On March 13th, Chefs for Farmers will bring in some of North Texas’ best chefs to personally operate a cafeteria line in order to raise awareness for a couple of worthy causes. Foodie heroes such as John Tesar (formerly of The Mansion), burger king-pins Jack Perkins (Maple & Motor), and Brian Luscher (The Grape) and recent award-winner Tim Byres (Smoke) will be slinging their creative and classic takes on cafeteria classics comprised from farm-fresh ingredients.
Guest judges, including television host Gary Cogill and restaurant luminary Gene Street will help guests decide which dishes are indeed the best as they pile on the culinary goodness atop their trays at the venerable Dallas eatery, the Highland Park Cafeteria. Dishes that will have participants salivating are Duck Meatballs, Wild Boar Sloppy Joes and even Tater Tots with Pork Belly, among many other tantalizing offerings.
If only the elementary school lunch planners of the world would get wind of this menu!
Of course, the dining is a fun cause, but the proceeds and notoriety that the event will generate will help causes that aim to help many others. The relatively new host organization, Chefs for Farmers, was formed in 2010 and exists to help create a greater awareness for North Texas-area farms and farmers. Sadly, such awareness is sorely needed, as so many farmers face uphill battles of many types on a daily basis.
The event’s primary beneficiary, The Family Place, will receive a portion of the proceeds which will go a long way in helping Dallas’ largest provider of family violence services continue to offer help and programs to thousands of victims of family violence each year.
More details are available at Chefs for Farmers website, as well as tickets to this worthy and tasty event. Go to www.chefsforfarmers.com to secure your place in line!
Chef/Owner Brian C. Luscher and wife Courtney of The Grape hosts a very special Chef’s Come-As-You-Are wine dinner on Wednesday, November 17, featuring wines from acclaimed Bonny Doon Wine Portfolio from Santa Cruz, CA. Chef Luscher will create a 3-course bistro-style menu to complement hand-selected Rhone-style wines from the Vineyard.
Founded nearly 3 decades ago by Santa Cruz’s own Randall Grahm, Grahm purchased the property in the Santa Cruz Mountains known as Bonny Doon intent on creating the great American Pinot Noir. Thought the Pinot Noir was systematically elusive, Grahm who soon became known as “The Original Rhone Deranger” was encouraged by experimental Rhone varieties confirming that California’s temperate climate is well suited to the sun-loving grapes of the Mediterranean. Special guest host Eric Swindle of Serendipity Wine Imports will be at The Grape to discuss the selected varietals.
The Grape’s monthly wine dinner provides a fun, casual setting, that allows the guest to “come-as-they-are” and dine at their own pace, allowing for a more festive one-on-one format with the wine experts. Themes include a wine expert/host for the evening who speaks to each individual table about the wines selected.
Reservations are recommended for this event and available from 5:30-9:00pm. Cost is $45 per person exclusive of tax, gratuity and other beverages. Located at 2808 Greenville Avenue, The Grape is open for dinner nightly at 5:30pm and Sunday Brunch. For reservations call 214-828-1981 or visit the website at www.thegraperestaurant.com.