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Food, philanthropy and sky-high fun is in store as the 29th-annual “Dining Out In Dallas” fundraising gala gets underway Wednesday, April 17, from 6-10 p.m. at the Frontiers of Flight Museum (6911 Lemmon Avenue, Dallas 75209). Benefiting the Texas Neurofibromatosis (NF) Foundation®, this year’s event – themed “Battle of the Chefs” – brings together some of Dallas’ top executive chefs as they vie for bragging rights during an exciting evening of culinary creations, entertainment and auctioneering.

Junior Chef Jonathan will kick off the event with the “Battle of the Chefs” competition. Guests will get a chance to sample house specialties and sip spirits while mingling with chefs from Seasons 52, Winewood Grill, Suze Restaurant, Ida Claire and more. After the tastings, guests can vote for their favorite dish of the night and give their nod to the best chef. Other highlights will include live music along with a big board auction, live auction and raffle drawings.

Since 1995, “Dining Out In Dallas” has raised more than $2 million to support the Foundation’s mission of serving NF patients and their families by providing comfort, support, education, advocacy and funding of research.

Event co-chairs are Katie and Neil Lange. Scott Murray, Emmy Award-winning journalist and local philanthropist, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Sampling restaurants and chefs include:

  • Circle T Ranch (Executive Chef Dan Lansberg)
  • Dee Lincoln Prime (Executive Chef Mario Roco)
  • The Finch (Executive Chef Robert Cortez)
  • Mi Dia From Scratch- Plano (Executive Chef Gabriel DeLeon)
  • Seasons 52 Fresh Grill – The Shops at Legacy (Executive Chef Erick Iglesias)
  • Winewood Grill (Executive Chef Carlos DeLeon)
  • Ida Claire (Chef Ricardo Barcena)
  • Suze Restaurant (Executive Chef Gilbert Garza)
  • Urban Rio Cantina & Grill (Executive Chef Salvatore Gisellu)

Tickets are $150 each (or $175 on/after April 12). Proceeds from the event benefit those living with NF. To purchase tickets and for more information, go to

About NF
Neurofibromatosis (nu-ro-fi-bro-ma-tóe-sis), or NF, is the most common neurological disorder caused by a single gene and it affects one out of every 2,000 people worldwide; every hour three people are born with NF.  It is more prevalent than Cystic Fibrosis, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and Huntington’s Disease combined.  Currently there is no cure, no long-term treatment, nor any prevention for NF.

NF involves the uncontrolled growth of tumors along the nerves anywhere in the body, internal and external, and at any time throughout an individual’s life.  It is linked to learning differences, high blood pressure, epilepsy, and can affect the development of the brain, cardiovascular system, bones, and skin.  NF can result in terrible disfigurement, deformity, deafness, blindness, brain tumors, cancer and even death.

About Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation®
In 1980, the Texas Neurofibromatosis Foundation® was formed to battle NF and to serve the needs of those living with the disorder and their families.  Our mission is meeting the needs of people impacted by neurofibromatosis by providing comfort, support, education, and advocacy and funding of research for treatment, prevention, or cure.  TNFF has awarded over $2.5 million to support NF clinicians and scientists dedicated to treating NF patients and advancing NF research.