On Sunday, September 28, local female chefs, winemakers and food professionals are taking over the Dallas Farmers Market for Raiser Grazer, the annual fundraising food feast hosted by the Dallas Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier (LDEI). It’s one of the first major events in The Shed, aka the new-and-improved Shed 1.
LDEI Dallas is a nonprofit dedicated to advancing women in food, wine and hospitality. The group has about 100 members, including many of Dallas-Fort Worth’s best-known female food icons, from Paula Lambert of Mozzarella Co. to TV chef Tiffany Derry. The grande dame of the organization’s Dallas chapter is Caroline Rose Hunt.
This year, at least 20 dames are partnering with local farmers from the market on their featured snacks; they will use local, fresh and sustainable ingredients, according to Les Dames spokeswoman Joanne Bondy. Options include Derry’s salmon tartare with avocado and olive tapenade, beef from Perini Ranch, and pistachio ice cream from chef Dunia Borga of La Duni Latin Kitchen.
The event runs from 5-8 pm. Tickets are $75 each, including food, wines and spirits, and entertainment; you can purchase them online. Also expect an auction and raffle featuring foodie items. Presenting sponsors include Lone Star AG Credit and Whole Foods Market.
Proceeds from Raiser Grazer benefit the Dallas chapter’s scholarship funds, endowments and programs dedicated to advancing women in the food, wine and hospitality professions.