Texas Wine Revolution, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is pleased to announce that the second annual Texas Wine Auction (TWA) will feature cuisine made by several local and Texas-based celebrity chefs. TWA was developed to bring together Texas wineries and winemakers to raise money to provide basic wellness and preventative care services for Texas hospitality workers and to promote research and development through Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Programs to enhance the Texas wine industry which contributes 20.35 billion dollars a year annually.
The event is set to take place on Saturday, April 29, at Vista Oaks Event Center in Fredericksburg, Texas. Tickets for the event are now on sale and will give attendees access to an evening of live and silent auctions, musical performances, and culinary delights with wine pairings presented by Texas chefs and wineries.
Award-winning chefs from across Texas will bring the heat, in more ways than one, as they compete against one another to present the best dish of the night which will be voted on by attendees. The competition is a newly added element to the event bringing extra flare to an evening filled with indulgence, education, and fun. Each chef will be paired with a Texas-based winery to use as inspiration and compliment their dish. The evening will act as a progressive dinner with guests sampling bites and wine made from 100% Texas grapes. After savoring each dish, guests will be invited to vote for their favorite in multiple categories like “best paired dish” and “best overall.” The eight chefs competing include Angie Ragan of Lubbock, Amber Rebold of Austin, Roshni Gurnani of Houston, Matt Church of Fredericksburg, Krystyna Cibelli-Pettus of Austin, and Chef Mike Hall of Hill & Vine.
Chef Ragan is the owner and executive chef of Salt by Angie located in Lubbock, TX and is a Season 1 Semi-Finalist of Gordon Ramsay’s Next Level Chef Season 1. Her food is developed from recipes she’s learned growing up, which will be showcased in her dish.
“As a former medical professional, I am honored to participate in an event that will help bring healthcare to my colleagues in the Texas hospitality industry,” said Chef Angie Ragan. “Everyone deserves access to health services and the money we raise from the auction will go directly toward improving the health of others.”
Chef Roshni Gurnani, most recently featured on Alex vs. America, will also be participating in this year’s event. Chef Roshni believes “food is a journey, not a destination” and will take event goers on a culinary trek through Texas.
“It is exciting to be back in a competition setting, especially one that gives back to my community,” said Chef Roshni Gurnani. “Everything is bigger in Texas, so I’m expecting the competition to be just as big.”
Chef Amber Rebold, known for showcasing her culinary talent through Instagram, was also a contestant of Gordon Ramsay’s Next Level Chef. She is known for using local ingredients to create big flavors in her food.
“As a proud native Texan who has always celebrated our big bold flavors in my cooking – developing a dish to pair with Texas grown wine will be fun for me,” said Amber Rebold.
The chef lineup is rounded out with two Hill Country favorites, Chef Matt Church and Chef Mike Hall of Hill & Vine, as well as Austin based private chef Krystyna Cibelli-Pettus who is excited to share her talents with a wider audience. All chefs will deliver dishes that can be expertly paired with wines made from Texas grapes.
In addition to the talented chefs, 2023’s featured wineries include Inwood Estates and William Chris Vineyards alongside Ab Astris, Kalasi Cellars, Kerrville Hills Winery, Pedernales Cellars, Texas Heritage, Texas Wine Collective, Arché, Becker Vineyards, Blue Ostrich Winery & Vineyard, Brennan Vineyards, Calais Winery, Chateau Wright, Cheramie Wines, Float Wines, Haak Wines, Hawk’s Shadow Winery, Hidden Hangar, Hilmy Cellars, Lost Draw Cellars, Lost Oak Winery, Noblemen Wines, Reddy Vineyard, Vinovium, and Yoder Cellars.