Society: ‘Pawte Cuisine’ wows at humane society benefit

Chuck Bennett

Two of Michigan’s most celebrated chefs were featured at a spectacular event Thursday to benefit the Michigan Humane Society. Marc Djozlija of Wright & Co. and Andy Hollyday of Selden Standard presented some of their best signature dishes during a strolling dinner at the event cleverly titled, “Pawte Cuisine.”

The occasion was the brainchild of MHS’s vice chairman, Paul Huxley, chairman of Strategic Staffing Solutions, who hosted the party with his wife, Cindy Pasky, who is president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions. Each guest was asked to make a pledge of $1,000 per year for the next five years.

“We have had a great relationship with not only the Michigan Humane Society but also with two of the region’s top chefs — who also happen to be supporters of MHS,” Huxley said.

“The pledge structure allows people to support the capital campaign and the long-term sustainability of the new campus, which will care for an expanding number of animals in southeast Michigan for 150 years or more.”

The party took place under white tents at the site of the Michigan Humane Society’s new Detroit Animal Care Campus, where guests were given guided hard-hat tours of the building. Just a few blocks north of the current MHS Detroit Center, the new Detroit Animal Care Campus spreads across more than four acres and will offer a 35,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.

And as if featuring a strolling meal curated by Djozlija and Hollyday were not outstanding enough, the two James Beard Award-nominated chefs brought along another pair of prominent Metro Detroit chefs to add something more to the pot: Dave Mancini from Supino’s and Greg Reyner from Cafe Muse.

Some of the many dishes served included seared pork belly sliders (Chef Marc), shrimp and octopus ceviche (Chef Andy), meatballs on toasted ciabatta (Chef Dave), and chorizo and gorgonzola-stuffed dates wrapped in bacon (Chef Greg).

The evening also featured a live auction, classic lounge entertainment from crooner Ben Sharkey and his band, and a chance to take home any one of a dozen adorable cats and dogs who were on hand for adoption. The event raised more than $300,000.

Chuck Bennett is the Fox 2 News Style Ambassador and creator of the Social D. See