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Food News: Top Houston Chefs Collaborate to Help Food Deserts

Plus, Revival Market is now selling wine and beer.

By Timothy Malcolm August 14, 2019

From left, Jonny Rhodes, Dawn Burrell, Chris Williams, and Dominick Lee.

Image: Jenn Duncan

Four of Houston's most accomplished chefs are coming together to host the Food Apartheid Dinner Series (F.A.D.S.), a September multi-part showcase that aims to raise awareness of Houston's food deserts. Proceeds from F.A.D.S. will go toward purchasing farm-grown vegetables and proteins for people living in Trinity Gardens, one of the city's food deserts (a place that, often systemically, lacks healthy and fresh food for residents).

The events: Sept. 4, a collaborative dinner at Poitín hosted by chef Dominick Lee and focusing on Southern fare with international infusions ($80 per ticket); Sept. 10, a family-style collaborative meal at Kulture hosted by chef Dawn Burrell and focusing on Afro-Asian cross-culturalism ($150 per ticket); Sept. 18, a nine-course wine dinner of original family recipes at Lucille's hosted by chef Chris Williams ($225 per ticket); and Sept. 24, a garden party with cooking demos and food education workshops at Indigo hosted by chef Jonny Rhodes (free, open to the surrounding public).

A bundle, which provides access to all events, is available for $375. Click here for more info and tickets.

You can now get wine and beer at Revival Market. The Heights market from Agricole Hospitality, behind general manager Layne Cruz and Coltivare general manager and sommelier Leonora Varvoutis, now has a list of 20 wine bottles (mostly domestic), plus nine by the glass. Look for light, highly acidic wines perfect for day drinking, with all bottles at less than $60 if enjoyed at Revival. A small list of Texas beers and ciders is also available, along with boozy agua frescas and a white port and tonic (that last one's a nod to the gin and tonics famous at sister concepts Coltivare and Indianola).


Last year, folks lined up down the block to taste Ramen Tatsu-Ya's tonkotsu ramen with Truth BBQ pit-smoked shoyu (soy sauce) and brisket. The collaborative pop-up event is back for 2019, taking place on Aug. 20 and 27. Want to get your hands on a warm bowl of 70-hour ramen filled with Leonard Botello IV's fatty, scrumptious beef? Line up at Ramen Tatsu-Ya ahead of its 11 a.m. opening on those days.

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