W&FW_Grand Tasting_credit Steven David_

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.


Squeaky the Robot Needs a New, Faster CPU! Who Will Build It?

Gatekeeper LogoOn Saturday, October 12 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., The Woodlands Mall will welcome teams participating in North Houston’s BEST’s 2013 annual robotics competition. For the 2013 competition, called GAMEKEEPER, student teams were challenged to build CPUs that would get Squeaky, BEST’s original robot, the upgrades it needs to become Squeaky 2.0.

On the October 12 Demo Day at The Woodlands Mall, the teams will run their robots over a course to practice for the official game day which will be held the following weekend. During this Demo Day at The Woodlands Mall, the teams’ robots will compete in a game where a set of tasks have been defined. The robots may be required to perform a variety of tasks, such as removing “dangerous” materials, rescuing aliens or saving the world. The 2013 Demo Day will be held in the court near Nordstrom.

For GAMEKEEPER 2013, student teams from middle and high schools in Montgomery County and North Harris County were required to build CPUs in three stages: building logic gates from transistors, building integrated circuits from logic gates and then CPUs from integrated circuits. The materials needed to build the CPS were provided to each team free of charge.

North Houston BEST, a 501 c(3) organization, is one of the many hubs for Best Robotics Inc., which is an organization dedicated to fostering science and engineering among high school and middle school students throughout the country. Each year, a competition is held where students construct a robot from a limited set of materials. The North Houston BEST hub supports schools from the Montgomery County and North Harris County area. For more information about BEST and future competitions, visit

Become a fan of The Woodlands Mall on Facebook. The Woodlands Mall is located at I-45 north at Lake Woodlands Drive. For directions and a list of retailers and restaurants, visit or call (281) 363-3409.

The Woodlands Mall is owned and managed by General Growth Properties, a fully integrated, self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing, and redeveloping high quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP’s portfolio is comprised of 123 malls in the United States comprising approximately 128 million square feet. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

Cows Against Cancer


This October, Chick-fil-A cows in The Woodlands will be “Going PINK.” Ed Murray, franchise owner of Chick-fil-A Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands Mall and Sawdust Road, has pledged to donate 100% of all proceeds from the sale of the infamous plush cows to iGoPink |The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

The Chick-fil-A cows will wear pink signs that read, “Reel Heeroz Eat Chikin” in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They will be available for purchase while supplies last at three locations in The Woodlands for $5.00 during the month of October.

Participating Locations: 1660 Lake Woodlands Drive, 1201 Lake Woodlands Dr #2146 in The Woodlands Mall, and 720 Sawdust Road

Funds raised will go towards The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s primary program services including the Help Now Fund (paying the rent and utilities of women going through breast cancer), the University Education Program, and funding for non-invasive breast cancer treatment research.

Breast Cancer Charities of America (BCCA) is a non-profit organization with new global headquarters in The Woodlands, Texas.  With over 25 years of experience in the non-profit industry, BCCA is dedicated to helping thousands of women through their Help Now Fund and by funding non-invasive breast cancer research.

For more information on The Breast Cancer Charities of America and iGoPink visit

For more information on Chick-fil-A franchise locations visit