Gastronomic grandeur at Houston Wine & Food Week

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by Mia Gradney / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on June 7, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 7 at 12:20 PM

HOUSTON -- What’s old is new again at Houston’s Wine & Food Week 2013. “Food Network Star” Emily Ellyn has been named the 2013 Wizard Gourmet, bringing her quirky retro rad style and recipe re-dos to the state’s largest, most comprehensive epicurean extravaganza.

Author, teacher and one of two Americans to earn the first Master of Wine title, Tim Hanni will oversee Wine Wizard duties at the 9th annual event which anticipates 10,000 celebrants. Wine & Food Week features exceptional wine experiences for the novice to the enthusiast paired with delicacies created by some of America’s top chefs.

Held June 3-9, 2013, Wine & Food Week’s gastronomic grandeur features scores of events with more than 500 wines, 50 restaurants, legendary wine producers and culinary personalities from around the globe, and a vast collection of craft beers and gourmet food purveyors. Wine education classes, chef demonstrations, cookbook author events, silent auctions, and casual to fine wine-and-dine experiences round out the week’s festivities.

Sponsored by Fetzer Vineyards, Wizard Gourmet Emily Ellyn divides her time between finishing her Ph.D. in Food Service Education at University of Central Florida’s Rosen College of Hospitality Management in Orlando, teaching food and beverage classes, doing consulting work, and developing her Retro Rad culinary TV career after competing on The Food Network’s “Food Network Star” where she worked closely with Chef Alton Brown. She will participate in numerous events during Wine & Food Week including hosting duties as the Official Wizard Gourmet and Culinary Master of Ceremonies at the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase, presented by Capital One Bank.

Wine Wizard Tim Hanni, hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “The Wine Anti-Snob,” is the author of Why You Like the Wines You Like: Changing the way the world thinks about wine. Tim is a teacher, innovator, and consultant in the wine industry. He is a member of the Executive Council of the Institute of Masters of Wine in London and the Board of Directors of the Institute of Masters of Wine North America. Tim Hanni will take part as Master of Ceremonies in all things wine, including the Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase.

Wine & Food Week’s big three not-to-be-missed events include Thursday, June 6’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 30 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 7; and Saturday, June 8’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 prize. To complete the evening, the epicurean experience culminates with the xfinity “Just Desserts” contest, a confectionary competition to crown the night’s dessert extraordinaire.

On the web: http://www.wineandfoodweek.com

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