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A fleet of food trucks will join more than 30 restaurants to serve up the second annual Westside Chef’s Throwdown on Saturday Sept. 24 from 1-4 p.m. at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Land Tejas, Newland Communities, Trendmaker and LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch have teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association as committee partners to create the Westside Chef’s Throwdown, a free event featuring live music, cooking demonstrations and kids’ activities.

This year’s featured ingredient – cheese – will inspire sweet and savory dishes by the chefs. While most activities are free, event-goers can taste food from all restaurants and food trucks by purchasing wristbands, with 100% of proceeds going to the MDA’s summer camps program. Prices are $20 for adults, $10 for children (kids under 2 are free), and $50 for a family pack for two adults and two children.

Wristbands can be purchased online now at westsidechefsthrowdown.com. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 713-522-1536, and they will also be available at the event.

Participating restaurants include Vida Loca Mexican Bar & Grill, the winner of last year’s Throwdown, along with Alamo Drafthouse, Another Round Wine Bar, Antonia’s Cucina Italiana, Babin’s Seafood House, Baker Street Pub & Grill, Carmelo’s Ristorante Italiano, The Cellar Door, Fish City Grill, Fit n Fresh Gourmet, Hasta La Pasta, Jamba Juice, Kenzo Sushi Bistro, Landry’s Seafood, Las Alamedas Restaurant and Cantina, Lasagna House, Mission Burrito, Ooh La La Sweets, The Original Marini’s Empanada House, and Salt and Pepper Restaurant. Food trucks include H-town StrEATS. A wine tasting tent and bar will also be available for wristband holders.

The Westside Chef’s Throwdown helps support local residents with muscular dystrophy like Austin Price, 9, who is the MDA’s Goodwill Ambassador for 2011 and also an MDA camper.  A resident of Fulshear, Austin presented the awards, chosen by popular vote among attendees to the winning restaurants, at last year’s event.

“At last year’s inaugural Westside Chef’s Throwdown, over 25 restaurants and more than 1,000 guests helped us raise over $12,000 for the MDA,” says Vienda Ward, executive director of the MDA Houston chapter. “This year’s event is shaping up to be even bigger and tastier, with a new date right after the official start of fall.”

Sponsors for this year’s Westside Chef’s Throwdown include Butler Hailey, C.I.A. Services, Charter Title, Chesmar Homes, HTS Inc., EnTouch Systems, Honeywell, HTS Inc., The Kalikow Group, Perry Homes, Planned Community Management, Schwartz Page & Harding LLP, and Westin Homes.

For more information, visit westsidechefsthrowdown.com.

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