxie” comes out in August and I asked her to come on “Two Peas In A Pod” to talk about it and she said yes!! YAAAASSS QUEEN! What is this life???

I decided I’d taken up enough of her time and there was still food to be eaten and wine to be spilled on my white dress. Yes, I somehow thought it was a brilliant idea to wear white where tons of red wine was being served. But it’s okay because Jen and I are totally BFFs now and any day now, I’m going to run away to Buda so we can hang out, drink wine and watch Netflix all day long! Too much?



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