Savor the Goods

Savor the Goods: Local Cuisine, Ethnic Flair

Panhandle PBS and West Texas Chefs Table joined forces again in 2019 to showcase the region's culinary masters in one-of-a-kind dining experiences!

During the season, local chefs focused their talents on ethnic ingredients. You’ll definitely want a seat at their tables.

Plans are being drawn up for the 2020 season now! Call 806-371-5479 for information.

Savor the Goods News

Panhandle PBS scores national award for Savor the Goods series

Panhandle PBS scores national award for Savor the Goods s...

Panhandle PBS's innovative Savor the Goods series received the prestigious 2019 PBS Development Award for Membership in a national conference this week.

Past Savor the Goods Dinners


Chefs Steve Bautista and Joe Mendez introduce their Savor dinner.Chefs Steve Bautista and Joe Mendez introduce their Savor dinner.

Dinner 1: Joe Mendez and Steve Bautista

At this season's first dinner, Executive Chef Joe Mendez and Chef Steve Bautista of Embassy Suites Amarillo - Downtown and 1887 Social House crafted a menu inspired by international flavors: street food appetizers, Caprese salad, seared scallops with tri-colored carrot puree and boursin risotto and Donut Stop bread pudding with crème fraiche.

The dinner was held June 6 at Embassy Suites Amarillo - Downtown, 550 S. Buchanan St.


Chefs Rory Schepisi, Albert Vargas and Sam BlackburnChefs Rory Schepisi, Albert Vargas and Sam Blackburn


Dinner 2: Sam Blackburn, Rory Schepisi and Alberto Vargas

Executive Chef Sam Blackburn of Northwest Texas Healthcare System Sodexo and Chef/Owner Rory Schepisi and Chef Alberto Vargas of The Drunken Oyster were featured.

The trio crafted a menu with Asian, Mexican and Italian inspirations in each course.

The dinner was held July 25 at Hugo's on the Square, 407 16th St. in Canyon.


Chefs Jessica Higgins and Rhonda Obenhaus


Dinner 3: Rhonda Obenhaus, Laura Yarber, Jessica Higgins

Chef Rhonda Obenhaus of Joe's Catering, Chef Laura Yarber of The Crave Factory and Hank's Brokerage, Chef Jessica Higgins of Girasol Cafe & Bakery and Chef Laura Maner of The Køkken were featured in a Savor the Goods tribute to the pioneer women of the Texas Panhandle. The chefs drew on their own cultural backgrounds to create a family-style Supper on the Grounds.

  • Appetizers: Cowboy calf fries, frikadellen (Danish meatballs), German sausage and southern devilled eggs
  • Family-Style Entrée: Mama’s southern fried chicken, black eyed peas, squash, green beans, cowgirl beans, rolls and cornbread
  • Dessert: Bread pudding, icebox cake, sand plum cobbler, peach cobbler and kringla with strawberries and cream

The dinner was held at 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at The Resplendent Garden, 11701 Truman St.


Dinner 4: Tanner Burnam

Chef Tanner BurnamChef Tanner Burnam

Chef Tanner Burnam of Northwest Texas Healthcare System Sodexo was featured.

He crafted a menu inspired by French cuisine:

  • Course 1: Bacon and brie macaroon with cured egg
  • Course 2:  French onion soup
  • Course 3: Braised beef short ribs with red wine demi-glace, white bean cassoulet and roasted root vegetables
  • Course 4:  Tart bourdaloue (pear tart)

The dinner was held at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Amarillo Botanical Gardens, 1400 Streit Drive.

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Support for this dinner series is provided by Affiliated Food ServiceAmarillo Classic EventsFirstBank Southwest and Reed Beverage. Support for the June dinner also is provided by South Texas Money Management and Embassy Suites Amarillo - Downtown. Support for the July dinner also is provided by Hugo's on the Square. Support for the September dinner also is provided by The Resplendent Garden. Support for the November dinner also is provided by The Amarillo Botanical Gardens.

AffiliatedLogo_Savor.png The Amarillo Botanical Gardens Amarillo Classic Events Embassy Suites Amarillo FirstBank Southwest Hugo's on the Square Reed Beverage The Resplendent Garden South Texas Money Management