A Dallas-based food festival has set its sights on Houston. chefs for farmers Bayou City will debut on Sunday, October 2nd.
Held in Autry Park, the new mixed-use development at the intersection of Shepherd Drive and Allen Parkway, Chefs for Farmers describes itself as “bringing local chefs and farmers together through the art of creating exceptional dishes and drinks for an unforgettable experience.” It achieves this goal in the form of tastings with chefs serving attendees from individual stations.
Organizer Iris Midler has put together a roster of over 20 Houston’s top chefs for the inaugural event. Among them: Aaron Bluedorn (Blodoorn), James Beard Award winner Chris Shepherd (Underbly Hospitality) and Hugo Ortega (H-Town Restaurant Group), Leonard Botelho IV (Truth BBQ), Ryan Pera (Cultivar), Alex O Young (Fat) Eatery ) And the top chef Finalist Evelyn Garcia with her business partner Henry Garcia (John Bay Kane).
See the full list on the event website.
Although the event’s name might suggest that it was a Farm Aid-style fundraising campaign on behalf of family farms, this is not actually the case. As the Chefs for Farmers website explains in its FAQ, the event is organized to pair each participating chef with a farm that will provide the ingredients for the dish served at the event. The website reads: “We provide each chef a stipend for ingredients to cover costs, which directly supports his partner farm.” These payments, and the exposure that comes from participating in the event, are the benefits that growers get.
The event also states that the Houston food bank will be a beneficiary of charities, but a representative declined to specify the minimum donation the CFF has committed to making to the local nonprofit. In 2021, the Dallas event raised $100,000 from Trigger’s Toys, according to the festival’s website.
CFF’s mix of strong lineup, central location, and pleasant autumn weather should probably attract attendees to the inaugural event. Tickets, which cover all food and beverages at the event, are now on sale. It’s priced at $135 for VIP and $99 for general admission through July 15, when it will go up to $150 and $115.