Ten years ago, Houston-based organization Recipe For Success started tackling the problem of childhood obesity with a simple idea: If kids understand food and nutrition better, they might voluntarily steer their diets toward healthful food more often. The organization's outreach efforts include nutrition education in schools, creating children's cookbooks, exposing kids to farmers’ markets, the annual VegOut! 30-Day Challenge and the Hope Farms urban agriculture project. A press release from Recipe For Success says that more than 30,000 kids have benefitted from the outreach efforts.
To commemorate its ten-year anniversary, Recipe For Success is hosting a few events featuring several well-known Houston chefs. "The Art of Food" is on May 20 and aims to “tickles all your senses: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch.”
A silent auction featuring food-themed napkin sketches is central to the event. The art series is called “Art on a Napkin: Dinner at Eight.” Participating artists include Andrea Biaconi, Michael Bise, Elaine Bradford, Desire Obtain Cherish, Kent Dorn, Amy Evans, Joey Fauerso, Michael Gordon, Joe Havel, David McGee, Matt Messinger, Neva Mikulicz, Katie Oliver, Kermit Oliver, Kinglsey Onyeiwu, Susan Plum, Jay Rusovich, Beth Secor, Randy Twaddle and Geoff Winningham.
Of course, there will be food, too, and lots of it. So far, 19 chefs are scheduled to hand out small bites. Here are just a few, to whet your appetite: Kaz Edwards of Uchi, Jean-Philippe Gaston of Izakaya, Richard Kaplan of Weights+Measures, Ronnie Killen of Killen’s Steakhouse, Claire Smith of Shade and Mike McElroy of Durham House.
In addition to all that, there will be wine tastings, beer tastings, “poetry on demand” from Inprint Poetry Buskers, music by DJ Sun and Paul English, and Houston’s first “silent disco,” in which music is transmitted to headphones worn by the dancers instead of over a loudspeaker system.
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Tickets are $150 suggested donation for general admission. VIP tickets are a suggested donation of $250 and include early admission, an exclusive salon with a private truffle and caviar bar, special wines and Stella Artois beer. (Want to try at a chance of knocking $50 off the ticket price? Recipe For Success has extended the submission date for napkin sketches until May 13. Sketches should reflect the theme of “celebration of the shared meal and pleasures of the table, growing, cooking or eating delicious food.” Read up on how to submit artwork on the organization's web site.) The event will be held at the private event space that used to be Books A Million at the Green Street shopping center downtown.
On May 22, Recipe For Success is also hosting the Delicious Alchemy Community Supper during the Cigna Sunday Streets Festival in The Heights along White Oak Bayou. (During the Sunday Streets Festival, certain streets are closed off to allow pedestrians and cyclists the comfort of moving around safely and being able to explore a few blocks’ worth of sponsored activities.)
The Delicious Alchemy Community Supper is intended to be a shared meal, and The Foundation and Christos Gourmet Food Truck will host a gathering space for participants to break bread together. The event is from noon to 4 p.m., and other than the cost of bringing a picnic lunch to share, it’s free.
For more information, visit the Recipe For Success web site.