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Benefits for Local Bakery Owner Jody Stevens; Beer Fests

UPPER KIRBY— Here's just a reminder that Go Pig! Or Go Home! is this Sunday (May 4). It's a competition where the city's top chefs compete by each cooking a whole suckling pig. Tickets are $95 per person and can be purchased here. The 16 chefs competing are Manabu Horiuchi (Chef Hori) (Kata Robata), Michael Potowski (Benjy's Washington), Michael Pellegrino (MAX's Wine Dive), Matt Marcus (Eatsie Boys), Gabriel Medina (Soma Sushi), Ryan Hildebrand (Triniti), John Sheely (Mockingbird Bistro/Osteria Mazzantini), Ronnie Killen (Killen's Steakhouse/Killen's Barbecue), Randy Evans and Jean Philippe Gaston (Haven/Cove), Richard Knight of Treadsack, Kevin Bryant (Eleven XI), Roberto Castro (Latin Bites), Lance Fegen (BRC/Liberty Kitchen), Ryan Pera (Revival Market/Coltivare) and Kaz Edwards (Uchi). Live music, cocktails and 8th Wonder Brewery beer are all included in the admission price. A portion of the proceeds will go to Last Organic Outpost, a charitable organization that supports urban farming to establish a sustainable food economy in under-served areas. [Eaterwire]

CHARITY WIRE— Beloved Jodycakes owner Jody Stevens suddenly lost her home and belongings in a fire, and some locals are raising funds to help her rebuild by setting up a fundraiser on GiveForward, so click here to donate. Local Clumsy Butcher president Bobby Heugel says that he will be "bartending at The Pastry War tonight," and that "ALL tips go to Jody Stevens to help soften the blow of a fire that destroyed everything she owns." He will also "match every tip dollar for dollar with an addition donation." There's also another fundraiser on May 4 at Paulie's hosted by Houstonia's Katharine Shilcutt. Shilcutt writes that they are "also accepting gift cards to Target, Old Navy, Gap, etc. to help Jody begin rebuilding her wardrobe and to purchase toiletries and other essentials. Live music will be provided by Instant French, while The Modular food truck will be stationed down the street at Westheimer and Dunlavy and donating 100 percent of its proceeds that afternoon to Stevens's recovery fund." More info on that event here. [Eaterwire]

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