MySweetCharity Photo Gallery: Art Ball Host Committee Tea

Leave it to Art Ball 50 Chair Nancy Carlson and her host committee to take full advantage of the 50th celebration of the Art Ball. On Wednesday, March 18, they invited all the former past Art Ball chairs to Nancy’s “cottage” for a little gathering that included Park Cities tea (aka champagne) and the most magnificent looking cakes and sweet treats. In addition to the goodies, Nancy and DMA Eugene McDermott Director Maxwell Anderson saluted the past chairs for their efforts in raising more than $22M.

Cake masterpieces

Cake masterpieces

While the post is being prepped, check out a few of the photos from the “tea” at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery. It’s delicious and not fattening.

Sweets including edible lipsticks

Sweets including edible lipsticks

Can you just imagine what the April 11 fundraiser at the Dallas Museum of Art is going to be like? Yummy, rich and memorable.

Pat & Emmitt Smith And Under Armour® Provide Skyline And David W. Carter High Schools With Sporting Goods

The Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities were once again on the roll for a two-day spree (Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18). Here’s a field report:

Carter High School Principal Fred Davis III and Ronelle Ianace with Carter High School cheerleaders*

David W. Carter High School Principal Fred Davis III and Ronelle Ianace with Carter High School cheerleaders*

Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities (PESC), in partnership with Under Armour®, provided two underserved Dallas ISD High Schools with over $100,000 in Under Armour® sporting goods this week. Two Men and a Truck generously agreed to help transport the hundreds of boxes of UA® sports shoes, gloves and apparel that was donated to Skyline High School on March 17 and David W. Carter High School on March 18. Athletes, cheerleaders, color guard and students from each school met the truck to receive the donations with a pep-rally like welcome. PESC Vice President Ronelle Ianace shared Emmitt Smith’s philosophy that “if you can’t see it – you can’t dream it” and that through PESC he and Pat sought to create opportunities for kids to help them dream bigger than they ever thought possible.

* Photo provided by Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities

JUST IN: Kit Sawers Is Named Chief Development Officer Of United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas

Kit Sawers*

Kit Sawers*

It seems like if any event has been happening in the last couple of years, Kit Sawers has been behind the scenes putting things in place. As CEO of Faye+Sawers, she was involved with 2014 NCAA Final Four, the Grand Opening of Klyde Warren Park and the North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee to name a few.

The most recent was the United Way 90th anniversary doings.

Well, evidently the relationship between United Way with Kit was such a hit, she’s hired on as United Way of Metropolitan Dallas’ new Chief Development Officer replacing interim chief Development Officer Mike Gelhausen.

According to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas CEO/President Jennifer Sampson, “We have a bold and exciting vision for the future of UWMD and its positive impact on our community. For over two years, we’ve had the great fortune to work with Kit and her team on our record-breaking 90th anniversary volunteer events and the Unite Forever Gala. Kit is bold thinker and will be a valuable addition to our senior leadership team. I have no doubt her experience, expertise and passion will drive relationship and revenue growth and her leadership will accelerate UWMD’s ability to meet the changing requirements and expectations of our current investors and volunteers.”

As for the rest of the Faye+Sawers staff, they “will join United Way as the new Business Development Strategies Team.”

But don’t send flowers quite yet. Their first day at United Way isn’t until April 1. No fooling.

* Photo provided by United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

WaterTower Theatre World Premiere Announcement Was Greeted With Creep-y Celebration And Fundraising Plans

As families headed back to North Texas deeming a close to spring break, one group didn’t give a hoot! Regardless of the day, the WaterTower Theatre had something to crow about on Sunday, March 15.

Donald Fowler

Donald Fowler

Terry Martin

Terry Martin

The Addison-based theatre group hunkered down at Lynn and Allan McBee’s century-old home in Highland Park to break the news. They were going to have the world premiere of Donald Fowler’s Creep…the Very, Very Sad and Unfortunately True and Completely Fabricated Tale of Jack the Ripper (aka as Creep to its friends.

But before the announcement was made by WaterTower Producing Artistic Director Terry Martin, the McBee house hold filled to capacity with such WaterTower loving types like Karol Omlor and Holly and Tom Mayer.

Host Allan took one guest for a tour of the basement, where the original owner had a “special place” to store his beverages during the Prohibition Era.

At 6:40, the show was on with Terry making the formal announcement that included the news that Philadelphia’s 11th Hour Theatre Company Associate Producer Kate Galvin would be directing the production.

Donald told hints and tidbits about the musical reading from cards assuring the he would stay on script. He admitted that the question of who was the ripper is not revealed. Rather the production focuses on the “harsh and inhumane condition of the period, an indifference toward children and a savage lifestyle all conspired to create an environment conducive to violence and sexual deviance.”

Nick Even

Nick Even

Barbara Daseke

Barbara Daseke

After a couple of songs from the musical were performed, attorney Nick Even revealed that 30% of the $75,000 goal had been raised thanks to the likes of Frost Bank and Pinnacle. To meet the goal, a special fundraising campaign — the WaterTower Theatre 2015 Producers’ Circle — had been created that Nick is chairing.

He told of the plans benefiting those who hopped on board with financial assistance. One perk was the Producers’ Circle Gala Preview, a Sunday night dinner and first-ever-official performance on October 4 being orchestrated by Event Chair Barbara Daseke.

Rescheduled Boots And Horses Got A Sneak Preview Of Texas Horse Park

Their first planned gathering was squashed by Mother Nature’s icy downfall on March 4, so The Trinity Trust Rat Pack and River Rats regrouped and rescheduled their sneak preview of Texas Horse Park for Tuesday, March 10. There were some who wondered if having it during spring break would decrease the attendance. Word has it that ” an even large crowd that before” turned out. Here’s a report from the field:

More than 100 members of The Trinity Trust’s Rat Pack and River Rats were among the first to experience the magic of the not-yet-opened Texas Horse Park for an evening of horseback riding, cocktails, and Texas hospitality. Guests enjoyed exploring the trails and various venues, and many even saddled up a horse for a gallop in the arena.

“It is even more beautiful than we imagined it could be,” said Gail Thomas, President and CEO of The Trinity Trust.

Texas Horse Park architect Craig Reynolds spoke about the design and vision for the park and how it will be a community asset. “It’s hard to believe this is 10 minutes from Downtown Dallas,” he said, marveling about the beauty of the Great Trinity Forest.

“I am blown away by my visit to the Texas Horse Park,” said Salle Stemmons. “I can’t wait to share it with all my family and friends. What a magnificent gift for all of Dallas to enjoy! Well done!”

Other guests, including Texas Horse Park Foundation board member Carol Nichols, Annie and Bud Melton, The Trinity Trust board member Lynn McBee, Natalie and Evan Beattie, Calvin Bluiett and Dustin Bullard, enjoyed taking pictures – and even a ride – with the beautiful horses provided by River Ranch Charities. Sweet Pea and Pepper seemed to be the crowd favorites.

“This is so much fun. What a terrific venue for parties and events,” said The Trinity Trust board chair Mary McDermott Cook.

Located in the Great Trinity Forest near the Trinity River Audubon Center, the Texas Horse Park will host a public opening on March 28 from 10:30am-1:30pm. It will be a great way to explore the site and get the kids on a horse. The city-owned facility houses two nonprofits, Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship and River Ranch Charities.

Thank you to Smith Group Asset Management and Texas Capital Bank for their sponsorship of the 2015 Rat Pack and River Rats. Join today to participate in upcoming events cocktail events, grand openings, private paddling adventure on the Trinity River, Trails & Ales party in the Trinity River Corridor and more. Rat Pack members are invited to a special cocktail reception at Mary McDermott Cook’s “DumpTop.”

Sweater Weather Makes A Brief Return Thursday

If you’ve already put your cozy clothes in your cedar closet, better dig one outfit out. The weather for Thursday may provide a reminder of chillier times. How chilly? The weather guessers are suggesting morning-drive temps in the 50’s and the day’s high lingering in the low 60’s.

Dallas Bloom's tulips

Dallas Bloom’s tulips

The good news is that the weekend is going to be spectacular, so it’ll be simply ideal for checking out the tulips and cherry blossoms at the Dallas Arboretum‘s Dallas Blooms.

2015 Celebrating Women Luncheon Website Is Up And Running

Joan Lunden*

Joan Lunden*

2015 Celebrating Women Luncheon Chair Nancy Carter along with her Underwriting Co-Chairs Vicky Lattner and Beth Layton have just revealed that the website for the Baylor Health Care Foundation’s fundraiser is up and ready for business.

The Thursday, October 15, luncheon at the Hilton Anatole will have journalist/author/mom/breast cancer survivor Joan Lunden as the keynote speaker.

The website has all the deets including ticket/sponsorship information.

* Photo provided 
by 2015 Celebrating 
Women Luncheon

Art Ball 50: Self-Portrait Chair Nancy Carlson Reveals Kitty Carmichael And Solange Knowles To Provide Entertainment

Nancy Carlson (File photo)

Nancy Carlson (File photo)

The Art Ball is less than three weeks away and the news is start to pour in about the 50th anniversary celebration — Art Ball 50: Self-Portrait. Gala Chair Nancy Carlson has been working around the clock on the Saturday, April 11, black-tie fundraiser at the Dallas Museum of Art.

First of all, why the theme? According to Nancy, “The story of Art Ball is really the story of the Museum as it has changed and grown to national prominence over the last 50 years. I wanted this year’s theme to be related to art and reflection, looking back at the past 50 years and forward to a very bright future.”

Of course, there will be the expected multi-course seated dinner, live auction and luxury pop-up shop.

As for newsier stuff, how about the evening’s entertainment? It’s gonna be gal-power. With underwriting by Nancy C. and Richard Rogers, “old-school jazz” babe Kitty Carmichael will be performing during dinner.

Kitty Carmichael*

Kitty Carmichael*

For the after-party being chaired by Jackie Bolin and Erin Wasson, DJ Solange Knowles will be in charge of the music. You do know Solange’s big sister, don’t you? Think Queen Bee.

Solange Knowles*

Solange Knowles*

Other Art Ball 50 sponsors include:

  • Luxury Auction Sponsor ($100,000): Forty Five Ten
  • Dinner Sponsor ($50,000): Peggy and Carl Sewell/ Sewell Automotive Companies
  • Auction Sponsor ($50,000): Christie’s
  • After Party Sponsor ($50,000): Jennifer and John Eagle/ John Eagle Dealerships
  • Young Artist’s Program Sponsor ($50,000): The Gene and Jerry Jones Family
  • Financial Services Sponsor ($50,000): J.P. Morgan
  • Invitation Sponsor ($25,000): Chubb Personal Insurance, Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, Ginger Nobles and Susan Baldwin
  • Announcement Party Sponsor ($25,000): Grange Hall
  • Art Fair Sponsor ($25,000): Dallas Art Fair
  • Red Carpet Sponsor ($25,000): Neiman Marcus
  • Security Sponsor ($25,000): Sidley Austin, LLP
  • Moving and Delivery Sponsor ($15,000): Delivery Limited, Inc.
  • In-Kind Sponsors Include: The Joule Hotel, Moët Hennessy USA/ Belvedere/ Ruinart, Todd Events, Pogo’s Wine & Spirits, Modern Luxury Dallas and MySweetCharity
  • Art Ball Underwriters include:
  • Dreamer ($100,000): Nancy and Clint Carlson
  • Builder ($50,000): Claire Dewar
  • Scholar ($35,000): Georgina Hartland/ Nasiba and Thomas Hartland Mackie, Catherine and Will Rose and Deedie and Rusty Rose
  • Obsessive ($25,000): AT&T, Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Mary Anne and Richard Cree, The Dedman Foundation, Heidi and William Dillon, Laura and Walter Elcock, Joyce Goss and Kenny Goss, Elisabeth and Richard Grant/ Gloria and Juan Ernesto Snead, Julie and Ed Hawes/ Ann and David Sutherland, Julie and Ken Hersh, Ann and Lee Hobson, Harry H. Lynch, Mary Kay Inc., Margot and Ross Perot and Cindy and Howard Rachofsky
  • Insomniac ($15,000): Melanie and Tim Byrne, Ola and Randall Fojtasek, Gina and Scott Ginsburg, Jennifer and Tom Karol, Cynthia and Forrest Miller, Kelli and Allen Questrom and Gayle and Paul Stoffel
  • Eccentric ($10,000): Bank of America, Bowdon Family Foundation, Christian Dior Couture, The Eiseman Families, Fanchon and Howard Hallam, Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Locke Lord LLP, The M.O.B. Family Foundation, Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation, The Rosewood Corporation, U.S. Risk Insurance Group, Inc./ Kara and Randall Goss and Sharon and Michael Young
* Photos provided by Art Ball 50: Self-Portrait

House Of DIFFA No. 25 Celebrated With A Parade Of Fashions, Drag Queens, Faux Celebrity Entertainers And A For-Real Home Run

Over the years DIFFA Dallas has had a reputation for hit-‘em-out-of-the-park galas. Some made Las Vegas productions look positively amateurish; some bordered on being a tad bit raunchy with Dita Von Teese-types playfully lounging in gigantic martini glasses; and a couple were a bit on the bizarre side. But every one of them was the product of a volunteer team working with professionals to raise funds for HIV/AIDS service organizations in North Texas.

Last year’s dinner wasn’t so much a home run as it was a base hit. But that was to be expected in some ways. After all, it was a move to a new venue — Omni Dallas Hotel— and it was a different production team that took chances with a double runway. On the good side, the guests had a great time donning masks. On the not-so-good side, the fashion show was split in a two-parter with the live auction in between. Unfortunately, some guests thought the party was over when the auction started and left without seeing fashion show Part II.

Chuck Steelman

Chuck Steelman

Clint Bradley and Anne and Steve Stodghill

Clint Bradley and Anne and Steve Stodghill

To bring back the luster to the fundraiser for its 25th anniversary gala, DIFFA Dallas Chair Clint Bradley and his committee decided to try to combine old with new. They recruited Neiman’s PR man Chuck Steelman to head up the gala, brought back Brian Brothers and Planet productions along with past event chair Rhonda Sargent Chambers to produce the big show and stayed put at the Omni Dallas.

For the namedropping factor, they scored Anne and Steve Stodghill as honorary co-chairs, as well as the DIFFA Dallas legends (Simona Beal, Gillian Breidenbach, Don Gaiser, Rebecca Hallam, David Kiger, Matrice Kirk and Joe Pacetti), Style Council Ambassadors (Jenna Alexander, Jennifer Patterson Clark, Norm Johnson, Debra Nelson, Scott Kehn, Ralph Randall, Shayne Robinson, Jody Stein and Patrick Ware) and DIFFA Dallas Awards (Community Hero Scott Pharr, Legacy of Love Karen and Bill Seanor, Health Award Dr. Mark Tribble of Upton Physicians, E­­xcellence in Design Bruce Wood and Legend in the Fight Against AIDs Greg Haynes Johnson).

Greg Haynes Johnson, Summer Nilsson, Scott Pharr and Omar Esparza

Greg Haynes Johnson, Summer Nilsson, Scott Pharr and Omar Esparza

Even the weather worked out. As other events had fallen victim to late winter storms, Saturday, March 7, was right up there—perfect—for House of DIFFA No. 25.

Roel Cruz, Ron Corning, Shane Allen and Mitchell West

Roel Cruz, Ron Corning, Shane Allen and Mitchell West

Alexa Conomos and Bradley Anderson

Alexa Conomos and Bradley Anderson

 Jhonathan Arreola, Pedro Alcantara, Stephen MacMillan Moser and Christian Iles

Jhonathan Arreola, Pedro Alcantara, Stephen MacMillan Moser and Christian Iles

For the cocktail reception, the Trinity Ballroom Lobby was bustling as a couple of thousand people posed for photos against the Celebrity Cruise staging and the DIFFA Dallas backdrop on one side of the room and checked out the silent auction across the way. John Clutts scurried through the crowd worried that he might miss his cue in the rehearsal in the ballroom…Veronika Nicholson revealed that her sister Franziska Nicholson had once again designed her outfit…First-timers WFAA’s Alexa Conomos and restaurateur Bradley Anderson were impressed with the looks of the evening…Matthew Simon was in town from Atlanta and told friends like Jeff Mitchell that his husband Keith Schumann was doing nicely after a major heart attack…Austin blogger/personality Stephen MacMillan Moser posed for a photo with Jhonathan Arreola, Pedro Alcantara and Christian Iles and admitted afterwards that after surviving a death-defying disease, he was embracing and celebrating life and supporting efforts for lifesaving programs like DIFFAA…Anne and Steve Stodghill checked out the auction items and were disappointed that most appeared to be designed for a size 1…Speaking of designer looks, Carlos Nicholls wore one of his own creations a jacket reading “Dream Love” on the back…Looking at the sea of tuxedoes, Paige McDaniel giggled, “The great thing about this is, the line at the ladies’ room isn’t that long!”

Dream Love

Dream Love

Eventually the doors to the ballroom opened and it was a total revamp from the previous year. Instead of the u-configuration staging, it was a single runway that stopped two-thirds of the way. On both ends of the ballroom were stages. One was connected to the catwalk and served as the main stage for the presentations of VIP’s and entry for the models. On the opposite wall was a satellite stage for “pop-up dancers.”

Don Gaiser

Don Gaiser

Gillian Breidenbach

Gillian Breidenbach

Debra Nelson

Debra Nelson

After the crowd finally took their place, the program commenced starting with a performance by the Turtle Creek Chorale, followed by the introduction of the VIP’s. Scene-stealing Don Gaiser spread his arms to show off the shimmering, silver lining of his full-length black cape. Debra Nelson smiled and silently prayed she wouldn’t trip. Gillian Breidenbach aimed fingers to her buds (Carol Reed, Chris Heinbaugh, Nancy Lieberman, Todd Fiscus, a blonde Ceron and Troy Schiermeyer) at the stage-side table. Rebecca Hallam had an escort because of a faulty ankle.

Monica Pedersen

Monica Pedersen

Next up auctioneer Louis Murad escorted HGTV’s Monica Pedersen on stage. The tall, blonde beauty, who appeared to have a life of perfection, told of her sister who had died of full-blown AIDs. Monica’s recollection triggered the memories of many in the audience of their losses of friends and family over the years.

Following Monica’s talk, Louis held the live auction and dinner was served.

Performer

Performer

Performer

Performer

Performer

Performer

Performer

Performer

Performer

Performer

Unlike other events, this one was running not only on time, it was running early. Just before 9 p.m. the runway show kicked off with a look-a-like Madonna performing on stage with backup dancers. From that point on, it was non-stop faux entertainers like Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, who had made their names during the past 25 years, performing in between a parade of fashions from Traffic LA, Vintage Martini Mario Gallegos, Immanuel Tobias and Hannah Pederson. The showstoppers once again were the drag queens, who looked too good to be real. One guest nudged her date asking, “You’re sure they’re guys?”

Drag queens

Drag queens

As the show continued for more than an hour, everything from auction items, a few edgy outfits to glamorous gowns with towering hairstyles wrapped around large ovals of lights popped up to the delight of the crowd. A couple of gals were very delighted at the whole affair. At the side of the runway, they had a great time low-fiving models as they passed by. Farther back in the ballroom LeeAnne Locken with arms thrown in the air danced on a chair.

Painted people

Painted people

Bevy of beauties

Bevy of beauties

DIFFA No. 25

DIFFA No. 25

A group of painted people stood on stage like statues. In a zombie-like trance, groups of them slowly walked the catwalk and returned to the main stage. As they returned to their statuesque positions, a bevy of beauties in white flowing white ballgowns wearing mammoth white feathered headdresses slowly walked to the end of the runway, turned and returned halfway. Stopping, the lead diva raised her right arm and pointed to the painted people who were now facing the back wall. On each of their backs was a letter. Together it spelled out “DIFFA No. 25”.

Show members exiting stage

Show members exiting stage

Show members exiting stage

Show members exiting stage

Show members exiting stage

Show members exiting stage

Show members exiting stage

Show members exiting stage

With that the bevy turned and walked down the stage followed by the entire entourage of hundreds of models, entertainers and the backstage crew.

As the guests emptied the ballroom for the after-party in the Trinity Ballroom, one guests snipped of the show, “It could have been cut by 40%.”

Ron Kirk called it a day, as he and wife Matrice toddled on home. The former mayor chuckled, “It turned me into my parents: That’s too loud! It was fun, though.”

But attorney Keith Aurzaba summed up the 25th anniversary succinctly: “Across the decades, DIFFA No. 25 captures the significance of giving in Dallas.”

And for its 25th anniversary, it was a home run.

For more photos on this extravaganza, check MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Holly And Doug Deason Open Their Home For No Tie Dinner & Dessert Host And Sponsor Party

While many had taken off for spring break on Friday, March 6, others headed to the No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party at Holly and Doug Deason‘s home. Here’s a report from the field:

Holly and Doug Deason*

Holly and Doug Deason*

Doug Deason remembered when AIDS first touched his life. It was in the 80’s and he learned that a childhood friend, a robust guy who played football, had contracted and died from it. Since then, Doug and the rest of the world became educated about the ferocious disease that has no discrimination, no age restrictions, and no cure.

Ever since, Doug has felt a personal connection to the cause, so it’s no surprise that he and wife Holly Deason opened up their lavish home in Preston Hollow for the Sponsor and Host Event for AIDS Services of Dallas’ largest fundraiser, No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party. In addition, Doug’s sister, Sterling O’Donnell serves as No Tie’s Honorary Chair alongside husband Jody.

Don Neubauer and David Nelson*

Don Neubauer and David Nelson*

Approximately 150 guests were welcomed by Co-Chairs David Nelson and Dennis Kershner and treated to a magnificent culinary spread from Doug Boster Catering and cocktails from William Grant & Sons featuring the 2015 No Tie signature cocktail, The Bollywood, made with Reyka Vodka, Fever-Tree Ginger Beer, and fresh lime juice. By the end of the night, several happy guests were dancing to the tunes of Mark Ridlen (a.k.a. DJ Mr. Rid).

Ron Corning and LeeAnne Locken*

Ron Corning and LeeAnne Locken*

Additional attendees included ASD President and CEO Don Maison, 2014 No Tie Honorary Chair LeeAnne Locken, WFAA DayBreak’s Ron Corning, philanthropists Tricia Simms and Sheri Sisler Moneymaker, and husband and wife creative team and models, Rob and Deanna Cahill. No Tie’s Media Ambassador Amy Vanderoef sent her love and good wishes from Mexico while she was vacationing.

Celebrating a landmark year, the 10th Annual No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party, presented by Purple Foundation, is going global to capture the magic, vibrant energy, and exotic flavors of The East in its Bollywood-style theme “Under the Yum Yum Tree.” The largest fundraiser for AIDS Services of Dallas, an expected 1,500 guests will gather at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. for the “after party” including complimentary cocktails, entertainment, dancing, colossal auction, and of course, tons of desserts! For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.notiedinner.org

* Photo credit: Kim Grubbs

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: House Of DIFFA No. 25

Carol Quist

Carol Quist

Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak

Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak

Rhonda Sargent Chambers

Rhonda Sargent Chambers

Last year’s DIFFA Dallas was successful when it came to fundraising, but it didn’t exactly raise the roof. This year’s event planners opted to keep the best and make some changes. And what were the results?

DIFFA model

DIFFA model

DIFFA models

DIFFA models

Before the post goes up, check out the photos at MySweetCharity Photo GalleryIMG_3326

DIFFA models

DIFFA models

North Texas Food Bank To Feed More Than 486,000 As A Result Of Empty Bowls

There was something in the sky. It looked so familiar but it hadn’t been seen in ages. Well, goodness gracious. It was the sun. Despite the frigid temps and ice covered streets, Old Man Sol decided to present himself for the North Texas Food Bank’s Empty Bowls on Friday, March 6.

Empty Bowls guests filling the Meyerson

Empty Bowls guests filling the Meyerson

Evidently 1,781 heard the call queuing up outside the Meyerson . The final count surprised even the organizers, who had thought the day before’s weather might have worked against them.

Gary Huddleston and Jan Pruitt

Gary Huddleston and Jan Pruitt

As the media types pulled the like of NTFB Jan Pruitt and Kroger’s Gary Huddleston for interviews, the chefs provided yummies with smiles.

“Oh, those lucky VIP’s,” thoughts ran through the heads of the general admission folks as they watched the VIP’s casual checked out and sample the goodies of such restaurants as Meso Maya, Snappy Salads, True Food Kitchen, Tejano Brothers, Urban Crust, Green Door Public House, Zoёs Kitchen, Blue Mesa Grill, Panera Bread, Kroger, Celebration Restaurant, Ten50 BBQ, Wolfgang Puck Catering in Dallas and Empire Baking Company.

With the soups filling the bowls, gallons of the delicious stuff was being ladled out. Mesa Maya alone served up “25 gallons of Chicken Pozole Verde.”

Abigail Martinez and Nico Sanchez

Abigail Martinez and Nico Sanchez

Laurie Whitley, Alex Dooley and Stacey Setzer

Laurie Whitley, Alex Dooley and Stacey Setzer

At one point, a guest spilled a cup of the Zoe’s tomato bisque soup on the Meyerson’s marble floor. Without missing a beat, Jan was on the spot having it cleaned up.

North Texas Fob Bank Community Kitchen’s Chef James Williams was offering corn bread, Navy Bean Soup and assorted tarts.

Corn bread

Corn bread

True Food Kitchen's Tuscan Kale Salad

True Food Kitchen’s Tuscan Kale Salad

And, no, not all was hot liquidy soups. One of the surprise hits was True Food Kitchen’s Tuscan Kale Salad. It was a turning point for many in their appreciation of kale.

Meaders Moore Ozarow and Paula Lambert

Meaders Moore Ozarow and Paula Lambert

Over at the Empire Baking Company/Mozzarella Company station, Mozzarella Mama Paula Lambert handed out about “35 pounds of the artisan cheese” with Empire’s Empress Meaders Moore Ozarow.

To help wash down the soups and assorted items, “more than 100 gallons of McAllister’s iced tea” and water provided by Grant Thornton was served up.

Veletta Lill

Veletta Lill

The chefs were bouncing with personality and product. After all, they were all vying for Top Soup du Jour.

Folks like Veletta Lill were checking out the designer bowls up for bid at the silent auction tables inside the Meyerson,  while outside in a tent VIP and General Admission guests were perusing the legions of bowls to take home.

Complimentary bowls being selected

Complimentary bowls being selected

After the last guests headed back to work and the NTFB team cleaned up, they calculated that “more than 486,00 meals for hungry North Texans would be provided by the day’s “empty bowls.”

 

Jennifer And Coley Clark Corralled The Horsey Set For The Kick-Off Of Premiere Celebration Of Equest At Texas Horse Park

While the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center crowd was partying at Balenciaga in Highland Park Village the evening of Tuesday, March 3rd, and the Young Masters were being artfully festive at the Dallas Museum of Art, Jennifer and Coley Clark were horsing around with friends at their Highland Park home.

Coley and Jennifer Clark

Coley and Jennifer Clark

No, they hadn’t hijacked one of the holiday carriages that had rolled around the Park Cities streets. They had two mini-horses cooling their heels in the frontyard. The small four-footed critters were Equest ambassadors Cisco and Dare. Seems veteran ambassadors Sugar and Tex were taking the night off. For those who attended last year’s Equest gala at Southfork, Cisco and Dare were a popular draw giving kisses for cash.

Betsy and Guinn Crousen

Betsy and Guinn Crousen

And speaking of Equest galas, that was the reason for Cisco and Dare to pony up at the Clarks. They were serving as greeters as guests like Beth Layton, Katherine Coker and Betsy and Guinn Crousen arrived for the kick-off of the Premiere Celebration of Equest at Texas Horse Park. One of the mini’s especially liked Betsy’s blouse.

Kingsland Apparel pop-up shop

Kingsland Apparel pop-up shop

In addition to a Kingsland Apparel pop-up shop with everything from socks to riding jackets, guests learned about plans for the Premier Celebration of Equest at Texas Horse Park that will be held on Saturday, April 25.

To add some equine extra-specialness to the gala, Event Co-Chairs Connie and Denny Carreker have arranged for Kentucky Derby vets Lisa and Kenny Troutt to serve as honorary co-chairs.

Denny Carreker and Coley Clark

Denny Carreker and Coley Clark

One of the highlights of the gala will be performances by Equest riders and their horses.

Kersten Rettig Named Dallas CASA Director Of Development

Kersten Rettig*

Kersten Rettig*

Kersten Rettig is a woman of her word. When she announced she was leaving Highland Park Village as its Chief Marketing Officer, she said she was going to take some time off to catch her breath. But she added that the next chapter of her life was going to be in the non-profit sector along the lines of working with those in need.

Word just arrived that Kersten has been named Director of Development for Dallas CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

While it may seem like a 180-degree turn from her days in luxury retailing at the Village and as Director of Corporate Public Relations for Rosewood Hotels & Resorts, it shouldn’t. As Kersten put it, “The opportunity to lead Dallas CASA’s development group is a perfect match with where my heart leads me. Anyone who learns about the impact Dallas CASA volunteer advocates have on the lives of abused children will understand why I am so proud to be joining this impressive organization at such a pivotal time in its 35-year history.”

That pivotal time is Dallas CASA’s “$37M campaign to ensure that all abused and neglected children living in protective case in Dallas have CASA volunteer advocates by the year 2019.” Launched in 2013 with Campaign Chair Jim Lozier and Vice-Chair Christie Carter at the helm, “the campaign has raised $34.8M.”

With $2.2M to go, Kersten has been brought on board for that final “Oomph!”

* Photo provided by Dallas CASA

Kappa Alpha Thetas Mount Effort To Raise Funds To Build A New Sorority House On SMU Campus

In between snowing blowing episodes, the nonprofits that could, took full advantage of folks suffering from cabin fever. On Tuesday, March 3, the local Kappa Alpha Thetas were on a roll. Since their house is the oldest sorority house on SMU campus, it’s time for it go down and arise brand new.

But to do that a campaign is underway to raise the funds for its construction.

Like other sorority houses, the Theta plans call for three stories above ground and one below.

Delilah Boyd, Tincy Miller and Barbara Nathan

Delilah Boyd, Tincy Miller and Barbara Nathan

To rally, the troops like Tincy Miller, Cynthia Woodall, Delilah Boyd, Barbara Nathan, Jeannie Fortson, Jane Pierce and Gayle Prejean, alumna Patsy Donosky and her daughter Janie Condon held a wine and cheese get together at Patsy’s mid-rise residence in the Park Cities.

Cynthia Woodall, Jeannie Fortson and Jane Pierce

Cynthia Woodall, Jeannie Fortson and Jane Pierce

Stepping into the home was like returning to the days when Patsy’s folks, the late Juanita and Henry S. Miller, lived in the building’s penthouse. Fine antiques and collectibles from around the world filled the rooms. One would have almost expected Juanita and Henry to pop by.

But the gathering was to ogle at beautiful things from yesteryear. It was to build for the future.

Patsy Donosky, Carmen McMillan and Janie Condon

Patsy Donosky, Carmen McMillan and Janie Condon

Campaign Chair Carmen McMillan explained the current status, deadlines to meet challenges and acknowledge generous contributions from Theta vets like Nancy Ann Hunt and the daughters (Kathryn Cook, Averille Dawson and Fallon Vaughn) of the late Jane Browning.

Of the 20 bedrooms in the plan, 10 have already been underwritten.

Like a general, Carmen is marching any and everywhere to meet her goal. Be prepared. She may be headed in your direction.

JUST IN: Former “Good Morning America” Host/Breast Cancer “Warrior” Joan Lunden To Headline Celebrating Women Luncheon

Rowland Robinson, Nancy Carter, Margot Goodwin and Joel Allison

Rowland Robinson, Nancy Carter, Margot Goodwin and Joel Allison

Neiman Marcus Downtown’s couture salon was filled with gals to learn the plans for the Celebrating Women luncheon fundraiser from Chair Nancy Carter. On the heels of last year’s “Good Morning America” news anchor Amy Robach, another “Good Morning America” gal is going to headline the Baylor Health Care System Foundation fundraiser to fight breast cancer.

No, it’s not a current member of the team. The speaker will be Joan Lunden, who co-hosted the ABC wake-up show from 1980-1997.

In addition to being front and center for such events as the 1984 and 1988 Winter Olympics and Charles’ and Diana’s wedding and interviewing numerous first families, she also raised a family including seven children.

Just this past June the 63-year-old blonde journalist/author/entrepreneur returned to “Good Morning America” to reveal that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. She became a warrior in the battle enduring chemo and surgery. Just days after her 64th birthday in September, she appeared on the cover of People Magazine after having shaved her head.

More deets to follow, but did want you to know so you can lock down that date  Thursday, October 15, at the Hilton Anatole.

LaunchAbility’s 2015 Milton P. Levy Jr. Outstanding Volunteer Awardees Toasted At Anne And Steve Stodghill’s

Steve Stodghill had had a long day on Monday, March 2. The attorney had cooled his heels in the jury pool all day with the results being he was to return the next day.

Steve and Anne Stodghill and Brad Oldham

Steve and Anne Stodghill and Brad Oldham

So, when he returned home, he faced a house full of people. Instead of heading for a safe room, he snapped into host mode immediately. No complaints because the occasion was for the LaunchAbility Toast. Besides wife Anne had everything under control.

Piper Wyatt and Randall Goss

Piper Wyatt and Randall Goss

Before the presentation took place on the staircase, guests caught up. Randall Goss was solo because wife Kara with daughter Kate PetersonPiper and Mike Wyatt were on hand but with signs of dried tears. They had lost their dear, elderly Labrador Godiva. It was a heartbreaker on the heels of recently losing their Lab Toby…The Stodghill were also dog lacking with the demise of Labrador Zeus. Word has it that they shifting directions and considering a Samoyed rescue. Son Dash was also interested in an orange tabby.

Longtime LaunchAbility supporter Sharon Herrin took her place on the stairway and welcomed guests gathered in the entry hall. LaunchAbility CEO Kathryn Parsons told a brief history of LaunchAbility and told how the “A Special Evening with Dana Carvey” was going to be something.

Ellison and Laura Hurt and Stacey and Nicholas McCord

Ellison and Laura Hurt and Stacey and Nicholas McCord

But on this evening, the focus was on the toasting of the 2015 Milton P. Levy Jr. Outstanding Volunteer Awardees Laura and Ellison Hurt and Stacey and Nicholas McCord, who have been longtime supporters and launched the original “A Special Evening…” event back in 2002. In acknowledging their being named as the recipient, both Laura and Stacey attributed the success of the event’s first event to the Stodghills. Of course, Steve couldn’t let that slide by without a follow up, “It didn’t hurt to have Tony Bennett on stage.”

Regina Montoya

Regina Montoya

Artist Brad Oldham, who created the award was without wife Christy Coltrin, explaining that she was touring colleges with one of their kiddos.

After accepting the award, Special Evening Co-Chairs Regina Montoya and Paul Coggins thanked the crowd and told of the raffle items including a last minute add involving Honorary Co-Chairs Kathryn and Craig Hall.

Today MySweetCharity Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary Because And With You

MySweetCharity

MySweetCharity

It was five years ago today that we “learned that D Magazine’s blog SweetCharity is going to end its run.” On that day MySweetCharity was created because of people who had a sense of humor and saw a purpose in such a website to exist.

Thanks to people and organizations from the very first day like PlainsCapital, Crystal Charity Ball, Cattle Baron’s Ball, Shauna Design, Dallas Pro It and a berated soul, who underwrote so much of the effort, MySweetCharity has not only survived, it has thrived having published more than 3,800 posts. These people and their organizations have more than taken a chance, they have inspired all of the MSC team.

But we must confide in you — those early days were brutal. There were hiccups and really shabby days when vendors and public relations people put up with royal temper tantrums.

According to our accountant, we could have been a much more profitable, if only we had accepted ads from all sorts. But Queenie deemed that only top-caliber types would be part of the MSC world. After all, as Queenie said, “Birds of a feather… or whatever the saying is.” Let’s face it. She’s not the brightest star in the sky.

We thank you for joining us in our efforts. Our grand journey continues and we hope you will continue to be with us. Happy #5! Celebrate it and yourself.

Round Robin February 28: Genesis Young Leaders’ Masquerade And 19th Annual Slipper Club Gala

Well, Mother Nature just couldn’t hold back any longer and she let the winter weather blow up a lot of plans for the weekend. But some groups rallied the troops, like the Dallas Festival of Ideas in the Performing Arts District and the Resource Center’s Toast to Life Voodoo on the Trinity at The Empire Room on Saturday, February 28. Here are a couple of field reports about other goings on:

Genesis Young Leaders’ Masquerade

Despite the frigid temps and Uber surge rates, the Dallas YP set headed across the bridge to 3015 at Trinity Groves for the second annual Genesis Young Leaders Masquerade, presented by Stonelake Capital Partners and Texas Capital Bank. Event co-chairs Marybeth and Kevin Conlon and 

Mark and Heather LeClair and Marybeth and Kevin Conlon*

Mark and Heather LeClair and Marybeth and Kevin Conlon*

beautifully transformed the space by using unique touches from Garden Gate Floral and Fauxcades to create an art deco feel of golds, blacks, and whites.

With a “Masquerade Mule” or other festive drinks from Deep Eddy Vodka in hand, partygoers —draped in masks, party beads, and cocktail chic—chatted and captured memories at the photo booth or Slo-Mo video station. The silent auction and raffle grabbed attendees’ attention by offering items like Arteriors lamps, a Yeti cooler filled with Four Corners Brewing Co. beer, and a staycation at Hotel ZaZa. After table games and bidding, guests kept warm on the dance floor with help from entertainment Cuvee.

Cuvee*

Cuvee*

Thanks to the generosity of guests and underwriters, the party surpassed goals and raised more than $135,000 for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support to provide services free of charge for battered women and their children.

Peter and Abby Ruth*

Peter and Abby Ruth*

Natalie and Klint Guerry*

Natalie and Klint Guerry*

Dan and Elizabeth Drabinski*

Dan and Elizabeth Drabinski*

Marcus and Ashley Allen*

Marcus and Ashley Allen*

Spotted on the YP scene: Kamela and Kenneth Aboussie, Ashley and Matt KelloggWhitney and Preston Zapffe, Allison VanderwoudeBlake and Eve Wiley, Abby and Drew EvansJessica KilloughBlake Rogers and Holly Heft, Ashley and Marcus Allen, Andrea and Eric Earnhart and Matt and Jamie Miller.

Genesis Young Leaders was founded in 2001 and is dedicated to promoting domestic violence awareness and to supporting Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support and its clients.

19th Annual Slipper Club Gala

Slipper Club guests**

Slipper Club guests**

Slipper Club, a not-for-profit organization and the first women’s social club of Dallas that fosters charitable giving programs to support charities serving women and children, hosted its 19th annual fundraising gala, a “Bubbly Affair” at Belo Mansion. An evening of cocktails, live music by Time Machine Band, Vegas-style casino games, an extensive silent auction, raffles, photo booth by DTX Media, champagne tower and gourmet chicken and waffles, brought together more than 500 members and supporters to benefit Slipper Club’s 2015 beneficiary, Camp John Marc (CJM).

Haley Donald, Susan Deasy Conway, Erika Burton, Blair Nelson, Tyler Svetich and Elizabeth Hoffman*

Haley Donald, Susan Deasy Conway, Erika Burton, Blair Nelson, Tyler Svetich and Elizabeth Hoffman*

Before the expected guests arrived on one of Dallas’ coldest nights in 2015, Slipper Club President, Susan Deasy Conway, hosted the annual President’s Dinner that included Belo Mansion Caesar Salad, fork-tender beef short rib with a Cabernet demi-glaze served with garlic mashed potatoes and winter root vegetables and flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce.

Vance Gilmore**

Vance Gilmore**

Highlighting Slipper Club’s 2015 achievements, Susan presented CJM Executive Director Vance Gilmore to enlighten guests on the impact the Slipper Club’s donation will have toward the campers and organization in months to come.

In addition to the extravagant evening, the silent auction was complete with more than 200 items in categories including great escapes, sporting events, entertainment and more. The total amount raised on Saturday night will be announced in late March with a check presentation to Vance. This year’s gala would not have been such an amazing success without Gala Chair Erika Burton, Auction Co-Chairs Haley Donald and Blair Nelson, the gala team, Slipper Club board members and Slipper Club’s wonderful sponsors.

Camp John Marc, a nonprofit organization founded in 1991, inspires confidence for life through high-quality camping programs for children, teens and families. Year-round programming and specialized camp facilities are uniquely designed in partnership with Dallas-Fort Worth pediatric hospitals, community volunteers and health organizations dedicated to serving campers living with chronic, medical and physical challenges. Almost 25 years later, CJM currently hosts eleven week-long summer camps and more than 25 weekend camps. On average, more than 3,000 children, teens and family members attend a CJM camp every year.

* Photo credit: Amy E. Frost 
** Photo credit: Jessie Wallace, DTX Media

Grovel Alert: 10th Anniversary Heroes And Handbags

It’s that time of year when “Grovel Alerts” are starting to appear. The first on the scene is the 10th Anniversary Heroes and Handbags fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole.

Jennifer Dix, Holt Haynsworth and Skye Brewer

Jennifer Dix, Holt Haynsworth and Skye Brewer

Yesterday on St. Patrick’s Day, Event Co-Chairs Skye Brewer and Jennifer Dix were at Haynsworth Photography for a photo shoot of some of the primo purses that will be up at the Saturday, March 28th event. Now, some folks might think that such a photo shoot would have the co-chairs lounging with flutes of champagne, while stylists and minions hustle around prepping the items for their moment of glory. Well, in this case, the co-chairs were the stylists and minions. Using all types of resources to prop up the Pradas, Louis Vuittons, Elaine Turners, Judith Leibers and dozens of others including adorable Burberry clutches, Skye and Jennifer may have found new careers thanks to photographer Holt Haynsworth’s input and patience.

Jennifer Dix, Holt Haynsworth and Sky Brewer

Jennifer Dix, Holt Haynsworth and Sky Brewer

But until then they’re focused on raising monies for Heroes for Children. According to the ladies, there are only 10 tables left and they can be snatched up for $2,500 per on a first-come, first-serve basis.

When asked if they had finished collecting gently experienced designer handbags from area fashionista, they said, “Heck, no! We’ll take them up to the day of the event.” They’re also on the hunt for items that might tempt the gents to buy a goody for themselves. No, they’re not talking men’s purses (but they’ll take them or briefcases if they’re offered). They’re thinking fishing trips, golf outings, jewelry, etc.

In between shoots, they were extolling Kim Bannister’s pulling together the Big Board that will include everything from a trip to Belize, a one-of-a-kind necklace from Rare Gems of India, and a private dinner with the Zac Brown Band to much more.

If you’re going to attend the dinner and want a quick hair fresher, book an appointment via Blownaway app. Just use the code “328larissa” and you’ll get a 20% discount. Better make your reservations now because this offer expires March 25.

Robin Daniels Joins Angela Nash As Methodist Health System Foundation VP’s Of Development

The Methodist Health System Foundation has been busy rearranging the staff. Word comes in that Robin Daniels has been named VP of Development. After the vacancies left by the departure of Joy Duncan, who retired, and Melissa Ogden, who is now with the Commemorative Air Force, Robin joins Angela Nash in filling the two empties.

Robin Daniels*

Robin Daniels*

But Robin ain’t any newcomer to the Methodist Health System Foundation. According to the official release, “Daniels attended Southern Methodist University receiving both a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Meadows School of Arts and Master of Business Administration from Cox School of Business. Prior to joining Methodist, Daniels served as president of SONUS, a Dallas-based integrated marketing agency. Under her leadership, the agency was named as one of the top 100 businesses in the United States by DiversityBusiness.com. She is a member of the Society for Healthcare Strategy & Market Development, Dallas Friday Group, and the Texas Hospital Association. She has served on the Dallas leadership board for the American Diabetes Association and the communications committee for the American Cancer Society. Daniels also served as president of the Press Club of Dallas, an organization comprised of media and communications professionals.”

Evidently during her tenure as director of community and public relations, she impressed folks. Methodist Health System Foundation President/CEO April Box Chamberlain said, “Robin has demonstrated the strategic skills, along with solid business and community relationships that will increase the Methodist Foundation’s visibility and impact. We look forward to Robin serving as a key leadership team member, and joining in the design and development of a comprehensive plan for the future of the Methodist Foundation.”

* Photo provided by Methodist Health System Foundation

10th Anniversary Heroes For Children Patrons Partied At Cameron And Clay Smith’s Before The Weather Cratered

So where were the three inches of snow that the weather wizards had predicted? An anemic bagel has more cream cheese smeared on it! Oops! It was the last day of TV sweeps but that surely had nothing to do with all the hoop-la. Right!

Cameron and Clay Smith's home

Cameron and Clay Smith’s home

Regardless, the 10th anniversary Heroes For Children held a patron party at Cameron and Clay Smith’s splendiferous Preston Hollow home-sweet-home.

Clay and Lisa Cooley

Clay and Lisa Cooley

Unlike parties past at the Smith spot, the crowd didn’t gather in the living room. Nope, folks like Lisa and Clay Cooley handed in their coats and headed toward the kitchen. But on their way, they were waylaid by peeps like Smith neighbor/Co-Chair Skye Brewer hubby Bill Brewer with his so-perfect profile.

A tray of food

A tray of food

But back to the watering hole or, in this case, the cooking center. The yummy items hardly got on the serving trays before they were picked up for a ride to oral gratification. The fact that the bartender was also holding court nearby didn’t discourage anybody.

Cindy Stager, Jill Tananbaum, Skye Brewer and Kristen Sang

Cindy Stager, Jill Tananbaum, Skye Brewer and Kristen Sang

Snapshots: Kate Rose Marquez was catching Ladd Sanger up on Cotes du Coeur that she’s spearheading…Ladd and wife KJ (Kristen Johnston) hadn’t been able to attend Sunday’s Cotes du Coeur’s chefs reveal Sunday. Dang, those airline delays!…Heroes and Children’s 10th Anniversary Co-Chair Jennifer Dix’s new purse from husband Richard was getting plenty of check outs and she didn’t mind one iota…Skye revealed the goal for the March 28th gala was 100 purses on the big board valued at $1,000 per handbag. She’s just a few handbags away from the goal…Still no one was revealing what the “surprise auction item” was that involved the Jimmy Fallon Show.

Stay tuned. Bamboo shoots are being applied to organizers’ nails by MSC elves to find out the sussy.

Annual Top Hats And Tails Is Barking Up A New Venue For Paws In The City Fundraising

Whoa! The Paws in the City folks have taken a different road in fundraising this year. Instead of having a faux “Dancing With The Stars” event at the Frontiers of Flight, they’ve topsy-turvied things to raise funds.

First of all, check your calendar. Look at the Saturday following Memorial Day, like May 30. You’re either gonna be so out of town or stuck in the North Texas area and hungry for fun. That’s the date for this year’s Paws In The City fundraiser.

Next, have your GPS set northward to the Westin Galleria instead of the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

Finally, instead of watching local celebs dancing their heels off with Arthur Murray professionals, settle back to be entertained by Kraig Parker, who is the “internationally acclaimed Elvis Tribute Artist.”

According to Paws in the City’s Martha Powell, “Kraig brings to Top Hat his wonderful Royal Tribute Band, some of whom are former Elvis Band members along with back-up singers. We were lucky to find a night when he was not playing in Las Vegas or WinStar. He is pretty busy, and his fan club is huge. We are certain that our audience will love his rock ‘n roll show. One of my friends described him as ‘scary good.’”

But what will still be in place will be the silent auction, the honors for area animal lovers, pets up for adoption, cocktails and dinner.

Tickets and sponsorships are available here!

Chef Richard Chamberlain Reveals Côtes du Coeur Lineup At Sub-Zero And Wolf Showroom

Everyone thought North Texas had ducked the winter bullet. Oh. The Northeaster had taken the brunt of the cold stuff. But then word started filtering through that something was on the horizon. Yipes! Just as folks clamored at Central Market like Armageddon was approaching, the memories of past icy problems arose.

Still, despite the ice warnings and the Oscars’ red carpet fashion “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” approaching, wine lovers and heart disease haters gathered for the Côtes du Coeur Chef Reveal at Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom.

Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom

Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom

Well, if ever there was a kitchen appliance Fort Knox, this was the place. Walls of Sub-Zeros, glorious stoves/rangers and ovens filled the two levels that once were the homestead of Peaches and a long ago Safeway.

Personalized wine bottle

Personalized wine bottle

In one of the suites was wine calligrapher Ken Brown, who was dazzling all with his handiwork. With a fireplace glowing, he recalled one project. It was for CapRock Winery and he had to inscribe more than 700 bottles. According to sources, he did each magnificently.

Cotes du Coeur's chef reveal wines being served up

Cotes du Coeur’s chef reveal wines being served up

While some gathered to watch Ken do his handiwork, all picked up a glass of wine that seemed to be never ending. But then what else would you expect for an event that celebrates wine and raises money for the American Heart Association? And to go with the wines, Richard arranged for delicious foods including Cowboy Spiced Texas Wagyu Beef.

Cowboy Spiced Texas Wagyu Beef

Cowboy Spiced Texas Wagyu Beef

 

 

On this evening Chief Chef Richard Chamberlain rolled out the chefs who would be cooking up a storm for the American Heart Association fundraiser on Saturday, April 25 at the Hilton Anatole. One of those was hardly noticed, since he was in his civvies — Rosewood Mansion at Turtle Creek’s Bruno Davaillon, who admitted that the past weekend had been non-stop. It’s been five years since the French chef moved to Dallas and he has developed a Texas grin and just a smidge of an accent. Not really, but one can imagine.

Richard Chamberlain, Scott Miller, Mike Brosin and Kevin Summers

Richard Chamberlain, Scott Miller, Mike Brosin and Kevin Summers

As for the rest of the chef stable, Richard reviewed each and what they have planned for their menus benefiting the American Heart Association fundraiser. Here’s a rundown of who will be cooking what at the Anatole on April 25:

Richard Chamberlain and Kate Rose Marquez

Richard Chamberlain and Kate Rose Marquez

  • Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill — Pecan wood smoke beef tenderloin, foie gras mousse, bacon-fig jam and caramelized shallot potatoes paired with 2010 Martinelli Giusppe and Luisa Zinfandel and 2011 Herb Lamb Vineyards cabernet Sauvignon
  • Garth Blackburn of Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom — All-Texas tostada tasting with Sterling Lambobucco, minted Santos pecan pesto, uncured lamb bacon, Praseks venison sausage crumble, kitchen pride cremini bacon, South Texas wild board shoulder, Mill King white cheddar and 1015 fondue paired with 2012 Gemstone Estate Red and 2012 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Eric Brandt of VH Casual Dining and Bar — Lamb and porcini ravioli with pomegranate and sweet onion compote paired with 2011 Red Mare Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Vino Chequen RESERVE Syrah Curico-Chile
  • Bruno Davaillon

    Bruno Davaillon

    Bruno Davaillon of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek — Smoked foie gras and short-rib torchon, picked ramps and a fresco jam paired with 2010 Domaine Paul Blanck Grand Cru Schlossberg Riesling

  • Dean Fearing of Fearing’s Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton — Bison dish paired with 2012 Trujillo Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Bookwalter Protagonist
  • Kevin Garvin and Anita Hirsch of Neiman Marcus Restaurants — Sautéed sweet Nantucket Bay scallops, gnocchi, brown butter, shaved Brussels sprouts, pecorino Romano and candied pecans paired with 2012 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay and 2012 Donelan Sonoma County Nancie Chardonnay
  • Scott Gottlich of The Second Floor — Mushroom risotto with lemon and thyme dry cured filetto and Pepato cheese paired with 2012 Modus Operandi “Vicarious” California Red Blend
  • David Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House — Tamari caramelized pork loin and tangerine Asian salad with miso-red curry dressing paired Schweiger Vineyards and 2010 Ehlers Estate One Twenty Over Eighty Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly — Citrus striped bass ceviche with English pea hummus, pea tendrils, popcorn shoot and radish salad finished with sesame rice stick gravel paired with 2013 Gamble Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Hanzell Vineyards Cardonnay
  • David McMillan of Meddlesome Moth —Cured, braised lamb breasts, filled with lacinato kale, garlic and torn bread on white beans and buttered leeks paired with 2011 St. Helena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and PEJU Province Winery
  • Carl Murray of NOBU — Tuna Tataki, red peppe miso glaze with pickled lotus root and shishito peppers paired with 103 Talbot Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir and 2011 Torii Mor ‘DeauxVerres’ Reserve Pinot Noir
  • Kent Rathbun of Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun’s Kitchen at 6130 — Pepper crusted duck breast, toasted Israeli couscous and dried peach demi paired with Merry Edwards Winery and 2013 Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill — Strube Ranch Kobe short rib, creamed poblano corn, cabernet ancho sauce and caramelized spring onions paired with 2012 Hall Napa Valley Merlot and 2012 Sequoia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • John Tesar of Knife and Oak — Korean BBQ’d flat iron steak kimchi Korean vegetable pancake and kimchi butter paired with Egelhoff Wines and 2013 Bevan Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
  • Gerard Thompson of Rough Creek Lodge —Smoked pheasant, sea island red peas, Carolina gold rice, sweet corn, morel mushrooms, strawberry rhubarb mint relish paired with 2012 Hill Family Barrel Blend and Siduri Wines

BTW, that red Escalade that is being raffled off looked downright purty parked out front.