5th Annual Banh Mi Cook-Off 2018

Banh Mi

If you’ve never had a banh mi, you’re missing out on a transformative culinary experience you won’t soon forget. This beloved Vietnamese sandwich (technically a French-Vietnamese hybrid) typically features some combination of cool and crunchy pickled vegetables; chile peppers; cilantro; pork, pâté, chicken, and/or some other protein; and a drizzle of mayonnaise, all tucked into an airy baguette.

The Vietnamese Sandwich Everyone’s Talking About

Now that you’re duly tantalized, it’s time to make plans to attend the 5th annual Banh Mi Cook-Off, set for September 18, 2018, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Houston’s own Chapman & Kirby Bar & Kitchen. The event is a fundraiser for Boat People SOS, an organization dedicated to helping Vietnamese Americans and improving their quality of life. Early bird tickets to the cook-off can be purchased online and cost $30, a price that includes entry to the event and food.

Ready, Set, Cook!

The cook-off is more than just a sandwich-making demo. As an iconic example of Vietnamese food culture, the banh mi serves as a way to introduce people to Vietnamese Americans’ culinary and social contributions. Giving the sandwich center stage in this way shines the spotlight on Vietnamese American culture and celebrates it.

You can still register to enter the competition by contacting Jannette Diep at jannette.diep@bpsos.org. Currently, the list of competing chefs is long and growing, with Rob Frias of Eminent Catering, Local Pho, Jeromiah Garcia, Pop-Ups by Evelyn, Chef Darius of Chef King & Company, Just GRK, Banh Mi Bus, BCK Houston, A Comer Food Trailer & Catering, and Poitin Houston.

Plan to be there to support a great organization, meet some fantastic people and sample glorious renditions of what just might become your new favorite sandwich.

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