Chef James Canter fed thousands of hungry people during Hurricane Harvey at his downtown restaurant, Guerrilla Gourmet, but months earlier, he had planned to combat hunger in a different way by spearheading a pop-up event called V for Victoria.
Some of the region's most seasoned chefs will be at DeLeon Plaza on Sept. 24 to serve a farm-to-table gourmet meal.
Proceeds from the event will support the city's Downtown Farmers Market, a program of the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent.
Stephen Paprocki, president of Chef Cooperatives and founder of Texas Black Gold Garlic, said the group of chefs selected Victoria because it is Canter's home city.
Several members of the Chef Cooperatives came down after the hurricane to help Canter serve the masses hot meals in a "pay-if-you-can" system.
"After the devastation from Hurricane Harvey, there is more of a need now than ever before in Victoria," Paprocki said.
The event gives the group an opportunity to shed some positive light on the area and support the much-needed farmer's market, he said.
Tickets are $45 and can be purchased online or at Canter's restaurant at 311 E. Constitution St.
"We're asking the community to rally - come out and eat a great chef-prepared meal and support Victoria at the same time," he said.
Those who attend will enjoy a family-style meal made with fresh, locally sourced and chef-crafted dishes; beer from Alamo Beer with a michelada option from Madge's Spicy Bloody Mary Mix; and wine from Kuhlman Cellars and Lost Draw Cellars.
The nonprofit cooperative raises funds through its pop-up dinners to support the health and prosperity of South Central Texas farmers, ranchers and vintners.
The group is composed of more than a dozen chefs from South and Central Texas.
Paprocki said the group is driven to support Texas agriculture and farmers and ranchers.
"We try to educate people about where their food comes from," he said.
Canter said he's been involved with the cooperative for about four years.
He said he thinks it's important to bring the organization to Victoria because there is a real need here for access to healthy, locally-grown food sources and education about who grows or raises these food sources.
Canter said supporting and eating from the local farmer's market is not only healthy for us but for our ecosystem and our economy.
"This culinary event will be unlike any culinary event that Victoria has ever seen, and it's all to support Victoria's community food system," he said.