Food and Philanthropy

Kent Rathbun leads all-star lineup of celebri-chefs at signature fundraiser for March of Dimes

Kent Rathbun leads all-star lineup of celebri-chefs at fundraiser

Chefs Signature Auction
From left: Jeff Harris, Bruno Davaillon, Jim Severson, Gilbert Garza, Joel Harloff, Abraham Salum, TJ Lengnick, Sam Hewitt, Richard Chamberlain, Kent Rathbun, Kevin Rathbun, Eric Brandt, Scott Gottlich, Dwight Harvey, Anita Hirsch, David Holben.  Photo by Bruno
Kristy Nail, Riley Nail
Kristy Nail , Riley Nail Photo by Bruno
Linda Ivy, Steve Ivy
Linda Ivy , Steve Ivy Photo by Bruno
Rhonda Marcus, Fraser Marcus
Rhonda Marcus , Fraser Marcus Photo by Bruno
Shannon Brame, Dean McSherry, Anita Braun, Diane Brierly
Shannon Brame , Dean McSherry , Anita Braun , Diane Brierly Photo by Bruno
Chefs Signature Auction
Kristy Nail, Riley Nail
Linda Ivy, Steve Ivy
Rhonda Marcus, Fraser Marcus
Shannon Brame, Dean McSherry, Anita Braun, Diane Brierly

When you put 22 local culinary superstars at cooking stations in an Omni Dallas ballroom, they're going to cook. And they're going to flaunt their craft. 

At the March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, lead chef Kent Rathbun, now in his 15th year, made sure of it — so that all 850 guests would bid high on the culinary packages and Chris H. Martin's Kidz painting in the live auction. 

Small plates of interesting dishes — such as Abraham Salum's cream of sweet corn, pasilla and piloncillo braised short rib ravioli; Samir Dhurandhar's kung pao lobster; Cameron Handler's hamachi crudo; Bruno Davaillon's oxtail-foie gras soup; and Rathbun's venison meatball carbonara — sated supporters before the bidding began.

Enthusiastic attendees — Jamie Rose, Kat Clay, Randy DavisTom BraunKristy and Riley NailFederico PachecoJordan HillAdam ClemRhonda and Fraser Marcus, and ambassador family Leah and Rick Rennhack —  helped raise $610,000, with a record-breaking $129,000 from "Fund a Mission." Proceeds support the March of Dimes' efforts to improve the health of babies.

None of this would have been possible without event chairs Diane Brierley, Shannon Brame, Anita Braun and Dean McSherry — and, of course, Rathbun's dedication to the philanthropic event

Mark your calendars for next year's Signature Chefs Auction: the March of Dimes celebrates its 75th anniversary October 24, 2013.