Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Chef soiree dishes up culinary delights Sept. 12 to benefit Carroll school district

Culinary Celebration co-chairs Sarah Mason and Charles Koskovich. If you love great food (and who doesn’t?) and if you love to support great education causes, then show a little of that love to the Carroll Education Foundation at this year’s Culinary Celebration on Sept. 12 at the Southlake Hilton Hotel.
Culinary Celebration co-chairs Sarah Mason and Charles Koskovich. If you love great food (and who doesn’t?) and if you love to support great education causes, then show a little of that love to the Carroll Education Foundation at this year’s Culinary Celebration on Sept. 12 at the Southlake Hilton Hotel. Courtesy photo

If you love great food (and who doesn’t?) and if you love to support great education causes, then show a little of that love to the Carroll Education Foundation at this year’s Culinary Celebration on Sept. 12 at the Southlake Hilton Hotel.

Foodies and philanthropists can join hands at the all-you-can-eat extravaganza featuring culinary luminaries from popular restaurants in the Southlake area. Twenty-four chefs, including Bob Stephenson and Carlos Arevalo from FnG Eats, Michael Smith from SPIN! Neapolitan Pizza and Javier Davalos from Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse, will prepare dishes representative of their respective restaurants at individual stations in the Hilton’s beautiful ballrooms. Guests pay a single admission price and can sample foods and enjoy wine and beer throughout the evening.

“The Culinary Celebration is a festive occasion where Southlake parents and community members can join together along with district administrators, volunteers and teachers to raise money for teacher grants and student scholarships,” said event co-chairwoman Sarah Mason.

Guests are invited to wear resort casual attire (think Tommy Bahama) or Caribbean chic (pirate costume perhaps?) in keeping with the “Dragons of the Caribbean: Building Treasures for CISD” theme.

When you’ve had your fill of the diverse cuisine, there will still be plenty to do as you peruse a huge silent auction in a lovely tented area on the veranda or gather around the stage for a live auction and fabulous dance music by the Party Machine Band from Emerald City Management. There will be a photo booth with a fabulous backdrop provided by Celebrity Cruises, a raffle, a treasure pull and a cash bar for cocktails. New this year is the convenience of mobile bidding.

Rick Stacy, a founding member of the education foundation and former Southlake mayor, will emcee the evening along with Fox 4 News chief meteorologist Dan Henry. Don’t miss the entertaining video footage of all 24 chefs shown on monitors throughout the venue showcasing their talents and culinary expertise.

In addition to fabulous vacation packages, auction swag includes a “Taste of Lexus” package offering the winning bidder the use of a new luxury vehicle from Park Place Lexus each month for a year. Or how about a vintage Jurassic Park fully restored pinball machine or a real live registered longhorn steer or heifer? Southlake Mayor Laura Hill is offering the highest bidder a chance to be the honorary mayor during December’s Home for the Holidays event.

Dragon mom Laura Grosskopf, the new executive director of the foundation, is hoping for a record-breaking year for raising funds that support innovative ideas by funding classroom grants. More than $1.1 million has been raised by the Carroll Education Foundation since this event began 19 years ago.

Chefs from these restaurants will hand out samples of their signature dishes: Bonefish Grill, Brio, Tuscan Grille, Central Market, Copelands of New Orleans, Del Frisco’s Grille, Howard Wangs, il Calabrese Ristorante, LeSara Cupcake Bar, Mason Dixie, Mia Dia from Scratch, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Riverwalk Cantina at Gaylord Texan, Smallcakes Cupcakery, Taste Buds Kitchen of Southlake, Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe, Truluck’s, Whole Foods Market, Wildwood Grill and Winewood.

“We are excited about this event during which we are expecting 1,000 attendees. We want everyone to join us in the celebration at the Southlake Hilton as we build treasures for Carroll Independent School District,” said event co-chairman Charles Koskovich.

Tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple. Purchase online at www.SouthlakeCEF.org.

You, too, can star in TCU’s Frogs for the Cure music video

Want to be a part of this year’s Frogs for the Cure music video being produced at TCU from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday? You can join breast cancer survivors, the entire campus and the Fort Worth community to shoot scenes for this 11th edition of the video, which aims to increase awareness of breast cancer and raise funds for Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

The 2015 music video will feature Luke Wade and Mia Z, finalists from seasons 7 and 8 from the NBC television show The Voice. The two artists will perform the iconic 1960s song Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Wade and Mia Z’s version of the song will be available for purchase on iTunes on Sept. 1 with the proceeds of each download donated to Komen through October 2016.

The video, which will also feature scenes shot in Los Angeles and Montana, will make its debut at the Frogs for the Cure home football game between TCU and West Virginia on Oct. 29. It will be available to view online following the game at youtube.com/frogsforthecure.

Ann Louden from the TCU chancellor’s executive team, a breast cancer survivor, leads the program. “We are very excited to kick off the second decade of Frogs for the Cure,” Louden said in a news release. “With the talents of Luke Wade and Mia Z, we continue spreading the word nationally that together we can all make a difference.”

The only requirement for participating in the video shoot is to wear a Frogs for the Cure 2015 T-shirt. Purchase the shirt for $15 at TCU’s Barnes & Noble Bookstore ($6 of each purchase benefits Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth). The video shoot will take place on the TCU Campus Commons behind Brown-Lupton University Union. Register by Saturday at midnight at frogsforthecure.tcu.edu/events.

Fort Worth Opera hosts two kickoff events Sept. 19

A black-tie-gala evening Sept. 19 will celebrate the launch of the 2016 Fort Worth Opera Festival Season and the upcoming world premiere of JFK, a collaboration of the Fort Worth Opera and American Lyric Theater. JFK will present an “intimate portrait of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy on the eve of the President’s fateful trip to Dallas and set in Fort Worth’s historic Hotel Texas.”

One of the area’s most popular events, this 55th edition of the Opera Ball, A Presidential Gala, includes a cocktails and hors d’oeuvres reception followed by dinner with wine pairings, dancing to the music of In10City, live entertainment and casino gaming.

“The Presidential Gala recalls the glamour and elegance of the Kennedy White House of the early 1960s,” said spokeswoman Emily Weir. She added that ball guests will enjoy a selection of specially curated signature drinks — including the daiquiri, Kennedy’s personal favorite. Guests can even pose for a photo with Marilyn Monroe for a fun memento.

Attendees will get a sneak preview of the new opera in a special performance by Matthew Worth and Daniela Mack, “our own Jack and Jackie.” And the Paschal High School Jazz Combo will lend its talents to the evening’s entertainment.

Lucky winners of a raffle drawing will take home tasting opportunities from Rahr & Sons Brewery and the Lost Oak Winery and a lovely jewelry package from Kendra Scott.

For those young professionals who may choose to skip dinner and head straight to a party, the Presidential After Party will be just the ticket. Themed after Fort Worth’s notorious nightclub of the 1960s — The Cellar — the party will feature drinks from Proper, dancing, gaming, raffle prizes and a special dessert and coffee bar. It runs from 9 p.m. until the early morning hours.

Funds raised support the opera, the festival productions, and the educational and community outreach initiatives. Tickets for the ball are $375 per person and include the after-party. Tickets for the party only are $75 each. The venue is the Worthington Renaissance Fort Worth Hotel.

Purchase tickets online at www.fwopera.org, or contact Emily Weir at 817-288-1214.

Splash Bash on Saturday raises money for Northwest Education Foundation

Even though school starts soon, there’s still time left to have summer fun at the Back to School Splash Bash at Hawaiian Falls in Roanoke on Saturday and, at the same time, help raise money for the Northwest ISD Education Foundation.

Guests at the event can enjoy all the attractions at the water park and stay after hours for more fun exclusively for supporters of the foundation.

“This will be a family-friendly event, with exclusive after-hours fun,” said Amanda Migura of the foundation. “Tickets will be sold for $25 each and will include an all-day drink wristband. The park will close at 6:30 p.m. for the general public but will remain open for our group. During this time we will have live entertainment featuring hula dancers, fire twirlers and Hawaiian drummers.”

Migura said the event is a great opportunity for businesses and individuals to support the foundation and get a great benefit for family, friends, employees and customers.

Since 1997 the foundation has awarded more than $1.4 million to teachers for new, innovative programs and projects for the classroom. Funds raised at the Splash Bash will further this work.

To purchase tickets, contact Migura at 817-215-0084 or amigura@nisdtx.org.

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