Jason Janik

Laburne and Shirley -- the nicknames for the smokers used at a sold-out dinner in Dallas Monday night -- were not, in fact, the biggest celebrities in the building. Chef John Tesar (Knife, Oak in Dallas) and pitmaster Aaron Franklin (Franklin Barbecue in Austin) were the main attractions at a six-course menu showcasing each of their culinary styles.

Guests enjoyed a several-course meal served under the glow of red lights.

Guests enjoyed a several-course meal served under the glow of red lights.

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The dinner was the first in a week-long series called EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES, which raises money for HIV/AIDS. See the remaining events this week here. Tickets cost $150 per person.

Dinner included:

  • Confit brisket ends
  • Beef cheek ravioli Bolognese with lime-basil pesto
  • Family-style New York strip steak (from 44 Farms) served with mac and cheese
  • Franklin's famous brisket

Take a look at each course:

(Passed appetizers not included.)

First course: Aaron's charcuterie plate

First course: Aaron's charcuterie plate

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Second course: beef cheek ravioli Bolognese lime-basil pesto

Second course: beef cheek ravioli Bolognese lime-basil pesto

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Third course: 44 Farms prime NY strip au poivre with John's mac & cheese

Third course: 44 Farms prime NY strip au poivre with John's mac & cheese

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Fourth course: a selection of Texas BBQ in the style of Aaron Franklin

Fourth course: a selection of Texas BBQ in the style of Aaron Franklin

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Fifth course: banana pudding from Knife pastry chef David Collier

Fifth course: banana pudding from Knife pastry chef David Collier

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Here's Laburne and Shirley:

Aaron Franklin prepares his signature barbecue during the EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES dinner at The Highland Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX, on Jun. 1, 2015.

Aaron Franklin prepares his signature barbecue during the EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES dinner at The Highland Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX, on Jun. 1, 2015.

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