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The 2016 Tasty Bites Challenge Was a Huge Success

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The Bites Keep Getting Tastier

A rainy day did not keep the crowds away from the annual Tasty Bites Challenge. This increasingly popular catering competition proved to be another spectacular success for the NACE (National Association of Catering and Events) Alamo Chapter and San Antonio Weddings—the masterminds behind what has quickly become one of the most exciting catering events of the year. For its third year, thirteen of San Antonio’s leading catering, bartending, and décor companies competed for grand prize and runner up recognition in four categories: tastiest cocktails, desserts, décor, and hors d’oeuvres.

The Witte Museum along with décor from Illusions Rentals and Designs provided an inviting setting for nearly 150 attendees to sip, savor, and judge (that’s right, guests are the judges!) while Cutting Edge Entertainment kept the energy high with a DJ, Limelight San Antonio captured moments on camera and video, and Bartenders4You—a cocktail competitor—served up libations.

From cheesecake bites and roasted marshmallows to filet mignon and Moscow mules, it was a tasty evening, indeed, as Aramark, Barriba Cantina (with Marquee Event Group), Bartenders4You, Cartewheels Catering (with Marquee Event Group), Citrus Restaurant at Hotel Valencia, Diamond Events, Espresso Amore Mio, La Cantera Hill Country Resort (with Goen South), Market on Houston at the Sheraton Gunter (with Events by Reese), Rosemary’s Catering (with Illusions Rentals and Designs), Saltgrass Steak House, Spice of Life Catering, and Tobin Center (with Events by Reese) aimed high for the oh-so-coveted Tasty Bites awards.

The presentations alone—both for the vendors' booths and for the bites and bevvies—were awe-inspiring. Teams did not hold back, bringing in draping and lighting, fresh flowers and sculpted ice, full catering setups and all the cocktail fixings you could dream of. The air was filled with savory and sweet scents as some of San Antonio's most active community members and premier weddings and events professionals took time to network and connect. 

When all was said and done, the general consensus seemed to be: It was a great night! And a few lucky parties went home with a new Tasty Bites award to display proudly. 

2016 Tasty Bites Challenge Winners

DÉCOR GRAND PRIZE
Cartewheels Catering with Marquee Events

Runner Up: Rosemary's Catering with Illusions Rentals and Designs

COCKTAIL GRAND PRIZE
Bartenders4You

Runner Up: Citrus Restaurant at Hotel Valencia

DESSERT GRAND PRIZE
Cartewheels Catering

Runner Up: Aramark

HORS D'OEUVRES
Tobin Center

Runner Up: Rosemary's Catering

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