‘Shroom Throwdown Looms

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mushroomDon’t delay, you have just about a week left to sign up to attend the ‘Shroom Throwdown in Houston on Monday, February 1, at Vic and Anthony’s Steakhouse. What the heck IS a ‘Shroom TD? A cookoff–with fungi as the not-so-secret ingredient—pitting ten of the city’s most fabulous chefs  against each other for the title of  ‘Shroom TD Champ. It costs $30 a ticket, and you get to wander around, nibble the contestants’ food, hobnob, and sample the wares of a cash bar. (Water’s free.) Lasts from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The sponsor is the Houston Chowhounds, that manic food club (they have so many events I can’t even keep up). Yours truly is one of  six judges. (By the way, there’s still an opening for a “wild card judge,” so if you think you’re hot stuff, send head Hound Jenny Wang  a clever answer to the question: “Why should I be a STD [‘Shroom Throwdown] Judge?” Forward it to [email protected] by—eek—tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 22.) For full info, check out the ‘Hounds Web site. Here are the competing chefs: Mark Cox – Executive chef of Mark’s Robert Del Grande – Executive chef/owner of RDG David Grossman – Executive chef/partner of Branch Water Tavern Grant Hunter – Executive chef of Brenner’s on the Bayou Michael Kramer – Executive chef of Voice  *Previous TD champion* Rebecca Masson – Pastry chef Carlos Rodriguez – Concept chef of Vic & Anthony’s Chris Shepherd – Executive chef/partner of Catalan Cunninghame West – Executive chef of Valentino Vinbar LJ Wiley – Executive chef/partner of Yelapa Mexicana (And by the way, if that picture I posted is of a poisonous mushroom, I don’t even want to know about it.)

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