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

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

2017 Cotes du Coeur*

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

Richard Chamberlain and Steve Grimshaw*

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

Doug Hawthorne and Kelly and David Pfeil*

Barbara Smith*

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

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

Denise Hunter and Erin Hunter*

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

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

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

Merry Edwards*

Mike and Diane Gruber and Kim and Greg Hext*

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

Mary Parker and Tim Wallace*

Anne Davidson and Mark Porter*

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

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

* Photo provided by American Heart Association Dallas-Fort Worth

Chef Richard Chamberlain Reveals Côtes du Coeur Lineup At Sub-Zero And Wolf Showroom

Everyone thought North Texas had ducked the winter bullet. Oh. The Northeaster had taken the brunt of the cold stuff. But then word started filtering through that something was on the horizon. Yipes! Just as folks clamored at Central Market like Armageddon was approaching, the memories of past icy problems arose.

Still, despite the ice warnings and the Oscars’ red carpet fashion “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” approaching, wine lovers and heart disease haters gathered for the Côtes du Coeur Chef Reveal at Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom.

Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom

Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom

Well, if ever there was a kitchen appliance Fort Knox, this was the place. Walls of Sub-Zeros, glorious stoves/rangers and ovens filled the two levels that once were the homestead of Peaches and a long ago Safeway.

Personalized wine bottle

Personalized wine bottle

In one of the suites was wine calligrapher Ken Brown, who was dazzling all with his handiwork. With a fireplace glowing, he recalled one project. It was for CapRock Winery and he had to inscribe more than 700 bottles. According to sources, he did each magnificently.

Cotes du Coeur's chef reveal wines being served up

Cotes du Coeur’s chef reveal wines being served up

While some gathered to watch Ken do his handiwork, all picked up a glass of wine that seemed to be never ending. But then what else would you expect for an event that celebrates wine and raises money for the American Heart Association? And to go with the wines, Richard arranged for delicious foods including Cowboy Spiced Texas Wagyu Beef.

Cowboy Spiced Texas Wagyu Beef

Cowboy Spiced Texas Wagyu Beef



On this evening Chief Chef Richard Chamberlain rolled out the chefs who would be cooking up a storm for the American Heart Association fundraiser on Saturday, April 25 at the Hilton Anatole. One of those was hardly noticed, since he was in his civvies — Rosewood Mansion at Turtle Creek’s Bruno Davaillon, who admitted that the past weekend had been non-stop. It’s been five years since the French chef moved to Dallas and he has developed a Texas grin and just a smidge of an accent. Not really, but one can imagine.

Richard Chamberlain, Scott Miller, Mike Brosin and Kevin Summers

Richard Chamberlain, Scott Miller, Mike Brosin and Kevin Summers

As for the rest of the chef stable, Richard reviewed each and what they have planned for their menus benefiting the American Heart Association fundraiser. Here’s a rundown of who will be cooking what at the Anatole on April 25:

Richard Chamberlain and Kate Rose Marquez

Richard Chamberlain and Kate Rose Marquez

  • Richard Chamberlain of Chamberlain’s Steak & Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill — Pecan wood smoke beef tenderloin, foie gras mousse, bacon-fig jam and caramelized shallot potatoes paired with 2010 Martinelli Giusppe and Luisa Zinfandel and 2011 Herb Lamb Vineyards cabernet Sauvignon
  • Garth Blackburn of Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom — All-Texas tostada tasting with Sterling Lambobucco, minted Santos pecan pesto, uncured lamb bacon, Praseks venison sausage crumble, kitchen pride cremini bacon, South Texas wild board shoulder, Mill King white cheddar and 1015 fondue paired with 2012 Gemstone Estate Red and 2012 Cliff Lede Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Eric Brandt of VH Casual Dining and Bar — Lamb and porcini ravioli with pomegranate and sweet onion compote paired with 2011 Red Mare Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Vino Chequen RESERVE Syrah Curico-Chile
  • Bruno Davaillon

    Bruno Davaillon

    Bruno Davaillon of Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek — Smoked foie gras and short-rib torchon, picked ramps and a fresco jam paired with 2010 Domaine Paul Blanck Grand Cru Schlossberg Riesling

  • Dean Fearing of Fearing’s Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton — Bison dish paired with 2012 Trujillo Cabernet Sauvignon and 2012 Bookwalter Protagonist
  • Kevin Garvin and Anita Hirsch of Neiman Marcus Restaurants — Sautéed sweet Nantucket Bay scallops, gnocchi, brown butter, shaved Brussels sprouts, pecorino Romano and candied pecans paired with 2012 Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay and 2012 Donelan Sonoma County Nancie Chardonnay
  • Scott Gottlich of The Second Floor — Mushroom risotto with lemon and thyme dry cured filetto and Pepato cheese paired with 2012 Modus Operandi “Vicarious” California Red Blend
  • David Holben of Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House — Tamari caramelized pork loin and tangerine Asian salad with miso-red curry dressing paired Schweiger Vineyards and 2010 Ehlers Estate One Twenty Over Eighty Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly — Citrus striped bass ceviche with English pea hummus, pea tendrils, popcorn shoot and radish salad finished with sesame rice stick gravel paired with 2013 Gamble Sauvignon Blanc and 2012 Hanzell Vineyards Cardonnay
  • David McMillan of Meddlesome Moth —Cured, braised lamb breasts, filled with lacinato kale, garlic and torn bread on white beans and buttered leeks paired with 2011 St. Helena Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and PEJU Province Winery
  • Carl Murray of NOBU — Tuna Tataki, red peppe miso glaze with pickled lotus root and shishito peppers paired with 103 Talbot Sleepy Hollow Pinot Noir and 2011 Torii Mor ‘DeauxVerres’ Reserve Pinot Noir
  • Kent Rathbun of Abacus, Jasper’s, Rathbun’s Kitchen at 6130 — Pepper crusted duck breast, toasted Israeli couscous and dried peach demi paired with Merry Edwards Winery and 2013 Sojourn Sangiacomo Vineyard Pinot Noir
  • Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill — Strube Ranch Kobe short rib, creamed poblano corn, cabernet ancho sauce and caramelized spring onions paired with 2012 Hall Napa Valley Merlot and 2012 Sequoia Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
  • John Tesar of Knife and Oak — Korean BBQ’d flat iron steak kimchi Korean vegetable pancake and kimchi butter paired with Egelhoff Wines and 2013 Bevan Cellars Sauvignon Blanc
  • Gerard Thompson of Rough Creek Lodge —Smoked pheasant, sea island red peas, Carolina gold rice, sweet corn, morel mushrooms, strawberry rhubarb mint relish paired with 2012 Hill Family Barrel Blend and Siduri Wines

BTW, that red Escalade that is being raffled off looked downright purty parked out front.