The Woodlands Food and Wine Week: Sustainable and Delicious

By Robin Barr Sussman / Photography By Julie Soefer | May 23, 2015
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The Woodlands is the place to be this June 1-7 for a week of wining, dining, learning and chef schmoozing, all for a good cause. This year’s theme for The Woodlands Food and Wine Week is “The Design of Wine,” bringing culinary masters and wine experts from around the world. Most of the wine and culinary events are held at venues in The Woodlands, with unique experiences throughout Houston.

Produced by Food & Vine Time Productions, the annual event is the first comprehensive culinary and wine event to promote locally sourced and sustainable products. Owners Clifton and Constance McDerby are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and health of Houstonians by educating the novice and the aficionado on wines and fine dining featuring sustainable ingredients. Food & Vine Time Productions has donated over $800,000 to local charities through live and silent auctions and cash donations. Impressive!

This year, master sommelier Guy Stout will serve as this year’s “Wine Wizard,” and RDG’s chef extraordinaire Robert Del Grande will be inducted into the Chef’s Hall of Fame. Featured events include the H-E-B Wine Walk at Market Street June 4 with light bites at more than 40 tasting stations. June 5 brings Sips, Suds & Tacos. Presented by The Woodlands Mall, this Texas-size celebration features live music, specialty beers, value wines and a "Taco Takedown" competition. The grand finale takes place on June 6 with the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase presented by Capital Bank at the Marriott Hotel. At the Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, 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 Chef Award and a $5,000 cash prize.

An epicurean extravaganza with more than 10,000 participants each year, Wine & Food Week's gastronomic grandeur features scores of events with more than 500 wines, 50 restaurants, legendary wine producers and culinary personalities. A myriad of education classes, chef demonstrations, cookbook author events, and casual to fine wine-and-dine experiences round out the weeklong culinary classic. "We are honored to host the wine and food industry's best and brightest," said Constance McDerby, co-founder of Wine & Food Week and principal of Food & Vine Time Productions. "For 11 years we have created an experience that brings wine and food enthusiasts face-to-face with true culinary masters. This year is no exception as we strive to spread the love of food and wine for all to enjoy."

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