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.

Karol Wilson’s Life To Be Celebrated This Sunday With Friends, Food And Fond Memories

Teena McMills just sent word that PR pro Karol Wilson’s life will be celebrated on Sunday, June 12, at Activity Hall at Trinity Groves, 3015 Gulden Lane, at 3 p.m.

Karol Wilson (File photo)

Karol Wilson (File photo)

While friends and professional associates are still adjusting to the news of her May 16th death, they are being comforted by sharing memories of their relationship with the award-winning “longtime writer, PR director, philanthropist and self-proclaimed foodie.”

Monica Greene: “The greatest dignity to be found in death is the dignity of the life that preceded it. Karol cultivated a long list of friends, and she did it by always trying to help.”

Diane Brierley: “When Karol and I worked on the Paws Cause calendar together, Karol would come up with the most fantastic pet-related quotes. She was a wealth of knowledge. She truly believed in the ‘Cause.’”

Katy Menges: “Karol was a walking compendium of every charity event and social organization in the city—and who ran it.”

Dean Fearing: “Karol was a charm to work with at the Mansion on Turtle Creek. She was doing my PR and I was always so busy from her actions, I kept telling her to slow down, but she never did. She said you have to do it while the iron is hot. So I kept quiet from then on!”

Dotty Griffith: “Karol was my friend and a respected professional colleague. She was as dedicated to our professional organization for women in the food and hospitality industry as to her many other causes.”

The occasion will be so typical of Karol with Les Dames d’Escoffier hosting the celebratory refreshments, and requests for “donations to one of her favorite organizations, Paws Cause, are being accepted in care of the SPCA of Texas.”

And, yes, Karol’s devoted and much beloved rescue dachshund, Daisy, is being cared for. After all, Karol wouldn’t have parted this world without planning for Daisy’s well-being.

For the loving obituary written by Teena, please follow the jump. [Read more…]

Les Dames d’Escoffier Filled The Shed With Lavender, Fabulous Food, Wines And Bidding For “A Dame Good Celebration”

Things always seem to happen when women and wine get together. And when the gals are Les Dames d’Escoffier of Dallas, it’s gonna be a fundraiser with loads of fun. That’s exactly what happened on the evening of Sunday, April 3, at the Dallas Farmers Market’s The Shed. Here’s a report from the field:

As the sun was setting on Sunday, April 3, Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI-Dallas) had about 400 to dine and wine at The Shed at the Dallas Farmers Market. The occasion was their annual Raiser Grazer event presented by Capital Distributing and Thermador.

Chair Dame Chef Tara Anderson of Half Pint Palates, assisted by Dallas Les Dames 2015-2016 President Chef Joanne Bondy of Stock and Bondy arranged to have “A Dame Good Celebration as this year’s theme with a French feel. Thanks to Dame Wendy Timson of WBT Consulting, the Shed was transformed into springtime in Provence with lavender plants, lots of bistro lights and a setting like the French countryside. Even the band, Le Pompe was French!

Paula Lambert*

Paula Lambert*

And, of course, with foodie experts, the dishes were spectacular thanks to 23 of the Dallas Dames including Joanne Bondy, Janice Provost of Parigi, Courtney Luscher of The Grape, Sharon Hage of The Gaylord Texan, Tiffany Derry, Kersten Rettig of PDQ Chicken, Paula Lambert of Mozzarella Company, Anita Hirsch of Neiman Marcus, Jill Bates of Fearing’s, Dunia Borga of La Duni, who raffled off a $1200 special occasion cake!

Hayley Hamilton Cogill*

Hayley Hamilton Cogill*

Dame Hayley Hamilton Cogill was in charge of the beverages that included 25 different wines were poured, all from France, generously donated by Glazer’s including the Brad and Angelina Rose from Provence, Miraval. Adding to the liquid refreshments were Komali’s Dame Leann Berry’s stellar cocktail, Truffle Bloody Marys from Dame Julia Fuqua and her Duckworth Distillery Truffle Vodka and local beers from Lakewood Brewery and Rahr & Sons.

Robin Skinner, Gary Cogill and Ashlee Kleinert*

Robin Skinner, Gary Cogill and Ashlee Kleinert*


Filling The Shed to capacity were At the tables were Dallas Dames (Dotty Griffin, Janet Cobb, Renie Steves, Anita Cook-Motard), Wendy and Michael Jenkins, Jill and Carter Malouf, Monica Greene, Judy Snyder and Royal Carson III, Blair Black, Ashlee Kleinert with best pal Robin Skinner (husband Chris Kleinert was tied up in meetings) and Ellen Winspear with Tiffany Divis (husband Don Winspear wasn’t available).

Jill and Carter Malouf, Noeha Coutry and Jeff Venters*

Jill and Carter Malouf, Noeha Coutry and Jeff Venters*


Emcee Gary Cogill was joined by Dame Janet Cobb’s husband Phil Cobb for the auction. Both men step into the role of Dames Hubby very well. Just about $25K just from the live auction packages that included one of a kind experiences with some of the Dallas Dames.

Gary Cogill and Phil Cobb*

Gary Cogill and Phil Cobb*

Royal Carson III took home the Perini Ranch package that included an overnight stay at the famed cattle ranch in Buffalo Gap and dinner with Dame Lisa and Tom Perini. Royal was thrilled as he said he has driven by the ranch for years and always wanted to stop in.

Ellen Winspear and Tiffany Divis*

Ellen Winspear and Tiffany Divis*

Ashlee Kleinert and Ellen Winspear got into a bit of a bidding war on for a package that included a dinner in the winner’s home for six from the local team from Wolfgang Puck, led by Chef Drew Swanson and Chef Brent Anderson (Dame Tara Anderson’s hubby) with wine pairings by Dame Hayley, film talk from Gary, breakfast from Dame Tara Anderson and a Studio Movie Grill film pass. Ellen eventually had the high bid to give to Don for his birthday which was Saturday, April 9.

The Capital Distributing team took honors for the highest bid item — dinner and pairings for six guests every month of the year, including dinners at Fearing’s, Abacus, The Grape, The Mansion and more.

Les Dames d’Escoffier is an invitation-only organization of women who have achieved distinction in the fields of food, fine beverage and hospitality. Through events like the Raiser Grazer, the members raise funds to help other women advance their education in these industries through endowments and scholarships. Started in 1984, the Dallas Chapter today includes 97 women.

* Photo credit: Frankey Dey

Les Dames d’Escoffier Puts The Emphasis On Local Talents And Products For March 3rd Raiser Grazer

By Sunday, March 3, the bantering about the Oscars will be a done deal; Sunday football watching will just be a memory; and Lent will still have four more weeks to go.

Les Dames d'Esoffier

Les Dames d’Escoffier

However, Les Dames d’Escoffier Dallas chapter has once again come through to add some pizzazz to a Sunday evening with Raiser Grazer. Oh, French wasn’t your primary or secondary language? not even third? Not to worry. You don’t have to know French to enjoy this feast of foods and wines the gals are puting together. You just have to have fun eating, drinking and supporting Les Dames’ “education scholarships for area women seeking careers in the culinary arts.”

This year Chairman Mary Kimbrough and Grand Dame Caroline Rose Hunt are placing the emphasis on local, so naturally the theme is “Dames Go Local.” To accomplish this feat they’re pulling together the area’s fabulously talented chefs, suppliers, pastry artists and business women at Union Station from 5 to 8 p.m. And, yes, local products (“fruits, vegetables, meat, cheese and other artisanal dairy products”) will on the menus of the 30 chef-hosted kiosks hosted by the likes of:

  • Dame Liz Baron (chef/owner, Mesa Grill) – Salad of Tassione Farms Greens, Mozzarella Company cheese and olive oil, pecans and grapefruit from Texas.
  • Dame Dunia Borga (chef/owner – La Duni) – Arequipe (aka Dulce de leche) with Three Cows Dairy Cream and Texas Pecans
  • Dame Tiffany Derry (chef – Pan Seared Scallops with Texas Ruby Red Grapefruit Beurre Blanc
  • Dames Sharon Hage and Wendy Taggart (chef and owner of Burgundy Pasture Beef) – Burgundy Pastures Beef Keftah with Three Happy Cows Tzaziki Sauce
  • Dame Lisa Perini (owner, Perini Ranch Steakhouse) – Mesquite Smoked Peppered Tenderloin

But there’s even more. For instance, there will be a beer garden including Lakewood Brewing Company, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company and Peticolas Brewing Company.

And, of course, there will be silent auction with more than 100 items. But it’s one of those auctions that you can play online in your jammies even now!

The evening of eating and drinking is being sponsored by Central Market, Whole Foods, Fresh Point and Sysco.

So, take a break from that pesky diet and help future chefs in their pursuit of education. Tickets are going for $65 now.