JUST IN: Tracy Rathbun’s Husband Will Celebrate His 20th Anniversary Heading Up The March Of Dimes Dallas Signature Chefs Auction

When the March of Dimes Dallas Signature Chefs Auction was just three years old back in 1997, there was young fellow who was making a name for himself in these parts. In addition to his day job of cooking in area restaurants, he offered to take the lead for the fundraiser.

Tracy Rathbun and her husband (File photo)

Back then he was known as Kent Rathbun, but due to a legal quagmire he’s known nowadays as restaurateur “Tracy Rathbun’s husband.”  

But the namelessness hasn’t stopped his support, involvement and leadership in the March of Dimes Dallas’ “premiere fundraising gala,” that will take place on Thursday, November 2, at the Omni Dallas Hotel.

To celebrate his 20th anniversary as Lead Chef of Dallas Signature Chefs, Mr. Rathbun has once again assembled some of the top and most generous chefs to provide chef samplings, as well as a live auction “featuring unique dining experiences.”

David Holben (File photo)

Chad Houser (File photo)

Janice Provost and Abraham Salum (File photo)

The gathering of chefs includes: Damian Avila of Lockhart Smokehouse, Jermaine Brown of Great Scott, Carlos Capistran of Shinsei, Donald Chalko of Texas Spice – Omni Dallas Hotel, Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Fish Market Grill, John Coleman of Savor Gastropub, Dwight Harvey of Off the Bone Barbecue, David Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Chad Houser of Café Momentum, Jeffrey Kollinger of Tillman’s Roadhouse, Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly – Hotel Zaza, Carlos Mancera of Republic, Sonny Pache of Ocean Prime Dallas, Tom Parlo of The Mansion Restaurant – Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, Janice Provost of Parigi, Mico Rodriguez of Mesero and Meso Maya, Abraham Salum of Salum Restaurant, Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill, Nathan Tate of Boulevardier and Rapscallion, John Tesar of Knife and Chris Vogeli of III Forks.

Jim Severson (File photo)

John Tesar (File photo)

This one is a true graze and gaze around with loads of people watching. Start those diets now, because the tickets are available here.

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

JUST IN: Charmaine Tang Named March Of Dimes Dallas Division Executive Director

Even though her business credentials may imply that she’s a pro in the world of finance, Charmaine Tang is also an expert when it comes to understanding, sympathizing and working with newborns and their families.

Charmaine Tang*

Charmaine Tang*

Perhaps it’s because when her son, Tyler, was born prematurely nine years ago, the family went through the journey of preemie life-threatening health challenges. Tyler’s cousin, Olivia, arrived ahead of schedule, providing even greater involvement and awareness of the Tang family. Because of Tyler and Olivia, the Tans became “one of the nation’s top family teams, Team Tang-O” for the March of Dimes. Since Tyler’s birth, Team Tang-O has raised $150,000 for the March of Dimes.

Since Charmaine’s arrival in Dallas, the New York City native, who earned a Bachelor of Science cum laude from New York University’s Stern School of Business and served as an investment banking analyst for Morgan Stanley, has become “the co-owner of Kidville Dallas, which offers early childhood classes and program targeted toward newborns to six years old.”

She has even co-founded and co-chaired the Kids Against Hunger Council for the North Texas Food Bank.

All that experience, both personally and professionally, has led her to her new position as executive director of the March of Dimes Dallas Division.

According to March of Dimes Texas Chapter State Director Darcie Wells, “Charmaine not only brings great passion for the mission to her role as Executive Director, but also a keen business acumen as an entrepreneur and a former Wall Street analyst. As a former Dallas Division board member, she also brings a unique volunteer perspective to our team.”

* Photo provided by the March of Dimes Dallas Division