Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Home kitchens in Azle host ‘Tastes of Summer Tour’ on Saturday

Chef Julia Dunaway with a few committee members from the 2013 Azle Taste Tour.
Chef Julia Dunaway with a few committee members from the 2013 Azle Taste Tour.

Who doesn’t want to peek inside beautiful, luxurious homes? You’re now invited to come inside six of them in the gorgeous Oak Harbor Estates community in Azle from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday for a kitchen tour conducted by locally acclaimed chefs who will prepare some pretty fabulous fare for tasting.

“This year’s theme is ‘Tastes of Summer’ and will feature a variety of warm-weather delicacies prepared by our generous and talented chefs,” said event chairwoman Dawn Zuilhof. “The casual social atmosphere of the past two events has been so popular and has prompted the Community Caring Center to continue this wonderful biennial event.”

New this year will be an outdoor market area and outdoor cooking demonstrations by executive chef Charles Youts with The Classic at Roanoke at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at the Oak Harbor neighborhood park and boat launch, 1905 Spinnaker Lane. Serving will be limited to 40 people at each demonstration.

The roster of chefs includes the head chefs/owners at La Choza Fine Foods, Lightcatcher Winery & Bistro, Chef Julia Personal Chef Services, Simply Scrumptious, Z’s Cafe, the 1926 Farmers Market and food writer Judie Byrd.

Tickets are $25 and $30 on tour day. Purchase online at or check the website for ticket outlet locations. Direct inquires to Zuilhof at 817-917-5454 or Nancy Gibbons at 817 988-2450.

Hidden no more: Eight gardens to be showcased in May 17 tour

Botanical brilliance on display in private gardens in the Ridglea North neighborhood will welcome visitors Sunday during the Hidden Gardens of Fort Worth Tour, hosted by Historic Fort Worth.

“We have eight gardens this year to delight our gardening guests to glean ideas for their backyard paradises,” said HFW spokeswoman Suzy Coleman. The tour features gardens of all sizes, Coleman said, and it will provide the motivation and inspiration lots of home gardeners need at this time of year.

Tourgoers will especially enjoy visiting the community garden at Ridglea Christian Church where the Memory, Jubilee and Learning gardens will be open for viewing. And be sure to watch for artists at each home as they create on-the-spot paintings depicting the setting in each garden. Guests can purchase the artwork during the tour.

Tickets are $20 per person and $25 on tour day. Garden locations are disclosed to ticket holders only. Proceeds benefit preservation programs of Historic Fort Worth.

Purchase online at or at Archie’s Gardenland, 6700 Camp Bowie Blvd., and C.C.’s Touch of Nature, 3912 W. Vickery Blvd. The tour is noon to 6 p.m. rain or shine.

Dinner event focuses on raising empowered daughters

“She Will Fly” is the theme of the fundraising dinner Thursday hosted by local nonprofit Gracefully Strong. Guests at the event will enjoy elegant dining prepared by Z’s Cafe, a panel discussion, special presentations and a raffle.

“You will hear from young women and their mothers who have experienced Gracefully Strong, and there will be a special message from Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott,” said spokeswoman Elaine Cox.

Working on the event are committee members Cox, Heather Stark, Tricia Habar, Kelli McCoy, Jenny Ingram and Jennifer Byrd ,just to randomly name a few.

Tickets are $100 each. The venue is the Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Highway. Proceeds benefit the charity’s eight-week educational program for girls in fourth through eighth grades. Make reservations at 817-269-5163 or visit

Actress Marlee Matlin headlines Stars in Recovery luncheon May 19

Be a part of the Recovery Resource Council’s mission of promoting wellness and recovery from alcohol addiction and mental health issues by buying a ticket to the May 19 Stars in Recovery luncheon featuring author and Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin.

Matlin will join a long list of popular inspirational celebrities who have headlined the luncheon during the past 26 years where stories are shared about the challenges and victories in their lives.

Beverly and Charlie Powell are chairing the event with honorary chair Ouida Bradshaw at the Omni Hotel. Sportscaster Dale Hansen will be master of ceremonies.

Matlin, who lost her hearing when she was 18 months old, overcame drug addiction and survived an abusive relationship before turning her life around.

“I was so wrapped up in his [actor William Hurt] world and my drugs. The drugs took over my life, took over my brain. I was 19, and I was alone in New York City. I had no friends there except my drug dealer,” Matlin explained in a 2009 interview.

Tickets are $150 each. Contact Dimanche Brewer at Recovery Resource Council at 817-332-6329 or buy online at

Northeast Tarrant

Bike Around Texas Motor Speedway for a Good Cause on Saturday

A brand-new event Saturday will benefit more than 10,000 Special Olympics athletes in the Fort Worth and Dallas areas. Pedal to the Medal will let participants bike around the Texas Motor Speedway in a 10-lap or a 15-mile race.

Cyclists can have fun racing individually or with a team before the grand finale featuring a Special Olympics Texas athlete ride-along lap. Prizes will go to top finishers and top fund raisers in a ceremony after the race.

“It’s a day of enjoyment with SOTX and the cycling community,” said spokesman Steve Helm. “Pedal to the Medal was established as a way to promote a new SOTX sport in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as well as build important support and partnerships in the local cycling community.”

Entry fee is $50 or $75 to get an event T-shirt and $100 for a T-shirt and event medallion. Participants are encouraged to get sponsors to cover the fees. All participants will receive a race bag full of wonderful products. Funds raised will help provide sports training, athletic competitions and health programs for the Special Olympics athletes.

Visit to learn more and sign up. Or contact Alex Thieroff at or 817-332-3433 with questions.

Events at a glance

▪ Breakfast With the Berkshires is May 18 at 7 a.m. at the Fort Worth Club hosted by Leadership Fort Worth. Guests will enjoy breakfast and hear a panel discussion from the CEOs from four Fort Worth-based Berkshire Hathaway companies: Dennis Knautz of Acme Brick, Carl Ice of BNSF Railway, Randy Watson of Justin Brands and Paul Andrews of TTI with moderator Matt Rose, the executive chairman of BNSF. Tickets are $100 members and $125 nonmembers. Reserve tickets at

▪ Cocktails in the Garden is Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in a lovely Southlake home. Hosted by Arts Council Northeast, the event is an opportunity to learn more about programs and how to get involved and enjoy a casual evening of wine, beer and appetizers. Admission is $25 per person or $35 per couple. Call 817-283-3406 or email to make reservations.