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Star Houston chefs cook up farm-to-table feast for hope-filled cause

Star Houston chefs cook up farm-to-table feast for hope-filled cause

Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Kevin Naderi, Rakesh Nayak, Gracie Cavnar, Chris Garcia, and Jeff Auld. Photo by Shawn Chippendale Photography
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Ginger Baldwin, Julie Chen, Gracie Cavnar, and Fady Armanious. Photo by Shawn Chippendale Photography
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Sverre and Carrie Brandberg-Dahl. Photo by Shawn Chippendale Photography
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Duyen and Marc Nguyen. Photo by Shawn Chippendale Photography
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Locals enjoying the chefs' feast. Photo by Shawn Chippendale Photography
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Alicia Ranney and Erika Taugher. Photo by Shawn Chippendale Photography
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Sherry and Bradley Weiner. Photo by Shawn Chippendale Photography
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
The ornate table setting by You Butler's Pantry. Photo by Shawn Chippendale Photography
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Patrick Levrat and Michelle Hart. Photo by Shawn Chippendale Photography
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Casey and Ryan Barbles. Photo by Shawn Chippendale Photography
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Hope Farms crudité. Photo by Sha
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Common Bond's Apple and Caramel Filled Almond Cake. Photo by Shawn Chippendale Photography
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019
Chefs in the Field Hope Farms 2019

In spite of the weather, beloved Recipe for Success founder Gracie Cavnar pulled off yet another Chefs in the Field alfresco supper, this time to celebrate Mother Earth. Hosted by Recipe for Success Foundation at Hope Farms, the evening featured farm-fresh produce and a menu showcasing the best of locally sourced food and star chefs.

The supper, held on the bucolic grounds of the farm, raised funds to underwrite the free Earth Day Family Festival held at the farm the day before for more than 300 children and families. “It all ties together in our work to teach, empower and inspire healthy eating,” says Cavnar.

The evening kicked off with cocktails and Farm Crudité in the Hope Farms Market Stand. Guests sipped “Garden Party” cocktails crafted with Treaty Oak Old Yaupon Gin and served from an antique bicycle, Saint Arnold Brewing Company’s Fancy Lawnmower Beer and California Champagne as they enjoyed the fresh post-storm breezes that blew across the seven-acre urban farm.

As the sun set, guests took their seats in the open-sided Gathering Barn. With thanks to stylish party rental concierge, Your Butler’s Pantry, the long, rustic table was set with woven placemats, hand blown glasses and textural elements in greens and blues — including floral arrangements by Cavnar, 1836: Texas Olive Oil and a bread presentation by Common Bond Bakery & Café.

Jeff Auld of On The Kirb kicked off the meal with roasted Hope Farms Baby Beets and sous vide baby carrots with fig balsamic, and virgin oil topped with goat cheese and dehydrated goat’s milk crumbles. Kevin Naderi of Roost supplied the main course with his smoked Duck Breast and Spring Vegetables served over smoked yogurt with demi glace and herbed olive oil. Naderi’s course was followed by a presentation of Dairy Maids cheeses and Hive Bee honeycombs.

The event ended on a sweet note with Rakesh Nayak of Common Bond’s Instagram-worthy Apple & Caramel-filled Almond Cake topped with mascarpone and cream cheese cinnamon Chantilly. Nayak’s dessert was paired with Treaty Oak Red Handed Bourbon.

The next planned Chefs in the Field will be a Tribute to the Tomato on June 17. Already inked for June are chefs Dylan Murray of Benjy’s and Local, Ben McPherson of Bravery Chef Hall, and Tony Guard of the soon-to-open Guard and Grace.

Who: Jim and Sandi Lemming, George and Patricia Joseph, Natalye Appel and John Casberian, Kristina Sommerville, Jessica and Veen Gregg, Branden McClenden, Melanie and Daniel Ringold, Fady Armanious, Julie Chen, Sherry and Dr. Bradley Weiner, Patrick Levrat, Michelle Hart, Ariana and Steve Smetana, Carrie and Sverre Brandsberg-Dahl, Duyen and Marc Nguyen, Dee Dee Guggenheim and Aarron Howes, and Molly Hubbard.