Chef John Tesar to collaborate with award-winning chefs including Austin BBQ king Aaron Franklin
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Going the extra mile as Dallas Ambassador Chef for this year’s EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign, nationally- acclaimed chef John Tesar has announced an unprecedented five consecutive fundraising dinners at Knife Dallas June 1-5. The series will kick off with Austin BBQ legend and recent James Beard Best Chef: Southwest award winner Aaron Franklin, cooking for his first time ever in Dallas. The week will continue with a remarkable list of renowned chefs including Alex Stratta (Las Vegas), Naomi Pomeroy (Portland), Tim Rattray (San Antonio) and Kris Morningstar (Los Angeles).
“I’m humbled that five of my favorite chefs have found the time to come cook with me for this important cause,” Tesar said. “It’s going to be epic.”
Each exclusive dinner, with a one-night-only special menu, will take place in a specially decorated event room at The Highland Dallas, and be strictly limited to an intimate 40 seats, with ticket prices set at $150, inclusive of beverages and gratuities. Each dinner begins at 7 p.m. and half of each ticket price will go directly to (RED). Reserve your seat online, or call the restaurant directly at (214) 443-9339.
Additionally, The Highland Dallas will celebrate the campaign and kick off the restaurant’s special dinner series by lighting the building red. The hotel will also support the initiative by offering guests a special room rate to enjoy its ultra-chic hotel accommodations June 1-5, to run in conjunction with the (RED) dinners. Room rates are prices at $159 and $5 of each booking will be contributed to (RED); scheduling is based upon availability and tax is not included.
Throughout the month of June, Knife Dallas will also offer a special (RED) menu and (RED) cocktail during normal dining hours, as well as include an extra donation line on all guest checks.
Tesar adds, “While there have been significant improvements in medicine since the epidemic began, allowing people to live longer lives, the hard fact is there are people getting newly infected everyday. HIV/AIDS is everyone’s public health issue so if I can be even just a small part ending this disease, then it’s my privilege to be actively involved with EAT (RED).”
About the chefs:
● Aaron Franklin, Monday, June 1, of Austin’s acclaimed Franklin Barbecue recently won the James Beard Award Winner Best Chef Southwest. This is his first time cooking in Dallas. @bbqfranklin
● Alex Stratta, Tuesday, June 2, James Beard Award Winner Best Chef Southwest, has run Michelin two-star and Forbes Travel Guide five-star restaurants in Las Vegas and Phoenix and recently opened Spanish-themed Tapas by Alex Stratta. Stratta has appeared on “Iron Chef USA” and “Top Chef Masters.” @alpostratta
● Naomi Pomeroy, Wednesday, June 3, of Beast, one of Portland’s most acclaimed restaurants. Pomeroy is also a “Top Chef Masters” alum. @naomipomeroy
● Tim Rattray, Thursday, June 4, another of Texas’ most passionate and highly praised barbecuers, of The Granary ‘Cue & Brew in San Antonio. @cheftimmyr
● Kris Morningstar Friday, June 5, recognized by James Beard Foundation and Gayot, whose new Terrine is considered by many among the best new restaurants in Los Angeles. @krismorningstar
Nationally led by Chef Mario Batali, the EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign represents the culinary arm of (RED), which was founded by U2’s Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 to engage millions of people all over the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This is the second year of EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES. For more information on EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES, including a free downloadable recipe book, go to red.org/en/eat/.