Homegrown Houston: A Tasting Tour with Chefs Evelyn García and Henry Lu



Saturday 27 August 2022
7 p.m. program

Join the celebration of Houston’s incredible cuisine on this special night Evelyn Garcia and Heinrich Lu by KIN HTX!

Chefs Evelyn and Henry have curated a selection of outstanding, innovative chefs, each presenting a dish that reflects their history as chefs and, in turn, reflects the diversity and ingenuity of Houston’s dining scene. In addition to the Houston tasting tour—featuring Thai cuisine, West African dishes, Filipino-inspired desserts, and more—the memorable evening also includes performances and access to the project local artists series 3

Tickets include a meal from each chef/vendor, drinks and cultural activities including performances and entry local artists.

Selected food and drinks from

Asahi beer

burger chan
Chefs Diane and Willet Feng
Portion: the GMA Slider (Sweet Sourdough Slider Bun with Smashed Patty, Cheddar Cheese, Sauteed Onions, Sambal Mayo and Kimchi Relish)*

Butter Baby Bakery
Chef Karen DeGuzman
Portion: Halo Halo Cake Shooter, Mini Ube Cream Puffs*

Chef Ope Amosu
Portion: Golden Blok Pairing (Smokey Jollof Jambalaya, Braised Sweet Plantains, Motherland Coconut Curry)

Click Virtual Food Hall
Chef Gabriel Medina
Portion: Monggo Guisado (Filipino Rice and Beans)*

Desert Door Distillery

dumpling house
Chefs Ellane Won, Ashley Lai and Amiley Lai
Portion: Spicy Sichuan noodles with mushroom soy topping*

Chefs Stephanie Velasquez and Nicholas Vera
Portion: Zacahuil Tamal (banana leaf wrapped tamal served with salsa roja and pork belly)

Chefs Evelyn García and Henry Lu
Portion: Salmon ceviche with lemongrass leche de tigre, chilli oil and rice chips

coffee shop
Chef Vanarin Kuch
Serve: Goat cheesecake with blueberry compote, yuzu kosho foam and meringue*

road to the kitchen
Chef Benchawan Jabthong Painter
Portion: Chef Benchawan’s famous Green Curry Brisket

* indicates that a vegetarian or vegan option will be available


KIN is a Southeast Asian inspired concept by chefs Evelyn García and Henry Lu. KIN consists of a spice and produce line, catering and events production, and a new restaurant opening soon in Houston!

About Evelyn García

A Houston native, born to parents from Mexico and El Salvador, Executive Chef Evelyn Garcia is the Executive Chef and co-owner of Kin HTX. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Evelyn has cooked her way through New York City, including at Jean George’s Spice Market under Chef Anthony Ricco, Masak under Chef Larry Reutens, and Kin Shop under Harold Dieterle. After 10 years in NYC honing her skills, passion and drive for Southeast Asian cuisine and culture, she decided to return to her hometown of Houston and open Kin HTX, a Southeast Asian-inspired concept. From pop-ups to chef residencies to a restaurant and product line, Kin HTX continues to evolve and showcase Evelyn’s passion for Southeast Asian flavors and local agriculture. Evelyn was recently spotted making it to the finals Top Chef: Houston.

Asia Society Texas performing arts and culture programs are presented by Syamal and Susmita Poddar. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment and The Brown Foundation Inc. Generous funding also from AARP, The Anchorage Foundation of Texas, The Clayton Fund, The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts and the Wortham Foundation. Additional support from the Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Airlines, and contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations dedicated to providing Asia Society Texas with exceptional programs and exhibits .

Performing arts and culture present sponsors

Syamal and Susmita Poddar

Official Airline Sponsor

program sponsors

presentation partner

Food and beverage sponsors

About the Asia Society Texas

Asia Society Texas believes in the power and beauty of different perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we encourage cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy and promoting a better understanding of our interconnected world. Our programs span the fields of arts, business, culture, education and politics and are rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – we believe in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.


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