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Bivalve Throwdown @ Stella Sola

Houston Chowhounds

Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)

Bivalve Throwdown @ Stella Sola

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Foodie Ticket Ended $40.00 $1.99
Industry Ticket Ended $40.00 $1.99
Chef, Judge, or Volunteer ticket Ended $40.00 $1.99

Event Details

There will be a limited number of tickets available at the door for $40.  Cash only please.


Stella Sola is the new Texas Tuscan restaurant in the Heights (in the former Bedford location) owned by Bryan Caswell and Bill Floyd of REEF.  Join Executive Chef Jason Gould and the Houston Chowhounds for a preview of the restaurant before it officially opens!


Be there as the Houston Chowhound chef throwdowns continue.  Will Cody Vasek win it big again?  Or will the third throwdown unveil a new champ?


The theme of the evening will be OYSTERS!  Houchies, get ready to get your fill of raw and cooked oysters along with many other culinary delights. 

Event Schedule:

     4 pm Doors open

4:45 pm Oyster shucking contest

    5 pm Gumbo judging by the Oyster Throwdown chefs

 6-8 pm Oyster judging by a select panel of judges

    9 pm Winner announcement

The judges:

  1. Jim Gossen, Louisiana Foods
  2. Elie Massoud, Euromid
  3. PJ Stoops, Fishmonger extraordinaire, Louisiana Foods
  4. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle Food Editor
  5. Dai Huynh, Food Writer 
  6. Philippe Schmit, Chef
  7. Tatiana Schnur, Wild Card

The chef line-up:

  1. Bryan Caswell, Chef/Owner of REEF
  2. Jean-Philippe Gaston, Chef de Cuisine of Kata Robata
  3. Jonathan Jones, Chef/Owner of Beaver's
  4. Michael Kramer, Executive Chef of VOICE
  5. Michael O'Connor, Sous Chef of Houston Country Club
  6. Paul Petronella, Chef/Owner of Paulie's
  7. Mike Potowski, Chef de Cuisine of Benjy's on Washington 
  8. Randy Rucker, Tenacity Supper Club
  9. Chris Shepherd, Chef/Owner of Catalan
  10. John Sikhattana, Executive Chef of Straits 
  11. Jose Vela, Chef de Cuisine of Mockingbird Bistro 

The format of this throwdown will be different. Participating chefs will be judged on 2 dishes:  a raw and cooked oyster application.  For even more kicks, an oyster shucking contest will be taking place. 


Houston Chowhounds amateur chefs will also be putting their best food forward in a battle gumbo throwdown.  To register, sign up on the Houston Chowhound Yahoo Group.


For official event details and guidelines, visit the Houston Chowhounds website.


Questions? Email

Have questions about Bivalve Throwdown @ Stella Sola? Contact Houston Chowhounds

When & Where

Stella Sola
1001 Studewood
Houston, TX 77008

Sunday, November 8, 2009 from 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CST)

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