There was no way to save Dee Dee s Deli and Pie Shoppe, a fixture in a northeast Harris County community, as in went up in flames after Thanksgiving, but now a fundraiser is planned to help the owner recover.

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Chefs Join Forces to Raise Funds for Burned-Down Bakery

Chefs and supporters will gather this Saturday, December 7th at Haven Restaurant (2502 Algerian Way) from 11:30 2:20 to support owner Bella-Katherine Curtis, whose beloved pie shop of twenty-two years was destroyed by fire last weekend just two days after the bakery produced 2,000 pies for Thanksgiving. The much-loved baker supplies pies for many of Houston s restaurants as well. The shop was uninsured.

As soon as Chef Randy Evans of Haven and Pastry Chef Rebecca Masson of Fluff Bake Bar heard about the fire, they wanted to do something to help. Soon other chefs and industry folks came eagerly on board.Says Masson, It was heartbreaking to hear of Bella's shop burning down. She has been baking pies for over 22 years - they are a Houston institution.Bella lights up when she feeds you all the pie you could ever eat. I wanted to do something to help her get back to what makes her so happy. She met with Chef Kevin Naderi of Roost on Tuesday and they hammered out the details on what has quickly become a highly anticipated foodie event.

Price for admission is a $50 donation per person and features BBQ from Ronnie Killen of Killen s BBQplus more great food and beer from St. Arnold s Brewery and various forms of musical entertainment. There will also be a bake sale and silent auction for some awesome prizes. Chefs involved include Chris Shepherd of Underbelly, Randy Evans of Haven, Kevin Naderi of Roost and Pastry Chefs Samantha Mendoza from Triniti, Johnny Wesley of Mr. Peeples, and former Houstonian Plinio Sandalio from the AT&T Conference Center in Austin will all be involved. Sysco is lending support as well.

In addition, Scott Tycer of Kraftsman Baking has donated a month of kitchen space for My Dee Dee s to be able to continue producing their famous pies through the holidays. There is also an account at Wells Fargo in the name of My Dee Dee s where donors can contribute to the cause.

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