October’s Columbus Day celebrations may bring Italian food to the forefront for many, but at my house Italian cuisine is on our menu all the time!
Italy is one of my favorite spots in the entire world…the people, the food, the wine…Italy has it all!
There’s a fabulous event in early November that celebrates one of Italy’s most popular dishes…risotto! The 10th International Risotto Festival will be Sunday, November 10 from 2 to 6 pm at The Houston Design Center.
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Some of Houston’s top chefs will be competing to see who can create the most tantalizing and tasty risotto. For instance, Maurizio Ferrarese from Quattro at the Four Seasons will be there. I have a recipe for his Green Asparagus Risotto with Lump Crab Meat on my website at Goodtaste.tv. This dish tastes every bit as good as it looks.
One of the most popular posts ever on Goodtaste.tv is our post featuring risotto recipes from Houston’s finest. If you’re a risotto fan, grab a pen and paper. You’re going to want to make a grocery list.
Executive Chef Neal Cox from Olivette at The Houstonian has a risotto recipe that is extra rich and creamy because he adds Mascarpone cheese to the risotto. He also drizzles the finished dish with a little truffle oil. You can see it here.
Masraff’s (one of my fav Uptown spots) features risotto nightly on its menu. The flavors often change, but I love this recipe for their Wild Mushroom and Corn Risotto with its chanterelles, fresh peas and crunchy corn kernels freshly shucked from the cob.
Chef John Sheely with Mockingbird Bistro and the new Osteria Mazzantini shared his recipe for Roasted Red Pepper Risotto with Grilled Shrimp.
And, Chef/Owner John Watt of Prego, who will also be competing in the Risotto Festival, features his Risotto De Patata Dolce on Goodtaste.tv. The tiny bits of cubed sweet potato in this dish add a burst of added flavor…scrumptious!
For more details on the wonderful Risotto Festival, head to www.RisottoFestival.com. I hope to see you there.
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