Central Market Houston’s Tenth Anniversary Celebration to Benefit Foodways Texas

To celebrate this milestone, Central Market will hold an outdoor, tented event featuring 10 of Houston’s finest chefs; Texas wine makers and farmers; live entertainment from Houston’s favorite Yvonne Washington; and mingling with fellow foodies. Titled 2001 – 2011 A Delectable Decade: Celebrating 10 years of Foodie Love, the event is slated to take place Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Central Market, 3815 Westheimer, Houston, Texas.

Ten of our favorite chefs are participating in a ‘chef invitational’, each creating a specialty dish with all Texas products. Stationed throughout the tent, each chef will cook up three ounce portions of his/her dish, and serve them to party goers. Additionally, local celebrity judges and a panel of customers will cast their vote for their favorite dish, and crown a Central Market 10th Anniversary winner at the end of the evening. Participating chefs include:

Randy Evans from Haven, Philippe Schmit from Philippe Restaurant, Kiran Verma from Kiran’s, John Sheely from Mockingbird Bistro, Hugo Ortega from Hugo’s, Chris Shepherd from Underbelly, Jamie Zelko from Zelko Bistro, Olivier Ciesielski from L’Olivier Maison, Claire Smith from Canopy and Shade, and the Central Market Executive Chef

The chefs will be available to meet, greet and answer any questions during their personal appearance. Local food vendors include Generation Farms, Texmati and Kitchen Pride Mushrooms while local products may include Texas quail, goat cheese, eggs, tomatoes, pork, redfish or Gulf Coast fish, and Gulf shrimp. Local wines, including Messina Hof, are paired with each dish.

Tickets for the event are $100, available online at via the Houston Cooking School reservation site. (From the home page, you must click Cooking School and Houston to book online.) All proceeds benefit Foodways Texas, an organization founded by scholars, chefs, journalists, restaurateurs, farmers, ranchers, and other citizens of the state of Texas who have made it their mission to preserve, promote and celebrate the diverse food cultures of Texas.

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