More than 700 guests turned out to the 14th annual Risotto Festival on Sunday afternoon. Attendees strolled the grounds at The Houston Design Center, enjoying risotto, along with antipasti, wine, music, entertainment and a charity auction.
Dishes, which ranged from carrot to oxtail to lobster, were created by 16 competing chefs, including Daniel Berg of B.B. Italia, Patrick Guerra of The Art Institute of Houston, Scotty Campbell of Bertazzoni, Nathan Campbell of Chef de La Vie, Francesco Casetta of Casetta Catering, Laura Taylor of Bisou, Johnny Wesley of Poitin and Angelo Cuppone of Roma.
Also participating were Fadi Dimassi of Fadi’s Kitchen & Catering, Ja’Nel Witt of Sonoma in the Heights, Maurizio Ferrarese of Hotel Granduca, Nick Fine of Underbelly, Dillon Kao of Ol’ Railroad Cafe, Brandi Key of Alice Blue, Jeff Samoska of Local Group Brewing and Lulzim Shimaj of 51fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails.
A panel of judges choose the winners, announced by mistress of ceremonies, Rose-Ann Aragon of KPRC.
Proceeds from the festival benefited Be A Resource for CPS Kids (BEAR), a non-profit organization that provides hope and help for abused and neglected children in Harris County.