This year’s Burgers and Burgundy benefitting DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) maintained its posh and tasty reputation at the home of Steve and Anne Stodghill on Friday, October 19. Chef John Tesar, due to compete on Season 10 of Top Chef this fall, headed the event once again.
Guests, with cocktails in hand, enjoyed burgers, wine, and specialty cocktails poolside from the likes of Tiffany Derry (Private Social), Michael Sindoni (Charlie Palmer), Scott Romano, Patton Robertson (Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck), Ross Demers (Ocho Kitchen + Cocktails), Dan Landsberg (Dragonfly), Samir Dhurandhar (Nick & Sam’s), and of course, John Tesar (Spoon Bar & Kitchen).
Last Thursday night’s Treasure Street at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children had oldies tunes coming from the live band, great silent auction items, and some of Dallas’ best-dressed philanthropists. This event, which annually celebrates children who have benefited from TSRHC donor generosity, featured a number of different food stations to tantalize guests. Tall, roofed structures guided the hungry like beacons of deliciousness. You couldn’t go wrong.
Dean Fearing served as the Chef Chair and led a team of incredibly talented chefs, each bringing their own works of wonder to the table. Robert del Grande presented a barbecue red fish steamed in banana leaves with chipotle sauce, while Fearing’s offered a chicken fried quail with Sonny Bryan’s sauce.
We are a city that loves a good wine dinner, and autumn brings a season of celebrating to the forefront, often with charitable dinners for a cause and walk around tasting events featured almost nightly throughout town. Here are a few must-attend events – some with charities attached – to put on your calendar over the next few weeks.
October 19, Chef John Tesar will take a break from competing on Bravo’s 10th season of Top Chef for the 4th annual Burgers & Burgundy event, creating specialty sliders alongside some of Dallas’ favorite chefs, with proceeds benefiting the Dallas chapter of DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) at the home of Anne and Steve Stodghill. Tickets are $75 a person/$150 for VIP, tickets available here. Continue reading "Upcoming Opportunities To Taste"
Big Thought, a leading nonprofit benefitting public education through creative learning, pulled off another successful Food for Thought event this past Saturday at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Food for Thought featured foods from celebrity chefs and local big-name restaurants of Dallas, so if you missed it, there’s always next year.
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One of the greatest things about our culinary scene in Dallas is the true sense of camaraderie that we see amongst many of the chefs in town, especially when it comes to contributing their time….which they do a lot. Dallas is never lacking in charity events, and for a town that gives back so often, our city’s chefs contribute their time tirelessly, especially when one of their fellow chef friends comes calling. Probably because at one point or another many worked with each other, side by side as they gained their culinary stripes in some of the best kitchens in town.
The Dallas Zoological Society’s annual Zoo To Do event will be held November 3 with Honorary Chef’s Jim Severson of Sevy’s and Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly. This year 26 additional chefs, like Janice Provost, Richard Chamberlain, David Holben, Kevin Garvin, Tim Byers, Gilbert Garza and Kent Rathbun, join their honorary chef friends creating an evening dedicated to raising funds to support the work of the Dallas Zoo.
Dallas Zoological Society Presidant and CEO Michael Meadows notes that “our team of talented chefs and amazing restaurants, paired with the beautiful setting at the Dallas Zoo, make this one of the most unique fund-raising events in Dallas.” The evening will also include live and silent auctions, casino games and other entertainment. Information and tickets here.
i Fratelli is donating 15% of your total purchase to charity if you just voice these words: “This is for Girl Power 2 Cure.” (It doesn’t matter if you do dine in, carry out, or do delivery.) Girl Power 2 Cure is a nonprofit that raises awareness and funds for Rett Syndrome, a disorder in the nervous system. Visit any i Fratelli location and support Girl Power 2 Cure on Monday, September 24.
Eat for a cause on September 22 from 3 to 6 p.m. when you join The Round Table, an organization created by the North Texas Food Bank, on a tasty philanthropic mission. Dine around Uptown is Dallas’ first restaurant crawl (sorta like a pub crawl) with fancier food and fancy transportation. Here’s the way it works: You purchase a $75 ticket for one or $125 for two, show up at Private | Social and talk to the very cool chef Tiffany Derry as you nibble on some light bites, then privates cars will transport you from one place to another (Deep Eddy Vodka, Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa, Dee Lincoln’s Tasting Room, etc.). The money that you’re spending at these Uptown eateries for drinks and hors d’oeuvres is benefiting The North Texas Food Bank, so you’re not just filling your own belly with food; you’re filling others’, too. To purchase tickets, go here.
It was a packed house at Duo last night for a benefit to assist the family of Camilo Calderon, a General Manager at The Adolphus. He recently lost his sister to cancer and took over guardianship of her four children. Since he already had two children of his own he is now the (single) father of a family with six children. Fluent, a private concierge service helmed by (Gary) Jackson of WSJ fame and Lisa Moore, formerly director of sales and marketing with Stephan Pyles, organized the event. Duo provided the space, and Glazer’s the wine as a backdrop to the eight restaurants contributing and serving food. What did they all have in common? In his lifetime in the Dallas restaurant industry all of these chefs–Katherine Clapner,Mark McDaniel,Ke’o Valasquez, Joel Harloff, Tim Byers, Jeff Moschetti, Jon Thompson, Scott Tobey, Justin Box–had an association with Camilo. It is an event best told in pictures. Continue reading "Restaurants and Chefs Come Together for a Cause at Duo"4 Comments »
In honor of what would have been Julia Child’s 100th birthday (August 15), Alfred A. Knopf is announcing Julia Child Restaurant Week, a component of the “JC100,” in partnership with more than 100 restaurants across America.
From August 7 – 15, notable chefs like Emeril Lagasse (9 of his restaurants in 4 cities), Traci Des Jardins (San Francisco, CA), Alice Waters (Berkeley, CA), Barbara Lynch (Boston, MA) and Michel Richard (Washington, D.C.) “will join the “JC100″ in the exciting celebration of Julia Child, with special menus and events inspired by one of our most beloved culinary icons.”
For four Dallas Restaurants, this celebration might present an interesting challenge. Cadot, Lavendou, Rise No.1, and Landmark at the Warwick Melrose could be participating in two official Restaurant Weeks. For, as we told you yesterday, KRLD Restaurant Week 2012 kicks off with a preview weekend (Aug 10-12) and officially invades 125 DFW restaurants on August 13 and their special menus could run for one, two, or three weeks.
KRLD Restaurant Week participants donate $7 from each $35 prix fixe dinner to the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home. The press release for the “JC100” says: “restaurants will feature dishes, menus or events inspired by 100 of Julia’s most cherished recipes, which were handpicked from a list of 3,700 by a jury of culinary luminaries chaired by her longtime editor Judith Jones.” Oh, and coincidentally, Alfred A. Knopf will release DEARIE: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, author Bob Spitz’s new biography of Julia.
Here’s the complete “JC100″ list. Here’s the Facebook page. Here’s a little song you can all join in with, it’s very simple and I hope its’new.
Pearl Cup Coffee will open a new location in Richardson in late August or early September. The shop will be in the II Creeks shopping center at 2701 Custer Pkwy near the Richardson Community Theater. Besides coffee creations, they will sell beer and wine.
The North Texas Food Bank has formed The Round Table, a group of philanthropic young professionals looking to fight hunger in North Texas. And what better way to raise money than to host a regular happy hour. Tonight, The Round Table will meet from from 5:30-7:30 at The Owner’s Box in the Omni Dallas. Orange is the color of hunger and The Owner’s box will donate $1 to NTFB for every Mandarin Orange Martini sold from June 26 through July 26 to NTFB.
Deep Ellum Brewing Company has invited musical guest Boys Named Sue to play in their beer garden on Thursday night June 28 from 6PM – 10PM. For $10 you’ll get a tour of the brewery, hot dogs from Rudolph’s Meat Market, DEBC pint glass to keep, beer samples, and live music.
The Cultured Cup is hosting an iced tea contest and tasting on Saturday, July 28. James Tidwell, Sharon Hage, and the employees of The Cultured Cup will each submit their own iced tea blend, and it will be up to our customers to vote for the winner. It all happens from 11AM to 4PM at 13714 Gamma Rd., Ste. 104. All tea will be 15% off (even online and phone orders) and you’ll receive a free ounce of tea. Admission is $5. RSVP here.
TJs Seafood Market is having a lobster sale. The price, usually $17.99lb will drop to $14.99 from today until July 4.
Eden Restaurant is offering a special Cajun Night menu in addition to their regular items on Saturday, June 30 and Sunday, July 1. The $60, seven-course menu is posted below. It’s BYOB. Owner/chef Karen Kahn suggests a Beaujolais. 972-267-3336.2 Comments »
It’s been one year and 12 dinners later since Café Momentum first began transforming the lives of at-risk youth in Dallas, and there’s no doubt that this nonprofit restaurant concept is creating ripples of good for young men who didn’t think they deserved another chance. When Parigi co-owners Chad Houser and Janice Provost first conceived of Café Momentum, their primary focus was to elevate the lives of nonviolent boys (ages 13-17) who reside in Dallas County Youth Village, a juvenile detention facility for adjudicated youth – and that’s exactly what they’ve been doing.
On June 17, Café Momentum celebrated its one year anniversary at Sissy’s under chef Jeffery Hobbs’ direction with a four-course dinner. Donors and guests munched on Sissy’s famous fried chicken as they cheered on a program that teaches young men everything about the restaurant business from washing dishes to waiting tables. Eight boys who’d just completed a six-week Café Momentum program from the Youth Village were serving, cooking, and making Chantilly cream for the blueberry cobbler dessert as volunteer mentors hovered over them, doling out helpful advice. The young men’s faces can’t be publicly displayed on our blog, but I assure you that all of their faces were filled with a mixture of achievement and concentration. It was a proud night for them, and they did an excellent job.
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Here’s what I like most about my job: spreading the word about organizations that support Dallas and put their blood, sweat, and tears into making our city a better place to live. The GDRA (Greater Dallas Restaurant Association) is holding a pop up fundraiser on Sunday, June 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. in order to raise money for over 30 high schools in the area that teach TXProStart, a two year culinary/hospitality arts program for students interested in culinary arts and restaurant management.
Teachers like Faye Blackmon from Duncanville High School have inspired countless kids to enter the restaurant industry, armed with knowledge and passion. I personally witnessed the kind of transformation these culinary programs have on our youth when I spent three hours at Duncanville High School, admiring these high school students’ skills as I watched them prepare complicated dishes for the ProStart competition.
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Attention all sugar junkies, prepare yourselves for Dallas’ biggest bake sale of the year, Cupcake Camp Dallas is back and bigger than ever. This year’s event will see over 25 professional bakeries and 19 amateurs all donating more than 7,500 cupcakes for charity. The event benefits the LEAP foundation, a non-profit organization composed of volunteer physicians and support staff who provide free surgical care to children and adults with deformities.
This year’s event is being held on June 2nd at St. Mark’s School of Texas (10600 Preston Rd, Dallas) from 1-4 PM. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
Many well-known Dallas bakeries, including Society Bakery, Dimples, Trailercakes, and Tart Bakery will be in attendance, but this is also a wonderful opportunity to taste of the talents of many excellent bakers from all around the Dallas area that you may be less familiar with. A full list of bakers can be seen here.
Last year’s event was such a huge success, the camp is expecting to double its attendance this year. We’ll have a full report of the camp for you here at SideDish after the event, but trust me, this is one eat-a-thon you will not want to simply admire through the glowing pixels of your computer monitor.3 Comments »
Okay, Dallas. Here’s your time to rise and shine. There’s a show on Bravo I’ve never seen called “Around the World in 80 Plates” hosted by Cat Cora and Curtis Stone which follows 12 chefs globetrotting from continent to the other. This show inspired Chase Sapphire to partner with the Tasting Table for a charity they are dubbing the 8 Great Plates competition. Ten different cities were selected for this charity, and Dallas is one of them, which means Dallas foodies (that’s where you come in) can vote for their favorite international dish among eight local contenders that serve cuisines that’ve been featured on “Around the World in 80 Plates.”
Why am I typing all these details out and making you read them? For every vote, Chase Sapphire is giving $1 to Feeding America, and Feeding America will then give up to $10,000 to the North Texas Food Bank. Your votes will be providing meals for your hungry neighbors in Dallas.
It’s quite easy. I’ll even break it up into three simple steps. Continue reading "Vote in the 8 Great Plates Competition, Help the North Texas Food Bank Receive $10,000"
Last night, Bolsa Mercado transformed into a delightful backdrop, playing host to founder Atti Worku and her non-profit, Seeds of Africa - an organization that provides a nurturing, educational community for young children and young adults in Adama, Ethiopia. Chef Jeff Harris prepared a four-course menu to approximately 60 Seeds supporters as I, an invited guest, witnessed this NYC-based non-profit introduce itself to Dallas.
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The Bolsa Mercado team is whipping up a four course dinner for a good cause on Thursday, May 17 at 7 PM. Well-known runway model Atti Worku founded Seeds of Africa a few years ago to nurture the gifted children and young adults of Africa with an educational curriculum. You can still buy your tickets ($75 per person) by going to this link right here.
Take a good look at the kids in the video below, and you’ll find that it’s really hard to say ‘no’ to a charity dinner as good as this one.
Lee Park was the place to be last Sunday. Over 1,000 people showed up for sold-out Mixin’ It Up On The Boulevard, a massive food event organized by Chefs For Farmers. The two women credited with pulling together all of the details are Iris McCallister and Christina LaBarba. This dynamic duo coordinated over 40 chefs, 20 farmers, wineries, breweries, mixologists, and artisan producers and pulled off what appeared to be a flawless afternoon of celebration. Chefs for Farmers, a group that supports local farmers, chefs, and businesses, donated 100 percent of the proceeds to Meal On Wheels of Tarrant County and Water for Chizavane.
Each chef was paired with a local vendor. Guests were encouraged to make donations at each station to help them raise money for an item (refrigerator, etc) the vendor was trying to buy. The chef list was impressive: Fearing, Pyles, Rathbun, Derry, Natera, Houser, Provost, Harris, McCallister, to name only a few. The public sampled the food, talked to the participants, and listened to DJ sounds and the band Sugarfoote & Co. At one point Dean Fearing took the microphone and sang along. Elizabeth Lavin captured the day with her Nikon.
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Friday night’s soirée, TACA Lexus Party on the Green, took place on the lawn at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. There were cars up for winning, a cork pull, fabulous trips and dinners in the silent auction, and food. Oh, so much food. More than 30 chefs gathered in the courtyard to offer up some of their best fare. And it was all going really well, too, that is until Mother Nature got involved. It was a bit muggy at first, then there were sprinkles—little ones that grew—and then it rained. Partygoers and chefs headed toward the doors of the Mansion. Within a couple minutes, Mansion employees walked around offering umbrellas to those who stayed outside. But within maybe 15 minutes, it all cleared up, people and chefs returned to their stations, and the party continued. Continue reading "TACA Lexus Party on the Green Gets a Taste of Mother Nature"
Andrew Lostetter, bartender at The Marquee, and formerly of Neighborhood Services Tavern and Fireside Pies, was injured in a ski accident in Breckenridge, Colorado last month. A skier lost control, struck Andrew, and propelled him into a tree. His extensive injuries included a fractured pelvis (four places), two fractured vertebrae, and a dislocated sacrum, the triangular bone at the end of the spine. Lostetter’s friends are rallying support to help off set his medical bills and lost wages.
On Sunday, April 29 The Dram will also host an event from 7-12 pm. There will be a huge raffle, which will include pieces by local artists, bar tabs around the city, dinners from your favorite hot spots, and wine and spirits goodies. There will be a band, DJs, and a food truck.
Abacus in Dallas was the scene of a dinner hosted by Belvedere Vodka this week to announce the sponsors of the 14th Annual TWO x TWO for AIDS and Art to be held on October 20. The event has raised more than $34 million since its inception. Th organizers are hoping to top last year’s record of raising nearly $5 million. The money raised supports two objectives: amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, which funds research and education to find a cure and prevent the spread of AIDS, and to fund acquisitions of Contemporary Art at The Dallas Museum of Art. TWO x TWO was established by Cindy and Howard Rachofsky. The annual event has grown to be the largest US fundraiser for both amFAR and The Dallas Museum of Art. Last year a piece by artist Mark Grotjahn went for a record-breaking $1 million.