Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Photos: Food and wine flows at Stephan Pyles’ Celebrity Chef Dinner (December 4)
Charity event featured courses prepared by five different chefs.
DALLAS Stephan Pyles hosted the 12th annual Celebrity Chef Dinner on Sunday, featuring dishes from five chefs paired with wine to benefit one of the nation's largest culinary scholarships.
The sold-out event drew more than 100 diners who also participated in a live auction of food and wine packages. The event earned at least $15,000 -- enough to fund an entire scholarship.
As is the custom, the scholarship winner prepares an appetizer course served during the reception; this year's winner Reneee Morgan offered an appetizer trio that included a tomato martini shooter with a cube of mozzarella cheese.
The Dinner is a stand-out not only because diners get to sample courses from a spectrum of chefs, but also because it's an especially fun, wine-loving, and tolerant crowd. The assembly included Texas Monthly dining editor Pat Sharpe, DallasChocolate.org founder Sander Wolf, and local industry folks such as Lucian LaBarba.
David Garrido made scallops with bacon-potato ball, red jalapeno crema, pumpkin seeds, and chardonnay jello; Stephan Pyles & Joel Harrington made Bay of Fundy salmon confit with horseradish panna cotta, honeycrisps, and Manchego chicharron; Nick Badovinus made cider-roasted Texas quail, butternut squash grits, Luxardo-walnut compote; Jason Dady made lamb loin with root-vegetable spoonbread, fennel, wild mushroom, and smoked huckleberry Bordelaise; and Rebecca Rather finished the meal with sweet potato doughnuts with Garrison Brothers bourbon, bacon-caramel sauce, and caramel ice cream.
Matching wines came from Evening Land Vineyards, Sokol Blosser, Pedernales Cellars, Fontanafredda, and Trimbach.
As dessert was served, an auction called by Wine & Food Foundation of Texas board member Harvey Kronberg commenced, consisting of wines, tastings, and dinner for eight made by Pyles in the winner's own home.
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