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Three top toques — Del Grande, Fearing, Keating — reign in the kitchen, rule on the dance floor

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9, Best Cellars, September 2012, Tim Keating, Robert Del Grande, Dean Fearing
Tim Keating, Robert Del Grande, Dean Fearing Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
3, Best Cellars, September 2012, Terrie Tiurner, Mike Turner
Terrie Turner, Mike Turner Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
12, Best Cellars, September 2012, Dr. Gary Brock, Cathy Brock
Dr. Gary Brock, Cathy Brock Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
1, Best Cellars, September 2012, Franelle Rogers, Brent Sloan
Franelle Rogers, Brent Sloan Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
10, Best Cellars, September 2012, Anne Stewart, Michael Stewart
Anne Stewart, Michael Stewart Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
Best Cellars, September 2012, Dean Fearing.jpg
Dean Fearing Photo by Shelby Hodge
Best Cellars, September 2012, Robert Del Grande.jpg
Robert Del Grande Photo by Shelby Hodge
11, Best Cellars, September 2012, Rachel Bradshaw, Adam Cuquet
Rachel Bradshaw, Adam Cuquet Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
8, Best Cellars, September 2012, Laura Nelson, Michael Francisco, Leisa Holland-Nelson
Laura Nelson, Michael Francisco, Leisa Holland-Nelson Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
5, Best Cellars, September 2012, Fielding Cocke, Meredith Cocke
Fielding Cocke, Meredith Cocke Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
6, Best Cellars, September 2012, Hank Fasthoff, Maya Fasthoff
Hank Fasthoff, Maya Fasthoff Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
0, Best Cellars, September 2012, Susan Spalding, Norm Spalding
Susan Spalding, Norm Spalding Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
2, Best Cellars, September 2012, Julie Brown, Caroline Kenney
Julie Brown, Caroline Kenney Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
4, Best Cellars, September 2012, Jim Row, Maggie Row
Jim Row, Maggie Row Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
7, Best Cellars, September 2012, M.J. Parker, Susan Nutt
M.J. Parker, Susan Nutt Photo by © Roswitha Vogler/Photosbyrovo.com
9, Best Cellars, September 2012, Tim Keating, Robert Del Grande, Dean Fearing
3, Best Cellars, September 2012, Terrie Tiurner, Mike Turner
12, Best Cellars, September 2012, Dr. Gary Brock, Cathy Brock
1, Best Cellars, September 2012, Franelle Rogers, Brent Sloan
10, Best Cellars, September 2012, Anne Stewart, Michael Stewart
Best Cellars, September 2012, Dean Fearing.jpg
Best Cellars, September 2012, Robert Del Grande.jpg
11, Best Cellars, September 2012, Rachel Bradshaw, Adam Cuquet
8, Best Cellars, September 2012, Laura Nelson, Michael Francisco, Leisa Holland-Nelson
5, Best Cellars, September 2012, Fielding Cocke, Meredith Cocke
6, Best Cellars, September 2012, Hank Fasthoff, Maya Fasthoff
0, Best Cellars, September 2012, Susan Spalding, Norm Spalding
2, Best Cellars, September 2012, Julie Brown, Caroline Kenney
4, Best Cellars, September 2012, Jim Row, Maggie Row
7, Best Cellars, September 2012, M.J. Parker, Susan Nutt

Tremendous wines, great food and three amazing chefs cum musicians — the ingredients for the annual Best Cellars Celebrity Dinner just couldn't get any better than they were Friday at River Oaks Country Club. RDG's Robert Del Grande, Dean Fearing of Dallas and Tim Keating of Lake Buena Vista, Fla., reprised for the third year their starring roles as toques extraordinaire at the range and as rocking country talents on stage.

One couldn't be sure whether the trio was having more fun in the kitchen exercising their culinary clout for the 300 dinner guests or on stage where they inspired a packed dance floor with their toe-tapping tunes, presented under their stage name — The Barbed Wires.

"It's everything you could want in life," Del Grande explained of his return engagement, "wine, food, music, beautiful women, handsome men."

With a streamlined program, stellar wines (no hotel ballroom swill, thank you) and a coterie of pretty people, the evening soared. 

"And jewelry," Keating volunteered, before saying, "I wouldn't miss it. The great friends and it's in Houston where I spent 16 years of my life. I wouldn't miss it for anything." 

With a streamlined program, stellar wines (no hotel ballroom swill, thank you) and a coterie of pretty people, the evening soared. Kudos to Best Cellars chairs Cathy and Dr. Gary Brock, Anne and Michael Stewart and Terrie and Mike Turner as well as to honorary chairs Jeanie and Jim Janke and representing the Nashville music industry Laticia and Dennis Lord.

Receiving toasts of praise were wine host chairs Franelle Rogers and Brent Sloan. They rounded up the generous oenophiles who opened their cellars to share their stock with the paying guests. Among those generous souls were Randa and K.C. Weiner, Cathy and Jesse Marion, Caroline and Gary Kenney, Steve Toplansky and Tricia and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.

The evening is sponsored by the T.J. Martell Foundation of Nashville, which brings in country stars for celeb table postings. Friday's batch was comprised of Lee Ann Womack, Ryan Kinder, Rachel Bradshaw (daughter of retired NFL star Terry Bradshaw) and Anastasia Brown. The foundation has earmarked the $230,000 in proceeds for the Physician Scientist Program at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Among those partaking of the stellar dinner were Terri and John Havens, Robert Sakowitz, Leisa Holland-Nelson, Dale Robertson, Karen and Mike Mayell, Susan and Norm Spalding, Hank and Maya Fasthoff, Cyndy Garza Roberts and Thomas Roberts, Dr. Madaiah Revana and Stephanie and David Baird

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