Every year the Côtes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner is a major fund raising event for the American Heart Association’s fight against heart disease – the single largest killer of people, male and female, in America. Last year, the Association raised over $2M from the event. This year, the event’s 20th anniversary, is scheduled for April 9th at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. In preparation for the big night, the Association held its chef announcement party last weekend. It is an indication of the advance excitement of the event. Originally planned to be held at Chamberlain’s’ Fish Market Grill, the event wash moved to The Addison Conference Centre in order to accommodate all of the attendees.
Jump for the details and the lineup of chefs for this year’s soiree.
Guests dined on Scottish salmon poached in olive oil with vanilla bean and lemon aioli topped with red onion; salt crusted rib-eye with crab Béarnaise and apple wood-smoked pork tenderloin with onion marmalade and lavender honey mustard sauce. The white wine was 2009 Alexander Valley Vineyards Chardonnay from the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County California which paired well with the Scottish salmon. This wine has medium oak and green apple flavors in the mouth. The red wine was Alexander Valley Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon from Alexander Valley grapes. The folks from St-Germain mixed outrageously good cocktails involving 2 shots of Champagne, 1½ shots of St-Germain Liqueur and 2 shots of soda all mixed in a tall Collins glass filled with ice and served with a lemon twist.
The high point was when this year’s chair John L. Adams awarded the Cowboys Quarterback Award to Richard Chamberlain for his years of work as Lead Chef on behalf of the Cotes du Coeur. Chamberlain then introduced the chefs who are contributing to this year’s event. See below for the star-studded cast on April 9th (featuring some new names), their planned dishes, and the matching wines.