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Celebrity Chef & Cocktails In The Kitchen


Celebrity Chef’s 10th Anniversary Event Raises Record Breaking $660,000

The Celebrity Chef’s 10th Anniversary event, chaired by VNA board members Betsy Eiseman and Karen Pollock, was held on March 4, 2020. The sold-out luncheon and dinner featured James Beard award winning cookbook authors and food journalists-and brothers- Matt Lee and Ted Lee. Keeping it all in the family, their parents, Liza and Will Lee, served as Honorary Chairmen of the event.

Richard and Betsy Eiseman and Karen and Richard Pollock

Liza and Will Lee, Katherine Krause and Carolyn Rathjen

Ted Lee, Sonia Azad, Matt Lee

Emceed by WFAA’s Health and Wellness reporter Sonia Azad, guests enjoyed lively banter and a live professional cooking demonstration of Matt and Ted’s famed Henry’s Cheese Spread. The meal consisted of select recipes from The Lee Bros. library of cookbooks, including Charleston Kitchen, Southern Cookbook and Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor.

Our deep gratitude goes to Betsy and Richard Eiseman and Karen and Richard Pollock for their unwavering support of VNA.

A special thank you to the Celebrity Chef Host Committee:

Lydia and Bill Addy; Carrie and Steven Becker; Mary Frances and Tim Bellman; Ann and Doug Brown; Lisa and Chuck Brown; Becky and Mike Casey; Nita and Cullum Clark; Julie and Eric Clark; Emily and Walter Clarke; Sara Fraser Crismon; Kathy Crow; Leslie and Wicky el-Effendi; Regen Fearon; Rebecca and Barron Fletcher; Sharon and Steve Folsom; Jenney and David Gillikin; Susan and Mark Goodvin; Susan and Jim Graass; Carmen and Michael Gross; Sarah and Frank Hamlin; Linda and Phil Hodgson; Debra and Whit Johnson; Jennifer and Tom Karol; Kirsten and Mike Kerrigan; Eugenia and Frank-Paul King; Leslie and Bob Krakow; Melissa and George Lamb; Carol and John Levy; Lynn Markley; Libby and Murray McCabe; Suzanne and Patrick McGee; Astrid Merriman; Peggy and Dan Meyer; Jennifer and Jon Mosle; Meaders and Robert Ozarow; Kate and Will Power; Carolyn and Karl Rathjen; Kersten Rettig and Clark Knippers; Lisa and John Rocchio; Nancy and Steve Rogers; Catherine and Will Rose; Barbara and Randy Rosenblatt; Lizzie and Dan Routman; Sarah and Bruce Sammis; Catherine and Mike Sweet; Candace and Max Swango; Denice and Dale Swift; Michelle and Stewart Thomas; Dawne and Patrick Tribolet; Carol and Bennett Vig; Sarah and Russell; Weinberg; Cici and Giffen Weinman; Lori Whitlow

Cocktails in the Kitchen Welcomes New Faces to the VNA Community

VNA’s newest event, Cocktails in the Kitchen, paired the Lee Bros. with a behind the scenes look at the Haggerty Kitchen on March 3, 2020. The inaugural event, which was geared toward a more millennial population, raised more than $25,000.

Guests enjoyed mixed cocktails, including the very Southern Mint Julep, and breaking bread in the Meals on Wheels Kitchen. Each guest then experienced a tour of the kitchen facility and learned about the history and operations of Meals on Wheels. Tours were led by VNA staff members Inga Wilson, Tracie Demerley, Cheryl Jones and Kait Navara.

The Lee Bros.

Hallie and Max Lamont

Dean and Wanda Fearing, Kersten Rettig

The nearly 200 guests retired to the patio and enjoyed live jazz music and a menu of coastal cuisine with a Lowcountry Boil featuring fresh ingredients from the sea, spicy sausage, an array of spices and fresh vegetables.

Sincere thanks go to event co-chairs Hallie and Max Lamont and Nicolette and Miles Lamont, as well as their dedicated committee:  Ashley and Robert Cathey; Lauren and John Coffman; Liz and Stewart Coleman; Louise and Charles Marsh; Meredith and Xan Moore; Mary and Robert Quick; Cheryl and Andrew Schoellkopf; Jennifer and Andrew Snow.