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Wolfgang Puck (the Person, Not the Cafe) to Appear at the Nasher


I was just cleaning out my inbox and discovered a notice from a Nasher-employed Disher about next month’s NasherSALON featuring guest Wolfgang Puck. Tickets went on sale this morning for the event, which takes place September 18 at 8 p.m. Puck will be on hand for a discussion and cooking demo, and guests will have the chance to nosh on fare from the Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck, natch, beginning at 6. Jump for the full release.

Nasher Sculpture Center Presents Wolfgang Puck at September 18 NasherSALON

Tickets to Salon are available for purchase beginning Sunday, August 17

Dallas, Texas– The Nasher Sculpture Center will welcome world renown chef Wolfgang Puck as the featured guest at the September 18 NasherSALON. The SALON will feature a discussion with Wolfgang Puck, as well as a live cooking demonstration. Tickets are $45 for adults ($40 for members) and will be available for purchase on-line at or by calling 888.695.0888 beginning Sunday, August 17 at 10 am.

The SALON, presented by Museum Tower with media support by The Dallas Morning News, will take place at 8 pm in the intimate Nasher Auditorium. Nasher Cafe by Wolfgang Puck will offer regular Cafe service for Salon ticket holders beginning at 6 pm.

Wolfgang Puck represents the ultimate in fine cuisine and restaurant hospitality. His trademark dishes, coupled with his unmistakable panache have revolutionized the culinary industry. He changed the face of dining throughout the nation, first in Los Angeles, and then Las Vegas, where he was the first celebrity chef to create a contemporary fine dining restaurant. He was recently honored as Chef of the Year by the esteemed Culinary Institute of America (CIA).

Austrian-born Puck began his formal culinary training at age 14 and regularly spent time cooking with fresh ingredients from local farms. He started honing his skills in France, working as an apprentice for Raymond Thuilier at L’Osteau de Baumaniere in Provence, Hotel de Paris in Monaco, and Maxim’s in Paris.

In 1973, Puck moved to the United States and landed at La Tour in Indianapolis, Indiana. In 1975, Puck moved to Los Angeles to become chef, part owner and star attraction at the popular restaurant, Ma Maison, a magnet for Hollywood’s rich and famous.

After the 1981 publication of his first cookbook, Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen, Wolfgang opened his famed Spago restaurant on the Sunset Strip in 1982. Wolfgang’s first signature dish, gourmet pizza topped with smoked salmon and caviar, put him and Spago on the Los Angeles foodie map. Spago’s culinary success has been repeated in various locations across the country including Spago Beverly Hills, Spago Maui, Spago Las Vegas and his newest, Spago Bachelor Gulch.

Through his Wolfgang Puck Catering company, Wolfgang provides exclusive premium dining and catering services to renowned venues across the nation including the Nasher Sculpture Center, as well as Walker Art Center Minneapolis, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Georgia Aquarium, among others.

Wolfgang also oversees Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc. which encompasses Wolfgang Puck Bistro and Express casual restaurants, as well as consumer packaged goods, kitchen appliances and utensils, book publishing, media content and licensing.

Wolfgang has authored six popular cookbooks and his weekly syndicated newspaper column Wolfgang Puck’s Kitchen appears in the United States and Canada. He has been honored with many awards and accolades, including the prestigious James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef of the Year, Humanitarian of the Year and Outstanding Service (Spago Beverly Hills). His Food Network program, Wolfgang Puck, won Daytime Emmy Awards for two consecutive years.

Wolfgang Puck is actively involved in many philanthropic endeavors and charitable organizations. Over the last 25 years, he has helped raised over $40 million for Meals on Wheels, the American Cancer Society and the Alzheimer’s Foundation. Wolfgang is scheduled to open a fine dining restaurant at Reunion Tower in Dallas when it reopens this year. In addition, Puck’s catering business will cater events at the historic Union Station, which is also being renovated.

About the NasherSALON:

The NasherSALON series began in 2005 as a monthly forum held at the Nasher Sculpture Center to engage in discussions on topics relating to art in its various forms – sculpture, painting, music, and the culinary arts. In 2006, The Dallas Morning News signed on as the Salon’s primary media partner, providing generous media support for publicity of the series, as well as experts from the news staff to share their insider knowledge and lead the conversations. The series, which was titled The Art of Urban Living, examined a range of topics germane to urban life – from entertaining and finding the best wines to the architectural evolvement of Dallas. The 2008 NasherSALON marks the third installment of the series and features the addition of presenting sponsor Museum Tower. Featuring internationally renowned speakers, this year’s series provides an unmatched forum for intimate, intellectual conversation amidst the finest collection of modern and contemporary sculpture in the world.