Don't Miss Award-Winning Chefs at the Tasting Texas Food + Wine Festival -

Don’t Miss Award-Winning Chefs at the Tasting Texas Food + Wine Festival

Are you a foodie? A wine enthusiast? Both? Then, you do not want to miss this spectacular culinary event coming this month, the Tasting Texas Food and Wine Festival. Visit San Antonio and Culinaria have partnered with the James Beard Foundation to bring you an extraordinary culinary event like no other.

Not only will there be seminars and workshops, but no food festival would be complete without a powerhouse chef lineup featuring diverse talent.

Join us at Tasting Texas Food & Wine Festival from Oct 27-30, 2022 and enjoy food from top culinary leaders including:

Chef Bayliss


Specializing in Traditional Mexican Cuisine with a Modern Kick, Chef Rick Bayless

If you love traditional Mexican cuisine but also want to appreciate its modern interpretations, then you will love what Chef Rick Bayless is cooking. Bayless is best known for his PBS series Mexico: One Plate at a Time, which highlights a signature Mexican dish in each episode, such as Enchiladas or Ceviche, while exploring Mexican stalls, markets, and home kitchens.

Rick Bayless has received a Michelin star, holds the title of Top Chef Masters, and is a seven times James Beard Awards winner.



Esaul Ramos

2M Smokehouse Pitmaster, Chef Esaul Ramos, Jr.

You cannot have a Texas Food + Wine event without iconic barbeque. Chef Esaul Ramos is the pit master and co-owner of 2M Smoke House. He is passionate about culture and food, emphasizing bringing new flavors and experiences to the barbeque world. You can find unique staples at his 2M Smokehouse, such as chicharoni macaroni and pickled nopales. You can also find an array of good barbeque, including family packs of pounds of meats.

Esaul Ramos, Jr. is a Texas Monthly’s 50 Best BBQ Joints Honoree and a James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Texas.



With Mexican Food Full of Culture, Chef Emiliano Marentes

Sustainability is more than a word, it is a mindset, and Chef Emiliano Marentes excels in offering eco-friendly food options at his El Paso Restaurant, ELEMI. His scratch kitchen utilizes heirloom varieties of maíz from farming communities in Mexico. Get excited to experience the flavors of Mexico from Chef Marentes with the most delicious infusion of herbs, spices, and so much more.

Emiliano Marentes is a James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef: Texas.


Chef Alex Raij

Honoring Ancestral Basque Spanish Traditions, Chef Alex Raij

Basque cuisine is one of Spain’s most iconic regional food offerings, and Chef Alex Raij is a master at recreating these dishes for all to enjoy. Enjoy humble ingredients married with high-value flavors, all representing the Basque country region. Chef Alex Raij is known for restaurant Txikito, a prominent fixture in New York dining, and will take these dishes to your event table.

Alex Raij is a James Beard Awards Semifinalist for Best Chefs in America and Nominee for Outstanding Restaurateur.


Finn Walter

Presenting High Plans Cuisine with Inspiration Across Texas, Chef Finn Walter

After decades of world travel, Finn Walter opened his restaurant, The Nicolett, in Lubbock, Texas. Named after the first hotel in the area, Walter’s restaurant features high plains dishes that draw inspiration from Finn Walter’s experiences traveling across Texas from Santa Fe, Napa Valley, Austin, and more. Dishes such as West Texas crudites, or poussin baked in masa, represent the flavors found only in North Texas.

Finn Walter is a 2022 James Beard Award Semifinalist for Best Chef: Texas.

And So Much More!

This is just a fraction of the talent you will find at the Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival this October. For a list of even more talented chefs appearing at the festival, visit Culinaria San Antonio’s website.

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Taste all the Flavors of Texas

There will be plenty of incredible talent at the Tasting Texas festival, from seasoned, award-winning chefs to those starting on their culinary journeys. So, experience the gastronomic delights at the Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival and buy your tickets today.

Can’t make it to the Tasting Texas Wine + Food Festival? Have no fear! You’ll be happy to know that San Antonio is considered the Culinary Capital of Texas. With food and wine traditions baked into our culture, you will want to experience the flavors of Texas for yourself.

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