Steven Doyle is hanging with Danyele McPherson, Stephan Pyles, and Randall Copeland (Ava Restaurant). Copeland dropped in to stage for a night at Fuego at Stephan Pyles.
Last night hundreds of people showed up at the Westin Galleria Dallas to celebrate Bonne Santé, a food and wine showcase to raise funds for the National Kidney Foundation. The evening also recognized people whose contributions have improved the lives of those suffering in the community and those who have contributed to the funding of the foundation’s work. The National Kidney Foundation’s prestigious “Gift of Life Award” was awarded to Janelle and Larry Friedman for a lifetime of work, especially aimed at benefitting children in need. The two chefs behind the culinary organization Scott Gottlich, chef/owner of Bijoux and The Second Floor and William Koval, Executive Chef of the Lakewood Country Club, both have compelling personal reasons to support the National Kidney Foundation, having immediate family members who suffer from kidney disease or the lack of a kidney at birth.
After a reception and silent auction highlighted by acrobats and music by Ricki Derek and The Las Vegas Seven, guests moved into the dining room where they could choose food from a star-studded cast of chefs.
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We feel for Rick Donley; really, we do. Especially after reading this morning’s New York Times article by Chris Smith (Texas Tribune). How befuddling it must be for Donley, as president of the Beer Alliance of Texas (read: lobbyist for big boys Bud Light, Miller Lite, Budweiser, Coors Light and Natural Light), to have to continually explain why allowing small breweries in Texas to distribute their beer is such a bad, bad idea, how it will ruin us all, and how your very children will be in danger if craft breweries are able to make their product available under the same regulatory channels that the big boys do.
Here are some favorite passages:
Mr. Donley said he worries that their products could be shipped to dry counties or to minors. “This regulatory system has worked well since Prohibition,” Mr. Donley said. “Why anybody wants to disrupt it is a question I can never quite get an answer to.”
…while the locally brewed beer business is booming nationally, it is lagging in Texas, where the laws governing distribution are restrictive.
You may recall that we broached this issue in our October 2010 issue; many of you echoed our frustrations. Now’s the time to keep pushing, folks, especially since the lunacy of our regulatory system is qualifying as national news. Want to join the fight? Check out Texas Beer Freedom, a non-profit lobbying group on OUR side of the issue.
I encourage you to read the entire article to get how truly transparent and ludicrous Donley’s argument is. (And let us know if you, to, see obvious parallels to a certain family values argument that makes levelheaded people boil in their boots.)
(Many thanks and props to Christopher Smith who wrote and researched the NYT/Texas Tribune article.)11 Comments »
Hey, Dishers. Where did you eat this week? Did you find something fabulous? Did you find something foul? We’d love to hear your thoughts on your latest restaurant experiences. Here’s what you reported last week.26 Comments »