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TACA throws food-fueled fête in Dallas' most divine district

TACA throws food-fueled fête in Dallas' most divine district

Heather Hibbard, Maggie Kipp, Teffy Jacobs
Heather Hibbard, Maggie Kipp, Teffy Jacobs Photo by WJNPHOTO
TACA Party on the Green 2017
TACA Party on the Green 2017 at Sammons Park at AT&T Performing Arts Center. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Mark Reily, Patrick Staudt
Mark Reily, Patrick Staudt Photo by WJNPHOTO
Tia Wynne, Jane McGarry, Janet LaBarba
Tia Wynne, Jane McGarry, Janet LaBarba Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ron Corning, Gillian Breidenbach
Ron Corning, Gillian Breidenbach Photo by WJNPHOTO
TACA Party on the Green 2017
Would it be a Dallas social event without a photo booth? Photo by WJNPHOTO
Lawrence Bock, Rachel Michell, John Michell
Lawrence Bock, Rachel Michell, John Michell Photo by WJNPHOTO
Nicole Ocker, Megan Hodges
Nicole Ocker, Megan Hodges Photo by WJNPHOTO
John Tesar
Knife team with chef John Tesar (back right). Photo by WJNPHOTO
erry Kopfer, Michelle Kopfer
Jerry Kopfer, Michelle Kopfer Photo by WJNPHOTO
LeeAnne Locken, D'Andra Simmons
LeeAnne Locken, D'Andra Simmons Photo by WJNPHOTO
Ken Villalobos, Nadine Jones
Ken Villalobos, Nadine Jones Photo by WJNPHOTO
Dean Fearing
Fearing's team with chef Dean Fearing (center). Photo by WJNPHOTO
TACA Party on the Green 2017
The making of an ice sculpture. Photo by WJNPHOTO
TACA Party on the Green 2017
Ice sculpture final product. Photo by WJNPHOTO
TACA Party on the Green 2017
Dancers performed in the reflective pool. Photo by WJNPHOTO
TACA Party on the Green 2017
Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek chocolate bar. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Knife
Knife king crab with different garlic textures. Photo by WJNPHOTO
carnitas street tacos, taca party on the green
Fearing's carnitas street tacos. Photo by WJNPHOTO
Heather Hibbard, Maggie Kipp, Teffy Jacobs
TACA Party on the Green 2017
Mark Reily, Patrick Staudt
Tia Wynne, Jane McGarry, Janet LaBarba
Ron Corning, Gillian Breidenbach
TACA Party on the Green 2017
Lawrence Bock, Rachel Michell, John Michell
Nicole Ocker, Megan Hodges
John Tesar
erry Kopfer, Michelle Kopfer
LeeAnne Locken, D'Andra Simmons
Ken Villalobos, Nadine Jones
Dean Fearing
TACA Party on the Green 2017
TACA Party on the Green 2017
TACA Party on the Green 2017
TACA Party on the Green 2017
Knife
carnitas street tacos, taca party on the green

The weather Friday night couldn't have been more suited to an outdoor gathering, which was good news for guests turning out for the ever-popular TACA Party on the Green, featuring local chefs presenting signature dishes, a silent auction, a wine cork pull, and live entertainment.

Hosted by co-chairs Tia Wynne and Katherine Wynne, this year's event took place for the first time at Sammons Park at the AT&T Performing Arts Center rather than the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek, and thanks to clear skies and a cool breeze, it was more than an ideal setting. 

VIPs gained early access to enjoy a sip and sup with their friends and fellow philanthropists. When the food stations opened and the rest of the guests flooded the venue, music by Michael D. Fitzpatrick and Studio 54 filled the air. And it wouldn't be an event in the Dallas Arts District without dancers performing in the reflecting pool.

While the chefs were all given kudos for packing bold flavors into their innovative bite-sized creations, we can't stop thinking about the Rosewood Ranches Wagyu beef sirloin medallions prepared by the Ocean Prime team and the whiskey-cured ruby red trout from Lisa Garza-Selcer's crew from Sissy's. The carnitas street tacos by Dean Fearing's self-titled restaurant and the garlic king crab by John Tesar and the Knife chefs were also hard to forget.

Attendees seen mixing and mingling on the lawn between wine pulling and bidding on silent auction items included Maggie Kipp, Teffy Jacobs, Heather Hibbard, LeeAnne Locken, D'Andra Simmons, Ron Corning, Steve Kemble, Lawrence Bock, Gillian Breidenbach, and Katie Norwood.

Proceeds for this posh party in the park go to TACA, the Dallas nonprofit that champions artistic excellence in performing arts organizations. In 2017, 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.