IIt’s one of the tastiest events of the year – the Urban Harvest Sunday Dinner fundraiser for which Houston’s best chefs work in a well-known restaurant kitchen to each create a spectacular dish for a crowd of demanding guests.
Over 200 paying patrons gathered at the stylish Guard and Grace steakhouse downtown for drink and dinner while supporting Urban Harvest’s mission to cultivate thriving communities through gardening and access to healthy food and local. The event raised nearly $ 100,000 for programs that include youth education, community gardening, gardening classes and popular farmers’ markets.
Celebrity chefs have tapped into local resources for their culinary creations directly from the farmers, ranchers and food artisans who attend the Urban Harvest Farmers Market. (The market is held every Saturday at Westheimer and Buffalo Speedway.) Each of the chef’s dishes was accompanied by white and red wines provided by Doug skopp imports from Dionysus.
For the first course, Chef Austin waiter Tony’s prepared salmon crudo with ruby red grapefruit, celery and Vallone olive oil.
The second dish of mushroom ceviche, created by Musaafer Chef Mayank Istwal, was the highlight of the show and the crowd favorite. Well, it should have been because the dish, which consisted of trumpet mushrooms and mushroom coffee with coconut, curry leaf oil, red radish with lentil crisps, took several days to prepare.
The third course was Chef Ostia Travis McShane‘s corn, delicata squash and pecorino gnocchi.
Quite at home cooking in his own kitchen, Chef Troy Guard of Guard and Grace made oak-grilled Texas Wagyu Sirloin with macaire potatoes, candied baby vegetables and grilled carrot mash. , a hearty fourth course.
For the dessert finale, Eunice chef Drake leonards in partnership with the owner of The Baker’s Man Jacques Ephraim Guests treated to a vanilla bundt cake with pecans, white chocolate and fruit compotes.
There was no need for a late night Whataburger run after this feast.
PC seen: Executive Director of Urban Harvest Janna Roberson, Meredith and Fielding Cocke, Marguerite and Chris Johnson, Molly and Duncan Lamme, Lindsay and John Socha, Morgan and Chris Brown, Tiffany and Dennis Hatchett, Mithu and Shammi Malik, Janna and David Webber, Stuart Rosenberg and José Ocque.