September 11, 2010 - September Culinary Updates, Part II
     The Dripping Springs Area Chamber of Commerce hosts the third annual Dripping with Taste Wine & Food Festival from noon until 7 p.m. this Saturday, September 11th, at Creekside Pavilion, located at 18315 RR 1826.   The event will host wineries from the
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second-fastest-growing wine destination in the nation - our own Texas Hill Country - plus food, music, fine art, food and wine demonstrations, and craft and food artisans.  
     Participating wineries include Driftwood Estate Winery, Duchman Family Winery, Becker Vineyards, Bell Mountain Vineyards, Fall Creek, Haak Vineyards & Winery, Messina Hof Winery & Resort, Piney Woods Country Winery, Texas Hills Vineyard, Sunset Winery, Landon Winery, Wines of Dotson, McReynolds Winery, and Cocktail Wine.  
    The $30 admission at the gate ($25 in advance and only $5 for the teetotalers) gets you a souvenir wine glass, six wine tastings, and all the entertainment.  Additional wine tastings are only $1 each.  For the complete schedule of events and advance tickets, visit www.DrippingWithTaste.org.
September 9, 2010 - September Culinary Updates, Part I
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     The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas hosts Tour de Vin - the sixth annual whirlwind tour of fine wine and food - on Thursday, October 7th, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the rooftop plaza of Whole Foods Market at Sixth and Lamar.  Benefiting The Wine & Food Foundation of Texas, the event features wine from around the world and some of the best internationally-inspired cuisine in Central Texas.
     This year's Tour de Vin will focus on Europe and South America, with wines from Italy, France, Argentina, and Chile.  Sweet and savory bites from twenty Central Texas eateries include Buenos Aires Café, Fabi + Rosi, Fogo de Chao, Jack Allen's Kitchen, Maria Maria, NoRTH, Portabla, Sagra, and many more. Cienfuegos will provide live music for the event.
    New this year, the creative chefs at Whole Foods' Lamar Culinary Center will whip up a special Tour de Vin Pre-Event Tasting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Culinary Center.  Guests to the limited seating event will enjoy four top-rated wines and a global hors d'oeuvres spread.
   Tickets are $75 for the Tour de Vin and $35 for the pre-party, and space is limited.  For reservations and information, call (512) 327-7555 or visit www.WineFoodFoundation.org.