Welcome to our 10th Annual Dallas All Star Chef Classic!
The 10th Annual Dallas All Star Chef Classic will take place on Sunday, October 8th and we hope we can count on you for your support! All the monies raised directly benefit the 75 Residents at The 24 and the 41 Residents at Tillman House who are recovering from alcohol and drug addiction and are becoming contributing and
self-supporting members of the community.
Sunday, October 8, 2023
5:30pm - 8:00pm
VIP Reception 5:00pm - 5:30pm
The Empire Room
1225 N. Riverfront Blvd., Dallas, Texas 75207
We are thrilled to announce that Chef Sharon Van Meter, CEO of SVM Productions, the leader in the television and radio culinary world, has joined our team as Honorary Chef Chair and will recruit and manage the participating chefs. We are grateful for her support!
This year’s Dallas All Star Chef Classic will feature Dallas’ top chefs and their delectable tastings for you to enjoy, while the Jordan Kahn Orchestra will keep your toes tapping!
In order to raise the necessary funds to continue our mission, we are seeking your financial support, as we are seeing an unprecedented number of homeless individuals suffering with substance abuse. In 2022, we served over 600 Residents with a 31% Success Rate! Additionally, Tillman House, our sober, affordable, fully-furnished apartment-style living facility for our Successful 24 Graduates, had a 65% Success Rate. We need your support to continue helping these individuals with their brand new start.
Please consider helping us continue to make an even greater impact in 2023 by being a Sponsor for this year’s Dallas All Star Chef Classic.
Kristin and James Hallam
Kristin Case Hallam a native Houstonian, grew up in New Waverly outside of Conroe, Texas. She has always been dedicated to her studies, but at an early age spent her extra time raising blue butt pigs, bunnies, and plants as a member of the Future Farmers of America (FFA). She is a two-time Grand Champion Horticulture winner. Through middle and high school, she modeled, held pageantry titles, and cheered competitively. Growing up, everyone in her family worked and went to church on Sundays. Her father retired from Houston Police Department after thirty years as a narcotics officer. While her mother was a cop at the Houston PD, she now practices in the private sector as a private investigator.
After graduating from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Performance and an emphasis in Business and Fashion Merchandising, a career in law enforcement ensued. Kristin is a former Special Agent, Federal Investigator. Kristin spent three years working for the government in Washington D.C. before going into the private sector to raise children and be a mother. In 2008, Kristin created Cheetah Swift, LLC which is a court service company, and is the CEO and Managing Member of that organization.
After remarriage in 2021 and getting her master’s in business administration from Southern Methodist University, you could say she is ready for her next adventure. Kristin is married to James Robert Hallam and her interests are fashion, cooking, and traveling. Fun Fact: She has 5children and 5 pets.
James Robert Hallam is born and raised in Dallas, Texas. As far back as he can remember, he loved being a Texan. At an early age, it was school, sports, friends, family, and church. Growing up in the Park Cities was a privilege and a wonderful childhood experience. Always enjoyed spending the summers at Camp and going down to South Padre Island with the family. After going to Park Cities schools up to his freshman year of Highschool James attended Kemper Military School, where he graduated in 1988.
He started working at an early age for the Dallas Morning News, delivering newspapers in the neighborhood. After his paper route, he began mowing lawns and worked at Ben E. Keith Beersin in 1985. His first job was in the repack room, where all the damaged beer went to be sorted and put back into sellable packaging. After graduating from St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas, James took a position with Ben E. Keith Beers in the Fort Worth division as a sales trainee. In 2005, James graduated from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business with a master’s in business administration.
Currently, James is an Executive Vice President of Ben E. Keith Company and serves on numerous boards. Most of the focus is on Government affairs but still has a passion for hunting, fishing, and shooting. Enjoys spending time with his wife of two years, Kristin Case Hallam, and their combined 5 children and animals. James is a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church and lives in Highland Park.
HONORARY CHEF CHAIR
Chef Sharon Van Meter
A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, France, Chef Sharon Van Meter brings more than forty years of award-winning and acclaimed culinary experience to the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Chef Van Meter has served the culinary world as Executive Chef of The Ritz-Carlton, International, Professor of American Cuisine at Paris’ Le Cordon Bleu and Executive Chef in the renowned kitchens of Neiman Marcus, Dallas, Texas. Currently, Sharon is CEO of SVM Productions, LLC, a leader in the television, radio and culinary productions world. Chef Van Meter has been inducted in the honorable culinary societies of the American Culinary Federation, World Master Chefs Society, Les Dames d’Escoffier International, and Euro-Toques International.
She has served as President of the Dallas Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier and 1st Vice President, Les Dames d’Escoffier International. In 2009, Chef Van Meter became the first female Director of the American Culinary Federation-Texas Chefs Association.
Sharon is a member of the National Restaurant Association and has been on the Board of Directors of the Greater Dallas Restaurant Association since 2010; served as President of the GDRA Board of Directors in 2015-2016. Sharon serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Restaurant Association and is current chairwoman of the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation.
Her numerous volunteer and humanitarian efforts range from the fight against hunger by involvement with Share Our Strength’s “Taste of the Nation” event to the National AIDS Foundation “Touring Chefs” program to Habitat for Humanity’s “House Party.” Sharon served on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Chefs Move! to Schools task force. In 2008, she received the National Restaurant Association’s “Cornerstone Humanitarian Award”.
Libby and Ben Albritton
Robin and Norm Bagwell
Lindsay and George Billingsley
Cindy and David Brewer
Lucinda and Barry Buford
Carroll Watson and Reed Carroll
Kate and Chip Cavanaugh
Cynthia and Bruce Collins
Laurie and Mark Connell
Kathy and Bob Craine
Elizabeth and Carl Cross
Mary and Matthew Davis
Lira and Steve DeShazo
David Felton Williams
Jameye and Ron Gardner
Claire and Brian Gogel
Lonnie and Jeff Grover
Terry Bentley Hill and Tom Krampitz
Sherri and Mark Lewis
Becky and Bob McCamey
Megan and Christopher McGuire
Becky and Steve Meyer
Patty and Gary Milam
Mary and Baker Montgomery
Betsy and Cary Newman
Jan and Scott Osborn
Katherine and Michael Phillips
Pat and Steve Schiff
Sabrina and Adam Schiller
Betsy and Dick Skorburg
Joan and Case Stockton
Lee Ann and Steve Van Amburgh
Shannon and Chico West
Cathy and Jim Wills
Nancy and Jack Zogg
Matt Balke, Encina
Junior Borges, Meridian
Justin Box, Private Chef
Donald Breedlove, The Hubcap Cafe
Jimmy Contreras, Eno's Pizza Tavern
Eric Dreyer, Monarch
Troy Gardner, TLC Vegan Kitchen
Salvatore Gisellu, Urban Family Concepts
Jeffery Hobbs, The Slone Bone
Sean Jett, Humble: Simply Good Pies
Miriam Jimenez, Miriam Cocina Latina
Peja Krstic, Mot Hai Ba
Mike McCoy, Chef to the Shelters
Joel Orsini, Parigi
Meaders Ozarow, Empire Baking Company
Luke Rogers, Beckley 1115
Aaron Staudenmaier, District
Paula Lambert and Maurico Travesi, Mozzarella Cheese Company
Sharon Van Meter
Jacob Williamson, The Saint
Michael Wyatt, Full City Rooster Coffee Roasting Studio
Koji Yoshida, EBESU Robata and Sushi
ABOUT DALLAS 24 HOUR CLUB
Dallas 24 Hour Club provides transitional living, support services and essential life skills for homeless alcoholics and addicts, so they can embrace long-term sobriety and become contributing self-supporting members of the community. In 2021, Tillman House opened to provide an affordable sober living community with support to encourage long-term sobriety for Graduates of Dallas 24 Hour Club.