What: The Grand Wine and Food Affair 2011
Where: Sugar Land
When: Wednesday April 27- Saturday May 1, 2011
This week, foodies around the greater Houston area will get to indulge in a true food extravaganza. It’s a tradition that’s been happening for several years now, and each year, it seems to attract more big name chefs, more wine labels and more people.
Starting Wednesday evening, diners looking for a romantic evening filled with scrumptious eats can dine alfresco and relax to the sounds of live jazz with a Winemaker’s dinner featuring the creations Chef Gianfranco Ferrara of Arcodoro, Chef Randy Evans of Haven, Chef David Denis from Le Mistral, and the wines from Paso Robles winemaker Austin Hope. Dining in the Heart of Sugar Land is $150 per person, $1200 per table.
On Thursday, April 28th, you can join in the fun as bartenders compete in the On the Rocks Bartender Contest, sponsored by Top Shelf and featuring Double Gold Award winning AGV 400 Blanco Tequila. Taking place at the M Lounge and hosted by The Tipsy Texan, join in on the fun and taste some amazing cocktails for just $35.
Friday, April 29th, taste The Cabernets of Napa Valley from the different mountain vineyards of Howell Mountain, Mount Veeder, Spring Mountain, Atlas Peak, Oakville, Rutherford and Calistoga led by master Sommelier Guy Stout for just $45.
If you want to go all out, don your cocktail attire and go to the signature event, The Grand Tasting, where you can sample the scrumptious temptations offered by a ballroom full of talented chefs like Jonathen Gelman from the Driskill Grill in Austin, Randy Evans from Haven, David Grossman from Branch Water Tavern, Michael Kramer from The Tasting Room, Rebecca Masson from Fluff Bake Bar, and Philippe Schmit of Philippe Restaurant + Lounge. There will be a silent auction benefitting the Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management, and free flowing wines from all over the world. You’re sure to taste amazing food and wine at this must-not-miss event, for just $125.
Saturday, April 30th, spend the afternoon in Sienna at the Sienna Sip and Stroll, where you will find 40 wineries and 40 tasting tables from many of Houston’s premier restaurants, like Arcodoro, Ousie’s Table, and Gigi’s Asian Bistro. There will be live music, cooking demonstrations, and even the Cuban Havana Club, where you can sip rum and smoke cigars. Another amazing food adventure, for just $60.
And finally Sunday, May 1st, you and the family can take advantage of the great weather by going to the Bistro Brunch in the Sugar Land Town Square, where you will find an international brunch prepared by chefs from restaurants like Azuma, Rioja, Le Mistral, and Sushi Raku for just $50.
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