Society / The Seen

A Foodie Takeover Turns an Office Into the Ultimate Party Scene

Houston’s Top Chefs Stand Up for Women

BY // 11.02.17

Food, glorious food — chefs and their creations are dependable springboards for serious fundraising. Just check with Dress for Success Houston, which raised $418,000 with its annual moveable feast, “Cuisine for a Cause.”

Once the serious business of introducing the 400 guests to the DFSH mission of aiding struggling women through wardrobe enhancement, career counseling and education, the foodie fun began. Doors opened on the non-profit’s two-story home near Upper Kirby to reveal a cornucopia of food stations headed by a cadre of kitchen talents.

The featured chefs and restaurants donating food, time and talent included Rachael Volz, Paige Branam and Ryan Bouillet of A Fare Extraordinaire; Kelsey Hawkins of Arte Pizzeria; Claire Smith of Alice Blue and Canopy; Brandi Key of Brasserie 19 and Coppa Osteria; Tiffany Ma and Joseph Stayshich of Eloise Nichols Grill & Liquors; Catherine Rodriguez of The Houstonian; Sue Nowamooz of Hungry’s; Nicole Routhier of Le Colonial; Holly Lynch and Tina Blanco of Main Kitchen; Sarah Schnitzer of Oxbow 7; Martha Wilcox of Pax Americana; Monica Richards and Claudia Richards of Pico’s; Anita Jaisinghani and Mary Gilliland of Pondicheri; Jasmine Chida of SweetCup Gelato; Stephanie Hoban of Ripe Cuisine Food Truck; Sabra Palmros of Smith & Wollensky.

For their generosity, the chefs received personalized VINGLACÉ wine chillers, courtesy of Colton and Alyson Haas.

Applause, applause to chairs Kelli Kickerillo and Todd Forester and Lindsay and Rand Holstead, and auction chairs Virginia Steppe and Alissa Maples for the evening’s success. Hats off to the emcee — KHOU Channel 11 news anchor Mia Gradney, a long-time DFSH supporter and co-founder of the non-profit’s young professionals group, Women of Wardrobe.

Who: Martha Long, Kim and Ted Hartz, Mary and Ben Patton, Niloufar and Amir Molavi, Kirby and Scott McCool, Courtney Hopson, Rachel McNeill, Monica McNeill, Kristi and Chick Chickering, Tali and Eric Blumrosen, Rebekah and Gary Reavese, Shauna and Morris Clark, Jerri Moore, Wendy Daboval, Libby Cagle and Lauren Taft, and Elyse Lanier. 

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