Taking Risotto to the next level at the Houston Risotto Festival

IMG_7550Taping into the imagination and creativity of chef’s opens an exciting world of possibilities. Few events in Houston better celebrate the potential for greatness than the Houston Risotto Festival because with just one option of comparison it has to be pulled together amazingly to win. The festival challenges chefs to put their spin on this Italian specialty in an event that has raised hundreds of thousands for local charities since it began. From Thanksgiving spring boards to mushroom explosions the chefs competing in the festival went all out in order to put their own personal spin on risotto. Get the standard rice and cheese mix out of your mind because the result of the challenge on these chefs was food at its finest. There were so many spins on the classic it was dizzying and all of them delicious. In between the mouthwatering risotto stops the festival celebration continued with great Italian wines and antipasto.

While you are making room in your stomach there were opportunities all around to pick your pleasure. With the perfect Sunday weather you could just grab a seat and enjoy the scenery, for the shopper there was an amazing silent auction and several open stores in the design center, for the car buff the displays of classic and sports car was spot on and for the music lover the Italian music transported you to another world. My daughter and I were excited we started off hungry because conquering all the tastings was a daunting feat.   In the end I walked away feeling inspired by the wide range of risotto visions the chefs brought to life and even without a silent auction win feel great about the money raised for such worthy local causes.IMG_7562

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