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Reality TV chef draws an overflow crowd to her special Houston farewell dinner

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8 Christine Ha pop-up at MKT Bar September 2013
Christine Ha talking with one of her many happy customers Photo by © Doris Ting
3 Christine Ha pop-up at MKT Bar September 2013
Ha behind the scenes, prepping and preparing Photo by © Doris Ting
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One of the two chicken wing dishes on the "Farewell to Summer" menu Photo by © Doris Ting
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Food, everybody! Photo by © Doris Ting
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The overflow crowd at MKT Bar Photo by © Doris Ting
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Ha was on hand, too, to autograph her cookbook, Recipes from My Home Kitchen. Photo by © Doris Ting
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Ha and friends Photo by © Doris Ting
Christine Ha at MKT Bar pop-up lunch September 2013
Always smiling Photo by © Doris Ting
8 Christine Ha pop-up at MKT Bar September 2013
3 Christine Ha pop-up at MKT Bar September 2013
5 Christine Ha pop-up at MKT Bar September 2013
6 Christine Ha pop-up at MKT Bar September 2013
9 Christine Ha pop-up at MKT Bar September 2013
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13 Christine Ha pop-up at MKT Bar September 2013
Christine Ha at MKT Bar pop-up lunch September 2013

MasterChef winner Christine Ha’s contagious smile and superb cooking kept the crowd in great spirits — and with fulfilled appetites — at her first pop-up at the downtown Phoenicia’s MKT Bar.

Calling the menu “Episode One: Farewell to Summer,” Ha designed each dish to cool down diners: Vietnamese-style papaya salad, chicken wings prepared two ways and a Thai-inspired dessert featuring coconut milk, cream and tropical fruits.

Pop-up-goers filled MKT Bar to say hello to Ha and farewell to the hot season. More tables and chairs had to be brought in to accommodate the overflow crowd. And judging by the faces on those attending, everyone left satisfied — and all smiles.

Scroll through the slideshow of great pics by Doris Ting of Doris Ting Photography from the dinner.

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