August 6th the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) will host their third annual Food for Thought event featuring some of our favorite chefs in the city, benefiting Big Thought, a Dallas based non profit dedicated to helping improve public education.
Signature tastes will be presented throughout the night from Brian Luscher of The Grape, John Teasar of The Commissary, Tiffany Derry of the soon to open Private Social,Matt McCallister, Samir Dhurandhar of Nick and Sam’s, and many more. Former Dallas Cowboy, Daryl Johnston will also be in attendance to accept the DAYL’s Gavel of Excellence award for his work with SLANT 45, the youth education program of the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee. Tickets and more information available here.
About 150 people showed up to Hotel Palomar last night with their pets to sip beer (people), sniff butts (dogs), and eat cheeseburgers (both). Naughty Chef Blythe Beck was feeling rather nice as hostess of the patio picnic to honor her recent rescue dog, Sheriff, and raise money for Operation Kindness.
A puparazzo snapped pics of dogs and their owners on the red carpet as they entered the party. Later, while guests mingled, Beck made the rounds, touting the assets of adoptable dogs, including a terrier mix named Nisha (pictured). The crowd laughed when she said that her dog means more to her than “boys, food, or vodka.” Seems that plenty of party-goers could relate.
A blow-up kiddie pool provided canines with relief from the heat; a breeze kept the human crew cool. The evening wrapped up with a raffle of fluffy pet beds, self-cleaning litter boxes, and a hotel staycation for the lucky owner of a white Havanese.
White Rock Lake’s Art Deco Bath House will bustle this weekend with two days of parties designed to celebrate 100 years of White Rock Lake and Dallas’ chapter of the American Red Cross. The schedule for all of the White Rock Centennial Celebration events is here. The historic Bath House balcony overlooking White Rock Lake will be transformed into The Veranda Lounge on Saturday, June25. Chefs Colleen O’ Hare and Jeana Johnson (Good 2 Go Tacos) kick-off a full day of special dining events with brunch and cocktails on the Bath House Veranda from 10-11:30am. (Tickets)
Private chef Hollie Dorethy (Good Morning America, Master Chef with Gordon Ramsay) will serve a 4-course lunch with wine from 12-1:30pm. An afternoon tea showcasing Lone Star Teas with Clarissa Almaraz features custom blended teas such as Classic Black Iced Tea, Texas Tango, Texas Sunset, Pink Jasmine-Green Tea, and Enchanted Rose tea as well as champagne and wine, Sweets and Savories (2-4pm). Premium wines and gourmet beers from Ben E. Keith will be showcased at a late afternoon cocktail party with specialty cheeses from the Mozzarella Company and more (4:30-6pm).
Popular Chef Marc Cassel (Peavy Road), Garreth Dickey (RIP. Park), and Keith Cedotal (Malai Kitchen) will host a VIP Celebrity Chef Dinner and wine pairing at 7pm followed by a fireworks display over White Rock Lake at 9pm. Live music! Birthday cake! Champagne toast! All included! Tickets!4 Comments »
The last sold shout comes out from Wine Auctioneer pro Fritz Hatten on a drenched but joyous group of over 800 Auction Napa Valley guests dawning rubber boots and Napa wine festive attire celebrating the 31styear of the wine and dine weekend benefiting local Napa Valley charities.
$7.3 million was raised over the 4 day event much of it at the actual auction, with the highest single Lot dollar amount raised for the Fund a Need Lot 24 benefiting children’s health and wellness charities in Napa where the only prize came from dozens of kids carrying balloons and cupcakes around to each individual bidder to show their gratitude. The Lot sold for $1.1 million spread out among 132 bidders.
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High up in Reunion Tower, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck will host a four-course, sake-pairing dinner next Tuesday, May 17th, with a portion of the proceeds going to the American Red Cross on behalf of its efforts towards Japan Tsunami relief. jump for deets. Continue reading "Tsunami-Relief Sake Dinner Next Tuesday at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck"
Last night Best Buddies Dallas celebrated their “Life is Sweet” event with sweet treats prepared by some of our favorite chefs in the city and their buddy chef helpers.
The first of these “Life is Sweet” events occured just last fall on a chilly night in November, and with the great success of that evening for Best Buddies, and the beauty of spring in the air, they moved the 2011 event up a few months and held it last night at Victoria Hall inside Andrew Ormsby Catering. Continue reading "Best Buddies Teams Dallas Chefs With New Best Buddy Friends"
In coordination with the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, Dallas Vegan will be holding a vegan bake sale this Saturday, April 30th, from noon to 4 pm at Beauty Bar Dallas on Henderson Ave. Think whole pies, cupcakes, cookies, and donuts, in addition to gluten-free and raw options.
Proceeds will benefit Direct Relief International, an organization praised by Forbes magazine as being “100% efficient” in providing support for those in need. Through DRI’s Japan Relief and Recovery Fund, 100% of funds raised will be directed toward the Japan relief effort.
So, in addition to consuming mass quantities of cruelty-free goodies you’ll be helping a worthy cause. And your purchase of $20 or more includes a raffle ticket to be entered in a drawing for:
jump to see what you could win… Continue reading "Dallas Vegan and Beauty Bar Host Vegan Bake Sale to Benefit Japan"
I’m sure there were some other Dishers out at Paul Quinn College’s A Community Cooks event last night, what with food from Bolsa, Nonna, Nova, Restaurant Ava, and more. They can probably tell you more about the “cooks” part of the title. Me? I can’t do the food justice, because I don’t eat meat and thus can only file a partial report. (Favorite thing I ate: the cheese grits from Orazio Lamanna of Cowboys Stadium, topped with sliced almonds and pickle slaw.)
But I can, and will, say the entire night was pretty special. It took place on and around PQC’s erstwhile football field, which has now been turned into a farm, producing food for the local community. (The nearest grocery store, PQC president Michael Sorrell said, is six miles away.) It’s striking walking up, seeing the goal posts standing amid plowed rows, and the bleachers have sort of a “Feral House” thing happening, as nature starts to reclaim them. And Paul Quinn as a whole seems like a place on the way back up. It certainly has the right people, especially Elizabeth Wattley, who runs the farm. More to come. After the jump, some photos from Elliott Munoz.7 Comments »
There are fewer than 24 spots left for the April 26 private, underground dinner with Chef David Temple. Temple will prepare a five-course tasting menu focusing on fresh, seasonal, local vegetables, and paired with fish. Chef Temple, who started his career in Louisiana before settling in Dallas where he hooked up with Tom Spicer, is committed to using the best local and regional ingredients. This particular dinner is $75 per person and is BYOB. Call now for your spot at the table.
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Dallas finest are sharpening their knives, firing up their burners, and readying their forks for Dining Out In Dallas’ Battle of the Chefs Challenge, led by James Johnson of Pappas Bros. Steakhouse and presented by the Texas Neurofibromatosis (NF) Foundation. On April 6, during the organization’s 18th annual event (which, incidentally, has raised more than $1,000,000 in the past 15 years) some of Dallas’ best chefs will go head to head in feats of culinary derring-do. Bring your checkbook for the silent and live auctions—up for bid: tickets to live tapings of American Idol, the Ellen Degeneres Show, and Live! With Regis and Kelly; and a package trip for four to Napa Valley.
Tickets to each event are $75 and can be purchased at www.diningoutindallas.com.
A while back, the good folks at Paul Quinn College decided to turn their decommissioned football field into a two-acre organic farm. Great idea, eh? The call it Food For Good and if you’re not familiar with the project already, get familiar with it—because it’s pretty darn cool. One way to do so: show up from 6-9 pm on April 14 for Trammell Crow’s pop-up A Community Cooks event where, for $100, you can enjoy live music from The Bishop Arts Jazz Allstars and delish treats from chefs Graham Dodds (Bolsa), Julian Barsotti (Nonna), Randall Copeland (Ava), Jeff Harris (Red Fork), Janice Provost (Parigi), Kelly Hightower (Nova), Tim Bevins (Craft), Orazio Lamanna (Dallas Cowboys), Kate Nelson (PieCurious). Special guest urban agriculture pioneer and CEO/founder of Growing Power Inc., Will Allen, will be on hand to share his wisdom and lend agro-support to the project.
If last nights Catalog Preview Party is any indication of what is to come at the upcoming 20th Anniversary Cotes du Coeur International Fine Wine Auction and Chef Celebration Dinner we are in for a fantastic event. In the posh setting of the Samuel Lynne Galleries, surrounded by artwork from a variety of artists including none other than Dallas Restaurateur Phil Romano, the catalogue for this years event was revealed…and wow….there are some great items up for auction this year!
Over King Estate Pinot Gris and Acrobat Pinot Noir guests flowed through the gallery noshing on bites provided by Central Market, viewing the art and perusing the big ticket items for the auction, including a wine get away to Australia, an incredible Yountville wine experience with dinner at The French Laundry, a fly fishing get away to Jackson Hole with Chef Richard Chamberlain, and perhaps the best lot of the year – a 34 bottle donation in honor of David White. Continue reading "20th Anniversary Cotes du Coeur Promises To Be a Grand Night For a Great Cause"
Short & sweet news flash:
Sprinkles in The Plaza at Preston Center will donate 100% of today’s proceeds from sales of their Red Cross Red Velvet Cupcakes to The American Red Cross to aid relief efforts in Japan.
From now through next Friday (March 11) the North Texas Food Bank will be receiving 25 percent of purchases made with The A-List’s “Spoiled for Good” Program. In a fundraising partnership between the two entities, NTFB will receive a quarter of the proceeds when A-Listers purchase discounted gift certificates at foodie and spa citywide. Snatch up certificates for Arcodoro & Pomodoro, Sake Balm, Lavendou, Chill Bubble Tea, Al Biernat’s, Rex’s Fresh Seafood, La Fiorentina, Learning Express, Daddy Jack’s, Skin SpaMed, and more as the week progresses. Gift certificates will be good for 6 months, so there’s no rush to use them tomorrow.
Given that the NTFB serves 307 agencies in 13 North Texas counties (and that 94 cents of each dollar raised goes directly towards hunger relief) the second-hand benefits will be felt all over this part of the state.
For more info about the program or to purchase gift certificates, visit Spoiled for Good and start putting your self-indulgence dollars toward the greater good.
One. As I have said before, the silent auction at the annual Les Dames d’Escoffier Raiser Grazer event is the best around. If you love food and travel you can get some great bargains. The next RG is Sunday (March 6) from 5-8 at City Place (2711 North Haskell). Les Dames is a group of female food professionals devoted to raising money to provide scholarships to woman trying to break into the industry. This year an all-star line up of local chefs will provide food and wine. The evening is a steal at $50 a person. Tickets and information here.
Two. Savor Dallas is just around the corner. The dates March 18 and 19. One of the most popular events is the Savor Dallas Wine Panel Tasting Seminar which will take place on March 19 at 3:00PM. This year the interactive tasting will feature some of the great names in the Texas wine industry: Dr. Richard Becker, proprietor of Becker Vineyards in Fredericksburg, with his Cabernet Sauvignon, and Kim McPherson, from McPherson Cellars in Lubbock sampling his Viognier. Winemakers from all over the country will also be on hand. All of the details, including where to get tickets are below. Continue reading "Couple of Good Food Gigs: Les Dames d’Escoffier Raiser Grazer and Savor Dallas’ Wine Panel Tasting Seminar"1 Comment »
Last Friday, D editorial intern Courtney Foreman attended the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the North Texas Food Bank at the Meyerson. Behold her observations:
Guests at Friday’s Empty Bowls Luncheon (benefiting the North Texas Food Bank) mingled in the Meyerson Symphony Center lobby amid tables blanketed with hundreds of handcrafted bowls. Hand crafted by local artisans, the bowls served as both artpieces and serve ware for soup from over 20 of Dallas’ top restaurants. The Place at Perry’s showed up with a tomato artichoke bisque; Tom Thumb Markets presented a tomato basil and a fiesta tortilla soup, and Truluck’s satisfied with a crab and corn chowder. Freebirds burrito bowl station turned out to be the most popular by far with lines stretching out from the booth for the entirety of the luncheon. Smartly, Best of Big D’s Empire Baking Company served sourdough bread and chocolate pecan brownies. Guests flocked to The Children’s Medical Center & Sodexo ‘s chocolate-covered strawberries, mini peanut butter cupcakes, and Oreo cake balls.
New booths this year: Bolsa, Truluck’s, Pizza Inn, Horne & Dekker, Empire Baking Co., Chill Bubble Tea, and Freebirds World Burrito. Proceeds benefit the NTFB’s hunger relief efforts.
April 3 and 4th, Brenda and Clay Cockerell of Coquerel Family Wine Estates, will host a two day event with hall of fame golfer (and wine maker) Annika Sorenstam, benefitting the ANNIKAfoundation. The two day event starts with dinner and vino with the Cockerells and Sorenstam prepared by Chef John Tesarand Las Vegas Chef Kerry Simon at The Park Cities Club where you will taste both Brenda and Clay’s award winning Coquerel Estate Wines, as well as Annika’s silky Syrah from Livermore, CA grapes. I had a bottle of the recent release of this just the other night. It is a Syrah that captures both good fruit balanced with hints of smoky pepper, with a velvety texture. Really enjoyable.
The following day Annika will host a golf outing at The Dallas National Golf Club where attendees will have a 90 minute golf clinic with Annika and then play a round with her. Annika’s foundation helps children learn the importance of healthy living through an active lifestyle of fitness and nutrition. Certainly a worthy cause…with the benefit of great food, tasty wine and a day of golf. Tickets and information available through Brenda and Clay – ClayandBrenda@Coquerelwines.com
Last night Cotes du Coeur hosted their Big Bottle Night in preparation for their 20th gala benefiting the American Heart Associationthis April 9. Dozens of Dallas wine lovers gathered at the home of Pam and Gary Patsley to donate their large format, “big” bottles for the Big Bottle Wine Alley auction featured at every Cotes du Coeur event, and the bottles were impressive. From a 2008 Sea Smoke Southing Pinot Noir donated by Lisa Ross, to a Staglin2003 Cabernet Sauvignon donated by Brenda and Clay Cockerell, to a 2007 Domaine de la JanasseChateauneuf du Pape donated by Greg Schonert, to a 12 year vertical of Norma Jeane donated by Hunter and Emily Bywaters. Continue reading "Big Bottles Abound for Cotes du Coeur"
My first headline for this post was “How Cute is Matt McCallister?” Then I continued to read the list of chefs who are participating in the next Chef for Farmers event and I decided I could write that same headline about all of them. Well, maybe not Jack Perkins. He’s too grizzly. And John Tesar isn’t boyishly cute. He is John Tesar.
Anywhoo, the technically jobless McCallister is credited with founding Chefs for Farmers, the organization dedicated to raising the “awareness for the importance of using local ingredients and supporting the farms and farmers in and around Dallas-Fort Worth and North Texas.”
I hate long tables so I’m glad to read that this event at the Highland Park “Casa Linda” Cafeteria, is glorifying cafeteria-style seating and McCallister plans to spin farm tunes alongside DJs Jennifer Miller and Paul Paredes. I’m humming the Old MacDonald remix as I type. (For the record, I made the “spin farm tunes” up. But it’s a good idea.”IJS.) Oh, and it’s BYOHairnet.
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We live in a generous community. Dallasites are constantly opening their hearts, and pocketbooks, to help with various philanthropy projects in need. We give. Tuesday “Soup’s On” luncheon for The Stewpot was another such event where we came together to help our neighbors by giving. This event was particularly timely because the need is so great, and moving, most likely because I volunteered at The Bridge on the edge of downtown Monday night, where I was face to face with this need.
Every day, 365 days a year, The Stewpot works with The Bridge to provide around 2000 hot meals a day in their “second chance cafe” to some of the 6000 homeless that live within the greater Dallas area. Established in 1975 The Stewpot was formed by the First Presbyterian Church downtown and has grown from the vision of such Dallas city leaders as Morton H. Meyerson, Gillis and Billie Thomas and Rev. Dr. Bruce Buchanan who have worked over the years to create not only a safe place for those in need, but also started art programs, brought health care and records location, and children and youth assistance. Working just one night was eye opening, uncomplicated and rewarding.