The Visiting Nurse Association is shaking things up for the 10th anniversary celebration of the famed Celebrity Chef event by mixing up cocktails and breaking bread in the Meals on Wheels Kitchen on March 3, 2020.  VNA’s newest event, Cocktails in the Kitchen,pairs award-winning cookbook authors and food journalists Matt Lee and Ted Lee with a behind the scenes look at the Haggerty Kitchen. The kitchen, which produces 6,000 meals daily for Dallas County seniors, is the home of the VNA Meals on Wheels program.All funds raised support VNA Meals on Wheels, Hospice and Palliative Care programs.


“Not only are we honored to support VNA’s mission by headlining the 10th anniversary of the Celebrity Chef event, we’re super fired up to bring the flavors of the South Carolina Lowcountry to Dallas for Cocktails in the Kitchen! Our great-grandmother was active in the VNA in the 50s and 60s, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to carry on her legacy today,” said Matt Lee and Ted Lee.


The Lee Brothers will regale and delight guests with their perspective of Southern food culture and the unorthodox road they’ve traveled bringing them to their current position in the Southern food history books. They’ll also share the colorful stories behind their unconventional experiences in the hospitality industry.


Guests will be treated to coastal cuisine with a Lowcountry Boil featuring fresh ingredients from the sea, spicy sausage, an array of spices and fresh vegetables. Seafood bibs, newspapers and picnic tables will be provided!


The Celebrity Chefevent follows on March 4th with a luncheon and a sold-out dinner.  Guests will enjoy a live professional cooking demonstration and an unforgettable gourmet meal from The Lee Bros. library of cookbooks, including Charleston Kitchen, Southern Cookbook and Simple Fresh Southern: Knockout Dishes with Down-Home Flavor. And, it’s only by serendipity that their parents, Liza and Will Lee, will serve as the Honorary Chairmen of the event.


“We absolutely love this event as it offers an incredible culinary experience held in a small, intimate setting all in support of North Texas Seniors,” said Celebrity Chef Co-Chairs Karen Pollock and Betsy Eiseman.


About the Event: Cocktails in the Kitchen

Co-Chairs: Hallie and Max Lamont and Nicolette and Miles Lamont

March 3, 2020 6:30pm-8:30pm

VNA Haggerty Center, 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas 75247

Tickets available


About the Event: Celebrity Chef

10th Annual Celebrity Chef Event benefitting VNA

Co-Chairs: Betsy and Richard Eiseman and Karen and Richard Pollock

Emcee:  Sonia Azad, WFAA Health and Wellness Reporter

March 4, 2020 | Luncheon 11:30am | Dinner 6:30pm – 9:00pm--SOLD OUT

Lunch tickets available

VNA Haggerty Center, 1440 W. Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, 75247


Celebrity Chef Event Committee

Lydia and Bill Addy; Carrie and Steven Becker; Mary Frances and Tim Bellman; Ann and Doug Brown; Lisa and Chuck Brown; Becky and Mike Casey; Nita and Cullum Clark; Julie and Eric Clark; Emily and Walter Clarke; Sara Fraser Crismon; Kathy Crow; Leslie and Wicky el-Effendi; Regen Fearon; Rebecca and Barron Fletcher; Sharon and Steve Folsom; Jenney and David Gillikin; Susan and Mark Goodvin; Susan and Jim Graass; Carmen and Michael Gross; Sarah and Frank Hamlin; Linda and Phil Hodgson; Debra and Whit Johnson; Jennifer and Tom Karol; Kirsten and Mike Kerrigan; Eugenia and Frank-Paul King; Leslie and Bob Krakow; Melissa and George Lamb; Carol and John Levy; Lynn Markley; Libby and Murray McCabe; Suzanne and Patrick McGee; Astrid Merriman; Peggy and Dan Meyer; Jennifer and Jon Mosle; Meaders and Robert Ozarow; Kate and Will Power; Carolyn and Karl Rathjen; Kersten Rettig and Clark Knippers; Lisa and John Rocchio; Nancy and Steve Rogers; Catherine and Will Rose; Barbara and Randy Rosenblatt; Lizzie and Dan Routman; Sarah and Bruce Sammis; Catherine and Mike Sweet; Candace and Max Swango; Denice and Dale Swift; Michelle and Stewart Thomas; Dawne and Patrick Tribolet; Carol and Bennett Vig; Sarah and Russell; Weinberg; Cici and Giffen Weinman; Lori Whitlow


Cocktails in the Kitchen Host Committee

Ashley and Robert Cathey; Lauren and John Coffman; Liz and Stewart Coleman; Louise and Charles Marsh; Meredith and Xan Moore; Mary and Robert Quick; Cheryl and Andrew Schoellkopf; Jennifer and Andrew Snow


About VNA

Established in 1934, VNA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that helps older adults age with dignity and independence at home. VNA is the community’s most trusted provider of quality health care services in the home and is the first, most experienced Hospice Care provider in Texas.  VNA offers Meals on Wheels in Dallas County, and VNA Hospice and Palliative Care in Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Grayson, Henderson, Hunt, Kaufman, Navarro, Rockwall, Tarrant, and Van Zandt Counties.  Visit or call 1 (800) CALL-VNA for more information.



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