DIFFA: BURGERS AND BURGUNDY Upwards of 500 guests (twice last year’s attendance) joined Chef JOHN TESAR (chef at KNIFE) and celebrity chefs from around the country for an evening featuring divine sliders, burgundy wines, full bar, and entertainment. And fundraising, of course. Chaired by OLIVIA ZOKAI, DIFFA/DALLAS BOARD OF TRUSTEES, and honorary chair TERRI PROVENCAL, Editor in Chief of PATRON MAGAZINE, the seventh annual BURGERS & BURGUNDY was held for the third year in a row at the magnificent PRESTON HOLLOW estate of BILL & KAREN SEANOR
Guests were privileged to indulge in plenty of red wine and sliders by such top chefs as MATT McCALLISTER (FT33); BRIAN LUSCHER (The Grape, Luscher’s Red Hots); JASON CAMPBELL (Whole Foods); JOSHUA SMITH (Maine’s Moody Delicatessen); VIJAY SADHU (Cook Hall); KRIS MORNINGSTAR (L.A.’s Terrine); JUSTIN BRUNSON (Denver’s Old Major); BLAINE STANDIFORD (Grace); KEVIN WILLIAMSON (Ranch 616); ROBERT CLIFFORD (Nick & Sam’s); TRE WILCOX (The Wilcox Cooking Concepts); RODMAN SHIELDS (Common Table); and SHARON VAN METER (3015 Trinity Groves).
The ten-piece LIMELIGHT BAND provided an array of danceable music as guests such as ANDRE YABIN and LUIS NIZARIO, JAVIER BURKLE, RON CORNING, IVANA HALL, CAROL HATTON, JULIAN LEAVER, BRITTANIE BUCHANAN OLENICZAK, and JASON OLENICZAK, NORMA JOHNSON, TOM REDDICK, ANNE and STEVE STODGHILL, DARIN KUNZ, RICHARD BEQUETTE, NICOLE SEANOR,
MINDY LOLL, RHONDA SARGENT CHAMBERS,JOHN CARLO, JHONATHAN ARREOLA and PEDRO ALCANTARA, DREW GINSBURG, MICHELLE CLAASSEN, MELISSA ROUNDTREE, BARTUS TAYLOR, LINDA SNORINA, CYNTHIA SMOOT, CARY and MARK DEUBER, JODY and KYLE STEIN, CHRIS GODDARD, SAMI ABBOUD, DORA CHU, ANA DAVIDOU, CAROL QUIST, DON GAISER and MORGAN GIANNI, drifted through the intoxicating gardens and viewed the PAWKITECTURE silent auction
DIFFA Board Chair JUSTIN BUNDICK introduced his new flock of STYLE COUNCIL AMBASSADORS that includes KURT ANDERSON, STEFANI BURNS, KIM BURGAN,TIM FLANNERY, JL FORKE, BOB GIBBS, CEARAN HENLEY, CARINTHIA KISHABA, JASON ALEXANDER PARKER, TOM REDDICK, COURTNEY WESTMORELAND RIDER, CARMEN SURGENT, and SHELBY WAGNER. Ambassadors donate their time to various AIDS service organizations across NORTH TEXAS to become better educated about those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, and they are crucial in aiding DIFFA/Dallas fundraising efforts.
In addition to the announcement of the Style Council, Bundick was also happy to announce that the 2016 HOUSE OF DIFFA event will be held on May 21 at the OMNI, with a theme of CIRCO ROUGE and chaired by CLINT BRADLEY