The threat of inclement weather could not impede the excitement about Friday’s TACA Lexus Party on the Green, when hundreds of charitable foodies descended on the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek for the annual gourmet affair.
The event had to be moved indoors, and the Mansion executed the contingency plan flawlessly. Organizers directed the crowd down tented paths to explore food stations manned by top Dallas chefs — Matt McCallister, Stephen Rogers, Graham Dodds (winner of the Golden Skillet Award for his English pea soup with chicharrones and deviled quail egg), Omar Flores, Danyele McPherson — and culinary talents imported from other Rosewood properties in such far-flung places as London, Cabo and Antigua.
For that reason, Party on the Green has a vacation appeal, and we overheard friends in the crowd remark that this event, to them, is the unofficial kickoff to summer. Certainly no one in attendance had a care in the world; they were there simply to eat, drink and be merry.
Oh, yes, and raise money for TACA, the Dallas nonprofit that champions artistic excellence in performing arts organizations. So, to help with that effort, there was a raffle drawing for a Lexus RC 350, a wine pull and a silent auction. The latter primarily comprised getaways to Rosewood properties such as San Miguel de Allende, Little Dix Bay and Sand Hill. See? Vacation-y.
For entertainment, DJ Lucy Wrubel spun her usual magic in the ballroom, while guests — including Sheryl and Eric Maas, Christy Coltrin and Brad Oldham, Gillian Breidenbach, Kate Rose Marquez, Lindsey Miller,— picked treats from Nicolas Blouin’s cake-in-a-cup “flower garden.”