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Sugar Land’s Wine & Food Affair: The Grand Tasting

The Grand Tasting at the Sugar Land Marriott. Photos credit: Misha Morê

The Grand Tasting at the Sugar Land Marriott. Photos credit: Misha Morê

by. Misha Morê
The Grand Wine & Food Affair is one of the largest celebrations of epicurean delights in Texas and The Grand Tasting is its signature event.
On April 07, the ballroom of the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square was transformed into a food connoisseurs oasis. The culinary superstars showed off their wares alongside some sought-after wines.
The Grand Tasting hosted The Grand Auction, a silent auction that featured collectable wines, weekend getaways, vacations, winery tours, art, and exclusive dining experiences and helped raised money for the Grand Wine & Food Affair Scholarship Endowment at the University of Houston’s Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management.
The Grand Tasting, a cocktail lovers party inside Sugar Land’s Marriott Town Square is where the wineries poured their best varietals alongside chefs looking to impress with their culinary creations. The Grand Tasting also featured 45 wine tables serving up to six varietals each.

Ice Sculpture of Sugar Land Marriott Town logo.

Ice Sculpture of Sugar Land Marriott Town logo.

Chefs were on hand to create and serve their finest.

Chefs were on hand to create and serve their finest.

Chef and his daughter were serving.

Chef and his daughter were serving.

A display of the variety of beverages included some American whiskey. Photos credit: Misha Morê.

A display of the variety of beverages included some American whiskey. Photos credit: Misha Morê.

New this year, the Bartender’s Challenge became part of The Grand Tasting as three finalists selected from over 50 plus submittals mix specially crafted cocktails using specific liquor requirements decided on by Hendrick’s Gin and named the official cocktail of this year’s Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair.
Some offerings were unexpected — sausage roll wrap puff pastry from The Sugar Refinery Grub & Grogs, the savory shrimp and cheese grits from Marriott’s The Burning Pear, scallops with creamy chipotle dressing from Santacafé in Santa Fe, NM and black barrel paloma cocktails from Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila.

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Himesh Gandhi, City of Sugar Land Councilman at Large with wife Farrah.

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Other favorites: St. Regis chipotle-braised beef shortrib sweet potato saffron risotto, cardamom honey roasted carrots at Riel was flavorful and crunchy, lobster mini pizzas at Academe at The Kennebunk Inn, foie gras ganache from Rooster & The Till and a delicious tuna avocado bhel at Lehja in Richmond, VA.

It was a food, wine and booze-filled night to remember and most guests seemed to leave the ballroom reluctantly.


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