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Celebrity Chefs cook up dollars for charity

Readers, you know how January tends to be a time when we all hope to diet away those extra few pounds from the holidays?

Well, thanks to the divine food served by the chefs from the 2014 Celebrity Chefs, let’s just say there is always February.

Recently, the Mid-Cities SOS (Supporters of SafeHaven) organization held its 9th Annual Celebrity Chefs Benefit. And I have to say yum!

Hosting a sold out, record crowd of more than 420 attendees, I am willing to bet that co-chairs Tara Hutchins-Welsh and Katie White couldn’t be happier if they had just discovered chocolate with no calories.

At my table, everyone couldn’t stop singing the praises for the citrus braised short ribs with brie whipped potatoes served up by chef Michael Swirczynski and Sally Bolic-Strong of Bravo!! Catering and Event Planning. Then there was the homemade pasta filled with artichokes and ricotta by chef Donatella Trotti of Nonna Tata. Simply a dream to enjoy. And I must mention the mini-smoked buffalo cheesesteaks served up by chef Jon Bonnell of Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisine. Delicious.

Let’s just face it, this was an evening for Velcro pants.

As for the money made for SafeHaven, as of this writing, I don’t have a number yet, but I can tell you that the live auction bids were hitting numbers I haven’t seen in many years.

This event still has to deal with growing pains. Let’s face it, it is only eight years old. However, thanks to the amazing Beth Leaman, who created this event, and Cecilia Monacelli, who the following year co-chaired it with Leaman and together put this on the map as a major annual event, Celebrity Chefs will be around for a long time.

Hello, Dolly!

Hello Grapevine, it is “Hello, Dolly!”

One of the most beloved Broadway musicals to hit the stage can be seen at Grapevine High School, located at 3223 Mustang Drive in Grapevine. “Hello Dolly!,” a true musical classic, is being performed by the Grapevine High School Theatre department.

And this production even has someone very special in the musical director position. It is my understanding that Byron Holder, who is serving as musical director of this production, actually toured with a national touring company with the original Dolly, Carol Channing. Talk about your “Holy Cabosses!” You will get this after you see the show.

Remaining performances are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets for this grand production are $10 and $5 for students under 12.

For more information and ticket purchase, visit the Grapevine High School Theatre website at

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