DIFFAs 8th Annual Burgers and Burgundy Moves to the Ron Kirk Bridge for 2016

A Dallas Light and Sound red carpet experience
welcomes patrons to Burgers and Burgundy 2016
benefiting DIFFA Dallas.
Dallas’s most stylish social butterflies were overjoyed on Friday, October 6th when the weather cleared just in time for the eighth annual Burgers and Burgundy event benefitting DIFFA Dallas. A new theme “DIFFACella” and a new venue the Ron Kirk Bridge provided a fresh new spin on a perennial favorite to entice the stylish and charitable out for an evening of sipping wine and cocktails, listening to live music, and sampling a variety of mouth-watering burgers crafted by some of the best chefs in Texas. Under a clear fall sky nearly 500 DIFFA supporters joined celebrity chefs on a brisk evening to mingle and admire the view of the Dallas skyline. Also new this year were caricature artists, delicious cupcakes, and rolled ice cream treats from Chill 360.

Look who turned up on this fabulous
 Red Carpet for Burgers and Burgundy 2016!
A Real Housewife of Dallas, (LeeAnne Lockin) 
a Fabulous Fashion Blogger, (Cynthia Smoot) 
and a Television Anchor Celebrity
(Jane McGarry)!
At the event, Channel 8 personality and emcee Jane McGarry announced the new DIFFA Style Council Ambassadors from the main stage. The Style Council assist in fundraising efforts for DIFFA’s highly anticipated spring fundraiser. In a special video presentation, organizers presented the theme for DIFFA’s highly-anticipated spring event, House of DIFFA: “DIFFA Arabesque”. DIFFA’s signature annual fundraiser promises to take guests on an enchanting journey with a compelling fashion experience that will provide an exciting mix of fundraising, community, and a renowned runway production. Performing from the main stage were two live bands – The The and Repel the Robot. DJ Tony Dean provided music performing during the interlude and after the live music portion of the evening.

Host John Tesar reached out to other celebrity chefs — Brian Luscher with Luscher’s Red Hots and The Grape, Jermaine Brown with Julia Pearl, David Fingerman with Madrina, Sharon Van Meter who presides at 3015 at Trinity Groves, Casey Thompson, Blaine Staniford of Grace, Rodman Shields with Common Table, and Jacob Williamson from Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck to prepare sliders and other renditions for sampling. Culinary delights included Tesar’s famous slider with pimiento cheese and Staniford’s pork belly ham topped with fermented chilies and garnished with caramelized pineapple.

The main stage at Burgers and Burgundy 2016.
Dallas Light and Sound provided a red carpet walk up experience for the event including a 50 foot red carpet, nickel finished stanchions and red velvet ropes, intelligent lighting, trussing and flat screens to flank the official entrance. Moving into the party, the event benefitted from DLS perimeter lighting, flatscreens on truss towers for sponsor and event branding flanking the stage plus main stage lighting, backstage tents, and a concert quality audio system for the two bands that appeared at the event. Thank you to DIFFA Dallas for choosing Dallas Light and Sound as a production partner again this year for Burgers and Burgundy.

For additional information about DIFFA Dallas and House of DIFFA - Arabesque visit https://www.diffadallas.org.

An album of images from this event can be viewed on the Dallas Light and Sound Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/dallaslightandsound/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10157909443020245.

A view of the enthusiastic crowd who journeyed onto the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge
to patronize Burgers and Burgundy 2016 benefiting DIFFA.
Perimeter event lighting towers from Dallas Light and Sound as seen the background of this photo provided illumination so that patrons could mingle and chat with ease.

The The performing the first music set on the main stage at Burgers and Burgundy 2016
over a Dallas Light and Sound concert quality sound system.

Repel the Robot provide a memorable set of modern dance and rock music at
DIFFA's Burgers and Burgundy 2016. Earlier in the evening the flatscreens flanking the stage

conveyed the announcement message of the 2017 DIFFA Collection theme.