Never let it be said that Anthony Bourdain doesn’t keep his promises. When the chef, turned author and TV host visited Houston last November he said he would return to film an episode of his CNN show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown sometime in the near future.
On Monday night, Bourdain appeared to have started fulfilling that goal when he dined at the Montrose farm maintained by local nonprofit Plant It Forward — with cameras in tow. The organization works with refugees from the Congo to farm its land; that must have appealed to Bourdain, who filmed an episode in the African nation in 2013.
Local chef Arash Kharat, the pop-up master behind the popular Space City Cowboy social media accounts, assisted the Plant It Forward farmers with preparing and serving Bourdain.
“We spoke almost a month ago,” Kharat tells CultureMap. “(I) met with them a few weeks ago to speak to the farmers (about) helping them cook.”
The menu included lots of fresh vegetables from the farm, as well as beef from Texas ranch 44 Farms.
Bourdain also spoke at the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Conference at the George R. Brown Convention Center on Monday. It is not clear whether he simply used that as the opportunity to film a segment or whether he’ll be in town for a few days. CultureMap readers are encouraged to keep their eyes peeled.
A representative for Plant It Forward has not responded to CultureMap’s request for comment.