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Fabulous Dallas foodies flock to 10th annual TACA Party on the Green

Fabulous Dallas foodies flock to 10th annual TACA Party on the Green

Dee Dee Acquista, Tierney Kaufman Hutchins, Tara Lewis, Deb Weatherwax
Dee Dee Acquista, Tierney Kaufman Hutchins, Tara Lewis, Deb Weatherwax Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Rebecca Cedar, Mike Agis
Rebecca Cedar, Mike Agis Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
April Martinez, ken rose, Roxane rose
April Martinez, Ken Rose, Roxane Rose Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
D'Andra Simmons, Jeremy Lock
Jeremy Lock, D'Andra Simmons Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Megan Flanagan, Samantha Wortley, Katy bock
Megan Flanagan, Samantha Wortley, Katy Bock Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Caroline Harrison, Stan Cunningham, Julia Sands
Caroline Harrison, Stan Cunningham, Julia Sands Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Fey Gonzalez-Vingochea, Taylor Jandegian
Fey Gonzalez-Vingochea, Taylor Jandegian Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Carol Holmes, Tarryn Franco Elizabeth, Laurenzi
Carol Holmes, Tarryn Franco, Elizabeth Laurenzi Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Alyssa Harker, Jane Rozelle, Samantha Wortley
Alyssa Harker, Jane Rozelle, Samantha Wortley Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Kelly Shaw, Teffy Jacobs, Lauren Conway
Kelly Shaw, Teffy Jacobs Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Jacqueline Taylor, Lynn McBee
Jacqueline Taylor, Lynn McBee Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Sarah white Ty Duncan
Sarah White, Ty Duncan Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
TACA Party on the Green, 2016
Though there was a tent, the weather held out for this year's party. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
TACA Party on the Green, 2016
Ocean Prime was one of the participating restaurants. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
TACA Party on the Green, 2016
Certainly no one went hungry. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
TACA Party on the Green, 2016
Innovative plating wowed the crowd. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
TACA Party on the Green, 2016
Small plates work best for mingling. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Lisa Garza
Chef Lisa Garza-Selcer won the 2016 Golden Skillet. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
TACA Party on the Green, 2016
The party continued long after sundown. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Dee Dee Acquista, Tierney Kaufman Hutchins, Tara Lewis, Deb Weatherwax
Rebecca Cedar, Mike Agis
April Martinez, ken rose, Roxane rose
D'Andra Simmons, Jeremy Lock
Megan Flanagan, Samantha Wortley, Katy bock
Caroline Harrison, Stan Cunningham, Julia Sands
Fey Gonzalez-Vingochea, Taylor Jandegian
Carol Holmes, Tarryn Franco Elizabeth, Laurenzi
Alyssa Harker, Jane Rozelle, Samantha Wortley
Kelly Shaw, Teffy Jacobs, Lauren Conway
Jacqueline Taylor, Lynn McBee
Sarah white Ty Duncan
TACA Party on the Green, 2016
TACA Party on the Green, 2016
TACA Party on the Green, 2016
TACA Party on the Green, 2016
TACA Party on the Green, 2016
Lisa Garza
TACA Party on the Green, 2016

Event chair Tierney Kaufman Hutchins couldn't have dreamed of better weather for the 10th anniversary of TACA Lexus Party on the Green at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek.

VIPs gathered for a champagne reception to kick off the evening before glamorous guests filtered into the tent — and then the divine dining began. Music by DJ Andre7 and DJ Roger Hayes provided the soundtrack to an evening jam-packed with Dallas' best dishes, plus fare cooked up by visiting chefs from Mexico; Italy; Menlo Park, California; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Crowd favorites included spicy pork rillettes from chef Brian Luscher of The Grape and Luscher's Red Hots; habañero caramel glazed quail from chef Danyele McPherson of Remedy and HG Sply Co.; and the 2016 Golden Skillet winner, sassafras braised lamb shank with blue corn cake, poached quail egg, and pickled ramps rye cracker from chef Lisa Garza-Selcer of Sissy's Southern Kitchen and Bar. The famous burnt ends by chefs Matt Dallman and Scott Gottlich of 18th & Vine also created buzz.

Once satiated, it was on to the auction, where guests bid on luxe gift packages like a Southwestern escape and cooking lessons in Tuscany. At the always popular wine pull, a lucky someone scored a $100-plus bottle of wine for the $25 pull price. The evening ended with a spectacular fireworks presentation by Highland Park Village.

All of this, of course, was to raise money for TACA, the Dallas nonprofit that champions artistic excellence in performing arts organizations. In 2016, TACA will distribute $1.5 million in grants, in conjunction with access to innovative programs and services, to the most creative and engaging performing arts organizations in North Texas.

TACA supporters seen mixing and mingling on the lawn included Katy and Lawrence Bock, Barbara and Don Daseke, Teffy Jacobs, Maggie Cooke Kipp, Quitman Stephens, Alyssa Harker, Jane Rozelle, Vodi Cook, and honorary chairs Lynn and Allan McBee.