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Call for Entries: Major Competition Pairs Texas Wine, Food

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You think Texas wine is great with food? Restaurant and catering chefs can now prove it by entering the first Edible Texas Wine and Food Pairing Competition.

Brisket, about as Texas as food gets, can show well with a Texas wine.

The competition, which will offer cash prizes, is open to any Central Texas restaurant (mobile or brick and mortar) or catering company. The boundaries for this competition do include San Antonio establishments.

Also, entrants must belong to the GoTexan Restaurant program to be eligible. For information on joining the program, click here.

The competition is being produced by Edible Austin and The Texas Food and Wine  It is also hosted by the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center in Austin.

This is the first of four annual regional competitions planned whose mission is to encourage the use of Texas wine and as many Texas food products as possible. It is designed to raise the bar for excellence in Texas winemaking and provide a platform for Texas wine and winemakers to receive recognition and reach a broader audience.

Preliminary judging will be done by a panel of notable Texas wine and food professionals. Five finalists will be selected to prepare their menus on Friday, June 3, hosted by the AT&T Center’s Carillon Restaurant (Tejas Room) on the UT campus in Austin.

This event, open to 125 guests, is an official Optional Event during the 2011 International Association of Culinary Professionals annual conference and will benefit the Texas Wine and Grape Grower’s Association.

The final, on-site judging will be done by a panel of national celebrities from the food and wine industries. The five finalists will prepare their three-course meal to serve 125 on-site. Servers will be provided by the competition. Significant cash and other prizes will be awarded.

To enter the competition, please complete the official entry form, prepare your menu with wine pairings, write the recipes and submit them. Submission information is listed on the Competition Rules. Deadline for entering the competition is Feb. 15. Finalists will be notified by March 15.

Click here to download entry form and competition rules. Good luck!

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