Collaboration creates unique sweets at One Fifth in Houston


Victoria Dearmond is the pastry director for Underbelly Hospitality. We caught up with her at One Fifth, a unique restaurant that features a new concept every year.

The first year was Steak, the second was Romance Languages and the third, which is the current year, is Mediterranean. Underbelly Hospitality is owned by Chris Shepard, winner of James Beard Best Chef: Southwest in 2014, and Kevin Floyd. Their focus is on sourcing as much locally as possible and celebrating the diversity and richness of the Houston food scene — that ethos extends into the pastry program through Victoria’s work in the kitchen.

Victoria met Kathleen at a farmers’ market and once she tasted Honeychild’s Sweet Creams frozen custard, she was hooked. Now, Victoria and Kathleen collaborate on flavors and when Victoria wants something unique to feature with a dessert she’s creating, all she has to do is call Kathleen and soon, samples arrive at the kitchen door.

This type of collaboration creates unique culinary experiences for diners and also extends the opportunity for Honeychild’s Sweet Creams to expand further into the Houston food industry.

Catherine NevilleOne Fifth