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.
The W Hotel
Dustin Courtright joined the W Austin staff when the hotel opened in 2010 as one of the original bartenders. With over a decade of experience behind the bar, Dustin eventually worked his way up to Libationist where he not only helps to craft the innovative cocktail list, but is also the face of the popular Living Room Bars, which consistently top the city’s alcohol sales month after month. Read More
Cameron Scott lives in Texas but is a California boy at heart: born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. After moving to Washington state, he cut his teeth in the bar and restaurant industry. No floor, plate, seat, or guest was left untouched by his commitment to hospitality. Now, a proud Austinite, you can find him behind the bar at Half Step slinging some of the best cocktails in town. From bourbon to tequila to r(h)um, he has you covered. Read More
Natalie Read was an active member of the team that opened up Backbeat, the mid-century styled Austin cocktail bar. She quickly worked her way up to Manager and now creates new drinks and menus for the team on a seasonal basis. She uses her skills and her experiences that she learned in Ohio, Chicago, and Kansas to perfectly craft a cocktail for everyone who walks in the door.
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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