Fans of fine food and wine are cordially invited to attend one of Houston’s finest culinary festivals. The 12th International Risotto Festival will be held on Sunday, November 12 from 2 to 6 pm at The Houston Design Center. One of Houston’s finest gourmet food festivals, this event includes an afternoon of delicious Italian foods along with fantastic wines PLUS music, entertainment, exotic cars, a charity auction, activities for kids and designer showroom tours.
Some of Houston’s top chefs will be competing in this year’s competition including Tiago Almeida of Quattro at The Four Seasons, Jon Buchanan of Third Coast, Bryan Caswell of Reef, Scotty Campbell of DR Delicacy, Peter Heine of Fadi's Mediterranean Grill, Jose Hernandez of Radio Milano, Dylon Kao of Express Italia, Carmelo Mauro of Carmelo’s, Greg Millo of The Art Institute, Johnny Mandola of Damian’s Cucina Italiano, Manuel Pucha of Maison Pucha Bistro, Erin Robart of The Tasting Room City Centre, Alexandre Scarafile of Sud Italia, Luizim Shimaj of Arcodoro, Matt Tahaney of Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant along with others to be announced.
Advance Tickets are now on sale and may be purchased online at www.RisottoFestival.com for $75 per person (savings of $10 in advance) or $175 for VIP tickets. Children under 12 are free. VIP tickets purchased in advance include valet parking and access to the VIP Lounge where guests can mingle with participating sponsors, chefs and judges, sip fine wines and enjoy a fine selection of desserts.
This year’s culinary Risotto Festival will benefit Casa de Esperanza de los Niños. Casa de Esperanza - the House of Hope for Children - is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential care, and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child. When an unexpected tragedy, like Hurricane Harvey, devastates so many families, Casa de Esperanza continues to be a source of support for so many in their community who are in crisis. Support from The 12th International Risotto Festival will continue to help families in our community that need Casa’s help now more than ever.
Honorary Chairs of The 12th International Risotto Festival are Janie and Todd Mason. Serving as Event Chairs are Julie and Stephen Chen, Raine and Alan Falik, Leslie and Charles Simmons.
The International Risotto Festival was founded in 2000 and has a rich history as a true culinary competition for a good cause. More than 75 of Houston’s finest chefs have competed to help raise in excess of $750,000 for local charities in the 12 productions of the festival since that date.
For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets please visit www.risottofestival.com or call 713-864-2660. Purchase tickets online at www.RisottoFestival.com