The Houston food community is known for stepping up to help out each other and those in need. Now some of Houston's most talented toques are joining forces for one night to raise money and honor a friend.
"Kicking Cancer's Ass" is inspired by Jonathan Platón, a regular patron of Houston restaurants. Before he passed away in October, Platón had the idea to put together a fundraiser and his friends are going forth with it in his memory, naming the event after his treatment slogan.
Taking place March 25 at Ralph Smith Photography Studios, Kicking Cancer's Ass will feature dishes by some of Houston's most buzzed-about chefs, including Justin Yu of Oxheart, Seth Siegel-Gardner and Terrence Gallivan of Pilot Light Group, Lyle Bento of Underbelly, Josh Martinez of The Modular, Mark Parmley of The Capitol at St. Germain and Jodycakes' Jody Stevens, plus coffee by Greenway Coffee & Tea and truffles from Creative Confections.
There will also be a silent auction for items including wine, a signed Modernist Cuisine book set, gift certificates to Houston restaurants and a trip to Los Cabos, Mexico.
Admission to the alcohol-free event is $10, and each chef's dish will be available by purchasing tickets — like the rodeo, but with better food. Proceeds from tickets as well as T-shirt and apron sales will be donated to The Nebraska Medical Center, where Platón was treated.