Delicious Revelry

Dallas arts lovers indulge in champagne-fueled fun at TACA Party on the Green

Arts lovers indulge in champagne-fueled fun at TACA Party on the Green

Kary Brittingham, Kristen Sanger, Alyson Griffith, taca party on the green
Kary Brittingham, Kristen Sanger, Alyson Griffith Photo by William Neal
Becky Young, Cecil O’Neal, Barbara Daseke, Don Daseke, taca party on the green
Becky Young, Cecil O'Neal, Barbara Daseke, Don Daseke Photo by William Neal
Lynn McBee, Terry Shields, taca party on the green
Lynn McBee, Terry Shields Photo by William Neal
Karl Thumm, Eve Hay, Laura Grahan, Terry Andersen, taca party on the green
Karl Thumm, Eve Hay, Laura Grahan, Terry Andersen Photo by William Neal
Scott Hoffland, Rebecca Cedar, taca party on the green
Scott Hoffland, Rebecca Cedar Photo by William Neal
Susan Spain, Gerald Attrick, Kate Rose Marquez, taca party on the green
Susan Spain, Gerald Attrick, Kate Rose Marquez Photo by William Neal
Elizabeth Laurenzi, Rachel Gatenby, Lindsey Miller, taca party on the green
Elizabeth Laurenzi, Rachel Gatenby, Lindsey Miller Photo by William Neal
Julie Hanson, Amy Van Cleave, taca party on the green
Julie Hanson, Amy Van Cleave Photo by William Neal
Emmett & Lila Murphy, taca party on the green
Lila Murphy, Emmett Murphy Photo by William Neal
Keith & Jennifer Cerny, Nick Even, taca party on the green
Keith Cerny, Jennifer Cerny, Nick Even Photo by William Neal
Austin Lewis, Mackenzie Moussa, taca party on the green
Austin Lewis, Mackenzie Moussa Photo by William Neal
Ken Villalovos, Nadine Jones, taca party on the green
Ken Villalovos, Nadine Jones Photo by William Neal
Steve Holden, Michael Flynn, Laura Holden, taca party on the green
Steve Holden, Michael Flynn, Laura Holden Photo by William Neal
Jackson, Stephan Pyles, taca party on the green
Stephan Pyles, Jackson Photo by William Neal
Lisa Ogle, Bill Ogle, Jordan Roberts, taca party on the green
Lisa Ogle, Bill Ogle, Jordan Roberts Photo by William Neal
Kary Brittingham, Kristen Sanger, Alyson Griffith, taca party on the green
Becky Young, Cecil O’Neal, Barbara Daseke, Don Daseke, taca party on the green
Lynn McBee, Terry Shields, taca party on the green
Karl Thumm, Eve Hay, Laura Grahan, Terry Andersen, taca party on the green
Scott Hoffland, Rebecca Cedar, taca party on the green
Susan Spain, Gerald Attrick, Kate Rose Marquez, taca party on the green
Elizabeth Laurenzi, Rachel Gatenby, Lindsey Miller, taca party on the green
Julie Hanson, Amy Van Cleave, taca party on the green
Emmett & Lila Murphy, taca party on the green
Keith & Jennifer Cerny, Nick Even, taca party on the green
Austin Lewis, Mackenzie Moussa, taca party on the green
Ken Villalovos, Nadine Jones, taca party on the green
Steve Holden, Michael Flynn, Laura Holden, taca party on the green
Jackson, Stephan Pyles, taca party on the green
Lisa Ogle, Bill Ogle, Jordan Roberts, taca party on the green

The Arts Community Alliance (TACA) has been waiting all spring for its fabulous annual fete known as the Lexus Party on the Green at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, where discerning foodies get to sample delicious dishes from top Dallas chefs and culinary teams from Rosewood properties around the world.

Mother Nature was generous this Friday night, providing a beautiful backdrop for the popular fundraiser. There wasn’t a trace of the nasty storm that ripped through the area just 24 hours prior. On this magical evening, the only showers came in the form of champagne.

Joining event co-chairs Anne and Jeremy Besser and Kristen and Ladd Sanger was a spunky springtime crowd — including Barbara and Don Daseke, Lindsey and Michael Miller, Lynn McBee, Kate Rose Marquez, Gillian Breidenbach, Lisa and Bill Ogle, Amy Van Cleave, Jackson, and Alex and Clayton Snodgrass — who floated from station to station, sampling each chef’s signature creation and enjoying music from DSQ Electric and Shoot Low Sheriff.

Mansion chefs Bruno Davaillon and Tastemaker Award winner Nicolas Blouin welcomed myriad culinary stars to their turf, including follow Tastemaker Award winners Brian C. Luscher and Brian Zenner, Matt McCallister, Matt Balke, Eric Shelton, Stephan Pyles and Sarah Snow, who competed for the coveted Golden Skillet. In the end, Abraham Salum from Salum and Komali emerged victorious for his beer-braised oxtail roulade, Swiss chard, Chihuahua cheese and piloncillo pasilla demiglace on black bean tamal. The judges — our very own Jennifer Chininis, D Magazine’s Cristina Daglas and Sarah Blaskovich Hanna from the Dallas Morning News — agreed that the peanut butter and jelly macaron with foie gras mousse from Oak, however, came in a close second.

After Salum was presented with his award — designed by local sculptor Brad Oldham — a spectacular fireworks show cascaded across the sky. It was a grand finale to a fantastic night under the stars for an organization that does so much for the Dallas arts community.

In 2014, TACA will award more than $1.4 million to local performing arts organizations. In January, grants went out to 46 diverse and deserving groups, enriching the lives of North Texans of all economic, social and ethnic backgrounds.