Inside scoop: You can get some of the best food and travel bargains in town at the silent auction tables during the annual Les Dames d’Escoffier Raiser Grazer. (One year I “won” four nights at a darling boutique hotel in Jamaica for $250, half of what they charge for one night.)
Anywhoo, the next LDE Raiser Grazer will take place on Sunday, February 28th at the Fashion Industry Gallery from 6-9:00 p.m. This year’s theme “Women Stars of Wine & Food” will showcase just that—Dallas area chefs and wine gals doing their thing. Tickets to the Les Dames Raiser Grazer are $50 after February 26 and at the door. However they are available NOW onlinefor $45.
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DALLAS CHAPTER OF LES DAMES D’ESCOFFIER PRESENTS
21ST RAISER GRAZER “WOMEN STARS OF WINE & FOOD”
Proceeds Provide Scholarships and Programs for Women in Food, Wine, and Hospitality Industry
DALLAS-January 20, 2010 – After a one year hiatus, the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier will resume its popular tradition of the Raiser Grazer on Sunday, February 28 at the Fashion Industry Gallery from 6-9 p.m. Gloria Campos, news anchor for WFAA-TV, will be the MC for the evening. Les Dames d’Escoffier is an international organization of professional women in the fields of food, fine beverage, and hospitality. The Raiser Grazer is one of the original Dallas “dine around” fundraisers.
This year’s Grazer, “Women Stars of Wine & Food,” is a Who’s Who of women who have redefined a new era in wine and culinary arts. The event will feature stars of the wine industry including California’s Joy Sterling (Iron Horse Vineyards), Dolores Cakebread (Cakebread Cellars), Janet Trefethen (Trefethen Family Vineyards), Robin Lail, Lail Vineyards, Amelia Ceja, Ceja Vineyards and Kathryn Hall (Hall Wines), as well as our own Texas wine luminaries – Susan Auler (Fall Creek Vineyards), Gina Puente-Brancato (La Buena Vida Vineyards and La Bodega Wineries), and Caris Turpen (Lightcatcher Winery). In addition to wine tasting, more than 20 women chefs and culinary professionals will offer samplings of food. The evening will feature a silent auction of culinary classes, private dinners, fine wines and more.
Some of the chefs appearing at the 2010 Raiser Grazer include Sharon Hage/York Street, Dunia Borga/ La Duni, Cristiana Ginatta/Paciugo, Paula Lambert/Mozzarella Company, Janice Provost/Parigi, and Michelle Hudson and Andrea Hagar /Food Company (see attached for a complete list).
The group has raised more than $1 million for deserving women. Funds raised will benefit the Dallas Chapter’s established scholarship programs and endowments at five colleges and universities in Texas for women in the food, wine and hospitality industries.
Tickets to the Les Dames Raiser Grazer are $50 after February 26 and at the door or available online in advance for $45. The website address is www.LDEDallas.org.
Entrance and valet parking for the Raiser Grazer at The Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) is on North Akard directly across from The Fairmont Hotel (between Ross and Munger).
Kay Agnew – Margaux’s A Restaurant by Design
Liz Baron – Blue Mesa Grill
Dunia Borga – La Duni
Shari Carlson – Dessert Dreams
Tsuki Caspary Brooks – State and Allen Lounge / Savory Catering
Chena Civello – Civello’s Raviolismo
Mynetta Cockerell – Milestone Culinary Arts Center
Cristiana Ginatta – Paciugo Gelato & Caffè
Sharon Hage – York Street Restaurant
Michelle Hudson and Andrea Hagar – Food Company
Bonnie Itzig – Globex America
Mary Kimbrough – Food Roots
Paula Lambert – Mozzarella Company
Jennifer Brightman Moschel – Brightman Moschel Culinary Consulting
June Naylor & Lisa Perini – Cowgirl Cooking from Perini Ranch Steakhouse
Louise Owens – Windmill Lounge
Janice Provost – Parigi
Lori Finkelman Short – SODEXHO
Wendy Taggart – Burgundy Pasture Beef
Sharon Van Meter – Texas Chefs Association
The students of El Centro College’s Food and Hospitality Services Institute