Johnny + Friends with Chef Chris Shepherd of Underbelly

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Join legendary Southern Chef John Besh, Garden & Gun, and a host of culinary masters for a series of unforgettable culinary experiences in New Orleans, LA. Proceeds benefit The John Besh Foundation, an organization that provides scholarships, grants, and loans to individuals in NOLA with the passion, creativity, and knowledge to enact change in their community.

Exclusive accommodations packages available at the Omni Royal Orleans, Omni Royal Crescent Hotel and Omni Riverfront Hotel.

November 30th, 2017: Pop-up with Chef Chris Shepherd

Midwest-raised, James Beard Award-winning Chef Chris Shepherd opened Underbelly, featuring locally-sourced food inspired by the ethnic diversity of Houston, in March 2012. The Art Institute-alum and former Executive Sous Chef-turned-Sommelier of Brennan's brings his farm-to-table passion to fruition at Underbelly, which sources ingredients from the Gulf Coast, surrounding farms and ranches. The in-house butcher shop, which only uses whole animal, supports Shepherd’s passion for butchering and charcuterie. The 2014 James Beard Award winner for Best Chef: Southwest was also named one of the Top 10 Best New Chefs in America by Food & Wine. Underbelly was named to the National Eater 38 (one of 38 essential restaurants in America) in 2015 and as one of the best new restaurants in the country by Bon Appetit and Esquire in 2014. Chris runs two Underbelly kiosks inside Reliant Stadium, serving up football-friendly dishes during Houston Texans home games. He opened One Fifth, a five-year restaurant that changes concepts annually, in January 2017. In his free time, Chris cheers on his beloved Houston Texans, seeks out hard-to-find bottles for his ever-growing bourbon collection and explores the city for new restaurants.

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