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Eat. Drink. Empower. a Rousing Success

Austin's lady chefs raised money for a good cause

By Melanie Haupt, 2:45PM, Tue. Aug. 27, 2013

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The dinner featured wine pairings with each course, such as this Badenhorst
The dinner featured wine pairings with each course, such as this Badenhorst The dinner featured wine pairings with each course, such as this Badenhorst The dinner featured wine pairings with each course, such as this Badenhorst The dinner featured wine pairings with each course, such as this Badenhorst The dinner featured wine pairings with each course, such as this Badenhorst The dinner featured wine pairings with each course, such as this Badenhorst The dinner featured wine pairings with each course, such as this Badenhorst
The dinner featured wine pairings with each course, such as this Badenhorst "Secateurs" Rose from South Africa.
photo by Melanie Haupt

On Saturday night, Max's Wine Dive played host to Eat. Drink. Empower, a five-course dinner featuring a complement of Austin's female chefs. Max's Executive Chef Erica Beneke was the driving force behind the event, a fundraiser for SafePlace, from conception to execution.

The event featured a cocktail hour during which diners bid on silent auction items while enjoying passed hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Bridget Bishop and a signature cocktail mixed by Drink.Well's Jessica Sanders. After a few words from Max's co-owner Jonathan Horowitz and Julia Spann, director of SafePlace, the five-course meal began on a high note with Kenzie Allen's innovative crispy quinoa salad.

Each subsequent course featured a dish that showcased the chefs' modern techniques and fondness for dabbling with a broad array of components. (See photo gallery by clicking on the photo to the right of this story.) At the end of the evening, the diners lauded the chefs with a standing ovation before taking home swag bags featuring small bottles of Dripping Springs Vodka and a takeaway treat created by Jodi Elliott of Foreign & Domestic.

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