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Houstonians toast top chefs and truffles at decadent event

Houstonians toast top chefs and truffles at decadent event

Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Michael Garfield, Shelley Wiesenthal, Jay Long
Michael Garfield, Shelley Wiesenthal, Jay Long. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Carla Blasingame, Van Blasingame
Carla Blasingame, Van Blasingame. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Tabina Hafeez, Chris Amez
Tabina Hafeez, Chris Amez. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Riel peoples choice
The potato leek and truffle pierogi dish by Riel won People's Choice.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, grilled cheese hubbel hudson
Hubbell and Hudson Bistro’s grilled cheese with truffles ranked first with the judges, claiming first place.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Yauatcha
Yauatcha Houston won first runner-up for its Chocolate and Truffle Delight.  Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Richard Truong, Christine Nguyen
Richard Truong, Christine Nguyen. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Jacqueline Kinloch, Leon Kinloch
Jacqueline Kinloch, Leon Kinloch. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Danil Strikhalev, Lauren Leal
Danil Strikhalev, Lauren Leal. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Shawn and Shelley Virene
Shawn and Shelley Virene. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Allison Hartley, Courtney Zavala
Allison Hartley, Courtney Zavala. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, A'Bouzy Chef Jose Ruiz
Chef Jose Rui of A'Bouzy prepares Indian Creek mushrooms with truffled foie gras and house-made black truffle caviar. Photo by Daniel Ortiz
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Michael Garfield, Shelley Wiesenthal, Jay Long
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Carla Blasingame, Van Blasingame
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Tabina Hafeez, Chris Amez
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Riel peoples choice
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, grilled cheese hubbel hudson
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Yauatcha
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Richard Truong, Christine Nguyen
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Jacqueline Kinloch, Leon Kinloch
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Danil Strikhalev, Lauren Leal
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Shawn and Shelley Virene
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, Allison Hartley, Courtney Zavala
Houston, Truffle Masters, January 2018, A'Bouzy Chef Jose Ruiz

What: Luxe food competition, Truffle Masters 2018, which boasted delicious dishes made with fresh black truffles, provided by Houston-based truffle importer DR Delicacy.

Where: The Astorian

The scoop: The decadent bites were created by 22 of the Houston area’s hottest restaurants. All competed to win top honors, as decided by both a panel of 10 judges, including CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler, TV and radio personality Cleverley Stone, and Texas Monthly executive editor and restaurant critic Patricia Sharpe and by the 500 guests in attendance in the contest for the People’s Choice award.

The fourth annual throwdown, emceed by Michael Garfield, included BCN Taste and Tradition, A’Bouzy, Riel Restaurant, Killen’s STQ, Emmaline, Lucienne, Étoile Cuisine et Bar, Potente, Liberty Kitchen, and A Fare Extraordinaire.

Also participating were Hubbell and Hudson Bistro, La Table, Yauatcha, Cru Food and Wine Bar, Weights + Measures, Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, Fielding’s Local Kitchen+Bar, Central Market, Eculent, Le Mistral, Steak 48, and Cafe Annie.

Hubbell and Hudson Bistro’s grilled cheese sandwich, made with truffles and four cheeses (house-cultured cheese, formage, aged Comte, and Gruyere) won over the judges, who voted it first place. Meanwhile, guests voted the potato leek and truffle pierogi with crème fraiche and chives by Riel Restaurant as their favorite, awarding it People’s Choice. 

Yauatcha Houston was first runner-up, with its chocolate and truffle delight, featuring bitter dark chocolate, caramelized truffle-honey panna cotta, and custard cremiux. A'Bouzy was second runner-up, thanks to its extravagant bite of roasted Indian Creek mushrooms with truffled foie gras and black truffle caviar.

Proceeds from the Truffle Masters event benefit Casa de Esperanza, a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. 

Who: Enjoying the foodie extravaganza were Roz Pactor, Shelley and Shawn Virene, Suzy Simons, David CorduaTyler Horne, Ruchi Mukerjee, Courtney ZavalaGracie and Bob Cavnar, Scott EvansAllison HartleyGigi HuangDiane RoedererCuc Lam, Chris Amez, Victoria Hampshire, and Michael Broderick.