Sunday, October 28, 2012

Oh So Tasty: Burgers and Burgundy 2012

Debra Nelson, Greg Haynes Johnson and Anne Stodghill
Celebrity chefs and philanthropic foodies joined Chef John Tesar at the estate of Anne and Steve Stodghill on Friday, October 19th for the fourth annual Burgers & Burgundy event benefiting The Dallas Chapter of DIFFA (Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS).

“I was very excited to bring my fellow chefs together for what has become an annual event for DIFFA/Dallas,” comments Chef Tesar. “I have had the honor to work with DIFFA for four years to put on this event. The best part, though, is that it’s for a great cause.”

Each chef was tasked with the challenge to serve up the best burger sliders and compliment them with the burgundy of their choice. I was a bit leery of attending this event, since I am not a fan of red wine (or I should say, it is not a fan of ME!) but thankfully, there were plenty of other libation selections from which to choose if burgundy wines weren't your thing.

John Tesar
Participating chefs and their creations were as follows:

~ John Tesar, Spoon Bar & Kitchen - Catfish Sloppy Joe Slider
~ Patton Robertson, Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck - Lamburger
~ Tiffany Derry, Private Social - Chinese BBQ Short Rib Burger
~ Michael Sindoni, Charlie Palmer - Moroccan Spiced Lamb Burger
~ Scott Romano, Private Chef - Asian BBQ Burger
~ Dan Landsberg/Bradford Hodgkins, Dragonfly - Brisket & Bacon Slider
~ Sharon Van Meter, 3015 @ Trinity Groves - Honey Pecan Chix Burger

Click here to see more photos from this event!

This year’s event chairs were first year board member Justin W. Bundick and veteran board member Jim DiMarino. The event was held in the backyard of the Stodghill home and the crisp temperatures made for a very enjoyable evening as guests grazed the various chef stations.  Among those wandering through the sea of sliders were Drew Ginsburg, KVIL's Gene Gates, Chuck Steelman, jewelry designer Shona and Arlo Gilbert, Carmaleta Whiteley, and CW33's Danielle Vollmar. It was a beautiful evening for a wonderful cause!

Carmaleta Whiteley, Arlo and Shona Gilbert  |  Mikael Coursey and Drew Ginsburg

About DIFFA:
The mission of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) is to raise funds and grant those funds to organizations which fight HIV/AIDS by providing preventative education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection, treatment and direct care services for people living with/impacted by HIV/AIDS and that support public policy initiatives which add resources to private sector funds. Learn more at