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Fab female chefs serve up divine dishes for Houston women's group's birthday bash

Fab female chefs serve up divine dishes for Houston women's group

I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Dunlavy crowd
This event raised $8,500 for the Shades of Blue Project. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Jillian Bartolome Dawn Burrell Jane Wild
Chefs Jillian Bartolome (Aqui), Dawn Burrell (Kulture), and Jane Wild (The Dunlavy).  Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up salmon belly Jillian Bartolome
Chef Jililan Bartolome's salmon belly, red snapper, and scallop aguachile with preserved lemon, black lime, and apple. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Kate McLean Laurie Harvey Lexie Sheddan
Kate McLean, Laurie Harvey, and Lexie Sheddan. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Kris Sowell
Bartender Kris Sowell prepares one of the night's non-alcoholic cocktails. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Mary Clarkson Chelsea Padon
Mary Clarkson and Chelsea Padon. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Rebecca Schmidt, Teya Sparks, Sonia Quinonez and Cat Nguyen
Rebecca Schmidt, Teya Sparks, Sonia Quinonez, and Cat Nguyen. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up heirloom okra
Chef Jane Wild's heirloom okra with honey crisp apples, squash, cinnamon, and shallots. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Lisa and Christian Seger
Lisa and Christian Seger. Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Geri Vine MD, Sidra Unas MD, Adrian Harvey Mass MD, Candice Perfetto MD
Geri Vine, MD, Sidra Unas, MD, Adrian Harvey Mass, MD, and Candice Perfetto, MD Photo by Kirsten Gilliam
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Dunlavy crowd
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Jillian Bartolome Dawn Burrell Jane Wild
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up salmon belly Jillian Bartolome
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Kate McLean Laurie Harvey Lexie Sheddan
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Kris Sowell
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Mary Clarkson Chelsea Padon
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Rebecca Schmidt, Teya Sparks, Sonia Quinonez and Cat Nguyen
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up heirloom okra
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Lisa and Christian Seger
I'll Have What She's Having IHWSH fall pop-up Geri Vine MD, Sidra Unas MD, Adrian Harvey Mass MD, Candice Perfetto MD

What:  I’ll Have What She’s Having "Happy Birth Day" Pop-Up

Where: The Dunlavy

The scoop: I’ll Have What She’s Having, the local organization that unites doctors with people in the restaurant industry to promote women's health, celebrated its first anniversary with this one-night only pop-up under the chandeliers at The Dunlavy. The event raised $8,500 for Shades of Blue Project, a local non-profit committed to helping uninsured women gain access to the psychiatric help they need when dealing with post-partum depression. This illness affects as many as one in four minority women, according to organizers, and bringing awareness is near and dear to IHWSH.

The event paired non-alcoholic beverages with each course to celebrate WellWeek, IHWSH's spotlight on mental health. The mocktails were incredibly creative and flavorful, including the Crystal Visions (blackberry, kaffir lime) by Anvil bartender Kehlen Scott and the Smoked Cocoa (coffee, hickory salt, and vanilla).

Chefs Jane Wild (The Dunlavy), Jill Bartolome (Aqui), and Dawn Burrell (Kulture) prepared an impressive, seven-course meal. Our favorites savory dishes included Wild's heirloom okra with honeycrisp apples, squash, cinnamon, and shallot and Burrell's jerk lamb with rice and peas. Bartolome, who earned the CultureMap Tastemaker Award for Best Pastry Chef in 2018, stunned the crowd with her poached pair with milk chocolate, caramel, and lemon cake.

The recent event is one of three components of WellWeek. Events also include Sunday's Depressed Cake Shop, which raised  $11,000 for The Montrose Center and National Alliance for Mental Illness - Greater Houston, and a citywide program of special non-alcoholic cocktails and desserts being served by bars and restaurants such as Anvil, Public Services, Coltivare, UB Preserv, and more. 

Who: Ryan Pera and IHWSH founder Dr. Lori Choi, Lucy Puryear, Shades of Blue Project founder and CEO Kay Matthews, Claire Smith, Kate McClean, Otto Sanchez, Cat Nguyen, Erin Smith, Jody Stevens, Carla Gomez, Nuray Taylor, and Chelsea Padon

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Mary Clarkson is the co-owner of Avondale Food & Wine in Montrose and a frequent co-host of CultureMap's weekly podcast, "What's Eric Eating."