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September 2016 - Houston

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A DELICIOUS DECADE: RECIPE FOR SUCCESS TURNS 10 Catherine D. Anspon and Matthew Ramirez dish the details. Photography Kim Coffman. 58 Benevolent Diners Gathered around two long, long tables (having ponied up $2,500 per person), $150,000 was raised to benefit Recipe's mission to educate children about nutrition, healthy eating, and ending childhood obesity • Savoring the dinner party: Alex and Astley Blair, Karen and Roland Garcia, Peter Brown, Ariana Smetana, Cynthia and Tony Petrello, Jane Wagner, artist Nancy Douthey, Kelly Barnhart, Ian Loyd, Cartier's Kari Gonzales with husband John Dagley, Roxann Neumann of Silver Eagle (a sponsor), truffle lady Diane Roederer, duck donor Brendon Treanor, and Sysco's Kat Castellanos (the premier food sponsor) • The evening was also the big reveal for the upcoming Art of Food fund-raiser Tuesday, September 27, at Four Seasons Hotel, featuring artist-designed napkins to support the cause • The 3-D napkin by Joe Havel was the highlight of this banquet's live auction which went to lucky high bidders John and Becca Cason Thrash. Setting the Table The tree-enveloped Dunlavy was the mise en scène for an intimate epicurean dinner party saluting and benefitting Houston-founded Recipe for Success's first decade. Founders Gracie and Bob Cavnar presided as chairs of a multi-course seated feast, The Banquet, that underscored the nonprofit's mission while highlighting the creative masters of the kitchen who have been Recipe's mainstays in changing the way our kids eat. Top Toques All 10 founding chefs of Recipe for Success chef's advisory board — Bryan Caswell, Charles Clark, Robert Del Grande, Randy Evans, Lance Fegen, Pedro Garcia, Elouise Jones, Monica Pope, Randy Rucker, and John Sheely — prepared key courses. Culinary highlights: Pope's date with a pig, Sheely's snapper ceviche, and Fegen's Pupukea-style tuna poke as appetizers; followed by Clark's skate wing in Meyer lemon brodetto, Garcia's lentil soup with shaved black truffle, Caswell's succulent duck leg with Jordan almonds, and Rucker's smoked short rib of beef with mushroom and chickweed. For the finale: Del Grande's pistachio cake, beet crème, and lime glass, Evans' vanilla bean pound cake, and Jones' chocolat pot de crème. Chair Gracie Cavnar Becca Cason Thrash Genevieve Patterson Shawn Patterson Randy Rucker Amanda Highbloom Pedro Garcia Elliott Kelly Robert Del Grande Randy Evans John Dagley Peter Brown Roland Garcia Kelly O'Donnell Leighton Hale Kari Gonzales Cynthia Petrello Tony Petrello Monica Pope Bryan Caswell Jennifer Caswell John Sheely Lance Fegen Ian Loyd Kelly Barnhart Chair Bob Cavnar Romy Mitchell Charles Clark

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