Wine & Food Week is back in The Woodlands for its 18th year. The event series, which runs from June 6 to 12, includes a rosé and sweet wine soirée, a tasting dedicated to wines around the world, a culinary competition and more. In addition to all of the events scheduled, Wine & Food Week is also paying tribute to the late Cleverley Stone and inducting her into the organization’s Hall of Fame. Stone’s organization, Houston Restaurant Weeks (now overseen by her daughter, Katie) is one of Houston’s most popular annual fundraisers for the Houston Food Bank.
This year, the lineup of Houston chefs and restaurateurs includes, among others, Alex Au-yeung of Phat Eatery and Yelo, Paul Friedman of The Chef’s Table, Austin Simmons of TRIS, Brandon Silva (formerly of Wooster’s Garden) and Jio Dingayan, pastry chef of the soon-to-open Money Cat. The event will also host representatives from wineries and stores from around the world.
Though the week technically runs June 6 through 12, public events begin on Tuesday, June 7. Each requires a separate ticket, which can be purchased online via the associated event page.
Tuesday, June 7
Grapes and Games: The Woodlands Country Club, Palmer Course is hosting a games night from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, and include bingo, trivia, complimentary wipe samples and bar bites. There will also be a “charity party wagon raffle” and fun photo ops.
Wednesday, June 8
Wine Around the World Wednesday: Take a virtual trip around the world via an international wine tasting hosted by The Woodlands Waterway Marriott. Sample wines “starting” in Spain and “ending” in California. It is $55 and goes from 6 to 9 p.m.
Thursday, June 9
Rosé Way, a Sweet Soirée: New for 2022, this event highlights rosé, sparkling, crisp white and sweet wines. it is hosted by The Peach Orchard and costs $65 to enter. In addition to wine samples, guests can enjoy live music, door prizes, hair and makeup stylists and access to shopping. The evening culminates in a fashion show showcasing many of the latest trends.
Friday, June 10
Ladies of the Vine Tastings, Luncheon & Panel Discussion: This popular annual daytime event features a panel discussion with women of the wine industry, followed by a multi-course lunch with wine pairings. It is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and costs $115.
For the Love of TEXAS!: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott is hosting an evening called “All Things Texans Love,” which includes Texas-style barbecue and Tex-Mex, wine, craft beer and live music. It is from 6 to 9 p.m. and tickets are $45.
Saturday, June 11
Wine Rendezvous Grand Tasting & Chef Showcase: Arguably the most anticipated event of the week, this impressive food and wine competition pits 35 local, national and global chefs and winemakers against each other for an extravagant night of wining and dining, including cooking demonstrations. The grand prize is a GOYA Foods: Chef of Chefs Award, which includes a Waterford crystal trophy and $5,000 cash prize. It is at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Ballroom from 7 to 10 p.m. and costs $125.
Guests can elevate their experiences by purchasing a $175 ticket to the Bayway Cadillac VIP Luxury Lounge, located in a private corner of the ballroom. It includes access to the Grand Tasting, plus exclusive premium wines, special guests, celebrity appearances and a chance to visit with members of the media and food judges.
Wine & Food Week is the perfect chance to explore both the wine and culinary worlds, with opportunities to meet and learn from many of your favorite winemakers, chefs and personalities. Tickets are available at the event website.