Welcome To The
12 International Risotto Festival

Sunday, November 12, 2017 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 12th International Risotto Festival will be held on Sunday, November 12 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.

The Most Creative Food Festival Ever

Since its founding in 2000, this popular charitable event has raised more than $650,000 for worthy causes including the Children’s Assessment Center, 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 at The Art Institute of Houston and The Art Institute of Houston-North.

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Proud to Benefit Casa de Esperanza

This year’s culinary Risotto Festival will benefit Casa de Esperanza. Casa de Esperanza de los Niños – the House of Hope for Children – is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect or the effects of HIV. Casa de Esperanza provides residential care, and coordinates medical and psychological services according to the needs of each child. When an unexpected tragedy, like Hurricane Harvey, devastates so many families, Casa de Esperanza continues to be a source of support for so many in our community who are in crisis.  Your support and generosity for this event will continue to help families in our community that need our help now more than ever.

Honorary Chairs of The 12th International Risotto Festival are Janie and Todd Mason. Serving as Event Chairs are Julie and Stephen Chen, Raine and Alan Falik, Leslie and Charles Simmons.

Meet the Chairs

Honorary Chairs

Todd & Janie Mason

Event Chairs

Alan and Raine Falik, Charles and Leslie Simmons and and Julie and Stephen Chen

Thanks to Our Host Committee

Lauren and Adam Allen
Emily and Nick Anderson
Jeb Bashaw
Caroline and Andrew Bean
Jennifer and Bruce Bilger
Hadley and Johnny Black
Catharine and Brandon Borders
Robin and Alex Brennan-Martin
Ben Brown
Caroline and Will Brown
Lu and Tommy Caltagirone
Ashley and Chip Cavanaugh
Elizabeth and Andrew Chambers
Julie and Stephen Chen
Erin and Michael Copeland
Katie and Mitchell Currie
Julia and Mark DeWalch
Elizabeth and Justin Douglass
Richard Wynne
Katherine Lucke
Nancy Mathe
Jordan and Bryan Chismar

Emily Durham
Mary and Miguel Espinosa
Lori and Ted Etlinger
Raine and Alan Falik
Andrew Farkas
Dixie and Jeff Green
Jodi and Mikey Gough
Margaret and Jim Henrikson
Daniella and Ricardo Hernandez
Lori and David Hessel
Suzanne and Garrett Jackson
Katie and Brian Jeans
Hannah and Chris Kayem
Betty and Jim Key
Karen Lantz
Kelly and Beth Layne
Ashlee and Benton Love
Merritt and John Marinelli
Shelley Starr and David Martin
Janie and Todd Mason
Kathleen and Kevin McGrory
Marian and Dillon McCarty
Andrea and Michael
Mary Ann Cuellar and Richard Mason

Mimi and Chad Meacham
Alison and Charlie Meyer
Sara-Ashley and Adrian Moreno
Sarah and Charlie Mouton
Peggy and Chuck Mouton
Jeanne and Layne Polocheck
Katie and Jay Register
Jay Rodgers
Elizabeth and Adam Ross
Jennie Simmons
Leslie and Charles Simmons
Ashley and Jon Sloan
Frances and Jim Thomson
Laurel Thompson
Wade Upton
Lynsey and Drew Ward
Bess and Matt Wareing
Martha and Robert Wessels
Melanie Worthington
Ashley and Roger Rule
Maudie Werlin
Sheri and Grant Roane

Top Chefs to Enter the Competition

Welcome to this year’s Culinary Competition!

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

The 12th International Risotto Festival cordially invites you to support this year’s event benefiting Casa de Esperanza


Beverage & In Kind

Proud to Partner with Cultural & Affinity Organizations

Showroom Sponsors