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Women's Alliance of McKinney at Trinity Falls C'Ella Clayton, Elizabeth Mahusay, Tammy Meinershagen, Dr. Geré Feltus, Susan Bernard, and Tracie Frazier (Photo by Lumos Creative)

On March 16, the Women's Alliance of McKinney hosted a "Lunch & Learn" event at The Lodge at Trinity Falls themed Inspire - Invest - In Power presented by BaylorScott & White. Featured speakers were McKinney City Council Woman Dr. Geré Feltus and Frisco City Council Woman Tammy Meinershagen who spoke of their journey to leadership. Funds from the event benefited Belle & Sparrows who provide services, employment and encouragement to underserved women in McKinney and the surrounding suburbs.

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On March 16, the Women's Alliance of McKinney hosted a "Lunch & Learn" event at The Lodge at Trinity Falls themed Inspire - Invest - In Power presented by BaylorScott & White. Featured speakers were McKinney City Council Woman Dr. Geré Feltus and Frisco City Council Woman Tammy Meinershagen who spoke of their journey to leadership. Funds from the event benefited Belle & Sparrows who provide services, employment and encouragement to underserved women in McKinney and the surrounding suburbs.

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The thirteenth annual Symphony of Chefs benefitting KidLinks was held on Monday, February 27 at Armstrong Fieldhouse at SMU. This year’s event Co-Chairs were Lisa & Stuart Sides and Beanie & Martin Newman who, along with Honorary Chef Chairs Michael Matis, Chef de Cuisine at Fearing's, and Nikky Phinyawatana, Chef & Founder of Asian Mint Restaurant Group, were the driving forces behind this ultimate chef-driven culinary dinner experience benefitting KidLinks. Notable supporters in attendance included Kevin Ryan, Urban Energy Funds, BSGF, Alliant, MossAdams, Vaquero Midstream, Kirkland & Ellis, Goodnight Midstream, Tailwater Capital, and CHUBB.

Serving as the Featured Hors d’oeuvre Chef, John Holloman of STK kicked off the evening preparing delicious canape´s during the cocktail reception. The reception was followed by a seated dinner where over 20 of Dallas’ most notable chefs prepared a four-course dinner tableside for guests with wine pairings from some of the world’s best vineyards. Participating chefs included private chef Justin Box, Aaron Collins of Café Momentum, Eric Dreyer of Monarch, Anthony Hsia of Ellie's Restaurant & Lounge, Uno Immanivong of Red Stix Asian Street Food, Miriam Jimenez of Miriam Cocina Latina, Henry Johnson of Bistro 31, John Kleifgen of Nick & Sam's Steakhouse, Dan Landsberg of Texas Barn at Circle T Ranch, private chef Giuliano Matarese, Brandon Moore of Ocean Prime, Franchesca Nor of Dive Coastal Cuisine, Janice Provost of Parigi, Jeramie Robison of Thompson Dallas, Luke Rogers of Beckley 1115, Rodman Shields of Milkshake Concepts, Jordan Swim of Vestals Catering, Nicholas Walker of The Village Dallas, and Craig Walter of Dee Lincoln Prime.
 
Following the coursed meal, Featured Pastry Chef Kelly Ball of Leila Bakery & Café created masterful desserts as an end note to the evening. The evening included a silent and live auction of experiences. Funds raised from this event will support KidLinks efforts to provide Healing, Hope and Happiness for the special needs of children with special challenges through music and media. Learn more at www.kidlinks.org

 

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Previously closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, Bread Winners Café & Bakery's Inwood Village location has changed their hours of operation to now offer service seven days a week, 8 AM to 3 PMGuests to Bread Winners can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, a tempting array of freshly baked breads, pastries and desserts, and always - Bread Winner’s famous weekend brunch. This unique, award-winning concept is a Park Cities hotspot for food and libations made from scratch daily in an atmosphere unlike any other. Located at 5560 W. Lovers Lane in Inwood Village, Dallas, Texas  75209, 214.351.3339, www.breadwinnerscafe.com

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In advance of KidLinks‘ upcoming 13th annual Symphony of Chefs fundraiser, sponsors and patrons gathered on Monday, February 6 to vie for which of the area’s top-notch chefs would be cooking their dinners at Armstrong Fieldhouse at SMU on February 27. Symphony of Chefs is a unique evening of culinary composition benefitting KidLinks and the ultimate chef-driven culinary dinner experience. Notable supporters in attendance included Kevin Ryan, Urban Energy Funds, BSGF, Alliant, MossAdams, Goodnight Midstream, Tailwater Capital, and CHUBB.

 

The VIP Patron and Chef Selection party began inside the new private wine club 55 Seventy, located in Preston Center, where guests mingled and enjoyed charcutier boards and wines. The highlight of the evening began when table hosts got to “draft” their table chef with the order being determined by the date they committed to the event. Participating chefs in attendance included Honorary Chef Chairs Michael Matis of Fearing’s and Nikky Phinyawatana of Asian Mint, Miriam Jimenez of Miriam Cocina Latina, Uno Immanivong of Red Stix Asian Street Food, John Holloman of STK Steakhouse, Aaron Collins of Café Momentum, private chef Justin Box, and Luke Rogers of Public Taco.

 

The 13th annual Symphony of Chefs fundraiser will be held on February 27 and begin with a Featured Hors d’oeuvre Chef preparing delicious canape´s during the cocktail reception, followed by a seated dinner where approximately 28 of Dallas’ most notable chefs will prepare a four-course dinner tableside for guests with wine pairings from some of the world’s best vineyards. Following the coursed meal, two Featured Pastry Chefs create masterful desserts as an end note to the evening. The evening will include a silent auction of experiences and much more.

 

Funds raised from this event will support KidLinks efforts to provide Healing, Hope and Happiness for the special needs of children through music and media. Learn more at https://www.kidlinks.org/soc

 

Photos by Celeste Cass for KidLinks

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On Thursday, October 13, the elegance of Professor Higgins’ English townhouse found its equal in the historic Bertram Hill designed home of Clare and Cal Chaney on Dallas’ historic Swiss Avenue. Ticketed guests enjoyed a Spotlight Dinner benefiting Broadway Dallas in anticipation of the upcoming performance of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY. The premise of the series, generously sponsored by PNC Bank, is for patrons to experience exclusive dinners in beautiful Dallas homes or venues, each showcasing a specific Broadway Dallas production.

 

The evening, imagined and executed by Hamilton A Sneed of HAS Events, began with Dallas native Logan Lowery on the front porch serenading arriving guests as he sang “On the Street Where You Live”. Upon entering the home English garden inspired canapés and Pimm’s Cup cocktails were served, and guests strolled through enchanting rooms filled with cherished, antiques and theatrical memories. There was lots of chatter about the Betty Buckley room!  As guests moved into the backyard, Ken Novice, Broadway Dallas President and CEO gave a toast to welcome guests and thank the Chaney’s for generously welcoming Broadway Dallas supporters into their lovely home.

 

Decked in black and white cocktail, a nod to the Royal Ascot scene of MY FAIR LADY, each guest received a pair of binoculars as they watched former Broadway Dallas High School Musical Theater Award students Emery Gray and Logan Lowery along with performers Gena Loe, J. Alex Langley, Michael Alonzo, Natassia Dominique, Presley Duyck and Spencer LaBoda perform “Ascot Gavotte”.  Once back inside, a mélange of English classic courses, accompanied by HALL wines provided a feast befitting the elite. The finale of the evening was a serenade of “I Could Have Danced All Night” from Eliza Doolittle (performed by Presley Duyck) as guests toasted to the effortless sophistication, wit, and elegance of a smashing, positively dashing, spectacle of an ev’ning. In attendance were Kymberley Scalia, Margaret Coughlin, Lynn Fisher, Jane McGarry, Phillipe Volcy, Jim Pitts, Harriet Jeffers and Sandy & Steve Watson.

 

Tickets for Broadway Dallas’ remaining fall 2022 Spotlight Dinner will be themed around the show SIX. Tickets are $450 a seat with proceeds benefiting artistic and educational excellence at Broadway Dallas including programs in classrooms and throughout the community that serve more than 40,000 students and families each year. 

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On Tuesday, September 20, Recovery Resource Council presented Power of Prevention, an evening featuring Country music star, Scotty Alexander at the famed Kessler Theater. Scotty is a Texas country singer/songwriter who is nominated as “Fiddler of the Year” in this year’s Texas Country Music Awards. His high-energy stage show of classic Country sounds had attendees' toes tappin’ and everyone’s iPhones in the air recording clips for social media. As a long-time touring musician Scotty spoke about the friends and colleagues in the entertainment industry he has seen struggle with alcoholism and drug abuse, as well as his members of own family. A silent auction was held in the lobby prior to the show for attendees to give additional support to the event. After the concert, Scotty stayed and took selfies and signed merchandise until the last guest had moseyed on home. Proceeds from this event will benefit the Recovery Resource Council, North Texas’ largest non-residential non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery of thousands of individuals and families struggling with alcohol, substance misuse and trauma. To learn more about the services of Recovery Resource Council visit https://recoverycouncil.org/ 

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Sip happens and from time to time, concepts freshen up their wine offerings. For The Ivy Tavern that time has come and a new wine list will be introduced October 7But what to do with all of those bottles of wine being taken out of rotation?  Starting today, wine offerings not remaining on their wine list are being sold at $20 a bottle (while supplies last). Stop by and pick up a bottle (or four). 
 
 
THESE WINES ARE NOW $20 PER BOTTLE WHILE SUPPLIES LAST:
Conundrum Red blend (Retail value $42)
Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon (Retail value $50) 
La Crema Chardonnay (Retail value $32)
Tomassi Pinot Grigio (Retail value $33)
 
 
Every Wednesday this Fall, you can enjoy half-price bottles of wine with the purchase of food (valid with to-go orders or dine in).
 
 
The Ivy Tavern is located at 5334 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas, TX 75209, 214-559-4424, www.theivytavern.com. Open seven days a week from 11am-2am. Kitchen service is offered Sunday through Thursday, 11am-10pm  and Friday and Saturday, 11am-12am.
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World Food Championships 2021 (Credit: Danny Campbell)

World Food Championships will return to Dallas for its third year November 9-13, 2022. This culinary competition features over 1,000 visiting chefs competing for industry awards. WFC is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year and will occur in Centennial Hall at Fair Park. From “Burger Battles” to exclusive, award-winning VIP tastings, there are dozens of mouth-watering opportunities for foodies of all ages to take a bite out of the event that ABC News called the “Olympics of Food.” Tickets for the year’s biggest and most unique live-cooking competition are now on sale.  

 

According to event organizers, this year’s event will offer a new experience for DFW foodies. “Every year we receive questions from attendees about how they can taste the incredible dishes in our tournament,” said Mike McCloud, President and CEO of WFC. “So this year, for the first time, we are creating an experience that will allow them to do just that. While our trained judges will still determine who wins each category and moves on to the $100,000 Final Table, we are introducing an unparalleled opportunity to sample 10 incredible dishes from each of our categories through our People’s Choice “Best of the Fest” tasting sessions.” According to McCloud, WFC’s Best of the Fest will allow almost 1,000 people to taste actual dishes from the BBQ, Bacon, Burger, Dessert, Sandwich, Seafood, Soup and Steak categories. In addition to sampling up to 10 dishes in each session, ticket holders will get to vote for their favorite to determine a People’s Choice winner.

 

Since tickets for the Best of the Fest will go fast, WFC organizers have also planned many more tasting moments in the event, ranging from four-course tastings at the VIP Champion’s Tables to an all-you-can-eat sampling at BBQ Ranch. Here’s a list of the official WFC 2022 line-up:

 

BBQ Ranch ––  Back by popular demand, WFC and its barbecue partners will be serving up over 5,000 pounds of barbecue favorites in a Texas-style block party that lasts all five days of the event. Pitmasters and celebrity chefs will be conducting demos, free samplings, competition secrets and one-on-one insights about the hottest grills and barbecue pits on the market. This attraction is part of the event’s general admission and always features special guests making incredible food.

 

Best of the Fest ––  For the first time in WFC history, YOU get to taste the championship food that is normally reserved ONLY for certified judges!! WFC’s Best of the Fest will feature actual dishes entered into our competition by award-winning chefs. From Dessert to Seafood to Sandwich and Barbecue, our most popular categories will be available through special “session tastings” with a chance for ticket holders to choose their very own winner! You’ll get to taste all 10 samples of the session you choose, and then vote for your favorite – which will help WFC determine which team wins their way back for the 2023 Championship!

 

Biscuits & Jampionships –– WFC has once again partnered with the Dallas-based jam and jelly company, The Jelly Queens, to bring back the “Biscuits and Jampionships” ancillary chef competition. Determined through an online recipe contest months prior, ten finalists will recreate their recipe submissions in person at WFC for an esteemed panel of judges. This delicious and quirky contest is always full of fun surprises, thanks to the lovable Jelly Queen herself, Donna Collins. All sweet tooths should standby for leftovers!

 

Bourb’N’Que –– What do you get when you mix premium bourbon tastings with delicious ribs prepared by the best pitmasters in America? The best barbecue block party - and People’s Choice voting - Dallas has ever seen (or tasted)! If you’re a foodie who loves barbecue and bourbon, then this is a WFC must-attend event!

 

Burger Battle –– Watch TEN WFC Burger All Stars as they compete for the title of the People’s Favorite in an epic two-hour sampling extravaganza! Guests will receive tastings from all ten contestants before casting their votes for THE best burger of the night. If you love a good burger, then you’re going to LOVE this championship throwdown which will be paired with fantastic brews and views of the Fair Park Esplanade!

 

Champion's Table –– Feast on exclusive tastings from WFC’s previous champions as your sweet and savory guide. This is your chance to taste $100,000 worth of award-winning dishes that will be perfectly paired with cocktails to enhance your experience. This luxury tasting event will take place next to the heat of WFC’s live-action culinary competition in Kitchen Arena and available only to VIP patrons.

 

E.A.T.™ Food Judge Class –– An interactive event where you’ll be trained by a WFC associate or professional chef on the E.A.T.™ methodology, which is WFC’s scoring system that enables judges to rank any dish based on three key criteria: Execution, Appearance and Taste. Only foodies who are E.A.T.™ certified are eligible to judge at WFC’s Main Event. As a bonus, all judges will receive FREE WFC General Admission access throughout the five-day event.

 

Fire Woman –– Ninety minutes. Four award-winning female pitmasters. One challenge. Zero help. Need we say more? Join us to see who will rise from the smoke to take home the Fire Woman title and cash prize.

 

Hall of Taste –– This is a new area to Food Sport, where WFC attendees have the opportunity to sample a variety of complimentary food-related products as they enter the gateway to Kitchen Arena. From exclusive Texas bites to hidden gems throughout America and the World, this area will warm up everyone’s palettes as the perfect prep for the sights, sounds and smells of WFC.

 

VIP Lounge –– Want to sip and savor in comfort while taking in all the WFC action? Then the VIP Lounge is your best bet! Attendees will enjoy a separate entrance to the main event, a private cash bar, TV screens to keep up to date on all of the action, complimentary chef demos and sampling, featured cocktails & refreshments, and more!

 

Tickets to WFC start at $10 and are available HERE. Stay up-to-date on all culinary competition news, by following the World Food Championships on Twitter (@WorldFoodChamp), Facebook and Instagram (@WorldFoodChampionships).

 

 

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Standing: Cynthia Seay, Ann Bell Worley, Kyla Rankin, Rev. Tiffany Wright, Edie Zehr, Jo Ann Parkman, Carrie Pickell. Standing: Betsy Rector, Vivian Cutler, Dr. M. Joan Terry, Leigh Wilcoxson (Photo: Ed Lazano)

On Wednesday, June 22, Dallas 24 Hour Club hosted their inaugural Tea For Recovery presented by the family of Steven and Jennifer Reynolds inside the historic Alexander Mansion on Ross Ave. The fundraising concept of an Afternoon Tea was imagined by Dr. M. Joan Terry and her daughter, Rev. Tiffany Wright who both share a love for this age-old tradition.

As guests entered the estate they were greeted with a live performance from Steinway Artist, Stephen Nielson. Attendees in their Sunday best sipped iced coffee provided by Michael Wyatt of Full City Rooster Roasting Coffee Studio and admired everyone’s hats. The party moved upstairs to the ballroom where Afternoon Tea was shared with tea sandwiches prepared by Chef Jason Martin, scones and sweets provided by Ben E. Keith Co, Central Market, La Duni Baking Studio, Dude, Sweet Chocolate, Cavallini, and Wackym’s Kitchen. The tables were decorated with beautiful tea pot florals by Libby Albritton. Terry Kranz provided front of the house management. Highland Park and Shelton students served as The Flower Girls of The 24, setting the tables and contributing many hours to set up and take down.

Event Chairs Dr. M. Joan Terry and her daughter, Rev. Tiffany Wright shared their family’s personal journey through addiction. The pair spoke passionately about a family member who has gone through the program of Dallas 24 Hour Club and had his life changed beyond belief. Their loved one will graduate from The 24’s sober living apartments, Tillman House, this August when he leaves to complete his degree at Texas Tech University. With only six hours left, he will graduate with his bachelor's degree at the end of this year and begin his Master's Program. They spoke of their gratitude to have their loved one back and they attribute his success in recovery to The 24. LaShunda Duty, Dallas 24 Hour Club alumni, also shared moving testimony about her introduction to drugs and alcohol at 4 years of age, her descent into addiction in her 20s, losing her children and family support in her 30’s – and how a chance encounter with a stranger at a bus stop led her to The 24 where she was able to turn her life around. Today, LaShunda is in recovery, has her family back and works full-time in the recovery field helping others find hope through the program taught at The 24.

Funds raised from this event will assist Dallas 24 Hour Club in their continued mission to provide transitional living, support services and essential life skills for homeless alcoholics and addicts, so they can embrace long-term sobriety and become contributing and self-supporting members of the community, as well as provide operating funds for Friends of The 24, the alumni group of Dallas 24 Hour Club. For more information, visit https://www.dallas24hourclub.org/