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Let’s Enjoy Some Zest in the West

This weekend is shaping up to be as busy as it is beautiful, but I hope you’ll consider heading out to a wine and food event called Zest in the West, hosted by the Houston West Chamber of Commerce. 

Held this Thursday through Sunday, Zest kicks off with a “Grand Zesting” event on Thursday, October 20 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hilton Houston Westchase, showcasing 150 wines and culinary fare from West Houston’s finest culinary talent.  A live and silent auction with extraordinary offerings will generate scholarship funds for the West Houston Leadership Institute.  Bravo Television’s Top Chef contender, Celebrity Chef Tyler Stone, will be the Zest Guest of Honor as well as co-Hosting a special 5-course dinner at Carmelo’s Ristorante on Memorial Drive Friday at 7pm.  

The ouhdoor “Zestival” comes alive Saturday and Sunday, in front of The Great Indoors on Katy Freeway at Beltway 8, with artists, food trucks, wine and beer sampling tents and live music. Open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m., guests will enjoy interactive art displays with a glass of wine at “Connoisseurs and Canvas Art & Wine Cove” where over 100 wine selections will be available for tasting as guests can buy great eats from participating west Houston restaurants and Houston’s hottest food trucks, plus “GreatBrewers Foam on the Range,” a craft beer tasting zone and educational experience held for beer-lovers. 

Musical entertainment provided by the Robert Hartye Band and host of live musical talent on stage for two full days. For the kids, a special “Kidz-Chen” area sponsored by Denis’ Seafood will be open for the younger set to experience a hands-on cooking lesson In addition, an entire kids fun zone with Bubble Runner, bounce houses, face painting, games and more. 

Zest in the West proceeds benefit the West Houston Leadership Institute, providing scholarship funds for participants of a ten month program that is coordinated by the Houston West Chamber of Commerce. The West Houston leadership Institute’s purpose is to train and develop leaders in the West Houston community to care for the future of West Houston.  For more information on the Zest in the West, visit or call 713-557-5732.


About John DeMers

I've been a journalist and author forever. My favorite single word in the English language is "foodandwine." This spirit drives my 45 published books and my weekly radio show heard in Houston, Dallas and Austin.

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