It’s the 13th anniversary of Tarrant Area Food Bank’s leading fundraiser, Empty Bowls. Part of a national program developed by a teacher who wanted to help his ceramics students get involved in feeding the hungry, the wildly popular Fort Worth event set for Feb. 20 will again offer handcrafted bowls, art and a tasty lunch prepared by generous chefs who donate the food and their time and talent. Tom Thumb is the presenting sponsor.
The scene at this event is artfully described by food bank spokeswoman Andrea Helms: “Guests line up 30 minutes or more before their entry time, and when the doors open they rush toward the tables of bowls, each person searching for that perfect keepsake to take home. The hall soon becomes packed with people milling about between the tables of bowls, including Celebrity Bowls up for silent bidding, the silent auction artwork of all kinds and the 40-plus stations of soups and desserts provided by caterers, culinary schools and high-end and casual-dining restaurants.”
Among the generous restaurants serving up their delish dishes are Aventino’s Italian Restaurant, Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Capital Grille, Chadra Mezza, Clay Pigeon, Fred’s Texas Cafe, Grace/Little Red Wasp, Tim Love’s Lonesome Dove, Mariposa’s Latin Kitchen, Paris Coffee Shop, Bonnell’s, Winslow’s Wine Cafe and Zoës Kitchen, to name only a few.
In charge of the event is chairwoman Ruth Ann Kearley with help from a large steering committee including Janet Rodriguez, Malea Abbott, Sylvie Schulze, Tracie Sayyah and Mike Walters.
General admission allows you to select a complimentary studio bowl from among 2,500 pottery, ceramic, china, glass and wood bowls designed by local artists. For an additional $25 donation, a second bowl is yours to take home. In the gallery area are bowls, vases and other pieces by master artisans priced from $50 to $125.
Bid in a live auction for bowls signed by celebrities from Hollywood and professional sports. The winners of a raffle will take home Mavericks tickets, a 42-inch television and Jason Aldean concert tickets. The massive silent auction has amazing swag from every category imaginable.
It’s a busy morning, so arrive early and stay late to help feed the hungry. “For each dollar spent at Empty Bowls, Tarrant Area Food Bank can supply food for five meals. During one week, food distributed by TAFB to its partner hunger-relief charities provides 11 meals to each of the 50,000 impoverished individuals served in an average week,” Helms said.
The venue is the Amon G. Carter Exhibits Hall at Will Rogers complex. General admission is $50, and VIP tickets are $130 for early admission. Purchase online at tafb.org or call 817-332-9177, ext. 137.
Love That Smile gala Feb. 27 to aid in dental care for needy
Come celebrate the good work of Dental Health Arlington on Feb. 28 as you enjoy exceptional cuisine, celebratory cocktails, exciting auctions and special entertainment. Then join in raising a glass to this year’s winner of the Sally Hopper Golden Crown Award.
The Love That Smile annual fundraiser is an important component of the agency’s economic engine to enable it to provide low-cost dental care to needy people locally. The smile part of the moniker refers to the school-based preventative program provided to 9,000 disadvantaged students in Arlington and Mansfield schools last year.
“Through the generous donations of others we are able to provide care [that includes] a new front tooth for a brain cancer survivor, a domestic abuse victim getting her front teeth replaced and a child who was up at night for weeks in pain and her parents had no place else to turn,” said Executive Director Nancy Manion Blinn.
Cocktail-attired party guests will mix and mingle while sipping libations from a cash bar and shopping at a silent auction before the live auction begin after dinner. TV meteorologist Julie Bologna is the emcee, and live music by Canta Rhythm and Brass will round out a lively and fun evening.
Taking center stage will be Laura Stinson as she receives the prestigious Sally Hopper Golden Crown Award in recognition of her exceptional dentistry and support given to the agency and the community.
A hardworking committee includes Glenda Bell, Veronica Chavez, Cindy Crisler, Sally Hopper and D’Ana Karr.
Rumor has it that auction swag includes a guitar signed by 15 country superstars, including Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and Miranda Lambert. Bring your travel schedule in case you are the top bidder for a tour of the Samuel Adams Brewery in Boston or maybe a six-day stay at a lovely Montana mountain home.
Tea and Fashion Show hosted by Southlake Newcomers
For those passionate about the British TV drama Downton Abbey, the upcoming Tea and Fashion Show hosted by the Southlake Newcomers Club on March 1 will be a chance to channel their inner Lady Mary or Lady Grantham.
The special morning will include club members modeling the latest fashions from Stein Mart and a traditional afternoon tea menu starting with a little Amuse-Bouche, then finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream with strawberry jam, fresh strawberries and pastries.
The event steering committee includes Susan Schleppegrell, Karen Dawson, Mary Morton, Cynthia Scott, Missy Golomb, Deborah Patterson and Keitha Cain.
“We will be replicating the 1920s Downton Abbey theme in our Tea Salon, and there will be a few reserved vignette seatings available up front,” said Cain. “We will offer Downton Abbey cocktails and a silent auction that features a custom tea-themed quilt, a $500 Weir’s [Furniture] gift card and themed baskets.”
According to Cain, “Chef Darren McGrady, former chef to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Diana, Princess of Wales, will be the guest speaker, regaling all with fascinating stories of the royal family and Downton Abbey.”
A table-decorating contest, door prize drawings and a brief talk by Pam Blake about the history of etiquette for afternoon tea in the Victorian era will be fun and interesting for guests at the event, where dressy afternoon tea attire is requested — vintage encouraged. Who knows, maybe some will choose to accent their ensemble with a fascinator headpiece reminiscent of the couture fashion seen on Downton Abbey.
It promises to be an elegant afternoon of pleasantries and friendship with none of the snarky one-liners delivered on screen each week by Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, played by actress Maggie Smith. Proceeds will benefit the charity I Can Still Shine and fund a college scholarship for a high school senior.
Table seating is $60 per person; vignette seating for two is $75 per person. The event is at Trophy Club Country Club, 500 Trophy Club Drive. Make reservations at www.southlakenewcomers.com or contact Cain at 817-251-2162.