Southern, Meet French

Celebrity Chef Alex Hitz Educates Over Lunch

By Ellie Leeper
Photography By Greg Harrison

San Antonian mother-daughter dynamo team Gretchen Lahourcade and Erin Wolff created and hosted yet another successful luncheon at the Pearl Stables to benefit the AugustHeart Foundation. The guest of honor was spunky celebrity chef Alex Hitz, who jumped through many hoops and traveled long hours to escape the worst of Hurricane Sandy in powerless Manhattan, arriving in the nick of time to brighten the city with his wit and charm, all the supporting AugustHeart.

The chef’s launched his recently published first cookbook, My Beverly Hills Kitchen: Classic Southern Cooking with a French Twist. A popular Home Shopping Network personality and classically-trained chef, Alex calls on five generations of southern hospitality and tradition, delicious family recipes and menus, a degree from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, and best-loved recipes from his own popular Atlanta restaurant to showcase an entirely new cuisine. In the tome Hite reveals the secrets that make him such a renowned host, turning his book into a veritable graduate course in entertaining, complete with menus anyone can conquer in their own kitchen. His techniques are solidly grounded in European classical traditions, but with a pinch of Beverly Hills glamour, a little “y’all come!” and the very best ingredients imaginable.

The luncheon was catered by the RK Group, featuring several courses of Alex’s delicious recipes. Sinful and scrumptious, Hitz’s home cooking was a hit and his recipes are absolutely a must-try. We love the focus of the luncheon; local couple Bart and Dore Koontz began the AugustHeart Foundation after losing their son August from the undiagnosed congenital heart condition, Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM). Often undiagnosed, HCM is the leading cause of sudden cardiac death in young athletes, and because of AugustHeart, complimentary heart screenings are provided to student athletes throughout Bexar County, ages 14 to 18. We look forward to this causes next fine event, too.


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