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Hispanic Chamber Welcomes New World Wine & Food Festival

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday announced the New World Wine & Food Festival's joining of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Suzanne Taranto, executive director of the NWWFF, stands next to Hispanic Chamber of Commerce member Joshua Hernandez. Chef Johnny Hernandez is far right and chef Jason Dady, a board member of the NWWFF, is in back, center.

The New World Wine & Food Festival was introduced as a new member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Thursday evening.  The ribbon-cutting ceremony at Restaurant Insignia, downtown at the Fairmount Hotel, was light hearted. But the two entities made serious statements of dedication to supporting cultural and artistic endeavors in San Antonio.

Suzanne Taranto, executive director of the NWWFF, did the ribbon-cutting honors with an enormous pair of scissors, while HCC president and CEO Ramiro Cavazos, other officers and members of the chamber looked on.

Taranto also presented HCC member, chef Johnny Hernandez, with a San Pasqual Award for his contribution to the community and his willingness to help and promote others in the trade. Hernandez, who soon will open his new restaurant, La Gloria, on the grounds of the Pearl Brewery, is also chairman of the Best of Mexico event at the NWWFF.

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