Special Report: 2012 Côtes du Coeur Gala at Hilton Anatole in Dallas

Marcus Strietzel, Marcos Rodriguez, Joe Garza from The Adolphus (photos by William Neal)
Saturday night,  Côte du Coeur hosted their International Fine Wine Auction and Celebrity Chef Dinner. The annual event raises money for the American Heart Association to fund heart research. They have raised over $16m in their 20-year history. Hundreds of well-heeled diners filled the ballroom of the Hilton Anatole in Dallas where 17 top Dallas chefs prepared dishes which were paired with wines from participating wineries. A live auction unfolded on stage and a silent auction took place in the outside lobby. Many of the live lots were private dinners prepared by one or more of the participating chefs. The black tie event is the largest food and wine auction and gala in Dallas and the second most successful annual gala in the nation for the AHA. Organizers hope that this year will set a new record.
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The Chantilly Ballroom
Richard Chamberlain making tenderloin beef with wild mushroom peppercorn sauce & goat cheese polenta
Kent Rathbun and Sean Frye
Fine wine auction
Clothbound Cabot - raw Vermont cheddar
Gala girls
Marc Morton, Executive Chef of Oceanaire
Seared Maine sea scallop with fennel, lemon polenta & Chardonnay gelee from The Oceanaire Seafood Room
Randy Parnell, the auctioneer
Dean Fearing's barbecued short rib sloppy Deans with Point Reyes blue cheese slaw
Joel Harrington from Charlie Palmer plating braised veal, pecorino polenta, pickled ramps & charred fennel crema