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Taste of the Texans draws 25 top restaurants and football stars galore

Taste of the Texans draws 25 top restaurants and football stars galore

Taste of the Texans Corey Moore Chris Shepherd
Chris Shepherd and Corey Moore. Courtesy photo
Taste of the Texans Steak 48
Steak 48 featured their giant U-4 shrimp. Courtesy photo
Taste of the Texans Ronnie Killen Teddy Lopez
The team from Killen's STQ earned the Critic's Choice award. Courtesy photo
Taste of the Texans Churrascos David Cordua
David Cordua of Churrascos. Courtesy photo
Taste of the Texans rookies
Texans rookies. Courtesy photo
Taste of the Texans Cal McNair
Texans Vice Chairman Cal McNair. Courtesy photo
Taste of the Texans Will Fuller V
Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V, left, and guest. Courtesy photo
Taste of the Texans food
One of the dishes served at the event. Courtesy photo
Taste of the Texans HCC
Texans players pose with the team from HCC. Courtesy photo
Taste of the Texans Christian Covington
Texans defensive end Christian Covington with attendees. Courtesy photo
Taste of the Texans Corey Moore Chris Shepherd
Taste of the Texans Steak 48
Taste of the Texans Ronnie Killen Teddy Lopez
Taste of the Texans Churrascos David Cordua
Taste of the Texans rookies
Taste of the Texans Cal McNair
Taste of the Texans Will Fuller V
Taste of the Texans food
Taste of the Texans HCC
Taste of the Texans Christian Covington

What: Taste of the Texans

Where: NRG Stadium 

The scoop: A who's who of Texans players and front office personnel drew a big crowd at the eighth annual event, which benefits the Houston Texans Foundation, the Houston Food Bank, and Houston Methodist Hospital. All told, the event raised a record-breaking $355,000.

Twenty-five of Houston's most popular restaurants, including CultureMap Tastemakers Restaurant of the Year Pax Americana, James Beard Award winners Chris Shepherd (Underbelly) and Robert Del Grande (Cafe Annie), acclaimed sushi restaurant Kata Robata, and River Oaks hotspot State of Grace served food at the event. Two places that haven't opened yet — Killen's STQ and Bosscat Kitchen & Libations — also participated.

In the end, attendees selected venerable steakhouse Taste of Texas for the best tasting dish, Steak 48's gigantic shrimp for Best New Restaurant, Methodist Hospital for Most Creative Display, and Peli Peli for Team Spirit. Chronicle columnist Ken Hoffman and TV/radio host Cleverley Stone awarded Critic's Choice to Killen's. 

Who: Hannah and Cal McNair, Megan and Brian Cushing, Devi and Duane Brown, Jeff Allen, Will Fuller V, Braxton Miller, Shane Lechler, Jamey Rootes, Amanda and Jon Weeks, JJ Moses, Thomas Nguyen, Nick Scurfield, Adam Dorris, and Leslie Nguyen.

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