WHITE HOT COOL slideshow from Open Hand’s Party in the Kitchen

Please enjoy the “WHITE, HOT, COOL” slideshow from last week’s “Party in the Kitchen” featuring 17 of Atlanta’s Top Chefs, co-chaired by Sally Dorsey, Tony Conway, and Todd Tautfest. Photography and slideshow by Laura Stone of ArtStar Photography.


Last night, approximately 300 guests attended “Party in the Kitchen,” at the Mason Murer Main Gallery to benefit Open Hand. Guests enjoyed delicious cuisine from seventeen of Atlanta’s Top Chef’s including A Legendary Event’s Executive Chef Lincoln Stevens, Dogwood’s Shane Touhy, Gary Mennie of Livingstons, Peter Kaiser from Twist, Rathbun’s Kevin Rathbun, Craft’s Kevin Maxey and Shaun Doty of Shaun’s.

Some of the menu items included Bacon Molasses Ice Cream with Peanut Butter Foie Gras Mousse, Grilled Calamari with Peeled Pea Salad, traditional European Bangers and Mash, and a plethora of delicate and delicious desserts. Framed iconic images, stainless steel chef stations, white carpet runners and modern lounge furniture exemplified the party’s “White, Hot, Cool” theme.

Live auction items included travel and entertainment packages, fine dining experiences, and one-of-a-kind items such as eco-vintage jewelry by Mark Edge and an acoustic guitar autographed by the South African grunge-pop band Seether.

Party in the Kitchen Co-chairs Sally Dorsey, Tony Conway, and Todd Tautfest were overjoyed with the turnout. “I was so honored to be asked to co-chair this event. Working with Sally and Todd is always a wonderful experience and it touches my heart to see so much support for such a worthy cause,” Tony Conway said.

Proceeds from “Party in the Kitchen” directly benefit Open Hand―a nonprofit organization that provides Comprehensive Nutrition Care for a diverse population of men, women and children with unique nutrition needs. For more information please go to http://www.projectopenhand.org/

Open Hand’s Party in the Kitchen promises to be “White, Hot, Cool”

ATLANTA – (August 6, 2009) The seventh annual Party in the Kitchen, on Wednesday, September 9, 2009, benefits Open Hand, a nonprofit organization that prepares and delivers over 5,000 meals every day to homebound seniors and individuals living with chronic disease or critical illness in seventeen counties throughout metro Atlanta. Open Hand’s Comprehensive Nutrition CareSM program combines these meals with nutrition education, counseling and therapy to help clients prevent or better manage chronic disease.

Party in the Kitchen will be held in the new warehouse space at 181 Armour Drive in Midtown recently secured by Open Hand for the expansion of its kitchen and distribution operations. The location is directly adjacent to Open Hand’s current Ottley Drive facility. According to co-chair Sally Dorsey, “Party in the Kitchen will not only be a wonderful chance for guests and supporters to celebrate the incredible work Open Hand does in the community, but a perfect opportunity for them to preview how effectively Open Hand’s new space and its existing facility will be integrated into one beautifully functional campus.”

Billed as a “White, Hot, Cool” party, the evening will feature a wide variety of fabulous dishes prepared by many of Atlanta’s best chefs (see below). Guests, who are asked to dress in white, will also enjoy music provided by DJ Tye West, and an exciting silent auction featuring exceptional travel and entertainment packages, fine dining experiences, and many one-of-a kind items. Complimentary valet parking will be provided.

Party in the Kitchen co-chairs (pictured l-r) are Open Hand Board members Todd Tautfest and Sally Dorsey and A Legendary Event’s Tony Conway. Party in the Kitchen’s Gold Sponsor is BNY Wealth Management. Silver Sponsors are Ketel One Vodka, Harry Norman Realtors, A Legendary Event and Here to Serve Restaurants. Media sponsors are Atlanta Magazine, Flavors, and Jezebel. Reserved admission is $500 for each Patron ticket and $150 for each single ticket. Tickets may be purchased at ProjectOpenHand.org or by contacting Michelle Duncan at 404-419-3333 or mduncan@projectopenhand.org.