Top Toques Put on Charity Spread

Young lawyers group picks winners from 23 chefs at March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala

Young lawyers group selects winners at March of Dimes Signature Chefs

News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Anthony Petrello, Cynthia Petrello, Dr. Huda Zoghbi, William Zoghbi.JPG
Anthony Petrello, Cynthia Petrello, Dr. Huda Zoghbi, William Zoghbi. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, tom Regan, Rachel Ragen, Michelle Smith, Alan Smith
 Tom Regan, Rachel Ragen, Michelle Smith, Alan Smith. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Rachel Regan, Charles Clark
Rachel Regan, Charles Clark. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Chef Ryan Hildebrand
Chef Ryan Hildebrand, center, and friends. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Debbie Sukin, Steve Sukin
Debbie Sukin, Steve Sukin. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Mary D'Andrea, Dr. Mark D'Andrea
Mary D'Andrea, Dr. Mark D'Andrfea.   Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Tony Bradfield, Jan Fawcett, Christina Stith,
Tony Bradfield, Jan Fawcett, Christina Stith. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Kenny Mercado, Kambrel Marshall
Kenny Mercado, Kambrel Marshall. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Tracy Dieterich, Valerie Dieterich, Monica Blaisdell, John Blaisdell
Tracy Dieterich, Valerie Dieterich, Monica Blaisdell, John Blaisdell. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, John Reed, Perry Ann Reed
John Reed, Perry Ann Reed. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Chef Paul Friedman, Pelli Pelli crew
Chef Paul Friedman and his Peli Peli crew. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Bobby Dees, Wezy Dees
Bobby Dees, Wezy Dees. Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Rula Smith, Tyler Smith
Rula Smith, Tyler Smith. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Andrew Cordes, Brian Teichman
Andrew Cordes, Brian Teichman. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Yolanda Montano and Gampa Bhat, Chitra Arkesh,SimonLott
Yolanda Montano, Gampa Bhat, Chitra Arkesh, Simon Lott. Photo by Priscilla Dickson
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Anthony Petrello, Cynthia Petrello, Dr. Huda Zoghbi, William Zoghbi.JPG
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, tom Regan, Rachel Ragen, Michelle Smith, Alan Smith
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Rachel Regan, Charles Clark
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Chef Ryan Hildebrand
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Debbie Sukin, Steve Sukin
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Mary D'Andrea, Dr. Mark D'Andrea
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Tony Bradfield, Jan Fawcett, Christina Stith,
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Kenny Mercado, Kambrel Marshall
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Tracy Dieterich, Valerie Dieterich, Monica Blaisdell, John Blaisdell
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, John Reed, Perry Ann Reed
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Chef Paul Friedman, Pelli Pelli crew
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Bobby Dees, Wezy Dees
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Rula Smith, Tyler Smith
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Andrew Cordes, Brian Teichman
News, Shelby, March of Dimes Signature chefs, Nov. 2015, Yolanda Montano and Gampa Bhat, Chitra Arkesh,SimonLott

Serious fundraising demands serious sustenance. Because, before you can ask anyone to open up their wallets, it helps if there is plenty of vino and sophisticated cocktails alongside a feast of a spread fit for a king and queen.

The "March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala," presented by Wells Fargo at the Hilton Americas Thursday was on a roll. With 23 chefs participating and plenty of adult libations, this night simply had to be a winner.

Amid a contemporary décor awash with aubergine hues and silver sequins, tables with alternating centerpieces crafted from purple feathers and glass-beaded candelabras were surrounded by booth after booth manned by the who's who of Houston's culinary scene. The chefs put forth their best as the event also bestowed awards on taste and creativity.

The Best Culinary Creation Award went to chef Rafael Morales of Grace's for his tuna stack. Best Presentation was awarded to Harold Wong of The Fish for his sous vide Angus chuck, peanut crumble, pickled red onions and savory peppered tamari. The culinary entries were judged by volunteers from the Houston Young Lawyers Association.

Needless to say, chairs Rachel Regan and Michelle L. Smith succeeded in offering a delicious backdrop that prepared guests for the fierce big board and live auctions that helped raise $785,000 to research causes of premature birth and birth defects.

About that auction: A vacation getaway to any one of 17 Exclusive Resorts around the world donated by Rachel and Tom Regan sold three times for $20,000 and culinary honoree Charles Clark's progressive dinner sold twice for $10,000.

More than 540 business leaders and philanthropists joined to laud more honorees including medical honoree Dr. Huda Zoghbi, director of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Institute at Texas Children's Hospital, community honorees Cynthia and Anthony Petrello, corporate honoree Texas Children's Hospital and ambassador family Debbie and Steve Sukin.

On the scene were Mary and Mark D'Andrea, Julie Oliver, Cris Daskevich, Millette and Haag Sherman, Christie and Mark Sullivan, Tony Bradfield, Kevin Black, Anne and Albert Chao, Andrew Cordes and Brian Teichman, Tracy and Valerie Dieterich, Leslie and Mike Appling, Jan Duncan, Dr. Joanie Hare, John and Cynthia Onstott, Rishma and Akbar Mohamed, Jacquie Baly, Perry Ann and John Reed and Phyllis Williams.

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