Northeast Tarrant

Cooking up a charitable event for SafeHaven

Get your calendar out.

The 9th annual Mid-Cities Supporters of SafeHaven Celebrity Chefs is set for 6 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Hurst Convention Center, 1601 Campus Drive in Hurst.

This annual event offers one of the best opportunities to enjoy the most delicious food prepared by many of the finest chefs in our area — all the while helping victims escape the horrors of domestic violence.

This year’s list of chefs looks to be the most impressive ever.

Chefs that are participating include Peter Weikel of Central Market–Southlake; chef Susan Clark of Sweet Memories Cakes & Catering–Keller; chef Charles Youts of The Classic at Roanoke–Roanoke; chef Hans Bergmann of Cacharel Restaurant and Grand Ballroom–Arlington and chef Beto Gonzales of Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House–Southlake.

Also, chef Brian Olenjack of Olenjack’s Grill–Arlington; chef Chris Wilson of Market Street–Colleyville; chef Jon Bonnell of Bonnell’s Restaurant Group–Fort Worth; chef Todd Phillips of J.R.’s Steakhouse–Colleyville; chef Donatella Trotti of Nonna Tata–Fort Worth and chef Jason Harper of Trio New American Café–Colleyville will take part in the event.

Others are chef Paul Reid of Hurst Conference Center–Hurst; chef Deb Cantrell of Savor Culinary Services–Arlington; chef Janet Capua of Z’s Café–Fort Worth; chef Andrew Huszar of Tastefully Yours–Southlake; chef Carleen Anderson of Nosredna Boutique Catering Co.–Fort Worth and chef Jerrett Joslin of The Wild Mushroom–Weatherford.

Last year, more than $118,000 was raised, which went a long way, (but never enough) towards much needed money for the child victims of domestic violence at SafeHaven.

Let’s raise more this year!

Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased through the Celebrity Chefs website,, and clicking on the “Tickets/Sponsor” tab.

The important part is that because this event always sells out and has a RSVP date of Dec. 8, you need to get this done now. Hey, once this is done, you can go back to wondering what to get that “hard to shop for” relative for the holidays.

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