There was no shortage of ways to support Dallas Farmers Market Friends at last night's lively Hoedown, the organization's 16th annual fundraiser featuring food and drink from across Texas: Attendees could buy souvenir wine glasses, purchase spins on a wheel of chance or bid in a silent auction.
But perhaps the most interesting giving opportunity was the popular chef-painted plate raffle, in which $25 bought a shot at taking home a plate designed by a local culinary celeb. For $50, donors could claim a plate outright: By 8 p.m., plates by Graham Dodds of Bolsa and Parigi's Janice Provost and Chad Houser were gone.
So is there a connection between cooking and drawing? Does a detail-oriented chef necessarily dabble in pointillism? Do molecular gastronomists paint in a cubist style? These plates may not provide definitive answers, but they at least supply a parlor game for folks who weren't at last night's event (although, judging from the crowds that thronged the Food and Fiber Pavilion, that might be a rather small group.)
Ready? After the jump, match the plates to the chefs. (A few of the images are misshapen because identifying information's been removed.)
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