Houston is getting its own version of Dallas’ epic food festival this fall: Chefs for Farmers Houston!
Chefs for Farmers, which began in Dallas twelve years ago as a long-table dinner to celebrate connections between chefs and farmers, has grown into one of America’s premier food and wine festivals.
Now Houstonians will get to see what all the buzz is about. Chefs for Farmers Houston takes place Sunday, October 2, at Autry Park. VIP tickets offer an hour of early access, starting at 1 pm, Early-bird pricing (through July 15) is $99 for general admission and $135 for VIP access. After Friday, the prices will increase to $115 and $150 for the respective tiers.
“Two of our goals at CFF events are to connect chefs to farmers and increase awareness that food comes from farms, not styrofoam boxes” CFF founder Iris Midler told EscapeHatch.
Like the annual Dallas event (Nov. 2-6 this year), Chefs for Farmers Houston will bring together top chefs and local farmers with an array of tasty bites, wines, spirits, beers and cocktails. For its inaugural year, Chefs for Farmers Houston is slated as a one-day event (the Dallas version spreads out over a long weekend, with related dinners dotting the calendar all year).
“We are stoked to bring Chefs for Farmers to Houston and to continue supporting independent chef-driven concepts across America,” Midler tells EscapeHatch. “Houston was a natural choice for expansion as it is home to some of the most talented chefs in the country, and I am a huge fan of the city’s restaurant scene.”
A number of popular chefs have already committed to participate, including Chris Shepherd of Georgia James, Niki Vongthong of Hidden Omakase and Top Chef Season 9 winner Paul Qui. Here’s who’s already in cheffy line-up:
Aaron Bludorn, Bludorn
Adolfo Monjaras, Mandola’s Catering
Alex Au-Yeung, Phat Eatery
Austin Waiter, The Marigold Club
Brandi Key, Daily Gather
Chris Shepherd, Georgia James
Drake Leonards, Eunice
Evelyn Garcia and Henry Lu, Kin
Hugo Ortega, Backstreet Café
Jio Dingayan, Money Cat
Justin Yoakum, Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette
Kirthan and Kripa Shenoy, Auden
Leonard Botello, Truth BBQ
Marcos Leal, Loro
Maria Gonzalez, Lees Den
Michael Hoffman, Brasserie 19
Michael Sambrooks, Andiron
Neal Swidler, Annabelle
Niki Vongthong, Hidden Omakase
Otto Sanchez, Magnol French Baking
Paul Qui, Golfstrømmen
Quy Hoang, Blood Bros. BBQ
Ryan Pera, Coltivare
Steve Marques, Craft Creamery
Travis McShane, Ostia
Tommy Laczynski, Ouzo Bay