Wednesday, February 19, 2014

THE STEWPOT ALLIANCE SOUP’S ON! LUNCHEON SHOWCASES TOP CHEFS AND AUTHOR LIZ MURRAY

The sixth annual Stewpot Alliance Soup’s On! Luncheon and Art Sale was held Thursday, January 30 at the Omni Dallas. With a record attendance of nearly 700 supporters, this year's luncheon was the most successful yet.  Last year, The Stewpot Alliance was able to donate well over $300,000 to The Stewpot.
Stewpot Alliance members Sarah Leverett Charbonnet and Gail Davis co-chaired the 2014 luncheon. Ellen and John McStay acted as honorary chairs.
Sarah Leverett Charbonnet, Liz Murray, Gail Davis
Photos by Rob Wythe
The luncheon featured ten of the city’s finest chefs serving up signature soups to benefit The Stewpot and Encore Park. Soup’s On! also included an art sale of original paintings and handmade jewelry from the artists of the Stewpot Open Art Programs, keynote speaker Liz Murray, emcee and Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow and a performance by Shoot Low Sheriff.
Back: Nathan Tate, Boulevardier; Chad Kelley, Café Pacific; Tim Woehr, Parigi; Ian Tate, Komali; Omar Flores, Driftwood; Jason Weaver, Omni Dallas
Front: Brian C. Luscher, The Grape; Matt McCallister, FT 33; Danyele McPherson, The Grape; Janice Provost, Parigi; Bruno Davaillon, Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek
 
Keynote speaker Liz Murray, the subject of the TV film Homeless to Harvard and author of Breaking Night, spoke about the unlikely turn of events that changed her life and her struggle to triumph over adversity and dream big. Murray’s life as the child of cocaine-addicted parents in the Bronx was bitterly grim. By age 15, Murray’s mom had died and she was homeless—living on the streets, riding the subway all night and eating from dumpsters. Determined to take charge of her life, Murray finished high school in just two years while camping out in New York City parks and subway stations. Murray received her B.S. in Psychology from Harvard University in June 2009.
Honorary Chairs Ellen & John McStay
 
As chef chairman, Chef Brian C. Luscher of The Grape recruited fellow chefs Bruno Davaillon, The Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek; Omar Flores, Driftwood; Matt McCallister, FT 33; Danyele McPherson, The Grape; Chad Kelley, Café Pacific; Janice Provost, Parigi; Ian Tate, Komali; Nathan Tate, Boulevardier and Jason Weaver, Omni Dallas to prepare the first course of the luncheon.
Robin Weir, Gretchen Gerlach, Susan Shores 

More than 35 years ago, The Stewpot began providing meals to our homeless and at-risk neighbors. Programs have developed to assist with medical needs, counseling, enrichment of children and youth, job training, and cultural expression. Seizing a remarkable opportunity to acquire the historic buildings at 508 and 515 Park, The Stewpot has embarked on a groundbreaking project entitled Encore Park. When completed, this expanded campus will include an outdoor amphitheater, community garden, a Museum of Street Culture, an Art Gallery for the Open Art Program, and expanded space for its partner agencies and its own programs.

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