dahlia lounge

Last week we had the honor and privilege of being featured by Tom Douglas’ Dahlia Lounge as one of their charities of choice at their Dine & Wine 2011. First of all, if you have never been to Dahlia Lounge – you must go. Now. It is hands down one of the best restaurants in Seattle and you will not be disappointed. We have dined there many times and always walk away amazed by the gorgeous atmosphere and incredible food.

I would say Thursday night was no exception – except that it was beyond exceptional. It was such a lovely evening. We want to sincerely thank everyone who attended. We were grateful for your presence, generosity and interest in our work. We were thankful as well to Tom Douglas himself for stopping by to say hello to us and compliment his very talented head chef Brock Johnson.

The evening featured an exclusive and delicious menu prepared specially by Brock and accentuated by favorite Northwest wines. Brock introduced each course personally as well as the wines – which made the evening so much fun. We enjoyed Sparkman Cellars – 2010 Pearl Sauvignon Blanc, EFESTĒ Winery – 2010 Evergreen Riesling, Syncline Winery – 2010 Counoises, and Mark Ryan Winery – 2008 Long Haul. Thank you to these wineries for their generous contributions!

The conversations were engaging and the dinner such a treat that it seemed like a shame to even interrupt everyone. But we did. Jeff, myself, and Dr. Jensen had the chance to share about Ben Towne Foundation’s partnership with the Center for Childhood Cancer Research and the real hope that we have of changing the way kids are treated and cured from pediatric cancer.

In their invitation to Dine & Wine 2011 here is what they said:

“In creating this private event to benefit one of their chosen charities, Ben Towne Foundation, the Dahlia Lounge zealously joins the effort to end childhood cancer.”

That sentence took my breath away. As did the entire evening. Our deep deep gratitude to chef Brock Johnson, Amy Bryant, the Dahlia Lounge event staff, as well as our dearest friends Jon and Heather Foster for putting together such an incredible evening. We felt so honored to be included.