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Chefs cooking for kids in need

Posted 12:48pm on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011

When a bunch of celebrated chefs get together to rattle some pots and pans, everyone benefits.

Especially when their work is for a good cause.

That's the deal on Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Hilton Southlake, where an esteemed roster of kitchen wizards will gather for the appropriately named Celebrity Chefs, an event to benefit child victims of domestic violence in Tarrant County.

Celebrity Chefs kicks off at 6 p.m. and includes cocktails, appetizers and a serious spread of fabulous food from 17 local culinary stars. On the bill are honorary chairman and lead chef, Darren McGrady, former chef for the late Princess Diana; Jaime Aguilar, Copeland's of New Orleans at the Hilton Southlake; Marco Aragon, Zeppole at the Gaylord Texan Resort; Hans Bergmann, Cacharel Restaurant; Jon Bonnell, Bonnell's Restaurant; Gene Christiano, Central Market in Southlake; Susan Clark, Sweet Memories Cakes and Catering; Eric Hunter, Fire Oak Grill; Brian Olenjack, Olenjack's Grille;  Todd Phillips, J.R.'s Steakhouse; Sally Bolick Strong and Mike Swirczynski, Bravo Catering and Event Planning; Donatella Trotti, Nonna Tata; Manuel Vera, Truluck's; Chris Wilson, Market Street; Mark Yamada, Trophy Club Country Club; and Charles Youts, Classic Cafe.

Whew! You can count on a wealth of good eats in the name of good deeds from this crew. A live auction emceed by Scott Murray is also on the program, as is a raffle with prizes including luxury hotel stays and spa packages. Tickets are $125. Buy them by calling Janice Kane at 817-360-0684 or visit www.mid-citiessos.org to learn more.

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