|Chef John Tesar and Honorary Chair Terri Provencal|
Celebrity Chef John Tesar hosted Burgers & Burgundy, benefitting DIFFA/Dallas (The Dallas Chapter of Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) at the Gardens of the Seanor Estate on Friday, October 2, 2015. This year, Tesar kicked it up a notch by inviting some of his friends from cities across the U.S. including Los Angeles, Denver and Waltham, to cook with him at the event. Each nationally renowned chef was tasked with the challenge to serve up the best burger sliders and complement them with the burgundy of their choice. Some of the chefs participating in this year’s event were, John Tesar (Knife, Dallas) Blaine Staniford (Grace, Fort Worth) Matt McCallister (FT33, Dallas) Kevin Williamson (Ranch 616, Austin) Kris Morningstar (Terrine Restaurant, Los Angeles) Justin Bronson (Old Major, Denver) Tre Wilcox (Cooking Concepts by Tre Wilcox, Dallas) Joshua Smith (Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions, Waltham, MA) Jason Campbell (Whole Foods, Dallas) Brian Luscher (The Grape, Dallas) Sharon Van Meter (3015 at Trinity Groves, Dallas) Samir Dhurandhar (Nick & Sam’s, Dallas). This year’s Event Chair, Olivia Zokai, was joined by long-time supporter and Honorary Chair Terri Provencal at this annual event.
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Photos by Rhi Lee
DIFFA/Dallas chairman of the board Justin Bundick introduced this new flock of ambassadors that include Kurt Anderson, Stefani Burns, Kim Burgan, Tim Flannery, JL Forke, Bob Gibbs, Cearan Henley, Carinthia Kishaba, Jason Alexander Parker, Tom Reddick, Courtney Westmoreland Rider, Carmen Surgent, and Shelby Wagner. Style Council Ambassadors serve as DIFFA/Dallas representatives in the community during their 2015-2016 season. They are charged with the task of helping DIFFA/Dallas raise awareness about the organization’s cause, as well as continue efforts in the education and prevention of HIV/AIDS throughout North Texas. Ambassadors are asked to donate their time to various AIDS Service Organizations across North Texas to become better educated about those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Along with their time, Ambassadors are crucial in aiding DIFFA/Dallas fundraising efforts.
DIFFA/Dallas’ annual gala, House of DIFFA, will be chaired by Clint Bradley and held on May 21, 2016 at the Omni Hotel in downtown Dallas. When the unexpected happens, EXPECT the best! This season, House of DIFFA takes you on its “CIRCO Rouge” startling journey with an astonishing fashion experience that will provide an exciting mix of philanthropy, theatrics and a legendary runway production. Hosting approximately 2,000 patrons, House of DIFFA is the event of the Dallas season showcasing a curated selection of one-of-a-kind, tailored jackets with all proceeds going towards grants for HIV/Aids service organizations in North Texas. For more info, visit http://www.diffadallas.org