What is happening right now to move the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts, Inc. forward?
- The Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts participated in The Big Give SA, a 24 hour online giving opportunity on May 5, 2015.
- Plans are underway for the Second Annual Hill Country Food Truck Festival on Saturday, August 1, from noon to 7:00 p.m. at Luckenbach Texas. Last year the successful festival attracted 2,400 adults and hundreds of kids. Thanks to the great folks at Luckenbach Texas for their sponsorship of this benefit for the Texas Center for Wine and Culinary Arts. Tickets will go on sale on June 23 at www.luckenbachtexas.com.
- There has been discussion by the Governing Board on whether our concept might work better as a private/nonprofit project more along the lines of The Pearl in San Antonio. In this scenario, the nonprofit TCWCA organization might just lease space for our operation in a privately developed mixed use project.
- We have had discussions with the Fredericksburg Independent School District, Texas Tech University and the Culinary Institute of America (San Antonio branch) to investigate possible synergy. We also met with a representative of the Conrad N. Hilton School of the University of Houston, which now has a San Antonio campus, to learn more about their operation and discuss possible synergy. We will also be reaching out to the administration of Central Texas College, which will be taking the place of Austin Community College at the Hill Country University Center in Fredericksburg in the fall. CTC has a fairly robust culinary curriculum with two year degrees and certificates.
- The feasibility study regarding a conference center funded by the Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau is recommending 17,500 sq. ft. of ballroom and meeting space. When you add in circulation, pre-function space, restrooms, catering kitchen, storage, etc., the total foot print would be around 35,000 sq. ft. The TCWCA current rendering includes only about 16,000 sq. ft. of comparable conference/event space. So it appears that if done right, the conference/event space and the wine and culinary space may not both fit on the Ufer Street site — unless we go up to two floors. Some hotel developers have expressed interest in being involved in some manner with a possible conference center project in Fredericksburg.