Grovel Alert: Dallas Uncorked Holiday Dinner

Just heard from that wine-loving Haley Hamilton Cogill that there were just a mere five tickets left for Dallas Uncorked’s Annual Holiday Dinner on Sunday, December 10, at Salum. To complement the evening’s multi-course feasting will be Domaine Caneros sparkling and still wines with the Eileen “Doyenne of Sparking Wine in California” Crane on hand for table talk.

Gary Cogill and Hayley Hamilton Cogill (File photo)

Leave it to Haley and restaurateur Abraham Salum to schedule the dinner on the heels of the Cowboys game against Giants in the Big Apple. If The Boys win, what a way to celebrate. If they lose, the dinner will be a perfect way to wash away the blues.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit Les Dames d’Escoffier and The Edible Schoolyard. Hopefully, tickets are still available here.

BTW, if you aren’t lucky enough to pop the cork on this one. You might want to check out Haley’s appearance with husband/film-meister Gary Cogill at the Dallas Arboretum’s “Wine And Movies: A Perfect Pairing With Gary and Hayley Cogill” on Monday, December 11. The twosome will talk about their favorite movies of 2017 and seamlessly pair the films with wines. For Arboretum members, the price is $70. For non-members, it’s $75. Once again, membership has its perks.

Wine And Film Lovers Came Together At The Arboretum To See A Little Oscar And Learn Big Screen Predictions

While Mary Matalin and James Carville were chatting about the recent presidential election and things to come at the Party for Hope benefiting Hope Supply Co. over at the Bush Center on Thursday, January 26, the Dallas Arboretum’s Rosine Hall looked like a jammed-to-capacity drive-in movie theater. Rows and rows of tables and chairs were lined up facing a big, old screen. And to cap things off, every seat was filled!

Wine and Film, A Perfect Pairing Oscars Preview

The occasion was “Wine and Film, A Perfect Pairing Oscars Preview.” And thanks to wine/film lovers Hayley Hamilton Cogill and Gary Cogill, the Arboretum, and the recent Oscar nomination announcements, it was more than a resounding success.

According to Dallas Uncorked‘s Hayley, “We love the beautiful space at the Arboretum and the ability to do what Gary I do best — pair wine and film. Our podcast has been so much fun doing just this that it was great to be able to do it live for such a welcoming crowd.”

Gary Cogill and Hayley Hamilton Cogill

 The original place was for 110 guests, but they ended up with 116 including newly engaged Judy Snyder and Roy Carson, Debra Nelson, Dianne and Shannan Pratt, Frank and Karen Needham, Lee Hobbs and Pat Holder Ritter and Wayne Ritter

One very special guest was a 1939 Oscar awarded to the late composer John Leipold for his musical score in “Stagecoach.” John’s granddaughter Jennifer Stewart brought the little fellow along for a first-hand view of the legendary statue.

When it came to the predictions and pairings, the Coghills put these together:

BEST MUSIC:

  • Best original score: “La La Land” by Justin Hurwitz
  • Best original song: “How Far I’ll Go” from “Moana” by Lin-Manuel Miranda with Segura Viudas Brut Cava (Made in the traditional method from the classic varieties of Macabeu, Parellada and Xarel·lo in Penedes, Spain, this special Cava is filled with white fruit and citrus, along with tropical and light floral notes. Bright and fresh, with a balanced acidity, and a smooth finish.)

BEST SCREENPLAY:

  • Best Adapted Screenplay: “Arrival” by Eric Heisserer
  • Best Original Screenplay: “20th Century Women” by Mike Mills with Bodega Garzon Albarino (The white variety of Rias Baixas, Spain gets an unexpected lift when produced in Uruguay. Farmed sustainably, with heavy influence from the Atlantic Ocean, this lively white wine tells the story of the land and the people. Layers of white flowers, lemon-lime and stone fruit meld with a salty brininess from the breezes through the vineyards off the Ocean.)

BEST ACTRESS:

  • Best Supporting Actress: Viola Davis for “Fences”
  • Best Actress in a Leading Role: Natalie Portman for “Jackie” with Truvée Rose (Started by the McBride Sisters in the Central Coast, this expressive wine blends classic Rhone varieties of Grenache and Syrah for a wine filled with strawberry, raspberry, and more wild flower aromas leading to a refreshing palate with notes of wild berry and Meyer lemon with a crisp, dry finish.)

BEST ACTOR:

  • Best Supporting Actor: Jeff Bridges for “Hell or High Water”
  • Best Actor in a Leading Role: Casey Affleck for “Manchester by the Sea” with Duchman Family Winery Sangiovese (Perhaps the best variety grown in Texas, from one of the best families. Duchman Winery is dedicated to crafting elegant, varietally correct, 100% Texas wines from Texas soils, with a focus on classic, Old World styled Italian varieties. Sangiovese, the variety of Chianti, thrives in Texas, producing a juicy, aromatic and food-friendly wine filled with red fruity, soft herbs, smoke and dense, dusty earth.)

BEST FILM of 2017

  • “Moonlight”
  • “La La Land” with Chateau Haut Caillou Bordeaux, Lalande-de-Pomerol (The best film of the year deserves a wine you will remember, and classic Bordeaux is always appropriate with great films, with [Haley’s] favorite always coming from the Right Bank. Merlot and Cabernet Franc dominant, with just a hint of Cabernet Sauvignon to add weight and texture to the luscious, red currant and black plum fruit filled wine. Elegant and inviting, with just a hint of earthy slate minerality on the finish.)

A couple interesting side notes of the evening’s pairings were:

  • The selection of pairing Viola Davis with the Truvee Wines Rose, which is owned by “the McBride sisters, two African-American sisters with the same father and different mothers. They found they both loved wine and started the company.”
  • Duchman Family Wine is born and bred in Texas and it only seemed right to salute “Hell or High Water” with a Lone Star vino.    

As for the rest of Gary’s predictions, the Cogills will be having another pairings get-together on Wednesday, February 22, at Studio Movie Grill to benefit The Dallas Film Society at Royal from 6 to 8 p.m.

Dallas Arboretum And Dallas UnCorked Partner Up For “Wine And Film, A Perfect Pairing” Oscar Preview With Film-meister Gary Cogill

With budgets being tight after the holidays and folks recovering from weeks of partying, January and February are ideal for checking out movies. And the timing couldn’t be better with the 89th Academy Awards taking place on Sunday, February 26.

And to help with the Oscar predictions, the Dallas Arboretum and Uncorked Dallas are partnering up on Thursday, January 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to present “Wine And Film, A Perfect Pairing,” as part of the Arboretum’s Adult Education Program.

Gary Cogill and Hayley Hamilton Cogill (File photo)

According to Dallas Uncorked Founder/President Hayley Hamilton Cogill, “We will preview some of the best films of the year, and pair special award categories with their ideal wines.”

Providing the insight on the celluloid choices will North Texas’ favorite film brain trust/Hayley’s husband Gary Cogill. But Mr. Cogill will have his work cut out for him. This year’s nominees won’t be revealed until Tuesday, January 24.

The gathering will take place in Rosine Hall with the Arboretum providing a few light appetizers that will complement the wines of the night selected by Mrs. Cogill.

While the general public tickets are $65 each, Dallas Arboretum members get in for a discounted $59. See — membership does have perks. You can sign up either way here!

Dallas Uncorked’s Celebrated Two Birthday “Projects” At Sevy’s

Jim Severson and Hayley Hamilton Cogill*

Jim Severson and Hayley Hamilton Cogill*

The wet weather was supposed to be on vacation, but oh, no! Mother Nature had other plans for Dallas on Sunday, June 12. Still the wine-loving Dallas Uncorked crowd wasn’t going to let a little weather dampen their annual fundraising dinner at Sevy’s. Ironically, it was benefiting The Birthday Party Project. What was the irony? It was also Dallas Uncorked’s Founder Hayley Hamilton Cogill‘s birthday. Before taking off for Walla Walls, the birthday gal filed this report:

The room was truly spectacular as Chef Sevy (aka Jim Severson) and business partner/manager Stefaan Vandemoortele rolled out the roses with two long, candlelit tables of 30 each, down the middle of the dining room at Sevy’s. They had never created a set up quite like this, but I wanted the communal, celebratory feel with everyone celebrating together for this our 12th anniversary.  The wines were stunning, provided by Ram’s Gate Winery, highlighting single special vineyards throughout Sonoma, including favorite of the night, Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay and Bush Crispo Vineyard Pinot Noir.

Shrimp toast*

Shrimp toast*

Ram's Gate Pinot Noir and menu*

Ram’s Gate Pinot Noir and menu*

Friends old and new joined us for the night including Byron and Linda Harris, just back from fly fishing in Santa Fe (where Linda caught a 5-lb. rainbow trout!…I think they are enjoying his retirement from WFAA;) Don Winspear with date Michael Meadows as Ellen Winspear was prepping for her day long Opera meeting and photo shoot yesterday; Frank and Karen Needham; Jennifer and Doug Houser; Shelly Slater, who left husband Clay at home to take care of the kiddos; Jack Hobbs, founder of a new podcast company, Revolver; Erin Waks without husband Larry Waks, as sadly the rain redirected his incoming NYC to DFW flight to Midland, but we still sent a steak home for him; Ram’s Gate Winery GM David Oliver and assistant winemaker Luke Stanko; Collin Chenault from The Birthday Party Project, our second time to donate the proceeds from our anniversary event to the fantastic charity; my cousin, and board member from the start, Chablis Lindquist, (yes, Chablis, my aunt loved the French region…and the wines) along with her hubby John, who had just arrived from the night from Arkansas; Randy and Michelle DeWitt, taking a break from one of their Front Burner restaurants to enjoy Sevy’s food and these incredible wines!

Dallas Uncorked dinner table at Sevy's*

Dallas Uncorked dinner table at Sevy’s*

Gary gushed, as he so sweetly does; I was quite teary and thankful, especially in the wake of the events of the day; David and Luke celebrated their delicious wine; and Chef Jim hit it out of the park once again. I think this was the 6th or 7th event I have done with the 19-year-old restaurant in our 12 years…everyone always loves Sevy’s and they are some of the kindest, most thoughtful owners in town, generously giving back so much.

We didn’t do an auction, as the point of the night was more for celebration, instead giving everyone a ticket and drawing a prize winning number – a bottle of the Bush Crispo Pinot, a mighty fine birthday present.

* Photos provided by Dallas Uncorked

SOLD-OUT ALERT!: Dallas Uncorked 12th Anniversary Dinner

Two of the favorite words in fundraising activities are “Sold Out!” And those are the words that Dallas Uncorked’s Hayley Hamilton Cogill just reported about Sunday’s Dallas Uncorked 12th Anniversary Dinner at Sevy’s benefiting The Birthday Party Project.

It’s gonna be a perfect way to spend a summer Sunday with Ram’s Gate Winery’s Luke Stanko from Sonoma County on hand to “discuss the wine and the care, dedication and passion that goes into each and every glass.”

Hayley Hamilton Cogill (File photo)

Hayley Hamilton Cogill (File photo)

Jim Severson (File photo)

Jim Severson (File photo)

According to Hayley, “I first tried these wines last year and immediately knew we needed to help introduce them into the Dallas market through one of our events. I couldn’t be more thrilled to do so for our anniversary event.”

As marvelous as the menu prepared by Sevy’s Chef/owner Jim Severson and the paired Ram’s Gate Winery products will be, the guests will match them in the wonderfulness category. Gals always wear the most adorable summer cottons and silks. As for the guys, it’s strictly a no-tie affair with khaki slacks and loafers.

Dallas Uncorked Provided Sip And Scene With Talking Tidbits About Oscar Predictions And Local News

Leave it to local film-meister Gary Cogill to share his predictions for the upcoming Academy Awards on Sunday, February 21, just a week before the Oscars were doled out. He did it as part of Dallas Uncorked’s “Wine and Film, the Perfect Pairing With Gary Cogill — 88th Annual Academy Awards Preview” at Veritas.

Sure, it was rainy, but that didn’t dissuade movie lovers from getting the inside poop on the Academy contenders, while having Dallas Uncorked founder/Gary’s wife Hayley Hamilton Cogill pouring the vino.

How many guesses did Gary get right? Compare his guesses with the outcome here.

Gary Cogill and Hayley Hamilton Cogill

Gary Cogill and Hayley Hamilton Cogill

Sarah and Lee Pappert

Sarah and Lee Papert

Debra Nelson and Holly Reed

Debra Nelson and Holly Reed

Pat Holder and Wayne Ritter

Pat Holder and Wayne Ritter

But before Gary took the mic, chit chat was making the rounds. In between serving up wine, Hayley was looking to the future and the Dallas Chapter of Le Dame d’Escoffier International’s annual “A Dame Good Celebration — Raiser Grazer 2016” on Sunday, April 3, at the Dallas Farmers Market’s The Shed. She’ll be heading up the beverage committee and promised “tasty cocktails”…Dallas Film Society President/CEO Lee Papert was hinting about the upcoming Dallas International Film Festival that will be taking place from April 14 to 24… And Lee wasn’t the only Papert with future activities around the corner. Lee’s wife, Sarah Papert, who heads up VMLC, has been busy making plans for the Wings of Spring fundraiser on Monday, April 4, when Cheryl Pollman will receive VMLC’s Literacy Legacy Award. Following a cocktail reception and dinner, there will be a performance in the Hoglund Foundation Theater by Sons of Serendip. You know them. They were 2014 America’s Got Talent finalists. This year the event is taking place at the Perot Museum .… Gal pals Debra Nelson and Holly Reed were just back from holiday. It was hard to believe that some folks didn’t know that Holly is no longer with AT&T. She’s working with Ron Kirk on the Texas Central Railway. She’s already been to Japan to check out their super-duper, high-speed bullet trains … Over at a high-top table Pat Holder was looking downright giddy about her Valentine’s proposal at the Mansion by Wayne Ritter. Yup. Pat accepted and the nuptials are in the planning stage.

Gary Cogill Gives His Oscar Predictions Just In Time For Sunday’s Academy Awards

Because North Texans love movies, whether they’re made here or just shown in luxury theaters, the Academy Awards are like the Super Bowl for film-anistas.

With the Oscars being handed out this Sunday, the guessing game of which ones will win, sweep and lose is on. For your convenience, here is a ballot for your voting.

Gary Cogill and Hayley Hamilton Cogill

Gary Cogill and Hayley Hamilton Cogill

At the recent Dallas Uncorked at Veritas, big screen expert Gary Cogill shared some of his predictions. Here they are:

How does that match up with your picks?

SOLD-OUT ALERT!: Uncorked Dallas Dinner

If you had high hopes of spending the evening at Hibiscus enjoying great company, delicious food and Merryvale wines, you’re out of luck. Benefiting Les Dames d’Escoffier Dallas Chapter, the Uncorked Dallas Holiday Dinner with Merryvale owner Rene Schlatter is sold to the max.

Alas, if you didn’t get your reservation in before the “Sold Out” status, you’ll just have to resign yourself to watching “Dancing With The Stars” with a jug of wine and your radiated Over-Easy Bison Burger from Snaps Kitchen.

North Texas Food Bank’s Harvest Patrons Talk About Eating Healthier And Showing Results At NorthPark’s Burberry

After the rains fell for the first time in ages, the season of harvesting was underway. But there seemed to be a tad bit of confusion of how the “harvest” benefited.

On Wednesday, September 9, the North Texas Food Bank was in high cotton at NorthPark’s Burberry for the Harvest patron party.

While a New Yorker Burberry type tried to smile and answer questions, NTFB senior marketing manager Lora Farris had the facts nailed down. Yes, the fundraiser would be taking place at the “revitalized” Dallas Farmers Market’s The Shed facility on Friday, September 18, with Modern Luxury’s Blake Stephenson chairing the food fest, Chef Sharon Hage serving as chef chair, and Anne and Steve Stodghill handling the honorary co-chair duties.

Burberry fashions

Burberry fashions

Cindy Stager and Blake Stephenson

Cindy Stager and Blake Stephenson

Alas, the Stodghills weren’t able to attend the NorthPark event. They were over at Kara and Randall Goss’ estate for the John Wayne Film Festival patron event, which they’re also honorary co-chairing.

Appetizers

Appetizers

Appetizers

Appetizers

Not to worry. There was plenty to talk about at Burberry and food was a leading topic, in addition to it being passed around. Lucian LaBarba who had announced his retirement last year, revealed that he had moved his foodie talents to the Ben E. Keith Co. He had also undergone the challenge of losing weight. The results? He’s 35 pounds lighter. Has he bought an entirely new wardrobe? Nope, but he has a couple of great tailors who have been busy. The secret to his weight loss? “I just stopped eating like a Sicilian!” Which did he miss the most? Pasta!

Lucian LaBarba and Joey LaBarba

Lucian LaBarba and Joey LaBarba

Jim and Cara French

Jim and Cara French

Others among the 75 sipping and being seen were Nancy Gopez, Cindy Stager, Eric Reeves, Katherine Coker, Cara and Jim French—freshly changed after catching their offspring’s rain-threatened field hockey game—and Hayley and Gary Cogill.

And, yes, Hayley admitted that Gary had indeed had come to realize that for his health’s sake he needed to lose a couple of pounds—and Hawaii had been the perfect spot to tackle the weight-loss program.

And, speaking of “harvesting” fundraising, Hayley’s Dallas Uncorked is putting on its own “Harvest” at Salum with Pali Wines on Sunday, October 11, to benefit New Friends New Life.

It appears that when it comes to harvesting in Dallas, countless folks benefit.

Movie Mind Trust Gary Cogill Popped Up His Oscar Picks At Dallas Uncorked Benefiting Cáfe Momentum And Dallas Film Society

There’s just something about Sunday night casual gatherings in the off-football season. On Sunday, February 8, Veritas was forcing organizers to haul in extra chairs to accommodate such a fest.

It was Dallas Uncorked with movie brain trust Gary Cogill giving his insight for the upcoming Academy Awards. It was like having Santa’s chief elf giving the insider tips on the hot must-have toys for the season.

Gary Cogill and Hayley Hamilton Cogill

Gary Cogill and Hayley Hamilton Cogill

Dallas Uncorked founder/Cogill wife Hayley Hamilton Cogill sighed that they had filled the wine bar practically to the max to benefit Dallas Film Society and Café Momentum, and could have sold many more tickets.

Somebody asked, “What about the Grammys?” After all, they were being presented that night. But this was a film-loving crowd, so they had already set their DVR’s.

Dallas Film Society chief Lee Papert whispered he was in the back of the room. Someone said that Lee was smart to be back there for off-the-record commenting.

But up front was a reserved table for Ellen and Don Winspear. When someone asked what Don was up to, he was surprised at the question, answering, “I thought you were more astute. We’re chairing First Night.” Guess Don hadn’t gotten the memo that the official word hadn’t been announced. The staff was keeping it mum until the whole kit and caboodle was ready for presentation.

Former Dallas Cowboy Flozell Adams with Marisa Ritter, Pat Holder and Wayne Ritter were at a high top near the table with Paul Divis and Randall Goss, who was solo. Randall’s wife Kara was spending quality time with her 12-year-old daughter Kate Peterson.

Flozell Adams and Marisa Ritter

Flozell Adams and Marisa Ritter

Lori Rakowitz  and Tiffany Divis

Lori Rakowitz and Tiffany Divis

Speaking of old-time relationships, Tiffany Divis was with her longtime buddy Lori Rakowitz.

In the entry area at a table for two, John Tesar was chomping on popcorn with Amy Vanderoef, while Debra Nelson was catching up friends on her recent vacation in Mexico.

David Tice, Debra Nelson, John Tesar and Amy Vanderoef

David Tice, Debra Nelson, John Tesar and Amy Vanderoef

After enough wine had been served, it was just about time for Gary to present his insights. First, there was an auction of all types of goodies from the Dallas Film Society, Studio Movie Grill and Boulevardier Dallas.

After giving a brief run through of his life prior to the night, Gary told of his attending the Oscars. Highlights of his talk included:

  • He admitted that he never went inside the theater for the Oscar presentation. Instead, he did the red carpet interviews. One time he was standing on the red carpet with the BBC on one side and Women’s Wear Daily on the other. Tom Cruise twirled Nicole Kidman and she turned to WWD about her outfit and Tom chatted with Gary. Surprised, Gary asked Tom what he was wearing. Tom replied, “Tom Ford and what are you wearing, Gary?” Gary’s response: “Culwell and Son [in] Snider Plaza.”
  • Every year following the presentation, Marcia Gay Harden would seek him out and kiss him on the lips with her then-husband glowering.
  • Among the lineup of limousines delivering guests at the Spielberg after-party, Gary pulled up in a red Ford Fiesta.
  • Interviews: He liked Robin Williams, who would correspond with Gary’s daughter. He found Tommy Lee Jones to be difficult. Meryl Streep and George Clooney were dreams.
  • Comparison of 2013 to 2014 film season: 2013 was one of the best in the last 15 years. This year’s crop not so.
  • “American Sniper”: “American Sniper” was better than he thought it would be. “It’s a very conflicted thing. One of Clint Eastwood’s best.”
  • One of his favorites: “Begin Again”
  • Favorite movie of the year: “Birdman”
  • Most complete movie: “Imitation Game”

For his Oscar picks, he revealed:

  • Best original song: Song from “Selma” by John Legend
  • Best supporting actress: Patricia Arquette for “Boyhood”
  • Best supporting actor: J.K. Simmons in “Whiplash”
  • Best actress: Julianne Moore in “Still Alice”
  • Best actor: Michael Keaton in “Birdman”
  • Best movie: A tie between “Boyhood” or “Birdman”

In closing, Gary offered some movie etiquette tips that won’t be found in Emily Post. They are:

  • Turn off your cellphones in the theater. “When you hold it up to check your messages, you have turned on a beacon to about 10 rows behind you and it annoys everyone.”
  • Stop shaking the stupid ice in your cup. “You might as just go rattle the wall.”
  • Stop shaking your popcorn bag. At least, wait until the loud moments in the movie.
  • Stop ordering theater nachos because “the jalapenos stink for about five rows.”

And by the way, all the auction items went for more than the value prices. In fact the DFS package for the Dallas International Film Festival passes was sold twice.

MySweetWishList: Dallas Uncorked

According to Dallas Uncorked Founder/President Hayley Hamilton Cogill,

Dallas Uncorked*

Dallas Uncorked*

“Ten years ago I had an idea to start an organization that would break down the walls of understanding wine, making the grape based drink assessable to all, removing the snooty stereotypes that were often associated with the beverage. I created a non-profit, educational organization all about wine, with a desire to focus on boutique, family-owned wineries and regions that were still rather undiscovered. Ten years later Dallas Uncorked continues to teach our members about wine in an unpretentious, entertaining manner. Through long-table pairing dinners and walk around tasting events we show the unique qualities of wine, and how they can pair with food, partnering with wineries from around the world and some of our favorite local restaurants.

Hayley Hamilton Cogill

Hayley Hamilton Cogill (File photo)

“Along the way, we also started to focus our efforts around helping various charities, giving a significant portion of each event’s profits to various local, national and international charities, like The Stewpot, Charity:Water, The June Jones Foundation, Executives in Action and The Birthday Party Project. With this our greatest rewards have come.

“Though I love teaching our members about wine, and seeing their face light up when they taste the perfect glass or enjoy the ideal pairing, Dallas Uncorked’s true gift has been the ability to give back to causes that work tirelessly to help those in need. The joy found in supplying a warm meal or celebrating a birthday, the fulfillment in the life changing act of helping bring clean water to a village or helping someone down on their luck get back on their feet, this is where the real fulfillment comes.

“We will be spreading a little bit more joy on December 14 when we partner with Boisset Wine Collections and Salum Restaurant for our Dallas Uncorked Holiday Sparkling Wine Celebration. It will be a night of French bubbles from the Boisset portfolio, pairing each with an incredible menu created by Chef Abraham Salum, benefiting The Stewpot and The North Texas Food Bank. What better way to celebrate the season with your sweetheart or your best friends than with a holiday bubbly party that give back to your community. We would love to have you join us.

“However, if you can’t, please give back to either of these important causes, or one that is close to your heart this holiday season.  Tickets are $85 each, available via our website, www.dallasuncorked.org.

-Hayley Hamilton Cogill, Dallas Uncorked Founder/President

* Graphic provided by Dallas Uncorked

Dallas Uncorked 5th Annual Wine Dinner Popped With Mustang Fans And Film Lovers For The June Jones Foundation

Sorry to disappoint, but those images of wine-tasting types wobbling out of venues are pretty far-fetched. The Dallas Uncorked 5th Annual Wine Dinner proved that point.

As Sevy’s Wednesday late-afternoon regulars like Andy Stern and Warren Gravely were heading to their cars on July 30, they were a little surprised to see guests arriving nonstop. It wasn’t the fact that Sevy’s was busy. It always is. Rather, the crowd was all hitting at the same moment. This situation was due to Uncorked’s Junes Jones Foundation fundraiser.

Tyler Kleinert and Chris Kleinert

Tyler Kleinert and Chris Kleinert

The 150 guests were made up of film fans and SMU diehards who also had a hankering for the grape and good conversation. Chris Kleinert and his son Tyler were making the rounds while waiting for mom Ashlee. Tyler, who now goes to SMU, played football at Prestonwood Christian Academy in his younger days with June’s son, JJ IV.

Edward and Sissy Hicks, Ashlee Kleinert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill and Gary Cogill

Edward and Sissy Hicks, Ashlee Kleinert, Hayley Hamilton Cogill and Gary Cogill

When Ashlee did arrive, she didn’t make it very far before she was surrounded by Dallas Uncorked founder Hayley Hamilton Cogill and her husband Gary Cogill and Sissy and Edward Hicks.

Gary was sporting fresh facial follicles after his recent junkets to Alaska for salmon fishing and meeting up with Hayley in France.

Melina McKinnon and Michael Cain

Melina McKinnon and Michael Cain

Speaking of travel, Melina McKinnon and husband Michael Cain were talking about their trips to Munich and Africa. Seems that keeping up with their year-old daughter Athena had resulted in Michael’s exchanging his signature silver flowing mane for an undercut.

Lee Porter, Debra Nelson and June Jones

Lee Porter, Debra Nelson and June Jones

Debra Nelson and Lee Porter were keeping company with SMU football coach June Jones, who was leaning against a rail separating the dining room from the lounge. He told how in the way-long-ago days, he and Gary had been high school baseball teammates in Portland. June said that Gary likes to tell the story that June pitched a no-hitter and their team still lost the game.

Steve Morton and Bill Wood

Steve Morton and Bill Wood

Across the room, best friends Bill Wood and Steve Morton recalled their days in the 1970’s playing on the Mustang football team. Bill played center and Steve was a defensive end. During one of their seasons Bum Phillips was defensive coordinator.

Jim Severson

Jim Severson

While the guests were chatting it up with glasses in hand in the dining room and checking out the silent auctions items, like a two-night weekend for two couples at Domaine Serene in Willamette Valley and sideline passes and basketball tickets to SMU football and basketball games courtesy of June, Sevy’s owner/chef Jim Severson was at work with his team preparing the meal. He was without his better half, Amy, who was home with the kids.

John Tesar

John Tesar

At 7:15 Gary called the group to their seats. Just as he was taking his place, Knife chef John Tesar told tablemate Amy Vanderoef it was nice to have someone else cooking for a change.

For foodies and wine lovers, the evening’s plan, sponsored by Vic Salvino and wines provided by Hope Family Wines, called for the following:

  • Reception: Trena White and tonic cocktails with tomato, basil and goat cheese crostini
  • First course: Liberty School Chardonnay with a choice of baby mix greens, Caesar salad or Sevy’s Corn Chowder
  • Main Course: Treana Red with a choice of rosemary chicken, angel hair pasta, Atlantic salmon or Sevy’s beef tenderloin
  • Dessert: Troublemaker with chocolate chip mouse cake or fresh berries with whipped cream