Soup's On, Dallas

Soup and song feed charitable Dallas souls at Stewpot's artful power lunch

Soup and song feed charitable souls at Stewpot's artful power lunch

Anne Besser, Jimmy Wayne, Jackie Moore, Stewpot Alliance Luncheon
Anne Besser, Jimmy Wayne, Jackie Moore Photo by Rob Wythe
Rosemary Robbins, Leon Pollard, Stewpot Alliance Luncheon
Rosemary Robbins, Leon Pollard Photo by Rob Wythe
2015 Soup's On! Chefs
2015 Soup's On! chefs Photo by Rob Wythe
Chef Brian Luscher, Stewpot Alliance Luncheon
Brian C. Luscher Photo by Rob Wythe
Anne Besser, Susie Simon, Jackie Moore, Stewpot Luncheon
Anne Besser, Susie Simon, Jackie Moore Photo by Rob Wythe
Larry Sykes, Becky Sykes, Stewpot Luncheon
Larry Sykes, Becky Sykes Photo by Rob Wythe
Kristine Schwope, Toni Meier, Dan Waldmann, Stewpot Luncheon
Kristine Schwope, Toni Meier, Dan Waldmann Photo by Rob Wythe
Jimmy Wayne, Stewpot Luncheon
Jimmy Wayne Photo by Rob Wythe
Jane Blizzard, Lisa Cunov, Gene Liese, Stewpot Luncheon
Jane Blizzard, Lisa Cunov, Gene Liese Photo by Rob Wythe
Nita Scholtz, Helen Martin, Stewpot Luncheon
Nita Scholtz, Helen Martin Photo by Rob Wythe
Amy Wolf, Keegan Smith, Jane Wempe, Stewpot Alliance Luncheon
Amy Wolf, Keegan Smith, Jane Wempe Photo by Rob Wythe
Julie Farr, Jenice Dunayer, Lindy Fain, Stewpot Alliance Luncheon
Julie Farr, Jenice Dunayer, Lindy Fain Photo by Rob Wythe
Maggie Sprague, Barbara Hollis, Padgett Gosslee, Stewpot Alliance Luncheon
Maggie Sprague, Barbara Hollis, Padgett Gosslee Photo by Rob Wythe
Anne Besser, Jimmy Wayne, Jackie Moore, Stewpot Alliance Luncheon
Rosemary Robbins, Leon Pollard, Stewpot Alliance Luncheon
2015 Soup's On! Chefs
Chef Brian Luscher, Stewpot Alliance Luncheon
Anne Besser, Susie Simon, Jackie Moore, Stewpot Luncheon
Larry Sykes, Becky Sykes, Stewpot Luncheon
Kristine Schwope, Toni Meier, Dan Waldmann, Stewpot Luncheon
Jimmy Wayne, Stewpot Luncheon
Jane Blizzard, Lisa Cunov, Gene Liese, Stewpot Luncheon
Nita Scholtz, Helen Martin, Stewpot Luncheon
Amy Wolf, Keegan Smith, Jane Wempe, Stewpot Alliance Luncheon
Julie Farr, Jenice Dunayer, Lindy Fain, Stewpot Alliance Luncheon
Maggie Sprague, Barbara Hollis, Padgett Gosslee, Stewpot Alliance Luncheon

More than 600 guests attended the seventh annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale at the Omni Dallas hotel, where a dozen of Dallas’ finest chefs served their signature soups for an important cause.

Event chairs Anne Besser and Jackie Moore recruited Stewpot Alliance member and civic leader Susie Simon as the luncheon’s honorary chair. Together they welcomed charitable attendees, who not only satisfied their hunger for food, but also for art, thanks to a sale featuring original paintings from artists of Stewpot Open Art.

This luncheon was also an exciting time for patrons — including Rosemary Robbins, Jane Blizzard, Lisa Cunov, Gene Liese, and Becky and Larry Sykes — to learn about the luncheon’s beneficiary and recent historical acquisition, which they will call Encore Park. This expanded campus, currently in the groundbreaking phase, will feature an outdoor amphitheater, community garden, street culture museum, art gallery, and expanded space for its partner agencies and its own programs.

When it was time for the meal, The Grape’s Brian C. Luscher, who served as chef chairman for the luncheon, spoke for a bit about the importance of the organization. The he got down to business, introducing the chefs he recruited — including the Mansion’s Bruno Davaillon, Casa Rubia’s Omar Flores, Cafe Momentum’s Chad Houser, Remedy’s Danyele McPherson, FT33’s Matt McCallister and The Grape’s Sarah Snow — to prepare soups for the first course of the luncheon.

When the plates were cleared, the luncheon continued with a couple of songs from keynote crooner Jimmy Wayne. This country music singer-songwriter is a former foster child whose songs highlight his mission to bring awareness to kids who age out of the foster system and become homeless.

Almost 40 years ago, The Stewpot began providing meals to the homeless and at-risk citizens of Dallas. Programs have since been developed to assist with medical needs, counseling, enrichment of children and youth, job training, and cultural expression.