The person who first called Dallas a “food city” didn’t know the half of it. With some of the finest chefs, finest restaurants and finest libations, this place has a lot to be proud of. But consider the charity from those same vendors and it makes our “City of Hate” heart swell. Bringing food, drink and kindness together in a big way is the annual Savor Dallas festival. From April 6-9, it joins more than 75 restaurants and chefs, more than 450 wines and more than 70 spirits to create five unforgettable culinary events. The festival benefits the Dallas Morning News Charities which provides food, clothing, transitional housing and more to those in need. Start the Savor celebration opening night (Thursday, April 6) with the smoky noshes of ‘Cue It Up in the Marie Gabrielle Gardens (Dallas Arts District). Friday is Shaken + Stirred: The Ultimate Cocktail Party at The Happiest Hour (2616 Olive St.). On Saturday, Centennial Hall (in Fair Park) comes alive with flavor: Go for the exclusive Reserve Tasting first, which includes admission to the Grand Tasting that follows. End the weekend with an artisan-inspired menu at the Community Brunch: Dallas Farmer’s Market Edition. Prices for each event vary, but range from $55 to $225. Or, snag an all-inclusive pass for $400. Visit savordallas.com for tickets and up-to-the-minute details.