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Houston's top chefs cook up a fab feast and much-needed funds for local food workers

Houston's top chefs cook up feast and funds for local food workers

IHWSH father's day cookout Dr. Damla Karsan. Dr Lori Choi. Linda Salinas. Dr. Conchi Diaz-Arrastia
Dr. Damla Karsan, Dr Lori Choi, Linda Salinas, Dr. Conchi Diaz-Arrastia Photo by Emily Jaschke
IHWSH father's day cookout Alvin Schultz. EJ Miller. Justin Yu. Matthew Sorrels. Iggy Olivera. Otto Sanchez. Matthieu Cabon. Mallory Buford
Alvin Schultz, E.J. Miller, Justin Yu, Matthew Sorrels, Iggy Olivera, Otto Sanchez, Matthieu Cabon, Mallory Buford Photo by Emily Jaschke
IHWSH father's day cookout brisket
E.J. Miller prepared a Strube Ranch brisket. Photo by Nuray Taylor
IHWSH father's day cookout Patti Miller. Ben Quasius. John Kim
Patti Miller, Ben Quasius, John Kim. Photo by Emily Jaschke
IHWSH father's day cookout Kate McLean Dawn Burrell
Kate McLean and Dawn Burrell. Photo by Emily Jaschke
IHWSH father's day cookout Mary Ellen Angel. Dr. Damla Karsan. Ersen Erdemir
Mary Ellen Angel, Dr. Damla Karsan, Ersen Erdemir. Photo by Emily Jaschke
IHWSH father's day cookout plate of food
A little of everything. Photo by Emily Jaschke
IHWSH father's day cookout Chris Poldoian of Camerata and Gio Lograsso of Uchi
Chris Poldoian and Gio Lograsso. Photo by Emily Jaschke
IHWSH father's day cookout Matt Harris Eric Sandler Leigh McBurnett
Matt Harris, Eric Sandler, Leigh McBurnett. Photo by Emily Jaschke
IHWSH father's day cookout Angela Shah. Kevin Hanratty. James Brock
Angela Shah, Kevin Hanratty, James Brock. Photo by Emily Jaschke
IHWSH father's day cookout Dr. Damla Karsan. Dr Lori Choi. Linda Salinas. Dr. Conchi Diaz-Arrastia
IHWSH father's day cookout Alvin Schultz. EJ Miller. Justin Yu. Matthew Sorrels. Iggy Olivera. Otto Sanchez. Matthieu Cabon. Mallory Buford
IHWSH father's day cookout brisket
IHWSH father's day cookout Patti Miller. Ben Quasius. John Kim
IHWSH father's day cookout Kate McLean Dawn Burrell
IHWSH father's day cookout Mary Ellen Angel. Dr. Damla Karsan. Ersen Erdemir
IHWSH father's day cookout plate of food
IHWSH father's day cookout Chris Poldoian of Camerata and Gio Lograsso of Uchi
IHWSH father's day cookout Matt Harris Eric Sandler Leigh McBurnett
IHWSH father's day cookout Angela Shah. Kevin Hanratty. James Brock

What: I'll Have What She's Having Father's Day Cookout

Where: Last Concert Cafe

What: A little rain couldn't dampen the spirits of attendees at this second annual event, which raised over $10,000 to fund preventive medical care for uninsured restaurant workers. The event honored Liz Fenton, a food writer and passionate culinary enthusiast who volunteered for numerous charitable causes.

Chef E.J. Miller (International Smoke) fulfilled the backyard barbecue theme by smoking a decadent wagyu brisket from Strube Ranch. Mallory Buford (Tacos a Go Go, Fajitas a Go Go) prepared fire-roasted chicken matched with sauces created by Alvin Schultz (Eat. Drink. Experience!). Justin Yu (Theodore Rex) stewed summer vegetables with Alubia Blanca beans and a cucumber-cabbage slaw with mushroom vinaigrette utilized produce from local farms Loam Agronomics and Johnson’s Backyard Garden. For dessert, Otto Sanchez and Matt Cabon (Magnol French Baking) created key lime pie and toasted baguette ice creams.

"Women's health is extremely important to me," Miller said in a statement. "I have had the opportunity to work with some very influential women of our industry, and they have truly shaped who I am today. Women ought to have access to the health care that they need, as well as the right to choose what is best for their bodies and wellbeing."

A volunteer team assembled by Chris Poldoian (Camerata), Lisa Seger (Blue Heron Farms), Elaine Dillard (Rockin Star Ranch), and Valerie Trasatti helped serve up tasty beverages from a host of sponsors, including Saint Arnold, GinMare, Tequila Patrón, Drink Ramona, and Hoxie.

Credit for the impressive fundraising total belongs to the bidders who snapped up a range of highly-coveted silent auction items. They included dinner for 10 prepared by Schultz with wine pairings by sommelier Cat Nguyen, dinner for four at Theodore Rex, a grab bag of swag and gift certifications from several barbecue joints, and a combination of classes taught by Bobby Heugel (martini making), Morgan Weber (butchery), and French baking (Sanchez). 

Who: IHWSH co-founder Dr. Lori ChoiJonathan Beitler, Hal Brock, Racheal Buie, Matt Harris and Leigh McBurnett, Angela Shah and James Brock, Linda Salinas, Ben Quasius, Kate McLean, Dawn Burrell, Gin Braverman and Bret Whitacre.