Chefs Rally Around Paul Quinn College Urban Farm

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Bolsa partner Chris Zielke hopes an upcoming fundraiser benefiting Paul Quinn College's Food For Good Farm will help change how people think about Oak Cliff.

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"From the Oak Cliff community standpoint, I want to show people it's more than just Davis Street," Zielke says. "There's a big area out here."

That includes the two acres which serve as Paul Quinn College's Food For Good Farm, a student-run, sustainable urban farm that's now in its third growing season. Launched in collaboration with PepsiCo, the farm's designed to teach students about agriculture and entrepreneurship and provide the surrounding community with fresh produce.


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Taking a Swing at Childhood Obesity

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Last week, we told you where you could eat well and do good on a budget. This week, it's time to stop being so stingy.

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The Event: The Annika Experience: Dinner & Golf Outing with Annika Sorenstam
The Cause: ANNIKA Foundation
The Place: Park Cities Club; Dallas National Golf Club

If your pinky finger is permanently fixed in the air and you care about children's health, consider the Dinner & Golf Outing on Apr. 3-4, hosted by Coquerel Family Wine Estates. Triple-threat Annika Sorenstam of golf, wine-making, and philanthropy fame, will be there.

The first day features a meal at Park Cities Club, prepared by John Tesar and Kerry Simon, paired with Sorenstam's wines. Tickets are $500.

The second day's highlight is a golf outing, with a golf clinic followed by rounds of golf. The outing is $2,500.

Dinner is limited to 125; golf is limited to 24. Contact clayandbrenda@coquerelwines.com> clayandbrenda@coquerelwines.com to RSVP.

Editor's note: This event has been rescheduled for October 16-17 because of the early arrival of her new baby boy, Will.

The Event: A.W.A.R.E. 2011 Luncheon: A Dallas Love Story - A Tribute to Juanita and Henry S. Miller, Jr.
The Cause: Alzheimer's Association-Greater Dallas Chapter
The Place: Hilton Anatole's Chantilly Ballroom

The Millers are longtime art patrons whose contributions have helped support cultural development in Dallas. Thursday's luncheon will celebrate their generosity, philanthropy and love for each other. How precious.

Tickets start at $150. Money raised by the function will benefit the Alzheimer's Association.

NTFB Launches Young Professionals' Group

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The North Texas Food Bank is borrowing a strategy from arts agencies, launching an organization for young professionals.

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While a spokesperson says the group's target demographic isn't underrepresented in NTFB's volunteer ranks, the program is designed to help turn sometime supporters into longstanding advocates.

"We are actively engaging the young professional crowd because they are at a great life stage to start making an impact now which will last a lifetime," public affairs coordinator Kristin Bowman explains.

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Leave Your Tie at Home or Munch a Cupcake for Charity

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This week, forgo the tie and stop in for a cupcake. Don't feel bad about being too trendy -- or maybe too late on a trend -- it's all for charity. Read on.

The Event: No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party
The Cause: AIDS Services of Dallas
When you get home from the office Friday, hang your tie on that motorized tie rack your mom gave you for Christmas and leave it there for the rest of the weekend. Saturday's big event, No Tie Dinner and Dessert Party isn't throwing curve balls. Come. Don't wear a tie. Donate to AIDS Services of Dallas and enjoy an evening of dancing, desserts, entertainment and auctions.
Suggested donations start at $50. The dessert party starts at 8 p.m. at the Frontiers of Flight Museum.

The Event: Bits and Bites
The Cause: El Centro Food and Hospitality Institute
Raise your kids well and hope they repay you. Former students of the El Centro Food and Hospitality Institute are doing just that by creating the tasty bits and bites for this event. Make a $40 donation (or $45 at the door) and you'll get to sample their creations March 27 from 4-7 p.m. at El Centro College.

The Event: 100th Anniversary of the Red Cross
The Place: Sprinkles Cupcakes in the Plaza at Preston Center
The Red Cross is celebrating its 100th anniversary with cupcakes. From March 27-April 1, stop in at Sprinkles Cupcakes and purchase a red velvet cupcake. All of the proceeds will benefit the Dallas Area Chapter of the Red Cross.

Fearing's To Donate Portion of Profits to Japan Relief

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Fearing's this weekend plans to donate a portion of its proceeds to Japanese tsunami relief efforts, becoming one of the first area restaurants to publicly announce its charitable giving plans.

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Spokesperson Bonnie Crail said she didn't know the exact percentage of profits the restaurant intended to give to the American Red Cross, but said brunches, lunches and dinners from Friday through Sunday would all count toward the donation. Fearing's organized a similar fundraiser after the BP oil spill last summer.

"There are a lot of scams out there," Crail says of the various aid organizations collecting money. "We kind of narrowed it down and the Red Cross seemed the most legitimate."

But there are persistent questions about whether it makes sense to give money to a wealthy nation that's already indicated it doesn't want financial support.

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Sip, Savor and See How You're Making a Difference

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Sip wine and feel good about more than the antioxidants this week in Dallas. Read on.

The Event: Savor Dallas
The Cause: North Texas Food Bank
The Scoop It will be a feel-good festival of premier chefs, food and drinks at the seventh Savor Dallas event on March 18 and 19. Said premier chefs will pump out signature dishes to pair with the 400 wines, beers and spirits offered.
Portions of ticket sales will benefit the North Texas Food Bank. As you're buying your ticket online at www.savordallas.com, punch in ntfb11 as a promotional code and an extra 15 percent of the sale will go to NTFB.

The Event
: Artist Series Wine Event
The Cause: Share Our Strength
The Scoop: All 44 locations of The Capital Grille are in on it. Say, beginning March 21, you purchase an "exquisite Cabernet Sauvignon." The Capital Grille will do you one better and donate $25 to Share Our Strength. We're done with the hypothetical. On Monday, go get your wine on so hungry children can get their food on. And hurry - fewer than 1,000 cases of the fine wine will be produced. If you're less into art and more into wine, know that each bottle will have a unique label by artist Patricia Timbrook, whose painting won the honor last fall.

Chefs for Farmers: This Isn't Your Grandma's Cafeteria Food

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High-end chefs kick it cafeteria-style, and Silly Bandz and sub sandwiches help save lives. Read on.

The Event: Chefs for Farmers
The Cause: The Family Place
The Where and When: Highland Park Cafeteria, 4 p.m. March 13.
Cafeteria-style is no longer reserved for high schools and Luby's. A team of Dallas' finest chefs will gather at Highland Park Cafeteria on March 13 to create and dish out gourmet dishes from farm-fresh ingredients for the third Chefs For Farmers event, founded by chef Matt McAllister.

For $85 (not counting tax and service fee), guests can grab a tray and walk the line to sample food and interact with the chefs. DJs Jennifer Miller and Paul Paredes will keep the atmosphere lively.

The event starts at 4 p.m. For tickets, visit www.chefsforfarmers.com

The Place: Jersey Mike's Subs restaurants in DFW
The Event: March Month of Giving
The Cause: Wipe Out Kids' Cancer
Now until March 27, Jersey Mike's Subs will donate money to Wipe Out Kids' Cancer: 25 cents for each regular sub sold, and 50 cents for each giant sub sold. In addition, each restaurant will have a donation bucket for customers to hand over their own contributions. If you give $5, you get six Silly Bandz and a coupon for a free chip and drink. Battling childhood cancer should be enough incentive, but now we're talking Silly Bandz. Who could say no?

March 28 is the big day for Jersey Mike's and WOKC. Customers who donate at least one dollar (and come on, don't be stingy) will get a free regular sub.

Dallas Do-Gooders Getting It Done For Dogs, Dames and Diapers

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Dogs on a bun, fruit on a stick and women in hospitality - it's a week of prepositions and do-gooding in Dallas. Check out these events:

The Event: Dogs 4 Dogs

The Cause: Rockwall Shelter Pets

The Scoop: If you like dogs and don't care what kind -- big, small, purebred, mutt or slathered in mustard and relish, Thursdays are your day. The Candy Jar Malt Shop and The Platinum Pearl have joined the pack with Rockwall Pet Shelter to bring Dogs 4 Dogs, an event featuring live music and food every Thursday in March.

The Event: Mardi Gras Run at Galatyn Park Plaza

The Cause: Captain Hope's Kids

The Scoop: As participants cross the finish line on March 5, Blue Bell will be right there handing out their new Frozen Fruit Bars. It's good because running is fun and fruit is good for you. Especially if the running is for a good cause and the fruit is frozen and on a stick.
Captain Hope's Kids distributes more than 350,000 diapers to children in area homeless shelters each year.


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Bowling For Hunger and Mixing Well

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It's soups and suits this week in eater philanthropy. Read on.

The Event: Empty Bowls
The Cause: North Texas Food Bank
If you need a bowl or plans for lunch on Friday, multiply that with a good deed and attend the 12th annual Empty Bowls event, put on by Tom Thumb. From 11 a.m. to 1 at the Meyerson Symphony Center, attendees will get to sample soups and desserts from participating vendors while listening to music by Young Strings. When the last of the soup has been slurped away, guests will also select a bowl made by a local artisan to take home. Tickets are $40 and $35 in advance. Visit www.ntfb.org for tickets.

The Place: The Palm
The Event: The Dress for Success Fundraising Event
Thursday's event from 6 p.m.to 9 features a cocktail hour, silent auction and the chance to show off your mixology skills in a Vegas-style mixology contest. The $40 ticket covers the price of hors d'oeuvres, one drink and a mixology sampling. Buy your ticket at the door or RSVP here at their Facebook page.

It's $200 for you and three teammates to enter the mixology contest. Just bring the know-how -- The Palm will provide the ingredients and mixologists. Winner will name their concoction, plus get a prize and bragging rights.

Dress for Success is an event that supports disadvantaged women by providing them with career attire, support and tools to help women succeed.


Good Eating: A Top Chef Rematch

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It's Top Chef contestant Tiffany Derry vs. Ed Cotton
Whether it's eating food, drinking wine, watching reality television or sitting on furniture you enjoy best, Dallas has some charitable opportunities for you.

The Event: Bonne Santé
The Cause: National Kidney Foundation and North Texas community members

Touted as a "showcase of wining and dining," Bonne Santé will feature a slew of celebrity chefs at stations creating masterful dishes with wine parings on February 17 at the Westin Galleria Dallas. The roster of culinary talent includes (but is certainly not limited to) William Koval, Anthony Bombaci, Dean Fearing, David Smith and Jason Weaver.
The event will have "luxurious" live and silent auctions. Individual tickets are $200.


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