House of DIFFA 2016
Tasty Philanthropy

Charitable Dallas foodies dig DIFFA’s Burgundy-fueled backyard burger bash

Dallas foodies dig DIFFA’s Burgundy-fueled backyard burger bash

Scott Kehn, Chuck Steelman, Kyle Stein, Jody Stein
Scott Kehn, Chuck Steelman, Kyle Stein, Jody Stein Photo by Rhi Lee
Chef John Tesar, Terri Provencal
Chef John Tesar, Terri Provencal Photo by Rhi Lee
Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Jason Oleniczak, Darin Kunz, Clint Bradley
Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Jason Oleniczak, Darin Kunz, Clint Bradley Photo by Rhi Lee
Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill
Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill Photo by Rhi Lee
Shane Allen, Ron Corning
Shane Allen, Ron Corning Photo by Rhi Lee
2016 Style Council Ambassadors
2016 Style Council Ambassadors Photo by Rhi Lee
Ricardo Ramos, Daniel Magoon
Ricardo Ramos, Daniel Magoon Photo by Rhi Lee
Sami Abboud, Drew Ginsberg
Sami Abboud, Drew Ginsberg Photo by Rhi Lee
Daniel Williams, Olivia Zokai
Daniel Williams, Olivia Zokai Photo by Rhi Lee
Darin Kunz, Rhonda Sargent Chambers
Darin Kunz, Rhonda Sargent Chambers Photo by Rhi Lee
Brian Luscher, The Grape, Luscher's Red Hots
Brian Luscher Photo by Rhi Lee
Tre Wilcox, Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts
Tre Wilcox Photo by Rhi Lee
Kevin Williamson, Katherine Clapner
Kevin Williamson, Katherine Clapner Photo by Rhi Lee
FT33 Chef Matt McCallister, Filament
The Filament burger by chef Matt McCallister. Photo by Rhi Lee
Grace, Chef Blaine Staniford
The 44 Farms burger by chef Blaine Staniford. Photo by Rhi Lee
3015 at Trinity Groves, Chef Sharon Van Meter
Peking duck burger by chef Sharon Van Meter. Photo by Rhi Lee
Scott Kehn, Chuck Steelman, Kyle Stein, Jody Stein
Chef John Tesar, Terri Provencal
Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Jason Oleniczak, Darin Kunz, Clint Bradley
Anne Stodghill, Steve Stodghill
Shane Allen, Ron Corning
2016 Style Council Ambassadors
Ricardo Ramos, Daniel Magoon
Sami Abboud, Drew Ginsberg
Daniel Williams, Olivia Zokai
Darin Kunz, Rhonda Sargent Chambers
Brian Luscher, The Grape, Luscher's Red Hots
Tre Wilcox, Tre Wilcox Cooking Concepts
Kevin Williamson, Katherine Clapner
FT33 Chef Matt McCallister, Filament
Grace, Chef Blaine Staniford
3015 at Trinity Groves, Chef Sharon Van Meter

DIFFA/Dallas has forever altered backyard cookouts with its annual Burgers & Burgundy fundraiser. For the seventh annual rendition, return hosts Karen and Bill Seanor welcomed supporters to their outdoor oasis for this party favored by charitable foodies.

At the behest of John Tesar, chefs from near and far participated in this year’s event, churning out gourmet sliders for attendees to enjoy with their Burgundy wine and cocktails. Among those on the roster were Brian Luscher (Luscher’s Red Hots and The Grape), Justin Brunson (Old Major in Denver), Blaine Staniford (Grace in Fort Worth), and Kevin Williamson (Ranch 616 in Austin).

Standouts included Matt McCallister’s beef Filament burger with griddled onions, Dijonnaise, pickles, and American cheese; Sharon Van Meter’s Peking duck burger, and Rodman Shields’ “notorious P.I.G.”

Post burger buffet, event chair Olivia Zokai and honorary chair Terry Provencal welcomed the 10-piece Limelight Band, one of the more impressive entertaining acts of this season. When they sang “Oh, What A Night,” every guest was feeling the beat.

The night also featured the cleverly named Pawkitecture, in which modern dog houses built by local architecture and design firms were auctioned off. Sales directly benefited DIFFA Dallas. Equally important was the announcement of the 2016 Style Council, which helps raise awareness about the organization and continues efforts in the education and prevention of HIV/AIDS throughout North Texas.

DIFFA/Dallas chairman of the board Justin Bundick introduced this new flock of ambassadors that includes Kurt Anderson, Stefani Burns, Kim Burgan, Tim Flannery, JL Forke, Bob Gibbs, Cearan Henley, Carinthia Kishaba, Jason Alexander Parker, Tom Reddick, Courtney Westmoreland Rider, Carmen Surgent, and Shelby Wagner. Style Council Ambassadors donate their time to various AIDS service organizations across North Texas to become better educated about those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS, and they are crucial in aiding DIFFA/Dallas fundraising efforts.

Spotted on the scene were Nicole Seanor, Ron Corning, Anne and Steve Stodghill, John Carlo, Brittanie and Jason Oleniczak, Sami Abboud, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Chuck Steelman, LeeAnne Locken, Darin Kunz, Drew Ginsburg, Melissa Rountree, Linda Snorina, Cary and Mark Deuber, Courtney Westmoreland Rider, Morgan Gianni, Ivana Hall, Julian Leaver, Javier Burkle, Norma Johnson, Richard Bequette, Jody and Kyle Stein, and Don Gaiser.

House of DIFFA 2016, with a theme of “CIRCO Rouge,” is set for May 21 at the Omni Dallas hotel. Expect a mix of philanthropy, theatrics, and that legendary runway production with approximately 2,000 of your friends.

DIFFA/Dallas has provided funds to more than 25 frontline AIDS service organizations in North Texas, which assist over 23,000 men, women, and children in the area who are living with or are affected by AIDS.