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Meaty MS fundraiser inspires Dallas foodies to fork over serious dough

Meaty MS fundraiser inspires Dallas foodies to fork over serious dough

Alice Laussade and Nancy Nichols at Meat Fight 2015
Alice Laussade and Nancy Nichols together raised $6,900 for their live auction package. Photo by Jeff Amador
Fearless Foursome winners at Meat Fight 2015
Andrew Dilda, Danyele McPherson, Jeff Bekavac, and Oliver Sitrin of Fearsome Forcemeat, the winning team from Meat Fight 2015. Photo by Mike Brooks
Meat Midway at Meat Fight 2015
Attendees pose for selfies at the Meat Midway. Photo by Mike Brooks
Caricature artist at Meat Fight 2015
A caricature artist was just one of the activities. Photo by Mike Brooks
Janice Provost at Meat Fight 2015
Janice Provost of Parigi, who won in the sausage category.  Photo by Mike Brooks
Jeff Bekavac at Meat Fight 2015
Jeff Bekavac is the winningest chef in Meat Fight history. Photo by Mike Brooks
Brisket being cut at Meat Fight 2015
Brisket is one of the meats in the competition. Photo by Jeff Amador
Meat Midway at Meat Fight 2015
This guy. Photo by Jeff Amador
Daniel Vaughn, Aaron Franklin at Meat Fight 2015
Aaron Franklin (middle) donated one of his smokers to the live auction. Photo by Jeff Amador
Alice Laussade on Aaron Franklin's smoker at Meat Fight 2015
Alice Laussade helps sell Aaron Franklin's smoker during the life auction. Photo by Jeff Amador
Santa photo booth at Meat Fight 2015
A photo booth with Santa was another of the activities. Photo by Jeff Amador
Courtney Luscher, Brian Luscher, and Marta Sprague at Meat Fight 2015
Courtney Luscher, Brian Luscher, Marta Sprague Photo by Jeff Amador
Aaron Franklin taking selfie with guest at Meat Fight 2015
Aaron Franklin takes a selfie with a Meat Fight guest. Photo by Jeff Amador
Meat Fight 2015
Pork tenderloin was another meat category. Photo by Alex Flores Courtesy of Meat Fight 2015
Meat Midway at Meat Fight 2015
Guests played games along the Meat Midway. Photo by Jeff Amador
Four Corners tap at Meat Fight 2015
Four Corners provided the beer. Photo by Jeff Amador
Hypnotic Donuts at Meat Fight 2015
Hypnotic Donuts provided maple bacon doughnuts. Photo by Jeff Amador
Judges at Meat Fight 2015
The judges at Meat Fight 2015. Photo by Jeff Amador
David Uygur at Meat Fight 2015
David Uygur mans the grill. Photo by Jeff Amador
Meat Fight 2015
Meat Fight was held in a warehouse near Trinity Groves. Photo by Jeff Amador
Alice Laussade and Nancy Nichols at Meat Fight 2015
Fearless Foursome winners at Meat Fight 2015
Meat Midway at Meat Fight 2015
Caricature artist at Meat Fight 2015
Janice Provost at Meat Fight 2015
Jeff Bekavac at Meat Fight 2015
Brisket being cut at Meat Fight 2015
Meat Midway at Meat Fight 2015
Daniel Vaughn, Aaron Franklin at Meat Fight 2015
Alice Laussade on Aaron Franklin's smoker at Meat Fight 2015
Santa photo booth at Meat Fight 2015
Courtney Luscher, Brian Luscher, and Marta Sprague at Meat Fight 2015
Aaron Franklin taking selfie with guest at Meat Fight 2015
Meat Fight 2015
Meat Midway at Meat Fight 2015
Four Corners tap at Meat Fight 2015
Hypnotic Donuts at Meat Fight 2015
Judges at Meat Fight 2015
David Uygur at Meat Fight 2015
Meat Fight 2015

If you were anywhere near Trinity Groves on November 15, you probably caught a whiff of meat being prepared for Meat Fight, the annual food-driven fundraiser benefiting the National MS Society. Four teams of chefs competed for bragging rights to best brisket, sausage, beef belly, or pork loin, but the protein parade is only part of the fun at this charitable event unlike any other in Dallas.

Founded by Dallas Observer contributor Alice Laussade in her backyard in 2010, it has grown exponentially over the last few years, and this year's total exceeded them all. At least $150,000 was raised (they are still counting the money) for the NMSS and Meat Fight's Meat Bike program, which gifts bikes to people with MS.

The live auction, which is integral to the fundraiser, also provided the most excitement of the evening. Among the items up for grabs were a smoker built by barbecue god Aaron Franklin, a chance to go on a barbecue tour with BBQ Snob and Texas Monthly barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn, and a ladies night out with Laussade and D Magazine's Nancy Nichols that includes destinations like Tallywackers and The Lodge strip club. That last package topped out at $6,900, while Franklin's smoker went for $8,250.

Auctioneers Jack Perkins and Matt Hamilton did their parts to work up their crowd and drive up the bids.

But back to the meat, which 16 local chefs — including Eric Dreyer, Chad Houser, Brian Zenner, David Uygur, Danyele McPherson, and Omar Flores — slaved over to feed hundreds of hungry foodies. The winners are as follows:

  • Brisket: Andrew Dilda, Fearsome Fourcemeat
  • Sausage: Janice Provost, Notorious PIG
  • Beef Belly: Patton Robertson, Qu Tang
  • Pork Loin: Jeff Bekavac, Fearsome Fourcemeat
  • People's Choice: Fearsome Fourcemeat
  • Best Team Trophy (for winning most trophies): Fearsome Fourcemeat

Also available for mass consumption were Four Corners beer, WhiskeyPig whiskey, Noble Coyote coffee, pork churros from Dude Sweet Chocolate, Hypnotic Donuts bacon doughnuts, smoked salmon from TJ's Seafood, Pop Star popsicles, sides from Garden Cafe, and Swiss Pastry Shop pastries.

To work off the food comas, attendees played games on the Meat Midway, took photos with Santa, and got their portraits drawn by a caricature artist.