2019 Symphony of Chefs Co-Chairs Vinette and Mike Montgomery, Amy Pratt and Kaari and James Wicklund took over Sixty Five Hundred on Monday, February 25, with the help of nearly 30 chefs to create delicious meals complete with wine pairings for KidLinks. And what would a “symphony of chefs” be without music to go along with the aroma of meals being prepared. No problem. Not only did musicians from Booker T. Washington School for the Performing and Visual Arts play, but emcee WFAA Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus told guests including Honorary Co-Chairs Jenny and Tim Dove, Founding Event Co-Chairs Bonnie and Nathan Shea and Pebble and Mike McGehee how music had impacted his family. Here’s a report from the field:
This year, Symphony of Chefs introduced a new level of giving and culinary excellence at the ninth annual signature fundraiser, benefitting KidLinks on Monday, February 25, at Sixty Five Hundred. Philanthropists, socialites and other well-known patrons of the Dallas community.
Guests were instantly greeted by a champagne wall as they trickled into the venue, which (naturally) set the tone for the rest of the evening. The intimate evening of just over 250 people began with entertainment from some of Booker T. Washington’s finest.
As soon as 7:00 p.m. struck, it was go-time! The curtains opened revealing the room where guests would enjoy a delicious meal prepared tableside by their selected chef. As guests were seated for the first course, WFAA Chief Meteorologist Pete Delkus took the stage to give welcoming remarks. You could tell by the sincerity in his voice that he was thrilled to be a part of such a lovely cause!
Happiness filled the air as the courses began and the wine, courtesy of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, flowed. A nicely bound cookbook was gifted to each guest comprised of original recipes from each of the participating chefs.
As guests enjoyed dessert, a video presentation played on the screen that told a story of the impact KidLinks has made on a client. While guests were both crying and smiling as the video ended, it was time for the Live Auction of experiences.
*Photo credit: Tamytha Cameron