Austin Chefs Coming Together For Charity Again

On Memorial Day in 2011, Daniel Curtis, a former assistant food and beverage director at the AT&T Conference Center, slipped on his diving board and suffered a severe spinal cord injury on his sixth vertebrae that rendered him quadriplegic. Although Curtis has decided to explore a new career path outside of the foodie industry following his accident, his chef friends were more than happy to lend a hand to help raise money for people across Texas with spinal cord injuries.

Chefs with heart
Many chefs in Texas culinary school may already recognize the AT&T Conference Center, as it is home to The Carillon, a popular Austin fine dining restaurant. However, Josh Watkins of The Carillon isn’t the only chef who will be there to help with the Pay It Forward benefit this year, according to Zagat. In 2011, the benefit raised money for Curtis’s medical expenses, and now Curtis wants to work with the Lone Star Paralysis Foundation and several area chefs to raise money for other patients who need help with healthcare costs.

Some of Austin’s best chefs will be here to lend a hand with some tasty cuisine, including David Bull of Congress, Ned Elliott of Foreign & Domestic, Aaron Franklin of Franklin Barbecue, Rene Ortiz of Sway and La Condesa, Tatsu Aikawa of Ramen Tatsu-Ya, and several other names that students in Texas culinary schools may recognize.

Details of the event
Austin Chiropractic and La Corsha Hospitality Group are sponsoring the event, which takes place on August 8 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Tickets to the event are $75, but for VIP entry, which includes early entry to the benefit, happy hour cocktails and more, will cost you $125.

Music entertainment from Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes and will feature some of the biggest names in the local foodie industry. Handcrafted cocktails from the Tipsy Texan will also be poured throughout the evening and all off the proceeds will go to the Pay It Forward benefit to help people with spinal cord injuries with outreach, support, rehabilitation equipment, therapy scholarships and adaptive sports programs.

If you are a student in Texas culinary schools, clear your schedule for August 8 and come meet and greet popular chefs in the area for a great cause. Not only will you get to taste some great Austin cuisine, you can also have a fun night that benefits a worthy cause.

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