Hundreds of Texas restaurants and wineries are serving their best Lone Star fare this month during the 2011 GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up
, presented by Farm Credit, July 25-31. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Texans in need.
"Our farmers, ranchers, winemakers and fishermen make it easy for chefs to serve fresh Texas fare," Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples said. "The GO TEXAN Restaurant Round-Up celebrates the farm to table connection while Texans enjoy local products and support local food banks."
Restaurant dining, Texas style, featured at GO TEXAN Restaurant Week.
Restaurants across the state are participating in this year's Round-Up, including Luke
in San Antonio, Garrido's Restaurant in Austin, The Vintage House Restaurant at Messina Hof Winery and Resort in Bryan, Cocina del Caribe in Mission, Grumps in Granbury, and Mercado Mayapán in El Paso.
Texas winemakers will be providing award-winning wines ranging from traditional Rhone varietals such as Cabernet and Merlot to up-and-coming Mediterranean varietals like Viognier and Tempranillo
Texas Hills Vineyards owner Gary Gilstrap's wines will be featured in establishments around the state. While his favorite wine pairing is his Toro de Tejas Tempranillo with smoked meats — "It goes well with anything off the grill," he said. His advice to Texas chefs is to start with the best food and wines, and to think outside the case.
"If the food is good and the wine is good, and if they're better when you put them together, then you've found the perfect pairing," said Gilstrap. "It's not always going to be traditional."
This week-long dine-around is an adventure, plus a chance to sign up to win one of the Texas-size giveaways.