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Meet Celebrity Judges for Two Saints and a Taco Tasting

Two Saints and a Taco Tasting Celebrity Judges—Can you name them? See below.Two Saints and a Taco Tasting is pulling out all the stops this year with the event’s slate of renowned celebrity taco judges. Appearing at the crazy popular alumni gathering on the University of St. Thomas-Houston campus from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14, will be none other than the following:

Eric Sandler, Culture Map Food Editor·       Eric Sandler, CultureMap food editor. Sandler’s CultureMap bio describes him as keeping his fingers on the pulse of Houston’s dining world. From pop-ups to fine dining, if a restaurant is serving tasty food, Sandler will find it and share the news. He also hosts CultureMap’s weekly podcast “What’s Eric Eating.” Follow Sandler @ericsandler and @culturemaphou

Ralph Palmer, Food and Beer Influencer·       Ralph Palmer, Food and Beer Influencer. Palmer is a local beer blogger, co-owner of the Craft BBQ concept Deckle and Hide, and co-host of the Beer, Blood and the Bayou podcast. You can follow him on Instagram at @eyefearnobeer.

Katie Stone, CEO of Houston Restaurant Weeks·       Katie Stone, CEO of Houston Restaurant Weeks. Stone is also the President of The Cleverley Stone Foundation (named for her late mother), which produces Houston Restaurant Weeks, the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank. Stone is followed on IG, FB and Twitter as @katiestonehtx.

Marco Torres, Official Taco Columnist for chron.com ·       Marco Torres, Official Taco Columnist for chron.com. Without the Houston Chronicle’s online Official Taco Columnist, no self-respecting taco tasting event would be complete. Torres is a freelance photographer and taco journalist based in Houston. He documents the city’s rich music, art and taco scene. He is the principal photographer of the “Tacos Of Texas” book, and the documentary series by the same name is now available on YouTube. On Instagram, Torres is @marcofromhouston.

The Great Cause Driving the Fun

Two Saints and a Taco Tasting is an annual, all-fun fundraiser by the UST Alumni Association to raise money for student scholarships. Alumni excitedly pour in for the friends, food (delicious tacos), beer and entertainment.

Emily Cotton ’12 co-chairs this year’s TSTT with Ahmed AlRawi ’12, MCTM ’20, and is thrilled with the panel of judges.

“Two of the celebrities, Eric Sandler and Ralph Palmer, are personal friends who were happy to participate in the Two Saints and a Taco Tasting fundraiser,” Cotton said, “and all are outstanding members of the Houston community who have nothing but enthusiasm for what we’re doing. It’s going to be a blast.”

Sponsorships and Tickets

A limited number of TSTT sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are still available here.

And tickets go on sale Sept. 6. For more information, go here.