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Houston hip-hop, food, and sports stars step up for kids in a big way at record-breaking foodie bash

Houston stars step up for local kids at record-breaking foodie bash

Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 judges Bun B, Trae tha Truth, Adam Goldberg, Daniela Velasco, DJ Mr. Rogers, Chester Pitts
Judges Bun B, Trae the Truth, Adam Goldberg, Daniela Velasco, DJ Mr. Rogers, and Chester Pitts. Courtesy photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Andy Cerota Rachel McNeill
KPRC anchors Andy Cerota and Rachel McNeill. Courtesy photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Orlando Romero Courtney Zavala
Orlando Romero and KPRC's Courtney Zavala. Courtesy photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Capitol Grille risotto
The Captial Grille's winning dish: dry-aged beef with mushroom risotto. Courtesy photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Ebony Williams Kinzie Marlowe James Williams
Ebony Williams, Kinzie Marlowe, James Williams. Courtesy photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Sarahbeth and Pierce Bush
Sarahbeth and Pierce Bush. Courtesy photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 crowd shot
The crowd filled Audi Central Houston. Courtesy photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 raffle drawing Brianda Carrasco
Miss Houston Latina Brianda Carrasco selected the winning raffle ticket. Courtesy photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Ryan O. Harris, Sidney LeBeauf, Dominique McGhee
Ryan O. Harris, Sidney LeBeauf, Dominique McGhee. Courtesy photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Grace Gibson Nick Scurfield
Grace Gibson and Nick Scurfield. Courtesy photo
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 judges Bun B, Trae tha Truth, Adam Goldberg, Daniela Velasco, DJ Mr. Rogers, Chester Pitts
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Andy Cerota Rachel McNeill
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Orlando Romero Courtney Zavala
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Capitol Grille risotto
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Ebony Williams Kinzie Marlowe James Williams
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Sarahbeth and Pierce Bush
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 crowd shot
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 raffle drawing Brianda Carrasco
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Ryan O. Harris, Sidney LeBeauf, Dominique McGhee
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Taste 2018 Grace Gibson Nick Scurfield

What: The Big Taste of Houston

Where: Audi Central Houston

The scoop: A crowd of 400 people filled the showroom floor of Audi Central Houston to feast on bites by 20 Houston-area restaurants for the benefit of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Applause, applause to co-chairs  Divya and Chris Brown, Stacy and John Andell, Leigh McBurnett and Matt Harris for raising a record-breaking $170,000 for the organization that provides one-to-one mentors for children facing adversity.

After chowing down on dishes prepared by some of Houston's top restaurants, including Kuu, The Pit Room, Riel, Uchi, and State of Grace, a panel of celebrity judges — including local hip-hop stars Bun B, DJ Mr. Rogers, and Trae tha Truth; former Houston Texan Chester Pitts; Daniela Velasco, and and internationally-renown food writer and photographer Adam Goldberg — awarded the top prize to The Capital Grille for its dry-aged beef over mushroom risotto; Capital Grille also earned the People's Choice award, while River Oaks District restaurant Le Colonial took the prize for Best Beverage. Goldberg, the author of the ultra-popular A Life Worth Eating blog and Instagram, traveled to Houston from his home in New York to participate in the event for the sixth year in a row.  

KPRC anchor Rachel McNeill served as event host and presided over the awards ceremony. She also congratulated BBBS CEO Pierce Bush on his recent wedding to his wife Sarahbeth. As a result of the funds raised, BBBS will be able to find mentors for many of the 900 children on its waiting list.  

Who: Andy Cerota, Courtney Zevala, Eric Andell, Ryan O. Harris, Laura and Steve Jones, Dominique McGhee, Linsay and Jeremy Radcliffe, Dr. Wayne Franklin, Patti Lennon-Potter, Nadhisha and Dilanka Seimon, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, Kimberly and Bradley Dennison, David Anderson, Crystal and Dr. Randall WrightNick Scurfield, and Grace Gibson