Photographer Steven Hill holds toy drive Saturday

Steven D. Hill has children on the brain. As we noted when we profiled him this summer, the talented photographer and fashionista loves helping young people — as he did in an exhibit last August that benefited Vogel Alcove, an organization here in Dallas that provides vital services, material necessities, and developmental care to homeless children. Well, if children ever need someone looking after them, it’s during the holidays, so Hill is back with a toy drive that will deliver toys to kids served by Vogel Alcove, and also Kidscapes Foundation, which assists children living with HIV/AIDS and disadvantaged children struggling with obesity, through education, fitness and art.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, Hill’s Heads with Hearts foundation hosts a mixer (featuring savory bites, as well as desserts from the Cupcakery)  at the Downtown clothier Binzario from 7 to 9 p.m., and admission is just one unwrapped toy.

For more info, visit TheHeadswithHearts online.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Spoiler alert! Gay chef exits ‘Top Chef Masters’

Suvir Saran

One of the out chefs on the current season of Top Chef Masters was told to pack his knives last night.

The series, which pits established and celebrity chefs against one another in cooking competitions to raise money for charity, is near the start of its second season on Bravo.

Suvir Saran, an Indian chef who is a practicing vegetarian, was booted from the show for cooking a tasteless vegan burger with a low calorie count for a weight-loss challenge. Saran has stayed true to his no-kill principles since the season began, refusing to even use bugs in a weird challenge last week. He has, however, cooked meat this season which had already been butchered, although his default has been to find vegan alternatives for carnivorous dishes.

Last night, he lectured the diners, including the panel of food critics that included gay judge James Oseland, about how red meat was responsible for obesity and why his substitute was healthier. Perhaps, but it ended up being flavorless and not juicy enough for the diners.

Saran owns a farm in Upstate New York with his partner, Charlie.  He raised about $8,000 for his charity before being let go.

Lesbian Tracy Des Jardins fared better for our tribe, winning her second “quickfire” challenge of the season.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones