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Flavors of Dallas 2014

The 1st annual Flavors of Dallas culinary event held on June 25th at the Hyatt Regency Dallas was an overwhelming success! The event raised more than $99,000 for the American Liver Foundation to support key efforts in carrying out the American Liver Foundation’s mission to find a cure for liver disease.

Fourteen of DFW’s premier chefs created a gourmet evening for more than 150 guests in attendance. The chefs provided their own personal touch and ambiance with elaborate table décor and 5 course menu with wine pairings. Cooking tableside, chefs created personal experiences for their guests, interacting and sharing tips and tricks from the experts.

Not only did the evening allow guests to sample amazing culinary delights, but there was also an opportunity to purchase live and silent auction items from coveted DFW Chefs, jewelers and designers as well as entertainment packages, travel options and more.

We want to thank our National Flavors Sponsor Salix, Cru Classe sponsors BMS, Gilead and Kadmon, plus our additional table sponsors, guests, volunteers and of course our chefs for their involvement and support of the American Liver Foundation in creating the ambiance for this dazzling evening!

Participating Chefs:

Chef Jon Bonnell
Bonnell's and Waters Restaurants
http://bonnellstexas.com/
http://waterstexas.com/

Chef Donald Chalko
Omni Dallas Hotel
http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/DallasHotel.aspx

Chef Michael Duff
Eddie V's Prime Seafood
https://www.eddiev.com/

Chef Azja Freeman
Urban Comfort Catering
http://www.urbancomfortcatering.com/

Chef Cory Garrison
Omni Dallas Hotel
http://www.omnihotels.com/FindAHotel/DallasHotel.aspx

Chef Pete Harrison
Dakota's
www.dakotasrestaurant.com

Chef Hermann Hiemeyer
Hyatt Regency Dallas
http://dallasregency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/home.html

Chef Charles Miller
Place at Perry's (soon to be Esping's) Modern Day Steakhouse
www.placeatperrys.com

Chef Randy Morgan
Bistro N
http://restaurants.nordstrom.com/

Chef Eugenio Reyes
Ocean Prime
http://www.oceanprimedallas.com/home.aspx

Chef Maurizia Senturk
Nonna Knows Catering
http://www.nonnaknowscatering.com/

Chef David C. Smith
The Westin Galleria Dallas
http://www.thewestingalleriadallas.com/

Chef Anthony Van Camp
SER STEAK+SPIRITS
http://sersteak.com/

Chef Michael West
R Bar & Grill at the Hilton Arlington
http://rbarandgrilltx.com/


Flavors of Phoenix – Celebrating the Success!

The 23rd annual Flavors of Phoenix Presented by Mayo Clinic was a culinary event held on May 22nd at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa was an overwhelming success! The evening spotlighted Phoenix's premier chefs and created a high-end, exclusive, gourmet experience to a limited number of guests. Nowhere else could you see these culinary experts at work, creating a menu that went above and beyond the usual restaurant fare.

The event raised over $253,500 for the American Liver Foundation in funding to support key efforts of the American Liver Foundation’s mission work.

This highly anticipated evening was more memorable than ever for the over 375 guests in attendance. Aside from artistic flair, each table provided an intimate venue to enjoy the remarkable flavors conjured up by each culinary maestro. We want to thank our sponsors, guests, volunteers and of course our chefs for their involvement and support of the American Liver Foundation in creating the ambiance for this dazzling evening!

Co-Chairman:

Chef Christopher Gross
Christopher's Restaurant and Crush Lounge
http://christophersaz.com/

Chef Michael DeMaria
M Catering by Michael's
http://mculinary.com/m_home.htm

Chef Chris Masco
The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
www.kierlandresort.com

Participating Chefs:

Chef Michael Cairns
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
http://www.montelucia.com/dining/

Chef Cullen Campbell
Crudo
www.crudoaz.com

Chef Matt Carter
The House Brasserie
http://www.thehousebrasserie.com/

Chef Montez Crane
Cartwright's Sonoran Ranch House
http://www.cartwrightssonoranranchhouse.com/

Chef Chris Curtiss
BOURBON STEAK at Fairmont Scottsdale
http://www.scottsdaleprincess.com/dining/bourbon-steak

Chef Anthony DeMuro
Different Pointe of View at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort
www.differentpointeofview.com

Chef Ron Dimas
Orange Sky at Talking Stick
http://www.talkingstickresort.com/orange-sky.aspx

Chef James Ducas
LON's at the Hermosa
http://www.hermosainn.com/lons/

Chef Bryan Gorton
Wright's at the Biltmore
http://arizonabiltmore.com/Dining/Wrights.aspx

Chef Jose Hernandez
Coup Des Tartes
www.nicetartes.com

Chef Niko Hertel
Palo Verde at The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
http://www.theboulders.com/

Chef Lee Hillson
The Phoenician Resort & Spa
http://www.thephoenician.com/dining/il-terrazzo

Chef Richard Hinojosa
The Wigwam / Litchfield's
www.WigwamArizona.com

Chef Eric Howson
Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch
www.scottsdale.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/restaurants/index.jsp

Chef Michael Lamey
JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa - Meritage Steakhouse
http://www.jwdesertridgeresort.com/Tuscany-37.html

Chef Beau MacMillan
elements at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa
www.elementsrestaurant.com

Chef Roberto Madrid
deseo
http://www.kierlandresort.com/dining/deseo

Chef Aaron May
The Lodge Scottsdale
http://lodgescottsdale.com/

Chef Chad McDonald
Province
www.provincerestaurant.com

Chef Chris McKinley
The Local
www.Iamthelocal.com

Chef Mel Mecinas
Talavera at the Four Seasons Scottsdale
http://www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale/dining/restaurants/talavera/

Chef Jose Mejia
District American Kitchen & Wine Bar
www.districtrestaurant.com

Chef Don Molinich
enFuego, DoubleTree by Hilton Paradise Valley – Scottsdale
http://doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/arizona/doubletree-resort-by-hilton-hotel-paradise-valley-scottsdale-PHXSJDT/dining/index.html

Chef Christopher Nicosia
Sassi
www.sassi.biz

Chef Garry O’Connor
Bistro 24
www.ritzcarlton.com/hotels/phoenix/dining/venues/bistro24/default.html

Chef Ryan Peters
Tonto Bar & Grill
http://www.tontobarandgrill.com/

Chef James Porter
Petite Maison
www.petitemaisonaz.com

Chef Lenard Rubin
The Country Club at DC Ranch
www.ccdcranch.com

Chef Michael Rusconi
Rusconi's American Kitchen
http://www.rusconiskitchen.com/

Chef Silvana Salcido Esparza
Barrio Café
http://www.chefsilvana.com

Chef Alex Stratta
Bootleggers Modern American Smokehouse
http://www.bootleggersaz.com/

Chef Matt Taylor
Gertrude's at the Desert Botanical Garden
http://www.gertrudesrestaurant.net/

Chef Gregory Wiener
Top of the Rock at The Buttes Marriott Resort
www.topoftherockbuttes.com


Let’s Give a Shout Out to the Liver Life Walk Phoenix 2014!

Beautiful skies, smiling faces and time spent with family and friends… what more could you ask for? There were over 850 walkers participating in the 12th annual family and dog-friendly Liver Life Walk in Phoenix on Saturday, April 12, 2014. The dedication to raise awareness of liver disease was evident as the event raised over $134,000 in the fight against liver disease to the over 30 million Americans affected by the disease.

The American Liver Foundation would like to thank our Presenting Sponsors Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center and Mayo Clinic for their support. We would also like to recognize our National Gold Sponsor AbbVie and Co-Platinum Sponsors Good Neighbor Pharmacy & Avella Specialty Pharmacy.

Congratulations to Mayo Clinic for winning the Top Medical Team Traveling Trophy!

Additionally, the staff of the American Liver Foundation would like to extend a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to the many volunteers and contributors for graciously accommodating the walk through their contribution of support, time, energies and talents. Thanks to their efforts, the American Liver Foundation was able to coordinate an event that was great fun for all!

As walkers, volunteers and contributors you too can have the opportunity to see friends and family members cross the finish line! We hope to see all of you next year!


Stepping Up at the Liver Life Walk Houston 2014!

More than 1,000 walkers stepped across the finish line at the 5th Annual Liver Life Walk Houston 2014 on Saturday, April 26th at MacGregor Park, raising more than $127,000 to help the 30 million Americans affected by liver disease!

The American Liver Foundation would like to thank our National Gold Liver Life Walk Sponsor AbbVie for their continued support. We would also like to thank our additional sponsors.

Congrats to Team Cooper for winning the Top Team Travelling Trophy and TCH Leapin' Livers for winning the Top Medical Team Travelling Trophy!

The staff of the American Liver Foundation would like to extend a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to the many volunteers and contributors for graciously accommodating the walk through their contribution of support, time, energies and talents. Thanks to their efforts, the American Liver Foundation was able to coordinate an event that was great fun for all!

As walkers, volunteers and contributors you too can have the opportunity to see friends and family members cross the finish line! We hope to see all of you next year!


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