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Local Flavor - Eating Our Way to Excellence in Education

Sep 04, 2013 04:17AM ● By tina

Celebrate Good Food and a Good Cause at Annual Culinary Bash    

Fundraising becomes flavorful this month at the Carroll Education Foundation Culinary Celebration, the 13th annual installment of a premier event that raises funds to support Carroll Independent School District teacher grants and student scholarships. According to Kacy Hankins, executive director of CEF, teachers receive grants that go toward creating innovative ideas to enhance students’ learning experiences, while students receive scholarships during their senior year that aid with college tuition.

This year’s Culinary Celebration will be held Sept. 7 at the Hilton Dallas/Southlake Town Square and will feature chefs from many delicious area restaurants. Participants include Aleda’s Pizza, Bayou Jack’s Cajun Grill, Brio, FnG Eats, Copeland’s, EatZi’s, Forest Park Medical Center Southlake, Great Wolf Lodge’s Grizzly Jack’s Bar & Grill, Kirby’s Steakhouse, Mi Dia, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Patrizio, Rockfish, Silver Fox and Truluck’s. Guests can expect a variety of unique, gourmet dishes, like FnG Eats’ jalapeño bacon chocolate chip cookie — a true roller coaster ride for the taste buds that offers distinct layers of sweet, salty, savory and spice, according to chef Bob Stephenson. Diners will also be able to sample Patrizio Osteria’s Orecchiette Alla Calabrese — homemade ear-shape pasta with sautéed broccolini, crumble Italian sausage, slivered garlic, spicy Calabria peppers, fresh basil and a touch of marinara sauce.

Aside from delectable fare and specialty wines and cocktails, the event will also offer a silent auction, live auction, big board, jewelry pull and a wine pull. Live auction standouts include the 12-month lease of a Park Place Grapevine Lexus (the event’s title sponsor), a wine country tour including a golf outing and a piece of original artwork by a CISD student. The silent auction and big board will offer sports memorabilia, vacation packages, jewelry and more, and Grayson Allen Fine Jewelers will host the jewelry pull. Guests can also purchase a $10 raffle ticket for the chance to win a coveted $1,000 shopping spree in Southlake Town Square.

Last year, CEF’s Culinary Celebration raised more than $220,000 for grants and scholarships benefitting numerous CISD teachers and students. CEF originated in 1996 as a way to generate and distribute resources to the school district in order to enrich, maintain and expand programs needed to continually meet its mission of educational excellence. In addition to the Culinary Celebration, funds are raised during the year through donations, planned giving, matched giving and endowments.

Tickets for this year’s fabulous food-centric fête are $100 each or $150 per couple. To purchase, visit Southlake CEF, contact Kacy Hankins at, or buy your tickets at the door when you arrive.

Photos Courtesy of Skipping Stone Photography.