John Tesar Hosts 10th Annual Burgers and Burgundy Oct 5th



The Joule Hotel will host the tenth annual Burgers & Burgundy event, presented by Celebrity Chef John Tesar and Terri Provencal, benefiting DIFFA/Dallas (The Dallas Chapter of Design Industry Foundation Fighting AIDS) at the Eye at The Joule on Friday, October 5, 2018.

Funds raised from the event will go towards DIFFA/Dallas’ mission of serving those who are affected by HIV/AIDS across North Texas. This year’s Event Chair, Mohammad Jaber, is joined by Brian Loving and Southwest Funding LP, long-time supporters and co-hosts of the event. “I am looking forward to celebrating Burgers & Burgundy’s 10th annual event by creating a memorable top-notch culinary experience which our guests have grown accustomed to from DIFFA,” says Jaber of DIFFA/Dallas.

The burger and wine pairings will be prepared by Chef John Tesar and renowned national and local chefs. The chefs have been tasked with the challenge to serve up the best burger sliders and complement them with the wine of their choice. Wine, beer, champagne by Impeccable Brut Rosé and specialty cocktails will also be available. The chefs participating in this year’s event include:



John Tesar (Knife, Knife Burger)

Justin Brunson (Celebrity Chef, Old Major; Denver, CO)

Kris Morningstar (Celebrity Chef, Morningstar Gastronomy; Los Angeles, CA)

Chris “CJ” Jacobson (Celebrity Chef, ĒMA; Chicago, IL)

Sharon Van Meter (Taco y Vino)

Blaine Staniford (Grace)

Nick Walker (CBD Provisions)

Coner Seargeant (Wheelhouse)

Mat Urban (Commissary)

Rodman Shields (Common Table)

Bruno Davaillon (Bullion)

Mariel Street (Liberty Burger)

“I created Burgers & Burgundy ten years ago as a way for me to raise money for DIFFA/Dallas when I was on the Style Council,” comments Chef Tesar. “It’s been exciting to see the event grow each year, and I’m thrilled to have such renowned local and national chefs come together for the tenth anniversary of Burgers & Burgundy, to support such an important cause.”

The night will also include the reveal of the DIFFA/Dallas 2018-2019 Style Council Ambassadors and this season’s House of DIFFA theme. Style Council Ambassadors serve as DIFFA/Dallas representatives in the community during their 2018-2019 season. They are charged with the task of helping DIFFA/Dallas raise awareness about the organization’s cause, as well as continue efforts in the education and prevention of HIV/AIDS throughout North Texas. Ambassadors are asked to donate their time to various AIDS Service Organizations across North Texas to become better educated about those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Along with their time, Ambassadors are crucial in aiding DIFFA/Dallas fundraising efforts.

Burgers & Burgundy takes place Friday, October 5 from 7-10 pm at the Eye at the Joule. The night will be accompanied with entertainment by DJ Steffi Burns, as well as a silent auction featuring experiences from the hottest restaurants around town, including cooking classes, unique experiences and more. Tickets for Burgers & Burgundy are $150 per person and are limited due to venue capacity constraints. To purchase tickets please visit the DIFFA site or call 214-748-8580.

About DIFFA/Dallas

DIFFA is one of the largest and most successful fundraising organizations aiding HIV/AIDS with chapters in Dallas, New York, Chicago, Kansas City, San Francisco and Seattle. The Dallas chapter, formed in 1984, is one of the largest HIV/AIDS organizations in Texas that provides funding to local HIV/AIDS Service Organizations within our community. DIFFA/Dallas has granted more than $8 million to 25 frontline HIV/AIDS Service Organizations in North Texas providing direct care to those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. Highlighting the design community, DIFFA/Dallas hosts multiple events throughout the season. Through your support and generosity, DIFFA/Dallas is able to make a significant impact within our community. For more information about the organization or to get involved, please visit

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