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.