Sweet Relief: Houston Chefs Rally Together to Support My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe After Fire

A beautiful thing about the Houston restaurant scene is the love and support that is shown to those going through difficult times.

On November 29, My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe was engulfed in flames. Bella-Katherine Curtis has been the owner of the place for the past 22 years, and has provided homemade pies to a variety of Houston restaurants and the community. According to a press release, the pie shop did not have insurance.

But Houston chefs and restaurants didn't waste a moment of time before stepping in to support Curtis. On Saturday, December 7, from 11:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m., Haven will open its doors for a fundraising event benefiting Curtis and My Dee Dee's Pie Shoppe. Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar and Kevin Naderi of Roost teamed up to hash out ideas to create this fundraiser the moment they heard about the disaster.

"Saturday night the conversation started and we started reaching out to people and finally figured out we needed to make it something people could participate in if they had the time," Masson says. "A lot of chefs have so much holiday stuff going on, but they have all stepped up."

Chris Shepherd of Underbelly, Johnny Wesley of Mr. Peeples, Samantha Mendoza of Triniti, Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse and several other chefs will team up with Masson, Naderi and Evans on Saturday to raise money for Curtis and My Dee Dee's.

"We tried to figure out what we could do really quickly in a short period of time," Masson says, "and it's that time of year where it was really difficult to get a lot of chefs to do something, so we reached out to Ronnie Killen and asked him if he wanted to do a barbecue pop-up because his pop-ups in Pearland have been so amazingly successful, and he agreed right away."

The main attraction will be the barbecue provided by Killen. Masson says Naderi and Evans will prepare side dishes for the barbecue, and Saint Arnold Brewery will provide beer throughout the event. Admission is a $50 donation.

"We will also have a bake sale, and we are going to have chefs like Samantha Mendoza from Triniti, Plinio Sandalio is coming over from Austin to help us, Michael's Cookie Jar, Paulie's cookies, my business. Fluff Bake Bar," Masson says. "And you know you can't have sweets without coffee, so David Buehrer from Greenway Coffee is going to set up a coffee station to make some fabulous tasty drinks to go with it."

Along with the bake sale, there will be a silent auction including gift certificates and other donated items from restaurants such as Underbelly, Backstreet and Batanga.

"When I initially contacted Bella, it was the day after the fire and she was overwhelmed with everything going on, but she was overwhelmed with gratitude," Masson says. "I was introduced to Bella through Randy Evans and she is this lovable woman that all she wants to do is feed you pie and make you happy, and she gives a lot back to the community as well. She has had My Dee Dee's for 22 years, and she said, 'This is all I know how to do and I don't want to stop,' and I responded with, 'Well, we are going to find a way to help you get back on your feet.' She was very overwhelmed with gratitude and very appreciative."

If you cannot make it to the event on Saturday, you can donate money to My Dee Dee's account at any Wells Fargo branch.

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