Radio Cherry Bombe: Food For Thought
Monday, October 7th
6 to 8 p.m.
On Monday, October 7th, join the Bombesquad at Nancy’s Hustle for the Houston stop on our "Food for Thought" Radio Cherry Bombe Tour. We'll be talking to Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar, Julia Doran of Nancy’s Hustle, Alba Huerta of Julep, Ecky Prabanto of Greenway Coffee & Tea, Zay Gamez and Cat Janda of Finca Tres Robles, and Anita Jaisinghani of Pondicheri about their journeys through food. This panel will be recorded for a future episode of Radio Cherry Bombe.
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Rebecca Masson has found sweet success in her adopted hometown of Houston by following a childhood love of baking that has taken her from Paris to television. Affectionately known locally as the Sugar Fairy, and in culinary circles the Sugar Hooker, the cool, colorful, outspoken–and by all accounts–outstanding pastry chef debuted her first brick and mortar location in Midtown in 2015.
Fluff Bake Bar, which originally launched in 2011 as a consultancy, online business, supplier of decadent things to many of Houston’s top restaurant tables and a tireless support mechanism to countless non-profits, defines Masson’s deliciously quirky style. In her hands, centuries-old European culinary traditions take on an entirely new dimension when juxtaposed with a decidedly clever rethinking of beloved, homemade favorites from childhood. But while unexpected things might happen under Masson’s pin, there are few people in the city who can claim her devotion to and understanding of often long lost traditions or her experience with the craft.
Julia Doran is the bread and pastry chef at Nancy’s Hustle, a modern bistro in Houston’s East End. She’s lived all over the place, but thinks Houston is the best. In Houston she’s worked at Bernadine’s, Fat Cat, and Houston Dairymaids. Dogs, cheese, and ice cream are her favorite things.
Alba Huerta brings her passion for quality wine, spirits, and a sense of warmth and Southern hospitality behind her bar, Julep, in Houston, Texas. The bar program features thoughtful menus, ingredients and ideas from Southern regions, a rotating list of juleps, a finely curated wine and champagne list, and food program of seafood and other sultry snacks.
Before opening Julep, Alba partnered on The Pastry War, a Mezcaleria that mirrors her quality standards for agave production.
Alba has received accolades from Food & Wine, Imbibe Magazine, the Southern Foodways Alliance, Tales of the Cocktail, the Houston Chronicle, Texas Monthly, Southwest Magazine, GQ, The New York Times, and more. Her very own book, Julep, Southern Cocktails Refashioned, received the 2019 IACP award in the Wine, Beer or Spirits category.
An Indonesian immigrant from a coffee producing country, Ecky Prabanto discovered her passion for roasting specialty coffee while in school at the University of Houston. She seized the opportunity to co-found Greenway Coffee Company in 2008 with her sister Niken and barista David Buehrer. Ecky has since developed many of Houston’s most popular cafes, including Blacksmith, Tropicales, Morningstar, Prelude Coffee, Malk BevBar, OKRA Charity Saloon, Coral Sword, and Inversion. She is opening two upcoming shops, one in partnership with Rice University on campus in the Jesse Jones School of Business, and an Indonesian teahouse, Susu Kopi & Boba, inspired by her and her sister’s heritage. Ecky is a Coffee Quality Institute Certified Q-Grader.
Zay Gamez is the Farm Manager at Finca Tres Robles.
Cat Janda is the Director of Education at Finca Tres Robles.