Soup's On!

Dallas culinary dream team unites for luxe luncheon and art sale

Dallas culinary dream team unites for luxe luncheon and art sale

Danyele McPherson, Brian C Luscher, Matt McCallister
Danyele McPherson, Brian C. Luscher, Matt McCallister Photo by Rob Wythe
Robin Weir, Gretchen Gerlach and Susan Shores
Robin Weir, Gretchen Gerlach, Susan Shores  Photo by Rob Wythe
Nathan Tate, Boulevardier; Chad Kelley, Café Pacific; Tim Woehr, Parigi; Ian Tate, Komali; Omar Flores, Driftwood; Jason Weaver, Omni Dallas
The 2014 chef lineup for the Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale. Photo by Rob Wythe
Martha and Todd Martin, stewpot alliance
Martha Martin, Todd Martin Photo by Rob Wythe
Erin Mathews, David Nichols, Stewpot Alliance
Erin Mathews, David Nichols  Photo by Rob Wythe
Emcee Steve Blow and Reverend Dr. Bruce Buchanan, Director of The Stewpot
Steve Blow, Dr. Bruce Buchanan  Photo by Rob Wythe
Reverend Dr. Joe and Jennifer Clifford, stewpot alliance
The Rev. Dr. Joe Clifford, Jennifer Clifford  Photo by Rob Wythe
Honorary Chairs Ellen and John McStay, stewpot alliance
Ellen McStay, John McStay Photo by Rob Wythe
Henry and Carol Hill with Courtney Luscher, stewpot alliance
Henry Hill, Carol Hill, Courtney Luscher Photo by Rob Wythe
Hayley and Gary Cogill, stewpot alliance
Hayley Cogill, Gary Cogill Photo by Rob Wythe
Co-chair Sarah Leverett Charbonnet, Author Liz Murray and Co-chair Gail Davis, stewpot alliance
Sarah Leverett Charbonnet, Liz Murray, Gail Davis Photo by Rob Wythe
Cynthia Brannum, Jana Rentzel and Anne Bothwell, stewpot alliance
Cynthia Brannum, Jana Rentzel, Anne Bothwell Photo by Rob Wythe
Danyele McPherson, Brian C Luscher, Matt McCallister
Robin Weir, Gretchen Gerlach and Susan Shores
Nathan Tate, Boulevardier; Chad Kelley, Café Pacific; Tim Woehr, Parigi; Ian Tate, Komali; Omar Flores, Driftwood; Jason Weaver, Omni Dallas
Martha and Todd Martin, stewpot alliance
Erin Mathews, David Nichols, Stewpot Alliance
Emcee Steve Blow and Reverend Dr. Bruce Buchanan, Director of The Stewpot
Reverend Dr. Joe and Jennifer Clifford, stewpot alliance
Honorary Chairs Ellen and John McStay, stewpot alliance
Henry and Carol Hill with Courtney Luscher, stewpot alliance
Hayley and Gary Cogill, stewpot alliance
Co-chair Sarah Leverett Charbonnet, Author Liz Murray and Co-chair Gail Davis, stewpot alliance
Cynthia Brannum, Jana Rentzel and Anne Bothwell, stewpot alliance

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.