Episode 1: Inaugural Dinner for Hurricane Harvey Recovery
Our first Taste of Things to Come pop-up dinner was held at Coltivare on September 19. Attended by 90+ Houstonians, the three-course event raised over $5,000 and a mountain of feminine hygiene products for Trinity Gardens Church of Christ, a 501(c)(3) organization and distribution center of Hurricane Harvey relief supplies for greater Northeast Houston. Donations to the church were routed to displaced women and single mothers in the Trinity Gardens, Kashmere Gardens and greater Fifth Ward communities.
Attendees enjoyed passed appetizers by Claire Smith (Canopy, Woodbar, Alice Blue), a main course by Kaitlin Steets (Theodore Rex), and breads and panna cotta by Karen Man. A bright signature cocktail by Sarah Troxell (Nobie's) contributed to the festive evening.
Photos by Cecilia Norman
Episode 2: Cheese and Wine Tasting for Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast
On October 8, over 30 guests gathered at Blue Heron Farm for an intimate Cheese and Wine Tasting. The sold-out tasting raised over $2,500 for The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Program at Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, established to provide funding for patients impacted by the storm and unable to pay for their health care or co-pay costs.
Lindsey Schechter of Houston Dairymaids and Laurie Harvey of Cherry Pie Hospitality led a guided tasting of cheeses with accompaniments by Valerie Trasatti of Benevento Bakeshop and Karen Man. Paired beverages were donated by Artesa Winery (Napa Valley, California) and Flood Independent Distribution (Baird Brewery).
Photos by Cecilia Norman and Carla Gomez
Episode 3: Underbelly Takeover for Legacy Community Health
Our third pop-up event, held at Underbelly on November 5, raised $8,000 to cover well-woman exams for uninsured patients at Legacy Community Health. Click here to donate to IHWSH's Legacy Women's Health Fund.
More than 120 guests enjoyed a decadent three-course meal celebrating the ingredients of the season as prepared by Erin Smith (Feges BBQ), Madalyn Lester (Nancy's Hustle) and Victoria Dearmond (Underbelly). A pink-hued Texas Greyhound cocktail created by Ladies of Libation stars Laurie Sheddan Harvey and Kris Sowell kept guests raising their glasses in toast all evening long.
Episode 4: Cucina Divas!
The women of I'll Have What She's Having held their fourth pop-up event of the Taste of Things to Come dining series on Sunday, December 10th at Giacomo's Cibo e Vino. Chef Mary Cuclis of Pondicheri drew upon her Greek heritage to create the Mediterranean menu with Chef Lynette Hawkins (Giacomo's) and Chef Alyssa Dole (Emmaline). Sommelier Monica Townsend of Camerata presented wines from a selection of all-female winemakers of Italy and Greece.All proceeds from the event were donated to Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast to pay for contraception for patients who are uninsured or underinsured.