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Zest in the West

Updated: Jul 26, 2020

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend a food lover’s dream. For the uninitiated, Zest in the West is a world class culinary event that features the best wine in food from West Houston and beyond. I didn’t know what to expect. Would my tongue comprehend the flavors I would experience? Luckily, All of my fears melted way with the first slip of a well-aged red wine.

Amazing wine from vendors

While on this food and wine adventure, I was accompanied by my new friends Louie and Karissa. Primed with my food companions, we were ready to set sail. We had 17 restaurants, eight master chefs and only three bellies to work with. We had to be strategic. We couldn’t just run around like crazed animals attacking everyone with food. It's a civilized event after all. We gracefully started outside with wine and worked our way inside. Here is a list of some of my favorite dishes from the night:

Brushetta from Maggiano's

Besides indulging in delicious foods and wine, one thing I appreciated the most was the event’s ability to promote and support local businesses. I was able to learn about their stories and motivations. Snappy Salads is a great example. They are a green company that creates all natural hand-made salads. Each salad seemed carefully thought out and prepared. Most of their countertops are made from salvaged wood. Their cups, utensils, and take-out containers are all made from renewable resources and are compostable. Even their straws are made out of paper (Link to Snappy Salads).