The Westin Galleria Dallas to Host Fifth Annual Bonne Santé Benefitting the National Kidney Foundation on February 27

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On Friday, February 27, Chefs Scott Gottlich, William Koval, and Edward Mendoza will host the fifth annual Bonne Santé, a food and wine showcase benefitting the National Kidney Foundation and those they serve in the North Texas community.

Bonne Santé will be a mix and mingle affair featuring top chefs from Dallas and Fort Worth, as well as top chefs from around the country, each preparing signature dishes paired with fine wines from around the country. Along with dishes from Gottlich’s The Second Floor by Scott Gotlich and Bijoux; Koval’s Lakewood Country Club; and Mendoza’s Kitchen 1454, guests will enjoy dishes from:

•      Shawn Armstrong, executive chef from Montage Hotel Dear Valley in Park City, Utah
•      Tim Byres from Smoke
•      Richard Chamberlain from Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House
•      J Chastain from Stephan Pyles
•      Richard Hebben from XIX Nineteen Hyatt at The Bellevue in Philadelphia, PA
•      Matt McCallister from FT-33
•      Shawn McClain from Sage Restaurant in Las Vegas, NV
•      Shelly Register from “A” Restaurant and Market in New Port Beach, CA
•      Abraham Salum from Komali and Salum
•      Gianni Santin from Haute Sweets Patisserie
•      Marcus Strietzel from The Adolphus Hotel
•      Shuji Sugawara from Shinsei
•      Jason Weaver from Omni Dallas Hotel

Each interactive chef station will have artistically custom wine pairings by Gina Gottlich, Sommelier of The Second Floor by Scott Gottlich. The evening will also include live music and silent and live auctions featuring a variety of luxurious prizes.

Bonne Santé will take place on Friday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. at The Westin Galleria Dallas. Three awards will be presented at the event: The Gift of Life Award, The Burl Osborne Awareness Individual Award and The Burl Osborne Awareness Corporate Award.

The Gift of Life Award recipient will be the Gottlich family. The National Kidney Foundation’s “Gift of Life Award” is presented to those who have been instrumental in not only advancing the cause of both the National Kidney Foundation and transplantation, but also for their commitment of time, talent and support.

The Burl Osborne Awareness Award celebrates the life of former board member of National Kidney Foundation and executive editor and publisher of The Dallas Morning News, Burl Osborne, who passed away on August 15, 2012. Burl was the third recipient of an experimental anti-rejection technique for a kidney transplant in 1966 when he was only 29 years old.

The Burl Osborne Awareness Award individual recipient will be Jim Ely, an 82-year-old transplant recipient who has run the scoreboard at the Cotton Bowl for the past 40 years. The Burl Osborne Awareness award corporate recipients is DaVita RX, as appreciation for the company’s continued support toward the National Kidney Foundation.

Host Chefs Scott Gottlich and William A. Koval are very familiar with kidney disease as well.  Chef Gottlich’s sister Stephanie is a transplant recipient, and Chef Koval’s son Nathan was born with only one kidney, so his family leaned heavily on the National Kidney Foundation to get through that difficult time.

“Bonne Santé has grown remarkably since the inaugural event in 2011,” said Neil Foote, Chairman for Bonne Sante. “In its fifth year, Bonne Sante is an event that National Kidney Foundation supporters, as well as the chefs, look forward to and we are honored to be able to join together to support those in North Texas who are affected by kidney disease”.

The Westin Galleria Dallas and General Manager John Everett’s support enabled National Kidney Foundation to launch the Inaugural Bonne Santé in 2011.   The combination of the Westin Galleria Dallas’ partnership, Chefs Gottlich, Mendoza, and Koval and their contacts in the culinary community guarantee the 2015 Bonne Santé will be another magical celebration.

Individual tickets for Bonne Santé will be sold at $200, and sponsorship from $3,000 to $25,000 are available. For more information on tickets and sponsorships, please visit www.nkft.org.

About National Kidney Foundation
The National Kidney Foundation is dedicated to preventing and treating kidney and urinary tract diseases, improving the health and well being of individuals and families affected by these diseases and increasing availability of all organs for transplantation. For more information on chronic kidney disease and the Bonne Santé event visit www.kidneytx.org.

About Scott Gottlich
>Owner of the highly acclaimed Bijoux in Inwood Village and Chef Partner of The Second Floor Bistro & Bar at the Westin Galleria, Chef Scott Gottlich represents the best of Dallas dining. Bijoux is one of few restaurants in Dallas to earn five stars from the Dallas Morning News twice and was named one of the “10 Hottest New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appétit thanks to its inspired menus that change regularly to reflect the season. The Second Floor's a la carte menu features an updated spin on contemporary comfort food while the bar and lounge boast an array of original cocktails, a weekly Molecular Bar and the largest scotch collection in Dallas. For more information, please visit www.bijouxrestaurant.com or www.thesecondfloorrestaurant.com.

About William Koval
Chef William A. Koval earned international acclaim at The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company when he became the youngest executive chef in the hotel’s history at age 25. Koval stayed in the Ritz-Carlton family for nearly ten years and headed several of the hotel’s kitchens from Paris to Laguna Niguel. He went on to become the executive chef at the highly acclaimed Adolphus in Dallas, where he oversaw three full-service restaurants, including the highly regarded French Room which was one of Travel + Leisure’s “25 Best Dining Experiences” during his run. Now, Koval is the Executive Chef at the Lakewood Country Club where he has instated a new era of “country club cuisine.” For more information, please visit www.lakewoodcountryclub.com.

About Edward Mendoza
Chef Edward Mendoza earned his Bachelor’s degree in 1999 from Augusta State University in Business Management. He then attended Johnson Wales University in Vail, Colorado where he earned his Associates in Culinary Arts. Mendoza’s culinary career includeds work as a line cook and executive chef at Larkspur in Vail, Colorado; Louis’s in Charleston, South Carolina; La Papala Del Mar in Long Beach, California; Nana Grill, Lola the Restaurant, Kitchen 1924, and Bijoux in Dallas. Additionally, Mendoza was involved with the opening of Le Cordon Blue School of Culinary Arts in Dallas as opening chef and teacher. Mendoza currently operates Kitchen 1454, voted the Best New Restaurant by August Magazine, in Augusta, Georgia,

About The Westin Galleria Dallas
The Westin Galleria Dallas is conveniently located within the impressive Galleria Dallas shopping center complex with more than 200 shops, restaurants and attractions. The hotel features 448 renovated guest rooms, including 10 suites and seven Sky Rooms, each appointed with plush Westin Heavenly Beds® and unique custom-designed touches and amenities. The hotel boasts 54,000 square feet of state-of-the-art function space, a chic outdoor pool and an expanded WestinWORKOUT® Gym. The Westin Galleria Dallas has had 29 consecutive years of AAA 4-diamond awards-the longest 4-diamond run in Dallas. For more information, please call (972) 934-9494 or visit www.thewestingalleriadallas.com. Connect with The Westin Galleria Dallas on Facebook atfacebook.com/WestinGalleriaDallas or follow @WestinGalleria on Twitter.

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