Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

December 6, 2013

Celebrity Chefs aims to help children step into new lives

Nineteen chefs from posh Tarrant County restaurants will again be cooking for a cause at the eighth edition of the “Celebrity Chefs” party presented by Mid-Cities Supporters of SafeHaven on Jan. 19 at the Hurst Conference Center ballroom.

Nineteen chefs from posh Tarrant County restaurants will again be cooking for a cause at the eighth edition of the “Celebrity Chefs” party presented by Mid-Cities Supporters of SafeHaven on Jan. 19 at the Hurst Conference Center ballroom.

Guests at the upscale event will dine on the incredible entrees and desserts prepared by the well-known chefs after mingling during a cocktail reception with other enthusiastic supporters of SafeHaven as they gather to raise funds and awareness for children who live in homes affected by domestic violence.

“Celebrity Chefs wouldn't be possible without our extraordinary chefs, their delicious food and overwhelming support and generosity,” event co-chairwoman Tara Hutchins-Welsh said.

This year’s celebrity chefs are Otto Borsich from Central Market Southlake; Susan Clark from Sweet Memories Cakes & Catering; Charles Youts from The Classic at Roanoke; Hans Bergmann from Cacharel Restaurant; Kyle Jones from Truluck’s; Brian Olenjack from Olenjack’s Grille; Michael Swirczynski and Sally Bolick-Strong from Bravo!! Catering & Event Planning; Chris Wilson from Market Street; Jon Bonnell from Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine; Todd Phillips from J.R.’s Steakhouse; Donatella Trotti from Nonna Tata; Jason Harper from Trio New American Cafe; Ryan Merlino from Hurst Conference Center; Deb Cantrell from Savor Culinary Services; Janet Capua From Z’s Cafe; Andrew Huszar from Tastefully Yours; Carleen Anderson from Nosredna Boutique Catering; and Jerrett Joslin from The Wild Mushroom.

The theme for the evening is to help children “Step Into New Lives” by supporting a campaign to buy new shoes for the kids living at the SafeHaven shelters in the area. Donate $15 to buy one pair of shoes or $25 for two.

Dedicated volunteers on the event committee are co -chairwomen Katie White and Tara Hutchins-Welsh, with help from Deanna Stuart, Velma Walker, Jodie Munsie Viv Ann Blair, Kathy Rynearson, Jane Wood, Mary MacDowell, Patti Campbell, Martha Ragsdale, Renny Hostetler, Janice Kane, Kathleen Steinberger, Laurel Harty, Judy Waitkus, Mary Hubbard and Beth Battles.

A $2,550 luxury raffle package will let one lucky winner take home four great gifts: a Timarron golf outing; a Kershaw cutlery set; a $1,500 Market Street gift card and a wine class.

Veterans of this event look forward to the live auction when each chef is introduced and each announces the exclusive chef package he or she is offering the highest bidder. Sometimes it’s a private catered meal in the location of your choice or a private party in the chef’s restaurant — either way the audience gets rowdy as they vie for these unique opportunities.

Other live auction swag includes a Year of Beauty at Spa on the Square in Southlake and a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry designed for Celebrity Chefs by Richard’s Custom Jewelers in Hurst.

“The Mid Cities SOS Celebrity Chefs event demonstrates more than the generosity of this community. It reminds us that while far too many Tarrant County families live in constant fear of their husband, boyfriend or father; many more families will stand up for them, believe their plight and help end their pain. It’s a great way to begin a new year with hope for peace in the lives of domestic violence victims,” SafeHaven CEO Mary Lee Hafley said.

Tickets cost $125 each. Seating is limited; so buy early to be safe. For that special person on your holiday gift list; two tickets nicely gift-wrapped would be a surefire pleaser and something to look forward to after Christmas.

Details and online purchasing are available at Inquiries: call 817-975-1180.


Cattle Baron Holiday at Thistle Hill

A special holiday experience awaits visitors from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19 at the Thistle Hill mansion, 1509 Pennsylvania Ave. The home’s eight fireplaces and exquisite double staircase will feature elegant holiday decorations, and an exhibit of vintage fashions from the era is new this year.

Wedding dresses and formal gowns from the collection of fashions that Thistle Hill has acquired will transport guests to a “Fashionable Past” at the exhibit. Tourists will also have a chance to pose for photos in the billiard room around the fireplace and Christmas tree.

Other attractions include a gift shop in the Carriage House, offering unique items from artisan vendors. Shoppers will enjoy exploring the historic horse stalls as they find vintage gifts and antique decorative items. Check out the Thistle Hill and McFarland House tree ornaments and jigsaw puzzles depicting Fort Worth landmarks.

Guided tours for $10 begin on the hour. Refreshments will be available at the Thistle Hill Food Park.

Event proceeds benefit the programs of Historic Fort Worth Inc. To inquire, contact Suzy Coleman at 817-336-2344.


The phone number for Saturday’s Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is 817-682-3197. The number in last week’s column was incorrect.


Reindeer Dash benefits Girls Inc.

The folks at Girls Inc. say the Dec. 24 Reindeer Dash is “more than just a 5K. It’s a family holiday event.” A new venue for this third year of the event, the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, will create extra excitement for attendees. Growing from a small local race in 2011 to more than 700 runners last year, organizers expect big crowds this year.

Lots of runners dress in themed holiday attire, and there will be live reindeer, food and drinks, and great prizes for winners of various reindeer games. And of course on Christmas Eve, pictures with Santa are a must.

The Fun Run begins at 8 a.m. and the 5K on a USA Track & Field-certified course starts at 8:30 a.m. Parking is available in Lot B. Details on the various registration fees for individuals and teams at

Direct questions to Amy Rasor with Girls Inc. at 817-468-0306.

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