Chef John Tesar Announces 5 Fundraising Dinners at Knife

Chef John Tesar Announces 5 Fundraising Dinners at KnifeChef John Tesar Announces 5 Fundraising Dinners at KnifeChef John Tesar Announces 5 Fundraising Dinners at Knife

Tickets Available Now for Knife at The Highland Dallas’ Celebrity Chef Dinner Series Benefiting EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES

Chef John Tesar to collaborate with award-winning chefs including Austin BBQ king Aaron Franklin

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Chef John Tesar Announces 5 Fundraising Dinners at KnifeDALLAS  (May 20, 2015) – Going the extra mile as Dallas Ambassador Chef for this year’s EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign, nationally-acclaimed chef John Tesar has announced an unprecedented five consecutive fund

raising dinners at Knife at The Highland Dallas June 1-5. The series will kick off with Austin BBQ legend and recent James Beard Best Chef: Southwest award winner

Aaron Franklin, cooking for his first time ever in Dallas. The week will continue with a remarkable list of renowned chefs including Alex Stratta (Las Vegas), Naomi Pomeroy (Portland), Tim Rattray (San Antonio) and Kris Morningstar (Los Angeles).

“I’m humbled that five of my favorite chefs have found the time to come cook with me for this important cause,” Tesar said. “It’s going to be epic.”

Each exclusive dinner, with a one-night-only special menu, will take place in a specially decorated event room at The Highland Dallas, and

be strictly limited to an intimate 40 seats, with ticket prices set at $150, inclusive of beverages and gratuities. Each dinner begins at 7 p.m. and half of each ticket  price will go directly to EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES.  To reserve your seat and purchase tickets, call the restaurant directly at (214) 443-9339 or visit (online purchasing fee does apply).

The Highland Dallas will celebrate the campaign and kick off the restaurant’s special dinner series by lighting the building red. The hotel will also support the initiative by offering guests a special room rate to enjoy its ultra-chic hotel accommodations June 1-5, to run in conjunction with the dinners. Room rates are prices at $159 and $5 of each booking will be contributed to EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES; scheduling is based upon availability and tax is not included.

Continuing to support this fundraiser throughout the month of June, Knife will also offer a special “red” menu and “red” cocktail during normal dining hours, as well as include an extra donation line on all guest checks.

Tesar adds, “While there have been significant improvements in medicine since the epidemic began, allowing people to live longer lives, the hard fact is there are people getting newly infected everyday. HIV/AIDS is everyone’s public health issue so if I can be even just a small part ending this disease, then it’s my privilege to be actively involved with EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES.”

About the chefs:

  • Aaron Franklin, Monday, June 1, of Austin’s acclaimed Franklin Barbecue recently won the James Beard Award Winner Best Chef Southwest. This is his first time cooking in Dallas. @bbqfranklin
  • Alex Stratta, Tuesday, June 2, James Beard Award WinnerBest Chef Southwest,  has run Michelin two-star and Forbes Travel Guide five-star restaurants in Las Vegas and Phoenix and recently opened Spanish-themed Tapas by Alex Stratta. Stratta has appeared on “Iron Chef USA” and “Top Chef Masters.” @alpostratta
  • Naomi Pomeroy, Wednesday, June 3, of Beast, one of Portland’s most acclaimed restaurants. Pomeroy is also a “Top Chef Masters” alum.  @naomipomeroy
  • Tim Rattray,Thursday, June 4, another of Texas’ most passionate and highly praised barbecuers, of The Granary ‘Cue & Brew in San Antonio. @cheftimmyr
  • Kris Morningstar, Friday, June 5, recognized by James Beard Foundation and Gayot, whose new Terrine is considered by many among the best new restaurants in Los Angeles. @krismorningstar


About Knife

Reinventing the steakhouse experience, Knife is the celebrated concept from regionally and nationally acclaimed, James Beard-nominated and Bravo “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar and named to Esquire magazine’s best new restaurants 2014. Offering high-quality, exceptional meats from Texan ranchers and farmers, Knife features dry-aged classic and prime cuts as well as specialty cuts such as chuck flap, outside skirt, culotte, beef cheeks, oxtail and Akuaushi beef. Knife’s extensive charcuterie program and raw bar selections as well as handmade pasta, vegetarian and seafood dishes, takes it beyond the steakhouse. Chef de Cuisine Chris Klimenko, who has worked with Tesar for eight years, first at The Mansion and now at Knife, drives the kitchen. Master Pastry Chef David Collier reinvents classic desserts while sommelier Sabrina Snodderley leads the wine program. Designed by Breckinridge/Taylor, the decor modernizes traditional steakhouse elements and complements Tesar’s culinary artistry with an equally artistic and appealing design featuring rustic chandeliers, rich fabrics and leather upholstery.  Knife is open daily for breakfast 6:30-11 a.m., lunch 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. and dinner 5-11 p.m. Visit for more information and keep up with Knife events and news on Facebook and Twitter.For reservations, call (214) 443-9339.


Nationally led by Chef Mario Batali, the EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES campaign represents the culinary arm of (RED), which was founded by U2’s Bono and Bobby Shriver in 2006 to engage millions of people all over the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  This is the second year of EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES. For more information, including a free downloadable recipe book, go to

 About The Highland Dallas

The Highland Dallas was unveiled in August 2014 as the first hotel in Hilton’s Curio Collection. A modern, 198-room ultra-chic hotel, The Highland Dallas is located at North Central and Mockingbird Lane and defines an intersection of style, culture, sophistication and comfort. Featuring world-class amenities, The Highland Dallas showcases Dallas’ popular Exhale Spa, Salon Pompeo and the award-winning cuisine of James Beard-nominated and Bravo’s “Top Chef” contestant Chef John Tesar at its acclaimed restaurant, Knife. With over 9,000 square-feet of flexible event space, The Highland Dallas offers premier, customized service to host everything from intimate meetings to the ultimate wedding celebration. For more information about The Highland Dallas, please visit Follow The Highland Dallas on Facebook and Twitter.