Yep, it's that time of the year again. Wine & Food Week is coming to The Woodlands next week.
From June 3-9, The Woodlands will become home to more than 50 restaurants; 500 wines; legendary wine producers and culinary personalities from around the globe; and a vast collection of craft beers and gourmet food purveyors. There will be wine education classes, chef demonstrations, cookbook author events and silent auctions, and casual to fine wine-and-dine experiences round out the week's festivities.
Though there's a whole week's worth of activities, the must-not-miss event is the big one, which happens on Saturday evening, June 8, from 7 to 10 p.m at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. One of the most expansive food and wine events you'll ever go to, the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, presented by Capital One Bank, is a huge, fancy schmancy shindig, complete with all the food you could ever hope to try and hundreds of wines for you to taste (check out our recap from two years ago here).
Expect to see a who's who of Houston's best chefs, including Hall of Famer Michael Cordúa and David Cordúa of the Cordúa Restaurant Group; Kaz Edwards of Uchi Houston; Ronnie Killen of Killen's Steakhouse; Roberto Castre of Latin Bites; Michael Pellegrino of Max's Wine Dive; Soren Pedersen of Sorrel Urban Bistro; Randy Evans of Haven; Albert Estrada of Frank's Americana Revival; Maurizio Ferrarese of Quattro at the Four Seasons; Renato di Pirro of Ristorante Cavour; Jonathan Jones of Monarch at the Hotel Zaza, Dagan Lynn of 024 Grille and many more.
Chefs from out of town will be in the mix as well. Among them will be Jose Duarte of Taranta in Boston; Jerry Balfour from Citrus at the Hotel Valencia in San Antonio; and Manuel Sifnugel of Masona Grille in West Roxbury, Massachusetts. All the chefs doing savory dishes will be competing for a $5,000 Waterford Crystal cash prize, which will be awarded by a panel of distinguished food judges. There'll also be a separate dessert competition, with a separate judging panel, to crown a winner of the Xfinity "Just Desserts" prize. Tickets for the Saturday event must be purchased in advance, and cost $125 each.
Other hot events for the week include the H-E-B Wine Walk @ Market Street, which takes place Thursday, June 6, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It's an outdoor event, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes and get a designated driver, because you'll encounter wine, wine and more wine at 40 tasting stations. You can sip, swirl and spit, or sip, swirl and swig to your heart's content as you rub elbows with other wine lovers. There'll be live music; open shops if you want to take a shopping break; and restaurants open for you to stop and grab a late dinner when it's over. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door.
Sips, Suds and Sliders is another one to consider. It takes place on Friday, June 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m, also at The Woodlands Waterway Marriottt. For just $20 for an advance ticket and $25 at the door, you can get your fill of wine tasting, craft beers and sliders as chefs compete in a gourmet slider competition.
For a complete listing of all events, visit www.wineandfoodweek.com.