Monday, September 16, 2013

2013 AIWF Wine and Food Pairing Contest Winners

The American Institute of Wine and Food (AIWF) Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter, in conjunction with DFW Restaurant Week presented by Central Market, announced the winners of the 2013 AIWF Wine and Food Menu Pairing Contest for the annual summer dining campaign that supports the North Texas Food Bank and Lena Pope Home.

Truluck’s seafood, steak and crab house restaurants in Dallas and Southlake took first place in the AIWF Food & Wine Pairing Contest for DFW Restaurant Week 2013, with Truluck’s Master of Cuisine Chef Brian Wubbena and wine professional Dave Mattern.

Second place in the AIWF contest is awarded to The Grape Restaurant with Chef Danyele McPherson and wine professional Courtney Luscher. Third place is awarded to the Abacus team of Chef Daniel Burr and wine professional Robert Hall.  Second and third place winners will each receive a monetary reward from AIWF.

AIWF D/FW Chapter explains that contest entries are judged on how effectively the menu describes the dishes, and how well the wines are paired to the menu items. Six to eight culinary professionals with extensive knowledge and/or education of food and wine individually judge the menu entries.  Judging is “blind” with as much anonymity as possible to ensure unbiased decisions.  First place winners each receive a $2,000 scholarship from the AIWF D/FW Chapter for expenses and tuition to attend a class of their choice at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley, including lodging facilitated by Glazer's. This is the fourteenth year for the contest.

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