Part of the weekend's dining experience benefits the Red Cross. Please note the source of the quote. — Courtey Image

By Bruce Felps

Food takes center stage on the Bath House Cultural Center veranda this weekend amid the various forms of activities and entertainments associated with the Beach Party of the Century to occur with the White Rock Lake Centennial Celebration.

Chef Brian Luscher of The Grape, a Lake Highlands resident, serves as the chef chairman of Chefs’ Picnic at the Lake, The Veranda Lounge, and Sunset Inn.

Other masters of the culinary arts participating in the weekend events include Chefs Colleen O’Hare and Jeana Johnson of East Dallas’ Good 2 Go Tacos, private Chef Hollie Dorothey, Chef Marc Cassel of the soon-to-open Peavy Road, Garreth Dickey of Park, and Keith Cedotal of Malai Kitchen.

Yes, that’s a lot of cooks but the soup will be just fine.

Now then, this gets fairly involved so pay attention. The Veranda Lounge takes place Saturday and entails multiple dining experiences with multiple ticketing requirements.

The Good 2 Go chefs step up first from 10-11:30 a.m., June 25, with breakfast-brunch fare and brunch adult beverages for $35.

Dorothey takes over for lunch, a four-course affair from noon-1:30 p.m., featuring roasted corn and jalapeño bisque and pineapple glazed chicken for $45.

Clarissa Almaraz of Lone Star Teas pours afternoon tea with various specialty blends along with wine and champagne from 2-4 p.m., at a cost of $25.

Ben. E. Keith distributors and the Mozzarella Co. put on an afternoon cocktail party from 4:30-6 p.m., with specialty cheeses, gourmet beer, and premium wine.

Sorry, this one’s sold out at $100 a ticket, but the dining evening concludes with the Celebrity Chef Dinner — four courses prepared by Cassel, Dickey, and Cedotal.

Moving on to Sunday:

The Sunset Inn opens the veranda with an old-timey breakfast of biscuits and gravy, scrambled eggs, and sausage for $5 from 9-11 a.m., June 26.

The Chefs’ Picnic at the Lake brings the whole culinary thing to a crescendo from noon-3 p.m., June 26, at the Bath House. The ticket costs $55 and is the only one of the weekend that includes valet parking at the Bath House. All the others require shuttle service from Flagpole Hill, Norbuck Park, or the White Rock DART station.

The picnic includes the work of The Grape’s Brian Luscher along with Janice Provost, Parigi; Cassel; Graham Dodds, Bolsa; Jeff Harris, RedFork; Nathan Tate and Randall Copeland, Restaurant Ava; Diane and Justin Fourton, Pecan Lodge; Paul Wackym, Wackym’s Kitchen; and Dorethy.

It benefits not only the centennial celebration and capital improvements to the lake and environs, but also the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross, which will be on hand with vintage memorabilia because it, too, marks 100 years.

All tickets are available from the Highland Park Cafeteria website, well, except for the Celebrity Chef Dinner.


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