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Chefs Fed More than 700 at the TACA Lexus Party on the Green at AT&T Performing Arts Center’s Sammons Park

DALLAS, Texas — May 20, 2017 — This year’s TACA Lexus Party on the Green Presented by Highland Park Village broke from tradition with a bold move to the Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park at AT&T Performing Arts Center on May 12. With perfect weather for this favorite outdoor foodie soiree, the event, co-chaired by Katherine Wynne and Tia Wynne, attracted more than 700 who dined their way through chef stations, sipped cocktails and libations, bid on silent auction packages and purchased wine at the wine cork pull.

Throughout the evening, TACA–supported organizations performed throughout the outdoor venue for guests. Shakespeare Dallas staged an excerpt from "The Merry Wives of Windsor," giving attendees a preview of its upcoming summer performance. In the Donor Reflecting Pool, Dark Circles Contemporary Dance danced delightfully to an array of music, charming the many guests who circled the area to watch them. Tap dancers, Katelyn Harris and Sean J. Smith, a Dallas Black Dance Theatre dancer, showcased a lively number.

At the Lexus Lounge, VIP patrons noshed on Dean Fearing’s Carnita Street Tacos with Green Chili Mojo, sipped libations including the special Dean’s Margarita and listened to Michael D. Fitzpatrick, an award-winning international cellist who has performed for the Pope and other dignitaries. Lexus displayed one of its newest models along with virtual reality goggles that simulated driving the automobile.

Textures of Garlic (Knife at The Highland Dallas), Chef Drew Swanson’s Chirashi-Don Beef Bowl (Wolfgang Puck Catering) and Chef Sara Griffin’s Road House Burgers with Truffle Fries. Chef Janice Provost’s (Parigi) signature fuchsia enveloped her booth, while she served Savory Basil Panna Cotta with Baby Tomatoes and Pesto. Dessert favorites included Chef Nicolas Blouin's Chocolate Bar (Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek) and Chefs Gianni Santin and Tida Pichakron’s French Macarons, which was as colorful as they were flavorful (Haute Sweets Patisserie).

As the late night party kicked off, dance party band Studio 54 played and sang lively hits, while the revelers danced until midnight under the stars.

Carlson President and Executive Director Wolford McCue said, "As TACA celebrates its 50th anniversary, we wanted to introduce a new venue where we could showcase organizations we support and expand TACA Party on the Green to even more people. Many people remarked what a wonderful location it was, especially being in the heart of downtown Dallas and in the Dallas Arts District. We also want to thank all those who supported us."

Special thanks to the chefs and sponsors:

  • Title Sponsor: Lexus / The Dallas – Ft. Worth Lexus Dealers
  • Presenting Sponsor: Highland Park Village
  • Patron Sponsor: The Rosewood Corporation
  • Cork Pull Sponsor: Bank of Texas
  • Wristband Sponsor Frost Bank
  • Official Airline: American Airlines
  • Host: AT&T Performing Arts Center
  • Valet Sponsor: Platinum Parking
  • Media Sponsors: PaperCity, Texas Monthly, CultureMap, MySweetCharity

Chef Sponsors:

  • Faye C. Briggs
  • Carlson Capital, LP
  • Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians, Inc.
  • Gwen and Leldon Echols
  • Leah and Jim Pasant
  • Donna Wilhelm
  • Wynne Transportation