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Outdoor Food Festival Comes to Houston

COMMUNE has morphed into a three-day event this weekend.

COMMUNE will be in Houston on August 26, 27, and 28 (photos courtesy of Indie Chefs Community).

COMMUNE is coming to Houston this weekend. Organizers call it “a series of micro-events run by a collective of acclaimed chefs. An ‘anti-food-festival,’ one that is equitable, gives back to the community, champions social justice, and is committed to addressing systemic issues facing the hospitality industry.”

Initially, the event was to include 200-plus chefs for a two-week-long food adventure. “Unmasked, vaccinated participants and staff—the reunion we’ve all been waiting for since last March.” But with COVID-19 still out of control, the plans have changed significantly. The good news is that the event has morphed but has not been canceled.   

Organizers will now present a “capsule” of sorts on Thursday, Friday, and Sunday—“an all-star lineup of talent and an entirely outdoor, experiential dining compound. Just three days instead of two weeks; two dozen chefs, not 200.”  

All of the events will be held in a large outdoor space with limited, spaced seating. All local safety guidelines will be followed in order to keep guests as safe and comfortable as possible.

The events should provide a nice foretaste of the full-on food festival frivolity that so many of us have been missing during the pandemic.  

And if you can’t attend, COMMUNE will return in March 2022 as originally planned, with all 200-plus chefs for two weeks. OutSmart will post a review of this weekend’s event with plenty of drool-worthy photos to get you in the mood to buy tickets for the main event next March—a not-to-be-missed festival for everyone inspired by all things food-and-drink. 

Thursday, August 26

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Indie Chefs Collaboration Dinner Night 1: 12 chefs and 12 courses with wine pairings

9:00 p.m. to midnight: Lucky Danger with Tim Ma and Andrew Choiu

Friday, August 27

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Indie Chefs Collaboration Dinner Night 2: 12 chefs and 12 courses with wine pairings

Sunday, August 29

11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. – Libby & Zoe’s Delicatexan with Daddy Jimbo Kanan

6:30 to 9:30 p.m. – Indie Chefs Collaboration Dinner Night 3: Grand Finale

9:00 p.m. to midnight: Shababi Palestinian Rotisserie Chicken with Marcelle Afram

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Jenny Block

Jenny Block is a frequent contributor to a number of high-profile publications from New York Times to Huffington Post to Playboy and is the author of four books, including “Be That Unicorn: Find your Magic. Live your Truth. Share your Shine." She has appeared on a variety of television and radio programs from Nightline to BBC Radio to Great Day Houston and has performed and spoken at bookstores, events, conferences, and resorts in the US and Mexico, as well as on Holland America Cruise ships.
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