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May 22, 2003 - ArtReach Serves Up The Ultimate Dinner

Where: Home of K.C. and Kelly Gallagher

When: May 6, 2002

Beneficiary: ArtReach

Host(s): K.C. and Kelly Gallagher

Libations: Southern Wine & Spirits, Don MacKenzie, Bob Beriault

Catering: Bravo Ristorante, Chinook Tavern, Manor House, Micole, Papillon Café, Radex, Strings, 240 Union Restaurant

Music: Jessica Mays, Denver School of the Arts

Of note: Alice Millett Bakemeier spoke on Tudor architecture

Menu: Radex: corn & garlic fritters with barbequed glazed ostrich, sweet breads wrapped in puff pastry with wild mushrooms, smoked salmon mousse in English cucumbers; Bravo Ristorante: double duck consommé with barley, vegetables, and foie gras mousseline on toast point; Chinook Tavern: European white asparagus salad served with whole grain mustard vinaigrette, medley of morel and chanterelle and marinated fire roasted red bell peppers; 240 Union Restaurant: seared sea scallops with avocado vinaigrette and fingerling potato lobster salad; Strings: plum wine braised pheasant won ton, miso morel cream, garnished with mushroom chips and celery; Papillon Café: tournedos of buffalo, pan seared and served over chive cherve grits with grilled Virginia ham and Maker’s Mark syrup; Micole: rhubarb shortcake with black pepper ice cream and caramel; Manor House: a trio of farmstead cheeses with brioche

Attendance: 24

Attire: Blacktie

Special Thanks: Presidential Limousine, Laguda Formal Wear, Knezel Photographer, LaVazza coffee, The Chocolate Foundry, ArtReach Workshops, Allegra Printing & Imaging, American Furniture Warehouse, Peter Korth

Florist: Lynne Hamilton, House of Flowers

Information: ArtReach @ 303.433.2882 or

Blacktie Photos by: Elizabeth Byrnes

 Dinner for 24.   K.C. and Kelly Gallagher host the Ultimate Dinner Party.
Dinner for 24. K.C. and Kelly Gallagher host the Ultimate Dinner Party.

By Elizabeth Byrnes

Like a movie still, the stage was set and everything was perfect. The balmy spring evening added to the ambience as the twenty-four, elegantly attired guests arrived by limousines for ArtReach’s thirteenth Ultimate Dinner Party, on May 6, 2002.

K.C. and Kelly Gallagher played the hosts for the elegant soiree. They opened their lovely Tudor home for a formal, eight-course dinner prepared by ten of Denver’s finest chefs. The Gallagher’s were very excited to participate in such a wonderful cause. “What an opportunity to host an elegant dinner in my own home and I did not have to do a thing.”

The cocktail hour was held out on the back patio. The setting was straight from a fairytale with the light from the golden hour filling the yard with vibrant colors. Butlers served sparkling wines and passed hors d’oeuvres. Photographers caught the special moment, while the beautiful costumed guests sampled corn and garlic fitters, sweet breads and smoked salmon mousse, prepared by Eric Scott of Radex.

Alice Millett Bakemeier, the author of “Country Club Heritages; a History and Guide of a Denver Neighborhood,” told the gathered guests the history of the Gallagher’s home and pointed out some details of Tudor Architecture. She shared that Henry the 8th introduced the Tudor influence. Classic characteristics of Tudor Architecture include steep gables and half line timbering.

Guests Tom and Valere Shane, former owners of the Tudor home, enjoyed revisiting their past residence and sharing stories that they knew about the house. Tom told a story (or maybe a wives tale) about cougar paw prints in the insulation of the upstairs attic. The cougar had evidently crawled into the gable area, before the end structures were added.

Other guests that rounded out the dinner party included; Natalie Rekstad and Scott Lynn, Meredith Bradford and Mark Smith, Holly and Rich Kylberg, Ron and Joan Maclachlan, Nancy and John Stamper, Ruth and Bob Beriault, Scott and Joni Wylie, Suzanne and Don Mackenzie, Robin Halby and Todd Snidow, and Marsha and Emmett Duemke.

Guests sat down to dinner, promptly at 7:30pm. The dining room and Kelly’s office were transformed into intimate dining areas with accents of rich red and bouquets of fresh flowers. Each course was presented on fine silver, stemware and china. Markus Georg of Chinook Tavern, Matthew Franklin of 240 Union, Radek Cerny and Gregory Sever of Papillon Café, Eric Roeder of Micole, Eric Scott of Radex, Christopher Cina of Bravo Ristorante, Amy Vitale and Sean Farley of Strings, and Michael Degenhart of Manor House orchestrated the culinary artistry.

This is ArtReach’s thirteenth year for the Ultimate Dinner Party fundraiser. Each year, the event is held at a different home. It has been a huge success because it is fun and unique way to raise money. All proceeds benefit ArtReach, Inc., an organization that has been providing art experiences to at risk and underserved children, adults and elderly throughout Metro Denver. It implements programs, which emphasize the importance of cultural events and serves as the community outreach arm for many cultural organizations. This year’s dinner raised $22,000.

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