HTX Good Eats 2014
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Chefs Get Fresh

Houston's best chefs get fresh at an unforgettable dinner and a top restaurant shuts down for the night

Houston's best chefs get fresh at dinner as top restaurant shuts down

33 Sandy Wicoff, from left, Maureen Croft and Garland Kerr at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
Sandy Wicoff, from left, Garland Kerr and Maureen Croft. Photo by Marisa Brodie
43 Jim Petersen and Gretchen Curran at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
Jim Petersen and Gretchen Curran. Photo by Marisa Brodie
46 Mary Sommers Pyne, from left, Fanny Morris and Susie Morris at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
Mary Sommers Pyne, from left, Fanny Morris and Susie Morris. Photo by Marisa Brodie
29 Bill Herbig, from left, Christy Lee, Nicole Longnecker, Brad Barber and Heath Brodie at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
Bill Herbig, from left, Christy Lee, Nicole Longnecker, Brad Barber and Heath Brodie. Photo by Marisa Brodie
45 Bill Kearney, from left, THE REST MAY BE MIXED UP Ernst Roth, from left, Harry Roth, Stephanie Kearney, Nick Roth, Bill Kearney, Julie Roth and Carli Vogler at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
Bill Kearney, left, Nick Roth, Stephanie Kearney, Harry Roth, Ernest Roth, Carli Vogler and Julie Roth. Photo by Marisa Brodie
41 Paul Charles, from left, Jean and Jeff Catron and Lenora Catron at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 201
Paul Charles, from left, Jean and Jeff Catron and Lenora Catron. Photo by Marisa Brodie
38 Robert Chen and Jodie Gee at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
Robert Chen and Jodie Gee. Photo by Marisa Brodie
25 Mike and Theresa Atkinson at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
Mike and Theresa Atkinson. Photo by Marisa Brodie
30 The crowd at the event at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
The crowd at the event. Photo by Marisa Brodie
33 Sandy Wicoff, from left, Maureen Croft and Garland Kerr at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
43 Jim Petersen and Gretchen Curran at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
46 Mary Sommers Pyne, from left, Fanny Morris and Susie Morris at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
29 Bill Herbig, from left, Christy Lee, Nicole Longnecker, Brad Barber and Heath Brodie at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
45 Bill Kearney, from left, THE REST MAY BE MIXED UP Ernst Roth, from left, Harry Roth, Stephanie Kearney, Nick Roth, Bill Kearney, Julie Roth and Carli Vogler at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
41 Paul Charles, from left, Jean and Jeff Catron and Lenora Catron at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 201
38 Robert Chen and Jodie Gee at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
25 Mike and Theresa Atkinson at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014
30 The crowd at the event at the Urban Harvest 10th anniversary dinner November 2014

Chef Dylan Murray of Benjy's and Local Foods must have summoned some sort of vegan voodoo to create his gnocchetti with cauliflower cream, butter beans and broccoli rabe, the richness of the concoction making discerning palates swear the dish had to be doused with melted cheese or something with loads of fat. But alas, not the case.

Using local produce grown by Theresa and Mike Atkinson, owners of Atkinson Farms, Murray wowed gourmands at the Urban Harvest "Chefs Get Fresh" food grazing soirée, a fundraiser that paired creative toques with a bounty sourced from local farms and gardens.

For the al fresco party hosted at Underbelly, chef Chris Shepherd, whose piquant Korean stew with goodies from Plant It Forward Farms warmed the mouth and fed the soul, closed the restaurant to pop up a mini market environment, not so dissimilar to what one would find at the Urban Harvest farmers markets at Eastside. Tents around the parking lot lured some 200 supporters with tastings that bespoke that local is better. It all could potentially be the start of a new dinner series.

 Tents around the parking lot lured some 200 supporters with tastings that bespoke that local is better.

The imaginative offerings continued with Soren Pedersen's crusted pumpkin cake topped with jalapeno goat cheese fondue, with the dairy provided by Blue Heron Farms; Ara Malekian's succulent slices of roasted pig, courtesy of Harrison Hog Farm, with pineapple reduction over polenta; and fishmonger P.J. Stoops' beautifully visual som tum salad with veggies from Knopp Branch Farms. Stoops sprinkled his traditional green papaya salad with fish candy and prepared it on site using a kruk, a large clay mortar and pestle popular in Thai and Laotian cuisine.

More food? Kipper Club's Richard Knight, Treadsack Group's Benjy Mason and Sugar and Rice's David Leftwich contributed to the efforts that led to the sweet finale, an inventive persimmon study by German Mosquera with fruit from Lightsey Farms plus a melt-in-your-mouth sweet potato pie thanks to vegan queen baker Dylan Carnes of Sinfull Bakery. Carnes sourced her spuds from Gundermann Acres.

Local wine and local beer? Check.

Participating in the feeding fun alongside Urban Harvest executive director Sandra Wicoff, director of farmers markets Tyler Horne and fiancée Ashley Seddon, development manager Libby Kennedy and board president Scott Howard were Stephanie and Bill Kearney, Jim Petersen, Maureen Croft, Garland Kerr, Ed Smith, Lindsey Brown, Nicole Longnecker and Brad Barber.