Featured photo: Nick & Sam’s: Emily Chapman, Rani Lagunes, Chef John Kleifgen, Pedro Ortiz *
The 9th Annual Bonne Santé Wine and Food Showcase was presented by the National Kidney Foundation and hosted by The Westin Galleria Dallas.
Also hosted by Executive Chef William Koval of Lakewood Country Club, Bonne Santé is the premier culinary and wine event featuring celebrity chefs raising funds to fight kidney disease. It featured a food and wine showcase, unique tastings with wine pairings, silent and live auctions and live entertainment. The event continues to grow with the support of chefs representing some of the finest restaurants in our community.
Participating chefs and restaurants were William Koval, Lakewood Country Club; Executive Chef David Smith, Second Floor Regionally Inspired Kitchen, The Westin Galleria Dallas; Frosted Art Bakery & Studio;Chef Chase Montgomery, Ida Claire/Whiskey Cake; Executive Chef John Kleifgen, Nick & Sam’s Steakhouse; Executive Chef Christian Stewart, The Oceanaire Seafood Room; Executive Chef Greg Wallace, Omni Dallas; Executive Chef Ray Skradzinski, Republic Texas Tavern; Executive Chef Daniel Menchaca, The Rustic.
Neil Foote, president of the National Kidney Foundation North Texas welcomed the crowd and thanked sponsors including PSAV, Dallas Nephrology Associates, American Renal Associates and Fresenius Medical Care. Chef Station sponsors were Gray Reed and McGraw, The Gumpalli Family, Tom and Pat Hough, the Oleksiak Family/Holmes Murphy and Price Distributing. A La Carte sponsors were PPG/Tarrant Nephrology Associates and Dr. Raymond and Martha Quigley.
Mike Snyder, emcee, invited Elizabeth Castellanos to the stage to share her experience at Camp Reynal, where she first attended as a camper and now is helping as one of the counselors.
Special recognition went to Betty Osborne, wife of the late Burl Osborne, the namesake for the Burl Osborne Awareness Award, which is given each year at the Bonne Santé event. The Burl Osborne Awareness Award recognizes individuals and organizations which have helped advance awareness and understanding of kidneys, kidney disease, and organ donation. Betty has been the award’s steadfast supporter and guiding light.
This year the National Kidney Foundation was honored to celebrate the Burl Osborne Awareness Award corporate recipient Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS) in recognition of its outstanding support of the National Kidney Foundation. The financial investments BCBS has made in the last year have enabled NKF to impact the lives of more than 3,000 individuals throughout the state of Texas. Their support and collaboration has allowed NKF to perform its signature KEEP program, sponsor the Kidney Care program and they have participated in Kidney walks across the state. In addition, NKF of Texas is a recent recipient of BSBC Caring Foundation of Texas Care Van.
The Gift of Life Award recognizes a family or individual involved in the kidney transplantation process and provides hope and encouragement to kidney disease survivors. The Gift of Life award was presented to Maribel Gutierrez. Her daughter, Jessica Gutierrez was in Stage 2 kidney failure, giving birth prematurely at 32 weeks to her miracle baby. A year later, Jessica was in stage four kidney failure and her mother, Maribel, being the perfect match, gave the ultimate gift of life by donating a kidney to her daughter. The operation was performed by transplant surgeons
Dr. Richard Dickerman and Dr. Alejandro Mejia at Methodist Dallas and streamed live on Facebook with almost 200,000 views, likes and shares. This is an amazing story of how life can be birthed through Chronic Kidney Disease, a mother’s undying love and the innovative progression of nephrology and kidney transplantation.
After a spirited live auction, everyone enjoyed desserts and chatting with friends.
Spotted in the crowd were Greg White, General Manager,The Westin Galleria Dallas; Neil Foote, President, National Kidney Foundation North Texas; Graham McMillan and Danny Kolzow, former Gift of Life Award recipients; Maureen Stone, Senior Vice President Development, NKFServing Texas and the Southeast; Lorna Hankins, Executive Director, National Kidney Foundation North Texas and more. Media sponsors are Addison magazine and The Park Cities News/The Waters Family.
More information about the National Kidney Foundation can be found at www.nkft.org or by calling 214-351-2393, extension 652.
National Kidney Foundation, Inc. (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients, and tens of millions of Americans at risk.
*Photos by Greg Moore
(Sharon Adams, Adams Communications Public Relations, is honored to represent the National Kidney Foundation in this event.)