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The Perfect 10 Gala
Tuesday, January 17, 2023

January 17, 2023 05:30 PM until January 17, 2023 10:00 PM

This event is SOLD OUT.  To join the waitlist, please email Whitney at

Attire:  Mardi Gras-themed, Festive Cocktail


Join Brennan’s of Houston and local restaurant news publication Houston Food Finder for The Perfect 10 Gala, a celebration with ten of Houston’s best chefs and ten outstanding drink professionals, including current Brennan's staff and alumni!

The Mardi Gras-themed event starts with a VIP- and sponsor-only cocktail hour with small bites at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, then proceeds to a seated dinner with six courses starting at 7 p.m.

Cocktail hour chefs are serving small bites and dinner chefs will each serve one course. Each is teamed up with a Houston bartender or sommelier who will select the ideal drink pairing. The featured chefs, sommeliers and bartenders include Brennan’s own team, as well as beloved alumni. 

Also make sure to visit the Wine Room during the event for a silent auction exclusively benefiting Second Servings of Houston, the city’s only prepared and perishable food rescue organization that feeds over 175,000 Houstonians in need per year! 

Proceeds from gala ticket sales go to support Houston Food Finder, an independent, woman-owned, online publication that’s covered the local food and beverage scene since November 2016. Please email corporate sponsor and reserved table/private room requests to Phaedra Cook, editor and publisher of Houston Food Finder.

Cocktail Hour (VIPs and Corporate Sponsor Exclusive), 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Shrimp & Corn Butter
David Skinner, eculent

Cocktail Pairing by Chris Morris, Kau Ba Saigon and Aya Sushi

Scallop Crudo with Italian Radish & Pomegranate
Niki Vongthong, Hidden Omakase

Cocktail Pairing by Thomas Cordes, Brennan’s of Houston

Tiger Cry Steak with Pumpkin Three Ways
Benchawan Painter, Street to Kitchen

Cocktail Pairing by Taylor Morris, William Price Distilling

Caviar & Truffle Pork Dumpling
Alex Au-Yeung, James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Texas, Phat Eatery

Wine pairing by Marcus Gausepohl, Houston Wine Merchant

Molote de Cachete de Res
Hugo Ortega, James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef: Southwest, H Town Restaurant Group

Wine Pairing by Rich Carter, Brennan’s of Houston

Seated Six-Course Dinner (All Attendees), 7 p.m.


Jeff Weinstock, Cake & Bacon

First Course

Ahi Tuna Sashimi with Orange Supremes, Daikon Radish, Serrano and Ponzu Dashi
Austin Simmons, TRIS

Wine pairing by Adele Corrigan, 2022 Iron Sommelier Winner, 13 celsius

Second Course

Muffaletta-Stuffed Tortellini in a Parmesan Rind and Ham Brodo, topped with olive oil and sesame-toasted breadcrumbs and crispy-fried mortadella
Chris Roy, Winnie’s

Wine pairing by Felix Florez, Cherry Block Smokehouse

Third Course

Buttermilk-Fried Pork Belly with Pickled Okra, Garlic Aioli, Crystal Hot Sauce Beurre Blanc
Paul Peddle, Four Seasons Houston

Cocktail pairing by Johnathan Jones

Fourth Course

Blackened Grouper with Carolina Gold Rice, Lady Creamer Peas, Kimchi Collards, Ham Hock Pot Liquor
Mark Holley, Alife Hospitality & Davis Street at Hermann Park

Wine pairing by James Koonce, My Place Catering

Fifth Course

Bourbon Lacquered Hill Country Quail with Crawfish Boudin Stuffing, Sunny-Side-Up Quail Egg, Wilted Greens, Sweet Potatoes, Bourbon Glaze
Carl Walker, John Salazar and José Arevalo, Brennan’s of Houston

Cocktail pairing by Andy Charlton, Rhapsody Bar at Lyric Market


Vanarin Kuch, Top Chef "Just Desserts" competitor - Season 2, Koffeteria


Andrew Loreman, Boomtown Coffee

Attire:  Mardi Gras, Festive Cocktail Attire


VIP tickets for cocktail hour and seated dinner are $245 plus tax & gratuity. 

General Admission tickets for the seated dinner only are $185 plus tax & gratuity.