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Chefs in the Field Turn Houston Farm Dinner Into Foodie Heaven

Out in the Countryside, Out of This World

BY // 06.20.19
photography Daniel Ortiz

What: Recipe for Success’ “Chefs in the Field” dinner saluting the tomato

Where: In the barn at Recipe for Success‘ Hope Farms

PC Moment: This truly fresh-from-the-field dinner evening began with a tasting of two dozen varieties of Hope Farms’ heirloom tomatoes, which were served along with Basil Lemon Collins, a craft cocktail created specially for the event.

Dylan Murray, executive chef of Local Foods and Benjy’s, launched the seated portion of the feast with a Summer Field Salad with cucumber-chili vinaigrette, charred fennel, Hope Farms heirloom tomatoes and Brazos Valley smoked Texas Gouda cheese.

Putting the tomatoes to very creative use was Ben McPherson, chef/owner of BOH Pasta & Pizza, who created a stunning dish of tomato leaf rigatoni with Hope Farms smokey heirloom tomatoes, garlic, chives, basil, 1836: Texas olive oil and Grana Padano cheese.

Troy Guard, chef/owner of Guard and Grace, wowed guests with his open-fired Gulf red snapper entree, which was served with Hope Farms cucumber and heirloom tomato acqua pazza with soy bean and shitake mushroom pico.

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Tomatoes for dessert? Chef Murray should be on the Food Network’s Chopped. The talented fellow created a remarkable tomato pistachio cake with basil-lemongrass crème anglaise.

Orchestrating the fundraiser for Recipe for Success community outreach programs were Gracie and Bob Cavnar, founders of the nonprofit.

PC Seen: Board members Ally Shell-van Koolwijk and husband Martijn, Bryan Christ and wife Stacey, Priya Coffey and husband Brad, Amanda Boffone, Rudy Guerra, Nico Gleza, Melissa Sugulas and Elizabeth Williams; advisory board members Suzanne Williams and husband Brad, Carrie Brandsberg-Dahl and husband, Sverre; and fans including Mike Parmet, Yoon and James Smith and Barbara Van Postman.

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