The Refuge for DMST ™ (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) will host the 2nd Annual Hope Appétit Gala, a culinary competition to inspire hope and healing for survivors of DMST.
Please join us Friday, January 25th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the W Austin Hotel for an extraordinary evening where acclaimed chefs compete to see who will take home the Hope Appétit Crystal Award!
6:00 p.m. Gala Pre-Party Reception and VIP Pre-Party Meet and Greet with Chefs
7:00 p.m. Culinary Competition Dinner by Acclaimed Guest Chefs
8:00 p.m. Program and Guest Speakers
9:00 p.m. Live Auction
Valet Parking Available
This event is a benefit for The Refuge for DMST™, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
OWNER / EXECUTIVE CHEF
Jack Gilmore’s bold, flavorful style hails from his experience across the Gulf Coast Region of the South, his upbringing in the Rio Grande Valley, and extensive work with Master German chefs. However, his legendary hospitality is 100% Texan.
DIRECTOR OF CULINARY OPERATIONS
Chef Tripi’s culinary beginnings started in the gardens of his grandmothers in Upstate New York, each with a strong sense of their heritage, Polish and Italian. At the young age of 10, he was an integral part of bringing the food from the garden to the table or pantry as he harvested sweet peas, heirloom tomatoes, beets, carrots, cucumbers, concord grapes, plums from the plants and trees in their garden.
Hope Appétit raises money for The Refuge for DMST™, a long term, treatment facility that provides services for survivors of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking.
The Refuge for DMST™ (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has developed The Refuge Ranch, a long-term, residential, therapeutic community for 48 girls, minors through age 19, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking. Built from the ground up on 50 acres in a beautiful and restorative setting outside of Austin, TX, The Refuge Ranch provides trauma-informed, holistic care for the girls on site, including: a University of Texas Charter School program, a medical clinic staffed by community partners and various therapeutic programs uniquely designed for the development of a child survivor. The Refuge Ranch is the largest long-term, live-in rehabilitation facility for child survivors of sex trafficking in the United States. For more information, go to www.therefugedmst.org
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