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Paella Challenge: Spanish Rice Extraordinaire on the Menu

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Enormous paella pans cook enough of this famous Spanish rice dish for 50 people at a time.

Leeks, shellfish, rabbit, duck, sausage and more might have been the showier aspects of last year’s premier Paella Challenge at the Pearl Brewery, but when all is said and done, it’s the best rice that wins the day.

Chefs, friends and paella aficionados will gather again from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 13 on the grounds in front of the Culinary Institute of America. Local chefs, as well as visiting challengers from throughout the United States and Latin America will compete in an Iron Chef-style challenge. Last year’s winner, Ben Ford of Ford’s Filling Station in Culver City, Calif., is expected for a rematch.

Live music, Spanish hams and cheese, and tours of the CIA campus are also on the agenda.

La Gloria chef/owner and organizer Johnny Hernandez expects a crowd of 2,500. The proceeds from ticket sales ($50 per person if purchased ahead) go toward scholarships for the CIA and to support the Education Foundation of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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2 Responses to “Paella Challenge: Spanish Rice Extraordinaire on the Menu”

  1. David says:

    Is food/drink included in admission fee?