Talk About a Fundraiser

Chez Roux, the very fancy, very upscale top restaurant at La Torretta Del Lago Resort & Spa on Lake Conroe, is putting on a six-course wine dinner Saturday, June 6. It will cost $500++ per couple, or $600++, if you want to sit at one of the chef's-table seats (hurry, those are limited). That's a lot of dimes, but then, it's not often you get a meal from not one but two Michelin-starred chefs.

Besides raising money for the March of Dimes, the elaborate dinner and one night's stay gives the resort and restaurant the chance to show off the work of Michel Roux Jr. (son of Roux's founder and namesake Chef Albert Roux), chef at London's Le Gavroche restaurant (Britain's first Michelin-starred), as well as that of Matthew Gray, the new executive head chef at Chez Roux.

Gray, who just took over last Friday (May 15) comes to Montgomery County direct from Inverlochy Castle in Scotland. He takes over for Executive Chef Wyatt McGuire, who trained under Roux at Le Gavroche. Asked why there's been a change after only a few months, a publicist informed us:

"Wyatt was hired as chef de cuisine - ultimately a person to implement Chef Roux's menu and principles. As the restaurant moved from concept to reality (and ultimately opening), they determined that it was critical to have a top chef in an executive position who would not just interpret Chef Roux's philosophy but infuse his own personality and creativity into the mix."

Anyway, the June 6 experience starts at 7 p.m. Chez Roux, 600 La Torretta Boulevard in Montgomery. For reservations, call 936-448-4400 or e-mail reservations@latorrettadellago.com

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