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History with a Twist

Food, music, décor, vintage cars, cocktails - all from the 1940s


Dallas Heritage Village adds a new twist to the museum’s spring fundraiser with Top-Chef All-Star Tiffany Derry and craft cocktail scene guru Charlie Papaceno of Industry Alley at the 5th Annual History with a Twist, presented by Sidley Austin, LLP, Saturday, April 29, 6-10 p.m., on Main Street at Dallas Heritage Village, 1515 S. Harwood.  Derry will be preparing southern comfort food – 1940s style – for the event, which will also feature music by The Singapore Slingers and historically inspired cocktails by Charlie Papaceno (known as the godfather of the Dallas craft cocktail scene).  History with a Twist raises important proceeds to support learning opportunities for students and adults at Dallas Heritage Village.

“We are so excited to have Tiffany and Charlie on board this year, and look forward to an exciting and fun evening,” said Melissa Prycer, president and executive director, Dallas Heritage Village.  “The 1940s were known for their classic comfort food, and we know Tiffany Derry’s recipes will not disappoint.  Additionally, the amazing Charlie Papaceno has put together “a new twist” on four cocktails that were popular in that time period.

Guests will step back into the 1940s as they stroll down Dallas Heritage Village’s historic Main Street sampling four cocktail creations of Papaceno’s (the Singapore Sling; Moscow Mule; Maime Taylor; and Rusty Nail) at numerous cocktail stations located in historic buildings as well as Derry’s creations.  Additionally, beer and wine will be available. There will be a vintage car show, jazz music provided by the Singapore Slingers, and dance lessons by Elaine Hewlett, of the Rhythm Room. Guests are encouraged to come in their own vintage attire from the 1940s. A selection of costume items will be for sale that evening for those who want to accessorize as well as a photo booth to document the occasion. In the General Store, guests may explore a special exhibit featuring a sampling of some rare/unique items in the Village’s collection not currently on public display. For example, a land deed signed by Sam Houston and Edward Eisenlohr’s notebook from childhood as well as some of his paintings. Eisenlohr was a Texas painter, lithographer, author, and lecturer, whose works have been exhibited in museums across the country. 

Derry, who wowed judges on the seventh season of “Top Chef,” is one of America’s most celebrated young chefs.  She was voted “fan favorite” and achieved a place in the competition’s final four. Derry’s quiet confidence, warm southern charm, and culinary expertise made her a natural selection for Top Chef: All-Stars, where she was again a finalist. Not bad for a chef who had to fight her way into the kitchen while waiting tables at IHOP as a teenager. By age 17, she was the youngest person ever to earn a management position in the company. Since then, Derry has continued to prove her skills behind the stove and in the business office. Upon high school graduation, Derry went on to hone her culinary techniques at the Art Institute of Houston, followed by stints in esteemed kitchens throughout Houston and Dallas.

 “If you have attended in the past, then you know this event is so much fun and nothing like any other event in Dallas,” said Melissa Prycer, President and Executive Director, Dallas Heritage Village.  “Join us!”

Sponsors to date include:  Presenting Sponsor ($10,000) Sidley Austin; ($5,000) Phoenix 1 Restoration and Construction, Ltd; ($2,500) Sue and Phil John; Lincoln Property Company; and Jolene and Mark Masur.

“History with a Twist is not only a fun way to benefit Dallas Heritage Village, but also a fun way to see its beautiful grounds and historic structures,” said Trey Pugh, chairman of the board.  “Thousands of school kids and families as well as individuals visit Dallas Heritage Village every week, exploring history by touring our historic structures, participating in interactive exhibits and attending special programs.  We are honored to have Tiffany and Charlie on board and are grateful for their enthusiasm and partnership!”

Cost is$125 for individuals or $250 for couples and includes cocktail samples, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and valet parking. Sponsorships are available.

For event information and tickets contact Preston Cooley, 214-413-3662, or visit

 See this video from a previous History with a Twist with a 1920's theme! 


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