Lambda Legal holds victory celebration tonight at Hotel Palomar

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Every year about this time, Lambda Legal’s Dallas office holds a summer kickoff party. But there’s rarely been a season worth partying it up more than this one. With the recent triumphs in the U.S. Supreme Court, the gay rights group has a lot to celebrate — no wonder the theme is “Victory!”

You can be part of the festivities at Hotel Palomar’s Central 214, where cocktails and bites will be served while you learn about the details of the upcoming Landmark Dinner. It’s all taking place starting at 5:30 p.m.; you can get more information on their Facebook page.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Blythe Beck introduces 1st-ever cooking series

If there’s a gap in most home cooks’ repertoire, it’s probably that they don’t deep-fry enough kobe beef or use enough butter. OK, maybe not that exactly, but the thing is, that’s the specialty of Central 214 exec chef Blythe Beck. Now, for the first time, she’s gonna share some of her creations in intimate cooking classes this fall.

There are three classes planned so far — Sept. 17 (Pride Weekend!), Oct. 15 and Nov. 19 — in which she’ll share some of her secrets in making a three-course dinner complete with wine pairing. Class size is limited to 25. Cost is $125 per person.

To sign up, visit Central214.com.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Central 214 donates to Dress for Success with ‘naughty’ ice cream

July is National Ice Cream Month (I didn’t know, either), and chef Blythe Beck at Central 214 is getting into the spirit with “Scoop for Success.” For the entire month, a $1 donation will be made to Dress for Success, which helps women reenter the workforce by providing clothes, for every ice cream purchase. And because it’s Blythe, the ice cream is “naughty:” Bourbon-glazed pecan cookie filled with peaches and cream.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Central 214 jumps to help RCD's Food Pantry

Central 214 announced their Thanksgiving Feast this year will also be supporting the Resource Center Dallas’ Food Pantry. Rafael McDonnell from the RCD said that this was a result of the John’s article last week. “I was told by our development department that the restaurant approached us after reading the story about the pantry in last Friday’s Voice,” he wrote in an e-mail to the paper.

And so, $5 of every meal will be going to the Food Pantry. With this menu, hopefully they’ll sell plenty. It is mouthwatering.

The Central 214 holiday buffet features Blythe’s deliciously “naughty” twist on traditional Southern favorites: trio of turkey (roasted, smoked and fried); bourbon sweet potatoes; creamed corn; naughty green bean casserole; butter whipped potatoes; stuffing and dressing, giblet gravy and cranberry chutney; and hot cornbread with honey butter. Top it off with pumpkin and pecan pies and apple cobbler.

Price is $45 per person or $22 for children 12 and under, with $5 of every meal going to charity. Price also includes coffee, iced tea and  juice. Call now for your Thanksgiving reservation at 214.443.9339!

—  Rich Lopez

'Naughty Kitchen' finale hearts Dallas Voice

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The Naughty Kitchen with Chef Blythe Beck, the reality show on Oxygen set at Central 214 here in Dallas, had its season finale tonight, and the Dallas Voice was prominently featured.

The series began with Beck receiving a less-than-glowing review from the Dallas Morning News, and for much of the run, tension has built over whether she could keep her job by redeeming her food in the eyes of critics. In the final episode, that redemption came when she received a review written by yours truly.

Sure, the show plays a little fast-and-loose with the timeline (my review came out this summer — in the national pride edition — not long after the DMN’s and well before many of the events already portrayed), but it was gratifying to hear about 75 percent of the review read aloud on the show. (It was an especially big deal for Beck because my review under the prior exec chef was not so positive.)

Anyway, if you catch it on reruns, you can see the big reveal about 45 minutes into the episode… or you can spoil the suspense and read it here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

'Naughty' chef serves up Chicken Fried Pride tonight at Central 214

If Beck fries these tonight, we just might be in love.
If Beck fries these tonight, we just might be in love.

As Pride is kicking off this week, it’s looking like other neighborhoods are getting in on the action. Last week, we mentioned the party over at Victory Park and tonight, Mockingbird Station partakes with Chicken Fried Pride at Central 214 at 6:30 p.m. This should be a hot celebration being that 214 executive chef Blythe Beck is Dallas’ newest celebrity (read below) with her upcoming show, The Naughty Kitchen about to debut next week. We’re figuring the cameras will be on hand as well. Could they really ignore a fundraiser with “chicken fried”in the title?

Complimentary Southern cocktails and “Blythe Bites” will no doubt be the highlight of the evening, but entertainment by Edna Jean Robinson and her Angels will add to the fun. The event benefits Youth First Texas. An R.S.V.P. is required so do that first and the suggested donation is $20.

—  Rich Lopez