Star-Studded Dining & Entertainment Experience Comes to Sugar Land — Updated

Dawn Burrell in Top Chef

Sugar Land may not be the first place you think of when you hear of a culinary event featuring some of Houston’s most notable chefs, but the growing suburb has seen continuous growth and development. It’s now home to a changing demographic of residents who want new and exciting cuisine without having to travel inside the loop. So, it makes sense that Sugar Land is the setting for the Nowhere Somewhere Supper Club, described as a “celebration of Houston’s dynamic and diverse restaurant culture.” It is scheduled to take place on July 15, at a yet-to-be-revealed location. 

Rebees, a Dallas real estate management company, is hosting the supper club and entertainment experience. A look on the website and social media page confirms the company has been managing Sugar Land Town Square, the mixed-use development that has served as the city’s epicenter for dining since 2019. Its other Houston venture is Autry Park, where several highly anticipated restaurants are slated to open, including MF Lobster & Ceviche and Annam by chef Chris Kinjo.

The evening includes a five-course dinner by an impressive roster of Houston talent. Alba Huerta, James Beard-award winning owner of Julep, will start the night off with welcome cocktails to accompany a selection of sushi by Bigler “Biggie” Cruz, the chef de cuisine of Golfstrommen. The first course of Singapore-style chili crab with fermented tomatoes and peppers, farm eggs and toasted roti comes courtesy of James Beard Award-winning chef Paul Qui, owner of several concepts in Houston, including the aforementioned Golfstrommen, Soy Pinoy and Eastside King.

Update 6/23/2023, 5:07 p.m.: A representative states that Alba Huerta is no longer participating.

Dawn Burrell, a “Top Chef” semifinalist, James Beard Award finalist and chef-owner of Late August — her long-awaited restaurant, set to open in the Ion this summer — is showcasing African- and Asian- fusion flavors. Her course, the second in the progression, is BBQ beef belly char siu-style with hibiscus, cucumber buttermilk broth, fermented cucumbers, cracklin’ cornbread and herbs.

Named Best Pastry Chef in Latin America, Luis Robledo is the owner and creator of the world-renowned Tout Chocolate and the chef-owner of Mayahuel, a new concept slated for Autry Park. At the dinner, Robledo is highlighting both his savory and sweet sides with the third course of glazed pork belly, chilmole (black achiote paste) and braised black bean purée, as well as the dessert course of different flavors of churros paired with a variety of sauces. Each course will be paired with wines curated by Court of Masters Advanced Sommelier Ryan Cooper, owner of everywine.

The event will be a full experience with live music and dance performances by Troy Curtis Entertainment throughout the evening. The ticket price of $150 per ticket includes all food, drink and gratuity. A portion of event proceeds will benefit Friends of James Beard Foundation. Tickets are  available now on eventbrite. To keep the mystery going, the location won’t be announced until the day before the event on Friday, July 14.  

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