Houston Food Community Rallies for Chef Injured at SXSW

Local writers and cooks will join forces for a food-centric fundraising event

Mark's American Cuisine

Gracie Nguyen worked as a pastry chef at Mark's American Cuisine prior to the accident.

For many of the victims of the tragic March 13 car accident that occurred when a drunk driver hit a crowd at Austin’s South by Southwest Festival, there’s still a long road to recovery ahead. To offer support to pastry chef Gracie Nguyen of Mark’s American Cuisine, one of the accident victims, the Houston food community is rallying by throwing a fundraising event to help with medical expenses and time away from work.

CultureMap Houston reports the event will take place at Houston’s Big Star Bar, and will be put on by local chef Adam Dorris, who will revive his defunct pop-up Ghetto Dinner for the night. The event will feature a silent auction featuring a variety of food-related prizes —including a chance to join Houston Chronicle food critic Alison Cook for a working dinner — and an opportunity to dunk Houston Press food critic Kaitlin Steinberg.

According to the Save Gracie Nguyen Facebook page, Gracie was released from intensive care on March 19th, and was transferred back to Houston in late March. In total, the crash killed four and injured at least 20.

Adam D’Arpino is the Restaurants Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @AdamDArpino.


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