Food Allergies Upset Diners at This Top Chefs’ Meal: Frustrating Temptations Abound at Unusual FundraiserBY Shelby Hodge // 02.05.18
Chefs Bobby Matos and Richard Kaplan, center, put their best plates forward.
Jodie Corson, Kate Bialas, Shelley Iglesias and Melanie Ringold
Trent Stout, Justin Burrow, Jeff Miller
Benton & Ashlee Love
Kristen & Paul Steen
Chef Dimitri Voutsinas of Emmaline
Brent & Haley Bechtel, Kevin & Emily Haggard
B&B Butchers joined with other restaurants for the third annual event.
Jacee Wolf, Paige Green, Susan Light
Sunshine Rogers, Kara Gross
Melanie Ringold, Catherine Devine
Texas Children's Hospital's director of the Food Allergy Program Dr. Carla Davis
Shelley & Billy Iglesias
Chef Jim Mills and his State Fare team
More than 300 revelers fill The Astorian.
Even though a dozen chefs put their best plates forward on this special night at The Astorian, the 300 guests were not able to sample the full array of tempting bites. When checking in, they were each assigned a specific food allergy — eggs, milk, peanuts, tree nuts, fish shellfish, wheat, soy, etc. — all in the name of understanding the challenges faced by individuals allergic to certain foods.
It was Texas Children’s Hospital’s third annual “Cooking Up a Cure” fundraiser with proceeds directed to the TCH Food Allergy Program. And, oh, what a challenge it was.
Imagine your sweet tooth screaming for La Table’s cheese puffs and cream puffs, but your tag prohibited dairy. Or perhaps your seafood “allergy” nixed any chance of sampling Uchi’s fresh hamachi. And forget the tempting appetizers from Emmaline as the requisite chalk board informed that the ingredients included peanuts, tree nuts, fish, milk and wheat. Whoa, Whatburger on the way home!
Even event chairs Kate and Eddie Bialas, Jodie and Randy Corson, Shelley and Billy Iglesias and Melanie and Daniel Ringold were denied the bites that might cause an allergic reaction. This challenge was nothing new to these couples as each has children who are affected by food allergies. Leading the Texas Children’s team was Dr. Carla Davis, director of the Food Allergy Program, who thanked all for helping raise $185,000.
Among the participating chefs were Tommy Elbashary of B&B Butchers, Lance Gillum of Uchi Houston, Richard Kaplan of Weights + Measures, Elliot Kelly of Café Annie, Bobby Matos of State of Grace, Jim Mills of State Fare, Martin Stayer of Nobie’s, Dimitri Voutsinas of Emmaline, Hassan Obaye and Nicole Routhier of Le Colonial and JB Royer of Royer’s.
Who’s to say that with their tempting offerings that a few guests didn’t ditch their “allergies” to further enjoy foodie evening?
Who: Kelly and Matt Cubbage, Catherine Devine and Brad Bath, Amy and Kevin Holmes, Karen and Trevor Turbiy, Ashlee and Benton Love, Kristin and Paul Steen, Sunshine Rogers, Kara Gross, Trent Stout, Jacee Wolf, Justin Burrow, Paige Green, Susan Light and Jeff Miller.