2014 “Into the Meadow” to feature culinary creations of chef Kent Rathbun

In keeping with the tradition of featuring the area’s premier chefs and caterers, this year’s “Into The Meadow” fundraiser will highlight the culinary creations of award-winning chef Kent Rathbun.

Chef Kent

Chef Kent

Since opening in 1999, Chef Kent’s five-star restaurant, Abacus, has repeatedly been recognized as a pinnacle of fine dining. Accolades include:

  • Bon Appetit’s Best of the Year, which named Abacus’ Chef’s tasting menu a “Top Pick;”
  • “Best Chef” by D Magazine;
  • “One of the Top Meals Around the World” by USA Today;
  • Mobil Four-Stars; and
  • AAA Four Diamonds.

Abacus’ design, wine list and menu have also been recognized and featured in publications such as Elle, Southern Living, Veranda, Texas Monthly, and The Rosie Magazine. In addition, Abacus has been inducted into the Nation’s Restaurant News Fine Dining Hall of Fame.

Kent’s second concept, Jasper’s, added a touch of “home cooking” flair to the best of America’s regional cuisine. Since the opening of its first location in Plano and expanding to The Woodlands and Austin, Jasper’s has been named one of Esquire Magazine’s Top 20 Best New Restaurants in America and has been touted by various regional publications.

His newest venture is KB’s in Plano. With a restaurant-style atmosphere, full bar, ample parking and patio fireplace, it has become one of the premier spots for hosting wedding receptions, birthday parties, business functions and more.

Kent’s roots are firmly set in food, starting as an apprentice at La Bonne Auberge, a five-star French restaurant located in Kansas City, Missouri. In addition, he worked at Mr. B’s in New Orleans, American Restaurant and Milano in Kansas City, The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and the Landmark Restaurant in Dallas’ Warwick Melrose Hotel.

He has cooked at the James Beard House in New York on several occasions and was nominated four times as the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southwest. He frequently appears on national TV shows and in 2008 competed on Food Network’s hit series “Iron Chef America” where he defeated grill master Bobby Flay in a frenetic culinary battle.

Chef Kent becomes the latest high profile chef to participate in Into The Meadow. Justin and Diane Fourton of Pecan Lodge catered the first two fundraisers. George Brown of Experimental Table has been the featured chef the past two years. In addition, Patina Green Home and Market provided specialty drinks and hors d’oeuvres for the cocktail reception at the first four Into The Meadow events.

This year’s dinner under the stars celebrating local food, local farms and the beauty of natural space is schedule for Sept. 20. To purchase tickets, Click Here.


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