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Recipe for Success Foundation Celebrates 10 Years with Delicious Alchemy

Featuring Dozens of Talented Chefs, Two Exquisite Meals and a Picnic

In honor of Recipe for Success Foundation’s 10th Anniversary Year, founders Bob and Gracie Cavnar are chairing Delicious Alchemy. This three-part celebration is the ultimate expression of the Recipe for Success vision:  A world where healthy eating is the norm and a culture where nutritious food is shared, appreciated, and celebrated.


The fête in three parts: The Banquet, The Art of Food and The Community Supper will be celebrated on May 19th, May 20th and May 22nd respectively.  Each event will be a unique celebration and combine elements from Recipe for Success Foundation’s ten years of combating childhood obesity and changing the way our children eat.


The Banquet on May 19th a few lucky guests will gather at an exquisitely table set under the sparkling chandeliers of The Dunlavy to dine on a sumptuous ten-course Banquet prepared by ten iconic chefs, all founding members of the Recipe For Success Foundation's Chef's Advisory Board.  Chefs Bryan Caswell, Charles Clark, Robert Del Grande, Monica Pope, Ouisie, Randy Evans, Lance Fegan, Randy Rucker, Peter Garcia and John Sheely will each create a course complimented by wines provided by Anna de Codorniu Cava Brut and Long Meadow Ranch and a craft beer curated by the brewmasters at Silver Eagle Distributors. Specialty gourmet items donated by DR Delicacies, D’Artagan and Sysco promise to tantalize the tastebuds during this unforgettable evening with music curated by Paul English. Tickets are $2,500 and limited to 100 guests.


Imagine an evening that tickles all your senses: sight, sound, taste, smell and touch. That is what the Art of Food on May 20th will be—truly a Delicious Alchemy. Anchored by a Big Board auction of Art on a Napkin: Dinner at Eight, featuring work from iconic artists interpreting their philosophy of shared meals, curated by Catherine Anspon and Eleanor Williams; dozens of tasting stations with Houston’s most creative chefs and wine tastings orchestrated by Amy Carron Power, The Wine Wonkette, and a Craft Beer Garden presented by Silver Eagle Distributors, there will be surprises around every turn.  With music from DJ Sun, Paul English and Houston’s first Silent Disco, poetry on demand from the Inprint Poetry Buskers, and performance art, the free flowing party promises to last until the wee hours.


Participating chefs include Garth Blackburn of Subzero Wolf, Neal Cox of Olivette at the Houstonian, Kaz Edwards of Uchi, Giancarlo Ferrara of Amalfi Ristorante Italiano & Bar


Rob Frias of Eminent Events + Catering and Tarakaan Asian Bistro & Lounge, Jean Philippe Gaston of Izakaya, Richard Kaplan of Weights+Measures, Ronnie Killen of Killen’s, Dominick Mancino of 1600 Bar + Grille, Al Marcus & Randy Hines of The Grateful Bread & The Kolache Shoppe, Greg Martin of Bistro Menil, Mike McElroy of Durham House, Barbara McKnight of Culinaire - Inspired Cuisine + Events, Kevin Naderi of Roost, Ryan Pera of Coltivare & Revival Market, Shay Prigmore of Max’s Wine Dive, Claire Smith of Shade & Canopy, Ruffy Sulaiman of Hilton of the Americas, Danny Trace of Brennnan’s, Justin Turner of Bernie's Burger Bus, Philippe Verpiand of Étoile and Antoine Ware of Harold’s in the Heights


Participating artists include Andrea Biaconi, Michael Bise, Elaine Bradford, Desire Obtain Cherish, Kent Dorn, Amy Evans, Joey Fauerso, Michael Gordon, Joe Havel, David McGee, Matt Messinger, Neva Mikulicz, Katie Oliver, Kermit Oliver, Kinglsey Onyeiwu, Susan Plum, Jay Rusovich, Beth Secor, Randy Twaddle and Geoff Winningham. 


And their Galleries: Art Palace, Rudolph Blume/Artscan, Hiram Butler, Deborah Colton, Barbara Davis, Hooks-Epstein, Inman, Koelsch, McClain, Moody, David Shelton, Anya Tish and Unix.


The art auction will also be available on Ebay. Besides the auction, limited edition sets of Dinner at Eight napkins printed from the original art will be available for $250 each. Tickets are $150 suggested donation for general admission and $250 suggested donation for VIP tickets that include early admission feature an exclusive Salon with a private truffle and caviar bar, special wines and Stella Artois.  Professional and avocational artists who respond to the open call for Art on a Napkin to be sold at the event will earn a $50 discount off of any ticket level.  Details for Art on a Napkin and registration form can be found here.


On Sunday, May 22nd, Recipe for Success will pay homage to the sort of shared meals, from pancake breakfasts to spaghetti suppers that have built America. Houstonians are invited to the Delicious Alchemy Community Supper at Sunday Streets festival, which will be held from noon to 4:00 along White Oak Bayou.  Among the festival’s regular distractions, The Foundation and Christos Gourmet Food Truck will host a free gathering space for neighbors to break bread together. 


For more information, tickets or sponsorships opportunities for all the events listed, please visit:


About Recipe For Success

Celebrating its tenth anniversary year, Recipe for Success Foundation is a non-profit 501C3 that focuses on combating childhood obesity by changing the way our children understand, appreciate and eat their food and by educating and mobilizing the community to provide healthier diets for children, with programs that have empowered more than 30,000 children in Houston and beyond with the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthier lives. The Foundation works to create a culture where nutritious food is shared, appreciated, and celebrated. Through its award-winning efforts like the nationally-offered Seed-to-Plate Nutrition Education™ in schools, Eat It! Food Adventures children's cookbooks, farmers marKIDS DAYS and the VegOut! 30-Day Challenge, and the Hope Farms urban agriculture project in Houston, the Foundation works to make healthy food appealing and available to everyone. For more information call 713-520-0443 or see

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