Foodie heaven just two weeks away. Wine & Food Week celebrates 15 years June 3-9

By: Debra Ford
| Published 05/20/2019


THE WOODLANDS, TX -- Hundreds of wines, scores of celebrity guests and a list of fresh culinary faces will gather in the Woodlands June 3-9, 2019 for a week-long multi-faceted extravaganza and to raise a glass to one of the best wine and food events in the region. This is a celebration 15 years in the making, and for wine and food lovers, an event not to be missed. Period. Experience wine dinners, Ladies of the Vine Luncheon, seminars, casual events like Sips, Suds & Tacos and the H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street, all culminating in the elaborate Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase where 60 chefs compete for the coveted GOYA Foods Chef of Chefs Award with a Waterford crystal trophy and $5,000 cash prize. This is foodie heaven all the while supporting charitable organizations such as New Danville; The Woodlands Arts Council, Montgomery County Food Bank; just to name a few.

Rub elbows and mingle with tastemakers who’ve made their mark on the culinary and wine industry in remarkable ways like Tim Hanni, Master of Wine, author and founder of MyVinoType, which helps consumers understand why they like the wines they do. Hanni urges people to drink what they like, not what someone tells them to and he’s out to debunk the longstanding tenets of food and wine, using the science of tasting to make wine less intimidating. A Master of Wine, he spent years researching the subject before authoring “Why You Like The Wines You Like” and founding an Meet Hanni at events like It’s a Guy Thing; the H-E-B Wine Walk and more.

Hanni is joined by a flurry of exceptionally gifted wine experts and chefs like Master Sommelier and Houston icon, Guy Stout; Bravo TV Top Chef Contender, Ron Duprat recognized as one of the 10 African American chefs changing the food world; Two-time Superbowl Champion and owner Oceans 97, Jarvis Green, who FORBES Magazine recently featured as the real-life Forrest Gump. Other featured guests include the Wine Enthusiast wine maker of the year, Michael David Winery—Adam Mettler and owner, Michael Phillips along with the Oregon Wine Person of the Year—Biodynamic farming expert Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estates. Get a taste of the Caribbean from two of Aruba’s top chefs—Erwin Husken, Owner and Executive Chef of Screaming Eagle, and Chef and Owner Urvin Croess of The Kitchen Table by White ranked as TripAdvisor #1 Caribbean fine dining traveler’s choice. Also featured is the longest tenured former White House Chef John Mueller. If that list of who’s who wasn’t enough Wine & Food Week also salutes 15 fresh faces like Alex Au-Yeung , Chef/Owner of Phat Eatery; Wade Elkins, Pitmaster/Partner, Reveille Barbecue Co.; Drake Leonards, Executive Chef, Eunice; Omar Pereney, Chef, A La Carte; Tim Welch, Chef de Cuisine, Emmer & Rye; Brandon Silva, Culinary Director, Wooster's Garden; Vanquelis Pablopulos, Chef, The Petroleum Club; Nicolas Vera, Chef and Owner, Tlahuac HTX; Olivier Ciesielski Chef, Avondale Food & Wine; Ben McPherson, Chef and Owner, BOH Pasta and Pizza; Manuel Pucha, Chef and Owner, Maison Pucha; and Ernesto Villarreal, Executive Chef, Thistle Draft Shop all of whom will compete for the GOYA Foods Chef of Chefs Award during the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase. Fresh faces in the winemaking crowd include Gabi Prefontaine, Winemaker, Willamette Valley Vineyards; Gillian Balance, Master Sommelier; Adam Mettler, Winemaker of the Year, Michael David Winery and Rudy Marchesi, Oregon Wine Person of the Year, Montinore Estates.

Featured Event Line-Up
Kick the week off with It’s a Guy Thing Tuesday June 4 from 7 – 9 p.m. at The Woodlands Country Club, Palmer Course.
Meet a giant in the wine industry, Houston icon and Master Sommelier, and Wine Wizard 2018 Guy Stout, one of only 215 Master Sommeliers (MS) in the world and one of the first in America along with Jarvis Green, former NFL superstar, two-time Superbowl Champion and owner of Oceans 97, whose shrimp and shrimp products. Master of wine and founder of, Tim Hanni will also be on hand. Big bold wines, craft beer to satisfy every taste and delicious man grub from featured restaurants like Kirby’s, the Silver Whisk, JJ Watt’s personal Chef, Kobe Beef and more. Sit down for a shoeshine, puff on a cigar, soak in the live music and enjoy the perfect guys night out. Tickets are $30 per person.

Wednesday June 5 at 5:30 p.m. it’s a Dirt-Y Talk and structured wine tasting with Oregon Wine Person of the Year, Rudy Marchesi of Montinore Estates at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. Learn from Oregon’s beloved biodynamic mentor, Rudy Marchesi, whose vision of sustainability through a commitment to Biodynamic and organic farming, and sustainable winemaking earned him Wine Person of the Year. Guests will also get a tasting profile done by Tim Hanni author of “Why You Like the Wines You Like.” Tickets are $45 per person.

If informal strolling and sipping are more your speed, don’t miss the H-E-B Wine Walk, Thursday June 6 from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Market Street rolls out the red carpet for the H-E-B Wine Walk. with savory bites, wine and craft beer and live music by Mango Punch in Market Street’s Central Park. The Ben E. Keith Craft Beer garden offers 14 craft brewery tasting tents for the most discriminating beer-loving palates. Features include the VIP Room, H-E-B Anchor areas, GOYA
Food’s Chef Pantry and over 25+ food tasting stations. It’s the perfect way to kick off the weekend. Tickets start at $40. A VIP tickets is also available with early entry and specialty wines. VIP tickets are $75 per person.

Ladies of the Vine Tasting, Luncheon & Panel Discussion, presented by Celebrity Cruises is Friday, June 7 from 12 noon – 3 p.m. at The Club at Carlton Woods. This elegant affair features prominent women in the wine industry like Master Sommelier Gillian Ballance, Winemaker Willamette Valley Vineyard Gabi Prefontaine, and moderated by Tim Hanni. Tickets are $85 per person. The event sells out every year, so don’t wait!

Taco day reigns supreme Friday June 7 from 6 – 9 p.m. at Sips, Suds & Tacos. It’s a taco take-down where tacos of all shapes and sizes are served up with all the fixings and one taco takes all the glory and the quirky taco trophy. Tickets are $30 per person. Grab some friends and wind down the week with a fiesta! At the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

For wine enthusiasts there is a Truth Talk Seminar and tasting June 7 at 7 p.m. featuring the Wine Enthusiast Wine Maker of the Year, Michael David Winery. Meet Visionary Founder, Michael Phillips, Director of Wine Operations, Adam Mettler, and VP of Operations Kevin Phillips and taste why they won. Tickets are $45. At the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center.

June 8 from 7 – 10 p.m. is the ultimate wine and food tasting. The Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase features hundreds of wines and more than 60 major culinary talent from the U.S., Caribbean and Latin America all in one elegant ballroom vying for the title of GOYA Foods Chef of Chefs Awards with its coveted trophy and $5,000 cash prize. Chef of Chefs Hall of Fame lifetime achievement inductees and Houston icons Michael Cordúa, and Carmelo Mauro will return to see who takes the prize. This is foodie heaven. Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $125 per person.

With so many events to enjoy why not make it a staycation with a special hotel room rate from a variety of hotels in The Woodlands. To enjoy the 15th Anniversary celebration of Wine & Food Week visit to purchase tickets, find a special hotel room rate, and more information.

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