If you've ever been to Underbelly, you've seen the wall adorned with photos of Houston culinary personalities and places. Not everyone in the photos is famous; some of the people pictured own small mom-and-pop restaurants that serve authentic ethnic food. There are farmers and fishermen. These are the people from whom chef Chris Shepherd initially drew his inspiration when opening Underbelly.
Photo courtesy Underbelly The people and places pictured on Underbelly's wall have helped make the restaurant what it is.
Now, three years into the restaurant's success as "the story of Houston food," Shepherd wants to pay tribute to those who have influenced him and add some new photos to his wall in the process. To do so, he's launching the Off the Wall dinner series and inviting his friends and colleagues to cook with him at Underbelly for six special dinner parties.
"I thought, let's do a dinner series where we combine people that normally wouldn't associate, but they have an association without really knowing it," Shepherd says. "Let's bring these guys together, because they've all inspired us so much over the years."More »