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Eight hot chefs create culinary magic amid Kinky entertainment at Theatre Under the Stars dinner

Hot chefs work culinary magic amid Kinky entertainment at TUTS dinner

10 Alan Ratliff, from left, John Breckenridge and Bruce Lumkpin at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Dinner chair Alan Ratliff, from left, John Breckenridge and Bruce Lumkpin. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
11 Tony Chase, from left, Dina Alsowyel and Sandy and Randy Stilley at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Tony Chase and Dina Alsowayel, left, with Sandy and Randy Stilley. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
14 Bryan and Jennifer Caswell at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Reef chef Bryan and Jennifer Caswell. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
15 Andrew Lewis at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Pastry chef Andrew Lewis. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
7 Rob and Amy Pierce, from left, and Lamees and Nabeel Amundi at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Rob and Amy Pierce, left, with Lamees and Nabeel Amundi. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
13 Philippe Schmit, left, and Bill Floyd at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Chef Philippe Schmit, left, and Reef's Bill Floyd. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
9 Paulina and Jim McGrath at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Paulina and Jim McGrath. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
5 Colin and Monica Fulton, from left, and Meredith and Raffi Tcholakian at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Colin and Monica Fulton, from left, and Meredith and Raffi Tcholakian. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
12 Demetra and Frank Jones at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Demetra and Frank Jones. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
6 Gina and John Williamson at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Gina and John Williamson. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
4 Thad and Sarah Dameris, from left, and Beth and Greg Looser at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Thad and Sarah Dameris, left, with Beth and Greg Looser. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
3 Jim and Helen Shaffer, from left, and Doe and Henry Florsheim at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Jim and Helen Shaffer, left, with Doe and Henry Florsheim. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
8 Sofia Adroguè and Alan Ratliff at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Sofia Adroguè and dinner chair Alan Ratliff. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
2 Sam Jacobson, left, and Carl Josehart at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Sam Jacobson, left, and Carl Josehart. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
1 Mike Hensley, left, and Stephen Lewis at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
Mike Hensley, left, and Stephen Lewis. Photo by © Priscilla Dickson
10 Alan Ratliff, from left, John Breckenridge and Bruce Lumkpin at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
11 Tony Chase, from left, Dina Alsowyel and Sandy and Randy Stilley at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
14 Bryan and Jennifer Caswell at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
15 Andrew Lewis at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
7 Rob and Amy Pierce, from left, and Lamees and Nabeel Amundi at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
13 Philippe Schmit, left, and Bill Floyd at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
9 Paulina and Jim McGrath at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
5 Colin and Monica Fulton, from left, and Meredith and Raffi Tcholakian at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
12 Demetra and Frank Jones at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
6 Gina and John Williamson at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
4 Thad and Sarah Dameris, from left, and Beth and Greg Looser at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
3 Jim and Helen Shaffer, from left, and Doe and Henry Florsheim at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
8 Sofia Adroguè and Alan Ratliff at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
2 Sam Jacobson, left, and Carl Josehart at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014
1 Mike Hensley, left, and Stephen Lewis at TUTS' Vine & Dine November 2014

How could the night have been anything but spectacular when eight of the city's top chefs joined forces at Reef to create a multi-course dinner for Theatre Under the Stars. Just ask the 240 guests that filled the restaurant for the TUTS "Vine & Dine" celebration.

Heading the culinary team was Reef's Bryan Caswell, joined by Cordúa Restaurants' Michael Cordúa and David Cordúa, Gatlin's BBQ's Greg Gatlin, former Feast chef Richard Knight, Uchi's Andrew Lewis, Kathleen Mathews and Philippe Schmit. Think foie gras on fresh-grilled brioche, Gulf red snapper, braised pork cheeks with mushroom polenta and dessert including aerated olive ice cream, toasted rice cremeux and chocolate ganache. Yum!

The dishes were paired with wines from Amici, Bravante Vineyards, Decimus, Hensley Family Vineyards and Nice Winery.

Forensic accountant Alan Ratliff chaired the evening that raised $174,000 for TUTS' education and outreach programming. For the diners' entertainment, excerpts from TUTS and TUTS Underground productions of Kinky Boots, Waiting for Johnny Depp and First Date were presented. The TUTS family was represented by president and CEO John Breckenridge and artistic director Bruce Lumpkin.

Satisfied diners included Paulina and Jim McGrath, Sofia Adrogué, Stephen Lewis, Doe and Henry Florsheim, Tony Chase and Dina Alsowayel, Carl Josehart and Sam Jacobson, Lamees and Nabeel Amudi and Sarah and Thad Dameris.