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Smoke 'em out: Houston chef to show the James Beard House how it's done

Smoke 'em out: Houston chef to show the James Beard House how it's done

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Chef Ronnie Killen Courtesy of Killen's Steakhouse
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It looks like the dinnerati at the James Beard House can't get enough of Ronnie Killen and Killen's Steakhouse.

After creating an epic Texas steakhouse menu at the prestigious New York institution last December (the recreation at his steakhouse in Pearland was one of the best meals of my life), Killen recently revealed that he will be returning in September for a "very special dinner" dubbed "Art of Smoke."

 I don't care if smoking is bad for me, that menu is worth it. 

The dinner is not on the James Beard House web schedule yet, but the confirmation that Killen posted on Facebook says it will take place on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. for up to 80 guests.

The title of the dinner sounds like it might be an ode to smokehouse/barbecue cuisine, but Killen's proposed menu takes "art of smoke" quite literally, featuring smoked tomato tartar, bacon-wrapped chicken or quail, peach wood-smoked sweet and sour catfish, coastal hay-smoked tomato bisque, cherry-smoked pork belly, hickory-smoked short ribs and smoked chocolate black forest cake.

I don't care if smoking is bad for me, that menu is worth it.

It will be a busy summer and fall for Killen. In addition to his trip to the James Beard house, he's also a presenter at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertainment Show on Sept. 15 and 16, and of course inner Loop fans of his Pearland steakhouse are eagerly awaiting his second location, which is set to open in the Heights this summer.