More Dishing Out Relief: Top Chefs and Country Music Stars Join Forces to Raise Funds for Texas Restaurants

May 11

FORT WORTH, Texas— Billy Bob’s Texas announces a virtual cook-a-long and music event on Saturday, May 16 at 6 PM. This event marks the second Dishing Out Relief fundraiser to provide some much-needed assistance to the restaurant industry in Texas amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

In honor of National BBQ Month, the event will feature BBQ cooking demos by several Texas top chefs as well as performances from country music artists. Billy Bob’s is partnering with the Texas Restaurant Association (TRA), the leading business association for Texas' multi-billion dollar foodservice industry, and Dallas-based digital marketing firm Lux214 Media Group to host the event.

There is no cost to watch the event on Billy Bob’s Facebook page, but donations will be accepted: Text DishingOutRelief to 833-870-0618. All proceeds will go to benefit the Texas Restaurant Association Relief Fund, which was established in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. So far, the pandemic has resulted in 688,000 lost jobs, $80 billion in lost sales revenue, and the closure of 34 percent of the 50,000 restaurants in Texas since mid-March.

“Our objective is to provide immediate relief by getting the money to restaurants quickly,” said Dr. Emily Williams Knight, President and CEO of the TRA. “The effects of this pandemic have been devastating for restaurants all over the state, and now we’re all coming together to help each other out.”

Chefs will be presenting tips and tricks on how to make some of their favorite dishes in a series of engaging “how-to” videos. Participating chefs include:

  • Dean Fearing – Fearing’s
  • Tim Love – Woodshed Smokehouse, Lonesome Dove, Gemelle, Atico, Love Shack, Queenie’s Steakhouse, White Elephant, Side Dough
  • Kent Rathbun – Shinsei, Lover’s Seafood and Market, Imoto, Rathbun’s Curbside BBQ
  • Richard Chamberlain – Chamberlain’s Steak and Chop House and Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill
  • Chris Fersch – Billy Bob’s Texas
  • Barry Cooper – Cooper’s Old Time Pit BBQ
  • Sarah Heard and Nathan Lemley – Foreign and Domestic
  • Nikky Phinyawatana - Asian Mint
  • Lucky Campbell – Parliament, Standard Pour, and Clover Club

"If you love cooking and country music, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for you to get them both in one place,” said Chef Tim Love, owner of several restaurants throughout Texas and Tennessee, will be one of the participating chefs. You will be learning some great home cooking tips, listening to some great music, and most importantly if you donate, you will be helping out an extremely worthwhile cause."

In addition to cooking and drinking along with top chefs and bartenders, expect performances from some special musical guests.

“It is only fitting that the World’s Largest Honky Tonk host an event of this magnitude,” said Billy Bob’s General Manager, Marty Travis, referring to the venue’s famous nickname. “Combining two of the most Texan things I can think of—barbecue and live country music—is a fantastic way to raise money for restaurants in Texas. And just in time for National BBQ Month in May.”

What: Virtual cook-a-long and music event to benefit the TRA Restaurant Relief Fund
Streaming: Billy Bob’s Texas Facebook page
When: Saturday, May 16 at 6 PM
Hashtags: #DishingOutRelief #TXRestaurantReliefFund


In response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis, The Texas Restaurant Association Relief Fund was established through the Texas Restaurant Association Education Foundation, which is a 501(c)3 non-profit focused on the education and development of Texas’ restaurant industry workforce.

The mission of the Texas Restaurant Association Relief Fund is to provide immediate financial relief to Texas’ independent restaurateurs with funds designed to save employee jobs. For more information, go to or click here for more on the TRA Restaurant Relief Fund.

Lux214 Media Group is a digital marketing firm providing public relations, social media, events, website development, SEO, and email marketing to businesses. Our team uses inspired thinking and innovative solutions to spread your brand across multiple marketing channels and enabling you to maximize your reach and ultimately driving sales for your business. Go to for more information.

Billy Bob’s Texas opened April 1, 1981 with national attention featuring with its 100,000 square feet entertainment center, more than 30 bar stations, country music’s biggest stars, real Pro Bull Riding, and a Texas size dance floor. It became known as “The World’s Largest Honky Tonk,” where more than 6,000 fun loving folks of all ages could enjoy entertainment every day and night.

For almost 40 years, Billy Bob’s has hosted the biggest stars in country music and classic rock from Alabama to ZZ Top. Billy Bob’s has been named “Country Music Club of the Year” 12 times by the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association. For more information, go to


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