Fighting Breast Cancer | Creative Culinary Campaigns
Dr. Alison Laidley, top Dallas breast surgeon teams up with Chef Gorji “Saving Lives One Bite at a Time.”
The sold-out April 25th event of the Eat, Drink & Beat Breast Cancer Culinary Campaign was the latest of the signature events in a long list of food-related fundraising efforts that Dr. Laidley and Chef Gorji have collaborated on over the last three years.
Breast Cancer Charity Event Features Wild Boar and Kick Butt Cabernet Sauvignon
Held at Canary By Gorji restaurant, the $125 “Kick Butt and Fight Breast Cancer” dinner benefited the Laidley’s Ladies Foundation and featured several award-winning selections from Kathy and Gary Gilstrap’s Texas Hills Vineyard, including their signature “Kick Butt” cabernet sauvignon. The wines were paired with an all Texan menu. It included Wild boar and a Texas Rio Star Grapefruit Salad that was featured on TV May 6. Chef Gorji prepared it in a segment on Dallas’ Fox 4 Good Day morning show.
LL&G Creative Culinary Campaigns
They call these wine dinners, prix fixe menus, cooking classes and gourmet gift basket events “Saving Lives One Bite at a Time.” Because these events are small and intimate, Dr. Laidley can greet and talk with every diner. There is a great sense of community and camaraderie. Laidley’s Ladies Foundation’s mission is to assist under-funded families achieve excellent breast cancer care.Thirty percent of the evening’s proceeds benefited the charity.
“The response by the public has been overwhelming” says Gorji who helms the kitchen for each sold-out event. “Because dining events are small and intimate, Dr. Laidley can greet and talk with every diner. I think that makes a difference. There is a great sense of community and camaraderie.”
Past culinary themed events have included cooking classes, monthly prix fixe menus and gourmet gift baskets. What the unlikely duo has found is that small intimate food events have big appeal.
These intimate edible breast cancer charity events have allowed Gorji as a small business owner to be charitable on a much larger scale than he had been able to do previously. “It was impossible for me to support a charity on this level before or have the feeling that I was making a difference.”
“Breast cancer has touched my life so many times over the years. I have watched my family, friends and customers battling this devastating diagnosis. Working to fight breast cancer has a very personal meaning to me. When Dr. Laidley invited me to join her journey I realized that I could fight from my own battlefield–the kitchen.”
LL&G Golf Tournament & Casino Night Gala
In addition to dining and food events other fundraising efforts include a celebrity golf tournament, Laidley’s Ladies & Gentlemen Charity Golf Tournament in June and a casino night gala in October. For more information on Dr. Laidley and Laidley’s Ladies Foundation go to www.laidleysladiesfoundation.org.
It’s Time To Kick Butt and Beat Breast Cancer
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 7 p.m.
Four Course Texas Wine Dinner
Join Dr. Alison Laidley and Chef Gorji for a four course Texas menu featuring wild boar and wines by Kathy and Gary Gilstrap, owners of Texas Hills Vineyard, including their infamous and award-winning Kick Butt Cabernet Sauvignon.
30% of the total donated to Laidley’s Ladies Foundation.
Due to limited seating, pre-payment required.
This four course Texas Wine Dinner is part of the Eat, Drink & Beat Breast Cancer Culinary Campaign to help raise funds for the non-profit Laidley’s Ladies Foundation. Its mission is to assist under-funded families in achieving excellent breast cancer care.
Enjoy this menu and award-winning wines while fighting breast cancer.
Cranberry Champagne Apertif
Texas Gold Shrimp with Pomodoro Butter Bean Ragout
Sangiovese, 2010 Newsom Vineyard, Texas High Plains
MEDAL WINNER: 2013 Houston Stock Show and Rodeo, 2012 Houston Rodeo — Texas Class Champion
2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, 2012 Lone Star International Wine Competition
Texas Rio Star Grapefruit Salad
Pinot Grigio 2010, Texas Hill Country
MEDAL WINNER: 2010 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo 2nd Annual Wine Competition
Texas Wild Boar with Gnocchi Gorgonzola
Kick Butt Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009 Newsom Vineyard, Texas High Plains
2012 People’s Choice Award at Grapefest (largest consumer-judged wine competition in the nation) as Texas’s Best Cabernet … has won this award for the last 5 years
MEDAL WINNER: 2012 Lone Star International Wine Competition
Kefir and Medjool Date Butterfly with Pomegranate Reduction
Orange Moscato 2010, Newsom Vineyards – Texas Reserve Class Champion
MEDAL WINNER: 2013 Houston Stock Show and Rodeo — Texas Reserve Class Champion,
2012 Houston Rodeo — Texas Class Champion, 2012 San Antonio Rodeo Wine Competition
During breast cancer month 15% Of Proceeds On All Bottles of Wine will be donated to Dr. Alison Laidley’s Foundation.
Breast cancer month started early this year at Canary By Gorji. It started in the middle of September and will continue until the end of October donating 15% proceeds from bottles of wine purchased to Laidley’s Ladies Foundation. The Dallas breast surgeon, Dr. Alison Laidley’s non-profit foundation is dedicated to helping under-funded families receive excellent breast cancer care. Unlike high-profile fundraising organizations that support general research and awareness, Dr. Laidley’s foundation strives to make an impact in our own community.
“Breast cancer has touched my life so many times over the years. I have watched my family, friends and customers battling this devastating diagnosis. Working to fight breast cancer has a very personal meaning to me. I realized that I could fight from my own battlefield–the kitchen. In previous years we have done cooking classes, prix fixe menus and gift baskets. This year it will be wine and it will include the entire wine list. A good reason to try these great wines and support a great cause.”—Chef Gorji