2017 Côtes Du Coeur Gala Popped The Cork To Net A Hearty $4M For The American Heart Association Dallas-Fort Worth

While the art lovers were over at the Dallas Museum of Art for the 2017 Art Ball’s “All That Glitters” on Saturday, April 22, the wine lovers were bubbling with bid cards, grazing the the chef stations and raising wine glasses at the 2017  Côtes du Coeur to provide funding for the American Heart Association Dallas-Fort Worth at the Omni Dallas Hotel. Here is a report from the field:

2017 Cotes du Coeur*

The American Heart Association’s 2017 Côtes du Coeur Gala, held at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Saturday, April 22, hosted close to 1,200 business and wine industry leaders, community philanthropists, wine collectors and physicians. Led by renowned Chef Richard Chamberlain, a team of 18 acclaimed chefs visited with guests and served up selections from a boldly unique tasting menu accompanied by wine pairings created from the cellars of 30 elite wineries.

Richard Chamberlain and Steve Grimshaw*

The event featured 620 silent auction wine lots and 12 live auction items which offered opportunities to stay at exclusive luxury homes, tour vineyards, experience private chef tasting menus and much more.

Doug Hawthorne and Kelly and David Pfeil*

Barbara Smith*

Chaired by Kelly and David Pfeil with Barbara Smith as the Executive Leadership Team Chair, this year’s event grossed $4.6 million and netted $4 million to fund life -saving research and educational programs, making it a record breaking sum for the Dallas event and across the country for the American Heart Association.

The highest Live Auction package was an exclusive trip to Paris to privately tour the Louvre and the Palace of Versailles, which sold twice for $110,000.

Denise Hunter and Erin Hunter*

Heart disease survivor Erin Hunter shared her story on-stage with her mom, Denise. The survivor testimonial, Open Your Heart, was lead with a gift of $150,000, and matched in the room by an inspired couple, who prefer to remain anonymous.

“I don’t remember a time where I didn’t have to think about my heart. Between my surgeries and check-ups, I lived as normal a life as I possibly could,” said Erin, who is now a nurse at the Heart Center at Children’s Health where she underwent numerous heart surgeries as a child. “Many people have said that things happen for a reason, and I believe that is true. Because of my experiences, I am able to give back to parents and patients going through similar tough times that my family went through.”

“It is because of fundraising events like Côtes du Coeur, and the support of the generous individuals and businesses that attended Saturday night, that the funding for cardiovascular research and health education programs remains strong and continues to save lives,” American Heart Association Executive Director Melissa Cameron said.

Merry Edwards*

Mike and Diane Gruber and Kim and Greg Hext*

Some of the attendees in the room were Tete du Cuvee honoree Merry Edwards of Merry Edwards Winery, Barbara and Mike Smith, Kim and Greg Hext, Melissa and Steve Grimshaw, Anne Davidson, Diane and Mike Gruber, Diane and Hal Brierley, Laura and Eric Hutto, Tim Wallace, Carol and Matt Holmes, Katherine Wynne, Doug Hawthorne, Amy and Michael Meadows, Ron Haddock, Mary Parker, Pam and Mark Okada, Keli and Mike Jenkins, Jana and Mike Brosin, Eric and Amy Schoch and chefs John Tesar, Jim “Sevy” Severson, Dean Fearing, Kevin Garvin, Matt McCallister, Alex Astranti and Chad Houser.

Mary Parker and Tim Wallace*

Anne Davidson and Mark Porter*

The 2018 Dallas Côtes du Coeur will be held on Saturday, April 21, at the Omni Dallas. Terri and Tim Gallagher will serve as the chairs

For a full list of chefs, wineries, sponsors and committee members, visit dallaswineauction.com.

* Photo provided by American Heart Association Dallas-Fort Worth

Côtes Du Coeur Grand Tasting Resulted In Wedding Proposal, Great Taste And Huffy Valets

Kristen Johnston Sanger and Ladd Sanger

Kristen Johnston Sanger and Ladd Sanger

While Bruce Jenner was explaining his life-changing decision on Friday, April 26, and thunderstorms were messing up North Texas, finally confirming weather guessers’ predictions, about 400 wine lovers gathered in the Anatole’s Stemmons Ballroom for the American Heart Association’s Côtes du Coeur Grand Tasting, on the eve of the Côtes du Coeur Gala. This was the hottest of the numerous pre-gala events, since the featured wineries poured a select reserve of their wine for top-level patrons and sponsors.

As Côtes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Johnston Sanger and her husband Ladd Sanger and guests walked the hallway leading to the ballroom, they were handed fishbowl-sized wine glasses with a “Dell” tag. The glasses would be put to work sampling the top-line wines along with delicious samplings provided by the area’s yummiest chefs.

Curtis Schuler

Curtis Schuler

But first they had to get past Marybeth Conlon, who was at the front door selling raffle tickets for the red hot Escalade.

At one point there was a sudden explosion of thunder, but no one seemed to notice. There were just too many wines, tasties and guests.

Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez took the mic and tried to quiet the guests for announcements. But who could come between the guests and their chattering? Finally, after a few shushes, a large part of the crowd quieted down and Curtis Schuler of Dell thanked the group and presented Underwriting Chair Rick Allen with a Tiffany blue box.

Andrew Ellis and Catherine Mitchell

Andrew Ellis and Catherine Mitchell

Unfortunately, the shushing was forgotten as wine advisor Steve Ellis reeled off a list of participating wineries.

Just as Steve finished the winery lineup, he introduced his son Andrew Ellis, who fell to the on-knee stance and presented a diamond ring to Catherine Mitchell. She accepted his proposal with tears and smiles.

It was another reason for a clinking of the wine glasses and preparing for the next night of wining and dining.

Only downer of the night was the Anatole’s valet team. One after another, the guests were hit with a $20 parking fee. One chap griped to the valet wrangler that he thought it was complimentary. No, siree. It was $20 flat to get the car fetched. Perhaps the guest had misread the invitation. But the complaints continued, until one man marched back to the ballroom and inquired with an event organizer about the $20 “complimentary valet.” She immediately compared notes with the valet team. The fee was lifted and the problem was resolved.

Round Robin April 15: Côtes Du Coeur Reception, Dallas Symphony Orchestra League Derby Day And Moonlight Ball Patron Parties

Accountants were hunkered down trying to meet the midnight tax deadline. But the evening of Wednesday, April 15, was one of those rare nights when the weather was ideal and partying indoors and out was incredible. Some of the events taking place included:

Côtes Du Coeur Reception

Kim Bannister, Mary Gill, Mary Martha Pickens and Wendy Messmann

Kim Bannister, Mary Gill, Mary Martha Pickens and Wendy Messmann

Heart disease survivor and fundraiser Mary Gill was being celebrated at Jimmy Choo in connection with the April 25th Côtes du Coeur benefiting the American Heart Association.

Jimmy Choo's Cinderella slipper

Jimmy Choo’s Cinderella slipper

It was a bittersweet occasion. Being toasted and surrounded by about 60 friends like Simona Beal, Elizabeth Washburn, Côtes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Johnston, Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez, Kim Bannister, Mary Martha Pickens, Wendy Messmann, Kris Johnson, Cara French and Nancy Gopez cheered her a bit despite the recent loss of her brother Richie Humphreys, who succumbed to his years of battling cancer.

Helping add a touch of sparkle to the occasion was the presentation of Jimmy Choo’s made-to-order Cinderella shoe. Gals like Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak tried it on. Even if the crystal-embellished shoe fit the lady’s foot, the glass slipper—a tie-in with the new “Cinderella” live-action movie, which was playing at the nearby Village Theatre—might have required a Prince Charming to help handle the near-$5,000 price tag.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Derby Day Patron Party

Aakash Patel

Aakash Patel

Susan Walker and Courtney Nall

Susan Walker and Courtney Nall

In Marion and Jim Moore‘s glorious house, Aakash Patel was playing his violin in the entry hall. About 35 guests were gathering for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra League’s Wells Fargo Derby Day patron party, which helps support programs including the DSO Young Strings, of which Aakash is a graduate. Co-Chairs Courtney Nall and Susan Walker had arranged for the event at the Moores’ just days before the Wells Fargo-sponsored derby at Lone Star Park.

H.M. and Marilyn Hailey

H.M. and Marilyn Hailey

In the den, Marilyn and H.M. Hailey were settled down in a comfy couch. The former Neiman Marcus house model recalled her days of working the couture salon and Zodiac Room with models Virginia Muncy and Desi. It was during this period that Marilyn met legendary hat designer Frank Olive. She was so caught up with the milliner that she started collecting his hats. Today she has 40 Frank Olive creations.

Who knows? Maybe Marilyn wore one of her prized chapeaus at the Sunday, April 19, Derby Day.

Under The Moonlight Ball Patron Party

Bob Penn was at the door of his 87-year-old mansion for the rescheduled Ronald McDonald House of DallasUnder the Moonlight Ball patron party.

Mother Nature hadn’t been a very nice party guest for the previous Moonlight events. First the patron party had to be rescheduled due to snow, and then she dumped rain on the main event itself. Still, Moonlighters took it in stride. Despite the rain, they partied indoors at Trinity Groves and thank heaven they picked a perfect night for the patron party.

With the grounds looking just a kiss away from spectacular, the Penns threw open the terrace doors and the 45 guests took full advantage of the Penns’ hospitality and glorious home that sits on more than an acre in Highland Park.

Catherine Penn and Cate Ford

Katherine Penn and Cate Ford

Moonlight Co-Chair Cate Ford pointed out the faces carved into the staircase leading to the living quarters. There was a rumor that it was of Bob and his brothers as children. Then Cate checked out the charming panels featuring the Penn daughters in the living room.

Carved faces in stairway

Carved faces in stairway

Panel of Penn daughters

Panel of Penn daughters

Katherine Penn admitted that 30 years ago, when they moved into the house which was built in 1928, she thought it was way too big, but they eventually filled it up with kids and furnishings. Luckily, Katherine and Bob kept the Santa Barbara style home built by Bob’s folks intact with some slight adjustments. Katherine said that such things as air conditioning and electrical adjustments were a bit challenging. But they met the challenge.

One of the original homes built in the immediate neighborhood, the estate’s magnificent trees suffered no damage in last year’s straight-line winds. The secret? Katherine is vigilant about keeping the trees trimmed.

If ever the Penns invite you over, accept. This house is beautiful, inviting and historic.

2015 Côtes Du Coeur Patrons Sip The Product Of The Grape At “The Beck House”

Naomi Aberly and Larry Lebowitz opened their fabulous estate (aka The Beck House) on Thursday, April 2, for the 2015 Côtes du Coeur patron party, and what a turnout it was. With Baylor Scott & White doctors, retailing arbiters like Shelle Sills and Jeff Byron and movers-and-shakers like Nikki and Crayton Webb, it was a real mix of smart and fashionable types before fundraising efforts went quiet for the holiday weekend.

Jeff Byron and Shelle and Michael Sills

Jeff Byron and Shelle and Michael Sills

For some who had been to the mansion back in the day when Patty and Henry Beck were the homeowners, they were surprised to see how the main house had been updated and expanded. The water features were fabulous/

Matt McAllister

Matt McAllister

Typical of most parties, the kitchen turned into the gathering spot with Matt McAllister and Omar Flores cooking up a storm. While the chefs were preparing food, the talk included Mary Kay’s Crayton Webb back in town and Nikki swearing she was going to stay true to saying, “No” for volunteering…except for Cattle Baron’s…Shelle and Michael Sills were headed to a birthday party…Jana and Mike Brosin reported that they’ll be heading up Dallas CASA’s Champion of Children Award Dinner on Wednesday, October 14, at the Fairmont.

Kate Rose Marquez and Gillian Breidenbach

Kate Rose Marquez and Gillian Breidenbach

Mike and Jana Brosin

Mike and Jana Brosin

But before everyone toddled off, Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez took her place on the winding stairway and addressed the group (Nancy Gopez, Jennifer Sampson and Côtes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Sanger), introducing sponsor Merrill Lynch’s Gillian Breidenbach. Then Kate Rose told of the developments that took place resulting in her personal battle against heart disease. Despite having a healthy heart, her episode with strep throat ended up with entering the world of heart disease and the threat that she would never have children. Thanks to research and technologies, she was able to have three healthy kids, but she and her medical team still carefully monitor her heart.

She then introduced Baylor Scott & White cardiologists, who told of the amazing promises that were in the future for those battling heart disease.

Round Robin March 26: Women’s Auxiliary Of The Salvation Army Texas Tea And Côtes Du Coeur Catalog Announcement

Wicked weather hit Oklahoma and the North Texas area dodged the torrential bullet on Thursday, March 26. Since the temps dipped, woolly wear didn’t reappear. But don’t worry. The nonprofits were still hot-to-trot.

Women’s Auxiliary Of The Salvation Army Texas Tea

Dixey Arterburn and Ramona Jones

Dixey Arterburn and Ramona Jones

The question for the Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army on a normal day might have been, “How are the clothes coming?” or “How are ticket sales going for the Salvation Army fundraiser at Brook Hollow?”

Instead it was, “Did you find a parking space?” Seems the Crescent Court launched its face lift on the very same day as the SAWA’s Texas Tea at Stanley Korshak.

Libby Hunt

Libby Hunt

Evidently, everyone didn’t get the memo that the usual valet at Korshak’s front door would be replaced by the one at Capital Grille. But even then Salvation Army Fashion Show and Luncheon Co-Chair Dixey Arterburn arrived early and couldn’t find a parker at the Grille. Upon inquiring in a ladylike fashion with the Capital Grille staff, she was told to just leave her keys and it would be taken care of.

Guess it was just one of the adjustment to new arrangement days, but Women’s Auxiliary President Betsy Chambers, Ramona Jones, Honorary Co-Chairs Libby Hunt, Lissie McCullough and Sharon McCullough were right on time.

Lissie McCullough, Crawford Brock and Sharon McCullough

Lissie McCullough, Crawford Brock and Sharon McCullough

Regardless, Dixey and her Co-Chair Ginger Sager have arranged to have loads of the gently experienced designer clothes hanging around for sale on Monday, May 4, at Brook Hollow. Suggestion: start doing your arm exercises because you’re gonna be carrying out armfuls of fashions.

But on this day it was Korshak’s brand-spanking new clothes and “Texas Tea.”

Côtes du Coeur Catalogue Announcement

David Blank and Kate Rose Marquez

David Blank and Kate Rose Marquez

Later that evening, Diamond Doctor was being hit from all sides by the Côtes du Coeur gang. For a while DD David Blank stood outside greeting guests like Cindy Stager, Gillian Breidenbach, Corry Schiermeyer, Kevin Curley, Kim Bannister, Dick Meyer, Mary Martha and John Pickens, Nick Tarantello and Micheala Davis.

Cindy Stager, Gillian Breidenbach and Corry Schiermeyer

Cindy Stager, Gillian Breidenbach and Corry Schiermeyer

Kim Bannister

Kim Bannister

Mary Martha and John Pickens

Mary Martha and John Pickens

One reason for his doing the meet-and-greet outside was that the store was pretty well filled with peeps with glasses of wine in hand.

Whether it was the Côtes du Coeur wine lovers checking out the Red Escalade in front of DD, hunkering down over the cases of gems on the ground floor or venturing upstairs to see the OMG items, it was an amazing gathering. In addition to the gazillions of dollars of jewels, another reason for the turnout was the presentation of the Côtes du Coeur catalog for the April 25 fundraiser at the Hilton Anatole. Just in the nick of time, Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez rang the bell calling all to the stairs for the catalog presentation. As the information about the wines was being read, it was obvious that some folks were already planning their bids.

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.

The Côtes Du Coeur Big Boy Bottles Were Front And Center At Jana And Mike Brosin’s With A Red Escalade Outfront

The 2015 season was starting to perk up on Thursday, January 29. Despite itchy eyes and drippy noses thanks to 60-degree weather allergies, folks were taking full advantages of the spring-like weather. Hey, you gotta grab it when it’s at your doorstep.

Lisa Rachor and Mike and Jana Brosin

Lisa Rachor and Mike and Jana Brosin

Speaking of doorsteps, Jana and Mike Brosin’s walkway was covered with a red carpet with a view of a hot, red Cadillac Escalade shining away thanks to spotlights. Why all that red? The American Heart Association’s Côtes du Coeur‘s Big Bottle party. And when they say, “Big Bottle,” they mean bottles that could individually fill bathtubs. Everywhere one looked were lineups of bottles up for perusal. But in the middle of the dining room was a table with the really, absolutely “Big Boy Bottles.”

Carol Holmes

Carol Holmes

BTW, the Brosins’ home was simply ideal for entertaining. It was just a year ago that the Crest go-to guy and his bride bought the digs in Bent Tree. It had been built back in the 70’s. But leave it to the Brosins. They hunkered down and updated the 5,000-square-foot residence to 21st century glory including the near two-acre grounds. Still they kept such marvelous touches as the original stone light fixtures that hung overhead. And, no, they don’t usually have a hunky red Escalade parked in the front yard. It’s the raffle item for the fundraiser!

Chris and Jeffie Jones and Trisha and Rick Allen

Chris and Jeffie Jones and Trisha and Rick Allen

Luck was truly on Big Bottle Chair Carol Holmes’ side. The weather was so user friendly, that the doors could be wide open for guests like Côtes du Coeur Chief Chef Richard Chamberlain and wife Lisa, Britton Eaves in a natty hat, Jennifer and Mike Buchanan, Linda and Mark Piepenbrok, Jeffie and Chris Jones, Lisa Rachor, Trisha and Richard Allen and Côtes du Coeur Gala Chair Kristen Sanger, who had just flown in from Oklahoma, to take full advantage of the backyard’s terrace with its killer pool, patio heaters and nearby firepit surrounded by comfy chairs and couches. Jennifer handed over something in a wine gift bag to Mike. His comment: “If it’s from Jennifer, it’s got to be something special.”

Jennifer Buchanan

Jennifer Buchanan

While servers wandered through the crowd offering wine for sampling, the Tre Wilcox crew kept the kitchen producing tidbits. One guest cut short a conversation, saying, “I just gotta get me one of those sliders.” Alas, poor Tre was not to be seen. Seems he was home with his back giving him a fit.

Jim and Teri Striegel

Jim and Teri Striegel

As Jim Striegel waited for his wife Teri, he told how he was juggling his real estate deals in Dallas with his Red Mare winery in Napa.

Wine doyenne Hayley Hamilton Cogill was checking the Big Boy Bottles. She liked what she saw. Nearby husband Gary Cogill was being buttonholed about his Academy Award picks.

Kate Rose Marquez

Kate Rose Marquez

Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez was just back from San Francisco, where she surprised a dear friend who was passing the 50-year mark. In her red-hot, lace dress, Kate Rose was wired. No, not that kind of “wired.” It seems that the heart-disease survivor’s life has been filled with a lot of activity of late. So much so that her medical team was monitoring her heart with wiring. On her trip to San Francisco, she told passengers in adjacent seats that her equipment might go off and wouldn’t turn off until she could hook up to a land-line phone. Their reward for potential problems? Kate Rose bought them drinks.

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Côtes du Coeur

According To Côtes du Coeur Chair Kate Rose Marquez,

Kate Rose Marquez (File photo)

Kate Rose Marquez (File photo)

Côtes du Coeur is a series of events leading up to a magical night of wine and food- a black-tie fine wine auction and celebrity chef dinner held on Saturday, April 25 at the Hilton Anatole benefiting the American Heart Association (AHA). The spring gala is the largest of its kind and is the number one gala in the nation for the American Heart Association. Proceeds from Côtes du Coeur go directly to the AHA for cardiovascular research and heart health educational programs. Côtes du Coeur 2014 raised $3.2 million, net proceeds. That’s with an event cost of just 10%! During its 22-year history, Côtes du Coeur has raised more than $21 million.

“Côtes du Coeur is a sell out every year – it hosts approximately 1,200 business and community leaders, wine industry leaders, and wine collectors from throughout the Southwest. At the gala, renowned Dallas chef Richard Chamberlain leads 16 acclaimed chefs in the creation of a tasting menu and wine pairing from 30 elite wineries from America and abroad. Attendees experience multi-course fine dining created around a specific wine varietal for each dish. The quality of the food and wine is a key differentiator for “Côtes du Coeur. The gala features a live auction of one-of-a-kind experience-packages and a silent auction of more than 2,000 wines-the largest fine wine auction in the Southwest.

Rick Allen, Paragon Healthcare’s CEO, and Chris Jones, Paragon’s CSO, are underwriting co-chairs. Kristen Sanger is my right hand gal as gala/arrangements chair, working on a fantastic theme to be revealed. soon. Kim Bannister has signed on for auction chair, so you know that will be fabulous.

“This year’s team has already secured two-$125,000 sponsors.”

Côtes du Coeur Wine Society‘s International Fine Wine Auction Will Tantlize Tastebuds To Create Heart-Healthy Funding

Cotes du Coeur

Like fine wine, the Côtes du Coeur Wine Society‘s International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner gets better and better with time. It’s raised more than $14 million since its founding in 1991, and this year’s event at the Hilton Anatole raises the bar once again. But don’t think it’s a one-night-only program. Heck, no! When it comes to the folks who love the vino, they take their time and sample, sample, sample. Over the course of months, there have been all types of pre-gala events — Big Bottle Party, Chef Announcement Party, Catalog Preview Party. You just know that sooner or later they’re going to have a “Proper Cork Pull Party.”

But the really biggie is just around the corner on Saturday, April 14, when Chef Richard Chamberlain and leading chefs  (David McMillan of Screen Door, Marc Morton of Oceanaire Seafood Room, Otto Borsich of Central Market, Bruno Davaillon of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Anthony C. Bombaci of Nana Restaurant, Dean Fearing of the Ritz-Carlton, Kevin Garvin and Anita Hirsch of Neiman Marcus Restaurants, Scott  Gottlich of Bijoux, Joel Harrington of Charlie Palmer at the Joule, David Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Kent Rathbun of Abacus/Jasper’s/Rathbun’s Blue Plate, Matt Raso of Nobu, Marcus Strietzel of the French Room at the Adolphus Hotel, Gerard Thompson of Rough Creek Lodge and Resort and Jim  Severson of Sevy’s Grill) will present a fabulous assortment of tastings paired with wines from 32 “elite wineries from America and abroad.”

Co-chairs Sandy and David Alexander have also arranged for some pretty interesting auction items that include

  • a day for four to shadow the Mansion’s Bruno in the kitchen,
  • a wine adventure with John and Gretchen Bookwalter in Washington complete with round-trip tickets,
  • a day of golfing and spa-ing finished off with a presentation of Good Chef/Bad Chef by Jim Severson and David Holben and dinner, of course,
  • dinner at Sandi and Ron Haddock‘s penthouse at the Ritz-Carlton and
  • so much more!

But don’t go thinking that Côte du Coeur is only about wine. It not only offers an opportunity for  “patrons to cultivate deep and meaningful business and personal relationships with senior level executives from the Dallas area,” it also raises awareness and funds for the Dallas division of the American Heart Association.