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10 top chefs combine forces for incredible charity dinner, Recipe for Success benefits

10 top chefs combine forces for incredible Recipe for Success dinner

Recipe For Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Randy Evans, Randy Rucker, Bryan Caswell, Charles Clark, John Sheely, Robert Del Grande
Randy Evans, Lance Fegen, Bryan Caswell, Charles Clark, John Sheely, Robert Del Grande. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Recipe For Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Tony Petrello, Cynthia Petrello, Gracie Cavnar, Bob Cavnar
 Tony Petrello, Cynthia Petrello, Gracie Cavnar, Bob Cavnar. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe For Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Don Abdallah, Sharron Melton, Dennison Oyubu
Don Abdallah, Sharron Melton, Dennison Oyubu. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  The Dunlavy
The Dunlavy chandeliers sparkle as the sun begins to set. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Paul Kilian, Barrett Kilian
Paul Kilian, Barrett Kilian. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe For Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Jennifer Caswell, Bryan Caswell
Jennifer Caswell, Bryan Caswell © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16 Alex Blair, Astley Blair
Alex Blair, Astley Blair. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Becca Cason Thrash, Robert Del Grande
Becca Cason Thrash, Robert Del Grande. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe For Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Kat Castellanos, Terry Wayne Jones
Kat Castellanos, Terry Wayne Jones. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Jill Roth, Ben Lipson
Jill Roth, Ben Lipson. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Jill Roth, Ben Lipson
Tim Neumann, Roxann Neumann, Kara Neumann, Rachel Weir. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16 Magan Geist, Heather Carlucci, Monica Pope
Magan Geist, Heather Carlucci, Monica Pope. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16 Marie de Limelette, Arnaud de Limelette, Ian Loyd, Kelly Barnhart
Marie de Limelette, Arnaud de Limelette, Ian Loyd, Kelly Barnhart. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Charles Clark dish
Charles Clark's skate wing in meyer lemon brodetto with Taylor Bay scallops. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16 Robert Del Grande, Randy Rucker, John McCord
Robert Del Grande, Randy Rucker, John McCord. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  The Dunlavy
Two long tables for 35 guests each create dramatic allure. Photo by Shelby Hodge
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16 Elliott Kelly, Naasha Douglas
Elliott Kelly, Natasha Douglas. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  party in the kitchen
Chefs party in The Dunlavy kitchen. © Michelle Watson/CatchLightGroup.com
Recipe For Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Randy Evans, Randy Rucker, Bryan Caswell, Charles Clark, John Sheely, Robert Del Grande
Recipe For Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Tony Petrello, Cynthia Petrello, Gracie Cavnar, Bob Cavnar
Recipe For Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Don Abdallah, Sharron Melton, Dennison Oyubu
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  The Dunlavy
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Paul Kilian, Barrett Kilian
Recipe For Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Jennifer Caswell, Bryan Caswell
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16 Alex Blair, Astley Blair
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Becca Cason Thrash, Robert Del Grande
Recipe For Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Kat Castellanos, Terry Wayne Jones
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Jill Roth, Ben Lipson
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Jill Roth, Ben Lipson
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16 Magan Geist, Heather Carlucci, Monica Pope
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16 Marie de Limelette, Arnaud de Limelette, Ian Loyd, Kelly Barnhart
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  Charles Clark dish
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16 Robert Del Grande, Randy Rucker, John McCord
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  The Dunlavy
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16 Elliott Kelly, Naasha Douglas
Recipe for Success 10th anny dinner, 5/16  party in the kitchen

"Get ready for the most amazing meal of your life." Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar was not exaggerating Thursday night when she invited the 70 guests seated for dinner at The Dunlavy to chow down.

Ten of the city's leading chefs, volunteers for the Recipe for Success in-school program, pulled out the stops for the meal that was nothing less than extraordinary. The event was a celebration of Recipe for Success' decade of battling childhood obesity.

Eat your hearts out foodies. What could be better than Lance Fegen, Monica Pope and John Sheely providing the appetizers; Charles Clark, Pedro Garcia, Bryan Caswell, and Randy Rucker creating an unbelievable array of main courses;  Robert del Grande delivering a dreamy cheese/salad course; and Randy Evans (in from San Antonio) and Eloise Jones putting forth desserts. 

As one might imagine with this crew of culinary talent, it was a party in the kitchen as well as in the dining room.

"We've known each other for years," Clark said surveying the jovial bunch in the Dunlavy kitchen. "Being in Houston for so many years, we've all worked together. So you can see, we already have four bottles of wine going and we haven't even served any food yet. We all work together. We all help each other. It's like one big family."

Pulling together this group of top notch chefs for her program is as much a testament to Cavnar's powers of persuasion as to the relevance of the cause.

"These 10 chefs helped me create the Recipe for Success Foundation and have been with me all 10 years," she said. "It's the most extraordinary collection of culinary talent in the world and we are so fortunate to have them right here in Houston. Recipe for Success would not be what we are without the extraordinary chefs who help make us what we are. We are chef driven and it's been an amazing ride."

Saluting the organization that has grown from one classroom with 30 kids to serving 35,000 kids today were supporters including Cynthia and Tony Petrello, Alex and Astley Blair, Dr. Romey Lauren, Jennifer Caswell, John and Becca Cason Thrash, Karen and Roland Garcia, Karen and Murry Penner, Sharron Melton, and Barrett and Paul Kilian. 

The Menu:

Appetizers: Lance Fegen's Pupukea-style tuna poke, ginger, macadamia, mango and chiles on a wasabi-sesame spoon

Monica Pope's Date with a pig (chorizo-stuffed date wrapped in bacon)

John Sheely's snapper ceviche with avocado mousse

Entrees:

Charles Clark's skate wing in meyer lemon brodetto with Taylor Bay scallops

Pedro Garcia's lentil soup with black truffle

Bryan Caswell's duck leg with Jordan almonds, brik and brown butter

Randy Rucker's lightly-smoked shortrib of beef with mushroom and chickweed

Robert del Grande's cremeux de chevre aux printemps

Dessert (served on the patio)

Randy Evans' vanilla bean pound cake and bourbon-macerated strawberries topped with lemon curd

Elouise Jones' chocolate pot de creme (Jones was the only chef unable to attend)

 

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