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2nd Annual 2005 Great Chefs of the Bay Area

The Clear Lake Area Symphony Society presents

"A Rhapsody on a Theme
 by Great Chefs"

Place:  Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake

Hotel Ball Room

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2005

Time: 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Price: $60 per person

Proceeds benefit the Clear Lake Symphony Scholarship Fund

Join us this evening for a delicious multi-course, sit-down dinner prepared by the Best Chefs and restaurants in the Bay Area!


The "Great Chefs of the Bay Area" is a fun evening featuring fabulous food from some of the best chefs in the Bay Area.  It will be an evening to remember.  Proceeds from the dinner will benefit the Clear Lake Symphony Scholarship Fund.  There will also be a Silent Auction with many great prizes to win.

The Clear Lake Area Symphony Society wants to thank all the Restaurants featured below for another successful fund raiser.  Also a big thanks goes to those who came to make the fun raiser a great success.  We look forward to having you back again next year!  The Silent Auction alone helped realize at least two scholarships to award to music majors .

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Featured Menu

Pre-Dinner Bistro Reception

 Mogul Indian Restaurant - Gobi Pakoras & Mini Samosa

Main Sit-Down Menu

Star Fleet Yacht - Butternut Squash Soup

Moon Water Grill - Caesar Salad w/ fresh baked parmesan croutons

Portofino Ristorante Italiano & Bar - Pasta Mista -  ravioli aragosta (ravioli stuffed with lobster), penne salcisse (italian sausage & bell pepper) & farfalle (bowtie pasta with pesto) 

Hilton Hotel – Blackened Tuna w/ oyster, mushroom & ancho chili sauce on a bed of mescaline mixed greens

The Grille at Clear Lake - Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Tommy’s Seafood Steakhouse - Carrot Soufflé

Holiday Inn – Brandied Fruit  Kirsch Cake

Haak Vineyards & Winery - Wine




2005 Great Chefs Committee

Co-Chairs: Sherrie Matula & Blanche Stastny

Committee Members: Pat Swartley, Judy Huber & Kati Hill

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Great Chefs Planning Meeting with Local Restaurants

Standing (from left to right): 
Arthur Thomas, Executive Chef @ Hilton - Houston NASA Clear Lake
Chef Alejandro, Holiday Inn - Clear Lake
Raymond Vazquez, Executive Chef, The Grille (Webster)

Sitting (from left to right):
Margo Clements, Special Events Manager, Hilton - Houston NASA Clear Lake
Amy Kelly, Moon Water Grill at Waterford Harbor Marina - Kemah
Sherrie Matula, Co-Chair, Great Chefs of the Bay Area - Clear Lake Symphony
Blanche Stastny, Co-Chair, Great Chefs of the Bay Area - Clear Lake Symphony
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Silent Auction Items

Silent Auction Winners,  Click here for List>


Chefs/Restaurants participating In Great Chefs of the Bay Area

The Clear Lake Symphony Society gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chefs of the Bay Area represented below.  Without them, this event would not be possible.  Please patronize the below establishments and let them know how much you appreciate their participation in this fund raising event.


HAAK  Vineyards & Winery, Inc.

6310 Avenue T
Santa Fe, Texas 77510

"A taste of the Old World in Galveston County" 


Raymond & Gladys Haak
Phone: (409) 925-1401
Fax: (409) 925-0276

The fist & only Winery in Galveston County.  Premium wines are offered for tasting and purchase: Blanc du Bois, Jacquet/Black Spanish, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel & Port.  Tours & Tasting daily.  Check the website for scheduled events.

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Hilton Houston NASA Clear Lake

3000 NASA Parkway
Houston, Texas 77058

Arthur Thomas 
Executive Chef
Phone: (281) 333-9300
Fax: (281) 333-3750

Marina Bar and Grill
Casual continental. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner while overlooking beautiful Clear Lake and the hotel marina.  Let the Hilton help you plan your special events.


Holiday Inn Houston NASA / Clear Lake

1300 NASA Parkway
Houston, TX  77058

Chef Alejandro

Phone: (281) 333-2500
Fax: (281) 335-1578 



Spice Rack 

MOGUL Indian Restaurant

2416-A Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058

1849 El  Dorado Blvd.
Houston, TX  77062

Ram Allam
 Phone: (281) 480-3097
Fax: (281) 480-3098

The finest Indian Cuisine - Authentic curries from ancient recipes - Perfect ambience -  Indian cuisine at its best!  Check out the website for a complete listing of menu items. Take-out orders welcomed!

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Moon Water Grill

800 Mariners Drive
Kemah, TX 77565


Amy Kelly
Phone: (281) 334-4400
Fax: (281) 334-2635

Beautiful views of the Waterford Harbor Marina offers a spectacular backdrop for any occasion. Live music on Monday through Saturday evenings from 7 -- 11 PM.



Star Fleet Entertainment Yachts

280 Grove Road
Kemah, Texas 77565
Phone: (281) 334-4692
Fax: 281-334-4847



The largest entertainment yacht company offering Houston wedding reception, boat party, banquet hall and dinner cruises on the Clear Lake and Galveston Bay Kemah near Houston Texas (TX).



Tommy's Seafood Steakhouse

2555 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX 77058


 Phone: (281) 480-2221
Fax: (281) 480-2229

Tommy's provides only the best in fine dining and and their menus reflect their commitment to quality and variety.  Enjoy the New Orleans sounds of a live jazz combo while you dine.  Performances every Wednesday from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from 7:30-11:00 p.m.


Water Front Dining 
Clear Lake Shores 

Portofino Ristorante Italiano & Bar

1002 Aspen Rd
Clear Lake Shores, TX 77565-2457

Portofino's Information 

 Phone: (281) 538-9060

"Great Atmosphere" -  Casual Dining & Patio Seating
Classic Italian, Fresh Seafood, Tableside Flambé Desserts & Entrees

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The Grille At Clear Lake

20237 Gulf Freeway
Webster, TX 77598

The Grille Information

Raymond Vazquez

 Phone: (281) 338-4745
Fax: (281) 557-4518

Steaks, Ribs, Seafood, Chicken & Salads

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Photos from 2005 Great Chefs of the Bay Area Fund Raiser

Stay tuned, pictures coming soon!


Photos from 2004 Great Chefs of the Bay Area Fund Raiser
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Pre-Dinner Bistro Reception
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Great Chefs of the Bay Area Participants
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Several of the Menu Items
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Silent Auction
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Welcome Table
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Recognition of Clear Lake Symphony
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Clear Lake Area Symphony Society (CLASS) Members
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