(Featured photo: Nathan Shea, Bonnie Shea, Diana Crawford, Kenneth Fuquay, Georgia Lyons, Marc Lyons.)*
(March 7, 2017) Dallas, TX — The 7th Annual Symphony of Chefs benefitting KidLinks was held on February 27, 2017 at the newly renovated and renamed Eddie Bernice Johnson Union Station. This culinary evening was led by Honorary Chairs D’Andra Simmons-Lock and Jeremy Lock, Event Co-Chairs Georgia and Marc Lyons and Bonnie and Nathan Shea and Honorary Chef Chair, Salvatore Gisellu with Urban Family Restaurants. The unforgettable night began with an hors d’oeuvres reception featuring Rising Star Chefs: Jan Loov of Texas Spice, Benjamin Maulsby of Happiest Hour, and Juan Orocio of 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery. DSQ Electric provided a live musical performance from the balcony in the Stationmasters Lounge lending a romantic flavor to the start of the night.
Guests then entered the ballroom for a seated 4-course dinner prepared tableside by Featured Chefs (see complete list below) and each course of the evening was paired with wine selected by winemaker Willem Johnson of 4R Ranch Vineyards and Winery and a specialty cocktail using luxury cognac Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège crafted by Joshua Hendrix, Hennessy Brand Mixologist. Each of the 24 tables had a designated chef and each chef prepared their own unique menu tableside. Each of the 240 guests truly had a unique experience getting to see their chef in his or her element, preparing a specialty menu just a few feet from where they sat! DSQ Electric played throughout dinner providing guests with a wide array of musical offerings from classical to pop. Good Morning Texas Co-Host Jane McGarry served as emcee for the evening and even got in on the action when she joined Tim Willett on stage for the culinary experiences live auction. Their job was made easier after guests viewed a beautiful video called “Griffin’s Song,” bringing KidLinks’ work to life through the eyes of one young patient.
The evening concluded with a decadent dessert reception by incredible Pastry Chefs Dunia Borga of LaDuni Baking Studio, Tina Miller of Proper Baking Company, and Tida Pichakron + Gianni Santin of Haute Sweets Patisserie. Attendees left with a custom cookbook featuring recipes from each of the participating chefs. Hamilton A Sneed and the team at HAS Events truly took this evening to new heights, making the 7th anniversary of Symphony of Chefs exciting for all in attendance.
The event was made possible in part by Presenting Sponsors: Mason & Allen Custard, Emily & Bruce Robson and Kaari & James Wicklund. Funds raised from the evening will support KidLinks efforts to provide healing experiences for the special needs of children through the therapeutic power of music – a unique mission that seeks to enrich the lives of children everywhere through songs of health, healing and happiness.
CHEFS HORS D’OUEVRES RECEPTION – RISING STAR CHEFS
by course Jan Loov, Texas Spice
Benjamin Maulsby, Happiest Hour
Juan Orocio, 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery
COURSED DINNER – FEATURED CHEFS
Kevin Ashade, Celebrity Chef
Andrew Bell, Saint Ann’s
Justin Box, The Cedars Social
Richard Chamberlain, Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House
Robert James Clifford, Nick & Sam’s
Tiffany Derry, The Cupboard by Tiffany Derry
Fitzgerald Dodd, Celebrity Chef
Francesco Farris, Zio Cecio
Salvatore Gisellu, Urban Family Restaurants
Gorji, Canary by Gorji
Joshua Troy Harmon, Kitchen LTO
Josh Healy, Filament
Chad Houser, Café Momentum
Nick Hurry, Proof+Pantry
Uno Immanivong, Chino Chinatown
John Kleifgen, Nick & Sam’s Park Cities
Dan Landsberg, Dragonfly
Juan Orocio, 4R Ranch Vineyards & Winery
Ken Patrick, Celebrity Chef
Jared Robinette, Le Bilboquet
Jeramie Robison, Uchi Dallas
Steven Torbron, Asador
Jacob Williamson, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck
Yutaka Yamato, Yutaka Sushi Bistro
DESSERT RECEPTION – PASTRY CHEFS
Duni Borga, LaDuni Latin Cafe
Tina Miller, Proper Baking Company
Tida Pichakron + Gianni Santin, Haute Sweets Patisserie
For decades, KidLinks has provided healing experiences for the special needs of children through performing arts and media. The support of donors has enabled KidLinks’ musicians to perform in hospitals and special care centers across the country, has funded university-level Music Therapy training and has provided free/low cost treatment programs for children in need. Through Therapeutic Music Entertainment and clinical Music Therapy programming, KidLinks is guaranteeing access to all children of any ability level. Funds raised go directly to the creation of content for the Hugworks Children’s Network (HCN) – content that can improve the daily experiences of children when they need it most as well as provide educational resources for the adults who care for them.
* Photos by Thomas Garza.