The Refuge for DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking) is proud to announce its first annual gala, HOPE APPÉTIT, a culinary showdown to inspire hope and healing for survivors of DMST.
Please join us January 12, 2018 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 Inspiration Award!
6:00 p.m. VIP Mixology Competition (VIP Ticket Holders)
7:30 p.m. Dinner by W Austin Hotels
8:00 p.m. Program and Live Auction
9:30pm Culinary Showdown
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 is developing The Refuge Ranch, a long-term, residential, therapeutic facility for girls, minors through 19 years of age, who have been rescued out of sex trafficking. Located on 50 acres in a beautiful and restorative setting outside of Austin, TX, The Refuge Ranch will provide trauma-informed, holistic care for the girls on-site, including: a University of Texas Charter School program, a People’s Community Clinic and various therapeutic programs uniquely designed for the development of a child survivor. The Refuge Ranch will be one of the only long-term, live-in rehabilitation facilities for child survivors of sex trafficking in the United States.
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