Outside of the Thorntree VIP lounge, guests were able to sit and enjoy the beautiful day!

You know it’s going to be a good November day when it’s 75º, sunny, without a hint of humidity! However, you know it’s going to be a GREAT day, when you spend it outside at the Houston Design Center, sipping prosecco, sampling risotto from some of the best chefs in Houston, and having your new book signed by the most renowned chef in the world!

Our new pop-up portal in Etoile Illusion porcelain!

Sunday, November 10, 2019, was the date of the 14th Annual International Risotto Festival held at the Houston Design Center. Thorntree was this year’s VIP sponsorship, and we had a sell out crowd! With almost 300 VIP tickets sold, our studio was bustling with activity from start to finish!

The crowd in full swing!

Once in the Thorntree VIP lounge, guests were able to meet Chris Shepherd, where he was signing his new book, Cook Like a Local: Flavors that Will Change the Way You Cook—and See the World.

Guests also got to see our the unveiling of our ‘Pop Up’ studio displays featuring new 6mm and 12mm porcelain slabs! Thank you to QTS and Enrique Rojas helping make our vision a reality and showing how versatile porcelain can be!

Marble White pop-up display with Marble Gray surround

Outside, guests perused the other participating showrooms, bid on auction items, and tasted unique risotto dishes that each chef had prepared especially for this event. The winning chef/restaurant, chosen by an esteemed panel of judges, was the recipe by Sonoma Wine Bar + Restaurant- The Heights, chef Ja’Nel Witt. Her creation was a delicious risotto in the style of Cacio é Pèpe with a salt-cured egg yolk. Congratulations and well-deserved!

Chef Ja’Nel Witte and Jose Daniel Espinoza

All in all, the day was a great success! The weather was perfect, we had a wonderful blend of clients, associates, and friends that made the afternoon truly enjoyable. Thank you to everyone who came out to support such a fun and worthwhile event!

If you’d like to make a donation to BEAR… Be A Resource for CPS kids, please click here: https://bearesourcehouston.org

To find out more about our featured materials shown in this post, please click here: https://thorntreeslate.com/product-category/porcelain/florim-stone-12mm/ or here: https://thorntreeslate.com/product-category/porcelain/etoile-de-rex/

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