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Big Brothers Big Sisters benefit tastes really good thanks to competing chefs

Big Brothers Big Sisters event tastes yummy thanks to competing chefs

BBBS Big Taste Frank Billingsley Ryan Korsgard Chau Nguyen Rachel McNeill Lily Jang Ron Trevino
Frank Billingsley, Ryan Korsgard, Chau Nguyen, Rachel McNeill, Lily Jang, Ron Trevino. Photo by Quy Tran Photography
BBBS Big Taste Ashley Jones Danny Michelle Posey
Ashley Jones, Danny and Michelle Posey. Photo by Quy Tran Photography
BBBS Big Taste Red Dessert Dive
Red Dessert Dive took home favorite dessert. Photo by Quy Tran Photography
BBBS Big Taste Holly Wilbanks, Megan Vondra, Cari Broderson, Krista Defalco
Holly Wilbanks, Megan Vondra, Cari Broderson, Krista Defalco Photo by Quy Tran Photography
BBBS Big Taste Adam Goldberg Connor Walsh Chester Pitts Jody Schmal
Judges Adam Goldberg, Connor Walsh, Chester Pitts, and Jody Schmal. Photo by Quy Tran Photography
BBBS Big Taste North Italia
North Italia celebrates its people's choice award. Photo by Quy Tran Photography
BBBS Big Taste Cloud 10 Creamery
The judges chose Cloud 10 Creamery as their favorite dish. Photo by Quy Tran Photography
BBBS Big Taste Nick Scurfield, Matt Harris, Dr. Wayne Franklin, Rachel McNeill, Holly Wilbanks
Nick Scurfield, Matt Harris, Dr. Wayne Franklin, Rachel McNeill, Holly Wilbanks Photo by Quy Tran Photography
BBBS Big Taste Frank Billingsley Ryan Korsgard Chau Nguyen Rachel McNeill Lily Jang Ron Trevino
BBBS Big Taste Ashley Jones Danny Michelle Posey
BBBS Big Taste Red Dessert Dive
BBBS Big Taste Holly Wilbanks, Megan Vondra, Cari Broderson, Krista Defalco
BBBS Big Taste Adam Goldberg Connor Walsh Chester Pitts Jody Schmal
BBBS Big Taste North Italia
BBBS Big Taste Cloud 10 Creamery
BBBS Big Taste Nick Scurfield, Matt Harris, Dr. Wayne Franklin, Rachel McNeill, Holly Wilbanks

What: Big Brothers Big Sisters Fourth Annual Big Taste of Houston.

Where: Audi Central Houston.

The Scoop: Houston foodies packed the showroom floor to sample bites from more than 20 restaurants, including hotspots like State of Grace, Helen Greek Food & Wine, and Southern Goods. A panel of judges, including celebrity blogger Adam Goldberg of A Life Worth Eating, Houston Ballet principal dancer Connor Walsh, and former Houston Texan Chester Pitts, selected Cloud 10 Creamery's malted barley ice cream sundae as their favorite. Attendees chose North Italia's short ribs over mascarpone polenta for both the People's Choice and Best of Big Taste awards. 

Sabin Lomac, co-founder of the Shank Tank-backed food truck phenomenon Cousins Maine Lobster, spoke movingly of his own experience as a Little Brother who benefited tremendously from the program. Between ticket sales, sponsorships, a silent auction, and a raffle for a 2016 Audi, the event raised more than $100,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters, which will allow the organization to serve hundreds of children who are waiting for to be matched with mentors. 

Who: Host Rachel McNeil, BBBS Lone Star CEO Pierce Bush, Andy Cerota, Frank Billingsley, Lily Jang, Ron Trevino, Dr. Wayne Franklin, Felice Sloan, Shanna Jones, Phaedra and Chuck Cook, Nick Scurfield.

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