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Putting the Grand Back in the Grand Tasting

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Several years ago, Culinaria’s Grand Tasting was too grand. So many people showed up that lengthy lines were the order of the evening, and guests had to wait so long that they didn’t really get to sample all of the food and wine treasures of the evening. And they weren’t quiet about the frustrations they faced.

Sample some fine wines at Culinaria's Grand Tasting.

Sample some fine wines at Culinaria’s Grand Tasting.

So, the organizers of the event took a good look at the Grand Tasting and made some changes. Last year, the number of tickets was limited, so that there were be no more lines of more than a few minutes. A VIP section promised no lines at all within a secluded area.

The new approach worked so well that it’s the model for this Saturday’s Grand Tasting, set for the Grotto at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, 200 E. Market St. The fun runs from 7 to 10 p.m.

Chefs from all over the city will be serving up samples of their latest and best creations, while wines from all over the world will be poured. And spirits will be featured as well.

Enjoy some finely crafted treats from the city's top chefs.

Enjoy some finely crafted treats from the city’s top chefs.

Those who buy VIP tickets will be treated to a bubbles room with fine Champagnes and sparkling wines. Plus, one chef will be devoted to the limited access area, dubbed the Bubble Room for the evening, and he’ll provide small bites for made especially for these guests.

Tickets for the Grand Tasting are $100 apiece or $125 at the door, while tickets for the VIP area are priced at $150 and are sold only in advance.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the Grand Tasting or other events during Culinaria’s Festival Week, click here.

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