More than 700 hungry philanthropists filled Omni Dallas for the sixth annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale. Co-chairs Sarah Leverett Charbonnet and Gail Davis, along with honorary chairs Ellen and John McStay, brought in an all-star lineup of chefs for the fundraiser that supports The Stewpot and Encore Park.
Chef chairman Brian C. Luscher recruited his Grape cohort Danyele McPherson and Dallas culinary colleagues — including Bruno Davaillon (Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek), Omar Flores (Driftwood), Matt McCallister (FT 33), Chad Kelley (Cafe Pacific), Janice Provost (Parigi), Ian Tate (Komali), Nathan Tate (Boulevardier) and Jason Weaver (Omni Dallas) — to prepare signature soups for the first course of the luncheon.
The event also included a message from keynote speaker Liz Murray — the subject of the TV film Homeless to Harvard and author of Breaking Night — who spoke about the unlikely turn of events that changed her life and her struggle to triumph over adversity. Other highlights included the sale of original paintings and handmade jewelry by artists of the Stewpot Open Art Programs and a performance by Shoot Low Sheriff.
"We are pleased to report it is the most successful luncheon to date," said Leverett Charbonnet. "It’s inspiring to see Dallas’ top chefs come together with talented artists and friends of The Stewpot to support our homeless neighbors in need."
The Stewpot began providing meals to our homeless and at-risk neighbors more than 35 years ago. This year's Stewpot Alliance donated more than $300,000 to the cause.