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Houston ‘s iconic Wine & Food Week celebrates 10 magical years in 2014, drawing culinary masters and wine experts from around the world. Held June 2-8, Wine & Week’s gastronomic grandeur features scores of events with more than 500 wines, 50 restaurants, legendary wine producers and culinary personalities, 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. The region’s largest, most comprehensive epicurean extravaganza with more than 10,000 participants each year, Wine & Food Week features exceptional wine experiences for the novice to the enthusiast paired with delicacies created by some of America’s top chefs.

Wine & Food Week’s big three not-to-be-missed events include Thursday, June 5th’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, value wines and a gourmet slider competition on Friday, June 6; and Saturday, June 7’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 “Just Desserts” contest, a confectionary competition to crown the night’s dessert extraordinaire.

Wine & Food Week events and auctions benefit several benefactors including the Signature Series Literacy Education efforts of the John Cooper School. Most of the events are held at venues in The Woodlands, with unique experiences throughout Houston. To purchase tickets or for information and a complete schedule, visit or call 713.557.5732.

Wine & Food Week, produced by Food & Vine Time Productions, is the first comprehensive destination culinary and wine event to promote green living. Owners Clifton and Constance McDerby are dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and health of Houstonians by educating the novice to the aficionado on wines and fine dining featuring sustainable ingredients. Food & Vine Time Productions also produces Haute Wheels Houston THE Food Truck Festival, Wine Fair Cy-Fair, Zest in the West, Katy Sip & Stroll, BrewMasters Craft Beer Festival, and new in 2014, Big Brew Houston. Since its inception in 2005, Food & Vine Time Productions has donated over $675,000 to local charities through live and silent auctions and cash donations.

Signatures Luncheon Featuring Jodi Picoult Continues Tradition of Showcasing Noted Authors

NEWPicoultPhotoThe Executive Committee of The John Cooper School’s Signatures Author Series is finalizing event details for the December 6 luncheon that will feature bestselling novelist Jodi Picoult, author of 23 novels, including “My Sister’s Keeper,” “The Tenth Circle,” “Plain Truth” and her newest book, “The Storyteller.” The luncheon, to be held at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel, will also feature book signings, a VIP event, and the opportunity to meet and purchase books from a diverse array of local authors.

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