Media contact: Caroline Manning, 214.855.0402, Caroline.Manning@taca-arts.org


DALLAS, Texas — May 15, 2012 — Chaired by Kristi and Ron Hoyl and Lisa and Bill Ogle, TACA Lexus Party on the Green was held on Friday, May 4th. Twenty acclaimed chefs from Dallas and around the world prepared gourmet dishes for nearly 700 people who turned out for a glorious evening in the spring breeze, under the stars and a few sparkles of lightning—to sample delicacies including Duck Carnitas Tacos, Pork with Purslane and Cantaloupe, and Seven-Spice-Crusted Tuna Sashimi.

For his Whitefish with Citrus Salsa, Chef Matt Raso of Nobu at the Rosewood Crescent Hotel here in Dallas won the coveted Golden Skillet Award. His signature dish was judged the winner by popular culinary blogger Brad Murano, food photographer Robert Peacock and writer/stylist Denise Gee, and Dallas/Fort Worth food editor Meda Kessler.

Chair Lisa Ogle surprised the guests with flamenco dancers who greeted everyone at the entrance. Evening entertainment was provided by the Tony Hakim Quintet. Participants tried their luck at a wine cork pull for chances to receive some rare wines, and lined up for candid photos at the Lexus Photo Stand. Later in the evening, Chair Bill Ogle drew the name of the lucky winner of a 2012 Lexus IS 250 convertible. The evening concluded with a spectacular fireworks display in the skies over Turtle Creek.

"TACA's Party on the Green continues to be an overwhelming success thanks to our wonderful supporters," said Andy Teller, TACA Board Chairman. "We appreciate all our generous sponsors including ALON USA, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek and Lexus."

TACA Proscenium Presenting Sponsor: ALON USA
Party on the Green Title Sponsor: Lexus
Official Airline: American Airlines
Wine Cork Pull Sponsors: Glazer's and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management
Media Sponsors: PaperCity Magazine, Texas Monthly and My Sweet Charity
$15,000 sponsors: Nancy C. and Richard R. Rogers
$10,000 sponsors: Lisa and Bill Ogle
Wristband Sponsors: Kate Rose and Thomas Marquez

Party on the Green Chef Sponsors:
Law Offices of Ben Abbott, P.C.: Chef Brian Luscher, The Grape
Simona Beal: Chef Bruno Davaillon, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Diane and Hal Brierley: Chef Matt McCallister, FT 33
Marsha Cameron and Michael Halloran: Chef Anthony Dawodu, Caneel Bay, A Rosewood Resort
Nancy and Clint Carlson: Chef Craig Kamrowski, Central Market
Connie and Denny Carreker: Chef Scott Gottlich, Bijoux and The Second Floor
Barbara and Don Daseke: Chef Juan Rosado, Rosewood Crescent Hotel
Gwen and Leldon Echols: Chef Matt Raso, Nobu Kristi and Ron Hoyl/Baylor Health Care System - Chef Hemant Dadlani, Rosewood Little Dix Bay
Joe Kendall: Chef Sharon Hage, Dallas
David Kiger: Chef Stephan Pyles, Stephan Pyles and Samar
Tara Lewis and John Swords: Chef Nicolas Blouin, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
Neiman Marcus: Chef Ken Nakano, Rosewood Hotel Georgia
Deborah and Jim Nugent: Chef Alejandro Rojas, Rosewood Mayakoba
Lisa and Bill Ogle: Chef Tre Wilcox, Marquee Grill
Leah and Jim Pasant: Chef Carlos Hannon, Rosewood San Miguel de Allende
Sewell Automotive Companies: Chef Tiffany Derry, Private Social
Carrie and Andy Teller/RBC Wealth Management: Chef Serge Bottelli, Rosewood Tucker's Point
The Rosewood Corporation: Chef Juan Bochenski, Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi
Ms. Michele F. Vobach and Dr. Stephen F. Vobach: Chef Tim Byres, Smoke