One of the saddest stories to come out of Hurricane Ike was that of Brennan’s employee James Koonce and his 4-year-old daughter Katherine, who took refuge in the historic restaurant and were severely burned in the early-morning fire that broke out there around the time Ike was hitting.
Top chefs in Houston are collaborating for a one-night-only special culinary event on Thursday, October 23 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., with the proceeds going to the Koonce Family Fund.
The list of participating chefs reads like an honor roll: Ojan Bagher (360), Jeff Boudreaux (Brasserie Max & Julie), Bryan Caswell (Reef), James Cole (Flemings), Mark Cox (Mark's), Levi Goode (Goode Company Seafood), Jeffrey Everts (Olivette @ The Houstonian), Mark Holley (Pesce), Jonathan Jones (Beavers), David Luna (Shade), Hugo Ortega (Hugo's), Wes Morton (17 @ the Alden), Ryan Pera (The Grove), Monica Pope (t’afia) and Chris Shepherd (Catalan)
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The benefit dinner will be at The Beacon, 1212 Prairie, with parking available on site at 515 San Jacinto Street.
There is a suggested donation of $100 per person and payable at the door. Proceeds will go to the Koonce Family Fund with a small donation made to The Beacon, a program of Cathedral Health and Outreach Ministries.
For more information on the event contact Kathryne Castellanos at Kathryne@BrennansHouston.com or 713-522-9711.For more information on how to contribute to the Koonce Family Fund, visit www.brennanshouston.com.
– Margaret Downing