San Antonio’s Premier Food & Wine Experience Happening May 13-17, 2015
Culinaria is Texas’ premier food and beverage nonprofit, with a mission to celebrate, educate and collaborate with partnering chefs, winemakers and bartenders. Reaching global audiences, and offering a variety of experiences, this week long event is not to be missed. From elegant wine dinners to extravagant tastings and even family fun, there is something for everyone during Culinaria’s Festival Week. This year we have new events and visiting chefs from all over the country and globe. The fabulous 2015 line-up is as follows:
May 13 and 14 Prices & Restaurants TBA
San Antonio’s finest chefs craft exquisite menus perfectly paired with wine for an intimate dinner out on the town.
H-E-B Alon Market
May 14, 2015 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
$10 – per person (21+)
$5 – for under 21, free – 5 & under
(Ticket price includes entry and beverages. Food is sold separately.)
Enjoy an evening with your family and friends – and food trucks of course! San Antonio’s most popular food trucks gather to cook up some local-favorite dishes. With any great cuisine comes great beverages; the H-E-B Wine Garden and a selection of beer will be available to accompany your gourmet finds. Not to mention, face painting and much more for the kids and kid at heart. Food Trucks will include: Crepe Nation, Duk Truck, Sabor Columbiano, Say She Ate, Sir-Wacha, Tailgate Bistro, Where Y’at, Cheesy Jane’s, Slider Provider, B Daddy’s BBQ, Cupcake Vineyards and much more.
Becker Vineyards Lavender Haus
May 15, 2015 11:30 AM
$75 Advance Purchase Only
Let Friday mark the beginning of a great weekend at the ever-so-popular Becker Luncheon featuring local chefs and guest winemakers. The Featured Chefs include: Chef Jayson Cox, High-End Catering and Becker Vineyards Bistro; Chef Ryan Littman, JW Marriott Hill Country Resort; Chef Jesse Perez, Arcade Midtown Kitchen and Chef Dave Rapozo, Magnolia Pancake Haus. This delectable and informative afternoon is sure to get your weekend started correctly!
Event location TBD
May 15, 2015 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM
$35 per person (Ages 21+)
Culinaria invites you to prepare for Best of Mexico in the only way we know how – with tequila. Join us for a delicious and relaxing happy hour complete with tequila tastings, interesting tequila tidbits, and so much more. Make the most of your Friday evening, and sip away at Tequila Happy Hour.
The Shops at La Cantera
May 15, 2015 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
$50 per person (Ages 21+)
It’s a little bit spicy, a little bit saucy and a whole lot of flavor. Local and visiting chefs take you on a culinary tour of Mexico – right in the heart of San Antonio. This tasty adventure brings you an evening of flavor, live entertainment from Colao and a silent auction.
Ballrooms 007 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
May 16, 2015 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
$50 per person (Ages 21+)
Experiential, hands-on exploration through the rooms that bring it all together. Interactive cocktail demonstrations, chef deconstructions, wine panels and even a cinema room bring all of the elements together for districts of deliciousness. Explore Culinaria with one ticket as your passport to all of the districts, breeze in and out to learn your favorite processes from chefs and winemakers. Learn a new technique or make your own bitters at home with our how-to cocktail district. Surprises are in store; you never know what will happen in the Tasting Rooms at The Grotto.

Photo Hayden Walker

Photo Hayden Walker

Lonesome Dove at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
May 16, 2015 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
$150 Advance Purchase Only

Only the elite have exclusive access to the whimsical Grand Tasting Bubble Room, and there will be bubbles – lots of bubbles. The VIP treatment for our grandest of events gives you early entrance, chef-prepared small bites and plenty of high-end champagne and spirits to quench your thirst. We recognize your VIP status – and your red carpet treatment also opens the door for your entrance into the Grand Tasting After-Party.
The Grotto at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center
May 16, 2015 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
$100 per person (Ages 21+)
The Grand Tasting: a display of the very finest food, wine and spirits brought to you at one spectacular event. This night of elegance will prove itself once you walk through the door. The limited access to the tasting will give you the opportunity to personally engage with some of the top and carefully selected local chefs who bring their premium cuisine.

Alamo Beer Company Golden Ale

Alamo Beer Company Golden Ale

May 17, 2015 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
$45 per person (21+)
$10 – under 21, free – 5 & under
This casual event provides guests an assortment of local and visiting chefs’ twists to old-fashioned burgers. Pair them with a craft beer, cocktail, or glass of wine and you have a perfect match – all you have to do is pick your favorite amongst the most delicious creations. Add in live music and you have a perfect Sunday afternoon.
Casa Hernan
May 17, 2015 6:00 PM-9:00 PM
$125 Advance Purchase Only
The food, the booze and the company will all have at least one thing in common – love of agave.  Prepare yourself to sample tequila galore while sending your taste buds on a journey through Mexico one course at a time with San Antonio favorite, Chef Johnny Hernandez. Buckle up! It’s going to be a delicious ride.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased a la carte or for an all-inclusive experience, we recommend the VIP pass options at
All-Access VIP Pass: Take advantage of all that Festival Week has to offer with the All-Access VIP Pass! The two exclusive VIP Lanyards that come with this package grant you and a guest priority access to the following events: Food Truck Event, Becker Luncheon Tequila Happy Hour, Best of Mexico, Tasting Rooms at the Grotto, Grand Tasting Bubble Room, Burgers & Beer
Media Passes: Media pass requests must be submitted no later than April 27 to be considered. Media entry is limited please submit entries as soon as possible at
The Weekender VIP PASS for 2:
Spend your weekend in a culinary splendor with Culinaria! We would like to introduce the Weekender VIP Pass, so that you can make it to the highlights of Festival Week and still have a chance to rest. Your VIP Lanyards grant priority access for you and a guest to the following events: Tequila Happy Hour, Best of Mexico, Tasting Rooms at the Grotto, Grand Tasting Bubble Room, Burgers & Beer
Visiting Chef Line-Up: This year talented chefs from all over the country and world will be participating in our festival. A sampling of the talent includes:  Eric Yang, Andon Whitehorn, Johnny Hernandez, Rebecca Masson, Renee Ortiz, Michael Sohocki, Jason Dady, Jesse Perez, Brian West, Jeff White, Jeret Pena, James Moore, Robbie Nowlin, David Gilbert, and many more.
Sponsors: H-E-B, Cadillac, Bud Light, Texas Monthly
Eat. Drink. Give. Benefiting Culinaria’s Hope for Hospitality umbrella of programs such as Chefs 4 Chefs, culinary scholarships and the upcoming Urban Farm. Follow Culinaria on Twitter or Instagram or like them on Facebook to keep up with their #EatDrinkGive campaign and events.

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Hayden Walker is the Editor in Chief and Director of Operations for Austin Food Magazine

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