In this week’s episode of What’s Eric Eating, organizer Grover Smith and chefs Brett Cooper and Tim Ma talk to CultureMap food editor Eric Sandler about Commune. Dubbed the “Anti-Food Festival,” the commune will bring 200 chefs to the Heights House Hotel in Houston from August 21 to September 5.
The event grew out of Indie Chefs Week events, which Smith has been organizing for the past five years. At the same time, they allow chefs to build relationships with like-minded colleagues and allow guests to sample dishes from rising stars in the culinary world; For example, five Indie Chefs alumni took part in the final season of Top Chef.
What makes Commune so attractive is that guests can choose from a wide range of prices. A pop-up that brings together two Bon Appetit Best New restaurants, Konbi from Los Angeles and Turkey & the Wolf from New Orleans, costs just $ 40. However, a dinner together that brings together four alumni of legendary California restaurants Manresa and Ubuntu starts at $ 250 per person.
Smith notes that the centerpiece of the experience will be the nightly street markets, where 15 chefs cook in bespoke street vendors designed by local design firm Gin Design Group. “It’s quite a transformation,” says Smith of the hotel. “I want people to take pictures of it and people say, ‘Are you in Singapore?’ I think we did it. “
Tickets for the community are available now. The organizers will add more events between now and the start of the event.
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