Monday, April 14, 2014
It’s no secret that we are huge fans of local chef Chris Shepherd and his work at Underbelly. And now, we are even more excited to learn about the restaurant’s “Off the Wall” dinners. If you haven’t tried Underbelly yet, this might just be the perfect opportunity.
Building on the restaurant’s mission to tell the story of Houston food, Shepherd recently launched a series of special dinners at Underbelly featuring many of the local chefs who have inspired him along the way. In fact, many of these guests are featured prominently on a special inspiration wall (shown above) in the restaurant, with the hopes of encouraging customers to visit at least one of those locations before returning to Underbelly. But in addition to this literal meaning of “Off the Wall,” the series is also characterized by interesting and innovative set menus that stem from a collaborative cross-pollination between Shepherd and his respective guests.
The next “Off the Wall” dinner will take place on May 18th, and will feature local fish expert PJ Stoops, renowned sommelier Antonio Gianola, and the chefs behind Asia Market. Shepherd explains, “Asia Market is one of my favorite Thai restaurants in the city. Before I opened Underbelly, I spent a week in the kitchen learning from the ladies at Asia Market, and I’ve put so many dishes on the menu inspired by what I learned there. PJ’s knowledge of Thai cuisine and his ability to find and teach me about Thai ingredients make him a perfect fit for this dinner.”
Visit Underbelly’s website to secure your seats or to learn more about the “Off the Wall” dinner series. Also, be sure to keep an eye out during the upcoming James Beard awards to see Chris Shepherd steal the show in his custom suit and Hamilton shirt!
Image credits: Julie Soefer Photography