Stop right there, meatball fiends. A beefy new event is heading to Houston on Sunday, April 23, that will pique the interest of most Italian food fans. The Meatball Brawl will land at Damian’s Cucina Italiana, 3301 Smith, from 1 to 4 p.m., pitting some of the Bayou City's finest chefs against each other to raise money in honor of the late Frankie Mandola and the charity he founded, The Texas Italian-American Sports Foundation. The money raised will go to local sports scholarships.
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Chefs participating at the Meatball Brawl include:
- Alex Padilla, Antone’s Famous Po’ Boys
- Joe Galluzzi, Brooklyn Meatball Company
- Martin Weaver, Brennan’s
- Nash D’Amico, D’Amico’s
- Dimitri Voutsinas, Emmaline
- Mark Holley, Holley’s Seafood Restaurant & Oyster Bar
- Richard Kaplan, Weights & Measures
- Martin Stayer, Nobie’s
- Anthony Calleo, Pi Pizza
- Alexandre Scarafile, Sud Italia
Guests will sample meatball dishes from each chef and select a People's Choice winner, while judges dole out the honors of Most Traditional Meatball and Most Creative. Naturally, there will also be wine tastings and live music as well. Entry is $55, with tickets now available at meatballbrawl.eventbrite.com.