This is a fabulous idea.
[Monica Pope, chef of t'afia] — along with fellow chefs Bryan Caswell of Reef; Marcus Davis of the breakfast klub; Mark Holley of Pesce; Randy Evans of Haven; Hugo Ortega of Hugo’s; Chris Shepherd of Catalan; and food writer Robb Walsh — will lead eight tours this year including visits to Houston’s hidden Asian restaurants, small ethnic markets and the gems along Long Point Road.
“That’s the best cross section of everything,” said Caswell, referring to the restaurants along Long Point. “You can throw a dart and chances are it’s going to be good.”
The four- to five-hour tours, led by two chefs and limited to 16 participants each with several already sold out, are designed to boost the comfort level with unfamiliar food and little-known restaurants.
Pope, Shepherd, Caswell and Evans, who got together recently at one of the Vietnamese restaurants they plan to showcase, said some residents may find it daunting to go into restaurants that don’t have fancy storefronts or detailed menus in English.
The only complaint I have about this is how limited in number they are. I hope someone figures out a way to make this a regular feature, with other knowledgeable types filling in for the chefs. If anyone has signed up for one of these, leave a comment and let us know about it.