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Upcoming Foodie Event: Les Dames d’Escoffier Raiser Grazer in Dallas

Gina Puente-Brancato (owner La Buena Vida Vineyards, Grapevine, TX), Carol Ritchie (“Cookin’ with Carol” TV cooking show host), Cristianna Ginatta (owner Paciugo Gelato), Janice Provost (Chef/Owner Parigi), Sharon Hage (Chef/Owner York Street), and Paul Lambert (Mozzarella Company).

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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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

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).

Participating Chefs

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

  • DallasDude

    I see Gina Puente in the group, I haven’t seen her for some time and it made me smile. She is the better half of both La Buena Vida and La Bodega (found in a few of the better terminals at DFW).

    This is one powerful line up of some of our cities finest. If Louise Owens is part of this, you can guarantee there will be great wine.

  • Renie Steves

    Great descriptive article Nancy. Y’all come…it’ll be a great time!

  • Ikal 1150 Wines of Argentina

    looking forward to the event, thank you!

  • Michelle @ Savory Catering Dallas

    Thank you for the mention!

  • Karla Zimmerman

    Please tell Chef Hage that I would love to volunteer for her on this night. I am a culinary student at El Centro, about to graduate in May.

    Many thanks!

  • Cheryl Arnold

    I just received two tickets to this event for Valentine’s Day. It looks amazing! I can’t wait!

  • hgh facts

    Thanks for sharing! it is good to encourage people to comment, not just reading. The only reason I writing blog rather than diary is because of the feedback.