Hotel Alessandra

Southwest Mondiale Provincal
January 11-12, 2019

Great food deserves great wines. Please join us for this fantastic event at Hotel Alessandra for several organized meals from some of Houston's top celebrity chefs. To do the food justice, Echason Provincal and William Ridlehuber, with the help of local wine professionals, have selected pairings that complement the dishes and showcase age and veritas. 

The Venue

Hotel Alessandra is a European inspired boutique hotel that is winning awards for its design. It is located in downtown Houston, near the Discovery Green Park. It features celebrity chef Jose Hernandez who has made Houston his home after years of experience in Manhattan restaurants.

Hotel Alessandra  |  1070 Dallas St.  |  Houston, TX 77002


Agenda – Subject to change

  • Welcome reception Friday afternoon in the hotel featuring sparkling wine and passed hors d’oeuvres. Meet and greet old and new friends from across the Southwest region.
  • BYOB dine-around Friday night. Houston is fortunate to have several good BYOB restaurants and we have secured one that can hold our entire group and featuring veteran Houston restaurateur Russell Massraf. The idea is to open those special bottles for which you never seem to find the right occasion. There will be plenty of sharing and discussing with each other what works or not in pairing.
  • Saturday morning on your own. Explore the under appreciated but magnificent Menil Museum and its campus featuring the non-denominational Rothko Chapel and the Cy Twombly museum each of which features amazing architecture. Or drop by Specs Warehouse in mid-town which some claim has the largest wine selection in the US. Or visit the ever-popular Galleria upscale shopping complex.
  • Saturday lunch. Dine around at the restaurants of selected celebrity chefs. We will recommend menus and wine pairings. Work in progress, but contenders are:
  • Xochi from chef Hugo Ortega. Voted #1 restaurant in food critic Alison Cook’s Houston Top 100. Scintillating venue with way upscale Latin American menu.
  • Kata Robata with chef Manabu Horiuschi. Cook’s #6. Superb kaiseki dining. Fish arriving from Japan 3 times a week. Not your everyday Japanese. We will have a recommended menu.
  • La Table – Described by Cook as “Michelin star level” with progressive French cuisine.
  • Caracol – Another Hugo Ortega jem. Glamorous venu for seafood.
  • Yuatcha – The hang out of “Crazy Rich Asians.” Elegant and sophisticated inside what is called the jewel box: A freestanding, beautiful building adjacent to the Galleria. The London location of this dim sum powerhouse has a Michelin Star. The Houston location is about a year old…who knows, it could be Houston’s first starred restaurant.
  • Saturday afternoon: Wine Tastings – Works in progress.
  • Guided tasting – Led by a Houston Master Sommelier.
  • Free form tasting of Bordeaux’s 2015 vintage sourced from Spec’s Warehouse. We will feature a selection of well known, high scoring chateaux and a selection of “value” Bordeaux. (If you haven’t stocked up on the 2015’s this could be a good chance to access the wide selection from Spec’s.)
  • Saturday evening. Champagne reception with passed hors d’oeuvres. Silent auction to raise funds to support scholarships within the region for culinary students with financial need.
  • Saturday evening. A five course gala prepared by chef Jose Hernandez with paired wines. A lot of work by the regional staff is going into ensuring this will be a remarkable dining and wine experience.
  • Sunday – Depart. However, you may want to spend part of the day in Houston with lunch at one of the celebrity chef venues you didn’t go to on Saturday. Or, there is always the famous brunch at Brennen’s, another Cook Top 100 winner with chef Joe Cervantez.


    Stay tuned for further updates, as spots for this event will be limited.