Recipe For Success

Recipe for Success celebrates 10th anniversary with a fab food-and-art fete

Recipe for Success celebrates anniversary with fab food-and-art fete

Models with Anne and John Mendelsohn at Recipe for Success gala
Models in napkin attire pose with Anne and John Mendelsohn. Jason Mortel Photography
Gracie Cavnar and Peter Garcia at Recipe for Success gala
Gracie Cavnar, Peter Garcia. Jenna White Photography
Matt Burrus and Michael Pearce at Recipe for Success Gala
Matt Burrus, Michael Pearce. Jenna White Photography
Models with Daniel Ringold at Recipe for Success gala
Daniel Ringold, center, poses with models in napkin attire. Jason Mortel Photography
Chefs Greg Martin and Kevin Naderi
Greg Martin, Kevin Naderi. Jason Mortel Photography
Liz Stepanian, Andy Stepanian, Genevieve Patterson, Shawn Patterson at Recipe for Success Gals
Liz Stepanian, Andy Stepanian, Genevieve Patterson, Shawn Patterson. Jenna White Photography
Chef Richard Kaplan at Recipe for Success Gala
Richard Kaplan. Jenna White Photography
Models with Anne and John Mendelsohn at Recipe for Success gala
Gracie Cavnar and Peter Garcia at Recipe for Success gala
Matt Burrus and Michael Pearce at Recipe for Success Gala
Models with Daniel Ringold at Recipe for Success gala
Chefs Greg Martin and Kevin Naderi
Liz Stepanian, Andy Stepanian, Genevieve Patterson, Shawn Patterson at Recipe for Success Gals
Chef Richard Kaplan at Recipe for Success Gala

What: Delicious Alchemy: The Art of Food, benefiting Recipe for Success.

Where: Four Seasons Hotel.

The scoop: Recipe for Success celebrated its 10th anniversary with a big party that combined food, fashion and art. Sixteen top chefs offered tasty treats to guests in the Four Seasons ballroom as models from the Neal Hamil Agency roamed the room in dinner napkin attire strategically placed on their well-toned bodies. The linen napkins, part of what organizers call "The Napkin Project," were designed by 12 notable Houston artists with a dining theme. (A set of 10 unique napkins are available for $250.)

Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar, wearing a striking one shoulder Stella McCartney dress, encouraged guests to sample the offerings and bid on silent auction items, including a pantry makeover and cooking lesson from chef Justin Kouri and dinner for 12 with with wine and music, commemorated by photographic artist Jay Rosovich. With megaphone in hand, auctioneer Michael Pearce encouraged a lively night of competitive bidding.

Proceeds from the evening will fund the Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education program for 3,000 children in several Houston schools.

Who: Seen in the crowd were Romy Mitchell and Charles Clark, Duyen and Marc Nguyen, Anne and John Mendelsohn, Karina Barbieri, Matt Burrus, Marsha Montemayor, Jeff Shell, Fady Armanious and Bill Baldwin, Deborah Colton, Susan Plum, Bob Cavnar, Liz and Stepanian, Genevieve and Shawn PattersonCandace and Brian Thomas, Karen and Roland Garcia,  Lisa and Larry Powers, Tammie and Andy Johnson, Ebony and Warrington Goudeau, and Ariana Smetana.

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