Houston Farmhouse Dinner sees top chefs create delicious alchemy on a truly chilled garden evening

What: Recipe for the delicious alchemy banquet of success

Or: Farms of Hope

PC time: The dinner evening showcasing the fresh products that recipe for success grows on its seven-acre urban farm showcased the talents of 10 chefs who offered their expertise to deliver a garden-fresh dinner. With some added protein for good measure. Think snow peas, carrots, tomatoes, green beans and Farms of Hope Pepper jelly.

The feast began with appetizers — Crab Cakes from Sysco Chef Javier Lopez and Wild Mushroom Pierogis from Recipe for Success Board Member Chef Barbara McKnight of Culinary. Once seated, guests dined on the chef’s vegetarian dishes Martin Stayer of Nobie’s and The Toasted Coconut, Chef Caitlin Streets from Théodore Rex — with vegetable pasta from chef ROMA Kevin Bryant.

Main courses included Ouzo Bay Chef Thomas LaczynskiRoasted octopus dauphine and potatoes, Le Colonial Chef Charlie HoSmoked squab with carrot tea and fig juice, and Bistro Menil Chef Greg Martin12-hour short ribs, provided by gourmet ranch.

When it came time for dessert, the co-founder of Recipe for Success Gracie Cavnar challenged guests to “win” the candy by contributing to the Hope Farms program of delivering fresh produce to 132 food-insecure families in the neighborhood. The $10,000 raised guaranteed that Hope Farms would deliver farm-fresh produce to everyone for eight weeks. A nice salary for the desserts of the chef of Kiran Kiran Verma and chef of the AV bakery Alejandra Salas.

Aashish & Erin Parekh, Alice Mao, Tammie Johnson at the Recipe for Success Alchemy Banquet at Hope Farms (Photo by Daniel Ortiz)

The outdoor Gathering Bar was dressed to impress that night. A single 50-foot-long table was decorated with the freshest flowers grown on the farm under the auspices of Recipe for Success co-founder Cavnar’s. Flower Child Urban Flower Farm & Studio. Flowers, arranged by Cavnar, adorned the table, which was dressed in copper Fortuny fabric and upholstered in teal tooled leather.

Winners Susanna and John Fain were presented with proclamations from Congressman Al Green and Mayor Sylvester Turner in recognition of their impact on Houston’s healthy food scene.

PC seen: Co-Founder of Recipe for Success Bob Cavnar, Peg Lee, Ford Hubbard, Virginia and Will McMullen, Kathryn Ketelsen, Kim Tutcher, Lance McKnight, Karen and Roland Garcia, Alice Mao, Sneha and Nick Merchant, Shelly and Warren Span, Anita and David Garten, Katherine Warren, Glen Gonzalez, Ashton and Dallas Garrison, and Steve Summers.

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