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Chef hurt in horrific SXSW drunk driving crowd plow gets foodie help: Media dunk tank highlights new benefit

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Gracie N. SXSW crash pastry chef at Mark's American Cuisine March 2014
Gracie Ngyuen was injured by a drunk driver at SXSW.  YouCaring.com
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Former Stella Sola chef Adam Dorris is reviving his Ghetto Dinner pop-up for the event.  Adam Dorris Courtesy of Kaylynn Photography
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It all happens this Sunday at Big Star Bar in the Heights. Photo by Nick DiFonzo
Gracie N. SXSW crash pastry chef at Mark's American Cuisine March 2014
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Once again, Houston's restaurant community is rallying to help one of its own. 

Local pastry chef Gracie Nguyen was one of the people injured in the horrific scene when an alleged drunk driver crashed into a crowd at South by Southwest while trying to evade arrest. On Sunday, a fundraising event will be held at Big Star Bar in the Heights to help the student and single mom defray the expenses associated with her recovery and time away from work.

It all recalls the massive effort three years ago to benefit popular bartender Linda Salinas when she was injured in a scooter accident, and, like that feel-good benefit day, Sunday promises to be a good time. 

Former Stella Sola/Revival Market chef Adam Dorris is bringing back his Ghetto Dinner pop-up, so named for the way he and collaborator Will Walsh served elevated food in a no frills environment. For $20, attendees will feast on whole roasted pig, crawfish, boudin and gumbo.

 If I've ever insulted your favorite restaurant or questioned the talent of your favorite chef, come by and take a shot at soaking me. 

Looking for something sweet? Pastry chef Rebecca Masson is organizing a bake sale that features some of the city's top talent.

Organizers, including Goro & Gun co-owner Joshua Martinez and PR man about town Dutch Small, have received silent auction and raffle items from businesses around town. Highlights include joining Chronicle critic Alison Cook for a working dinner, a patio party for eight at Boheme and a variety of work by local artists. 

For anyone who's ever wanted to vent their frustrations at a writer beyond the comments section, several local media personalities have also agreed to take turns in a dunk tank. KTRK's Pooja Lodhia, Houstonia magazine's Katharine Shilcutt, Houston Press food critic Kaitlin Steinberg and I will all take turns getting dunked. 

My slot is at 2:30 p.m. If I've ever insulted your favorite restaurant or questioned the talent of your favorite chef, come by and take a shot at soaking me. My sister has already promised to avenge a 20-year old incident in which I may have thrown her into a pool, so you'll be in good company.

Besides, it's all for a good cause.

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