Tickets for Houston’s Premier Food & Wine Event On Sale Now!

HOUSTON – The Fans of phenomenal food and wine are invited to an afternoon of fun and festivities at the 15th International Risotto Festival on Sunday, November 14 from 2pm-6pm at The Houston Design Center. The exceptional outdoor strolling event returns with delicious Italian creations from top Houston chefs, fantastic wines, music, entertainment, exotic cars, a charity auction, designer showroom tours, and lively activities for kids.

This year’s event welcomes an impressive lineup of chefs who will go head-to-head to compete for Best Risotto Dish. The following chefs are confirmed as of September 22, with more to come::

  • Chef Alessandro Scarafile, Roma Ristorante
  • Executive Chef Maurizio Ferrarese, Alba Restaurant at Hotel Granduca
  • Chef de Cuisine Artem Orlovskyy, La Table
  • Executive Chef Angelo Cuppone, Concura Italian Bites
  • Executive Chef Dillon Kao, Old Railroad Café
  • Executive Chef Scotty Campbell, Bertazzoni
  • Chef Fadi Dimassi, Fadi’s Kitchen & Catering
  • Executive Chef Wesley Tyler, The Club at Carlton Woods
  • Chef Mardonio Escalante, Prego

The 15th International Risotto Festival will benefit Second Servings of Houston, the city’s only prepared and perishable food rescue organization. Since 2015, Second Servings of Houston has rescued over 5 million pounds of food, valued at more than $50 million, from over 400 food donors to fill stomachs, not landfills. Second Servings is honored to have Tom and Robin Segesta serve as the event’s Honorary Chairs.

VIP and General Admission tickets are on sale now with Early Bird pricing ending on October 14. VIP tickets include access for one to all festival activities, valet parking, signature wine glass, food and beverages throughout, and exclusive experiences at the VIP Lounge, where guests can mingle with participating sponsors, chefs and judges, sip fine wines and enjoy a fine selection of coffees and desserts. For more information on sponsorship or chef participation  opportunities, or to purchase tickets, please visit or call 713-864-2660.

The International Risotto Festival was founded in 2000 and has a rich history as real culinary competition for a good cause and more than 80 of Houston’s finest chefs have competed to help raise more than $800,000 for local charities.