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5th annual Burgers & Burgundy cooks up delicious day for DIFFA Dallas

5th annual Burgers & Burgundy cooks up delicious day for DIFFA Dallas

Chef John Tesar, Abi Ferrin, Greg Haynes Johnson, DIFFA
John Tesar, Abi Ferrin, Greg Haynes Johnson Photo by Shana Anderson
Debra Nelson, Linda Gray, DIFFA
Debra Nelson, Linda Gray Photo by Shana Anderson
Smoke, DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Spicy lamb sausage burger at the Smoke station. Photo by Shana Anderson
Tatiana Smith Nick Smith, Maria Sullivan
Tatiana Smith, Nick Smith, Maria Sullivan Photo by Shana Anderson
Shinsei, DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Banh mi burger from Shinsei. Photo by Shana Anderson
Robert Weatherly, Christa Wetzel, John Stafira
Robert Weatherly, Christa Wetzel, John Stafira Photo by Shana Anderson
Ricky Grunden, Chris Hendler, Gregory DeStephen, Benjamin Papermaster
Ricky Grunden, Chris Hendler, Gregory DeStephen, Benjamin Papermaster Photo by Shana Anderson
Nick and Sams, Burgers and Burgundy
Nick & Sam's Kobe beef burgers with truffle oil. Photo by Shana Anderson
Mary Gill, Simona Beal, Nell Langford
Mary Gill, Simona Beal, Nell Langford Photo by Shana Anderson
Karin Matz, Nell Langford, Kristi Nelson, Cecilia Chu
Karin Matz, Nell Langford, Kristi Nelson, Cecilia Chu Photo by Shana Anderson
Justin Bundick, Josh Mayer, DIFFA
Justin Bundick, Josh Mayer Photo by Shana Anderson
John Stafira, Trisha Boulogne, Francisco Rizo, Patrick Ware
John Stafira, Trisha Boulogne, Francisco Rizo, Patrick Ware Photo by Shana Anderson
Joe Kelly, Tara Harper, DIFFA
Joe Kelly, Tara Harper Photo by Shana Anderson
Jason Oleniczak, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak
Jason Oleniczak, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak Photo by Shana Anderson
Jayne Chobot Herring, Patrick Ware, LeeAnne Locken, Christopher Wright
Jayne Chobot Herring, Patrick Ware, LeeAnne Locken, Christopher Wright Photo by Shana Anderson
Hunter Sullivan Band, DIFFA
The Hunter Sullivan Band provided the entertainment for the 5th annual Burgers & Burgundy. Photo by Shana Anderson
Grace, DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Grace brought a 44 Farms slider with mushroom ketchup and Port Salut cheese. Photo by Shana Anderson
Debra Nelson, John Bobbitt, DIFFA
Debra Nelson, John Bobbitt Photo by Shana Anderson
Courtney Westmoreland, Andrea Varrone, DIFFA
Courtney Westmoreland, Andrea Varrone Photo by Shana Anderson
Chuck Steelman, Cynthia Smoot, Scott Kehn, DIFFA
Chuck Steelman, Cynthia Smoot, Kevin Kehn Photo by Shana Anderson
Christopher Wright, Steve Kemble, DIFFA
Christopher Wright, Steve Kemble Photo by Shana Anderson
Chef Tim Byres of Smoke, DIFFA
Chef Tim Byres of Smoke Photo by Shana Anderson
Chef Kevin Williamson of Ranch 616, DIFFA
Chef Kevin Williamson of Ranch 616 Photo by Shana Anderson
Chef Brad Phillips of Asador, DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Chef Brad Phillips of Asador Photo by Shana Anderson
Chef Blaine Staniford of Grace, DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Chef Blaine Staniford of Grace Photo by Shana Anderson
Carol Quist, Alex France, Ricky Grunden, Chris Hendler, DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Carol Quist, Alex France, Ricky Grunden, Chris Hendler Photo by Shana Anderson
Allyson Ayselworth, Noel Rodriguez, Karen Lukin DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Allyson Ayselworth, Noel Rodriguez, Karen Lukin Photo by Shana Anderson
3015 at Trinity Groves burger, DIFFA, Burgers and Burgundy
3015 Trinity Groves dished out burgers with Southern pimento cheese, bacon and honey slaw. Photo by Shana Anderson
Chef John Tesar, Abi Ferrin, Greg Haynes Johnson, DIFFA
Debra Nelson, Linda Gray, DIFFA
Smoke, DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Tatiana Smith Nick Smith, Maria Sullivan
Shinsei, DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Robert Weatherly, Christa Wetzel, John Stafira
Ricky Grunden, Chris Hendler, Gregory DeStephen, Benjamin Papermaster
Nick and Sams, Burgers and Burgundy
Mary Gill, Simona Beal, Nell Langford
Karin Matz, Nell Langford, Kristi Nelson, Cecilia Chu
Justin Bundick, Josh Mayer, DIFFA
John Stafira, Trisha Boulogne, Francisco Rizo, Patrick Ware
Joe Kelly, Tara Harper, DIFFA
Jason Oleniczak, Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak
Jayne Chobot Herring, Patrick Ware, LeeAnne Locken, Christopher Wright
Hunter Sullivan Band, DIFFA
Grace, DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Debra Nelson, John Bobbitt, DIFFA
Courtney Westmoreland, Andrea Varrone, DIFFA
Chuck Steelman, Cynthia Smoot, Scott Kehn, DIFFA
Christopher Wright, Steve Kemble, DIFFA
Chef Tim Byres of Smoke, DIFFA
Chef Kevin Williamson of Ranch 616, DIFFA
Chef Brad Phillips of Asador, DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Chef Blaine Staniford of Grace, DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Carol Quist, Alex France, Ricky Grunden, Chris Hendler, DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
Allyson Ayselworth, Noel Rodriguez, Karen Lukin DIFFA Burgers and Burgundy
3015 at Trinity Groves burger, DIFFA, Burgers and Burgundy

Generous hosts Karen and Bill Seanor welcomed Dallas philanthropic foodies into their home on a picturesque afternoon for the 5th annual Burgers & Burgundy event benefiting DIFFA. John Tesar rounded up his fellow top chefs for a backyard burger affair unlike any other.

Hunter Sullivan and his amazing 14-piece band provided the tunes as guests socialized and chefs churned out some choice burgers. In addition to Tesar himself (Spoon Bar & Kitchen), participating chefs included Samir Dhurandhar (Nick & Sam’s), Sharon Van Meter (3015 Trinity Groves), Tim Byres (Smoke), Patton Robertson (Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck), Kevin Williamson (Ranch 616 in Austin), Patrick Russell (Max’s Wine Dive), Brad Phillips (Asador), Blaine Staniford (Grace) and T.J. Lengnick (Shinsei).

Williamson blew away the competition with his take on a double double served on an English muffin. The meat was the star — grilled to perfection and not masked by fancy ingredients. Tesar took the creativity cake with his spicy catfish sloppy Joe. And the burger served by 3015 Trinity Groves satisfied the Southerners, with pimento cheese, bacon and honey slaw.

Joining DIFFA chairman of the board Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, event chair Noel Rodriguez and honorary chair Terri Provencal were stylish supporters Linda Gray, Debra Nelson, Clint Bradley, Darin Kunz, Tara Harper, Greg Haynes Johnson, Abi Ferrin, Kristi Nelson, LeeAnne Locken, Chuck Steelman, Patrick Ware, John Bobbitt, Ricky Grunden and Simona Beal.

House of DIFFA 2014 chair Jim DiMarino also took the stage to announce that the upcoming theme would be "Masquerade." House of DIFFA will be held on March 29, 2014, at the Omni Dallas. Guests got first dibs on table sales, which will be available to the public at a later date.