Ready for some festivity, fun and frivolity? The region’s Grand Wine and Food Affair 2011 is an event running from Wednesday, April 27- Sunday, May 1 that brings together internationally acclaimed wineries and chefs with Texas’s regional superstars to create an unbelievable series of dining, wine tastings, an exciting bartending contest, an elegant grand tasting, a decadent outdoor Sienna Sip and Stroll, and an around the world Bistro Brunch.
A three day VIP Grand Pass includes The Grand Tasting, Friday, April 29th; the Sienna Sip & Stroll, Saturday, April 30th; and the around the world Bistro Brunch on Sunday, May 1st. For more information about The Grand Wine & Food Affair visit www.TheGrandWineAndFoodAffair.com or phone 713-SIP-WINE.
See the Grand Wine & Food Affair events detailed below:
Wednesday, April 27
Dining in the Heart of Sugar Land
16730 Creek Bend Drive – Sugar Land
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Reserved table for eight $1,200; Individual tickets $150
Dine alfresco in the heart of Sugar Land overlooking the horse shoe shaped Brooks Lake. Gourmet fare prepared by a collaboration of award winning chefs, overseen by the famed culinary genius of Joe Abuso, will be paired with the finest wines. Cigars and post dinner cocktails will complete this memorable experience.
Thursday, April 28
On the Rocks Bartenders Contest presented by Top Shelf
M-Lounge – 16305 Kensington Drive – Sugar Land
6:30 – 9:00pm $35
Top Shelf presents On the Rocks Bartenders Contest featuring Double Gold Award winning AGV 400 Reposado Tequila. Rock star bartenders will compete for the top prize. Guests will enjoy samplings of the winning recipes, cocktail fare, and great fun! The winning recipe will be named the Official Cocktail of the Grand Food and Wine Affair. David Alan, AKA the Tipsy Texan, will serve as the host.
Friday, April 29
Cabernets of Napa Valley with Guy Stout, MS
Sugar Land Marriott Town Square – Cane Room – 16090 City Walk – Sugar Land
5:15 pm – 6:35pm $45
Guy Stout, Master Sommelier, presents a tasting of some of the greatest Cabernets of Napa Valley as a part of the Fred Parks Wine Series. The tasting will include wines from the different Mountain vineyards of Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain, Atlas Peak, as well as the appellations of Oakville, Rutherford and Calistoga.
The Grand Tasting
Sugar Land Marriott Town Square – 16090 City Walk – Sugar Land
7:00 – 9:30 PM – $125
The hottest ticket in town is set for the elegant ballroom of the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. It will host some of the most sought out wines in the world to be paired with the talents and creations of some of the country’s most highly recommended culinary superstars. Top chefs include Philippe Schmit of the newly opened Philippe Restaurant + Lounge, Randy Evans of Haven, Trevor White of The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Josh Watkins of The Carillon in Austin, and Jason Dady of The Lodge Restaurant in San Antonio. Chefs Shanna and Brian O’Hea of Academe Maine Brasserie and Tavern at the Kennebunk Inn will return this year after their recent showcase on Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.” . The Grand Auction will include large format wine bottles, dining experiences and other wine related goodies and benefits The Grand Wine & Food Affair Scholarship Endowment for students attending the Conrad N. Hilton College of Restaurant and Hotel Management at the University of Houston.
Saturday, April 30
Sienna Sip & Stroll
Sienna Springs Resort – 7102 Sienna Ranch Road – Missouri City
1:00 – 4:00 PM – $60
Stroll through the “street festival” atmosphere as you enjoy culinary delights and over 100 featured wines. The event will be filled with cooking demonstrations by award winning chefs like Efisio Farris of Arcodoro, fine artisans, and scrumptious samplings from restaurants like Ouisie’s Table, Branch Water Tavern, Fish City Grill and Mint Spice. Bernie’s Burger Bus will also make an appearance with samplings of their gourmet burgers and homemade fries. Live island sounds by the Tropical Steel Tones Band and Salsa Cubana Orchestra add to this tropical party. Don’t miss the Havana style bar where you can enjoy Zacapa rum and fine cigars.
Sunday, May 1
Bistro Brunch at Town Square
Sugar Land Town Square
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM – $50
An around the world bistro brunch that will feature specialty dishes, international ales and wines from major wine regions of the world such as Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, South Africa, California, and many more! The eclectic mix of Flamenco, Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Western sounds of Moodafaruka will complete this experience.