Texas Chefs for Farmers Festival to Debut in Houston This Fall Featuring Top Local Chefs


Chefs for Farmersa Texas food and wine festival that brings together the talents of local chefs and farmers, is coming to Houston for the first time this fall, showcasing some of Houston’s finest cooks.

The festival, partner of Houston Food Bank non-profit, will take over Autry Park at Shepherd and Allen Parkway from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, involving chefs like Grand Chief: Houston finalist Evelyn Garcia, Aaron Bludorn of Bludorn and Niki Vongthong, chef of Hidden Omakasewith farmers to further demonstrate what happens when the focus is on seasonal and sustainable foods.

Founded in Dallas in 2010, the Chefs for Farmers festival began as a small series of farm-to-table dinners before morphing into a major food and wine showcase that raises awareness and support for Texas family farms.

This year, the 21+ event will feature tastings, live entertainment, and food and wine pairings, including cocktails, craft beer, and wine.

Tickets are on sale on the festival website from Monday 11 July. Early Bird VIP tickets ($135 through Friday, July 15) allow guests access to the festival one hour earlier — starting at 1 p.m. Early Bird tickets for general admission, which gives admission at 2 p.m., are available for $99 through Friday, July 15. Tickets will then be available on a limited basis for $150 for VIPs and $115 for general admission.

Some of the Houston chefs on this year’s list include:

  • Aaron Bludorn, Executive Chef and Co-Owner of Bludorn
  • Adolfo Monjaras, Executive Chef of The restoration of Mandola
  • Alex Au-Yeung, chef-owner of Phat Eatery nominated for James Beard Award
  • Austin Waiter, Executive Chef Partner of the Marigold Club
  • Brandi Key, Culinary Director and Chef daily gathering
  • Chris Shepherd, James Beard Award-winning chef from Georgia James
  • Drake Leonards, Executive Chef Partner of Eunice
  • Hugo Ortega, James Beard Award-winning chef and owner of Backstreet Café and Hugo’s
  • Grand Chief: Houston runner-up Evelyn Garcia and Henry Lu, the chefs behind KIN-HTX
  • Jio Dingayan, head chef of silver cat
  • Justin Yoakum, Chef of Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette
  • Kirthan and Kripa Shenoy, the chef duo behind Auden
  • Leonard Botello, pitmaster and owner of Truth BBQ
  • Maria Gonzalez, Executive Chef of Lees Den
  • Marcos Leal, head chef of loro houston
  • Michael Hoffman, Executive Chef of Brasserie 19
  • Niki Vongthong, Chief of Hidden Omakase
  • Paul Qui, chef and partner of Golfstrommen
  • Ryan Pera, chef and co-owner of Coltivare
  • Steve Marques, Head of Artisanal creamery
  • Travis McShane, Chef-Owner of Ostia
  • Tommy Laczynski, Executive Chef of Ouzo Bay

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