Welcome To The
14th Annual Risotto Festival


Sunday, November 10, 2019 2-6 PM

For Fans of Fine Food & Wine

Fans of fine food and wine are cordially invited to attend one of Houston’s finest culinary festivals. The 14th International Risotto Festival will be held on Sunday, November 10 from 2 to 6 pm at The Houston Design Center. This gourmet strolling event includes an afternoon of delicious Italian foods and wonderful wines including samplings of antipasti, tastings of all risotto entries, Italian music and entertainment, exotic car display, activities for kids and designer showroom tours. Some of Houston’s top chefs will be competing in this year’s competition.

VIP Experience with Chris Shepherd and his newly launched book“Cook Like a Local.”

Book Signing, Premium Wines,Delicious Bites, andWarm Hospitality at Thorntree VIP Lounge
(VIP tickets required)

The Most Creative Food Festival Ever

Since its founding in 2000, this popular charitable event has raised more than $750,000 for worthy causes including the Children’s Assessment Center, Casa de Esperanza, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Dean’s Academic Excellence Fund at the Conrad N Hilton School of Hotel and Restaurant Management at the University of Houston, The Scarlett Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Education Foundation providing scholarships for students

Proud to Benefit BEAR… Be A Resource for CPS Kids

The International Risotto Festival will benefit BEAR… Be A Resource for CPS Kids.  BEAR is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides hope and help for abused and neglected children and the caseworkers who protect them within Harris County.  bearesourcehouston.org

Event Chairs & Host Committee

Event Chairs

Serving as Event Chairs are
Brandi Key, Kelly Laudadio, Jorge Valencia.

With over 50 years collectively in the restaurant business, event chairs Brandi Key, Kelly Laudadio and Jorge Valencia are serving as the chairs for the 14th International Risotto Festival…but that is not all they serve! Together, they make up LMN Hospitality, a company that does it all: in-home private dining, cocktail parties, cooking classes, backyard parties, event planning, and restaurant consulting. Brandi, Kelly and Jorge are a powerhouse team that exude just as much passion in the kitchen as they do in the Houston community.

Honorary Chair

Serving as our Honorary Chair is
Texas Business Travel Association

Serving as the Honoree of the 14th International Risotto Festival is the Texas Business Travel Association (TBTA), the premier professional trade organization providing a forum for the exchange of ideas between managers of corporate travel, travel industry suppliers, and regulatory agencies. TBTA's Community Outreach Program will grant financial support and hands-on volunteerism to BEAR, allowing the non-profit to provide over 25,000 services annually to abused and neglected children throughout Harris County.

Host Committee

Adam D. Adams
Cathy Anderson
Michelle Bouchard
Charlotte Chapman-Cope
Pat Dolan & Joe Guignon
Kari Greenwalt
Cindy Griffin
Abbey Hogan
Lispah Hogan
Carol & John Howenstein
Janine Iannarelli
Jennifer Jeffery
Katherine & Mathew Kardesch
Carol & Lance Kassab
Sylvie & Roy Marcy
Meredith Marshall
Betsy Mercer
Natalie & Steve Mohtashami
Michael Prentice
Sheri & Grant Roane
Joyce & Steve Sandweiss
Jordan Seff
Jennifer & Matt Shaunty
Kelly & Matthew Simon
Dana Myers & Jon Spiers
Cindy Steele& Steve Lopez
Megan &  Jimmy Vondra
Amy & Robert Weaver
Daphne & Paul Laudadio
Barbara & Stephen Perlick

Top Chefs to Enter the Competition

Luigi Shimaj
51fifteen Cuisine & Cocktails
Brandi Key
Alice Blue
Daniel Berg
b.b. italia
Scotty Campbell
Laura Taylor
Fransesco Casetta
Casetta Catering
Nathan Campbell
Chef de La Vie
Fadi Dimassi
Fadi's Mediterranean Grill
Jeff Samoska
Local Group Brewing
Dillon Kao
Ol' Railroad Café
Johnny Wesley
Poitin Bar & Kitchen
Maurizio Ferrarese
Ristorante Cavour
Angelo Cuppone
Ja'Nel Witt
Sonoma in the Heights
Patrick Guererra
The Art Institute
Nick Fine
Underbelly Hospitality
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Special Thanks To Our Sponsors & Donors

Christi & Dean
The 14th International Risotto Festival cordially invites you to support this year’s event benefiting
BEAR… Be A Resource for CPS Kids.
Sponsorships & Donations

Proud to Partner with Cultural & Affinity Organizations