June 6, 2012 by  
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Houston’s 8th Annual Wine & Food Week will celebrate pleasures and treasures in 2012. The state’s largest, most comprehensive epicurean extravaganza features exceptional wine experiences for the novice to the enthusiast paired with delicacies created by some of America’s top chefs.

Held June 4-10, 2012, Wine & Food Week’s gastronomic grandeur features 40 events with more than 500 wines, 50 restaurants, legendary wine producers and culinary personalities from around the globe, and a vast collection of specialty beers and gourmet food purveyors. Wine education classes, chef demonstrations, cookbook author events, live and silent auctions, and casual to fine wine-and-dine experiences round out the week’s festivities.

Want the royal treatment with life’s greatest pleasures and treasures? You’ll get it! Wizard Gourmet 2012 is none other than The Royal Chef, Darren McGrady. McGrady provided 15 years of service to Queen Elizabeth II of England and Diana, Princess of Wales.

As Royal Chef to H.R.H. the Princess of Wales, he took control of Princess Diana, William and Harry’s day to day menus and the preparation and catering of private and official lunch and dinner parties, liaising with the Princess daily. McGrady and his team will appear at the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, presented by Capital One Bank.

The official Wine Wizard and Master of Ceremonies is Alyssa J. Rapp, founder and CEO of Bottlenotes, Inc., the leading resource for new to intermediate wine enthusiasts interested in learning about wine, sharing tasting notes, and tasting wine. Alyssa is also the author of Bottlenotes Guide to Wine: Around the World in 80 Sips.

Wine & Food Week’s big three not-to-be-missed events include Thursday, June 7’s H-E-B Wine Walk @ Market Street, a taste and stroll experience in a European-style center featuring wine and light bites at more than 40 tasting stations; Sips, Suds & Sliders, presented by The Woodlands Mall, a Texas-size celebration featuring live music, specialty beers, values wines and a gourmet slider competition on Friday, June 8; and Saturday, June 9’s ultimate adult evening: The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, presented by Capital One Bank, where guests sample delectable cuisine and hundreds of wines as chefs representing more than 50 restaurants compete for Wine & Food Week’s Waterford Crystal Chef of Chefs Award and a $5,000 cash and prize package. To complete the evening, the epicurean experience culminates with the Cadillac Coffee and Chocolate Bar and the “Just Desserts” contest, a confectionary competition to crown the night’s dessert extraordinaire.

Executive Chef David Denis of Le Mistral is the reigning champion of Wine & Food Week.

Denis will participate as a food judge this year along with Journalist Tanji Patton, Talk Show Host Cleverley Stone of “The Cleverley Show” on TALK 650/CBS Radio, Houston Chronicle 29-95 Restaurant Reporter Syd Kearney, Kirby’s Steakhouse Executive Chef Daniel Nemec and TEXAS MONTHY Restaurant Critic Pat Sharpe.

Along with the expected Wine & Dine dinners, luncheons and seminars, Wine & Food Week attendees may choose from favorites such as The Ladies of the Vine Luncheon, 80 Sips Around the World, and the Capital One Bank Platinum Wine Vault tasting, a fine wine experience with the most highly allocated wines.

Major sponsors of Wine & Food Week include H-E-B, Capital One Bank, Cadillac, The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Woodlands Mall, Aruba Tourism, Market Street, Houston Magazine, Texas Monthly, Southwest Airlines, Bottlenotes, Glazer’s Distributors, Republic National Distributing Company, Banfi Vintners, Sanctuary Wine, Fetzer Tavola, GenuWine Tasting Room, Planet Beach, The Club at Carlton Woods, Isadora Beans, Ben E. Keith/Great Brewers, Woodlands Healthcare, Silverado Senior Living, Waterford Crystal, MIX 96.5, Allergan/Botox, Gloria Ferrer, Go Texan, Community Impact Newspapers, Woodlands Online, Steven David Photography, and K-Star Country.

Wine & Food Week events and auctions benefit the Signature Series Literacy efforts of The John Cooper School, and Swing for a Cure. Most of the 40 events are held at the venues in The Woodlands, with unique experiences throughout Houston. To purchase tickets or for information and a complete schedule, visit www.wineandfoodweek.com or call 713.557.5732.

Wine & Food Week, produced by Food & Vine Time Productions, is the first comprehensive destination culinary and wine event to promote green living. Owners Clifton and Constance McDerby are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and health of Houstonians by educating the novice to the aficionado on wines and fine dining featuring sustainable ingredients. Food & Vine Time Productions also produces Haute Wheels Houston Food Truck Festival, Zest in the West, Katy Sip & Stroll, and BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival. Since its inception in 2005, Food & Vine Time Productions has donated more than $350,000 to local charities through live and silent auctions.

The Big Three Events
The H-E-B Wine Walk @ Market Street
Thursday, June 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Woodlands’ Market Street, 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77380
Tickets are $50 in advance; $60 at the door. Sips, Suds & Sliders, presented by The Woodlands Mall
Friday, June 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Woodlands Waterway Marriott, 1601 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380
Tickets are $20 in advance; $25 at the door.

Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, Presented by Capital One Bank
Saturday, June 9 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Woodlands Marriott Waterway, 1601 Lake Robbins Dr., The Woodlands, TX 77380
Tickets are $125 in advance.

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