Believe it or not, there is a holiday called "Food Day". This day is designed to raise awareness of healthy, natural and sustainable food. For Food Day 2012, celebrate by checking out the cooking throwdown at the City Hall farmers market.
What's a throwdown? If you have ever seen the shows "Iron Chef", "Iron Chef America" or "Next Iron Chef" you have see a food throwdown. During the event tomorrow, Wednesday, October 24, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., five local chefs will prepare dishes based around a single ingredient bought from the Urban Harvest's Eastside farmers market this past Saturday.
Chefs participating are from local hot spots like Kiran's, Roost, Oxheart, Roots Bistro and Plonk. These professionals will be pitting their creative cooking skills to the test in front of those attending the farmers market. You will get to watch the experts as they cook under pressure of the clock.
If you miss the cooking throwdown at the farmers market, you can still use it as a party idea for your next get together. Purchase a large amount of a single, unusual ingredient. It might be kale you spotted on special at a farmers market or a large bin of oranges. Try to use local, seasonal produce to keep it in the spirit of Food Day.
For your cooking throwdown party, borrow a neighbor's barbecue grill or have your guests bring small, tabletop grills for cooking. You can even have a twist by making it a raw food cooking throwdown if you don't want to heat up your home with the oven or stove.
City Hall Farmers Market
901 Bagby St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Hours: October 24 - 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.