The Jewel of Dallas Gala Presented by The White Rock Lake Foundation Makes its Debut with All-Star Chef Line Up *Update

The Jewel of Dallas Gala is a new event presented by The White Rock Lake Foundation, with an all-star chef line-up at an iconic venue. The night to remember will fall on Thursday, October 13 at the Granada Theater from 7:00PM-10:00PM.  This inaugural event will feature six top chefs from several East Dallas hot spots. The fundraiser will benefit the impactful work The White Rock Lake Foundation board supports, the maintenance and improvement of White Rock Lake, also referred to as “the Jewel of Dallas.”

Guests who attend The Jewel of Dallas Gala will enjoy an exclusive menu prepared by Dallas’ top chefs from Môt Hai Ba, Cry Wolf, Sfuzzi, Meridian in The Village, LORO, and Sundown at Granada, and live entertainment from Ricki Derek and his 15-piece band. A full list of participating chefs and restaurants are listed below:

Participating Chefs:

Môt Hai Ba – Chef Peja Krstic

Sfuzzi – Chef Irwin

Cry Wolf – Chef Ross Demers

Sundown at Granada – Chef Michael

Meridian in The Village – Chef Junior Borges

LORO – Chef de Cuisine, Josh Healy

The White Rock Lake Foundation serves as a unified advocacy group working closely and effectively with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department (DPARD).  The Foundation works with DPARD on long-term planning and design, and spearheads private fundraising efforts.  When concepting a new type of event, The White Rock Lake Foundation board wanted to highlight and support the community that they work so hard to preserve, so it only made sense to work with talented chefs from various East Dallas neighborhoods and host the gala at The Granada Theater, historic live music venue and event space.

The White Rock Lake Foundation Board, all of whom are esteemed East Dallas community members— who all share anticipatory excitement for the memorable and meaningful event.

“We are so grateful for our board who are planning a fabulous fundraiser,” said Susan Falvo, board member of The White Rock Lake Foundation.” “We are looking forward to enjoying this unforgettable evening and meeting so many new friends who are helping continue our work for maintaining and improving our White Rock Lake, said board president Joe Kidwell”.

Chef Peja

The Jewel of Dallas Gala evening will feature six East Dallas chef stations, craft cocktails, a silent and live auction. Guests will enjoy a night of entertainment, elite service, and devotion to an excellent cause. Sponsorships for the event begin at $1,500 and are named after various locations and historic buildings at White Rock Lake. The presenting sponsor for the event is Oncor Electric. The event will begin with a VIP Sponsor cocktail hour from 6PM-7PM followed by the main event from 7PM-10PM.  VIP tickets are $250 and VIP ticket holders will be invited to attend the VIP Sponsor cocktail hour from 6PM-7PM.  Individual tickets are $110 in honor of The White Rock Lake 110-year anniversary. Guest count is limited.

To purchase a ticket for the event or to be a sponsor please click on the ticket link, or contact Susan Falvo by emailing or call 214.725.9300.


The Mission of the White Rock Lake Foundation, established in 1989, is to bring together and maximize the resources of the entire community into a coordinated effort for the benefit of White Rock Lake Park. The foundation works with the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, The Dallas Park Board of Directors and the City of

Dallas to implement the Master Plan for White Rock Lake. For more information on The White Rock Lake Foundation visit

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