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Acclaimed Dallas chef gathers Harvest patrons to kick off food bank benefit

Dallas chef gathers Harvest patrons to kick off food bank benefit

Nancy Gopez, Lynn McBee, Erika McCarthy
Nancy Gopez, Lynn McBee, Erika McCarthy Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Maggie Kipp, Chef Stephan Pyles, Melinda Knowles
Maggie Kipp, Stephan Pyles, Melinda Knowles  Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Vodi Cook, Lora Farris, Rachel Scoggins
Vodi Cook, Lora Farris, Rachel Scoggins Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Sara Albert, Leslie Diers, Susan Farris, John Farris
Sara Albert, Leslie Diers, Susan Farris, John Farris Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
JB Hayes, Chuck Jacaman, Lindsay Jacaman and Jessie Poole
JB Hayes, Chuck Jacaman, Lindsay Jacaman, Jessie Poole Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Jane Swartz, Andrew Swartz, Jen O’Neal
Jane Swartz, Andrew Swartz, Jen O’Neal Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Wilson Chu and Natalie Chu
Wilson Chu, Natalie Chu Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Katherine Reeves and Jana Paul
Katherine Reeves, Jana Paul  Photo by Tamytha Cameron Smith
Nancy Gopez, Lynn McBee, Erika McCarthy
Maggie Kipp, Chef Stephan Pyles, Melinda Knowles
Vodi Cook, Lora Farris, Rachel Scoggins
Sara Albert, Leslie Diers, Susan Farris, John Farris
JB Hayes, Chuck Jacaman, Lindsay Jacaman and Jessie Poole
Jane Swartz, Andrew Swartz, Jen O’Neal
Wilson Chu and Natalie Chu
Katherine Reeves and Jana Paul

What: Harvest kick-off party

Where: Flora Street Café

The 411: Chef and honorary chair Stephan Pyles hosted more than 100 guests at his acclaimed cafe to kick off the 5th annual fundraiser for the North Texas Food Bank. Co-chairs Maggie Kipp and Melinda Knowles mingled with attendees, who enjoyed wine and bites in the restaurant’s private dining room.

The chairs thanked food bank president Trisha Cunningham and event co-founders Nancy Gopez and Kristi Bare, and announced to patrons that this year's Harvest would take place September 21 at a new venue, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. The event will feature cocktails, entertainment by DJ Lucy Wrubel, unique auction packages, and delicious food donated and prepared by Dallas’ top chefs and restaurants, they revealed.

Chef Pyles was honored for his commitment to the community, specifically his 30-year partnership with the North Texas Food Bank. The 2018 Harvest is expected to help meet the needs of more than 800,000 food-insecure individuals in the Dallas community.

Who: Lynn McBeeErika and Dan McCarthySusan and John Farris, Sara Albert, Leslie Diers, Vodi CookLora Farris, Rachel Scoggins, JB Hayes, Chuck and Lindsay Jacaman, Jessie PooleJane and Andrew Swartz, Jen O’NealWilson and Natalie ChuKatherine Reeves, and Jana Paul.