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News | Jan 02 2019

Spanish Food and Wine Take Center Stage in Houston, Texas

Spanish products, from canned fish to Iberico ham, were on full display at the Greater Houston Restaurant Association 2019 Gala

Spanish Food and Wine Take Center Stage in Houston, Texas

Spanish products were recently in the spotlight at a special event in Houston, Texas. The Greater Houston Restaurant Association 2019 Gala, held on January 26th, chose Spanish food and wine as the theme of its annual event. It had support from the Spain Trade Commission in NY and Foods & Wines from Spain (ICEX).

This popular gala brought together around 900 local restaurants and 400 industry leaders, who dined on and sampled a selection of Spanish dishes and products, including Iberico and Serrano ham, octopus, chorizo, cheese, Iberico cured meats, mussels, rice, canned seafood, anchovies, olive oil, almonds, vinegar, and sweet and piquillo peppers, among others.

Producers of gourmet products were invited to participate, and their items, including Spanish wines, were on display at an exhibition table. Approximately 30 companies from Spain participated. As the goal was to promote the products among local trade professionals and restaurateurs, those companies were required to have a distributor in Texas.

The Gala was comprised of four activities: the VIP Honoree Reception, a cocktail hour, the Golden Fork Awards Ceremony and Grand Dinner, and the after party.

Texas is the second-most populous state in the US and it has a very animated dining scene, with over 10,000 restaurants in Greater Houston alone. Many different cuisines are available to local diners and there are plenty of celebrity chefs in the area as well, making this an outstanding opportunity for Spanish producers to connect with professionals and industry insiders.

Spanish Food and Wine Take Center Stage in Houston, Texas / @ICEX

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