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Alumna, Entrepreneur Sarah Johnston Wins Houston Culinary Award

About 350 of Houston's most popular and passionate foodies gathered in the ballroom of The Houstonian Hotel on Sunday, Oct. 5 for My Table magazine's 18th Annual Houston Culinary Awards.

My Table readers nominated and voted on the city's top chefs, establishments and entrepreneurs in diverse categories, from "Best Interior Design" to "Favorite Mom & Pop Ethnic Restaurant."

Among the winners was University of Houston-Downtown alumna and owner of Fat Cat Creamery, Sarah Johnston. Johnston's Fat Cat Creamery won the 2014 award for Favorite Sweets/Ice Cream. What started as a nudge from friends and family has turned into a Houston institution with the opening of the creamery's first storefront - an old-fashioned parlor in the Heights neighborhood - late last year.

The company's concept blends a nostalgia for Americana-style ice creams and novelties with a modern sensibility. Fat Cat serves three signature ice cream flavors year-round with a rotation of seasonal varieties, always including a vegan option. The confections are made from local dairy products and presented in eco-friendly packaging.The parlor's chalkboard menu displays the daily offerings, and the fall selections include such delicacies as rum-infused Figgy Pudding, Pumpkin Spice and Salted Butter Caramel.

Ice cream enthusiasts are invited to satisfy their sweet tooth at 1901 N. Shepherd, weekdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends, 11 a.m. to midnight.

Fat Cat Creamery ice cream stand at Alumni Day event Sarah Johnston (right) served up ice cream cones at the UHD Alumni Night at Discovery Green earlier this year.