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Foodie furniture: Houston's top chefs and Mattress Mack mesh their talents for Sugar Land

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Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Philippe Schmit and Cleverley Stone
Philippe Schmit and Cleverley Stone Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Alex Barney, Danielle Garcia
Alex Barney, left, and Danielle Garcia Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Efisio Farris, Michael Cordúa, Jim McIngvale, David Cordúa, Robert Del Grande, Philippe Schmit
Efisio Farris, from left, Michael Cordúa, Jim McIngvale, David Cordúa, Robert Del Grande and Philippe Schmit Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Robert Del Grande, Robert Del Grande Chef Collection
Robert Del Grande with the Robert Del Grande Chef Collection Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Himesh and Farrah Gandhi, Stephanie and David Crowl
Himesh and Farrah Gandhi, left, with Stephanie and David Crowl Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Heather Browne, Diane Miller
Heather Browne, left, and Diane Miller Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, David Cordúa Chef Collection
David Cordúa and the David Cordúa Chef Collection Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Efisio Farris Chef Collection
The Efisio Farris Chef Collection Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Philippe Schmit and Cleverley Stone
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Alex Barney, Danielle Garcia
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Efisio Farris, Michael Cordúa, Jim McIngvale, David Cordúa, Robert Del Grande, Philippe Schmit
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Robert Del Grande, Robert Del Grande Chef Collection
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Himesh and Farrah Gandhi, Stephanie and David Crowl
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Heather Browne, Diane Miller
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, David Cordúa Chef Collection
Gallery Furniture Chef Collection, April 2013, Efisio Farris Chef Collection

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale and his wife Linda welcomed Houston chefs and supporters of the upcoming 10th Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair to the Gallery Furniture Post Oak store Sunday night to launch the “Gallery Chef Collection." It's an assemblage of exclusive pieces from the HGTV Home Furniture Collection that will be on display through April 28 at the store.

Chefs Efisio Farris of Arcodoro, Philippe Schmit of Philippe’s Restaurant + Lounge, Robert Del Grande of RDG and David Cordua of Cordua Restaurants (Churrascos, Americas, Artista and Amazon Grill) each selected a dining room from the HGTV collection or the solid mango wood collection, both exclusively at Gallery Furniture, to decorate according to their own culinary point of view.

 “She wanted to work even longer hours than I do, so she went into the restaurant business."  

Guests enjoyed bite-sized delights, including those from a “Pipette Wall” by Cordua, featuring a variety of one-bite salad wonders. His table featured a vivid South American vibe, of course.

All proceeds from the Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, which runs April 24-28 at the Marriott Sugar Land Town Square, support a permanent scholarship endowment at the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. The program is close to the McIngvale’s hearts because their daughter Laura attended the school.

“She wanted to work even longer hours than I do, so she went into the restaurant business,” Jim McIngvale said.

Hilton College Dean John T. Bowen was on hand to praise the McIngvale's support. "This event has enabled one of the largest endowments for the college," he said proudly.

Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales and Sugar Land city council members Himesh Gandhi, Harish Jajoo, Joe Zimmerman, Amy Mitchell and Bridget Yeung joined in the festivities, along with Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair director Krystal Peay and Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce president Keri Schmidt.

Also spotted in the crowd: Cleverley Stone, Mimi Del Grande, Billie Van Slyke, Paul and Mary Favre, Doug and Susie Goff, Lori Farris, Luciano and Ilaria Topi and Michael and Lucia Cordua.

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