Society / The Seen

Rare True Farm Dinner Brings Houston Foodies to the Barn

This Retreat Keeps It Green

BY // 07.19.18
photography Michelle Watson for CatchLight Group

Dining chez field and farm is so in — just ask Recipe for Success. The Houston-founded nonprofit teaches kids about healthy eating via cooking classes in schools taught by talented area chefs. Then there’s Recipe’s latest endeavor — a working farm in Sunnyside.

Hope Farms was the sight for a mid-summer, Sunday supper dinner party, enacted in an open-air barn, among Recipe’s first Chefs in the Field benefits.

The true farm fresh dinner party was inspired by one singular ingredient, that may just be the world’s most versatile fruit — and one that masquerades as a veggie.

That would be the tomato. The crop was literally the guest of honor via a clever Tomato Tribute theme enacted by a trio of carefully calibrated chefs — Alyssa Dole (Pinkerton’s Texas Pit Barbecue), Wayne Nguyen (Maba Pan-Asian Diner) and Martin Stayer (Nobie’s) — who unfolded the night in three courses.

The repast began with Nguyen’s Vietnamese-influenced Umami Bomb appetizer, segued into Stayer’s beef short ribs paired with a savory tomato cobbler served up in old-timey iron skillets, then wrapped with Dole’s inventive desert of charred-tomato panna cotta. Accompanying wine pairings and a Tito’s Vodka- and tomato-fueled Queen of the Nightshade cocktail crafted by 22Fresh’s Hal Brock added to the festivities, which were curated around Hope Farms’ own bounteous tomato harvest.

More clever touches concocted by Cavnar and the Recipe team included grapevine chandeliers illuminating the 40-foot long table draped in seersucker and blue ticking, vintage silver-plated vases and pitchers bearing fresh picked flowers from Hope Farms’ beautiful fields, illustrated menus printed upon fans (handy mid-summer), and the appetizer course — 18 varieties of heirloom tomatoes to be sampled and savored while bellying up to the bar in the barn.

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As parting gift, each guest left with a goodie bag stocked not with luxury loot, but with nature’s bounty — seed packets for future bouquets and farm-fresh veggies from down on Hope Farms.

Save the date for the Next Chefs in the Field: A Pig Roast at Hope Farms takes place on Sunday, October 7 at 6:30 pm. Tickets info and more details can be found here.

Green believers: Recipe’s founder, Gracie Cavnar; Licia GreenEllis and husband Harris County Commissioner Rodney Ellis; R4S board members including Ally Shell-van Koolwijk, Priya Coffey and husband Brad , Aashish Parekh, Melissa Sugulas and husband Dan, Stephanie Pai Fleck and husband Ryan Fleck, Rebecca Tapick and husband Jeffrey, emeritus board member Glen Boudreaux and wife Honi Ann (owners of Jolie Vue Farms), and Culinaire’s Barbara McKnight and husband Lance with daughter Kendall; joined by Bill Baldwin, Ariana Smetana,Terri and Andy DiRaddo, Miya Shay, Louis Vuitton’s Brittany Rose with fiancé Dana Wetterer, Marilynn Barber, Sharon Sanders, Jacqueline Fair, UH English prof Karen Fang, Damla Karsan, Chas Daniels, and Shawna Roorda.

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