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Tom Perini

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Former rancher and cattleman, Tom Perini, began his career as a chuck wagon cook in 1973 and opened Perini Ranch Steakhouse in 1983 on the family ranch.

Gourmet featured Perini Ranch in “America’s Great Rural Restaurants” (October 2004). The steakhouse was listed in Texas Monthly’s (March 2010) The Bucket List — stating that eating a ribeye at Perini Ranch Steakhouse is something you must do before you die and Tom was the cover story of Texas Monthly (April 2011), showcasing, “How to Cook Like a Texan.” Also, Texas Monthly cited Perini Ranch Steakhouse as the Third Best Steakhouse in Texas (December 2007) and “The Best Steakhouse for Real Texas Food” (February 1997) and featured in Texas Highways “Pure Perini — No Frills Ranch Cooking…” (June 1997). His Mesquite Smoked Peppered Beef Tenderloin has reached national acclaim “Superlative…Spectacular…The Tasting Star…” The New York Times (November 1995).

Tom has been invited to cook at the James Beard House in New York on multiple occasions. In 2014, Perini Ranch Steakhouse was recognized by the James Beard Foundation as “America’s Classic” restaurant, the most significant achievement bestowed on an independent restaurant. In 2010, Perini Ranch Steakhouse won the hamburger grilling competition on NBC’s TODAY, after being named Best Hamburger in Texas by Food Network Magazine (June 2009).

Tom has had the honor of catering the 2002 Congressional Picnic at the White House and cooking for President George W. Bush, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Jiang Zemin of China in Crawford, Texas.

Tom is past-president of the Texas Restaurant Association and his cookbook, Texas Cowboy Cooking, is in its eighth printing. Tom serves on the Texas Historical Commission, along with many local boards, and he is an avid collector and student of early Texas history.


Christy Rost

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National television host and cookbook author Christy Rost will take center stage as host of this high-energy, toe-tapping, culinary “concert” to raise funds for urologic research.

Christy Rost, the grateful daughter of a grateful Department of Urology patient, is the host of the highly acclaimed holiday special from American Public Television, A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving, broadcast nationwide each November on PBS and CREATE. Through her programming on PBS, radio and television appearances, and cooking and lifestyle books—including Celebrating Home—Christy inspires audiences to view their homes in new and fresh ways and appreciate the beauty around them. She also provides the knowledge and tools to create memorable meals and master the art of entertaining with confidence and style.

“My father was a renal cancer patient for 13 years in UW’s Department of Urology, where dedication, innovation, cutting-edge treatment and caring professionals improve and save lives every day. I’m honored to continue my parents’ legacy of supporting urologic research during this one-of-a-kind evening of culinary demos, live music, laughter and exciting surprises.” – Christy Rost


All That Jazz

All That Jazz has been a Dane County institution for nearly three decades.
They are a regular feature at Madison’s Art Fair on the Square and Tunes at Monona
Terrace. The band also has an extensive outreach program to cultivate the next
generation of jazz musicians.


Proceeds from this event will go to the Wisconsin Urologic Research Institute (WURI) in the Department of Urology.



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