Foodie Philanthropy

John Tesar and friends fire up foodies for DIFFA's Burgers & Burgundy benefit

John Tesar and friends fire up foodies for DIFFA's Burgers & Burgundy

Clint Bradley, Jason Oleniczak, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Justin Bundick, burgers and burgundy
Clint Bradley, Jason Oleniczak, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Justin Bundick Photo by Shana Anderson
Matt Wilkerson, Ron Corning, Christopher McCullough, Eric Coudron, Burgers & Burgundy
Matt Wilkerson, Ron Corning, Christopher McCullough, Eric Coudron Photo by Shana Anderson
Babe N. Keith, Tre Wilcox, Norma Johnson, Burgers & Burgundy
Babe N. Keith, Tre Wilcox, Norma Johnson Photo by Shana Anderson
Steve Stodghill, Anne Stodghill, Angela Choquette, Christopher Dreiling, Burgers & Burgundy
Steve Stodghill, Anne Stodghill, Angela Choquette, Christopher Dreiling Photo by Shana Anderson
Sami Abboud, Patrick Ware, Burgers & Burgundy
Sami Abboud, Patrick Ware Photo by Shana Anderson
Marjon Henderson, Keana Meyer, Burgers & Burgundy
Marjon Henderson, Keana Meyer Photo by Shana Anderson
LeeAnne Locken, Karen Lukin, Tiffany Hendra, Candy Evans, Burgers & Burgundy
LeeAnne Locken, Karen Lukin, Tiffany Hendra, Candy Evans Photo by Shana Anderson
John Tesar, Burgers & Burgundy
Chef John Tesar of Knife and Spoon. Photo by Shana Anderson
Kyle Mcclelland, Burgers & Burgundy
Chef Kyle McClelland of Proof + Pantry. Photo by Shana Anderson
Nick Jimenez, Burgers & Burgundy
Cook Hall burger prepared by chef Nick Jimenez. Photo by Shana Anderson
Shinsei, Burgers & Burgundy
Shinsei burger prepared by chef T.J. Lengnick. Photo by Shana Anderson
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Burgers & Burgundy
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck was one of the participating restaurants at Burgers & Burgundy. Photo by Shana Anderson
Clint Bradley, Jason Oleniczak, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, Justin Bundick, burgers and burgundy
Matt Wilkerson, Ron Corning, Christopher McCullough, Eric Coudron, Burgers & Burgundy
Babe N. Keith, Tre Wilcox, Norma Johnson, Burgers & Burgundy
Steve Stodghill, Anne Stodghill, Angela Choquette, Christopher Dreiling, Burgers & Burgundy
Sami Abboud, Patrick Ware, Burgers & Burgundy
Marjon Henderson, Keana Meyer, Burgers & Burgundy
LeeAnne Locken, Karen Lukin, Tiffany Hendra, Candy Evans, Burgers & Burgundy
John Tesar, Burgers & Burgundy
Kyle Mcclelland, Burgers & Burgundy
Nick Jimenez, Burgers & Burgundy
Shinsei, Burgers & Burgundy
Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck, Burgers & Burgundy

Dallas philanthropists Karen and Bill Seanor welcomed a slew of socialites into their home for the sixth annual Burgers & Burgundy benefiting DIFFA Dallas. Outspoken chef John Tesar of local hot spots Knife and Spoon rounded up his top chef friends to prepare bite-size burgers paired with Burgundy wines and cocktails.

As Hunter Sullivan and his stacked nine-piece band provided the soundtrack, guests — including Ron Corning, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak and Jason Oleniczak, Justin Bundick, Anne and Steve Stodghill, Amy Vanderoef, Lynae Fearing, Matt Taylor, Robert Weatherly, Matt Wilkerson, Melissa Enriquez, Patrick Ware, Sami Abboud, and Debra Nelson — strolled around the Seanors’ beautiful backyard and sampled the goods.

The inspired creations, which ranged from traditional beef burgers to versions with lamb, turkey and pulled pork, were whipped up by the following chefs:

  • Kent Rathbun (Abacus)
  • Brian Zenner (Oak)
  • Blaine Staniford (Grace)
  • Kevin Williamson (Ranch 616)
  • Samir Dhurandhar (Nick & Sam’s)
  • Stephen Rogers (Gemma)
  • Kyle Mcclelland (Proof + Pantry)
  • Tre Wilcox (Cooking Concepts by Tre Wilcox)
  • Patton Robertson (Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck)
  • T.J. Lengnick (Shinsei)
  • Sharon Van Meter (3015 Trinity Groves)
  • Nick Jimenez (Cook Hall)

Burgers & Burgundy co-chairs Noel Rodriguez and Lee Borchert and honorary chair Terri Provencal worked the crowd as they waited for DIFFA Dallas chairman of the board, Clint Bradley, to take the stage. Bradley announced that the upcoming gala, set for March 7, 2015, at the Omni Dallas, will have a theme that pays tribute to the organization’s place during the past 25 years in the fight against HIV/AIDS.