Upcoming Food & Wine Festival in Ixtapa 2011

Top Chef Master Rick Bayless was in town recently to help promote Food and Wine Magazine’s upcoming Food Festival in Ixtapa, Mexico. The event was held in Red O restaurant’s tequila bar, where Bayless is the consulting chef. Some of my favorite journalists (including the legendary Barbara Hansen) and lucky food bloggers (myself included) were there to learn more about the upcoming festival.

Food & Wine Ixtapa event at Red OEven though Bayless was only on hand for a short while (Top Chef Masters are busy of course!), my friend Brent and I had fun snapping photos (he’s a huge Bayless fan), and really enjoyed chatting with Jorge Gamboa Patrón, the L.A. Director of Mexico’s Tourism Board. I definitely need to spend more time (eating) across the border!

Travel Weekly writes: “The event, scheduled for March 26 to 28, is hosted by the magazine in conjunction with the Ixtapa-Zihuatanejo Convention and Visitors Bureau. Bayless and chefs and bartenders from throughout Mexico will lead three days of cooking demonstrations, tastings, seminars and intimate tours of the culinary scene.” (more via link below)

The festival schedule includes a Catamaran Tour to Zihuatanejo Bay, “Market to Table” with Rick Bayless, a Tequila Tasting, a Wine Seminar and a Celebration of Top Female Chefs of Mexico.

This was my first visit to Red O, and the Partida tequila that bartender Steven Calabro was serving, certainly added to the fun evening. Check out his “Bartending Boot Camp” website, along with festival links below.


Chefs Edgar Vazquez, Rick Bayless, Victor Torres
Chefs Edgar Vazquez, Rick Bayless, Victor Torres

Chef Rick Bayless w my friend Brent
Bayless and Brent

with Top Chef Master Rick Bayless
With the Top Chef Master! (We chatted about my fan club for Ludo!)

Pork Belly Sopes, Salsa Negra, Sesame
Pork Belly Sopes, Salsa Negra, Sesame were fantastic!

Guests were given autographed copies of “Fiesta at Rick’s: Fabulous Food for Great Times with Friends” (Thanks Chef!)

Event Date: 1/19/2011

Many THANKS to Lisa Kennelly (Curator PR) for the kind invitation to this event!

Food and Wine Ixtapa Zihuatanejo Festival Schedule

Top Chef Masters Chef Rick Bayless on Twitter Rick Bayless’ website

Barbara Hansen on Twitter Barbara Hansen’s website

Bartending Boot Camp

More photos on Flickr

Tequila Partida

Mexico Tourism Board
Email Jorge Gamboa Patrón jgamboa@visitmexico.com

Travel Weekly

Red O Restaurant Website

I haven’t dined at Red O yet, but check out these beautiful photos by Kevin Eats


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One response to “Upcoming Food & Wine Festival in Ixtapa 2011

  1. Rick Bayless is Awesome, I am drooling over those pork belly sopes!!!

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