Celebrity Chef: Steve McHugh
Chef & Owner, Cured
Steve McHugh is the chef and owner of Cured in San Antonio. This four-time James Beard Award finalist for “Best Chef: Southwest” began to make a name for himself in New Orleans, until, with a new lease on life after battling cancer, he moved to San Antonio, and opened Cured. The restaurant is endowed with a name that speaks to his feat, as well as the artisanal cured meats that are the cornerstone of his menu. McHugh’s hands-on, unadulterated culinary approach is rooted in his Wisconsin-farm upbringing, and follows the same methodology that led to his healing – using from-scratch methods on seasonal and regional ingredients. Cured was named a top 50 nominee for Bon Appétit’s “America’s Best New Restaurants 2014”, a runner up for Esquire’s “Best New Restaurants in America 2014”, and to Eater’s list of “38 Essential Texas Restaurants” in 2018.
Celebrity Vintner: Kim Stare Wallace,
President – Dry Creek Vineyards
Kim Stare Wallace was raised in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley. Throughout her childhood, she watched from the sidelines as her father David Stare pioneered Dry Creek Vineyard, the first new winery to be built in the region following Prohibition. As a teen, she worked in the office, cellar and on the bottling line as well as accompanying her parents on countless sales trips, business dinners and wine tastings. From this early start, Kim grew up with a passion and understanding of the wine industry.
After various roles at the winery, Kim became President of Dry Creek Vineyard in 2011. Her vision for the future of this dynamic family business is clear – honor the past while striving to produce wines of outstanding distinction that consistently over deliver and provide great enjoyment to wine drinkers worldwide. Together with her husband Don Wallace, Kim has been instrumental in guiding the winery on its path toward being recognized as a Certified California Sustainable Vineyard and Winery.
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