Chairwoman Alicia Wood hosted more than 200 ladies (and a handful of men) at Brook Hollow Golf Club for the first-ever Celebrity Chef Luncheon benefiting the Food Allergy Center at Children's Medical Center. The crowd gathered to laugh with Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond, as she spoke about food, family and life on the ranch.
Wood thanked honorary chairs Nancy Dedman and Rachael and Robert Dedman Jr. before introducing Dr. Drew Bird, the clinical director of Children's Medical Center Food Allergy Center.
Bird shared the program's progress in the past year — including important additions such as food allergy camp, educational classes and peanut therapy — and credited Rachael Dedman for supporting Senate Bill 27, a guideline for public schools to follow regarding children with food allergies.
"More than 15 percent of allergic reactions occur for the first time in school," he said, which caught the attention of all the mothers in the crowd.
After a lovely lunch inspired by the Pioneer Woman — big steak salad, buttery rosemary rolls and pots de creme — Drummond took the stage and gave a shout-out to her University of Southern California Pi Beta Phi sisters, Lisa Ogle and Teffy Jacobs.
After confessing that she was "super nervous," Drummond started her presentation, which began with the day she was born. Contrary to what you might think, it was anything but boring — and only something that Drummond could pull off.
"The good thing about this being the inaugural Celebrity Chef Luncheon is that you have no one to compare me to," she said, capturing the attention and affection of guests such as Lynn McBee, Robyn Conlon, Aileen Pratt, Kim Miller, Paige Slates, Alison Farrow, Jan Pickens and Cara Gravely.
She peppered her speech with many more memorable lines as she described her husband and his influence on her novel, Black Heels to Tractor Wheels — A Love Story, as well as her exciting and nerve-racking appearances on shows such as Good Morning America, Today Show, The View and Throwdown with Bobby Flay before eventually landing her own gig on the Food Network.
If guests weren't acquainted with the Pioneer Woman prior to their arrival, they certainly walked out fans, with their newly purchased books — Food From My Frontier and Charlie and the Christmas Kitty — in hand.