JUST IN: Park And Palate Plans Announced For Klyde Warren Park’s Mega Fundraiser With Loads Of “Pillars And Proteges” On The Menu

The Klyde Warren Park team has really been cooking up some plans for this year’s Park and Palate at Klyde Warren Park on Friday, October 13, and Saturday, October 14. Yes, yes, that’s Texas-OU weekend, but what a great place to eat, drink and party with locals and out-of-towners. Now settle back for the news.

Park and Palate*

This year’s theme is “Pillars and Protégés,” and for good reason. The “pillars” will be established vets in the culinary centers cooking up dishes with “a partner (aka protégé) who will collaborate with them at the event to create a truly diverse lineup.”  

According to Klyde Warren Park President Tara Green, “We are thankful to have the support of so many talented, culinary icons for this year’s event. The Pillars and Protégés theme certainly brings a unique twist, which is what Klyde Warren Park is all about. We supply the fun; all you have to bring is yourself!”

For the Friday night exclusive “Down To The Roots” from 6 to 10 p.m., it’s a Lone Star roundup of culinary greats including Jon Bonnell of Bonnell’s Restaurant in Fort Worth,  Tyson Cole of Uchi in Austin, Jason Dady of Jason Dady Restaurant Group in San Antonio, Houston’s Becky Masson of Fluff Bake Bar and Monica Pope and our local fellas Dean Fearing and Kent Rathbun.

Dean Fearing (File photo)

Kent Rathbun (File photo)

Kent, who will also be serving as the Saturday Grand Taste chef host, commented, “I am so thrilled to participate in the third year of Park and Palate. Having the opportunity to select a partner chef at the event will be such a great way to have a one-of-a-kind lineup. We will be able to really showcase our passion through our collaborative dishes. It will truly be a rare and exclusive experience unlike any other Dallas event.”

Omar Flores (File photo)

Lisa Garza-Selcer (File photo)

Brian Luscher (File photo)

Jim Severson (File photo)

And speaking of the Grand Taste, it will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 .m. with the following “pillars” already signed on board: Alex Astranti of Top Knot, Jeff Balfour of Southerleigh, Ryan Barnett of Lark on the Park, Nilton “Junior” Borges of The Joule Hotel, Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House, Katherine Clapner of Dude, Sweet Chocolate, John Coleman of Savor Gastropub, Jason Dady of The Jason Dady Restaurant Group, Kevin Fink and Page Pressley, of Emmer & Rye, Omar Flores, of Whistle Britches Chicken, Diego Galicia, of Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria, Lisa Garza-Selcer of Sissy’s Southern Kitchen and Bar, Jared Harms of The Pyramid, Ethan Holmes of Snap Kitchen, Nick Hurry of Proof and Pantry, Brian Luscher of The Grape, Becky Masson of Fluff Bake Bar, Andrea Meyer of Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie, Kent Rathbun, Amanda Rockman of Café No Sé, Richard Ruskell of Cake Wars and Food Network, Joe Scigliano of Savor Gastropub, Jim “Sevy” Severson of Sevy’s, Callie Speer of Holy Roller, Philip Speer of Bonhomie, Aaron Staudenmaier of Lovers Seafood, Shuji Sugawara of Shinsei, Josh Sutcliff of Mirador, Rico Torres of Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria, David Uygur of Lucia, Julie Vorce of Savor Gastropub, Nick Walker of The Front Room and Nicholas Yanes of Juniper with cocktails by Michael Martensen of Shoals.

Jody Grant and Tara Green*

Here’s a breakdown of how to eat your way through the Klyde Warren Park fundraiser:

  • The very, extra-special Down To The Roots on Friday night is limited to those signing on as underwriters and sponsors. Interested? Then just check with Tara and she can make your delicious dreams come true, while also helping support the park and its more than 1,300 free programs and events each year.”
  • Saturday’s Grand Taste is available by simply buying a ticket. Better lock yours down now before the Longhorns and Sooners get wind of this yummy shindig and decide to call Klyde Warren a post-game celebration. And while you’re at it, splurge and go for the VIP ticket that also includes valet parking, specialty cocktails, wines, food tastings, VIP Swag and early access to wine and spirit seminar. BTW, don’t hold off until the day of because there will be no tickets sold at the door.

Leading the two-day event will once again by Co-Chairs Lyn and John Muse and Carolyn and Rob Walters, presenting sponsor Republic National Distributing Company and media sponsor D Magazine.

A couple of suggestions:

  • This is definitely a date night because all ticket holders must be over 21 years of age. So, reserve that baby sitter ASAP.
  • Leave the car at home and Uber, Lyft, DART or walk. It’s gonna be a jam-packed event with a projected crowd of 2,600 wine and food lovers. You just know how you hate to hassle with navigating the streets. So, just sit back and let someone else do the driving.
* Photo provided by Klyde Warren Park

Just 48 Hours Before His Accident, Chef Kent Rathbun Was Heading Up The March Of Dimes Signature Chefs Dinner

The fall temperatures weren’t the only things in the “change mode” on Thursday, November 3, While the Flora Award Gala black-tie set were celebrating adorably cute couple Myrna and Bob Schlegel at Texas Discovery Gardens, the short-skirted, stiletto types were grazing over at the Hilton Anatole for the March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Dinner.

Despite years past of partying at the Omni, the 500+ crowd owned the Chantilly Ballroom with Lady Lucy Wrubel at the musical helm. And it truly was the type of music to diner with and bid on.

Lucy Wrubel

Lucy Wrubel

Alina and Ruben Esquivel

Alina and Ruben Esquivel

Fraser and Rhonda Marcus

Fraser and Rhonda Marcus

Andrea Weber

Andrea Weber

As Diane and Hal Brierley, Laura Moon, Andrea Weber and Rhonda and Fraser Marcus sampled around the room that was lined with chefs like Jim Severson, Gilbert Garza, David Hoblen, Janice Provost, John Tesar, Chad Houser, Nicolas Blouin and Elvis cooking up a storm, Chief Chef Kent Rathbun had his arm around longtime cooking pal Aaron Staudenmaier. While Kent was pulled away to talk with another pod of pals, Aaron remembered how sad Kent had been when the kerfuffle with his business partner had taken place. But Aaron quickly added, “But Kent is strong.”

Hal Brierley, John Tesar and Diane Brierley

Hal Brierley, John Tesar and Diane Brierley

David Holben

David Holben

JIm Severson

JIm Severson

Elvis

Elvis

Gilbert Garza

Gilbert Garza

Aaron Staudenmaier and Kent Rathbun

Aaron Staudenmaier and Kent Rathbun

Little did Aaron or Kent know that just 48 hours later, Kent’s strength would be put to the test following a devastating ATV accident in Marfa that resulted in his being air-lifted to Odessa and then Parkland with punctured kidney, fracture vertebrae and 27 ribs.

We are pleased to report that thanks to outstanding medical care, wife Tracy Rathbun’s constant presence and the support of family and friends, Kent made it home in time for Thanksgiving.  

Crystal Charity Ball Men Folk Were Honored With A Gentlemen’s Night Out At The Rathbuns Thanks to BB&T

Like a Tennessee Williams scenario, Tuesday, October 18, was warm and steamy. Luckily, the Crystal Charity Ball types were well aware of the condition and left the cashmeres and leathers at home for the Gentlemen’s Night Out.

It was to thank the CCB husbands for playing second fiddle, while their wives called on foundations and CEOs to provide $5.6M for children charities.

Kent Rathbun and Claire Emanuelson

Kent Rathbun and Claire Emanuelson

Key Coker and Debbie Oates

Key Coker and Debbie Oates

Presented by BB&T Bank, the event took place at Tracy and Kent Rathbun’s home. Because of the limited parking, most guests parked at the Junior League of Dallas and were bused over to the Rathbuns. Others had friends or Uber deliver them to the front door. Nicky Oates dropped off wife Debbie Oates and Marie Dean depended upon a walker for her mending left foot.

Bryan and Leslie Diers and Dwight Emanuelson

Bryan and Leslie Diers and Dwight Emanuelson

Dwight Emanuelson was back in town from a couple of weeks on the East Coast. In addition to company gatherings, Dwight headed to Hilton Head to help his dad with post-Hurricane Matthew damages. After a couple of days and hand blisters, dad’s home was soon back to normal. The remaining problems for the seaside house was the damage to the dunes that separated his dad’s pool from the ocean.

Troy Schiermeyer, Christie Carter and Sarah and Rob Bowlby

Troy Schiermeyer, Christie Carter and Sarah and Rob Bowlby

Since the Rathbun home is a true-blue indoor/outdoor party palace, the ladies were all gussied up in silk and lace attire especially as presenting sponsor rep BB&T’s newly minted North Texas Region President Rob Bowlby addressed the group about BB&T’s capability. As if moving the Bowlby family to Dallas from Florida wasn’t taxing enough, Rob’s wife, Sarah Bowlby, had just given birth six weeks before. But there she was, looking great.

Rob admitted that he was indeed impressed with the philanthropic efforts of North Texas. Why, just the previous Saturday he had seen Kent on stage raising funds for cancer research. Now, Kent was hosting another fundraiser.

JUST IN: Chef Kent Rathbun Injured In ATV Accident

It was just last Thursday that Chef Kent “Big Daddy” Rathbun led the fundraising for the annual Signature Chefs Auction at the Hilton Anatole. He was in great spirits raising money for the March of Dimes.

Aaron Staudenmaier and Kent Rathbun

Aaron Staudenmaier and Kent Rathbun

Unfortunately, Kent suffered severe injuries Saturday in West Texas when he, his wife Tracy Rathbun and daughter Garrett Rathbun were thrown from a Polaris vehicle. Luckily Tracy and Garrett were just shaken up. However, Kent had to be careflighted to Odessa ICU late Saturday night and then airlifted to Parkland Sunday.

According to reports, he suffered a punctured kidney, a fractured vertebrae and 22 broken ribs that resulted in fluids building up in his lungs. The goal is to clear the lungs, so surgeons can repair the damage to his back.

Luckily, the conditions were improving this morning. According to D Magazine’s Nancy Nichols, Tracy’s business partner Lynae Fearing reported, “Kent is conscious and blowing into a device that measure his lungs. They feel that if they can get the lungs cleared today, they will do the back surgery tomorrow.”      

At this point Kent and the family need prayers and positive thoughts. Hold the phone calls and visits until things calm down. For updates, the Rathbuns are requesting that you check Caring Bridge.

Update: Here’s proof that Kent is very conscious and his sense of humor hasn’t been hurt one bit.

Signature Chef Patron Party Had Guests Around Tracy And Kent Rathbun’s Pool, Chickens In The Hen House And Bees In The Hive

Chef Kent Rathbun appears to be half of his old self. That’s because of all the weight he’s shed. Even his ear lobes seem svelte. But as he reported on Wednesday, October 5, he hadn’t lost his commitment to the March of Dimes’ Signature Chefs Dinner taking place at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, November 3. Yes, the event had taken place in recent years at the Omni Dallas, but there was a convention of some sort that had blocked out the ballroom.

Nancy Owen, Kameron Westcott and Amanda Shufeldt

Nancy Owen, Kameron Westcott and Amanda Shufeldt

While wife Tracy Rathbun was off taking son Max Rathbun to a soccer game, the Rathbuns’ indoor-outdoor entertainment center was the setting for the Signature Chefs patron party. The majority of the roughly 100 guests like Co-Chairs Amanda Shufeldt, Kameron Westcott and Nancy Owen partied in the backyard with its pool, shaded terrace and chef-envy outdoor kitchen.

Janice Provost and Kent Rathbun

Janice Provost and Kent Rathbun

On the other hand, Kent took Parigi’s Chef Janice Provost for a tour of the property’s garden, the two massive, 2,500-gallon water tanks, the beehives and the hen house with a sign on the door reading, “Do Not Gather Eggs.” The reason for the sign was because only the Rathbuns’ daughter Garrett Rathbun was allowed to collect the hen-laying products.

Do Not Gather The Eggs

Do Not Gather The Eggs

Speaking of chefs, Kent reported that the following chefs will be part of the super-duper graze-athon including: CBD Provisions’ Richard Blankenship, Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine’s Jermaine Brown, Texas Spice’s Donald Chalko, Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House’s Richard Chamberlain, Casa Rubia’s Omar Flores, Suze Restaurant’s Gilbert Garza, Off the Bone Barbeque’s Dwight Harvey, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House’s David Holben, Café Momentum’s Chad Houser, Dragonfly’s Dan Landsberg, Madrina’s David Fingerman, Parigi’s Janice Provost, Uchi’s Jeramie Robison, Sevy’s Grill’s Jim Severson, III Forks’ Chis Vogell, Five Sixty’s Jacob Williamson, Lockhart Smoke House’s Damian Avila, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek’s Nicolas Blouin, Proof and Pantry’s Nick Hurry, Shinsei’s Carlos Capistran and Knife’s John Tesar.

Suggestion: Make sure you’ve got your tickets and start dieting now because you’re gonna want to graze a lot at the dinner.

Park’s Park And Palate Will Have Even More Food And Fun For The Klyde Warren Fundraiser On October 21 And 22

Jody and Sheila Grant (File photo)

Jody and Sheila Grant (File photo)

When Sheila and Jody Grant took on the project of creating a park over Woodall Rodgers freeway, many thought they had pushed the dream envelope. But dang it, they pulled it off. Now Klyde Warren Park is the year-round place to play, dine and celebrate the coming together of Dallas downtown and uptown neighborhoods.

But Sheila’s and Jody’s involvement did end with the ribbon cutting. They’re just as giddy today as they were on the opening night when Owen Wilson and Jackie Evancho were among the celebrants back on October 24, 2012.

Jackie Evancho (File photo)

Jackie Evancho (File photo)

As proof of this commitment, Sheila just reported that she’ll be flying in from the American Ballet Theater performance in the David H Koch Theater at Lincoln Center for the Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, Park and Palate, the annual Klyde Warren Park fundraiser. This year’s two-day food-athon is being co-chairs Carolyn and Robert Walters along with Lyn and John Muse and title sponsors Republic National Distributing Corporation and Central Market.

Hopefully, Sheila has her ticket for Friday night’s “Down To The Roots” because it’s already sold out. However, tickets are still available for the 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. “Grand Taste” on Saturday.

Kent Rathbun (File photo)

Kent Rathbun (File photo)

Dean Fearing (File photo)

Dean Fearing (File photo)

John Tesar (File photo)

John Tesar (File photo)

Headlining the food fest will be locals Kent Rathbun, John Tesar and Dean Fearing as well as San Antonio’s Jason Dady.

Klyde Warren Park (File photo)

Klyde Warren Park (File photo)

As for the chefs who will be cooking up a storm on Friday night, they’ll include Bruce Auden of Biga on the Banks, Jill Bates of Fearing’s, Tyson Cole of uchi, Jason Dady of Jason Dady Restaurant Group, Robert Del Grande of Café Annie, Dean Fearing of Fearing’s, Michael Fojtasek of Olamaie, Sharon Hage of Sharon Hage Farm to Fork Consulting, Brian Johnson of Central Market, Molly McCook of Ellerbe Fine Foods, Kyle Nelson of Central Market, Michael Thomson of Michael’s Cuisine and Ancho Chile Bar, Julie Vorce of Savor Gastropub and Hugo Ortega of Backstreet Café, Hugo’s and Caracol.

And things only ramp up for Saturday with loads and loads of chef cooking up a storm including Jeff Balfour of Southerleigh, Melody Bishop of Lark on the Park, Richard Blankenship of CBD Provisions, Nilton Borges Jr. of The Joule Hotel, John Brand of Supper, Jermaine Brown of Julia Pearl Southern Cuisine, John Coleman of Savor Gastropub, Jason Dady of Jason Dady Restaurant Group, Ross Demers of On the Lamb, Brandon Drew of The Pyramid at the Fairmont Hotel, David Fingerman of Madrina, Omar Flores of Casa Rubia, Diego Galicia of Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria, Nick Hurry of Proof and Pantry, Dennis Kelley of Lark on the Park, Brian Johnson of Central Market, Geronimo Lopez of Botika, Brian Luscher of Luscher’s Red Hots and The Grape, Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar, Andrea Meyer of Bisous Bisous Pâtisserie, Suki Otsuki of Mudhen Meat and Greens, Kent Rathbun, Timothy Rattray of The Granary ‘Cue and Brew, Justin Richardson of Brigid, Joe Scigliano of Savor Gastropub, Philip Speer of Bonhomie, Shuji Sugawara of Shinsei, John Tesar of Knife, Rico Torres of Mixtli Progressive Mexican Culinaria, Julie Vorce of Savor Gastropub, Andrew Wiseheart of Contigo and Chicon, Nicholas Yanes of Juniper and more.

P.S — Park and Palate is an adults-only event. But there will still be “lots of free, family-friendly activities on the East Lawn during Park and Palate, including fitness classes, games, food trucks, music and more!”

MSC Opportunity: Gateway TO Opportunity Luncheon

According to Gateway To Opportunity Luncheon Co-Chairs Tracy Lange and Paula Miltenberger,

Paula Miltenberger (File photo)

Paula Miltenberger (File photo)

Tracy Lange (File photo)

Tracy Lange (File photo)

“Sadly, more than 5,000 children in the Dallas area do not have a place to call home. These children rely on friends, relatives and the generosity of strangers to help make a difference for their world.  Unfortunately the numbers are growing at a record pace of children and families that do not have home.

Family Gateway opened in October of 1986 when Mayor-Pro Tem Annette G. Strauss saw families living on the streets of Dallas and envisioned a facility where homeless families could stay together as a family unit in a safe place. Today, Family Gateway is the largest provider of supportive housing for homeless families in North Texas. We believe that a family that stays together provides the most stability and long term success for children. Our mission is to end child homelessness in our area and with your help we can do it.

“Our annual luncheon, ‘Gateway to Opportunity,’ will be Tuesday, September 27th at the Omni Hotel. We are honored and excited that Jenna Bush Hager will be our guest speaker. She has been an ongoing advocate for children and ensuring that we all do our part to help the generations to come. Honorary event co-chairs are Tracy and Kent Rathbun. Special Advisors are fundraising experts Gina Betts and D’Andra Simmons.

Kent and Tracy Rathbun (File photo)

Kent and Tracy Rathbun (File photo)

Gina Betts (File photo)

Gina Betts (File photo)

D'Andra Simmons (File photo)

D’Andra Simmons (File photo)

“We ask that you partner with us to end child homelessness by purchasing a sponsorship or table, or underwriting necessary funds need to make sure this event is a success. Metro PCS is our Presenting Sponsor. Please visit familygateway.org for volunteer and luncheon sponsorship opportunities.

“On behalf of the homeless children and their families, we say thank you for your support and look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, September 27, at the Omni.”

Former First Twin Jenna Bush Hager To Be Keynote Speaker For Family Gateway’s Gateway To Opportunity Luncheon

North Texas was starting to take on the profile of Seattle South thanks to the deluge of May rain. It would have been a perfect format for bumbershoot jokes, except the loss of life and property weren’t the least bit humorous.

But thanks to a break in the rain on Wednesday, June 1, the skies cleared for the Family Gateway Kick-Off Party at Lisa and Clay Cooley’s home.

Christie Carter, Angie Kadesky, Lisa Cooley and Anne Davidson

Christie Carter, Angie Kadesky, Lisa Cooley and Anne Davidson

Chef Kent Rathbun told Christie Carter that the rain had indeed filled his towering cisterns. He added that the gallons could easily be drained in a week to water his acreage. What Kent wasn’t talking about was the behind-the-scenes issues that were developing in his relationship with his majority partner Bill Hyde. But who wanted to chat up business entanglements; Kent and wife Tracy Rathbun were focused on their duties as honorary co-chairs for the Family Gateway’s Gateway to Opportunity Luncheon on Tuesday, September 27, at the Omni Dallas Hotel with former first twin Jenna Bush Hager as the guest speaker.

Speaking of acreage, another fellow looking at the Cooley grounds wondered aloud if Clay ever tossed a line for fishing from the bridge over the property’s creek. The answer? According to Clay, he doesn’t fish the property. He feeds the finny residents. Only problem? The koi on the upper pond keep tumbling down to the lower pond. Plans are underway to resolve the southward swim.

Marissa Castro Mikoy, Ben and Tracy Lange

Marissa Castro Mikoy, Ben and Tracy Lange

Others in the crowd were Ben Lange, who will chair the After-School All-Stars, AFAS Executive Director Marissa Castro Mikoy, Britton Lynn, Angie Kadesky and Anne Davidson.

Paula Miltenberger

Paula Miltenberger

Ciara Cooley and Clay Cooley

Ciara Cooley and Clay Cooley

The guests moved into the den to learn more about Family Gateway and plans for the upcoming Gateway To Opportunities that will be co-chaired by Tracy Lange and Paula Miltenberger. Underwriting will be handled by Lisa and daughter Ciara Cooley, who is the youngest member of Family Gateway’s board.

Sponsorships start at $7,500 and tickets can be snapped up for $

2016 Signature Chefs Auction Is Headed To The Anatole To Cook Up A Storm For March Of Dimes Of Dallas

The March of Dimes Dallas’ annual Signature Chefs Auction is making a change this year. No, Chef Kent Rathbun is still going to be at the cooking helm with his culinary buds. This event is one of his favs and no matter how busy he is or how thin he gets, he’s gonna be there for the 19th year in a row.

Hallie Lamont, Amanda Shufeldt, Kent Rathbun Nancy Owen and Kameron Westcott*

Hallie Lamont, Amanda Shufeldt, Kent Rathbun Nancy Owen and Kameron Westcott*

Nope! The change is the place. This year’s Co-Chairs Hallie Lamont, Nancy Owen, Amanda Shufeldt and Kameron Westcott have revealed that the food will be doled out and the live auction of incredible packages will take place at the Hilton Anatole on Thursday, November 3.

As for which chefs will be serving more than 700 guests, stay tuned. That list is being compiled!

* Photo credit: Rhiannon Lee Photography

2016 Art Ball Auction Item #2: Napa Valley Wine Country Getaway

Leave it to the Dallas Museum of Art‘s art-lovers to know just the right spot to enjoy art paired with fabulous wines and incredible scenery. And that’s exactly what this 2016 Art Ball live auction package offers complete with Dallas’ own Tracy and Kent Rathbun escorting around the wineries and tables of Napa Valley.

Napa Valley Wine Country Getaway (Value: Priceless)

Kent and Tracy Rathbun (File photo)

Kent and Tracy Rathbun (File photo)

Napa Valley is a delicious nirvana for foodies and wine connoisseurs. Perhaps that why Dallas’ fav restaurant couple Tracy and Kent Rathbun envision one day setting up a bed and breakfast there specializing in fine wine-and-dine experiences. How smart this package is to have the Rathbuns serve as “taste tour guides” for six guests to experience Napa Valley.

Hotel Senza*

Hotel Senza*

After arriving via private jet, the group will check in at for a four-day, three-night stay at Hotel Senza. But there will be little time to hold up in the hotel.

Hall St. Helena*

Hall St. Helena*

First there will be Dallas power couple Kathryn and Craig Hall’s Hall St. Helena in St. Helena, where wine tastings and modern art are divine among the Napa hills and Hall’s lush gardens. Check out the artwork by John Baldessari, Jaume Plensa and Jim Campbell. Next stop will be Walt Wines in Sonoma that was the brainchild of Kathryn, whose parents — the late Dolores and Bob Walt — were dedicated winegrowers. The focus here is the production of the area’s premier Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. To prove that point there will be a Root 101 Single Vineyard Pinot Noir tasting showcasing “distinct vineyard voices that demonstrate defined character and personality, from land to table.” This education will include five single vineyard wines coursed from appellations in the Walt collection. To fulfill the experience, The Girl & the Fig will provide a “selection of seasonal, pinot-centric small bites” for each pairing.

Hall Rutherford*

Hall Rutherford*

But the piece de resistance will take place back at Hall St. Helena’s Hall Rutherford for “a platinum tasting experience” with the wines paired with “small bites” from Napa chefs.

Compliments of Kathryn and Craig Hall, Tracy and Kent Rathbun and Julie and Ed Hawes

* Photo provided by 
Dallas Museum of Art

Taste Of The NFL Is Heading Totally Outdoors And Making VIP Tickets Available For Individuals

With Wednesday sounding like some more thumper-bumper storms are on the agenda, it’s a brave group that decides to commit to an all-outdoor event. Such a group is the North Texas Food Bank and the event is Taste of the NFL at AT&T Stadium. But the date is not Wednesday. Whew! It’s Sunday, May 1, from 6 to 10 p.m.! Hopefully, by that time all this hail-ish stuff will be in the rear-view mirror.

According to the NTFB folks, “We enjoyed beautiful weather last year, so we made the decision to move our entire main event outdoors.”

Kent Rathbun (File photo)

Kent Rathbun (File photo)

Dunia Borgia

Dunia Borgia

That means the whole kit-and-caboodle will take place in the Miller Lite Plaza. Led by slimmer-trimmer Chef Kent Rathbun, the chefs from such restaurants as Abacus, Chamberlain’s, Salum Restaurant, Shinsei, Clark Food & Wine, La Duni, Lockhart Smokehouse BBQ, Off the Bone Barbeque, Frosted Art Bakery & Studio, Il Calabrese Ristorante & Bar, Texas de Brazil and NTFB Community Kitchen will be cooking up a storm in the 8,000-square-foot covered Miller Lite Corral. Let’s hope that Dunia will once again bring her Micrema Bespoke Frozen Dessert.

While the silent auction will have everything from “unique foodie packages from our participating restaurants to autographed items for the biggest sports fan,” the stage will be far from quiet with musical fav Jack Ingram performing.

Jack Ingram (File photo)

Jack Ingram (File photo)

Preston Pearson (File photo)

Preston Pearson (File photo)

Chad Henning (File photo)

Chad Henning (File photo)

Charles Haley (File photo)

Charles Haley (File photo)

And just who will be in the crowd? Well, how about Dallas Cowboys Offensive Lineman Travis Frederick, former Dallas Cowboys Chad Henning, Charles Haley and Preston Pearson, plus host committee members like Kimberly Hall Alexander, Monica Blacker, Lane Conner, Daniel Frid, Daniella Giglio, Nancy Gopez, Claire Kinzy, Betty Lovell, Ali Pickens, Carol Roberts, Krystal Schlegel, Liza Schlitt, Jamie Singer, Whitney and Rob Strauss and LuAnn Tarango.

Unlike last year, when VIP perks were only available for sponsors, this year they’re opening up the advantages to individuals as well that will include designated VIP parking and entrance, an exclusive pre-event in the Miller Lite Lounge from 5 to 6 p.m. with special field access and locker-room tours, plus “exclusive access to the VIP area at our main event with food and beverage service as well as reserved seating.”

Here’s a breakdown of the ticket prices:

  • General — $150
  • VIP — $250
  • Reserved seating for 10 — $2,500

According to organizers, “Last year was recording breaking for us!” Proceeds from the event will benefit the North Texas Food Bank, but you already guessed that.

Kent Cooked Up Fixin’s, Dunia Served Up Ice Cream And Jan Took On A Mechanical Bull At The Taste Of The NFL

The Cowboys draft was still making headlines when the Taste of the NFL: The Ultimate Cowboys Tailgate Party was setting into its new home-sweet-home at AT&T Cowboy Stadium on Sunday, May 3. Benefiting North Texas Food Bank, more than 800 enjoyed a food fest coordinated by Kent Rathbun and rubbed elbows with Cowboy notables Jason Garrett, Chad Henning, Preston Pearson, Charles Haley and Troy Aikman and cheerleaders.

Kent Rathbun

Kent Rathbun

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

Rowdy

Rowdy

Preston Pearson

Preston Pearson

This was Kent’s 11th year and he was very pleased to be at the stadium this year — “It’s where we should have been all the time.” He went on to remind folks that “when we raise $1, it’s basically three meals (for those in need).”

Despite his catering operation having handled six events the day before and his preparing for the opening of his new restaurant — Hickory Kitchen in Plano — and another Jasper’s in Richard this fall, he was cooking up waffle cut fries with braised short ribs and blue cheese.

Dunia Borgia

Dunia Borgia

Tom Landry statue

Tom Landry statue

Before the masses were allowed entry, the VIP types partied somewhere within the building while in the Miller Lite West Plaza Kent and 20+ chefs set up stations with the wind giving them a challenge. But not Dunia Borgia. She should have been elected Miss Congeniality as she wandered the grounds offering Micrema Bespoke Frozen Dessert. The handmade pistachio ice cream was a huge hit. Dallas Cowboys PR Scott Agulnek said, “I don’t eat desserts and sweets, but the pistachio is the best! I’ve had two spoonfuls already!” Dunia whispered that the secret was using nitrogen to freeze it.

Cowboys on Tour

Cowboys on Tour

Over to the side of the plaza was the Big “Cowboys on Tour” truck chock full of Cowboys great days memorabilia — Super Bowl rings and trophies, TV screens showing 2014 season highlights, helmets, a Tom Landry statue and so much more. Hall of Fame Driver Charles Blotas proudly detailed the massive mobile museum. It’s pulled by a big blue-and-white Freightliner cab boasting a star. Including the trailer and cab the whole thing measures 83 feet.

As the general admission types were allowed in from one side of the silent auction area, the VIP’s emerged from their partying.

Charles Haley

Charles Haley

Like other former Cowboys, linebacker and defensive end Charles Haley said, “I come every year. I do whatever I can. We need to fight hunger. It needs to be on more people’s minds. This year is the best because it’s at Cowboys stadium. A lot of players are here. It ties everything together; didn’t have the same feel before. I’ve been coming every year. If everyone in the country gave just $1 or $5, it would wipe out hunger. I’m just one man… if we did more as a nation, we could knock it out!…[I got into philanthropy] in 1986, my rookie year with the 49ers, when Ronnie Lott made me hand out shoes. I saw people crying. It taught me so much. I’m always in the community, always trying to make a difference. I want to set an example. I do whatever it takes. I raise money of ‘Istation,’ (an animated learning curriculum).

Jan Pruitt

Jan Pruitt

Jan Pruitt

Jan Pruitt

As the sunset in the west, NTFB CEO Jan Pruitt slo-moed the bucking bull. She’d never done it before but said, “Anything for a good cause! It’s all about feeding kids in our community. The goal is to make people aware that there are children in our community tonight that are hungry. The Cowboys have opened the door to their home and said, ‘Not in Dallas, Texas!’ If we’re gonna talk about affordable health care, we’ve gotta talk about feeding the kids. Richard a bull to raise money for hunger is easy compared to the mother who has to tell her child there’s not enough food to eat.” The good news is that Jan stayed on board the bull. Her only regret was that her orange nail polish didn’t match her seaside blue nail polish. Oh, the woes of a bull riding fashionista!

Gina Miller

Gina Miller

 Eliot Sorel

Eliot Sorel

Taryn Timmons and Jean Wilde

Taryn Timmons and Jean Wilde

Speaking of fashion, emcee Gina Miller’s long legs were rooted in her Dallas Cowboys boots that her mom had bought at auction in 1990. She was joined on stage with KTVT’s Doug Dunbar were on stage with Rowdy and Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders…. George Washington University Medical Center Dr. Eliot Sorel in bowtie was in town for the National Council on Youth Sports Safety of which he was co-chairing… Taryn Timmons and Jenn Wilde were looking for Taryn’s sister Danya Anderson, who is a big supporter of the event because “She has a heart for the Food Bank!”… Near the mechanical bull were Ricardo Marin, Danny Foreman, Frances Benavides, Genie Pattison and Josh Sanchez playing Jenga. They got it to 23 blocks high before it tumbled down. Josh, recalled playing the block building game back in Telluride where they played Jenga at a bar, “There.”… Former Dallas Cowboys/Air Forces Academy grad Chad Henning was talking with fellow Air Force grad Col. Joseph Sanders, who heads up the Air Force Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development…Troy Aikman and gal-pal Tracy Ripsin posed for photos with Rachel Garay and Pono Tuinei, the widow for Dallas Cowboys Mark Tuinei.

Chad Henning, Jason Garrett and Joseph Sanders

Chad Henning, Jason Garrett and Joseph Sanders

Tracy Ripsin, Troy Aikman, Rachel Garay and Pono Tuinei

Tracy Ripsin, Troy Aikman, Rachel Garay and Pono Tuinei

Louisiana band Rusty Brothers fessed up that for the evening that, “We may or may not be Saints fans, but tonight we’re Cowboys fans!”

And on this night foodies were feeding themselves so that the North Texas Food Bank could feed children in the days to come.

More photos of former Dallas Cowboys and fundraising foodies can be found at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Kent Rathbun Is Making The 2015 Masters Tournament Available Tonight At Signature Chefs Auction

Leave it to Chef Kent Rathbun to come up with multi-course feasts to set taste buds swirling. But this time he’s taken the word “course” in a totally different direction for tonight’s Signature Chefs Auction at the Omni.

Kent Rathbun (File photo)

Kent Rathbun (File photo)

It’s called Master The Experience and includes the following:

“Six guests will be chauffeured to a DFW airport by My Private Driver for a first-class trip to the Peach State. You’ll spend a night in Atlanta, where Kent will arrange a private dinner for your party at one of his brother’s (Kevin Rathbun) fine restaurants.

“Then, the next day you’re headed to The Masters! Enjoy accommodations at the Jamison Suites Hotel, located just 3 miles from one of the greatest sports venues in the world. During your stay your party is invited to dine at the illustrious 1018 Club, including one private VIP dinner – all meals are prepared by guest chef Kent Rathbun.
“Tee off the weekend with a round of golf at the award-winning Jones Creek or taking in the Par 3 Contest.  You’ll even have the opportunity to follow the PGA’s elite competitors on the historic greens of Augusta National Golf Club during the championship round. It’s all up to you – this package is customizable.”

The value of this very sweet deal is $60,000 with a starting bid of $12,000.

If you haven’t gotten your tickets for the March of Dimes fundraiser, stop reading and get ‘em and loosen up that belt because you’re in for a feast!

Cattle Baron’s Ball Live Auction Item: Barbecue With Dallas’ Finest Gentlemen Chefs

The boys are back and they’re bringing their grills. For 20 years Richard Chamberlain, Dean Fearing, Kevin Garvin, David Holben, Kent Rathbun and Jim Severson have provided one of the ultimate favorite live auction items. Maybe that’s why this package alone has raised more than $1.7M over the years at the Cattle Baron’s Ball.

Barbecue With Dallas’ Finest Gentlemen Chefs (Value: Priceless)

Barbecue With Dallas' Finest Gents*

Barbecue With Dallas’ Finest Gentlemen Chefs*

This year’s feast is not for the doily set. It’s an over-the-top barbecue. The winner gets to pick the spot — their home, their ranch, their lake house, whatever. Then the winner will join “the barbecue boys” in creating the menu and joining in the behind-the-scenes fun. If you’ve ever seen these six in action, you just know there’s a lot of talent and personality. Any one of them would be enough, but six!

While it’s doubtful that hot dogs and burgers will be on the menu, but who knows? When it comes to this group, they just might put a new twist to it.

As for the guest list, that’s up to the winner. They’ll have a devil of a time coming up with the 30 because they’ll suddenly discover they have loads of BFF’s, who love barbecue and spirits.

And for since safety is key to any successful event, the guests will be transported to and from the party thanks to Wynne Transportation.

Here’s a thought: If you’re the winner, have somebody video tape you grilling with the boys because nobody will ever believe barbecuing could be so much fun.

Donated by: Kent Rathbun, Dean Fearing, Jim Severson, David Holben, Kevin Garvin, Richard Chamberlain and Wynne Transportation

Graphic provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

Tracy And Kent Rathbun Literally Open Their Home-Sweet-Home For Signature Chef Patron Party

After years of living in the clouds at the high rise across “the pond” from NorthPark, Kent and Tracy Rathbun’s dream house was in place and operation.

It was well worth the wait.

Rathbun kitchen

Rathbun kitchen

Guests at the Signature Chefs Auction patron party discovered the brilliance of the home Thursday night. But what would one expect when two foodies put their noggins together.

Matt McCallister and Kent Rathbun

Matt McCallister and Kent Rathbun

As Kent and FT33 Chef Matt McCallister chatted at the covered terrace area with a barbecue that would thrilled the best grill master, Kent admitted that the predicted storms hadn’t occurred. Instead the humidity had calmed down and the “cold front” had dropped temperatures just enough to have the huge wall of sliding glass doors open, expanding the free-flowing partying into the backyard with its marvy pool and Jacuzzi.

Rathbun backyard

Rathbun backyard

Inside Linda and Steve Ivy were telling Katherine and Chris Lalonde about their summer — a couple of months in California and one in Colorado.

Steve and Linda Ivy and Katherine and Chris LaLonde

Steve and Linda Ivy and Katherine and Chris LaLonde

MIA were Stacy and Dallas March of Dimes Ambassador Bryon Sanders’s wife, Celeste. Tracy was still at Shinsei and teacher Celeste was working with her students’ parents.

However, all will be present at the Signature Chef Dinner in the Omni on Thursday, October 30.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #9: At Home With The Rathbuns

Guests at the TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala love and appreciate exquisite cuisine. No wonder the September 20th event is held at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek with every room in the place filled with beautiful people.

For that reason, dining is a priority when selecting the limited number of items put up for bid. For this first edible offering, TACA has arranged a first with one of Dallas’ fav foodie couples.

At Home With The Rathbuns* (Value: Priceless)

Kent and Tracy Rathbun (File photo)

Kent and Tracy Rathbun (File photo)

One of Dallas’ favorite restaurant couples, Tracy and Kent Rathbun, has been juggling their businesses (Shinsei, Abacus, Jasper’s, Blue Plate Kitchen, KR Elements, etc.), their family including kiddos Max and Garrett and plans for a new home. After enjoying a few years of the penthouse lifestyle across from NorthPark, they found the perfect spot to build their dream home. Plans had to fit their unique demands of raising a family and culinary perfection. Now, the lucky bidding couple and 8 guests will be among the first to experience the Rathbun definition of entertaining excellence in the new digs. Of course, there will be a tour of their kitchen and wine room. But there’s so much more and decisions to be made including:

  • A five-course dinner complete with wine pairings masterminded by Kent himself.
  • The winning bidder will have the challenge of deciding where in the house to have the dinner — the dining room? The wine room? Poolside? Or, how about in the culinary center around the 20-foot kitchen island watching the chef at work?
  • A personal tour of the Rathbuns’ collection of local art.

Make sure you take photos of the meal and home because this is one that your friends just won’t believe.

* Courtesy of Tracy and Kent Rathbun

October 25 Round Robin: VNA Lunch, Signature Chefs Auction, Senior Source Underwriters And Rock The Red Door

Thursday, October 26, was the loneliest night of the year at MySweetCharity International headquarters. No one was there. All elves, including interns and retirees, were dispensed to every ZIP code around to cover the countless events for nonprofits on this night. We are pleased to report that all elves eventually made it back, but they’re demanding that Red Bull on the go be provided in the future and Botox treatments be made available.

VNA’s Real Cooking with Kevin Gillespie

Kevin Gillespie

While some guests toured the Meal on Wheels Kitchen at the Visiting Nurse Association Patrick and Beatrice Haggerty Center before noon, others stood in line. No, not for food. Rather, it was to have their copy, or rather copies, of “Fire in My Belly” by the chef/author Kevin Gillespie. Followers of Bravo’s “Top Chef” were prepared for the tattoo-decorated arms of the chef/author. Others couldn’t help their eyes making a first stop at the wild boar and copperhead snake tats. But as soon as they got past the decorative arms, they eye-locked with the young Southern chef who was the show’s fan fav.

But he wasn’t at the VNA Center to just sign autographs. Kevin was the centerpiece of a luncheon benefiting the VNA’s Meals on Wheels. Why, he was even going to demonstrate one of his recipes complete with overhead mirror, so all could see the step-by-step procedures.

Fanchon and Howard Hallam

After Luncheon Chair Sara Fraser Crismon welcomed one and all including her sis Beth Enloe, brother-in-law Ted Enloe, niece Rebecca Fletcher, Honorary Chair Caren Prothro, Lyda Hill, Fanchon and Howard Hallam, Patsy Donosky, Billie Leigh Rippey, Lottye Brodsky and Suzanne McGee, it was time for the cooking lesson for the 160 guests.

And what did he cook up? Buttermilk biscuits. Oh. . . really? What’s so tricky about making biscuits? Obviously, some folks had never tried their hand only to fail, or had never had a truly memorable biscuit. Within a half hour, Kevin with his boyish charm wove tales of his life in with tricks of the trade in biscuit making, resulting in a dying desire for one of the buttery confections. For instance?

Making biscuits:

  • Use disposable gloves when working with the ingredients.
  • Always use the coldest butter and buttermilk possible.
  • Don’t chop up your butter. Grate the butter with a cheese grater. That’s why it helps to have cold bars of butter.
  • Use real, unsalted butter.
  • Beat your dough flat with your hands. In addition to prepping the dough, it helps you work out the frustrations of the day.
  • When punching the biscuit out, most people put the cutter into the dough and twist. Do NOT twist. Rather, dunk your biscuit cutter in flour and push it straight down into the dough. That’s it. You cut all of your biscuits, then pull the loose dough away leaving the cut-out biscuits. “By twisting it, what you do is you’re actually forcing the outside to close up. If you push straight down, you leave holes behind and those holes allow the air to escape and allow it to rise. If you twist the cutter, it’s like sealing it up. It’s like making a pretzel.” A manicured eyebrow salute was seen throughout the crowd.

Learning how to make biscuits

Shoot, after watching and listening to Kevin, all anyone wanted was a light, buttery biscuit. And what was the first thing to emerge from the kitchen? Platters stacked with biscuits followed by a full luncheon.

Ah, those VNA folks know how to tantalize and fulfill. They should. They provide over one million meals every year to seniors in Dallas.

15th Anniversary Signature Chefs Auction

Kent Rathbun chef hugs

The day truly proved that Dallasites love to eat. However, hardly a chef was to be found that evening. It seemed like they were all down at the Omni Dallas thanks to Lead Chef Kent Rathbun. He had rounded up chefs Scott Gottlich (Bijoux), Eric Brandt (Bistro 31), Jeff Harris (Bolsa), Richard Chamberlain (Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fishmarket Grill), Mike Sindoni (Charlie Palmer at the Joule), David Holben (Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House), Abraham Salum (Salum and Komali), Kevin Garvin and Anita Hirsch (Neiman Marcus restaurants), Samir Dhurandhar (Nick and Sam’s Steakhouse), Dwight Harvey (Off the Bone Barbeque), Cameron Handler (Pyramid Restaurant & Bar), Bruno Davaillion (Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek), Joel Harloff (The Second Floor Bistro & Bar), Anthony Van Camp (SET Steak + Spirits), Jim Severson with wife Amy at his side (Sevy’s Grill), Shuji Sugawara (Shinsei Restaurant), Stephan Pyles (Stephan Pyles Concepts), Gilbert Garza (Suze Restaurant), Jason Weaver (Texas Spice), Marcelo Vazquez (T/X Restaurant) and Tre Wilcox (Village Marquee Grill and Bar). Some of these chefs have supported Kent from the beginning and deserved a group hug.

March of Dimes lounge

This was the first time that the huge fundraising eat-athon for the March of Dimes had taken place at the Omni and it really was rather spectacular for the 850 guests including Barbara Daseke soloing it, Mark Edgar talking politics, Kathleen and Robert Gibson checking out the various stations and Nancy Gopez sans camera. From an elegant lounge with oh-so comfy couches to dramatic lighting, the mega-room seemed like a dazzling spectacle of sights, sounds and “smells.”

Kent Rathbun and Max Rathbun

While Stephan Pyles himself had to bow out due to “something about opening a new restaurant,” Kent was pleased that his brother Kevin had joined him in preparing venison meatball carbonara. Of course, Kent’s son Max was on the scene better looking than ever.

But it wasn’t all chefs cooking and guests eating. The exercise of the night was auctioneering with Louis Murad and his posse ramrodding the unique live auction. Oh, and what packages they were and what they went for. Why, Kent’s “Taste of the Derby,” which included five days and four night at the Hyatt Place Louisville East Hotel for the Kentucky Derby, transportation via private aircraft catered by Kent, a reserved box at the Derby plus great food, went for a record-breaking amount of $62,500 — “the highest winning live auction bid” in the event’s history.

Then there was the Fund the Mission in which guests raised bid cards at various levels of financial support ranging from $100 to $10,000. This one brought in $129,000.

Before the night was over and the aroma had cleared from the ballroom, Event Chairs Diane Brierley, Shannon Brame, Anita Braun and Dean McSherry had raised $610,000.

One can only imagine what Kent, 2012 Event Chairs Tracy and Jay Bell and Drs. Lisa and David Genecov are planning for “sweet 16,” when the Signature Chefs will return to the Omni on Saturday , October 24, to cook, auction and raise more money for the March of Dimes 75th anniversary celebration.

The Senior Source’s Spirit of Generations Underwriters’ Party

Nancy Carter, T. Boone Pickens and Anne Motsenbocker

T. Boone Pickens is busier nowadays than a presidential candidate. But unlike the types looking for votes of approval, Boone is being swamped with honors. But this one is really special. On Monday, November 19, he’ll be honored at The  Senior Source‘s Spirit of Generations Awards Luncheon.

Jorge Calderón and Emilynn Wilson

To get things rolling the luncheon’s underwriter party sponsored by Capital One Bank was held at Debbie Oates‘s marvelous Preston Hollow home. Oh, so perfect for any occasion except when all the guests want to stay in the entry. That was the problem. But who was complaining when Luncheon Chair Extraordinaire Nancy Carter all in red is at the front door making “gracious” seem easy or mixing it up with Christie Carter fresh from producing the Crystal Charity Ball’s Circle of Angels dinner, Lee Ann and Alan White on their way to a dinner engagement and luncheon underwriting chair Emilynn and Claude Wilson promising the final results from the Kidney Texas luncheon.

Attitudes & Attire Announcement

Lyn Berman, Michael Faircloth and Dr. Sandra Chapman*

Dr. Sandra Chapman was indeed a busy girl this week. In addition to running the Center for BrainHealth, Tuesday she oversaw the Legacy Dinner honoring Daryl Johnston and Lee Roy Jordan. But this evening the tables were turned on her at Maggiano’s at NorthPark Center by Attitudes and Attire Executive Director/Founder Lyn Berman. It was announced that “Sandi” would receive the Kim Dawson Award at the annual luncheon and fashion show at the Dallas TradeMart on Friday, March 1.

It was also revealed that Dallas designer Michael Faircloth would be the event’s honorary chair. Funds raised from the luncheon/show help the personal growth of women seeking self-sufficiency through traditional job training, positive self-image, appropriate workplace behavior and appearance.

Cancer Support Community Young Leadership Board’s Rock the Red Door

The last little elf turned in this report:

Halloween came early at House of Blues Thursday night. Over 350 party goers dressed as all things 80’s–from aerobics maniacs to glam rockers–attended the Cancer Support Community Young Leadership Board’s annual fundraiser, Rock the Red Door.

Chace Crawford and Meredith and Rand Wrighton*

Emcee Chace Crawford, Gossip Girl star — also Tony Romo‘s brother-in-law — spent the greater part of the evening graciously taking photos with guests. Stoli provided the evening’s signature drink named The Chaser after guess who… The always fun Spazmatics had the crowd of Don Johnsons and Madonnas, along with lots of leg-warmers and hair bows, dancing the night away!

Event chairmen, Meredith and Rand Wrighton, promised a “totally gnarly 8o’s Halloween bash complete with wicked tunes, righteous food and drinks and some sweet auction items” such as 2 tickets to The Late Show with David Letterman, 2 tickets to NYC Fashion Week  and Tony Romo signed memorabilia.”

They delivered! The party scheduled to end at eleven — after all, it was a week night — rocked on considerably later.

Sponsors for 2012 Rock the Red Door benefiting Cancer Support Community included Steve Brown, Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Foundation, Grant Thornton, Meredith and Rand Wrighton, SLALOM Consulting, Park Place Volvo and Starwood Motors.

* Photo provided by Attitudes and Attire
** Photo provided by Cancer Support Community

Toss Jenny Craig To The Wind This Thursday For The March Of Dimes 2012 Signature Chefs Dinner

Kent Rathbun

Every year diets are checked at the door when it comes to the Signature Chefs Dinner. For 15 years it’s been like that thanks to Lead Chef Kent Rathbun. Somehow, while growing his foodie following and empire (Abacus, Jasper’s, KB’s Woodfire Grill, Kent Rathbun Catering, Kent Rathbun Elements and Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen), he manages to bring together the top chefs in the area for this one night that raises funds for the March of Dimes.

Jim and Amy Severson

And, this year ain’t gonna be any different with such chefs as Samir Dhurandhar (Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse), Joel Harloff (The Second Floor Bistro & Bar), Dwight Harvey (Off the Bone Barbeque), Scott Gottlich (Bijoux), André Natera (Pyramid Restaurant & Bar), Eric Brandt (Bistro 31), Bruno Davaillon (Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek), Jeff Harris (Bolsa), Anthony Van Camp (SĒR Steak + Spirits), Richard Chamberlain (Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill), Jim Severson (Sevy’s Grill), Michael Sindoni (Charlie Palmer at the Joule Hotel), Jason Czaja (Shinsei Restaurant), David Holdben (Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse), Stephan Pyles (Stephan Pyles Concepts), Abraham Salum (Komali Restaurant and

Abraham Salum

Salum Restaurant), Gilbert Garza ( Suze Restaurant), Jason Weaver (Texas spice), Tre Wilcox (Village Marquee Grill and Bar), Executive Chef (T/X Restaurant), Kevin Garvin (Neiman Marcus Restaurants) and TJ Lengnick (Whiskey Cake).

But, wait! This year is going to be different. It’s being held at the Omni Dallas this Thursday.

How about a quick history lesson? The March of Dimes was originally known as the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis and was created by the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt to support the battle against polio. President Roosevelt, who was suffered from the disease that was epidemic in the 40’s and 50’s, suggested that people send in dimes. Thanks to the funding, vaccines were developed by Dr. Jonas Salk and Dr. Albert Sabin.

After accomplishing its mission, the efforts were turned “to preventing birth defects and infant mortality” and eventually adding the prevention of premature births.

Since 1995, the Dallas Signature Chefs Dinner “has raised over $7M to help moms have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies.”

Chairing the event is the foursome of Diane Brierley, Anita Braun, Shannon Brame and Dean McSherry.

WARNING: Remember not to head to the Frontiers of Flight Museum, where the event has been held in the past. If you do, you’ll be part of the big spenders gathering for a presidential candidate.

TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Item #4: The Rathbun Dine-Around

Tracy Rathbun (File photo)

Between the two of them, Tracy and Kent Rathbun seem to have more things cooking than the Food Channel. Whether it’s homestyle or sushi, this couple are Dallas’s “first couple of cuisine and charitable contributions.” Plus they’re a heck of a lot of fun, but always on the move. TACA has even managed to snag the twosome for a night of drive-about-dining for the TACA RBC Wealth Management Custom Auction Gala.

The Rathbun Dine-Around (Value: Priceless)

Kent Rathbun

As said above, Tracy and Kent Rathbun are constantly in motion satisfying taste buds and buddies in the non-profit community. However, four very lucky couples will spend a total Rathbun experience of dining in motion.

First, the foursome will enjoy a wine-and-cheese reception at the Rathbuns’ penthouse with the gourmet twosome. And you just know it’s not going to be Velveeta or Cheese Whiz. Make sure you check out the chandelier over the dining room table and the incredible views from the terrace.

Then it’s off a la limousine for dabbling in cuisine at Shinsei (sushi bar and pan-Asian kitchen), Rathbun’s Blue Plate Kitchen (inspired by family tradition) and finishing up at Abacus, Dallas’ oh-so delicious five-star restaurant.

Remember to toss the diet for the night and enjoy the fun of food Rathbun-style.

Courtesy of Kent Rathbun

 

Guests Went To “The Heights” For The March Of Dimes Party At Tracy And Kent Rathbun’s Place

Diane Brierley and Kent Rathbun

Despite having lift problems at their Heights at Park Lane, Tracy and Kent Rathbun were the perfect hosts for the March of Dimes8th Annual Signature Chefs Auction sponsor party Wednesday. As reported, the elevator to the Rathbuns’ place went on the fritz. Among the folks who were lined up in the building’s lobby trying to figure out how to get up to the Rathbuns’ 19th floor apartment was Abraham Salum, who will be one of the 17 chefs at the November 12th event.

When the freight elevator was finally pressed into action, someone was heard to say, “It’s gonna be a helluva party!” After all, Moët Hennessy USA was providing the cocktails.

Once on the Rathbuns’ floor, guests were led in the back way, through a narrow hallway to the kitchen and past the servers. And who else was in the kitchen — Kent the man himself. Having been involved with various charities for more than a decade, Kent admitted that the Signature Chefs Auction is the easiest to get behind “because it has to do with children.” The chef went on to say that he has two beautiful children of his own, and couldn’t imagine what he would do if the doctor said there was a problem with one of them.

Regarding life in the highest of a high-rise, Kent, who had had refreshments sent down to those stuck in the lobby, admitted, “It’s part of the problem of living in a high-rise. Only one elevator serves our apartment (plus the service elevator).” Think of it like a car breaking down in the HOV lane. Rarely happens, but when it does. . .

Another aspect of living among the clouds that Kent addressed was the view down. He admitted that he still looks over the edge of the balcony sometimes and imagines what it would be like to fall to the ground. But he’s extra careful, because he routinely works out on the terrace and tries to stay away from the ledge and railing.

Rhonda Sargent Chambers and Stacie Martin

When the majority of the guests had made it up via service elevator or stairs, co-chair Dean McSherry said a special award should have been given to those who worked hardest to get to the party — those who walked up the entire 19 floors (like Diane Brierley and Rhonda Sargent Chambers among others).

Rhonda and her pal Holly Davis had still two more parties to hit that night — Marin Hopper‘s Hayward party at the Mansion on Turtle Creek and  Sambuca’s 20th anniversary party on McKinney. Before heading out Rhonda compared notes with fellow-modeling-alum Stacie Martin, whose husband Christopher has created art for the auction.

If you haven’t made your reservations for the cook-a-thon at the Fairmont, don’t hesitate. This one is very popular among the hungry, young spending set.

Photos by Glenn Hunter

Share-A-Date: Signature Chefs Auction of Dallas

Saturday,  November 12 (7 to 11 p.m.): As mentioned before, the plans for the fall are underway. The March of Dimes  has just announced the date for its annual Signature Chefs Auction of Dallas. Yes, it’s a rip-roaring auction, but it’s also an amazing evening of most delicious food provided by 20 of the area’s super-duper chefs. The event is returning to the Fairmont.

Event chairs Angela Nash, April Spicer and Dean McSherry are working with lead chef Kent Rathbun to pull the whole event together.

For those of you who rank sponsorship level, you’ll be treated to a very private party at Kent’s and his bride Tracy‘s penthouse. Want to know when that will be? Sign up to be a sponsor and you’ll get an invite.