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Dallas' top chefs unite for culinary collaboration to help end childhood hunger

Dallas chefs unite for culinary collaboration to benefit No Kid Hungry

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Dallas' top chefs came together for the No Kid Hungry benefit dinner. Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
David Armet, David Nichols, Jim Rimelspach, No Kid Hungry
David Armet, David Nichols, Jim Rimselspach Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
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No Kid Hungry benefit dinner at Stephan Pyles. Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
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Chefs prepared seven courses for this special dinner. Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
Chef Stephen Pyles, No Kid Hungry
Stephan Pyles hosted the dinner at his eponymous restaurant. Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
Wanda Gierhart, Dean Fearing, No Kid Hungry
Wanda Gierhart, Dean Fearing Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
Michael Farris, Ashley Farris, No Kid Hungry
Michael Farris, Ashley Farris Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
Elmer and Sandra Doty, No Kid Hungry
Elmer Doty, Sandra Doty Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
Bruno de la Croix-Vaubois, Paul Devereaux, No Kid Hungry
Bruno de la Croix-Vaubois, Paul Devereaux Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
Frankie and Gerald Horn, No Kid Hungry
Frankie Horn, Gerald Horn Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
Ally Toussaint, Brooke Fredo, No Kind Hungry
Ally Toussaint, Brooke Fredo Photo by Jonathan Zizzo
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David Armet, David Nichols, Jim Rimelspach, No Kid Hungry
No Kid Hungry
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Chef Stephen Pyles, No Kid Hungry
Wanda Gierhart, Dean Fearing, No Kid Hungry
Michael Farris, Ashley Farris, No Kid Hungry
Elmer and Sandra Doty, No Kid Hungry
Bruno de la Croix-Vaubois, Paul Devereaux, No Kid Hungry
Frankie and Gerald Horn, No Kid Hungry
Ally Toussaint, Brooke Fredo, No Kind Hungry

Chef Stephan Pyles hosted an exclusive dinner at his eponymous restaurant to benefit No Kid Hungry, which is dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.

And what better way to intrigue Dallas’ most philanthropic citizens than by recruiting some of the best in the business — including Matt McCallister, Graham Dodds, Danyele McPherson and Tim Byres — to help prepare the meal. The chefs came together to pay homage to Pyles during the seven-course dinner with dishes such as oyster stew, oxtail ragout, guinea fowl dumplings and more.

But before it was time to dine, attendees mingled at a cocktail reception featuring Casa Dragones Joven tequila cocktails and cava. They also made their way through the silent auction that, appropriately, included several dinners and tastings provided by guests chefs along with spa packages, jewelry and designer apparel.

Diners — including Wanda Gierhart, Dean Fearing, Sandra and Elmer Doty, David Armet, David Nichols, and Jim Rimelspach — were then invited to sit for dinner and to enjoy the comedic commentary of emcee Billy Harris, who kept the evening upbeat and all about the cause.

Just before the final course, the live auction kicked off with trips to Napa, Chicago and a tequila dinner at Stampede 66. The grand finale item, a dinner in the home for 10 people prepared by Pyles, Fearing, Katherine Clapner, Byres and McCallister, was the final push needed to help the organization raise $159,000.

The No Kid Hungry campaign connects kids in need with nutritious food and teaches their families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. Since the campaign’s launch, No Kid Hungry and our partners have connected kids struggling with hunger with more than 107 million additional meals.