All News

5th Annual Food in Fashion Charity Event Raises $60,000 for Texas Restaurant Foundation Initiatives

DALLAS (March 2, 2022) – Food and fashion came together to raise funds for a vital cause at the 5th annual Food in Fashion show, presented by the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association on Tuesday, February 22, 2022, in Dallas. Staged at the Fashion Industry Gallery, the event brought together North Texas’ restaurant, hospitality, and fashion industries for an inspiring evening filled with art and whimsy, and raised approximately $60,000 to support the Texas Restaurant Foundation’s (TRF) ongoing education initiatives.

The event’s fashion show met attendees’ sky-high expectations. Each design was a creative––and unlikely––collaboration: Local restaurants donated to Food in Fashion in exchange for the opportunity to sponsor an individual design, and in turn, at least 25% of each original design incorporated the donations from individual restaurants.

First place went to Kishme with Rock Strategic, who relied on donations from Jack in the Box to create a spellbinding white gown featuring an aluminum-silver removable sun-king collar and layers of floor-grazing ruffles. First runner-up was Danny Nguyen, whose candy-colored fairytale-meets-pop-art design incorporated donations from Snacks for a Cause.

A favorite segment of Food in Fashion revolves around a showcase of local student culinary teams. Three-person student teams prepared appetizers for the evening, which a professional panel of judges sampled and ranked, awarding first place––and the Ben E. Keith Culinary Cup––to Crowley Independent School District instructor Zameika Williams. Top-placing teams are also eligible to have a program wish-list need met via a donation from Food in Fashion.

Hosted by Kyle Noonan––whose innovative restaurant concepts such as The Rustic are helping define Texas’ modern, elevated-casual dining experience––and beloved former BravoTV reality star and morning talk show and radio host Courtney Kerr, Food in Fashion 2022 raised a vital $50,000 for the ongoing efforts of the TRF to strengthen and rebuild the hospitality industry’s workforce in Texas.

“Food in Fashion is always a red-letter event, and this year, every single participant stunned us with their creativity and execution,” said Corey Mobley, Executive Director of the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association. “Every dollar raised will go directly to the initiatives that are helping Texas restaurants and bars to rebuild a talented workforce that is stronger than ever.”

Proceeds from Food in Fashion will be donated to the Texas Restaurant Foundation, Texas ProStart and other local career development programs. For more information, visit

Download event photos here. Please credit Thomas Garza Photography.


The Greater Dallas Chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association (GDTRA) works diligently to grow the health and strength of the restaurant industry in Dallas and beyond through education, public awareness, and governmental affairs. The GDTRA serves as a vital foundation, ally, and point of contact for restaurants. For more information regarding membership with the GDTRA or its parent organization, the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), visit Greater Dallas Chapter or