World Gourmet Summit
SINGAPORE April 7-26 During this three-week festival 20 restaurants will present special menus, and gala truffle and Le Cordon Bleu dinners are planned. Events include a Chinese wines and tea pairing, a gourmet barbecue, and Spanish and French wine tastings. Master classes with chefs from all over the world will be offered. Anne-Sophie Pic, chef of Maison Pic in Valence, France, and the first woman to win three Michelin stars in 50 years and just the fourth overall, will present a grand dinner. Prices vary.
LAS VEGAS April 3-5 Nothing in Las Vegas is subtle, so it's no wonder that this wine tasting in its 34th year is bold and splashy, too. More than 1,100 wines will be featured. Event highlights include a Bubble-Licious champagne and sparkling wine tasting, a wine auction, and a grand tasting. Tickets range from $75 to $125. Proceeds benefit scholarships for the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration.
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Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival
AUSTIN, Texas April 10-13 Don't underestimate Texas wines. This festival, in its 23d year, is going strong. This year's events include tours of Hill Country wineries including Fall Creek Vineyards, Spicewood Vineyards, and Becker Vineyards. Reserve tastings, chefs contests, live music, a winemakers' dinner, and restaurant visits round out the festivities. Such chefs as Aaron Sanchez of Paladar in New York will present demonstrations. Costs range from $50 for a Spanish wine tasting to $500 for a VIP pass to all events.
Lone Star tastings
If you're traveling to Texas, here is a sampling of new restaurant offerings in Dallas and Austin:
Fearing's in the Ritz-Carlton Dallas is the new and sumptuous place where the talents of Dean Fearing, long the chef of the Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas, will be on display. Fearing is offering such entrees as maple-black peppercorn-soaked buffalo tenderloin and Anson Mills jalapeno grits and crispy butternut squash taquito; barbecued duck tamale and roasted chili-wild mushroom empanada; and prime ribeye mopped over mesquite. Entrees range from $34 to $50.
Aló in Dallas combines two Latin cultures in one cuisine. The street foods of Mexico and Peru are melded in small plates and offered at reasonable prices. Tasty bites such as stewed chicken with chili sauce or Peruvian fried rice range from about $7 to $15.
Lambert's Downtown Barbecue in Austin is an uptown sort of take on barbecue, a genre the city is famous for. Meats and fish are smoked or grilled and everything - sausages, charcuterie, and smoked fish - is prepared in house. Dishes include pesto-rubbed San Angelo lamb chops, cold smoked rainbow trout, and a mustard-and-brown sugar-glazed Niman Ranch ribeye. For those determined to splurge, there's $75 Akaushi beef, a Japanese breed known for its intense marbling. Other entrees range from $12 to $32.
Cibo proves that Austin isn't all barbecue or Southwestern cuisine. An Italian restaurant by the well-known chef Will Packwood, Cibo offers stylish dishes from the Triveneto region of northern Italy. Such offerings as potato gnocchi with oxtail ragu, and sauteed black grouper with turnip potato puree are sure to please the diner. Entrees $27 to $38.
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